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Old 05-04-2012, 03:50 AM   #221
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Everytime I look at your car I literally drool! It's just so simple and beautiful. What are your plans for it (modding wise)?
Please, please keep up the good work!
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:49 AM   #222
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:44 AM   #223
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:04 AM   #224
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I love your thread (it is like reading a comics story) as well as your car. Honestly I do not like your passat but On this E46 it looks great.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:19 PM   #225
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:09 AM   #226
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need new front bumper
Need more money!

I made my own bumpstops!

Went to the local sport store and bought 6 hockey pucks.. 2 bucks a piece = fantastic bumpstops.

They are very hard compound rubber and work great! I used a whole drill bit to cut out the center of the hockey puck, about a little over an inch diamter, then drilled a whole in the center. Used a razor blade to cut a slit down the radius of the bump stop.

They are very hard and dont deform under the cars weight at all.


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When you are running aggressive wheel set ups and are on the lower side, you have the constant battle of rubbing. I have about 1/2 inch between my rear fender and my rear wheel lip. All it takes is one freeway overpass and your wheel can fly up bend your fenders! So to make sure you are safe from this it is always good to have high spring rates and high dampening... Most importantly, Heavy Duty Bump-Stops! They are the best protection against wheel/fender interaction. Bump-stops come on factory suspensions to protect the shock from hitting the shock tower when bottuming out. Since the car is much higher and has a much softer suspension it also has very soft bump stops. So fact of the matter is, lowered cars with low offsets need Heavy Duty Bump Stops!

The whole idea of the harder bumpstops are to limit how much the suspension can compress. The reason you would want to limit how much suspension compresses as said before, is to keep your wheels from hitting your fenders!

Durometer: is the measure of hardness of a material, which can be defined as the meterials resistance to perminant indentation.

There are a couple different scales of hardness but to put things into context, on the softer rubber scale, automotive tires rank about a 70 durometer. Hockey Pucks have about a 91 Durometer.

Hockey Pucks have a very high durometer rating and are quite hard. That is why I chose them before to use as my own bump stops and that is why I chose to use them again.

I didnt just throw any random amount of hockey pucks in there. With some trial in error I found the proper amount of bumpstops for my current set up and height

If you have too many bumpstops in, your car will be pretty much sitting on them, and then you are in for a bumpy ride. Let the spring and strut do their job, the bumpstop is just there as a saftey net for harsh dips on the highway and what not.

Too little bumpstops means that your rim might hit your fender before the bumpstop hits the upper strut mount which stops any further suspension compression. So to go along with my previous analogy. The safety net came in to late..

Having the right amount of bump stops makes it so they step in and stop your suspension from compressing anymore just millimeters from your fenders and wheels hitting eachother.

A good way to find the righ amount is simply start out with a random amount on the concervative side like, 3 or 2.5 hockey puck bump-stops. THen back one rear wheel up a curn so it fully compresses and the other stays on the street. See how far the suspension compresses before it is sitting on the bump stops. If your fender runs into your wheel, then you need more bump stops. If it stops when they are far away from eachother, than you have to much! Take some out.

Dial it in and get the perfect amount so your wheel stops a few millimeters away from the fenders.

I hope I was able to shed some light on bumpstops and why I chose to make these things from hockey pucks! Let me know if you have any questions!


Now on to the pics!


Sorry, Iphone pics, camera was dead.

I lowered the back about 1/2 an inch since I got the fenders pulled.
I will take pics with a better camera in a few days.\













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Old 05-08-2012, 01:48 AM   #227
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I am definitley doing that bumpstop mod lol you put 3 on each side?
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:18 PM   #229
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:44 PM   #230
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Cool thread, subbed.

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Need more money!
Hmmm.... I live just down the grade in Camarillo, have a '99 323i manual with a few projects outstanding, and access to the Point Mugu auto hobby shop.....
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:21 PM   #231
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You live in Ventura County?! Do you know anyone that has a 5-speed E46 for sale?
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Hmmm.... I live just down the grade in Camarillo, have a '99 323i manual with a few projects outstanding, and access to the Point Mugu auto hobby shop.....
You live in Camarillo?! Do you know anyone that has a 5-speed E46!?!?!?!? I've been looking for one for a long time!

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:50 PM   #232
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #233
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I am definitley doing that bumpstop mod lol you put 3 on each side?
lol For the height I'm at and for these wheels, 2 on eachside is doing the trick!

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Is the bump stop on the shock shaft?
I have Rokkor coilovers, so I'm running Rokkor Rear Struts. That is what is in the picture. I think it's about the same Diameter as the factory struts.

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Cool thread, subbed.


Hmmm.... I live just down the grade in Camarillo, have a '99 323i manual with a few projects outstanding, and access to the Point Mugu auto hobby shop.....
Thanks! Thats cool man, I live right in Moorpark go to any meets or anything?


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Yes I live in Moorpark, Nope I do not, check craigslist or autotrader, I'm sure you can find one!
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Yes I live in Moorpark, Nope I do not, check craigslist or autotrader, I'm sure you can find one!
Damn I've been looking, but it seems like they are overpriced! What are your thoughts on BMW's over 100,000 miles?
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:31 PM   #235
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Looks like another poor e46 has fallen to a *****...

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lol For the height I'm at and for these wheels, 2 on eachside is doing the trick!



I have Rokkor coilovers, so I'm running Rokkor Rear Struts. That is what is in the picture. I think it's about the same Diameter as the factory struts.

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Cool. I will have to remember this method.
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