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Old 02-18-2013, 04:10 AM   #1
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328ci Subframe Reinforcement

Hi all,

I'm going to do a full write up once I'm finished. Currently midway and taking a rest for the night. Subframe is out, TMS plates are welded in. Only things left to do are to burn out the subframe bushings, install news one and then put it all back together.

Car is a manual 1999 328ci.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:25 AM   #2
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Looking forward to the tutorial, ill be doing mine pretty soon

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Old 02-18-2013, 05:10 AM   #3
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There's already an official tms subframe tutorial.
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There's already an official tms subframe tutorial.
Going down to the level to beat them hey?
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:27 PM   #5
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very nice man

keep us updated on total costs and work hours put into it, im sure alot of us here already have or will have this issue if not reinforced

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Old 02-21-2013, 04:46 AM   #6
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very nice man

keep us updated on total costs and work hours put into it, im sure alot of us here already have or will have this issue if not reinforced

cheers
Approximate timing was about this:
3 Hours to remove the subframe
4 Hours welding including prep and getting gas.
3 hours to do the subframe and diff bushings, including making the tools to pull/press.
4 hours or so to get the subframe back in.

Cost for the plates was around $130+50 shipping
Subframe and differential bushings OEM cost $90
RTA bushings powerflex cost $75
Sway bar bushings powerflex cost $52.

The bushings in the subframe were all intact and perhaps didnt even need replacement, but we did they them while we were there. Differential bushings in particularly the large rear one was in a bad state. RTA bushings were due for replacement, sway bars ones perhaps not.

So it is a large job and takes about 14 hours, part prices are up to you really how far you want to go with it. I probably could have gotten away with just the plates and diff bushings.

The rear end of the car feels allot more solid and the creaking and growing and clunking I got from the rear end is now gone entirely.
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