Hamburg-based spare parts manufacturer MEYLE received the Automechanika Innovation Award 2018 in the Repair & Maintenance category: With the MEYLE-HD slot bushing kit including tool, the company was able to assert itself against numerous competitors, including well-known OE and aftermarket manufacturers. With the service kit, consisting of the pre-compressed and ready-to-install MEYLE‑HD slot bushings and a suitable installation tool, MEYLE offers an economical and ecological alternative to replacing the complete BMW rear axle control arm: This enables selective replacement of the bushings in selected BMW 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series and X5 models.
As an aftermarket repair solution, the MEYLE HD slot bushing kit with matching installation tool is unique to date. The MEYLE HD kit was developed by engineers and product managers of the MEYLE chassis and steering team. MEYLE experts have accompanied and controlled the entire process chain – from the initial idea through development to production and comprehensive quality tests. Based on the MEYLE HD concept “Better than OE”, the impulse for the product came from the analysis of the repair on the BMW control arm: In contrast to the OE version, defective bushings on the BMW rear control arm can be replaced separately in pairs with the MEYLE kit – a repair solution that is not yet available from the OE side with the appropriate tool and previously had to be solved by the cost-intensive replacement of the complete control arm.
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