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Agreed. Studying it more I find that whole FD pivot joint a very difficult design to apply conventional wisdom, as it relates to bearings and bushings. Bearings and bushings are great at rotating surfaces. Given the limited movement at that joint (under typical use), most of the load is only at the 6 o'clock position. In theory, I like the FL design because of more contact surface, but that's theory. On the needle design, many have reported failures of flattened/crushed needles, etc, so they can't all be wrong or had bad pre-load as BMW would suggest. Personally, I'm debating all this with myself because I'll be doing a bearing replacement soon on my '04 with 50K and has OE bearings. Set of BMW needles runs $230, and the FL around $120, but aside from that I mainly want to get the best part for the job.