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Old 09-11-2019, 12:59 PM   #1
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Does the all-wheel-drive have different control arms than the rear-wheel-drive? I need new control arms and I am looking for what I need to buy. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:54 PM   #2
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Yes, if your talking about the fronts. You'll need new lower control arms, bushings, and upper ball joints. The bushings will need to be pressed into the lolli-pop brackets. I just replaced all of them on our 330xi. Just an FYI, you might consider going factory BMW for these. The previous owner had done ours with Lemforder which went bad almost immediately(the lower's were absolute junk) and gave the car a high speed brake vibration(this, went away wt the factory parts). They are pricey, but they work and more importantly, last. Good luck with it.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:48 AM   #3
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FCP euro is probably your best friend here. Lemforder is the OEM for BMW for these parts. If you are handy you can save significant $ by replacing the outer ball joints in your original control arms with E36 ball joints. I just did this job on my sons 325xi and following a diy within this forum. I have a 20 ton press which of course makes things rather easy. Do a search here to find the diy for control arms for an xi.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:43 PM   #4
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Here's one of the threads https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink/top...ink_source=app
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Bad outer xi ball joint? https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1127077


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Old 09-14-2019, 12:16 PM   #5
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Huh. I have had good luck with Lemforder bushings on our xi. Did them 15k ago, and just the other day they looked and felt good.
But things change, and counterfeits are all over the place.

The bushings ARE quite hard to press into the lollipops- I've done lots of E30s and E36's, and these were TIGHT.

Also, the ball joint on the xi's steel arm CAN be replaced with a press, but it's a 5 or 6 banana job, and not for the average DIYer.

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Huh. I have had good luck with Lemforder bushings on our xi. Did them 15k ago, and just the other day they looked and felt good.
But things change, and counterfeits are all over the place.

The bushings ARE quite hard to press into the lollipops- I've done lots of E30s and E36's, and these were TIGHT.

Also, the ball joint on the xi's steel arm CAN be replaced with a press, but it's a 5 or 6 banana job, and not for the average DIYer.

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loves that the xi has a huge, bolt- on subframe
I'll 2nd the bushings comment. I have a 20 ton arcan shop press and it was making a lot of noise pressing those factory bushings into new lollipop brackets. For those attempting this, the offset is specific to the xi's(18.0 +/- 0.3mm). This was one of the mistakes the previous shop did on our car.
If people don't want to go through this, Powerflex makes a poly/urethane bush set specific for xi's.
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