The problem seems to have gone away now, I think the tires may have had flat spots from sitting all winter. Rudy, to answer your question the control arms were tightened after the ball joints were inserted into the struts, so they were not loaded until the weight of the car was put on them. Now I'm dealing with a no start issue, but this kind of thing is usually easy to track down.
cheers guys and thanks for the pointers.
1986 328is (M20 Stroker)
1986 535i (5sp all original)
1990 325iX (Mint 5sp all original)
1989 325iX (Winter auto X car
2001 740i (Supercharged)
2004 X5 3.0i (The DD)