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Garagistic: E30 rear trailing arm bushings

E30 rear trailing arm bushings

E30 rear trailing arm bushings; What are they and why do you need them? Today we’re talking all about Garagistic rear trailing arm bushings, specifically for your E30, your Z3, your 2002, your M Coupe, they all take the same rear trailing arm bushing, which would be similar to this one. It basically replaces the OEM part number 33329061945.

Basically what we got here is the flavors that we usually do all of our poly bushings kit in. You’ve got your 80, you got your 95, and you got your Derlin. Derlin being your all out race application. 95 being a little bit of dual purpose, you know a little bit more, emphasizing a little bit more performance than comfort. Then you’ve got your 80, which is basically your auto cross comfort. It’s a great street application. Often after these age these bushings are incredibly worn out and it’s time to replace them. Even when they’re brand new they don’t inherently have this lip on there, so they tend to kind of have a little bit of play anyway just because they’re actually meant to move a little bit to give you a little bit more comfort in your BMW.

                                 Garagistic polyurethane bushings


For track enthusiasts that tends to be not what their main priority is, it’s basically the best handling possible. These definitely give that edge. It’s great for track, auto cross, drift. Even your street cars though, they can definitely benefit from the rear trailing arm bushings. Now this will also fit various other BMW’s like the 1602, 2002, E21, E12’s, E30’s, you know 318ti, the Z3 otherwise known as the angry shoe, it can benefit from having these kind of rear trailing arm bushings on there. Garagistic E30 rear trailing arm bushings are made right here in the USA. We also offer a lifetime warranty on all E30 rear trailing arm bushings.

All parts can be found on the Garagistic app (ANDROID OR APPLE) or on our website www.garagistic.com and if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

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Topic of the day, rear-trailing arm bushings.  Welcome to the Garagistic Blog! Your premier BMW performance online store for E30’s, E36’s, E46, and other class of BMW.

We have them in 85a poly , 95a poly and delrin! 85a polyurethane transmission mounts are meant for that OEM + feel. That means you want a subtle upgrade for your street car without to much of a compromise in comfort, these are a happy medium. 85a are designed for the street enthusiast. 95a is great for dual purpose aggressive street and track applications. Derlin is best for race application only.

Today we’re going to talk about e36 and e46 rear trailing arm bushings. A often neglected part on e36 and e46. Now this part was on all of those chassis, whether it’s a 3-30, a 3-25, or an M3. The rear trailing arm bushings are all the same. Inherently, they usually float for comfort from the factory, and by float I mean, there is no lip on there, and they made that for comfort. Having that control and being able to absorb those bumps in the road, it was meant for comfort. That was the ultimate driving machine. In case you track your ultimate driving machines, that’s when you would upgrade your rear trailing arm bushings, which are at this age, most likely worn out anyway.

As with all of our bushings, they are made in the U.S.A., Westminster, California. They come with a lifetime warranty and again, we offer them in all of our three classic flavors. You’ve got your 80 poly, which is your street friendly, soft poly. It’s very good for auto cross, occasional track days. It’s a good trade off if you plan on driving your e36 or e46 on the street.

Then you’ve got your 95 here. Our color for that is usually blue, and that’s basically more of an auto cross track application. You track more often and it’s a good, hard, poly. It’s the hardest poly available.
Then you’ve got your derlin, which is basically, it’s a very hard basically track application, good for drift, good for road course. It’s basically meant for you’re all out track car, where you don’t want any other variables in your suspensions. Especially moving suspension components in unwanted directions. It comes with aluminum race, and that way it doesn’t touch the poly bushings or anything like that.
They all have a lifetime warranty. These can be bought on our website, at Garagistic.com or through out Garagistic app. Be sure to download the app if you don’t around have it. It’s a good way to get coupon codes and basically be in the know about our latest products. These are good with all the other e36, e46 bushings we make as far, you know, just like differential bushings and sub frame bushings, and front control arm bushings. Be sure to check out the website, we make all of them in house, and if you have any questions about the e36 and e46 rear trailing arm bushings, we would love to hear from you.  In summary, rear-trailing arm bushings are a must have for your track or street car.  Garagistic rear trailing arm bushings, like every other Garagistic bushing, are 100% made in the USA and come with a lifetime warranty.

All parts can be found on the Garagistic app (ANDROID OR APPLE) or on our website www.garagistic.com and if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call. We’d be happy to help.



Garagistic E30/E36 Brass caliper guide bushings and stainless steel brake lines


Doing things how they should be done.

Our brass caliper guides are meant to replace the rubber caliper guides in your e30, e36, e46, and other BMW. They only fit ATE calipers, something to take note of. On your e30 it won’t fit your girling type caliper. This is a great upgrade. The rubber that’s usually in there actually causes a lot of these two pieces of the caliper to actually be sloppy and actually give when you’re braking. There’s a lot of movement in there and it’s something that I’m pretty sure BMW made for comfort. For racing applications you basically want the best pedal feel, the least amount of unwanted movement in your calipers assembly. The brass caliper bushings can be a great upgrade. You pair that up with stainless steel brake lines and you got yourself pretty much, almost fully restored braking system. You got to change the fluid and the actual consumables. These two parts play a major role in the performance braking of your e30, e36, and e46.  Garagistic brass caliper guide bushings are made right here in the USA.

Check out the Garagistic app (ANDROID OR APPLE) or our website www.garagistic.com and if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Garagistic USA made Brass caliper guide bushings




E36/E46 Rear Trailing Arm Bushing Symptoms

It was my one year wedding anniversary, and I decided to take my wife down to PA for the weekend to a bed and breakfast. We decided to take my wife’s 1997 328i because it was the best on gas and has been relatively reliable. On our way down I-81, we hit a medium sized pothole when going through a curve. It was at that point that I felt a somewhat apparent skip, or tug, to the outside of the curve on the e36. The Pennsylvania roadways are known for their never ending road work and I didn’t think anything of it because after all, I-81 is not kind to your suspension. Within the next 250 miles of travel, this skipping got slightly worse. And I realized that it wasn’t simply going over bumps and blips at high speeds. That didn’t bother me. In fact, skips in the suspension while going over bumps on a straightaway was manageable, practically imperceptible. The issue was going over these highway bumps on curves. That’s how I was able to isolate the behavior. But I was still in denial at this point, thinking to myself that it’s all in my head. Not to mention, I didn’t want it to ruin my weekend.

By the time we got to our destination 4hrs later, I couldn’t take it anymore. Even my wife asked, “what was that?”. I didn’t understand much about the E36 suspension at the time, but knew enough to know that it was coming from the rear of the car.

We parked at our bed and breakfast and I did what any BMW owner does first. Kick and push/pull the tires to identify anything grossly loose. Nothing. But I was so concerned that the next day I interrupted our Saturday afternoon activities by bringing the car to an independent shop and having the car put on a lift. And I’m glad I did! It was then and there that I found the glaring problem. And it was the rear trailing arm bushings, only one of them to be exact. Being an E30 aficionado, I quickly realized that the rear suspension design was nothing like the E36 equivalent.

If you take a look below, you’ll see the differences between the E30 and the newer E36 rear trailing arm bushings. And to save you the suspense, the E46 bushings are identical to the E36 style.

e30 e36 comparion

The E36/E46 trailing arm bushings sit inside of a metal enclosure, or “holster” if you will. Connected to the frame by a mere 3 bolts that are easily accessible. Just lift the car, take off the wheel, and remove the bolts as I indicated below:

  • Yes, the trailing arm will easily drop down.
  • Yes, it exposes the main bushing bolt you need to remove the metal enclosure very easily.

But Yes, you must continue to maintain pressure on the trailing arm downward in order to expose that accessibility. It wants to spring back toward the frame. Nothing that can’t be fixed with a piece of wood wedge between the trailing arm and the body.

  • No, it’s not easy removing the old bushing. You must cut the old out with a sawzall, or get lucky enough to press it out like below.
  • No, re-installing the new rubber bushing is not easy. In fact you need a homemade press to get this done.

You see, after this issue came up, I researched the heck out of it, and I determined that these bushings are quite easy to replace. Again, if you want to go stock rubber, you’ll have the added complication of making your own press to get the old bushing out and the new rubber bushing in. This can be harder than you think. Urethane bushings are a popular and tasteful upgrade to your E36/E46 rear suspension, but also are so much easier to install in that you do not need a press!!

e36 rear tab

Hey, at least you’re not dealing with replacing the E30 rear subframe bushings. See below for a quick comparison. It’s no picnic.

E30 E36 rear tabs

Upon closer inspection of my faulty E36 trailing arm bushing, I had mixed emotions. First, I was relieved that I found the part, and that this failure is a probable explanation for the behavior of the car on the highway, especially at highway speeds and on turns. However, based on how bad the old rubber bushing was, I didn’t know how in the world the car was able to function!!

The second discovered the issue, threw the indy shop $40 for his troubles, ordered the Garagistic E36/E46 urethane bushings and replaced them in a couple days later. Good as new. I got the 80A for the comfort version. In no way, shape, or form was my E36 going to be a race car!

garagistic parts

Nevertheless, I crawled home the next day, received the parts soon thereafter, and replaced both bushings in my garage with nothing more than a few hand tools, and the sawzall of course. After that, my E36 drove beautifully!

In the end, the car was repaired, thanks to Garagistics’s quick turn-around of quality parts, and I was able to drive it like I stole my wife’s 173k mile 328i!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

– Frank Macaluso



(main photo credit by:BBS Racing/RIH)