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From digest.v4.n836 Sat Jul 13 05:31:34 1996
From: (Jeff Thompson)
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 1996 22:45:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: re: E30 DIY suggestions

Hi Jon,

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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