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Old 01-11-2009, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lower control arm rear rubber bushings

Our 1995 325i appears to need the rubber rear bushings on the front lower control arms. They are split and when you torque the tires they move back and forth. They look rather flimsy and weak. Anyone replace them and how did it go?
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Our 1995 325i appears to need the rubber rear bushings on the front lower control arms. They are split and when you torque the tires they move back and forth. They look rather flimsy and weak. Anyone replace them and how did it go?

Are you talking about RTAB's........rear trailing arm bushings, I replaced them about a year & 1/2 ago.....its about a 2 1/2 hour job.....check link below:


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Yes. I put on the e30 m3/e36 95 m3 offset control arm bushings on my car. I had access to a press so it made the job a lot easier. A few websites have DIY's on the job. I would check out the one on understeer.com
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No, I am referring to the front suspension. On the back of the lower control arm there is a rubber mount that bolts to the undercarriage. I found them on line and they go fro about $25 each but I think I will have to press them in. I was just wondering if anyone had done this. Here is a pic of the lower control arm and the bushing I am talking about is at the rear and labeled #4
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We carry a lot of bushings and control arms that may be helpful for you. I believe this may be an example of what you need. BMW Control Arm Polyurethane Bushing Kit

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Now THAT looks like the way to go. The original rubber ones look very suspect and they obviously don't last long. Your new design looks like it would perform better and last longer. Do they simply "pop" into the popsicle housing that bolts to the undercarriage? The original ones press in and out as the bushing has a metal outer housing. From the picture of your bushing it appears to just have a big lip at the edges that must spring out over the edge of the housing
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Yes it is lipped just like you stated. If you ever have any questions too you can give our customer service a call, we also have a certified tech on call to answer any parts questions. 877-634-0063

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Picked up a set of Powerflex bushings and installed them last night. The old ones had broken apart and were banging around in the "popsicle" mount. Pretty easy job and a huge difference in ride quality. The banging while going over bumps is gone and the front end is much more stable. $68 bucks OTD and worth every penny.
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Good to hear you solved the problem! Best of luck with everything!!!!

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We carry a lot of bushings and control arms that may be helpful for you. I believe this may be an example of what you need. BMW Control Arm Polyurethane Bushing Kit

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I bought these and were a snap to install. Used the understeer diy and a homemade press (my vise would have worked too). Lollipops went back on by hand.
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