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Old 03-22-2015, 10:17 AM   #21
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The idea here isn't anything new, audi uses the same stupid cable idea in many of their cars as well. They too had 28 million regulator issues and went the ball bearing route. I've changed a bunch of tt and a6 regulators. When, not if, I change the regs on my car I'm going to try something I used on my atv's, it's served me well...

I have a motion pro cable luber. It goes over the ends of the cables and you spray whatever crap you have into it. It forces the lube down the sleeve. Pretty cool deal. The lube is cable life, it's works surprisingly well. At least it'll give everything a fighting chance?


If I needed regulators (knock on wood) I would absolutely give these a try. I know that uro makes some pretty cheesy parts, but who knows.....maybe they are on to something. Add the fancy lube and keep fingers crossed.

Now that I posted all of this I bet my reg is going to take dump lol
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Old 03-22-2015, 02:10 PM   #22
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The regulators I've changed out break where the little metal cylinder on the wire connects into the plastic housing.
Doesn't the zip tie method prevent this separation.

Otherwise. I don't see too many design flaws.

Question previously posted was what lube to use that effective.
Question still stands. Lithium grease maybe
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:18 PM   #23
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The zip tie fix only works for the sedans which have plastic lifters. Coupes are supposed to be all metal where the cable connects to the lifter. That's why the OEM regulators supposedly last longer in a coupe... even without the ball bearings. I haven't had to replace them in my coupe ... yet. Plus I don't see the coupe model listed as as a replacement option for the new Uro regulator.
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Old 03-29-2015, 10:51 AM   #24
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Replaced my driver-side regulator today.

I had the old URO part and it failed after about 2 years. The new part is the new URO Premium that comes with a lifetime warranty.

New on the left, old on the right:








Looks like they did indeed update the bearings, and the springs too it seems. I'll be sure to post back here if they fail anytime soon because I'll be all sorts of pissed off if they do...
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:51 AM   #25
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Also just ordered one for my driver's window. Lifetime warranty on an e46 window regulator sold me. Will also update once its in. I also want to clean and condition the window swipes and anything else that can bring friction into the equation, anybody take it to that next level?
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:07 AM   #26
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Mine came in! Looks great. It's covered in grease but whatever, saves me a step. I noticed in the box they said to inspect and replace any worn window swipes. Mine look fine but I'm guessing 14 years later they wouldn't mind some reconditioning. What would you guys reccomend applying to the rubber and felt pieces to reduce friction and make this window regulator work at its best? I have gummi pfledge but not sure if it's the best for this.
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Old 04-08-2015, 04:45 PM   #27
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Installed. Fitment was a bit off and I had to force and flex the regulator to line up with all of the holes on the front most part. The window motor mount was also too tight and needed excess force to line up. But... It works great and it's very fast and smooth operation. I do hear faintly what I'd describe as sand in the tracks but they're clean and well greased so I figure it's the nature of Uro. Cleaned and conditioned all swipes and it's nice and fast.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:33 PM   #28
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Mine came in! Looks great. It's covered in grease but whatever, saves me a step. I noticed in the box they said to inspect and replace any worn window swipes. Mine look fine but I'm guessing 14 years later they wouldn't mind some reconditioning. What would you guys reccomend applying to the rubber and felt pieces to reduce friction and make this window regulator work at its best? I have gummi pfledge but not sure if it's the best for this.
I used liquid wrench dry lubricant spray from autozone $7. I removed the rubber swipe before putting door panel back on, sprayed the rubber window swipe let it dry and put it back on seems to have helped it go up faster. Goodluck
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Old 04-09-2015, 12:54 AM   #29
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Someone please explain what this window swipe is?
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:57 AM   #30
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Someone please explain what this window swipe is?
The rubber section located between door and glass
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:58 AM   #31
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Spring mounts are still molded out of plastic? Can't see from the pictures
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:14 AM   #32
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I so so hope this is the answer. I've gotten way too good at replacing these on my family herd of e46s. I was considering going OEM on the next failure.
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Old 04-09-2015, 09:10 AM   #33
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The rubber section located between door and glass
Thank you. What kind of lubricant do you use?
I have white lithium grease by Liquid wrench.. Does that work? Or is something else better?
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:51 AM   #34
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I use silicone grease on all rubber parts on my E46 or gummy pflege. Silicone grease acts as a conditioner for rubber.
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Old 04-09-2015, 12:49 PM   #35
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I wouldn't reccomend white lithium on those parts, its going to make a big mess at the least if it doesn't eat the rubber. Gummi Pfledge seems to have worked well, the window doesn't bind or strain at all now.
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:50 PM   #36
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any spray dry lubricant, i use elmers from ace hardware cuz it's close, all same stuff, doesn't have to be liquid wrench, just make sure it's dry lubricant
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:03 PM   #37
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Everywhere I've checked, those Uro Premium regulators are backordered.
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:07 PM   #38
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It says in stock on OP's link...
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:25 PM   #39
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It says in stock on OP's link...
lol... I should have said that the venders I normally use don't have it in stock.
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:03 PM   #40
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BMW brand is NOT best

I used to use only BMW brand parts.
I am no longer a fan of BMW parts as I have had a LOT of failures over the years.
BMW or Walther? Same sorry parts, just no BMW logo.
Continental or BMW? Same sorry situation.
Sachs? I don't know. What is your experience?
If the BMW part is poor, so is the replacement AND the OEM equivalent.
I have had my '05 for so many years that when I hear
BUY ONLY BMW PARTS!
I just wanna throw up.
Sorry, it is just my experience. (hard earned lost money and REPEAT labor!)
Your results may vary.
I just might buy one of these window regulators as...
My 2nd BMW window regulator has just crapped out.
AGAIN!
Original BMW parts? What a bunch of B.S. !
I'm not saying that cheap chinese parts are better.
I'm just saying that OEM BMW parts are overpriced and lack
quality control. Poor engineering margins make it worse.
There.
I said it.
MOST OEM BMW parts for E46's are poor quality.
Our E46's deserve better aftermarket replacement parts.
Go URO Premium !
Think about a selling a cooling system overhaul kit.
The existing "kits" have poor quality OEM parts .
Ask me how I know...
Thank you for letting me rant.
I have been soooo riped-off by OEM parts!
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