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Old 11-29-2012, 12:53 PM   #14141
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lol at this. How have you concluded your shocks are "heavily degraded" by 30k miles? Have you ever seen a car with actual blown shocks? The car doesn't have to be hopping, but if my shocks were completely blown it would be. I'd be able to push on a fender and have it bounce. By all means though, continue to blow your cash on stuff you don't need, doesn't bother me at all

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Honestly not trying to brag, but you haven't been doing your reading. I've done more suspension rebuilds on BMWs this year alone than you've likely done your entire life. This is consensus within the inner BMW community. I don't need to prove anything to you. Just mind your words.

And no if your shocks were completely blown, your BMW wouldn't "hop." Since our cars are stiffly sprung, there's a great deal of support for the wheel and that's why BMW driver's don't replace their shocks/struts. Under even spirited driving, the car feels "fine." Beefy swaybars and springs still offer plenty of control without the need for shocks. (and theoretically, struts)

I could completely remove your rear shocks without you knowing and I guarantee you that you would keep on driving and never notice. I'd say the same for the struts but that is not technically possible.

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Old 11-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #14142
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Since I car remove my shocks and not even notice, that's even less reason to replace them prematurely! I won't get into personal attacks on who has more automotive experience or a bigger epeen. So now once again, although I'm sure you'll add another $.02. Debate ended, back on topic...
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:22 PM   #14143
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Go drive another E46 with a refreshed suspension and you'll see what Mango is talking about. The difference is noticeable.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:30 PM   #14144
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:31 PM   #14145
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Who says **** like this?
People who have their credibility questioned by someone who knows nothing about them. Mango knows 100000x more about BMW care than I, no doubt, but that doesn't mean he knows everything and can sit on a cloud and poop on everyone else (without being challenged in return). There are other people out there who know things about cars who can be referenced. In this case it was once again a matter of opinion. BMW may even recommend suspension swap at 50k but "blown" is a subjective concept unless you're invoking some known set of measurements?

Really I was just making fun of his over officious-ness.

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Old 11-29-2012, 01:32 PM   #14146
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Go drive another E46 with a refreshed suspension and you'll see what Mango is talking about. The difference is noticeable.
Don't think anyone sane would argue updated setup doesnt ride better, original criticism was that shocks are blown at 50k I bet refreshed would feel good compared to 10k...
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:34 PM   #14147
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Go drive another E46 with a refreshed suspension and you'll see what Mango is talking about. The difference is noticeable.
This, honestly, is the easiest, best way, to tell if your suspension is shot.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:02 PM   #14148
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I have 70K miles and my car will bouce pretty bad on some parts of the interstate down here in AL. I know my shocks are heavily degraded. They are no "blown" (leaking) though.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:05 PM   #14149
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This thread looks like it's ripe for another cleanup by tim

Anyway, I changed my spark plugs, replaced my brittle windshield cowl, and installed new wiper blades.
Oil change, diff/transmission fluid change, fuel filter all happen this weekend.
Also I have everything needed for a cooling system refresh chilling in the corner of my garage, I'll get to that eventually too
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:24 PM   #14150
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This thread looks like it's ripe for another cleanup by tim

Anyway, I changed my spark plugs, replaced my brittle windshield cowl, and installed new wiper blades.
Oil change, diff/transmission fluid change, fuel filter all happen this weekend.
Also I have everything needed for a cooling system refresh chilling in the corner of my garage, I'll get to that eventually too
How long did the diff take you?
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:30 PM   #14151
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No idea, I'll get back to you on Monday

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Old 11-29-2012, 03:50 PM   #14152
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Yeah didn't comprehend the tense of your post...
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:53 PM   #14153
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Getting sick and tired of taking this one wheel back to the shop because the bead doesn't set and it wont seal.

Third times the charm, I guess.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:10 PM   #14154
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:55 PM   #14155
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How long did the diff take you?
I did my diff fluid last weekend, took about 10 minutes, although I had it on a lift. Easier than an oil change, 70 Nm torque on the 14 mm hex nuts.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #14156
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:16 PM   #14158
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:22 PM   #14159
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Getting sick and tired of taking this one wheel back to the shop because the bead doesn't set and it wont seal.

Third times the charm, I guess.
Have the tire place pull the tire off and clean the beads off with a "cookie" (scotch brite pad on a stick). We find that often on aging cars the aluminum will corrode under the finish of the wheel and cause the tire to not seal properly. Cleaning the bead works wonders.

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:54 PM   #14160
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