In Reply to: Help! I got the 60 MPH shimmies posted by Gucc on January 05, 2000 at 10:11:49:
: I've read past messages stating that this is a bushing problem. But what I don't know is what is the exact name of the bushings needing replacement and if the job is difficult or requires special tools. I've seen bushings labeled as "control arm" and "stabilizer arm" in variuos BMW parts catalogs. I'm a good weekend mechanic and usually do the work myself. Tires are recent and balanced.
: Gucc '94 525i 5spd sharked
You will probably get the scoop from just a few messages. It used to require a machine shop press the new bushings into the arms (unless you happen to have a mega-ton press around the house), but now several suppliers like BavAuto and Europarts? sell them as one unit, bushings already in, and ready to install. Be sure to get the heavier duty bushings or you will be doing it again soon. I got mine from BavAuto 1 800 535-2002 for $140/side, but i think someone in the archives was able to get them for about half that price. Installing them is ez, getting the old ones off sometimes isn't. The only special tool you need is a pickle fork or tie-rod separator. Also, after you get them on, don't tighten the chassis-side bolts until the car is down off the jacks, they need to be tightened with the car's weight on the suspension. Good luck!
ron 89 525i (rock steady,..shocks next)