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Old 07-22-2021, 01:52 PM
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Rear lower control arm bushings

Has anyone had experience with replacing the "not available from BMW" lower control arm bushings? Did you go with the split Leomforder and the special tool to squish them or the Mehle that look like they go in without squishing? Mine don't seem to be bad, not loose, but they seem soft and I get the feeling that my alignment changes as I drive. Thanks!
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I've seen threads on xo covering changing those bushings. They are the only thing I haven't changed and my steering wheel shifted from dead straight after replacing everything else so I think you are on to something.


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I did mine a couple of months ago. I used the split lemforder ones. It really helps to have a shop press to pop the old ones out, and get the new ones pressed in. Like several others on XO I just used hose clamps to compress them for the install.
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I actually tried hose clamps yesterday and was a bit surprised (but glad!) that it worked. I don't have the shop press though and only the universal bushing install kit in 2mm increments so I'm hoping that if maybe I press out the center piece first and get the bigger tread rod through that I can make that work. I wish I had spare control arms so that I could change the bushings ahead of time. The control arms actually come out easier than it looks and I can probably even cut the old bushing out if need be but if I can't get the new one in I'm hooped. Did you find the new Loemforder bushings to be stiff enough?? Mehle claims theirs are a bit stiffer than the originals which I like the sound of.
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Iím happy with the stiffness of the lemforder ones. They are OE according to FcP euro. I only replaced mine because I was doing the whole rear end and figured why not. It was the consensus on several other threads I found that those swing arm bushings donít get stressed nearly as much as other suspension components and so most likely donít really need replacement. Based on what those do I would expect that the stiffer the bushing the faster it will need replacement. Lastly if you do the thing donít forget to wait till you load the suspension before you tighten the bolts for those bushings or theyíll die super fast.
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Has anyone had experience with replacing the "not available from BMW" lower control arm bushings? Did you go with the split Leomforder and the special tool to squish them or the Mehle that look like they go in without squishing? Mine don't seem to be bad, not loose, but they seem soft and I get the feeling that my alignment changes as I drive. Thanks!
I went with the Lemforder "need to be squished" style. Paid a machine shop to install them as I don't have a heavy press. The guy at the shop used hose clamps to "squish" them and as they were slid in he took them off.
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