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Old 08-06-2009, 05:37 AM   #1
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Exclamation Torn control arm balljoint boot

So I'm putting M brakes on my 328.

Managed to tear a boot on the outer ball joint while separating it from the spindle.

What are my options besides a new ball joint? I'm pretty sure I can't even replace them. (M3 control arms)

They are brand new too.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:45 AM   #2
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I believe you may be able to change the boot by removing the clip which holds the boot in. I know e30's have this but not certain about e36. Otherwise you'll need to change the ball joint.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:56 AM   #3
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Theres a harder boot you can buy dont remeber where ct or like xarquest i think that goes over the torn boot i had to do this on my e36 and yes you can replace the boot i just couldnt fin the oem on anywhere
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Sounds good. I've also heard of using silicone rtv
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$Silicone it throw another boot over it and it will be as good as new¢
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:42 AM   #6
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Check out this $4 solution from BMP: http://www.bmpdesign.com/product-exe...earch_model/38. The only problem is, after shipping and brokerage fees, it'll probably end up costing you $40! Either order something else you really want along with it or ask a friend who lives in the US to order it for you and bring it up when visiting (that's what I did for my RTAB limiters from GC ... and GC had free shipping too!).
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:45 AM   #7
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BTW, does anyone have a good way to separate balljoints w/o breaking the boot? My pickle fork/sledgehammer approach always rips the boot apart. Is an air chisel a better way to do things?
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I used RTV silicone.

Haven't put it back on yet. Anyone know where I could get a boot just incase?
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