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Thread: sealed spherical RTAB.... from a camry?!?

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    Finally got around to ordering these guys as I collect parts for a winter suspension refresh. Wish I could find something similar for the FCABs!

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    Just wanted to share, I found a 14mm OD and 12mm ID slug at 2Ē in length via a company in Asheville NC. This should allow use of stock hardware and rtab bracket without drilling it out.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F123048344479


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    Quote Originally Posted by bimmerteknik View Post
    Just wanted to share, I found a 14mm OD and 12mm ID slug at 2Ē in length via a company in Asheville NC. This should allow use of stock hardware and rtab bracket without drilling it out.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F123048344479


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    Perfect. I went ahead and drilled my brackets out to 9/16" as it wasn't much of a jump at all. Haven't installed yet, but have test fit one of the bearings. Had to bend the bracket out a touch to fit the new bearing as it's slightly wider than OE.


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    I like your adjustment method


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    I don't understand, what's going on with all the washers here? Since I picked up a new E46, I might try this since it's all stock back there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bimmerteknik View Post
    I like your adjustment method


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    Quote Originally Posted by YoitsTmac View Post
    I don't understand, what's going on with all the washers here? Since I picked up a new E46, I might try this since it's all stock back there.
    See in the first pic how my new M14x75mm bolt is not fully threaded? I needed to cover that area so that I could turn the nut on the threads without it bottoming out. Happened to have a bunch of M14 washers in the box, so I used those. Could have used a large socket, piece of pipe, etc too.

    I still have to do the other bracket, so I can take better pics and put together a DIY when I'm done.

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    any update on this now that I've already ordered poly bushings? because, I completely forgot about this.

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    My concern with installing these spherical bushings is road noise isolation. I noticed more of it after I installed my poly bushings. How is it with these?

    Also, if this is an improvement, why didn't the car come from BMW that way? There must be some trade off.

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    Compromise. Spherical bearings are more expensive than rubber. Rubber also isolates/absorbs shock better, which is what most non-enthusiasts would prefer. That's probably why BMW went that route.

    I hope to install mine soon. I doubt I will be able to detect much of a difference in road noise being that my RTABs probably don't even work anymore.
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    Finally got them installed on both sides. What a bitch. The chamfered edge of the bearing inserts into the chamfered edge of the trailing arm and the damn thing just refuses to go in straight. I ended up sanding the chamfered edge on the bearing (where my finger is in the pic) to give a smoother transition and eventually got them on the 3rd try after that.


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