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E39 m5 control arm bushes
07-11-2019, 07:09 AM
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E39 m5 control arm bushes
Hi guys

So the rear of my girl is sagging a bit (to be expected from an 18 year old).

I took her for an oil change yesterday and asked the technician to have a look at the rear. His opinion is that the, and I quote: "rear rear control arm bushes and the rear front control arm bushes need replacing."
Their estimate is roughly R20k.

Having done some research I've found oem kits for far less than half that price, only they still need to be imported. So half the price then. So the estimate is not that bad if you take into account their markup and fitment.

What I want to know is if you can replace only the bushes? Or do you have to replace the individual arms and links as well?


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07-11-2019, 07:24 AM
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RE: E39 m5 control arm bushes
Define sagging as your statement is very broad.

Equally changing the bushes and control arms may not necessarily rectify the "sagging"

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showpar...Id=33_0519

Items 2/14/18 will need changing and should lift the rear to normal level.

Item 2 balljoint is a known weak point on most of our cars.

In the case of the M5 buy original or Lemforder and do not settle for any other brands as it will be false economy when you have to do it again.

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07-11-2019, 07:30 AM
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E39 m5 control arm bushes
By sagging I mean that the space between wheel and wheel arch is smaller than others ive seen. Also the right hand side gap is smaller than the left hand side.

I haven't had a look myself. Tbh i wouldn't know what to look for.


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07-11-2019, 07:41 AM
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RE: E39 m5 control arm bushes
The three components I have listed will fix your sagging

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07-11-2019, 08:10 AM
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E39 m5 control arm bushes
Thanks for the advice. Can you recommend a vendor for those parts?


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07-11-2019, 05:16 PM
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RE: E39 m5 control arm bushes
Just to add. I don't hear any squeaks and she doesn't bottom out.

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07-11-2019, 05:48 PM
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RE: E39 m5 control arm bushes
Give Gareth a call and ask him for Lemforder parts.
Give him the link and numbers I gave you


072 two seven 8 zero 461

Tell him that I want 60% commission.

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07-11-2019, 08:48 PM (This post was last modified: 07-11-2019 08:49 PM by Dbn540i.)
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RE: E39 m5 control arm bushes
Hi. Its just a coincidence that i have had this problem on my E39 540i for a while. dunno anymore
I decided to get it sorted out this week. The spring on the RHS rear had lost its 'tension'. All other components mentioned by Peter were fine. In order to bring the car to its correct height, a new set of springs was manufactued and fitted.

With the amount of work that was needed to get to the spring, i decided to get the shocks changed also. The entire rear parcel shelf, seats etc has to be removed. A real PIA. BlueCry

But the end result is worth it. Tiptoe

Current Cars.

1982 Ford Granada 3.0 GLE
1996 VR6 Jetta Auto
1999 E39 540i Manual Thumbs
2011 ML 350 CDI Avantgarde
2011 1.4 Chev Utility

Ex Cars.

1988 Ford Sierra XR6
1991 Ford Sapphire 3.0 GLX
1995 VW Caravelle 2.6i
1994 Ford Telstar 2.0
2003 Mercedes Benz C270 CDI
2003 E46 BMW 318i
2007 Opel Corsa 1.4i
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