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Old 02-16-2013, 09:16 AM
JBBIII JBBIII is offline
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Control arm bushings alignment

The replacement control arm bushings i purchased (OEM BMW) have small slots in them opposite each other vs. the original ones that are solid. do they have to be aligned in a particular way when i have the pressed in? No way to tell from the old ones.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:32 PM
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Yes, they do. There should be an arrow cast into the rubber and that should be aligned with a dot on the lollipop. This should result in the slots being aligned on each side of the control arm if I recall correctly.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:13 PM
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I just confirmed that my OEM FCABs have the slots oriented to each side when installed, although I am planning to replace mine with the M-style solid ones in the future.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:42 AM
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Interesting. I validated that the bushing i received had the correct part # on the order form (M Roadster) but the bushings have a totally different # and have the slots. I wonder if the solid ones are NLA although they still show avalible on 'getbmwparts' and 'realoem' sites. i also checked a non M part and the price is much less so i am at this point figuring the dealership gave me the wrong bushing
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:54 AM
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My non-M bushings have much bigger slots than your new ones, and they go all the way through. I think it's just a refinement.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:04 AM
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I ordered the centered M-style bushings for my non-M from autohausaz a couple of years ago and they did not have slots in them. You may want to do some checking around on that before you press them in the lollipops.

With that being said, I think Blacklane is correct. The slots in my non-M bushings were larger than what is shown on your bushings and they did go all the way through the bushing.

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Old 02-18-2013, 12:04 AM
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So is this a slot added to the M version or a smaller slot on the non M version?

Maybe this is a new 'universal' version?
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