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Strongflex bushes...just bought a front end kit...

For the 147...
Clutch and gearbox needs changing, so if the subframes coming out, then i'm a-changing them bushes too!!
Will update on how easy/hard/nigh on impossible/how many trips to casualty i've had when i get stuck in..


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interesting to follow as i will also be fitting full kit of strongflex bushes, i have some already and they have really good visual quality
yellow or red?
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Be aware that the bushes are made for OE arms and if you have non OE parts they might not fit.
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yes the pins sizes vary on the lower arms, i am waiting on new front arms and measure before i order the front ones. the aftermarket ones i believe are between 20-20.4 mm the originals are 19-20mm best to check. i already know that Strongflex are more than happy to send you the correct size when u place an order
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Yeah, i was reading up on the differing sizes of arms and pins. Hopefully (famous last words...) it should be ok as mine is still on the originals () at 85,000 miles...hence the need to change them...!!!
I will be doing a step by step photograph overload when it all comes out, as i have a new gearbox, clutch, release bearing, lower arm bushes, antiroll bar bushes, upper bushes and outer arm bushes to change at the same time....looks like i'll be busy..
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Would be best to check the rear suspension bushes as well.
OE arms have at the back two different bush sizes but non OE have one size for all 4 arms.
I didn't check on mine and had to fabricate new outer sleeves.
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i wasn't aware of this, i will have to check the rears.
i just got a set of long rear arms from ebspares and was going to push the bushes out after i received the short ones
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Took the rear arms out a while ago (had to lower the rear subby as one concentric was rusted to the arm) and replaced with OEM ones. Havent bought the rear kit yet, mainly for that reason.
I have three arms that i can bush then swap out then...
Just need to find the fourth and do a shedload of overtime!!

Just taken delivery of a big bag of red bushes!! Shiney happy bushyness...
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Ok, so today i opened a package at work of two used lower arms. Not in bad nick but for £9.95 each and OEM then i aint arguing!!
Had a couple of hours to kill and got started on removing the bushes.
OMFG.
what a pig! only one came off relatively easily (HUGE 3 legged pullers at work!) but the rest just fought me. every. millimeter.

Anyway, all off now, just need to find an M10x1.25 tap as one of the ally holders looks like its got a sheared bolt in it.
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hows the ball joint looking? if there any play in that it will be a waste of time
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Theyre good.
Made sure of that before i started!
One down, one to go.
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Are the ball joints replaceable, just out of interest?
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looking good so far
there are companies out there that could rebuild them, i just think most dont bother as it is still quite costly. i think Alanq4 had his rebuilt
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just had a little look on the website for the full kit, front & rear every bush you can think of for £168, thats fantastic i reckon
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I did a full set of powerflex on my e46 323i and i have to say that the only differences i can see so far are:
The inserts arent stainless. No real biggie as neither is any other part of the suspension!
The colour.
No instructions. Which again is no biggie as if you need instructions then getting the damned bushes off in the first place is going to stump you!!!

Fit is good once all the oem cack is removed. Some of it is real stubborn. I'm glad i'm doing the remove bit at work!!!
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looking good so far
there are companies out there that could rebuild them, i just think most dont bother as it is still quite costly. i think Alanq4 had his rebuilt
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Might look at the old ones when they come off and see if they can be replaced or repaired. I hate throwing serviceable gear away!
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Right. All done. All fitted and done a few trips.
Things to note.
1) the lower arm, rear bushes come with washers that are too big to fit the arms onto the subframe. Had to modify them by cutting them into a v shape.
The fit is very good. There are no instructions but they are all moulded with the part number so you can at least look at the diagram when you have a senior moment!!
Ride isnt crashy at all and is very supple, although pink jelly would have been an improvement on the oem ones that lasted 85,000m.
Had to use a nut on one of the rear mounts-the ally one:great idea that,mr romeo-as it didnt have any thread left.

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I have now got my new front upper and lower arms so next month will order the bush kit
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Upper arms were the easiest to do actually
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now i have the arms i can make sure i order the correct size lower wishbone bushes, they do look like they are going to be a pig to do though! oh well
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Yeah, good luck! I found cutting the plate off the one thats hanging over useful!
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Just a little update:
All is well. Other than a bit of squeak on cold damp mornings early on, no complaints yet.
Might get the rears soon...
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