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Old 12-06-2012, 10:23 PM
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Replaced my thrust arms! Wow!

Hey guys, the car has been feeling great, very tight.. but I would notice once in a while when coming out of a certain driveway I would hit the slight crack in the change of material and feel a very minor bump that felt like a micro amount of play somewhere.. other than that it was completely un-noticeable. Anyway, when changing the oil I noticed the bushing on the thrust arms were splitting.. tonight we replaced them both with Meyle HD's and the car feels good.. the scary part was, besides the bushings being bad the ball joints were WASTED.. they felt like they were being held in by the rubber boots! I could take pliars and move them and they just felt worn to the point where they felt like they were broke.. I could bend them all the way back, etc. not good! I figured I would mention this because strangely enough the car felt pretty tight.. a little rough, but it's a BMW and has sport package.. but you guys may want to check your arms too, and it may be worth replacing the whole arm instead of just the bushing, that way you get those ball joints replaced!
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:35 PM
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Changed mine out also as I would get the occasional thump when backing up ... makes a difference indeed
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:53 PM
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What did you replace upper and lower control arms?
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:08 AM
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Now you have replaced your control arms you need to get your wheels realigned. The new bushings etc will have changed the settings of your wheels. You will get bad tyre wear and waste your tyres.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:21 AM
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Will be doing an alignment anyway, but was told thrust arms didn't need it.. but going to do lowers after thrust have made such a diff. and after seeing how bad those ball joints were without warning..
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:15 AM
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Just Curious as to year and miles?
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:16 AM
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:21 PM
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Good to know. Its time for me to change my brake fluid again so it will be a good time to inspect those bushings.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:14 AM
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In the past it seemed to always be the bushing end but that is exactly what we have been seeing more of on the e65 is the bushings blown but the joint side is barely hanging in.

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