From digest.v4.n836 Sat Jul 13 05:31:34 1996
From: jet_at_sun.soe.clarkson.edu (Jeff Thompson)
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 1996 22:45:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: re: E30 DIY suggestions
I can't attest to any of the things that you are planning
to do except the control arms and bushings (I did them *today*).
They are fairly straightforward and you don't *need* a lift, but
it couldnt hurt. Just getting the car up on a good set of jack
stands (with the usual precautions) is more than enough. The
only suggestions I can make are to remove the swaybar from it's
mounts (two 13mm bolts and nuts) and to have A LOT of patience,
There is very limited room in the space where the right side inner
ball joint it held in. It took me over 30 min with a 22mm wrench
(combination) to get the nut off the joint. It isn't difficult,
but it will take a while. the left side goes faster because
the exhaust isn't in the way.
The businngs are fairly easy to remove with a chisel, a sharp
knife and a wheel puller. I tensioned the bushing assembly with
the wheel puller and then just cut the rubber to free the bracket with
the outer race of the bushing. A little creative chisel work and
it came right out. Pressing the new bushings into the bracket
must be done right, so I took mine to a local machine shop which
did both for $10.
I also managed to get the bushing/bracket assembly onto the
new arms myself, but it was *not* easy. Take the arms with you
and see if your local shop has any creative ideas. failing that,
lubricate the bushing and arm with "RU-GLYDE (tm)". this is
the stuff that tire places wipe around the bead of the tire before
mounting. It is absorbed into the rubber fairly quick and once it is
gone, the bushing is fairly welded in place.
Anyway, sorry for the excessive bandwidth, but that's how it
went for me. on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 7 difficulty.
hope it helps,
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