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Old 09-01-2014, 07:07 PM   #1
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Pictures of my rear subframe repair

A lot of people on the forum asked me to post pictures of my rear subframe repair. I asked the mechanic to take pictures, not really pictures of a DIY since there were a few of those already out there, just take some showing off the work done, etc. These pictures are what he sent me. I purchased the rear subframe front and rear mounts and the rear differential front and rear bushings from powerflexusa and the rear subframe repair kit from turner motorsports. I also had the mechanic change the differential fluid while it was up there. I took it in around 10am and they started working on it at 11am. They had all the parts off and had it ready for the welder by around 3:30pm. The welder came around 6pm (had to wait for the kit to be delivered that day by UPS, they didn't get there till 5:30pm) and he welded till around 9pm or so. The mechanics worked through the night and finished at 3am and yes I went and picked my car (Venus) up at 3am ..... It cost me around $500 in labor for the mechanic, $425 at powerflex, $20 in differential oil, $200 for the welder and $160 for the turner kit, these prices included shipping for the parts. The mechanic said if anyone is interested to let me know and I will give you his telephone number. I live in north Alabama by Huntsville. He said the cost would be $600 not including welding if you didn't change your mounts or bushings and could be up to $800 not including welding if you did. Venus drives like a dream now, I am so happy!
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:33 PM   #2
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Kiss those mechanics for the excellent work they did for you at a really great price. Nice guys to indulge you with so many pics too.

Thanks for putting these up.

Some say the power flex on the rear make the ride too harsh. Have you driven enough to make an educated report if this is true or not?

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Old 09-01-2014, 08:51 PM   #3
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Yes, they did an excellent job! To be honest about the powerflex...I have no idea of what it should have drove like prior to powerflex. I bought it less than a month ago and it already had the subframe hole in it as you can see from the pictures. I also need new shocks a.s.a.p. You can actually take your hand and just lift it straight up without pushing on both rear shocks. I plan on getting shocks and putting them in by the end of this week then after getting a rotate n balance with an alignment. I would hope it would ride a lot more smooth after the new shocks. Maybe anything would be less harsh than what it drove like before the powerflex, but to me it feels smooth as butter since the fix and powerflex.
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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That's impressive work. I feel like I'm missing something, though. Why does it cost more if you changed the mounts/bushings?
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:56 PM   #5
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It took them about 4 hours to get all the mounts and bushings out and the new ones in.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:11 PM   #6
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I also need new shocks a.s.a.p. You can actually take your hand and just lift it straight up without pushing on both rear shocks.
I saw KONI is having a sale on their FSD's.
Had them for 60K miles and love them.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:47 PM   #7
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I saw KONI is having a sale on their FSD's.
Had them for 60K miles and love them.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:48 PM   #8
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Job well done!
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:09 PM   #10
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Niicee job!.. amazing price.

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Old 09-02-2014, 02:19 AM   #11
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Well, thank you sir! Long time no type, hope all is well.
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:21 AM   #12
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Yep, great bunch of guys. I went to get my receipt today from the mechanic and he charged my AC for me and ran dye to make sure there were no coolant leaks for $70. $50 for the AC charge and $20 for the dye. I sent you an inbox message with the mechanic and welders phone numbers. Please make sure to tell them I referred you. Good luck!
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Kiss those mechanics for the excellent work they did for you at a really great price. Nice guys to indulge you with so many pics too.

Thanks for putting these up.

Some say the power flex on the rear make the ride too harsh. Have you driven enough to make an educated report if this is true or not?
It really doesn't. My e46 with koni str.ts full powerflex and eibach pro kit rides softer than my e90 msport with stock suspension. And they both have non rfts.

I am actually think of changing to koni sports as I prefer a harder ride.
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Perhaps it would have been wiser to scrap the car and get another, but I'm pleased to see it was saved.

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Perhaps it would have been wiser to scrape the car and get another, but I'm pleased to see it was saved.
Rather the devil you know than the devil you don't.
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Well, thank you sir! Long time no type, hope all is well.
Just busy at work lately..
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Great pics! Looks like you have a couple of oil leaks: pic 1 under engine, and one of the rear shocks looks caked in dirt accumulated by oil on the shock body.
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I couldn't have said it better myself. That's one of the biggest reasons why I kept it.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:55 PM   #19
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Great pics! Looks like you have a couple of oil leaks: pic 1 under engine, and one of the rear shocks looks caked in dirt accumulated by oil on the shock body.
Yep I got oil leaks everywhere. That's my next project to take on is finding and repairing the oil leak(s).
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Just busy at work lately..
That sucks but gotta make that $$$$$$ got a BMW to keep on the road lol
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