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Old 03-23-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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Control arms and bushings

Anyone recommend a good shop to get control arms and bushings changed, also which brand I should be going for and price idea
Thanks
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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Anyone recommend a good shop to get control arms and bushings changed, also which brand I should be going for and price idea
Thanks
Im sure u can get it done at any of the sponsors : RMP,Bimmersport etc
For bushings:
Parts + labour around $250+tax

I guess it depends on what kind of ride u r looking for:
Oem - most comfy (think its cos its oil filled)
Meyle HD - more feedback, less comfy, last longer
Polyurethane - most feedback, least comfy (not really recomended for street)

I think u can get the Meyles for $80 and can always DIY, although if not installed correctly they can wear prematurely

Control arms will me more expensive - u could probably get a kit from the US
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:32 PM   #3
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Stancefactory is the place you want.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:25 PM   #4
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HD Meyle arms and HD Meyle bushing or PowerFlex.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:52 AM   #5
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I just ordered Meyle control arms and bushings kit from Bav Auto.

31 12 1KIT - "Front Suspension Upgrade Kit - Includes Meyle HD Control Arms and HD Control Arm Bushings" - $379.95

It’s relatively easy DIY.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:10 PM   #6
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I got a quote 750 installed for the meyle hd kit
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:11 PM   #7
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Buy the parts yourself and bring them to RMP Motors.

For control arms , buy ZHP arms if you can get a good deal on them, otherwise Myele.

For bushes , just get Myele bushes.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:00 PM   #8
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+1 on RMP... always had good stuff done there. He did my arms for about $300 (non meyle).

As for the meyle stuff, I think you need to reflect on whether you're willing to spend the extra money on your vehicle. My CABs died at about 180000kms, and I plan on getting rid of this car in the near future, so I went with simple OEM. ZHP is good way to go too, but I'm not sure if it'll be funny having a ZHP on one side and non-ZHP on the other.

My two cents.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:41 PM   #9
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im in the same boat - i need to get control arms , bushings and front struts

i have a 03 325i sedan with the sports package

is there a difference between the sports package control arms and struts vs non sport ? are they interchangeable ? can i use meyle hd?
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:44 PM   #10
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Good question. I may be wrong but I do not think there is a difference. There MAY be a difference when you compare sport/nonsport to ZHP package vehicles. So yeah... I donno...
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:56 PM   #11
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As I know, the different between Sport and Basic models is the suspension.
Sport comes with Bilstein struts and shock.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:14 AM   #12
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As I know, the different between Sport and Basic models is the suspension.
Sport comes with Bilstein struts and shock.
Weird my original struts are Sachs and its a sport
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:54 PM   #13
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As I know, the different between Sport and Basic models is the suspension.
Sport comes with Bilstein struts and shock.
Where in the world did you get this info?? Sachs/boge is the OE supplier for E46 platform, non sport and sport. Bilstein is an aftermarket company just like KONI.

Meyle HD are great products for the ball joints and bushes, highly recommend over OEM, and they can be used on sport and non sport suspensions... Shocks on the other hand, for lowered cars, you need to find use the appropriate shocks that will withstand the extra travel. Sport suspension requires sport Sachs struts if you go OE. If you want to save some $$ go with KYB GR2 which will give you same performance for stock sport springs. Anything lower then stock, you need to use KONI or Bilstein sport or HD struts to maximize the lifespan. Anything else will be a waste of $ and time.

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Old 05-25-2013, 10:30 PM   #14
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Meyle HD is a lot cheaper ($140 each) than OEM (Lemforder), including ZHP control arms ($225 each). Has solid ball joints like ZHP and should last as long also. Don't think you'll notice the difference driving.

Meyle bushings $100 for the set a lot less than genuine BMW also, and last longer.
Some others maybe even less, but you'll be replacing again soon, so don't recommend it.

Prices are US$ ordered from states.

To DIY you need a 2 or 3 jaw puller (can borrow from CT) and preferably a notched plate.
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:10 AM   #15
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Just keep in mind its US.. with shipping and duties, its about $200 per arm. My local parts guy charges $230/arm..

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