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From digest.v7.n928 Mon Jan 12 18:50:55 1998
From: "Steve D'Gerolamo" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 07:51:01 -0500
Subject: Suspension Bushing Replacements

Mike Nover write.........Bavarian lists something called a Rear Trailing Arm Link for $79.95. Ouch! This seems pretty pricy for a small non-M/iX part, especially one used on 5s 6s and 7s.

Is it possible to get just the bushings?

A second bushing question, how tough is it to replace the idler arm bushings on an 88 535?

I remember it being a pain on some other cars I did it on years ago.

If your car is approaching 10 years of age, you should consider replacing most of the rubber suspension components. These include the front control arms (& bushings), tie rods, idler arm, sway bar links, sway bar bushings, rear trailing arm bushings, rear pitman arms (trailing arm links), rear subframe mounts, rear shock tower mounts and rear differential mount. The front shock mounts should be inspected for cracks and the bearings checked carefully when you're doing the struts (make sure and replace the spring pads, bump stops & dust boots before putting back the struts). I am not a big fan of urethane bushings...they are noisy, difficult to install and do not do a very good job of absorbing/isolating vibration. They are not factory approved anyway. Be careful with some of the aftermarket parts...the rubber may not be the same shore hardness and the ball joints (on the control arms) may be poorly made. Regarding idler arm bushing replacement on E28/E24/E32/E34 cars....don't bother. Just replace the whole arm with the bushing. The price is under $30.00 for the factory part. SD
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