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Old 04-16-2002, 04:40 PM   #1
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Will Coilovers on an M3 cause damage to the shock mounts in the long run...

friend with an M3 who wants to drop his car but isn't gonna track it and wants the option with most longevity is looking at lowering springs, coilovers, or separately matched shocks and springs. Which is the best way to go?
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Old 04-16-2002, 04:45 PM   #2
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I'd say coilovers are the best option but that's from a 325 guy so I'm no expert on M3's
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Old 04-16-2002, 04:53 PM   #3
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I'd say coilovers are the best option but that's from a 325 guy so I'm no expert on M3's
I was just curious because the mechanic at the dealership told my friend that the coilovers for M3 would damage the shock mounts.
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Old 04-16-2002, 11:41 PM   #4
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that is what a BMW mechanic acutally told me regarding all E46s, not just Ms. Honestly I do no know if its true, but I plan on putting on the OEM RSMs from the M3 cab just in case (I understand that they are tougher then the regular RSM to account for the extra weight/loss of rigidity)
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Old 04-17-2002, 01:19 AM   #5
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that is what a BMW mechanic acutally told me regarding all E46s, not just Ms. Honestly I do no know if its true, but I plan on putting on the OEM RSMs from the M3 cab just in case (I understand that they are tougher then the regular RSM to account for the extra weight/loss of rigidity)
That sounds like a good idea. How much more are vert RSM's from the cab and will they fit the M3? I guess you can always find RSM's from an M3 cabrio.
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Old 04-17-2002, 01:23 AM   #6
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I think the parts for the RSM from the M3 convertable are only around $30 from Pacific BMW. I can't see why they wouldnt fit a regular M3 if they also fit all the other E46s too..
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Old 04-17-2002, 09:30 AM   #7
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OEM RSM parts numbers....

PacificBMW should give you good pricing...

Item Qty Part Number Retail Price Notes
E46 Rear Shock Mounts 2 #33 52 6 754 096 $18.40/ea Required

Self-Locking Collar Nut 4 #31 33 1 092 887 $0.55/ea Recommended

Washer Gasket 2 #33 52 1 128 734 $0.43/ea Recommended

Self-Locking Hex Nut 2 #33 52 1 137 360 $0.42/ea Recommended

Z3 Reinforcement Plates 2 #51 71 8 413 359 $14.40/ea Optional

Total Cost
$36.80-$69.50*
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Old 04-17-2002, 10:54 AM   #8
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Check out WWW.GROUND-CONTROL.COM They sell everything that you're worried about regarding coilovers! I might be getting a set eventually for my M3
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