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Old 11-15-2009, 08:43 AM   #1
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Question Anyone use PowerFlex Control Arm Bushings

I've got change my COntrol Arm bushings (OEMs lasted to about 150,000). Now it's @ 200,000 and they definitely need replacing..... Am considering the PowerFlex bushings instead of OEM. Mine is a 04 330XI (which does limit suppliers, UUC doesn't make a bushing for Xi models for instance).

Anyone have experience with them? What about the squeeking and noise issues I've read about?

Mine is lowered using H&R and Bilstein. Want the stiffer feel, but this is my daily driver, so ride comfort is a consideration.

ANy thoughts suggestions?
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:47 PM   #2
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Technically BMW advises against replaceable bushings; I've heard mixed reviews on the PowerFlex units; some swear by them; others swear at them. As a rule I stick to OEM and OEM parts suppliers; my original CAB's (60mm) lasted 205, 000km...I expect the OEM 66mm units not to last as long (like yours).
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Old 11-15-2009, 02:58 PM   #3
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the more I'm reading, the more I'm leaning towards going stock OE parts. Mine may not have lasted that long, I've noticed the thunking @ my feet for some time now (became particularly louder and more noticable after lowering the car), but it may have failed along time ago.....

They've finally given up completely and I'm now aware of the issue, so I went looking for it; and found it......

Leaning towards the TMS bushing already pressed into carrier....

Thanks for the input!
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:10 PM   #4
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I heard only good things about it, So I purchased it but haven't installed it yet.
We will see how it goes..
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:09 PM   #5
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When u planning to install? I ended up buying the OE bushings from TMS. TMS did one thing uncharacteristic; they screwed up my order. I had ordered with them already pressed into new carriers and they only shipped the bushings. Guess I have alittle extra work tonight. Yup going in tonight. Starting around 9. Finish? Who knows.

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I'd be interested in seeing yours once there in and compare.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:32 PM   #6
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i had them in my 325 ci...it was slammed and the PF bushings were mint...id def get them again
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:45 PM   #7
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Those PowerFlex bushings need to be lubed up every so often.
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:55 PM   #8
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I have Powerflex bushings too. I switched to Meyle recently and did not notice much of a difference in ride quality, however I noticed difference in steering response.
Powerflex bushing made the steering much sharper and car felt a bit lighter.
My stock ones started to fail after only 65,000 km..

BTW, I will be selling my Powerflex bushings. Pre-pressed in OEM brackets and ready to go. PM if interested.
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:03 PM   #9
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BTW, my bushings are sold now,... Wow, that was quick!
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:20 PM   #10
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Anyone know if a puller is absolutely needed to remove the stock bushings or can it be done with a mallet?
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I used a puller, and Iím glad I did. Stock rubber bushing gets really stuck onto the aluminum of the control arm.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:00 AM   #12
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ended up not having to change bushings. Closer inspection @ the garage showed that they are still fully intact and operational.... I had ordered OE bushings to replace, but mine are still good @ 205,000 km!!! so we left them in. On the Xi models (unlike other 3 series) you need to remove front sub-frame asembly to access the mounting holes and considering the work involved, I wasn't going to attempt if the bushings were still intact. Will likely replace in the spring regardless. Am interested in peoples experiences with the Powerflex as they look to be an excellent product!!!
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Old 04-02-2010, 11:39 AM   #13
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ended up not having to change bushings. Closer inspection @ the garage showed that they are still fully intact and operational.... I had ordered OE bushings to replace, but mine are still good @ 205,000 km!!! so we left them in. On the Xi models (unlike other 3 series) you need to remove front sub-frame asembly to access the mounting holes and considering the work involved, I wasn't going to attempt if the bushings were still intact. Will likely replace in the spring regardless. Am interested in peoples experiences with the Powerflex as they look to be an excellent product!!!
Powerflex are great, just have to be proberly installed.

The subframe does NOT have to be removed to replace your bushings!!!!

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Powerflex are great, just have to be proberly installed.

The subframe does NOT have to be removed to replace your bushings!!!!

4 exclamation marks on that statement !..

I was quoted a big amount (sponsor here) for was told that subrame needs to be removed to put in the bushings.

Nice to know there is alternative..
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