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Shadow330xi 11-12-2012 01:16 PM

Alignment question
 
Just got back from getting an alignment done after replacing both FCAB and RTAB with powerflex ones. The shop told me that my front tired were good but the camber on my rear wheels was way off. On the sheet it says that the angle is suppose to be between -1.50 to -1.00 degrees, however my camber is currently +1.20 to +1.40.

If I remember right, a BMW's camber is set from the factory to be correct (with new suspension) and has very little adjustment. Just looking for any thoughts on this and what has caused it? Worn suspension? Thanks in advance!

redbull 325is 11-12-2012 01:25 PM

that's pretty intense positive camber, either they weren't doing their jobs right or your need adjustable rear control arms asap.

Kubica 11-12-2012 01:34 PM

Bent rear control arm.

Shadow330xi 11-12-2012 01:48 PM

Thanks for the reply's. I got my car towed a while back, think maybe the driver used the rear control arms to secure my vehicle to the tow truck? Guess new ones are in order. might as well get adjustable ones while im at it lol.

xi_ter 11-12-2012 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Shadow330xi (Post 14892917)
Thanks for the reply's. I got my car towed a while back, think maybe the driver used the rear control arms to secure my vehicle to the tow truck? Guess new ones are in order. might as well get adjustable ones while im at it lol.

These were my rear control arms after a ride on a flatbed.
They are aren't built to withstand pulling forces to the back end from straps. Pinched in almost 2 inches.

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Shadow330xi 11-12-2012 02:15 PM

Ouch, thats no good. The shop said nothing is bent, but I don't really trust them haha, hence why im here lol
any recommendations for replacement ones?

redbull 325is 11-12-2012 03:07 PM

I have the metal SPC units on my car form tirerack.. had them for about a year, no complaints

xi_ter 11-12-2012 03:24 PM

I bought a pair of Lemforder OEs 2 x $48
http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...5%29%2C%20Each
The Febis are $40 each and probably just as good.
If you are DIYing make sure you read about how to shift the rear diff out of the way.

Kubica 11-12-2012 03:37 PM

^yeah and start hitting those eccentric bolts with PB blaster ASAP.

Shadow330xi 11-12-2012 03:48 PM

Ill look into those, thanks. Ya I'll be DIYing it like everything else haha. Wouldn't happen to have a link handy to look at?

xi_ter 11-12-2012 04:16 PM

I used this DIY and it was enough to get through the install
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=675565

I then got my alignment done - so the shop used the bolts on the control arms to adjust the camber.

Shadow330xi 11-12-2012 05:30 PM

Thanks Xi_ter, Looks to be a fun diy haha


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