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Old 11-06-2011, 07:55 PM
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replace front end what a differnce

Well I replaced the front end on the car I got last month and OH MY GOD, I have never seen so much old ****. There were control arms on there that had pins. Even my e28 did not have those when I got it and it was also in bad shape. Most of the rubber covering the joints was gone. I found out very quickly why there was 2 inches of play in the steering.(which made it kind of scary to drive in weather.) Even without a front end alignment she is better to drive ( I will be getting one on Tuesday.)

So now the next step is to find out where the brake fluid is leaking. The brakes are great, but I have to keep adding fluid so I am thinking the seal on the master is bad.


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Old 11-06-2011, 09:53 PM
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Good to hear, i noticed an enormous difference when i did mine, jsut got to finish up all mounts and other bushings.
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:36 AM
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Good to hear, i noticed an enormous difference when i did mine, jsut got to finish up all mounts and other bushings.
Same here. In fact i have two cars that are mechanically and structurally identical, the schnitzer has all brand new oem struts linkages etc you name it, while the other one is rooted. It really makes a huge difference doesnt it, you can definately tell
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:15 AM
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Do the rears also (pitman arms and sway bar links) it makes the car feel almost brand new and much stiffer. loving it!
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:30 PM
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I did replaced the dogbones,, how are the the rear sway bars to replace? on the e28 they are a bitch.

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Old 11-07-2011, 07:40 PM
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Sway bar links are about the same hassle as the dog bones (pretty easy and straightforward). Make sure you have plenty of dish soap available though!

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pitman arms....
At the risk of coming our stupid, my understanding is they are only on solid rear axel cars? I must admit i havent been under my e34 much yet.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:06 PM
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At the risk of coming our stupid, my understanding is they are only on solid rear axel cars? I must admit i havent been under my e34 much yet.
"Rear Trailing Arm Link"pitman arms as noted on FCPgroton and on some other sites i have seen..I just call them dog bones unless i am posting,usually
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It's referred to a pitman arm, because just like the function of a pitman arm in the front steering system, the link acts as a cam that imparts steering leverage.

In the case of the E34 trailing arm, they control toe under braking and acceleration. A semi-trailing arm geometry method they gleaned from Porsche.
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hope the OP doesnt mind going off topic...

is it part 10 in this image? http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...19&hg=33&fg=30
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:14 AM
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is it part 10 in this image?
Part 10 in that image is a truss for the rear subframe.

The Pitman arms, a.k.a. dog bones, are Part 6 in this image:

http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...21&hg=33&fg=30
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In the front there are 2 idler arms and 1 pitman, correct?
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:20 PM
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Can someone confirm above question? Or is it one of each?
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