I got mine off (E23) by turning the steering until exposed. My puller got it off fine (daughter doing the wrenching). The whole center link fell on her and she was dragged out from under the car by the ankles (uninjured: just too heavy for her to lift) - what a hoot!! We could then remove the idler arm and housing from the body.
The puller I have/used for this is pitman arm specific and has clamps to hold the puller legs together.
Good - Fast - Cheap: Pick any two.
E23 735i; E32 735iL (X 2 - 1 Alpine White and 1 Glacier Blue); E34 535i; E38 735iL; R50 Cooper; R55 Cooper Clubman.
E21 318i; E30 318i; E32 735iL; E34 535i; E38 730iL; E53 4.4i
Last edited by BMWFatherFigure; 10-12-2012 at 08:07 PM.