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Old 11-12-2013, 11:20 AM   #141
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I'm doing refresh on Cooling and Suspension. Mostly parts laying around right now, because I have no time, but piece by piece putting it together. I need an extended weekend to get all this done....
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:16 PM   #142
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Is Stage 3 easy to do when the rear subframe is down? Or still lot's of labor involved even still?
at that point, you better have the right tools and be prepared to reinforce the subframe mounts while you're there...
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:22 PM   #143
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Suspension Refresh Guide. Information w/ complete parts list.

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at that point, you better have the right tools and be prepared to reinforce the subframe mounts while you're there...
Yep would be doing it at the time of rear subframe reinforcement. And unfortunately I'll be paying for all of this work. Just trying to coordinate when to do everything.


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Old 11-13-2013, 04:43 PM   #144
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Re: Suspension Refresh Guide. Information w/ complete parts list.

Great guide followed and checked my whole suspension going down ur list and lucky the owner before me had it done. All i had to change was my outer tidrod which was a pain in the ass to get off but well worth feels so much better thanks for the great guides

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Old 11-13-2013, 06:07 PM   #145
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Yep would be doing it at the time of rear subframe reinforcement. And unfortunately I'll be paying for all of this work. Just trying to coordinate when to do everything.


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When the rear end is down be sure to do:

Subframe reinforcements
Subframe bushings
Inner lower/upper control arm bushings
Driveshaft coupler
Driveshaft support bearing

Not necessary, but easier to do the differential bushings (x3) at the same time.

The RTABs, outer TA bushings/balljoints, etc can easily be done w/ the rear end in place and may save you some costs to DIY
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:19 PM   #146
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Special tools for stage 3?

I'm contemplating doing the stage 3 refresh myself. I'm curous about the special tools required for the axle.. Looking at the TMS diy it doesn't seem like any BMW tools were required.

Am I missing something obvious?
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:34 PM   #147
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^ removing the subframe itself doesn't require the use of any specialty tools. removing the bushings from their respective housings does require special tools. (if you want to do it right and not like a caveman while spending 8x the time)
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:34 PM   #148
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Okay, so I'm trying to figure out what I need to purchase to "restore" my suspension to something near factory fresh. My current suspension, as far as I can tell, dates back to 09/2003, 115k miles ago. The car tracks fine, and has no steering shimmys or any indication that the suspension is shot. The car is a 2004 325CiC with sport suspension.

Obviously, I need the lower control arms and bushing. The "BMW E46 3-Series Front Control Arm Kit By Meyle HD" for $320 seems like an obvious choice.

Moving on to the struts, I run into a wide variety of choices from a wide variety of vendors. The prices range from a low of $87.95 for a Meyle from FCPEuro to $246.95 for "Genuine" BMW from Turner. The bulk of them are around $200, and are either SACHS Advantage or SACHS Super Touring. (Pricing was established by entering the pn 31316750792 into www.furiousmethod.com.)

So what do I do from here? Should I just suck it up and pay $200 per strut from "thebmwpartstore.com", knowing I'm getting the dealer authorized product? Is there an equivalent strut, that doesn't have 16 layers of mark up from the different entities that "handle" it?

It seems strange to me, that $170, +/- $80, is the range of pricing for a given part number.

I need to resolve this before I move to the rear suspension.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:45 PM   #149
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Get the cheapest OEM/OE units you can find. If its sachs, it's good. You may want to consider something more durable like Bilstein HD though if you don't plan on wrenching on this again in five years.

Do shocks/struts/rear springs (they will be broken), rear shock mounts (go w/ rogue engineering if you go with stiffer dampers or even stock dampers), strut bearings, rtabs, fcabs, front end-links, and control arms. you'll be set. if you want to borrow my tools, let me know and just pay for shipping. this offer extends only to people on my friends list and of course to the king of this site (who has touched my tool before)
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