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You shake hands with the seller, slap your tag on and hop on the highway to get the car home. Something feels a bit uneasy. Perhaps there’s even a wobble in the steering wheel at certain speeds. There’s certainly some play there which you subconsciously swept under the rug when initially inspecting the car. You start running the numbers in your head while driving. How many man hours? How much will parts cost? How to reap forgiveness for needing parts after just spending a good deal of money on the car itself?
You get home, settle down and start surfing forums and internet groups for answers.
For someone new to the hobby this may even seem a little intimidating, but not to worry, a low cost and convenient solution is closer than you think.
BMW’s E30, E36 and E46 3 series’ front suspension setups are all very similar; where a single control arm is linked to the chassis via an OEM rubber bushing. Given that these control arms and their bushings are the cohesive link to the car’s steering, their condition is crucial for both safety and drivability.
Where OEM/replacement bushings are made out of rubber, Condor Speed Shop’s are made from a self lubricating plastic called UHMW. Learn more about UHMW. Best of all, they come with a lifetime warranty.
The OEM/rubber bushings are indeed a wearable item that when exposed to the elements and just normal driving conditions can crack and deteriorate over time. You could argue that literally any vehicle would benefit from such an upgrade as Condor provides.
Condor offers these bushings in both centered and offset geometry for the E30, E36 and E46 chassis, allowing for the option of additional caster should that be desired in a more aggressive/track style setup. Additionally, they offer a few different options for “conversion bushings” should one be looking to add camber or angle to any of the aforementioned 3 series platforms.
Replacing the control arm bushings on all of these chassis’ is a relatively easy DIY task which can be accomplished with just a few simple tools. Condor Speed Shop also offers the convenience of an option for the bushings to come pre-pressed into OEM carriers to avoid the necessity of pressing the old bushings out. You can find that service here.
It is almost unbelievable that such a small part can make such a difference in how a car handles.
So, if you’re sitting there, crafting a build sheet, excited about what’s to come for your new toy, consider starting with Condor Speed Shop for your CAB’s and all of your bushing needs. “Track tested, street approved” will go a long way for the life of your BMW. Check out Condor Control Arm Bushings [here]
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