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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 06-16-2017, 07:47 PM   #1
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Hmm, Bent trailing arm?

I got my car aligned today after all my suspension work.
They indicated that the right rear trailing arm was maxed but still out of spec and figured that it's bent or the hub to trailing arm is bent.

So, anyone had that? I figure I'll pick up another arm and fit it...
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Old 06-17-2017, 05:35 PM   #2
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Look at the lower rear control arm. They can easily bend and throw things off.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=33_0840

#5 and #7

Part #7 can mask the bend arm. I find it very hard to believe your training arm is bent.
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Old 06-17-2017, 05:42 PM   #3
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Just replaced with SPC steel arms. I'm thinking it's more likely that the rtab is failing

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Old 06-17-2017, 07:54 PM   #4
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I'm going to hit the RTABs this weekend. I didn't realize that the mount was moved for the alignment. However, the shop I used said they'd be happy to toss it on the rack again for 'touch ups' after I've swapped it.
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:35 PM   #5
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Yep the RTA position and the lower rear control arms controls are how the alignment is adjusted in the rear. Good call on the upgraded arms.
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