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thefitter 11-24-2007 02:13 PM

Rear camber arm replacement DIY?
 
Anyone know of a rear camber arm DIY for the E46?

I found one for the E36 but Id like to find one for the exact car Im working with.

It looks very accessible and pretty straight forward but Id still like to have a detailed DIY so I do not screw anything up or drop something on my face.

Im putting on GC adjustable rear camber arms with urethane bushings.

FTWeisse 11-24-2007 11:47 PM

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Originally Posted by thefitter (Post 6961132)
Anyone know of a rear camber arm DIY for the E46?

I found one for the E36 but Id like to find one for the exact car Im working with.

It looks very accessible and pretty straight forward but Id still like to have a detailed DIY so I do not screw anything up or drop something on my face.

Im putting on GC adjustable rear camber arms with urethane bushings.

I would take it to a shop to do it...you're going to have to drop the differential housing to be able to remove the big bolts that go through the top of the control arms and the ears/half-shafts are in the way.

BDUB328I 03-24-2008 09:06 AM

anyone know how long this would take a shop to do?

Thunk In The Trunk 09-08-2008 03:29 PM

A socal stealership quoted me around $1100 to install the spc adjustable control arms and do an alignment. RIP OFFFFFF! This is a job u can do but you must do the right steps in the right order to do it without a humongous head ache. I Wish someone would do a write up. maybe ill do one tonight.

Tom Busby 09-08-2008 06:29 PM

Do you mean you are replacing the lower control arms? The really thin OEM arm, parallel to the axle?

These are not hard to take off but you need to be able to hold the diff' up with a floor jack, after you take off each caliper bracket, rotor, shock and spring, lower the muffler, and so on. Plan on 6-8 hours for normal amateur worktime.

xcelr8dbmw 09-08-2008 06:36 PM

you also have to remove the pasenger side rear axle. i got lucky and a mec. i know at the stealership snuck my car into the shop, did the adj. arms and replaced a leaky seal on the diff, did an alignment all for 300 bucks.

Devious1 10-03-2008 11:13 AM

any write ups?

m3m3me 10-05-2008 12:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Devious1 (Post 8627665)
any write ups?

I used my Bentley and Turner Motorsports tech guide to install their camber arms last month. Step by step, inch by inch, it's doable in one day with a mid morning start time. Here's some pictures just to point out the two rear fasteners on the differential to remove and the one forward fastener on the differential and the half-shaft fasterners. It's an involved project if you're all alone on your back on some cardboard. Two heads would be better than one.

Good luck!
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html/tech_tips.shtml

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/imag...TSU9940B77.pdf

Devious1 10-06-2008 12:03 PM

^^ nice, i just ordered the same arms.

dakkon 11-01-2008 10:44 PM

i installed my tms rear control arms in 2.5 hours. i was using a lift though, 1100$ is a freaking rip off.... you only have to unbolt the diff and push it back some..

Devious1 12-01-2008 01:07 PM

anyone else local ever do this install themselves?

vaio76109 12-01-2008 06:31 PM

It's not hard. You'll need to remove the 3 diff bolts so you can wiggle it around to remove the inner bolts. The outer bolts are easy. I don't know why everyone is making this out to be a hard job.

Devious1 12-01-2008 06:44 PM

standard tools? i'll have to get under there to check it out.

vaio76109 12-01-2008 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Devious1 (Post 8993585)
standard tools? i'll have to get under there to check it out.

Yup, ~15-22mm sockets and wrenches

bigjae1976 12-02-2008 12:07 AM

Not hard to do. It shouldn't take more than 2 hours.

api 12-14-2008 07:07 PM

I did this install with friends in my garage. I had the car on jackstands and it was a little bit of a pain. I think $1100 is a steep price. Once I loosened the diff, I just moved it back a few inches and had a friend swap the bolt and rear trailing arm.

BreakMyWallet 12-29-2008 01:27 AM

fuk this man it was hard LOL. well its hard with 1 person for sure. 2 people wouldve been much easier.

fmzip 05-14-2009 08:11 PM

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Originally Posted by api (Post 9067192)
I did this install with friends in my garage. I had the car on jackstands and it was a little bit of a pain. I think $1100 is a steep price. Once I loosened the diff, I just moved it back a few inches and had a friend swap the bolt and rear trailing arm.


So it's just removing or is it loosening the differential bolts? Does the driveshaft need to be removed?

I think there may be an option to cut that upper bolt and use a shorter one. Details are here but sketchy.....

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=572194

pish180 10-15-2009 10:52 PM

Question... does the diff need to be supported after removing the bolts? If so what can u use to support it while its on a lift?

api 10-29-2009 07:27 PM

I had two friends help me do it because I did it in my garage. I am sure you can use a floor jack.

I have not looked at the "short bolt" link but I prefer to have the extra threads to keep the extra threads.


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