In Reply to: Any might-as-wells w/ new thrust arm bushings? posted by RobWC on April 02, 2000 at 15:38:13:
I needed thrust arm bushings on my 89 535i. I elected to replace everything. Instead of replacing just the bushings, which requires the removal of the thrust arm, I replaced the whole thing since the ball at the wheel end of the thrust arm was possibly worn also. I changed the control arms at the same time because I had everything torn apart anyway, and since you have to align after you mess with these components I figured I'd replace everything at once and have one alignment. I also replaced the idler arm and tie rods. The tie rod ends were ok but the adjusting sleeves were frozen. I then had it aligned and it handles excellent. It should, since it is basically a new front end. Take care with the alignment. You have to have 150 lbs. each in the front seats, the back seat, 45 lbs. in the trunk and a full tank of gas. If you don't have a Bentley's get one. One final thing, make sure the car's weight is on the suspension before you tighten the bushing through bolt, if you don't you'll pre-load the bushings and it'll handle weird and wear out the bushings quickly.