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Old 12th May 2011, 19:47   #1
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Control Arm Bushings removal???

Is there a special way to get the bushing out of the front control arm or does anyone have a DIY?
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Old 12th May 2011, 20:20   #2
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hydraulic press + proper OD mandrel (generally whatever sockets fit, or whatever scrap metal you have lying around that works ) + level surface to hold the control arm.

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is the hydralic press a must? or are there ways you can get around it with other tools?
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is the hydralic press a must? or are there ways you can get around it with other tools?
There is a different way, it involves making a puller with a metal c bracket, some nuts, washers, and a bolt. The biggest issue is setting the bushing back in at the proper depth. Or you can burn the rubber, sawzall the metal ring, and use the puller to pull the bushing in.

Personally, if your bushings are gone, your ball joint is too, easier to order the arm as a unit.
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Cheaper and easier to just swap in a new arm w/bushing and be done with it...
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Not sure if you are talking about lower control arm bushings or thrust arm bushings?

Also are you trying to remove the bushings to install Powerflex or OEM.

If you want to put Powerflex bushings in, you must remove the bushing which is a bit trickier than pushing the old bushing out with the new OEM bushing.

If you want to install Powerflex bushings, there is a vendor that sells thrust arms without bushings.
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Hydraulic press is the easiest way, if you were on the right coast, I'd volunteer mine :P
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You could always remove the control arms yourself and then drive over to an independent shop that's wiling to press the bushings in and out for you.

Or... i think i saw somewhere on here when someone posted a home made bushing press that he made in his garage... i dont remember the thread title though. I'm sure it's on here somewhere...
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As others have stated it's easiest and makes the most sense to replace the arm (with an OE Lemforder). Without a proper press, either hydraulic or manual, you're in for a lot of frustration. Furthermore, it's imperative that the bushing be square to the arm when pressing the new one in or it will never be right.

The arms are actually pretty cheap and the payback in lack of frustration is well worth the extra cost. Anymore we don't replace bushings in favor of the entire arm.
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Try this link;

forum.bmw5.co.uk • View topic - How To - Fit Polybushes up front without the special tools.

This may help
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