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Old 09-27-2004, 07:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My mechanic is all set to do the labour for me - I just need to know that I'm not doing my girl any harm by installing M3 control bushes instead of the stock E36 ones!
The difference in price per pair is only 30 ($54) so cost is not a factor (for a change)

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I hope it goes well for ya bud. So how much did the new bushes cost in total? I am from down south in the UK too!
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Hi Matt,

M3 - 51.01 inc vat per pair

Stock - 21.01 per pair

Not made up my mind yet which to buy depending on feedback I get on here!

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they are suppose to be better, i dont see any harm, however it would be better if you got the m3 control arms to go with them, just more upgrades really.
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They are made of a slightly different compound of rubber.. thus they will transfer be slightly stiffer on your control arm... which in the long run.. might actually be bad... but I wouldnt worry about it... it would replace your control arms when you replace those bushings.. just to make sure.. you should replace those every two years either way. To tell you the truth.. I highly dought you will even be able to tell the difference... besides its a new bushing.

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I'm doing this gradually but I will change the car and stiffen everything up with new suspension and steering parts in the new year

I'm going for M3 bushings - sod it you only live once and these beasts are well built - I cant believe it would do that much damage in 3 or 4 months!

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Yes, go M3 bushings, you dont want them failing again soon now do you? Besides, the flex that the stock ones give you is unwanted, wheel alignment will actually change during hard cornering or hitting bumps in the road since those bushings flex so much.

If you havn't done so yet, replace your RSM's and get reenforcement plates (or just a rear crossbar with enforcement plates - even better) since the sheet metal around the rear strut tower is known to tear and fail, esp. if you have stiff suspinsion and drive your car hard or on bumpy surfaces.
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RSM's?? Regimental Sargeant Majors?? Surely not!
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