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Old 11-19-2012, 05:00 AM   #41
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ST V1 Coilovers are defiantly the best bang for your buck. They are also better quality than other brands.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:50 PM   #42
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Oh yeah and get the "z3 rear shock mount reinforcements"
They're little 1/4" thick metal plates that go between the shock mount and the metal of the car. They're a good idea when changing parts out.
*if it matters to anyone. Actually they fit above the metal of the car, like where a washer goes between a nut and the bolt. This keeps the metal from pulling through the top to the bottom. Rear reinforcement plates only touch the mount's bolts and not the mount itself.

What you're describing is how the front BMW reinforcement plates fit. Which is sandwiched between the mount and the tower metal.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:16 PM   #43
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*if it matters to anyone. Actually they fit above the metal of the car, like where a washer goes between a nut and the bolt. This keeps the metal from pulling through the top to the bottom. Rear reinforcement plates only touch the mount's bolts and not the mount itself.

What you're describing is how the front BMW reinforcement plates fit. Which is sandwiched between the mount and the tower metal.
Ah that's actually what I meant. For some reason I was picturing the mount inside the trunk. Not below. Thanks for correcting.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:43 PM   #44
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I am changing the control arm bushings and bracket when I revamp the suspension.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:42 PM   #45
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Another question man.....i was thinking about the camber of my wheels......I guess that is what you call it....am i gonna need a camber kit since it will be lowered and if so what do i need?
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:05 PM   #46
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If you lower it to what I have you won't need a camber kit. If you slam it and make it undrivable you'll need camber plates and maybe adjustable rear control arms.
I really don't recommend lowering it that much
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:47 PM   #47
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I have made up my mind....tell me if you like it: ST Coilovers, Contol Arm Bracket and Bushings, Rear Shock Mounts with z3 reinforcement plates, Front Shock/Strut Mounts......also after a week of letting the suspension settle I am gonna measure and add some wheel spacers to give it a more aggressive stance
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:48 PM   #48
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These are the look that I a going for....what do you think?
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:02 PM   #49
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I have made up my mind....tell me if you like it: ST Coilovers, Contol Arm Bracket and Bushings, Rear Shock Mounts with z3 reinforcement plates, Front Shock/Strut Mounts......also after a week of letting the suspension settle I am gonna measure and add some wheel spacers to give it a more aggressive stance
Sounds good.
If you're planning on your wheels being that flush, especially like the black car, you're going to need someone to cut and push your fenders I think. Or at least cut them. Even rolling them won't allow you to get that flush.
In my pictures in my for sale ad, that's as flush as you can get without rubbing with stock fenders. 1 or 2 more mm in the rear and it would rub.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:29 PM   #50
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I know what a fender roll is but what do you mean by "cutting" and "pushing" the fenders?
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I know what a fender roll is but what do you mean by "cutting" and "pushing" the fenders?
Well rolling, as you know, is bending the little lip up inside the fender. Cutting is actually cutting out that lip completely to get more clearance. Pushing is changing the shape of the fender by pushing it out.
You probably won't need to push the fender but to be crazy flush you'll need to cut it. You can still be aggressive with just a simple fender roll.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:05 AM   #52
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you did not answer if you've checked or had your subframe repaired??

you are aware the photos you posted are M3s and have different flared front and rear fenders?
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:15 AM   #53
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No I havent Alex but i will be sure to do that. Can any mechanic check the subframe because i would rather have the guy that is gonna overhaul my suspension do it if that is possible. I am sure that they know what to look for. Also as far as the black car that is what I want it to look like........at least the blue one will do though. What do i need to do to make it look like the black one?
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Just thought about something.....I know that the front control arm bushings go bad but the the brackets go bad too? I was just about the order the entire kit but I could come out way cheaper if I just ordered the bushings instead of the entire thing ya know? Somebody on here said that the brackets were made out of aluminum....then another said steel but anyway just a thought.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:14 AM   #55
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well anyone who knows what they are looking for can check it. I'd do this before jumping into any expensive projects to know what you're getting into. you might be able to catch it early and just do the foam epoxy to fix.


well there are Control Arms and then the Control Arm Bushings(CABs). The CABs are what fit into the bracket or "lollipop" bracket(also aluminum). you have to press in/out new bushing if using previous lollipop bracket. if your 323Ci never had new CAs and CABs it may have the smaller size and need updated size. So new lollipops with bushings installed may be easier. if you're doing the work you may need a press. so often it's easier to buy already pressed in. it's often not much more.

i would buy Meyle HD CAs and CABs if you want a good brand at good price that also has a warranty.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:20 AM   #56
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I have some meyle control arm bushings already pressed in if you want them. Installed and have less than 1000 miles and then uninstalled. They're basically brand new
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