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Old 11-24-2007, 02:13 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 11-24-2007, 11:47 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:06 AM   #3
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anyone know how long this would take a shop to do?
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Old 09-08-2008, 03:29 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:29 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:36 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:13 AM   #7
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any write ups?
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:26 AM   #8
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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.

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http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html/tech_tips.shtml

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Old 10-06-2008, 12:03 PM   #9
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^^ nice, i just ordered the same arms.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:44 PM   #10
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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..
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:07 PM   #11
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anyone else local ever do this install themselves?
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:31 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:30 PM   #13
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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.
Quick question - just installed the camber arms. Now I'm trying to fit the diff back into place and the passenger side fastener/bolt is not going in smoothly. It's taking more force than I'm comfortable with. Any ideas?

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standard tools? i'll have to get under there to check it out.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:39 PM   #15
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standard tools? i'll have to get under there to check it out.
Yup, ~15-22mm sockets and wrenches
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:07 AM   #16
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Not hard to do. It shouldn't take more than 2 hours.
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:07 PM   #17
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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.
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:11 PM   #18
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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
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:27 AM   #19
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fuk this man it was hard LOL. well its hard with 1 person for sure. 2 people wouldve been much easier.
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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?
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