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Pay shipping both ways of course and will return with some fancy beers or equivalent. :D
 

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Fancy beer? I have the spring compressor but not the bushing tool. Does that qualify me for your fancy beer give-away program?
 

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Weeeelllll. I really needed the set. But if can get the bushing tool and need to borrow your compressor, than absolutely!!! Stay tuned- and thanks! Which kind is it? Does it go in the center of the spring or from the outside?
 

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It's the good kind that goes in the center of the spring. I will say that if you haven't done the lower control arms before , it is a real pain in the arse to deal with the bushings. After having done it once, and finally ending up taking the arms to the dealer to have the old bushings removed, I would never do it again. There are too many options out there for just replacing the whole arm with the bushings already installed for me to even consider buying the bushings again. In fact, I have to do it all again because I decided to try some poly bushings in my lower arms. The car now rides like a hardtail Harley. I plan to buy the complete arms in the next few weeks and throw the ones with the poly bushes in the trash. Lesson learned.
 

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Thanks for the heads up. I was leaning towards going with the arms and doing it myself but I hate dealing with coil springs. It doesn't look like a tough job if I don't have to do the bushings (and I have a good ball joint tool) but I was on the fence since its another substantial savings to do the bushings myself as well. You have convinced me to do the arms or have a shop do it.

Arms $163 each partsgeek.com Lemfoerder x 2 = $326 5 hours
Shop $160 parts x 2, $350 labor = $700 (tax) 0 hours
 

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How many miles on your car? Mine had about 130K and I really think that the lower bushings were still good. I could have just replaced the sway bushes, end links, and lower ball joints and the car would have been good to go. Now I have to take it all apart again just to fix my poor choice of bushings.
 

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It's at 150K. When I bought it at 125K everything was tight. The bushings went out only recently I think. The ball joints were gone about 5K ago and I replaced those myself. A good tool made it a snap.
 

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It sounds like you have a plan. Let me know if you would like to use the compressor.
 

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I might, thank you. Is it the kind with the hooks or the two discs?
 

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All you need is two 3/4 wrench's and the wrench's to use the control arm bushing bolt and nut to draw it into its bore.

As far as the compressor, I havent used a spring compressor on a Mercedes in years.



I just use a jack and a jack stand.
 

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let me guess,

1. lift front of car, secure on stands.
2. Put jack under coil spring and lift until main bolts can be removed easily (load off).
3. Lower jack and let spring push the arm bushings down and below for access.
4. Use bushing tool to remove and replace
5. Jack arm back up, insert new bolts
 

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let me guess,

1. lift front of car, secure on stands.
2. Put jack under coil spring and lift until main bolts can be removed easily (load off).
3. Lower jack and let spring push the arm bushings down and below for access.
4. Use bushing tool to remove and replace
5. Jack arm back up, insert new bolts
You do it that way and expect a hospital visit.
 

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All you need is two 3/4 wrench's and the wrench's to use the control arm bushing bolt and nut to draw it into its bore.

As far as the compressor, I havent used a spring compressor on a Mercedes in years.



I just use a jack and a jack stand.
Care to elaborate then?
 

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It has the two discs.
Thanks again for the kind offer. I decided to have it done. It was really pretty bad. Both sides completely gone, 50 mph wobble, heavy pull to right, and the tires complaining mightily the whole time. Good news is there does not appear to be anything wrong down there right now.
 
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