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Old 01-18-2017, 02:51 PM
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Control Arm Bushing Replacement

I've seen aftermarket control arms with new bushings, which are significantly cheaper than the factory parts, but does anyone refurbish existing control arms, i.e. where I can send the parts and have new bushings installed? Seems very wasteful to throw away the metal arm just because the rubber part has gone bad, no?
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Old 01-18-2017, 03:46 PM
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For thrust bushing yes, haven't seen for control arms. I'm very content with the knock off control arms, solved the high speed wobbles on x5 #2. I have to replace the front thrust bushings on same car now (wheel thunk with braking). The problem with switching bushings like you describe is shops usually charge $30/50 per bearing / bushing to hydraulic press them both in and out.

You can burn out a rubber bushing pretty easy (by hearing the metal not the rubber) but good luck finding the right replacement other than the larger bushings like thrust bushings


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Old 01-19-2017, 08:27 AM
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Yes it's a waste of metal but as Andrew said "good luck to find the right replacement bushing". If you don't have a special tools to replacing the bushing, it's kind of pain in the ass.
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Old 01-19-2017, 08:30 AM
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FYI this is the tool to press the bushing into place.

http://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/...ib8aAmZ78P8HAQ
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Old 01-19-2017, 09:18 AM
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There is a much smaller tool for small bushings. Similar to gear puller.


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Old 01-19-2017, 04:04 PM
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Thanks for the responses. I hoped there was an exchange service, where you send your control arm with worn bushings and they send you back a rebuilt unit, thereby saving the cost of the metal arm, which I am assuming is forged and must be the expensive fraction of the assembly, not the new rubber bushing. It seems that this scenario does not exist, though.
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Old 01-19-2017, 10:36 PM
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For other cars I've seen "just the bushing". We've replaced the control arms for about $350 parts and labor with friend of family mechanic. If you can diy just swap the parts and get the front end dialed in. We waited too long to get alignment and it cost a set of tires
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Old 01-20-2017, 06:49 AM
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Thanks again for the replies, appreciate the information and feedback.
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Old 01-22-2017, 04:16 PM
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You're better off replacing the entire control arm and/or thrust arm. they both have ball joints at the other end from the bushing. Likely as not, if the bushing is shot so is the ball joint or close to it. It's a pretty easy DIY, I've done it myself. About $400 in parts for OEM parts (not genuine BMW they are ridiculously costly). OEM parts are made by the same manufacturer that BMW used to build the car so,they are virtually the same part without the roundel and the ridiculous price.
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Old 01-25-2017, 05:15 AM
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Just recently did this myself. Replaced control arms (aftermarket) and a year later the bushings went. I found the bushings on ebay for $20 and bought a press from harbor freight for under $100. Went this route because I have always done my own work and have always paid a local mechanic to press in bushings and bearings. Figured it would pay for itself with this job alone. It is a little tough to press them in tho. Need to have some engineering understanding to improvise jigs. I used my 3/4 in drive sockets.

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Old 01-25-2017, 07:23 AM
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Great tip HF is great resource for such.
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