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  1. 2000 E39 523i Touring - Fitting Powerflex Bushes 
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    Just a quick bit of advice needed from anyone who has 'Powerflexed' their front end.

    I took everything apart this afternoon ready to fit a full front end kit and will press out the old bushes tomorrow. I know the larger Tension Arm bushes should press out but the Haynes manual says that the Control Arm bushes aren't replaceable. So, my question is, do the steel sleeves around these bushes press out like the others?

    It looks simple enough but just want to make sure.

    Hopefully, one of you has done this recently.
     
     

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    Number 8 here http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...42&hg=31&fg=05

    Seems strange that they're not replaceable

    If it has a steel liner around the rubber bush that sits within the bracket then I would press it out
     
     

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    Thanks Rym, but a slight misunderstanding.

    It's the Touring, not the Z4 that I'm doing. It's the bushes on the two arms, numbers 4 & 11 here:
    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...17&hg=31&fg=05
    It shows the control arm, 11, with it's bush in place. Haynes stated that this had to come as one piece, but they also stated that this was the case 'at the time of writing'.

    Anyway, Powerflex sell the bush, so I assume it will press out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stolfordtone View Post
    Thanks Rym, but a slight misunderstanding.

    It's the Touring, not the Z4 that I'm doing. It's the bushes on the two arms, numbers 4 & 11 here:
    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...17&hg=31&fg=05
    It shows the control arm, 11, with it's bush in place. Haynes stated that this had to come as one piece, but they also stated that this was the case 'at the time of writing'.

    Anyway, Powerflex sell the bush, so I assume it will press out.

    Cheers

    Whoops........................

    If it has a steel outer liner then it's going to press out, if not Powerflex would not produce the part.

    WTF You wouldn't want to replace that part every time the bush went

    http://www.cooper-bmw-parts.co.uk/in...com_virtuemart

    Will you have your camera to hane when carrying out the re-bushing of your 5 series?
     
     

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    just make sure you press in the lower arm rear bush (track control bush i think) in from the correct side. i did these bushes on my car the other day and thought i had put it in the correct way but didnt.
    took 5 mins to push in and about an hour to press out as i had no press.

    when doing the front lower arm rear bush without a press, cut the rubber centre bush out with a knife, then set a hacksaw in the middle of the metal bush holding part, cut 90% through the metal bit that normally gets pressed out, and then with a screw driver split the other 10% and the metal ring can be pushed out easily.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20 RYM View Post
    Whoops........................

    If it has a steel outer liner then it's going to press out, if not Powerflex would not produce the part.

    WTF You wouldn't want to replace that part every time the bush went

    http://www.cooper-bmw-parts.co.uk/in...com_virtuemart

    Will you have your camera to hane when carrying out the re-bushing of your 5 series?
    See what you mean

    I'll see if I can take a few pics. Not sure when I'll get the chance to do it this week now. Everything's gone mad at work now; I have to try and fit in about 5 days more work before Thursday - I new this would happen once I took the car off the road

    Anyway, might try and have a go on Friday - bet it rains

    I'll keep you informed of progress.
     
     

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    Job's all done now.

    I'll try & post up a few pics this week in case anyone may find them useful.

    Look in the 'How To' section later this week.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by stolfordtone View Post
    Job's all done now.

    I'll try & post up a few pics this week in case anyone may find them useful.

    Look in the 'How To' section later this week.
    Great news, how did you get on?

    Was it as you expected?
     
     

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    Wasn't too bad to do. There are a few things to look out for. I'll give a 'heads up' when I do the 'How To'.

    Started on Friday evening & worked 'till dark, then finished off on Monday morning.

    Only damaged two knuckles too !

    One of the great things about the 5 Series is that nearly everything is made of aluminium - looks great when cleaned up a bit.

    Got to look at the back next. I'm sure I'll end up doing the shocks at some point but I'll get it all 'tight' first.

    Spent most of the weekend in the Z with the roof off

    How are yours going ?
     
     

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    Look forward to seeing the write up

    Answer to your question is Touring = Complete, coupe = now know what needs to doing to rectify the fault that I took it off the road and looks spanking gorgeous after a good wash, and polish... As for the Zafira... What can I say? It's a bloody vauxhall... a Vauxhall in pieces
     
     

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