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    Hi all,

    Hope this is in the right section.

    I need to replace the bushes on the front end of my car, Found that most of you recommend Powerflex bushes, problem i got is how do i find out what size i need, there is 60mm or 66mm bushes car is X-reg year 2000.
    Anyone know how i could find out my size, or where and what to measure.

    Any help would be great, thanks in advance.
     
     

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    If you have not had the bushes changed in a previous life, then chances are they will still be on the 60mm carriers. The new upgrade kit offered newer 66mm carriers and were fitted 2001 onwards...even on older cars such as yours if it had a bush change. Best thing to do is jack up the car and measure the bush carrier width.
     
     

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    No i havent got a clue if they have ever been replaced or not only had car since Febuary. What does the 60mm or 66mm refer to is it just the rear bush housing?
    Have also noticed now in order to get the right bushes or wishbones you got to decide if your car has got M TEC SUSPENSION or standard, how can you tell which is fitted to your car?
    On the RealOEM.com site i look up my car using BMW Serial Number and it mentions under the supplement D=66MM, would this be a clue that mines got the 66mm fitted.

    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...53&hg=31&fg=05

    Has anyone here managed to buy the complete wishbone with powerflex bushes already fitted as i cannot find anyone selling this.

    Thanks again.
    Last edited by dar1000; 22-04-2009 at 11:42. Reason: more info
     
     

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    Yes it may be 66mm, but mine wasn't and it is the same year as yours. So I fitted the upgrade kit first, and when the bushings were worn on that, I replaced them with powerflex. You won't find anyone doing powerflex fitted on the arms...it's a seperate job. So as I said, phsically measure the carrer width.
     
     

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    Thanks for the quick replies, What is the upgrade kit is it a new wishbone or the rear bush housing that looks like a lollipop, and what do i measure is it the inside of the lollipop/rear bush housing, or somthing else, sorry for being thick
     
     

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    The upgrade bush kit will consist of 66mm 'lollipops' as you would call them, with the bushes fitted. Then you will need to buy spacers to drop your x-brace so it won't rub with the new 'lollipops'. Measure the diameter across the 'lollipop' on your car and tell me what it is.
     
     

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    Thanks for helping NealP, I will get back to you once i measure the rear bush housing, but i cant do it for a couple of days, so please dont think ive just 'Blanked' you, i will post back.
     
     

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    I have got an old pair of 66mm lollipops with worn standard bushes in them if you or anyone else wants them to upgrade to powerflex or other type of poly bushes without taking your car off the road....

    They came off my old 2001(Y) E46 330i Tourer, I replaced them because they were showing a bit of age with a little play on the N/S - but the housings for the bushes are good and you can press them out and stick your polybushes in them

    I do not want anything for them - just cover the postage and they are yours. PM me if you are interested.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Whittaker View Post
    I have got an old pair of 66mm lollipops with worn standard bushes in them if you or anyone else wants them to upgrade to powerflex or other type of poly bushes without taking your car off the road....

    They came off my old 2001(Y) E46 330i Tourer, I replaced them because they were showing a bit of age with a little play on the N/S - but the housings for the bushes are good and you can press them out and stick your polybushes in them

    I do not want anything for them - just cover the postage and they are yours. PM me if you are interested.
    That is an awesome gesture Kev

    I'm sure a member will snap them up very shortly

    Have you got them advertised in the wanted section?
     
     

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    No, not yet.... Just sat around in a box in the corner of the workshop. I have no use for them and I have got a lot out of the forum - just trying to put a bit back.

    Hopefully someone will want them.
     
     

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