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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 04-29-2013, 10:05 PM
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Front lower control arms...

Hey guys, new question for you. I got new wheels put on my car the other day and the minute it when on the lift and got in the air i saw that the front wheels bowed in and i wiggled them and can tell both ball joints are bad. Im thinking of doing it the right way, and getting both control arms and the bushings also. but the thing is are the bushings nessasary to get or do they basically never go bad? or should i just do it all? have any suggestions on where to buy the parts for a decent price? thanks again and info would be awesome and apprciated. thanks guys.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:14 PM
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I believe normally those bushings go bad first and are changed more often. I just played safe and changed all of them at once.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:15 PM
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I was thinkin the same thing....good lookin bro.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:25 AM
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use pry bar to check bushings, looking isn't enough.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:29 PM
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Simple, you can't reuse CAB's if you replace the CA's.

Good DIY that explains so much on youtube.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:54 PM
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Re: Front lower control arms...

Ok well has anyone used anyone of the control arm kits with bushings from ebay? Theyre 175 shipped abd autozone wants 161 just for the control arm itself.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:15 PM
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When you see a super low price for anything for your car on eBay, assume it's cheap Chinese crap. Because it is.
I know you want to save money, you don't know me, and you want to think I'm wrong, but ignore my advice at your own peril. You will regret using cheap Chinese crap real soon. Forum is laden with many posts to this effect.
If cheap crap was good enough, why don't you think BMW would put it on your car?

Get part numbers and buy name brand like Meyle after price shopping here: www.furiousmethod.com

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:20 PM
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Re: Front lower control arms...

They probably wont even last the year warranty lol

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:47 PM
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Right, buying cheap is not how to save money really.
Should get good quality which hopefully last long.
Ofcourse might be that some time you can get good for cheap, but very rarely.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:57 PM
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Ofcourse might be that some time you can get good for cheap, but very rarely.
Not on a high stress suspension part for your e46.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:13 PM
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Re: Front lower control arms...

****..well should i even trust baxters? I mean the quality seems the same from baxters lol idk man bmw wants almost 3bills a arm without bushings

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Old 05-03-2013, 06:41 AM
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Get the ZHP arms from OEMBIMMERPARTS. About $200/each, all in. Plenty of DIY articles around on how to do them yourself. Not terribly hard at all as long as you have the right tools. I just did mine a few weekends ago and there were no surprises. One tip I missed in planning was "get a large pickle fork." I bought a cheapo 12" from harbor freight that wasn't adequate and had to go rent a bigger one to get the job done.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:55 AM
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"get a large pickle fork"
Right, they are probably quite stuck.
Will need some big tools, but should try not smash everything next to it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:36 AM
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^^^^^+2.....the pickle fork from Harbor Freight was able to break the inner ball joint free but did not do sh!t on the outer one.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:33 PM
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Re: Front lower control arms...

Sooo update here...i just got the control arms and bushings in the mail...these ball joint dont need to be filled with grease right?

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:04 PM
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They should be sealed, so no... already greased.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:40 PM
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I think Turner is a sponsor here and has a real nice kit;
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-17...ternative.aspx
Wish i had bought a kit instead of piece by piece on mine.
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