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Old 11-09-2017, 01:59 AM
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Didn't know polys were available for the swing arms.
Yep, very much so. Here's a general DIY video of them by PSBushings.com, the manufacturer. Much easier to install than factory bushings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpnoHFEhWWw
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PSB is the bushing brand I used for my rear lower control arms/rear suspension overhaul.

Once the OE ones are removed, install of the PSBs is easy.

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In most cases when one suspension component wears out the rest are at the point it is best practice to do a complete rebuild. It is very hard to tell the condition of bushings unless they are completely gone. In the case of the subframe bushings--a visual inspection with everything still bolted in place is inconclusive. If your suspension has more than 100,000 miles on it, rebuilding the entire suspension will result in an amazing improvement. And, it will save having to take it all apart again later to replace the other components. Use OE or OEM parts and you will be good for another 100,000 miles. In the long run you save money even if you DIY, assuming you put a dollar value on your labor.
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In most cases when one suspension component wears out the rest are at the point it is best practice to do a complete rebuild. It is very hard to tell the condition of bushings unless they are completely gone. In the case of the subframe bushings--a visual inspection with everything still bolted in place is inconclusive. If your suspension has more than 100,000 miles on it, rebuilding the entire suspension will result in an amazing improvement. And, it will save having to take it all apart again later to replace the other components. Use OE or OEM parts and you will be good for another 100,000 miles. In the long run you save money even if you DIY, assuming you put a dollar value on your labor.
I can attest to that. Rebuilt my entire suspension including subframe bushings at about 180,000 miles. Handles like new.
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I'm of the "touch it once" maintenance philosophy. If I'm in there replacing something and have to touch or pass by other old components, I use that labor opportunity of having the thing opened up, to do other parts as well so as to get a long life out of my labor investment in that area.

Front and rear suspension rebuilds and CV axle replacements are behind me

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Awesome post, I have a 2002 x5 and I believe these are my problem as well. New upper control arms, ball joint and still getting bad wear on the inside 2" of the tire.

Just in case anyone needs to know, I grabbed the bushings at FCP Euro.
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Do oe bushings have to be pressed in (clocked) a certain way or it doesn't matter?

I know the front thrust arm bushings have to be. I have a bench press but just wanted to make sure.
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Do oe bushings have to be pressed in (clocked) a certain way or it doesn't matter?

I know the front thrust arm bushings have to be. I have a bench press but just wanted to make sure.
The swing arm bushings don't have to be clocked, BUT, they do have to be compressed in order to press them in. My machine shop used hose clamps to compress them so they could be pressed in. Worth the few bucks I paid to have them do it.
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I actually ended up using a shop press. The bushings will be out in minutes and with no effort. Bought a 12 ton shop press from HarborFreight for about $90 (they were on sale). The shop press stores away nicely as it actually takes very little space. Use 2 exhaust clamps to compress the new bushings so that they can be inserted into the swing arm and pressed down with the shop press. Got the clamps from Carquest for about $12 a-piece. Make sure the bushing is aligned properly on the swing arm and on the press so that it goes in straight. I got that biffy gray circular plate (on the tip of the shop press stem on top of bushing adaptor) from homedeport to help in aligning things. Rented bushing removal adaptors from Oreilly.

If you're installing poly bushings, this project is child's play with a shop press. The original bushings were still in good condition visually at 130k miles.
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