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Forum: Do-It-Yourself H.Q. 05-04-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 21,075
Posted By thompsw
That's exactly what I did, had a hell of a time. ...

That's exactly what I did, had a hell of a time. When I was finished and was tightening up that allen-head bolt, I realized that turning it clockwise with a short piece of pipe is what releases the...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-14-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,857
Posted By thompsw
I know that it's not easy, but if you "happen" to...

I know that it's not easy, but if you "happen" to be under there, I'd love to know the bolt center to bolt center of the new ones ...

Dave.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-13-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,857
Posted By thompsw
Do you still have the old ones ? If you do,...

Do you still have the old ones ? If you do, could you measure the center to center distance for me ? I threw away my old ones ... stupid !
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-13-2013, 12:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,857
Posted By thompsw
Did you, by any chance, compare the old and new...

Did you, by any chance, compare the old and new control arms ? I had changed the upper rears and it didn't seem to make any difference but now I'm wondering. The front upper, i.e. the to-in...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 12-17-2012, 02:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,857
Posted By thompsw
I was talking to the guy who did the alignment...

I was talking to the guy who did the alignment the last time and he said that changing the camber at the lower control arm also affects the toe-in, so if I was able to enlarge that slot where the...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-30-2012, 02:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,857
Posted By thompsw
You will have to change both upper control arms...

You will have to change both upper control arms then. The lower one is the large one that has the camber adjustment where it attaches to the bracket on the far side from the wheel.

The forward...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-30-2012, 08:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,857
Posted By thompsw
RGriffin -- Ah ha ! Someone with similar...

RGriffin -- Ah ha ! Someone with similar mileage and the same problem !

Which control arms are you buying -- lower or upper or both ? The uppers have bends in them. I suspect that if you heat...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-28-2012, 07:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,857
Posted By thompsw
I wish. I took it to BMW, the camber adjustment...

I wish. I took it to BMW, the camber adjustment is already turned to as little negative as possible, they put on the hoist and then called me in -- two techs looking at it but neither one knowing...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,857
Posted By thompsw
I checked into replacing the bushings but the...

I checked into replacing the bushings but the ones on the lower control arms are not serviceable. I think that they're put into place before the part is welded together -- it's hollow. Those...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,857
Posted By thompsw
probably correct but I'd hoped for a magic...

probably correct but I'd hoped for a magic bullet. How long do I intend to keep the car ? Well, as long as it's running without issues or major expenses, there's no real reason to get rid of it. ...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2012, 03:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,857
Posted By thompsw
I realize this is an old thread but hoping that...

I realize this is an old thread but hoping that someone has come up with a solution.

I have a 2004 X5 3.0 manual (not d) with 250,000 miles on it (perhaps that's my problem ?) with excessive...
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