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Unread 03-24-2008, 10:06 PM   #1
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Talking m3 control arm bushings

is it true that when you put on m3 cabs that you dont have to get an alignment? I read that somewhere on here and wanted to get a second opinion. also if im just a daily driver are the m3 bushings still beneficial to me?

I just got my e36 and i am replacing the control arms/ ball joints tie rod ends sway bar links and cabs.( already did the struts just put on the gabriels.) I saw online a kit that comes with all of this for around 200.00 why would this be so cheap? I paid 130.00 for 1 control arm on my e30. maybe I got ripped off.
also any opinions on whether I should go with the poly cabs if its just a daily driver vehicle.

bottom line what should I do to save my expensive tires have a good alignment and have a smooth quiet ride.I want to do this right the first time with some good advice from the veterans

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Unread 03-24-2008, 11:20 PM   #2
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if you are doing the tie rods, then yes, but as far as i know ball joints/control arms/ or bushings you dont need to

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For a daily car that you aren't driving hard or taking to the track I don't see any reason to go with upgraded CABs. The M3 offset bushings will get you a little more camber, poly stuff is going to stiffen stuff up and get you a little more camber and make for a rougher ride. Keeping stock parts is probably going to make for a more comfortable ride. I'm not sure how you got all of that stuff so cheap either.
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There are two types of M3 bushings; centered and offset. If you replace with the centered bushings there should be no need for an alignment.
I am considering doing this as well. Upgraded bushings were strongly reccomended to me by a friend, and the M3 ones (centered) seem like the most sensible choice.
Like junkdrawer, I'm interested in feedback on this.
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