The installation process for the E36 and E46 is identical. The only difference is the E36 control arm bushing mount area is round and the E46 has a hexagonal cross section. If you used the BMW recommended lube, the "drying" is to all intents done about 30 minutes after you've applied it. I suspect the bushings will find their correct location with a bit of driving regardless and the lube is more needed to get them positioned so you can bolt them to the car frame.Okay, took me a while to calm down and actually see things correctly.
So, we have one fixed point in space, the ball joint at the sub frame. the bushing is holding a point in the X and Y, and then must then therefore be at a specific spot along Z.
The setting the car down while the bushing and control arm are still lubricated is to get out all the stresses. So, would it be good to drive the car to exercise the suspension before the lubrication dries?
and exactly how is the bushing to be oriented, again with clarity? (still have yet to watch video, though it seems to be for an E46.)
Btw, thank you all for bearing with my ... I don't want to say stupidity, but that's currently the only thing that is coming to mind.
P.S. Can't wait to get this car back to health ... even on my shoestring of a budget.