From digest.v5.n509 Tue Nov 5 20:17:54 1996
From: "Steve D'Gerolamo" <steved3_at_village.ios.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Nov 1996 15:07:40 -0500
Subject: Rear Subframe Bushings Replacement
I just had a chance to do a rear subframe bushing replacement using the
special factory tools....the hardest part was removing the knurled stud that
runs down under the seat and through the bushing/mount. Hitting it with a
hammer was useless...an air hammer popped them loose in about 30 seconds.
The removal of the mounts requires a special Kukko puller that does not come
with the special plates and threaded rods. In addition, there are 3 sets of
rod & plate adapters needed to cover most of the models...1 set does the
E30, another set does E28/E23/E24, and a third set does E36/E32/E34. The
puller runs around $180.00 and the rod/plate kits are about $330 each.
If you don't mind spending a little extra time and can cut the bushings out
with a sawzall or air chisel, you can forgo the cost of the puller.
However, the installation tools are worth the money as the bushings can be
installed in about 30 seconds a side. These are tools that some of the car
club chapters should purchase for use by their members. Chapters might want
to collect a rental fee of about $25 as 2 of the components (the
installation tool threaded rod and the 24mm bearing/nut assembly) will
probably have to be replaced after about 10 uses.
The billable shop time
for this job is 7 hours (to R&R the subframe and do the replacement off the
car). The job with tools takes about 20 minutes per side....doing the job
yourself pays for the tools and parts in the first installation.
Steve D'Gerolamo c/o The Ultimate Garage, Emerson, NJ (201-262-0412)
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