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Old 11-25-2013, 11:16 AM   #21
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Are you even listening to what I'm saying? Unlock the column. Put the coupler on the column (no bolt), then put it on the rack.
Oh.. yeah... I'm listening. I've tried that about 37 times. I'm going to try it again on my next time out.
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:21 AM   #22
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:23 AM   #23
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38 times is the key.
Sweet Jesus.... I sure hope so!
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:25 AM   #24
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Ah yes, of course. Good ol' magic 38.

Hey, WD-40 is named that because it took 40 tries to get it right. So you're already ahead of the curve!
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:37 AM   #25
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There's also Formula 409, so hopefully you get it before then.
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:39 AM   #26
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There's also Formula 409, so hopefully you get it before then.
If it goes to 409, this e46 is going to be set on fire in my driveway!
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:51 AM   #27
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Do you have AAA?

Worst case is, you have it towed to the closest BMW shop and they charge you 1 hr labor to pop it on. Tow should be free if you're close enough.
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And... you aren't going to believe this.... but 38 was the magic number. I went out there, started to take it off to start over, and the top slipped into place, then one little shake and the bottom returned into place. Bolted it back up with loc-tite. Done. Now, I'm going to grab some lunch while the loc-tite dries, put the plate back on, and test it out. Holy crap, that's what happens when you start a project like, "It'll take 30 minutes or so, I'll do this before dinner".
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And... you aren't going to believe this.... but 38 was the magic number. I went out there, started to take it off to start over, and the top slipped into place, then one little shake and the bottom returned into place. Bolted it back up with loc-tite. Done. Now, I'm going to grab some lunch while the loc-tite dries, put the plate back on, and test it out. Holy crap, that's what happens when you start a project like, "It'll take 30 minutes or so, I'll do this before dinner".
Lol, my coupler took 2 hours the first time for similar reasons. I too just took a break, came back and popped it on after unlocking the column.
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Hehe... SolidJake.
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Ah yes, of course. Good ol' magic 38.

Hey, WD-40 is named that because it took 40 tries to get it right. So you're already ahead of the curve!


nicely done OP.
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And... you aren't going to believe this.... but 38 was the magic number. I went out there, started to take it off to start over, and the top slipped into place, then one little shake and the bottom returned into place. Bolted it back up with loc-tite. Done. Now, I'm going to grab some lunch while the loc-tite dries, put the plate back on, and test it out. Holy crap, that's what happens when you start a project like, "It'll take 30 minutes or so, I'll do this before dinner".
There be some supernatural powers at work here
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Well... I got the shield back on and took it for a spin. Definitely cleared up all that play and even took some vibration out that I thought was a tire balance issue. It was a pain in the butt, but it's totally worth it.
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The coupler is by far the best thing I've done on my car too. The benefit to cost ratio is huge.
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The coupler is by far the best thing I've done on my car too. The benefit to cost ratio is huge.
Chah, that and FCABs. If you do both then steering feels awesome. I can only imagine how it'll feel with new control arms and tie rods!
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I only felt a mild, if any, improvement with new tierods. I did my control arms with my FCABs so I can't comment on them individually, though I suspect the FCABs are mostly responsible for the improvments.
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Just did this yesterday too. It was bitch to take out, but it went in smoothly. Actually I was expecting it to muscle in, but was surprised it just slide in. lol
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I used a big long flathead screwdriver and a 2.5 lb hammer to knock it off. What'd you do?
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I replaced my front control arms and bushings a couple of months ago (they were completely shot). Next up for me is a new cooling system. I have a tiny leak and a bearings are squealing, plus I have no idea what the history is. But after that, I'm going to finish the rest of the suspension. Starting with the rear. New bushings all around and shocks. Then the front. new tie rods ends, end links, struts, etc. Oh... and motor mounts. Then it should pretty much ride like new!
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