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Old 05-14-2021, 06:30 PM
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Looking forward to hearing if the new subframe bushings make a difference. From my reading, it seems like some people report a "night and day" change in ride quality while others say no difference. Just ordered the tool and will be doing mine soon as well.
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Old 05-14-2021, 11:42 PM
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I can move my subframe around with a prybar when the rear is up on jack stands so I know they are shot. I just don't know if the diff mounts are also shot.

I originally was just going to inject some 3m windshield glue into the torn up bushings. People have been making bushings from the stuff for years, bit when the price of the tool went from $300 to $150 then $50 fate decided for me.

I'm about to refresh entire rear suspension, and new tires I can't imagine how much nicer it'll be.
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This is my current weekend project - rear balljoint, upper control arms, shocks, and swaybar links. I'll grab a photo later of what 150k mile Northeast suspension components look like (hint: it's not pretty!). I bought the lower arm bushings and was planning on doing those while in there, but the bolts are so crusty, I didn't want to even think about fighting them. They also don't feel horrid (based on my levering the thing around to try and get it out of the way). I'm paused half way through putting back together the first side - that coil spring makes getting the balljoint bolt lined up a huge pia! Really need a third arm and prybar here.

Where did you see the subframe bushing tool for $50? Judging by how every other suspension component has aged, I know this will be a future project (even though I'm not experiencing any major symptoms just yet).
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Old 05-17-2021, 12:05 AM
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This is my current weekend project - rear balljoint, upper control arms, shocks, and swaybar links. I'll grab a photo later of what 150k mile Northeast suspension components look like (hint: it's not pretty!). I bought the lower arm bushings and was planning on doing those while in there, but the bolts are so crusty, I didn't want to even think about fighting them. They also don't feel horrid (based on my levering the thing around to try and get it out of the way). I'm paused half way through putting back together the first side - that coil spring makes getting the balljoint bolt lined up a huge pia! Really need a third arm and prybar here.



Where did you see the subframe bushing tool for $50? Judging by how every other suspension component has aged, I know this will be a future project (even though I'm not experiencing any major symptoms just yet).


Supercrazy Rear Suspension Subframe Bushing Removal Installation Tool Compatible with BMW X5 E53 1999-2007 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017F4NVBI...ing=UTF8&psc=1

$50 deal is gone but the $60 option is now will.


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