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Old 05-08-2015, 07:50 PM   #41
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URO Premium window regulator installed

Lets see how long this thing lasts ! Installed on May 8th, 2015. Sprayed a liberal amount of White Lithium grease on everything.

BTW a couple interesting problems with this product:

The screws that stick out of the regulator which are secured to the door skin by a nut didn't line up 100%. The screw closest to the body of the car (when door is wide open) didn't line up to the door skin hole. It was about 1mm too far. I had to bend the metal tab the screw is attached to on that side of the regulator to get it to fit. The alignment of the window was off, so I realigned according to the instructions in the Bentley Manual.

Torque spec for the regulator nuts is 9-nm/79-inch-lb, but two of them seemed to have stripped at around 10-11-nm. I can't take them off. but they seem to be on there tight so i'll worry about them when it's time to change the regulator again. This is more my fault because the only small torque wrench I have is old and needs to be replaced. I set it to 9nm, but the locking mechanism is about done, and I ended up at 13nm.
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:33 AM   #42
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Thanks for the info. I have the drivers side at home and waiting to get the passenger side. Shame the screws don't line up...
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:18 PM   #43
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I did some more research into grease today and white lithium grease from a spray can might not have been the best choice. I used the wd40 specialist protrctive white lithium grease. Wd40 doesn't seem to list whats inside. Apparently some sprays use lithium as a base mixed with petroleum products. And some petroleum products dont play nice with plastics.
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Old 05-10-2015, 01:03 AM   #44
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For plastics I always use PTFE spray, used it inside the belt buckles (does miracles), window regulators, bushes, etc.
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:30 AM   #45
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URO Premium - there's an oxymoron! I hope you get a great life cycle from the regulator.
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:43 PM   #46
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i'll post back when it fails !
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Old 05-22-2015, 06:31 PM   #47
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Just installed my URO Premium window regulator (passenger front). I am pleased with the build quality, and so far it works well. I was happy to find it pre-greased. I'll update in a few months with it's reliability.


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Old 05-22-2015, 06:32 PM   #48
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Just installed my URO Premium window regulator (passenger front). I am pleased with the build quality, and so far it works well. I was happy to find it pre-greased. I'll update in a few months with it's reliability.
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:21 PM   #49
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What helped me a whole lot was cleaning all of the wipes with goof off first. It cleans the tracks really well without drying out the rubber. Then I used dry silicone lubricant on all of it. My windows all go up and down as if they were new. If you don't clean the entire window and tracks then your going to keep blowing through regulators. It's very important.
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:52 PM   #50
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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!
I TOTALLY agree with you, but I've noticed the aftermarket is usually a bit crappier than OEM so it just plain sucks when the original part doesn't last long. I've been into cars modding / tracking for about 10 years now and about 5 years into BMW and man do I feel like starting a business that re engineers parts that fail prematurely for these cars. Like Uro seems to be doing on that part but hopefully with better quality. You can usually find good quality aftermarket on domestic and japanese cars, where on ours it's either crap or overpriced "ok" stuff... I may be generalizing a bit, but I'm sure a lot of you get the point here !

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Old 05-22-2015, 08:05 PM   #51
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What helped me a whole lot was cleaning all of the wipes with goof off first. It cleans the tracks really well without drying out the rubber. Then I used dry silicone lubricant on all of it. My windows all go up and down as if they were new. If you don't clean the entire window and tracks then your going to keep blowing through regulators. It's very important.
I've been reading this thread for future reference if I needed a regulator.

I use silicone lube on all the windows rubber twice per year. Also a decade ago an old German Mercedes mechanic showed me a trick to reduce the friction - he waxed my windows - I was skeptical and a little concerned that it would affect visibility but it doesn't and the windows glide putting a lot less strain on the regulator and cables.

I wax the power windows once per year - Without a word of a lie - I have never had to change an e46 regulator and my oldest is a vert that is 14 years old. (the windows move (up or down) every time the door is opened or closed.
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:27 PM   #52
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I can see how waxing the windows would help. Good tip! Believe it or not, I also clay bar my windows. Just as much junk comes off of my windows as out of my paint.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:33 PM   #53
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I also installed two of these a few days ago. I originally thought that the studs didn't line up but with some finagling it fit correctly in the end, without bending stuff.
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Old 05-23-2015, 06:47 PM   #54
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Good luck! Please let us know how they hold up.
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:11 AM   #55
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5 days in with constant use, no issues. Window goes up extremely quiet compared to the 10 year old OEM regulator that was in there. No issues with lining up the studs for the nuts. I also applied some Liquid Wrench dry lubricant on the window tracks on the side and on the alcantara pieces that the window slides on.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:42 AM   #56
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Have any of you found any for the rear windows? (I see they don't have cables though, so maybe they are less susceptible to failure?
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:45 AM   #57
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5 days in with constant use, no issues. Window goes up extremely quiet compared to the 10 year old OEM regulator that was in there. No issues with lining up the studs for the nuts. I also applied some Liquid Wrench dry lubricant on the window tracks on the side and on the alcantara pieces that the window slides on.
Interesting that yours had no problem lining up. Can you be more specific about the alcantara pieces that the window slides on ?
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:46 AM   #58
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Have any of you found any for the rear windows? (I see they don't have cables though, so maybe they are less susceptible to failure?
Yes and yes.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:26 AM   #59
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Interesting that yours had no problem lining up. Can you be more specific about the alcantara pieces that the window slides on ?
When you take out the regulator and drop the glass down you will see felt/suede/alcantara pieces that the window slides up against at the top of the door car (bottom of the window when the window is up). Usually dust/dirt fall into it and end up scratching the glass. I ended up cleaning it thoroughly and now the window has no scratching noise (had it before from the dirt) and is very quiet/
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:36 AM   #60
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One of mine failed today, no warning sounds.
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