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The front suspension of your BMW E90 has components that typically wear at, more or less, the same rate. Instead of replacing just one component, we made a front suspension refresh kit to help you replace everything that you should all at once while in there. When it comes to the BMW E90 and BMW X1, BMW incorporated the bushings and ball joints into the arms themselves to make replacement simple. 

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BMW E90 & BMW X1 Front Control Arm Kit Replacement Symptoms

When the front suspension components start to wear on your AWD (xi) BMW E90, there are a few symptoms you'll start to notice. 

  • Clunking, bumping, and rattling when driving over bumps or rough roads. 
  • Handling and steering that feels "loose."
    • This might be noticeable if you drive a car with a refreshed suspension, or if you can think back to how your car felt when you first got it. It's especially noticeable in fast corners or where there are uneven roads. 
  • Vibration in the steering wheel
    • As the ball joint gets close to the point of failing, it can become so severely worn that vibration is transferred up through your steering wheel. If this is the case, it should be replaced immediately. 
  • Suspension Alignment Issues
    • The first sign of this is if your tires have uneven wear across the tread. If this is the case, you should check your suspension components for excessive wear. 

You don't want to ignore these warning signs that your control arm bushings, ball joints, and tie rod ends need replacement. The longer you wait, the more stress it applies to other parts of your suspension. Complete ball joint or bushing failure can lead to catastrophic suspension failure that can result in an accident. 

Front control arm bushings and ball joints are usually worn out around 70,000 miles. You should start to inspect these components during your regular inspections around that mileage. 

If you bring your BMW E90 or X1 to the dealer or shop to have your front control arms and related components replaced, it could run upward of $2000 for labor and parts. By doing the job yourself, it will only cost you a small fraction of that. Plus, when any of these components inevitably fail again, you can replace them for free using our Lifetime Replacement Guarantee

 

BMW Models Applicable

  • 2006 BMW 325xi
  • 2007-2008 BMW 328xi
  • 2009-2013 BMW 328i xDrive
  • 2006 BMW 330xi
  • 2007-2008 BMW 335xi
  • 2009-2013 BMW 335i xDrive
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1

If you're unsure if this kit will fit your car, you can use the vehicle selection feature of our "My Garage" tool. At the upper left hand side of homepage, just add your year, make, model, and submodel to ensure that the parts fit your car perfectly. 

 

Parts Included with BMW E90 & BMW X1 Front Control Arm Kit

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How to Install a BMW E90 & BMW X1 Front Control Arm Kit

In the DIY how-to video below, Mike Hidalgo covers the entire disassembly and reassembly process of the front control arms on his BMW E91 328xi wagon. Every step and every tool you need is covered from start to finish, leaving you without any guesswork along the way.

 

In the video below, Mike Hidalgo, our Retail Center Associate gets up close with this BMW E90 & X1 front control arm refresh kit. If you're unsure if this kit will work on your car, you can verify the fitment by going to our homepage and use the vehicle selection tool in the upper left corner. As usual, if you like this Really Quick Product Review, subscribe and check back here for regular releases in the future.

 

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Written by :
Evan Madore

Writer/Editor at FCP Euro and owner of a daily R53 MINI Cooper, a track-built R53 MINI, and a 1997 Dakar Yellow E36 M3 Sedan. ••• Instagram: @evan.madore


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