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Old 11-20-2019, 02:22 AM
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The DIY below should be helpful...

Bushings Replacement DIY for Rear Lower Control Arm / Swing arm
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:28 AM
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Great post!
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So 390 Beers later...
She is back on the road and in for an alignment tomorrow morning. 6 Pressed in bushings. 4 pressed ball joints. 6 control arms. 4 sway bar links. And a shit load of cleaning!


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Great job and she looks great.

I'm jealous of your shop, for me it's either laying on open flames, broken glass or my favorite both broken glass on the surface of the sun....

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So 390 Beers later...
She is back on the road and in for an alignment tomorrow morning. 6 Pressed in bushings. 4 pressed ball joints. 6 control arms. 4 sway bar links. And a shit load of cleaning!


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My ceiling is 9'6" from the floor at the lowest point that happens to be directly above the lift towers. The lift is 9'3" so just squeezes in. Can get about 4' up with the X5, and about 5'6" up with my M3. Wish it was taller but I know that I have it better than 99.9% of DIYers so I don't complain. 12 4' light fixtures help almost as much as the lift!



https://www.twinbusch.com/product_in...products_id=20 is the lift I have and I LOVE IT!!! I did have to get the $400 spreader plates due to my concrete being just a hair thin and I didn't want to take any chances
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Old 11-23-2019, 03:06 PM
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So 390 Beers later...
She is back on the road and in for an alignment tomorrow morning. 6 Pressed in bushings. 4 pressed ball joints. 6 control arms. 4 sway bar links. And a shit load of cleaning!

Glad you got her back up running!
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So final cost tally.

$211 for alignment and re-torque all fasteners while suspension is under load.
$792 Bushings / ball joints / control arms / overnight shipping
$94 all 4 sway bar end links
$273 Bud Light
$94 Pizza


I would call this a success. I was quoted $4,100 for a shop to do all the labor and provide the parts. I trust at the end of the day I did it better and saved a TON. I can say without question it handles just like it did the day it rolled out of BMW in 2005. The difference is BEYOND anything I imagined. I can not believe I put this off. Love the truck more now than when I bought it.
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I would call this a success. I was quoted $4,100 for a shop to do all the labor and provide the parts. I trust at the end of the day I did it better and saved a TON. I can say without question it handles just like it did the day it rolled out of BMW in 2005. The difference is BEYOND anything I imagined. I can not believe I put this off. Love the truck more now than when I bought it.

So final cost tally.

$211 for alignment and re-torque all fasteners while suspension is under load.
$792 Bushings / ball joints / control arms / overnight shipping
$94 all 4 sway bar end links
$273 Bud Light
$94 Pizza

Yeah mine was night and day after the suspension repairs. Great savings!

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