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  1. 2000 E46 330 Polybushed at the weekend! 
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    I got some Powerflex bushes from the front end of my 330 last week, so got around to fitting them at the weekend. My set-up called for the 66mm Front Wishbone Rear Bushing, and 23mm Anti-Roll Bar bushes.

    I had read various how-to's, and watched that Youtube video on the subject, so knew it would be manageable.

    Starting at the easy bits, the ARB bushes were a doddle to replace. The new ones are way stiffer than the old spongy things that were in there, and beginning to end was less than 20 minutes.

    The Front Wishbone Rear Bushes were a bit more difficult - I already had some "lollipop" bush holders, so had pressed the new bushes into them first (wash-up liquid aplenty & in they popped)! I had a 3 arm bearing puller, but this ended up gripping the outside of the old bushes only, leaving the centre bit birmly wedged onto the wishbone. A bit of light hammering with a hammer & bolster, and it all soon popped off. Putting the new insert on first was tricky, as I found that when it was on first, the main bush wouldn't slide fully over it easily. So I ended up taking the insert off, and pre-installing it on the main bush. I used a malled to get the whole thing onto the wishbone, tightened it up (a bit tricky to give it the final push required - but I got there in the end), but the bracing etc back on - job done. That whole bit took me about 2 hours - the first side being 1h 15mins, the 2nd side being 45 mins!

    Driving the car now is what I imagine it was like when it was new - it drives so nicely.

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    Nice! ...next would be the drop links for a perfect set up
     
     

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    mine didn't need any hamering to put on! they just slid on. is yours an m sport as they are slightly bigger, so usually hav a bigger inner bush. good work though. i have just taken ownership of the replacement bushes from powerflex so will be putting them on and taking the old ones back off! good thing is you can actually take the lollie pops off with the brace still on when you have powerflex bushes, took my other one off 2 wks ago in 10mins.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    Nice! ...next would be the drop links for a perfect set up
    I did have a good look at the drop links to see how much play was there - I couldn't detect any, so I left them alone for now. Easy to change at some stage soon I guess. What do you recommend? BMW or Lemforder (that EuroCarParts seem to sell)?
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    mine didn't need any hamering to put on! they just slid on. is yours an m sport as they are slightly bigger, so usually hav a bigger inner bush. good work though. i have just taken ownership of the replacement bushes from powerflex so will be putting them on and taking the old ones back off! good thing is you can actually take the lollie pops off with the brace still on when you have powerflex bushes, took my other one off 2 wks ago in 10mins.
    Mine is a non-sport - they just needed a bit of persuasion to convince them to go onto the wishbones fully. Tightening them back up to the body was difficult as they didn't seem to have slid far enough forward. Got there in the end though.

    I tried loosening off the lollipops with the brace still in place - didn't seem possible to me.
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    you wouldn't have got the standard ones off like that, but the powerflex ones once undone from the car, you can move the wishbone rotaion and pull the bush strait off, took 20mins to get back on that way though! was hard to get then to line up with the holes.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy2bsure View Post
    I did have a good look at the drop links to see how much play was there - I couldn't detect any, so I left them alone for now. Easy to change at some stage soon I guess. What do you recommend? BMW or Lemforder (that EuroCarParts seem to sell)?
    Lemforder are BMW approved. You will probably get the same item without the BMW brand
     
     

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    I had a look at a guide for doing the rear trailing arm bushes earlier - I think that may be my next call...
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    Iv just been told I need the front rear wishbone bushes replacing, could you please tell me where I could get them from the powerflex ones, been told that you get the housing with them aswell, is that correct? How much are they? Mine is a 2004 e46 320ci m sport!
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    due to the factory burning down recently i'm not sure you can get them anywhere atm
    look up floflex or superflex on google for alternatives
    what i've felt,what i've known
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    Noway, that's no good,
    what price are they normally?
     
     

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