E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > BMW Regional Forums > Regional Forums > California

California
Have you seen another BMW while driving around in your area? Maybe you can find their car in the E46Fanatics Garage!
Northern California Southern California

If you don't have your garage setup, sign up today HERE

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-09-2011, 11:28 AM   #1
khangn
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Sun Valley, CA
Posts: 11
My Ride: United States
subframe reinforcement diy

does anyone in LA have experience with this diy? http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=700468

i was hoping to get some feedback on where to find a welder and how much it might cost.
khangn is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 08-11-2011, 02:12 AM   #2
choleaoum
Ceiling missing!
 
choleaoum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Long Beach, CA
Posts: 1,715
My Ride: BMW 330Ci
Send a message via AIM to choleaoum
im sweating just looking at all the labor on that lol. i can do it but man that is a lot of work.

in my opinion, your lucky to find any mechanic to do all that labor for less then 1000$ it involves welding, dropping the diff, removing sway bars, drivetrain, half shafts, rear trailing arm, the whole actual wheel hub oh man. lol

Last edited by choleaoum; 08-11-2011 at 02:22 AM.
choleaoum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2011, 02:46 AM   #3
SL Blak Soldier
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Woodland Hills < SFV < LA < SoCal
Posts: 27,358
My Ride: 2001 3 Pedal M54b30
Send a message via AIM to SL Blak Soldier
talk to mini corsa in NoHo, they just did a subframe reinforcement on my friends m3.


If you don't know how to weld or are learning, i wouldn't do this as your first project. technically, they just have to be tacked in place, but i think the welds have to be hold it somewhat.
__________________
SL Blak Soldier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2011, 09:29 AM   #4
khangn
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Sun Valley, CA
Posts: 11
My Ride: United States
So I have the subframe dropped now and I don't see any cracks! I'll have to give it a closer inspection today, but it looks like I won't need to do any welding after all. Maybe just replacing my subframe bushings will get rid of the rear thump.

I don't have any experience welding. I thought about learning just for this project, but you're right, probably not a good first project for a newbie welder
khangn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2011, 01:05 PM   #5
SL Blak Soldier
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Woodland Hills < SFV < LA < SoCal
Posts: 27,358
My Ride: 2001 3 Pedal M54b30
Send a message via AIM to SL Blak Soldier
Quote:
Originally Posted by khangn View Post
So I have the subframe dropped now and I don't see any cracks! I'll have to give it a closer inspection today, but it looks like I won't need to do any welding after all. Maybe just replacing my subframe bushings will get rid of the rear thump.

I don't have any experience welding. I thought about learning just for this project, but you're right, probably not a good first project for a newbie welder
make sure you clean the surface all the way to the metal with a grinder or something. the dirt will hide a lot of hairline cracks. and i would still do the reinforcement while youre there.
__________________
SL Blak Soldier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2011, 02:25 AM   #6
khangn
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Sun Valley, CA
Posts: 11
My Ride: United States
i sanded the surfaces down and found no cracks
so i ended up just replacing the bushings and skipped the reinforcement.

@choleaoum, thanks for the springs
khangn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2011, 03:45 AM   #7
Drew@Swift Motorworks
Past Site Sponsor
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bay Area, California
Posts: 34,072
My Ride: Scooty Puff Jr
I hope you put on some new undercoating sealant

although I assume if you were able to do all that work you knew to do that
Drew@Swift Motorworks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2011, 01:45 PM   #8
choleaoum
Ceiling missing!
 
choleaoum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Long Beach, CA
Posts: 1,715
My Ride: BMW 330Ci
Send a message via AIM to choleaoum
@khang, your welcome i knew i recongized your name here lol. i wish i couldve stayed longer but i was drunk and hotel security was already on my case. we weren't even being rowdy.
choleaoum is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use