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Bavarian Auto thrust arm & bushing kits- beware (archive)

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Posted by R Kieffer on April 07, 1999 at 12:12:53:

In Reply to: Re: Thrust arm bushings-E32 750iL or Bavarian Auto posted by Phil Coppin on April 07, 1999 at 09:51:52:

After just replacing the thrust arms on my 1991 535i, I agree that it is much easier to buy the new arms and bolt them on. However, if you happen to decide to order the Bavarian Autosport kit that includes the arms with their harder bushings, be aware that the bushings do not come installed in the arms. I had to have an autoshop press them in for me. Granted, it was pretty easy for them to do with a hydraulic press, but I did have to give them $10. If you end up doing this, make sure the bushings are oriented correctly in the arms. If you don't want to have to bother with this, I'd suggest buying stock replacement arms that should have the bearings in them already. If you're looking for harder bushings, I believe some people have used arms from the 7 series cars. If your car has high miles, it's probably a good investment to go ahead and replace the entire control arm since the outer ball joint is not serviceable. One last note from experience. either have the special removal tool or a pickle fork to separate the tapered joint where the ball joint connects to the steering arm. I tried in vain for an hour just using a hammer and punch. I finally had to use a pickle fork which did the job, but destroyed the rubber boot. Good Luck

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