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Hi Gens,

First of all I want to thanks to Sir. Mike Ottati to let me post in the main section.


For those who are interested in Soft Ball Upper spherical bearing bushings it is worth your time to read the following:

Intro. It has been 12 years since I started messing around with E24 M6’s E34 M5's E30 M3's, E31 ‘97 840Ci.

With the factory upper control arm bushing design on our cars, we are all aware that it causes the very famous and annoying front wheel shimmy around ~47-55mph, as well as the destruction of the power steering gear box!!! I have seen many cars such as E34’s, E24’s, and E31 including my own E31 L (when I got it from the previous owner) with excessive steering gear box play. Many owners ignore the shimmy until it gets really bad, and then they replace the bushings over a very short period of time…with E32 7 series aka “Green”. The E32 7 series can hold max 15k miles (in my hands even less..)or less with your favorite wheels with low profile tires…and then again requires replacement. Every little shimmy goes directly to your steering box and slowly destroys the gear inside. Many people put the blame on the design, but that is not the case.


My personal experience: On my personal daily driver E24 M6, I have Throwing Stars 9j/ or my other set: BBS E26 17 9.5J wrapped with 255/40/17 tires on all 4 corners. I have replaced so many E32 7 aka“Green” bushings that I can’t even remember how many sets… and every set was installed when the car was on the jack sitting on all tires in order to release the suspension/tire preload, (drive in lift). Another downside on the factory poor bushings design is that when there is hard breaking, the geometry visibly changes on the front wheels.


The inventor on this Unique “SoftBall” spherical bearing Design is my friend: Sir. Frank Fahey. Back in 80’s, he invented this design and with large success and until today, the cars these bushing were installed on has NEVER had any problem with shimmy and they are still rolling!!! Quite some time since 1980’s…


The downside of the competitors is that….You will notice immediately the Harshness! I have done extensive testing on our competitor’s product by installing brand new 16inch tires with 225/50/16 with Super soft tall meaty side walls, even different tire pressure and they are STILL harsh when driving over potholes! You can feel the force going straight to the frame bracket/chassis! Second test: I installed my 17inch Throwing stars 9J all around with 255/40/17, and I felt every single imperfection on the road in my steering wheel. Worst part was that all the forces were going to the Upper Control arm bracket. Unfortunately, in time this will cause possible cracks. Not to mention, this will shorten the life span of the other suspension components, especially the Ball Joint on the Actual Upper Control Arm! You eliminate a shimmy problem but you destroy the ball joint on the other side of the arm and on the other components from the suspension. Also another point is that the factory arms are not design for such a bearing design. Another downside: you can feel the tire thread noise because it transfers through the entire chassis. In my opinion, these kind of bushings are race track tubular arm design…I can say from personal experience that heavily modified racetrack suspensions do NOT work for the street, only for racing!


What makes our “softball bushing” unique and better than our competitors: In our bushings, we use Military Aurora Bearings that are made in the USA. The most important factor in our bushings is the Poly Urethine layer. This layer is used specifically as a cushioning to prevent suspension impact. It also prevents cracks on the bracket, protects the ball joint from wear and also preserves other suspension components.

Aurora Bearing. Stock bearing has a radial load capacity of almost 32,000 lbf, which is WAY overkill for our application (we need at most 2000 lbf for 1 g braking and 4000 lb weight). The COM-12KHT alloy steel race raises load to about 48,000 lbf (overkill).

Is our Bearing Serviceable? Yes, on our product you can replace parts.

Our product does not have rubber seal to prevent dirt and dust going in: Correct. We don’t have the rubber cover on our bushings. Our bushings are so tight that dirt is unable to get inside. Frank installed it on his clients M635CSi/M6 and when the car came back for service years later, the bushings were still in EXCELLENT shape and NO dirt was inside. I personally have had these on my daily driver for years and they are in as good as shape as the day I installed them.

Fitment Our Bushing will fit all E34, E24, E28, E31 Models. Please specify so we can sent you the correct bushing

We manufacture these bushings also have them on our cars M635CSi and my 88' E24M6, E31 840Ci from 5+ years….

To get an order for our great “SoftBall” bushings please reply to the post with your forum user name and your name.

Thanks for your time reading all the above.

Price is $349.00 The price will vary depending on how many sets will be ordered.

Regards
Anri

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If someone is interest from this very nice upgrade bushings please add your name on the list with post reply.

So far:

1. mottati (Mike) (1 set paid) E34 M5
2. Feld1128 ????? E24 M635CSi
3. Stija (1 set paid) E34 M5
4. DiegoR (1 set paid) E34 M5
5. BlueBiturbo (2 sets paid) E34 M5
6. Elvegard (1 set paid) E34 M5
7. First E28 M5 (1 set paid) E24 M6
 

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No one form E28 M5 section ?

Anri
 

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Me me me! Please!

No one form E28 M5 section ?

Anri

Hi. Is it too late to join in the group buy for the upper control arms?

Is it $349 shipped anywhere in the continental US (94065 specifically)?

The control arms are for me 1988 E28 M5.

Please let me know if I can still join in.

Thanks in advance.
 

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If someone is interest from this very nice upgrade bushings please add your name on the list with post reply.

So far:

1. mottati (Mike) (1 set paid) E34 M5
2. Feld1128 ????? E24 M635CSi
3. Stija (1 set paid) E34 M5
4. DiegoR (1 set paid) E34 M5
5. BlueBiturbo (2 sets paid) E34 M5
6. Elvegard (1 set paid) E34 M5
7. First E28 M5 (1 set paid) E24 M6
It's not too late is it? Thanks in advance!

8. jmlag (How do I send payment? Paypal?) E28 M5
 

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Hi Again. I suppose the order has already gone through? Maybe I'll be able to join the next group order.

For now, I went ahead and ordered OEM control arms with heavy duty bushings from Bavauto. Would have preferred these bad boys but I needed to get them urgently. Wish I would have seen this thread sooner.

Next time then....
 

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Are these parts still available new? If so I'm interested.
Hi Mike,

Yes I do have several sets available.

I have sent you a PM with info.

Were leaving in Santa Monica last year ? Now I see Bay Area ? Have you moved up north ?

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Anri
 
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