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HI all,

 

My 528i is showing signs of control bush/ball joint wear and generally feels a bit sloppy on the front end. I am thinking that I should do a bit of a suspension refresh on the front, it needs some alignment as it doesn't point in a straight line any more, it has a tenancy to wander slightly and under heavy braking the steering wheel can wobble from 70-40mph. 

 

Where would you buy decent quality control arms without spending the earth (ie the value of the car!) - there's kits on eBay ranging from £90 upwards, GSF with a 50% code are coming out around the £180 mark, Euros offering lemforders for more than i paid for the car, don't really know where to start!

 

Also- replacing them - can I do this as a home mechanic and then take it for proper alignment straight away? I've done plenty of spring/shock/lower arms/tie rods/ends/ARB bushes in my time...

 

This and a fresh set of tyres should see me happy with the car for some time to come :)

 

TIA

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I use BMWmotormec for all suspension items (well, most of the items I buy for my 530i); they're either Lemforder or Meyle and TBH, I wouldn't go cheaper as these things generally come back to haunt you if you skimp costs!

 

Get the part number via RealOEM and then search on eBay using 'BMW - part number'

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Unfortunately decent quality and cheap do not go together, as with most things in life you get what you pay for

 

Definitely avoid cheap ebay kits, they're rubbish and within 6 months they might well have worn out.

 

Anything Lemforder / Meyle / TRW should be fine, 

 

My advice - learnt the hard way :-)

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Think it's GSF's own brand

 

I'd avoid

 

I bought a front lower arm from GSF (their cheapest part, cant remember if it was Vtech or not) Within a year the bush had worn out

 

If you're keeping the car for any more than a few months I really cant emphasize enough that you'll be better off with branded parts (Vtech is not a brand)

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1 hour ago, pow said:

Any experience of VTech?

 

Stick with Meyle; you'll not go wrong!

 

Don't skimp prices on stuff like this; it'll cock up and you'll have to play and replace again!

 

Not sure what year your 528i is; but here's the front suspension info from RealOEM:

 

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DM62-EUR-10-1999-E39-BMW-528i&diagId=31_0617

 

I'd guessed at a 1999 car

 

Parts 4 and 11 are what I assume you're talking about

 

Part no.11 - lower control arm, Meyle via BMWmotormec: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-520i-530i-E39-FRONT-LOWER-TRACK-CONTROL-ARM-Set-MEYLE-31122341219-296/372087120781?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW&epid=645168166&hash=item56a21ee38d:g:eHIAAOSwfVpYoweE

 

Part no.4 - front tension strut, Meyle via BMWmotormec: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-5-Series-Front-Tension-Struts-Control-Arms-pair-MEYLE-HD-31121141717-8/391948833537?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW&hash=item5b41f89301:g:-toAAOSw~hBZ3qn3

 

Doable on your drive with a good tool set, axle stands and patience ;)  I'd recommend tracking and alignment afterwards too as you may find that they correct any errors present on the alignment currently

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10 minutes ago, pt530i said:

Think it's GSF's own brand

 

I'd avoid

 

I bought a front lower arm from GSF (their cheapest part, cant remember if it was Vtech or not) Within a year the bush had worn out

 

If you're keeping the car for any more than a few months I really cant emphasize enough that you'll be better off with branded parts (Vtech is not a brand)

 

Thought Vtech were kids toy makers :lol: 

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55 minutes ago, pow said:

Sodding thing, going to cost me 3 times the value of the car to do suspension arms and a set of tyres!

 

Big BMWs; they're always going to cost. It's not like it was a cheap budget car when it was released!

 

You can't run these cars on a shoestring IMO (well, you can/could, but it'll cost you twice as much in the long run)!

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That's more like it, I'll purchase them on pay day! All well and good people saying you can't run these on a budget, but when your circumstances change and you're running a 2 bed house that has it's own problems, you need to make the savings elsewhere don't you.

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