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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 08-22-2015, 07:43 PM
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Another thrust arm install thread...;)

Hi guys,
Thanks to a vast amount of info on here, I'm able to replace the thrust arm on my 2000 540i. The car only has about 52K.
I ordered the Meyle heavy duty front upper control arm set with Powerflex bushing loaded.
part no. is 31 12 1 092pkit.
I used the ball joint remover from Harbor Freight.
I did all the work from the wheel well of the car. sprayed the area with PB Blaster. I only loosen the sway bar brackets. I didn't even remove the pinch nuts for the strut. There's just enough room to remove the ball joint nut with an open end wrench.
I did not replace the bolt or the locking nut on the bushing side. The steering links was in the way preventing me from removing the bolt. I turned the wheel all the way out toward the side I was working. I had just enough room to back the bolt out to remove the arm.
To hold down the ball joint while tighten the nut, I grind off a hex wrench so it'll fit.

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Old 08-22-2015, 09:06 PM
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Good kludge. More than one way to skin a cat.
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Old 08-23-2015, 01:59 AM
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You will be quite satisfied with the powerflex.... keep in mind they might start to sqeek a little... nothing you cant fix with some spray lube (if it really bothers you , the sound)
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:21 AM
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My first drive with it, I can "feel" more road bumps. I like it a lot. I was wondering if I should get polyurethane bushings for the sway bars. It'll force the bar to be more effective instead of squeezing the rubber ones.
I had an 89 supra turbo that I put polyurethane on and it made a big difference with the body lean.
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Old 08-25-2015, 12:39 PM
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Absolutely replace the SB bushings. I replaced them with OE ones and the difference was very noticeable.
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:21 PM
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I have them on order now... I'm going to replace the lower arms with Powerflex bushings as well as Powerflex bushings for the sports sway bars.
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