I have a 2002 525i that shimmies after 90km/h (55mph) and so I think it is time to replace the thrust arms. The car has 205k on it and ever since I bought it a year and a half ago I haven't changed the thrust arms. So I am planning to make a trip to my mechanic, but I have few question to educate myself:
1) Some E39 owners have installed the X5 thrust arms on their E39s stating they are better. But would the X5 thrust arms fit on the 525i or just the M5/540i?
2) Are there any third party thrust arms, such as ones with HD bushings and so on, that work on the 525i? So far it looks like all third party thrust arms were made for the M5/540i.
3) On RealOEM for the 525i there is something called "Set rubber mounting f pull rod" part#31120006482. Is this something that comes with the thrust arms (like pressed into it)? Or is this something purchased separately?
Here is how it looks like: http://www.turnermotorsport.com/imag...m_bushings.jpg
On the RealOEM for the 525i chart, it looks like the thrust arm has an empty ring in it and that the bushing has to go into it. But on the 540i chart, it looks like the thrust arm has a rubber in it (not empty) and the bushing gets screw to the thrust arm (doesn't go into it). What's going on here? I just need to know if the bushing comes with the thrust arms for the 525i or not.
4) Finally, is there a good place in the GTA to get a good deal for a set of thrust arms for the 525i? Of course, I am looking for the original brand or another good brand.
Thanks for your feedback in advance!