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Old 06-20-2006, 02:21 PM   #1
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Replacing rear trailing arm bushing

Hi all,

I am picking up a 320 cabriolet this week and the rear left bushing is shot. Car swerves left and right on acceleration/lift off.

Is this the part I need?

If yes, There are two part numbers. Which one should I get?



Also, do you know the dimensions (width mostly) of the puller?

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Old 06-20-2006, 02:48 PM   #2
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Yes, that's the part number. However, you can't use a standard puller to do the job because the jaws will keep slipping off, and you can't "push" the bushing out from its center. Bimmerworld.com sells the trailing arm bushing tool for $99. Or you can use 2" US NPT pipe caps and 7/16" threaded rod, with some nuts. That is, if you can get that in Europe. Maybe you can try transferring the measurements to metric and find some equivalent hardware.
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

It has two part numbers. Which should I get?
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:23 PM   #4
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It's not a left/right issue, they are identical. I'm assuming the different part #'s have to do with the model and build date. I would call your seller and they should be able to tell you which to get.
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Old 06-21-2006, 05:56 AM   #5
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:02 AM   #6
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One more thing.

RealOEM shows a different bushing for the E36 than the one in your pics.

However, the E46 shown in realoem, matches your exactly.

Are they the same? Is the diagram for the E36 misleading?

Thanks again.
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:33 AM   #7
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realoem's depiction is innacurate. I believe what they're actually showing is an E30 or 318ti bushing. For the US spec E36, there is only 1 part number, which is the 2nd one on realoem's list (33-32-6-770-786). The other part number may be what it's referred to in other countries, but it should be the same exact part. There shouldn't be a difference, but don't quote me on this- I'm not sure what the story is with that other number. As I mentioned, whoever you buy this from should be able to tell you which is correct.

If anyone else out there knows more about this, please help us out
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Old 06-21-2006, 10:12 AM   #8
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I've been tryuing to find a puller this morning with no success. Wherever I went they either want to charge me an arm and a leg or they couldn't help me.

Is it easy to remove the whole trailing arm and take it to a machine shop who has a hydraulic press?
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Old 06-21-2006, 11:17 AM   #9
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Ehh, I wouldn't do that; then you'd have to mess with the output shafts. Read this DIY, and see if you can fashion a tool similar to what this guy did:

http://www.bimmerdiy.com/diy/e36rtab
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I cut the bushings out with a saw\drill, and then air hammered them out. The metal that surrounds the bushing is aluminum and comparitively thin, so it melts like butter with an air hammer whacking away at it.
I built the 2" pipe endcap press, but GET A SEROUS BOLT/THREAD or it will also melt like butter when you start REALLY cranking it down - and you'll have to. A 4 foot secton of allthread from home depot is too weak, I wound up finding one my buddy's father's bolts from one of his old corvettes and managed to used that.... I think I stretched it a bit......

PLEASE be sure to unhook the brakelines before you drop the RTAB console, and stick the jack under the arm so you can release it slowly so it dosn't rapidly decompress.

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Old 06-22-2006, 02:28 PM   #11
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I just bought the special tool. It will be here Monday probably.

Should I go for the standard bushing or get the M3 ones?

I don't plan on keeping the car for years to come but I would like confort as I will not lower it.
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Old 07-05-2006, 12:23 AM   #12
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Bushing M3 E36

I have just bought two replacement bushings from the local BMW shop, they are slightly different to the ones in your description as such they don't have a flange on one side as shown in your photo's.
My question is have the bushings been modified, or have I got the wrong ones??

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Old 07-05-2006, 12:37 AM   #13
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I did mine last week as well.

The replacement ones didn't have the flange like yours. I got the standard not the M3s.

I had to dremel the outer part of the bushing and then hammer it a bit. It was out it 1 minute
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I have just bought two replacement bushings from the local BMW shop, they are slightly different to the ones in your description as such they don't have a flange on one side as shown in your photo's.
My question is have the bushings been modified, or have I got the wrong ones??

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If they look like this photo, then you got the wrong ones. These are front control arm bushings:
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The part number 33326770786 has been superseded by 33321097009 according to the local BMW parts dept.
I will take a photo tonight and post it so you can see the difference. It does not have the flange and the outer shell is in two halves with a gap between each shell of approx. 3mm.
I would assume the new one will be much easier to remove, lets hope it does'nt remove itself whilst I'm driving!!!!
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