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Old 03-03-2005, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone,
Discovered that the bushing in Front right lower control arm needs to be replaced. Searching for parts, i came across 2 options, Changing the bushing only, or replace the lower control arm, with the bushing already pressed in. 6dollars vs. 60dollars.



I Know its a good idea to change both sides, anyone know of a upgrade to this part (M3) or would it not matter?.

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Hi Everyone,
Discovered that the bushing in Front right lower control arm needs to be replaced. Searching for parts, i came across 2 options, Changing the bushing only, or replace the lower control arm, with the bushing already pressed in. 6dollars vs. 60dollars.



I Know its a good idea to change both sides, anyone know of a upgrade to this part (M3) or would it not matter?.

Any feedback appreciated...
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Wouldn't matter, it's just easier to buy new control arm with ball joints, yuo can upgrade your control arm bushings and brackets with the ones from treehouseracing.com, I'm installing these on my e30 soon.
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Old 03-03-2005, 05:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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umm yeah doing just the bushing is a PAIN IN THE ASS!!! If I had to do it over again in my girls car, I would have replaced the whole control arm.
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when u do suspension work, your going to need an alignment, so u can't really do the work yourself...

when u change a control arm, u also need to change the bushing's and ball joints!!
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Sounds like a plan... Thanx
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I'd go with a aftermarket urathane bushings but I havn't done this *myself* so I can't really tell you.
Whatever you do, do it to both sides of the car.
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