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    Correct ball joint tool?

    Hello All,
    My 540i is in need of upper control arm bushings. The tierods, swaybar links and idler arm are new and all else is nice and tight after prying away at it to check. The upper control arm bushings however are shot on the drivers side and on its way on the passenger. Looks pretty straightforward, I'm very experienced with suspension work, but not BMW. I know I need the correct tool to separate the balljoints. Does anyone know where to get one? Rent one? I'll well aware an old fashioned picklefork won't do on a car like this..... I figure remove the control arm, press out old, press in new, reinstall. Considering the urethane bushing upgrade too. Any input is appreciated.

    TIA, RT


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    I bought one of these, and also the HFT>>

    ball joint tool. I haven't used it yet, but the video here is impressive:

    http://www.[Oops!].com/forums/showthread.php?p=5590013
    Ed in San Jose. BMW CCA member since 1987 (Nr. 62319). Golden Gate Chapter. '97 540i 6 speed. Build Date 3/97. Aspensilber over Aubergine leather.

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    Re: I bought one of these, and also the HFT>>

    Bad link? Can't get that to work...
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    The moderator (or software) censors some URLs>>

    substitute B i m m e r fest (remove spaces) for [Oops!]

    I didn't think to check my post.
    Ed in San Jose. BMW CCA member since 1987 (Nr. 62319). Golden Gate Chapter. '97 540i 6 speed. Build Date 3/97. Aspensilber over Aubergine leather.

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    Most excellent thank you. I have a MIG, drill press and a selection of bar stock already.... Thats an easy thing to fab up! RT

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    This tool worked on on my 528i lower control arms

    It's not 100% fit, but if you're patient and tighten in stages, it'll pop it out. If you tighten it too fast, it'll break off. I've learned that after breaking 2 of them. There is a special BMW tool as well, but it costs close to $300.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-qua...tor-99849.html



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
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    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
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    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

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    Ditto for me used similar tool succesfully obtaine

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    Jan/1998 528i, 5 spd manual, black on black non DSP.>300Kkms(180Kmiles) non-Sport, lowered with KONI FSD & Eibach springs in 2008, added "Bad Road package Adapters" to front only Dec 2009.
    My previous rides worth mentioning:1970 GTO "The Judge",1985 325e M3lite, Euro BMW +
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    Which one? SKU 8262149?


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    Re: Which one? SKU 8262149?

    Harbor Freight number 99849, can be modified easily to remove tall balljoints if needed. RT

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    was looking for Princess Auto#, no HFT in Canada


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    Re: was looking for Princess Auto#, no HFT in Canada

    If you can't find what you need in the Great White North I'll mail you the HF tool. RT

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    YES that is the one I used

    Sorry for the delay, am not much here anymore.


    Jan/1998 528i, 5 spd manual, black on black non DSP.>300Kkms(180Kmiles) non-Sport, lowered with KONI FSD & Eibach springs in 2008, added "Bad Road package Adapters" to front only Dec 2009.
    My previous rides worth mentioning:1970 GTO "The Judge",1985 325e M3lite, Euro BMW +
    1998 323Ti, in Munich, Germany on the autobahn for 1 yr
    Now back in Halifax, Nova Scotia,via Ottawa Canada.


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