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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 09-16-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Hello all, this is my first post and my first BMW. 2001 M3 Convertible.
Thank you all for all of the info that I have reaped from this site so far!

Now I would like to ask a question. But first let me say that I am not a stranger to working on cars, I was a VW mechanic for 15 years, but I have also been out of the profession for 15 yrs too!

I am replacing my worn out struts and shocks with Bilsteins, and I would like to have everything (parts) I need for the job before I start. I have only ordered the struts and shocks. (through a former employer)
Would anyone like to offer up a list of mounts, tops, bearings, bushings, ect?
I don't know if the same terminology is even still used, when I left the shop VW was only up to the MK3!.

I have searched the site, but may have missed if the topic has been discussed already. Please let me know if it has.

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Old 09-16-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
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Here are kits for the front and rear that replace every bushing and ball joint. Decide for yourself how much you're willing/capable of replacing, since the more you do, the better a 2001 will feel.

At the minimum I would do:
RSMs
RTABs
FCABs
Front end links
Tie rods

http://www.ecstuning.com/News/BMW_E4...esh/ES2500736/
http://www.ecstuning.com/News/BMW_E4...esh/ES2500766/
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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Thank you Taylor192,
All of those items except for the rear shock mounts, have been checked, and or replaced. I also have a set of RTAB limiters to install.
I was referring to items just involved with the strut job for now, items that will be in my hand anyway.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:44 PM   #4
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Thank you Taylor192,
All of those items except for the rear shock mounts, have been checked, and or replaced. I also have a set of RTAB limiters to install.
I was referring to items just involved with the strut job for now, items that will be in my hand anyway.
NP, you did ask for everything :p

RSMs and RSM reinforcement plates are the only items directly related to the struts/springs.

The RSM reinforcement plates take a slightly different approach to install in the convertible. There is a DIY that shows how to loosen the collapsible convertible storage assembly to slip the reinforcement plates in.
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