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Old 06-02-2006, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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325xi vs. 325i front LCA bushings

Does anyone know if these are dimensionally interchangeable as I can find urethane bushings for the i but not the xi. My gut tells me they are the same and I could upgrade but I wanted to check with any experience out there.
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They're quite a bit different actually. Regular e46 has a totally different control arm than xi. The bushings on an xi have a round hole in the center to accomodate a round arm and the e46 325i bushings have a hexagon type hole. Lastly the e46 325i bushing comes already in a housing. The xi bushings are pressed in and out of the housing which coincidentally is the identical housing for an e30 325.
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Thanks for the info.
I was able to find urethanes for the rear but nothing for the front.
I will continue to search.
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