its getting the old ones out thats a pain without a press.
I had to take the bushes to work and push them in with my fork lift as I just could not get them in any other way at home
Forklift popped both in within a couple of minutes
Aye, they're fairly meaty items and I'll be checking out the presses in work rather than struggling with hand tools in my garage (which doesn't have a vice, either!)
Ok, I have the car now, and have taken a look underneath, and the lollipops have the BMW writing around the rim of the lollipop facing the front of the car, so I'll push the chamfered edge of the bush in this side of the lollipop.
A picture paints a thousand words, and it's this way:
Unfortunately, you can't see the writing on the lollipops because it is face down, but you can also use the recess holes for the bolts. The face of the flange with the recess holes in it goes against the chassis. Another clue is that little pointed bit on the left hand edge of the rim in the picture. Think of that as an arrow, and point the chamfered bush in the same direction and that's the right way round. Sorry for my rubbish descriptions - I'm finding it very hard to describe!!
Hope this is helpful to others...
I'll see if I can get them pressed in tomorrow, and let you know how it all goes.
As Mark mentioned, stick them in some boiling hot water for a few mins. It made getting them in so much easier when I did mine last week....
Everyone will tell you that they improve the handling. New bushes of any type are always better than old bushes.
Several E36 suspension bushes are available in an uprated version at dirt cheap prices from your BMW dealer.
Also, remember that the component of the suspension work together. Keep your dampers in top condition and use stiffer springs (as so many of us here do) and generally less compliance will be asked of the bushes.
http://www.c3bmw.co.uk/StockItem.asp...&Item=unassign, and get 2 new shocks and the handling will improve so much.
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