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Old 10-17-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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Better quality window regulators... URO Premium

Anyone try one of these new ball-bearing roller window regulators?

http://www.eeuroparts.com/Parts/6341...51337020659AP/

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Old 10-17-2014, 01:20 PM   #2
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:37 PM   #3
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My factory regulators didn't last very long, just looking for better options.
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:55 PM   #4
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My factory regulators didn't last very long, just looking for better options.
Factory is best. Also I believe they updated the design.
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:55 PM   #5
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Clean and lubricate all window tracks and sliding components
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:31 PM   #6
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I'm no enginerd, but ball bearing pulleys sound better than plastic pinwheels.

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URO premium window regulators contain a ball bearing inside the cable pulley, eliminating friction and decreasing the load on the entire system. This drastically reduces the risk of cable or pulley failure and allows the motor to operate below its capacity; thus vastly extending its usable life. This design enhancement has been validated to outlast the OEM design by more than 6 times and lasting over 200,000 cycles without any failures. (That is the equivalent of 100 years of use)
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:38 PM   #7
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I'm no enginerd, but ball bearing pulleys sound better than plastic pinwheels.

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URO premium window regulators contain a ball bearing inside the cable pulley, eliminating friction and decreasing the load on the entire system. This drastically reduces the risk of cable or pulley failure and allows the motor to operate below its capacity; thus vastly extending its usable life. This design enhancement has been validated to outlast the OEM design by more than 6 times and lasting over 200,000 cycles without any failures. (That is the equivalent of 100 years of use)
I wonder if this was a recent design change. Cause the three URO regulators I installed on a neighbor's car last year all failed within two days. three in a row. The store ended up returning the third one and giving credit towards a Genuine one.
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:49 PM   #8
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Nope, they're still crap. I installed a URO regulator sometime in Spring in my passenger side window. Guess which regulator failed in summer? Yep, you guessed it.

And the mode of failure? The damn cable got twined and let go.

Driver's side is still OEM with zip tie fix done as preventative maintenance. Also replaced the red clips that held the glass to the track, those were in rough shape. That one's still working fine after 11 years, knock on wood.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:13 PM   #9
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^ Video says the Uro Premium design is new as of September 2014, so they couldn't be the same as the ones you installed last Spring. Given all the problems, no wonder they redesigned them.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:08 PM   #10
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^ Video says the Uro Premium design is new as of September 2014, so they couldn't be the same as the ones you installed last Spring. Given all the problems, no wonder they redesigned them.
Interesting. I may give them a try... providing stores arent selling old stock. Right now I have two front genuines. I did have a pair of UROs last 4 years though. So i got my moneys worth
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:35 AM   #11
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It's a crappy design to begin with. There are plenty of older cars around with more proven designs (but more expensive to manufacture) that have lasted for decades without fail. I have two older German cars (1984 and 1995 and both with around 100K miles) with their original regulators - untouched. My 325i is the only car I've ever owned that had failing regulators - although I'm sure there are other makes that fail.

I ended up buying a Dorman from Autozone. Will it fail? Probably will at some point, it's a crappy design no matter who makes it. Whomever makes it has to work within the confines of the original door and its specs. If/when the Dorman fails, Autozone will replace it under the lifetime warranty.
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:39 AM   #12
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Clean and lubricate all window tracks and sliding components
THIS. This is a crucial step when doing the job.

And yes, URO is complete TRASH.
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Old 10-18-2014, 11:08 AM   #13
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My windows creak pretty badly and when I shut the door with the window down, they get stuck. I'm in the market for some new regulators so I'm keeping tabs on this thread. Mine get unstuck if I slam the door several times and jiggle it around, then they roll up pretty quickly. To avoid it, I barely latch the door, then just push it firmly shut until it clicks into place.

If my windows are up, no problem shutting the doors normally and I make sure all of my tracks are lubricated and all the bolts are snug.
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My windows creak pretty badly and when I shut the door with the window down, they get stuck. I'm in the market for some new regulators so I'm keeping tabs on this thread. Mine get unstuck if I slam the door several times and jiggle it around, then they roll up pretty quickly. To avoid it, I barely latch the door, then just push it firmly shut until it clicks into place.

If my windows are up, no problem shutting the doors normally and I make sure all of my tracks are lubricated and all the bolts are snug.
Try some of the "new" UROs and see how they hold up. I'd be interested in these new ones. Doesn't hurt to try new products that claim an improved design providing that product is not capable of leaving you stranded or hurting anyone--these are like what $60.
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I agree with the comments about lubricating the tracks, but haven't found a good product for the purpose. Any recommendations?


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Old 10-18-2014, 01:13 PM   #16
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Hmm, seems just like the sedan ones? I saw you had a m3 listed as your vehicle so I was guessing they also made these for the coupes/convertibles. I can only find OEM ones for a coupe and they are about $140/ea.

I can still try these out on my xi though, passenger window is completely broken on that vehicle.
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Half of you guys aren't paying attention. This is an updated design by Uro.

My original Uro regulators also have failed after only a couple months, and I lubed the hell out of them, so that's not really the answer and I dont believe it makes any difference.

BUT, These new Uro parts have an updated bearing design. And they come with a new lifetime warranty. I dont think you can go wrong...

http://www.oembimmerparts.com/BMW_E4...59-660prem.htm



Anyone tried these yet or seen them in person?
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:42 AM   #18
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Hmm, new design doesn't seem too bad.... I might give them a shot in a month.
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The older Uro part that I installed a year ago in my drivers side front door just failed, so I'll get this new design installed too and try it out. I'll report back if it fails.
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