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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 11-12-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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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!
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
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that's pretty intense positive camber, either they weren't doing their jobs right or your need adjustable rear control arms asap.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:34 PM   #3
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Bent rear control arm.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:48 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:58 PM   #5
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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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Old 11-12-2012, 03:15 PM   #6
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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?
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:07 PM   #7
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I have the metal SPC units on my car form tirerack.. had them for about a year, no complaints
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:24 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:37 PM   #9
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^yeah and start hitting those eccentric bolts with PB blaster ASAP.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:48 PM   #10
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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?
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:16 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:30 PM   #12
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Thanks Xi_ter, Looks to be a fun diy haha
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