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Old 07-05-2004, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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well i changed my rear trailing bushings (which are connected to the frame) and now it's better (sorta). My car stopped having that rear steering effect when driving through potholes, but it still feels rough when driving through mild potholes or bumps. I changed the shocks put no improvement. Does my car have more suspension bushings in the rear? Exactly how many bushings hold the entire suspension? or what else should i do to improve the overall road feel in my car?
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Rear shock mounts have rubber bushings. I'd get Urethane from GC.

There are also rear control arm bushings. However, they rarely need to be changed. Wheel bearings could also affect handling and cause noises.

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Urathane would make the ride rougher, would it not? since it's a harder material and would allow for much less forgiveness (great for track use)

Check your rear shock mounts, you can uprgade to the E46 convertable ones which are much beefier and wont fail anytime soon. Fix up your front suspinsion. (LCA bushing helps out a lot, they go bad frequently on E36, replace it with M3 bushings)

Now, just to throw out some possible fixes to do, What about the subframe bushings? What do those do again? (they are a PAIN to replace I remember overhearing)
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Urethane shock mounts won't make the rear suspension much stiffer. It simply eliminates play when you corner hard or hit hard bumps. Stock rubber shock mounts suck, they need to be replaced way too often. I would get Urethane ones for sure.
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So is it easy to change the shock mounts? where could i get the urethane ones?
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So is it easy to change the shock mounts?
If you can take out your suspension then it's easy. If not it is still easy if you have any mechanical skill at all.
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