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Control Arm Bushing

Hi, New member with a question. Have a 99 323IS, changing control arms.Found out I need bushings. Are the bushings for a 323I and 323Is the Same. Are the bushings for E36 and E46 the same. Don't know what to buy. Your help appreciated.
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Hi, New member with a question. Have a 99 323IS, changing control arms.Found out I need bushings. Are the bushings for a 323I and 323Is the Same. Are the bushings for E36 and E46 the same. Don't know what to buy. Your help appreciated.
Not sure about e36 and e46, but 323I and IS should be the same, M3 bushings are different, but can be used. Centered and offset. Bought my e36 bushings from FCP Groton and got the 2 piece polyurethane ones.


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323 & 323i are the same, i think its the same set up on the E36 & E46,

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323 & 323i are the same, i think its the same set up on the E36 & E46,

here s a DIY , that will help, click link below

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^^^^^ That's the one I used but didn't need the home made pusher/puller because I used the poly bushings and they went on easily.


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Thanks for the quick response. Think in good shape with your help. Gerry
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the e46 uses different arms so I'm pretty sure the bushings are different, but like said earlier all non m e36s are the same bushing. The m3 bushings will work as well and are stiffer. The 95 m3 ones are offset and change the amount of caster. 96-99 m3 ones are centered like normal. Regardless you'll probably need an alignment after you replace them, but if you use 95 m ones you'll definitely need one. If you have any questions let me know, I've done this job more times than I can remember on e36's and e46's. If you have an autozone near you, I'd hit them up and rent a pitman arm puller makes removing the outer balljoint from the hub A LOT easier. Pickle fork is also a must. If I remember any other tips I'll let you know.

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yes you are right its the E30/E36 are the same but not the E46,

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