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    its getting the old ones out thats a pain without a press.
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 328mark View Post
    its getting the old ones out thats a pain without a press.
    When I did LiLo's I used a hammer and chisel to remove the centre and then got a hacksaw and cut the through the rubber and steel and then punched it out with the chisel.

    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
     
     

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    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.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ and his BM View Post
    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.
    cool, good luck.
     
     

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    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....
     
     

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    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.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam_c View Post
    I can't put my finger on it, it just feels vague and very prone to getting pinged off line (there's a stretch on the M42 where its a nightmare). Although, I'm not too sure how much of this is down to the knackered rear shocks and broken spring. I may do this first and see what happens! Either way, I was hoping that if I fitted them to the front they'd sharpen things up and then do the rear ones next month.
    Mine was pulling to the left because i broken a rear drop link when i lowered my car. I would get the car tracked, check all the springs and droplinks. What are your tyres like?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by L16YD L View Post
    Mine was pulling to the left because i broken a rear drop link when i lowered my car. I would get the car tracked, check all the springs and droplinks. What are your tyres like?
    Tyres are fine - rear ones are new, and the front ones have loads of life left in them yet. I'll check out the drop links (as said before the rear shocks and 1 spring are shot as well).
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam_c View Post
    Tyres are fine - rear ones are new, and the front ones have loads of life left in them yet. I'll check out the drop links (as said before the rear shocks and 1 spring are shot as well).
    If there shot, if your car isnt lowered yet, i would get it done with some Boge springs, £92.00 from 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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    Quote Originally Posted by L16YD L View Post
    If there shot, if your car isnt lowered yet, i would get it done with some Boge springs, £92.00 from http://www.c3bmw.co.uk/StockItem.asp...&Item=unassign, and get 2 new shocks and the handling will improve so much.
    What is special about boge? and if you get the lowering springs, then surely you need the lowered shocks to match! then the ride must be bone shaaaaakkkkkking.
     
     

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