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      07-31-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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M3 tension arm /lower wishbone help

I am upgrading my front control arms to M3 ones on my 06 330. The front one was super easy less than 10 minutes.

The rear one (tension arm) is giving me a fit. Try to slide it into the channel and put the bolt though it. I basically had to hammer it to even get it started going in. the ball joint fits fine, but I just can't get the bushing end to slide back. I tried to open the bracket a little with no luck.

any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Sometimes you need to grind down the sleave the bold goes through.
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You mean the solid metal end on the monoball joint?
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I am not talking about the ball joint. I am talking about the subframe end.
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^ what he said.

The front wishbones are a very tight fit where they mount to the subframe. I found out that most installers grind a little off of the bushing (you can’t file it, it’s hardened steel; take off a few thousandths and they’ll slip in) so I had the mechanic do it after checking it was indeed needed. (Some have taken a file to the subframe instead, but it's the hard way).
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