E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > Suspension & Braking Forum by BimmerWorld

Suspension & Braking Forum by BimmerWorld
Have some questions about suspension or brake setups for your E46 BMW? Get all your answers here!
Sponsored by BimmerWorld

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 4 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 02-26-2013, 06:31 PM   #41
123Shift
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Long Island
Posts: 112
My Ride: 2001 325i
I did replace the entire control arms and bushings with the Meyle HD's. I checked the tie rods when I was under there and they seemed tight. The boots were not cracked at all. Even the ball joints in the old control arms seemed not too bad with the exception of one of the inners. That was really loose. I got the car used. I am technically the second owner. It was owned by a rich family and sat in a garage most of the time. I have never owned a BMW and never envisioned myself owning one but when I saw it while trolling craigslist it seemed too good to pass up. I've owned a lot of cars over the years but I'm thinking this might be my favorite. Its way up there anyway. I guess I'll try the guibo since it see its like only 50 bucks or so. Is it a tough DIY? And thanks for everyone's help. This site is a godsend. I'd be lost without it!!
123Shift is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #42
BMWCaptain
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: TEXAS - Where I give Real World advice and don't just criticize others. People here need to RESPECT other's opinions!
Posts: 1,679
My Ride: 03 325iT SportWagon
It is not that difficult. It requires the proper E-torx bit for the 2 bolts. The guibo can only go on one way. If ithas not been removed in a while, the steering column may not collapse easily. You may have to use a mallet with a screw driver to break it loose. I put the new guibo on the steering rack stub first and get it on all the way before putting the column in.
__________________
Founding Member of the Club of Dangerous Fanatics

Engine swap, HG, tranny swap, GM & ZF tranny rebuilds, shocks, struts, brakes, WPs, Thermostats, belts, tensioners, fuel pumps, radiators, window regs, hoses, PS pump, Spark Plugs, VCGs, coils, fuel filters, CVVs, VANOS seals, rack, LCABs, Exp. Tanks, OFHGs, RCABs, OP, boots, ABS, GUIDOs, starter, A/C, DISA, Diff, SAP

Ultra Premium Grand 10 Star+ Super Duper BMW-pedic Sport Plus +++
BMWCaptain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2013, 12:07 PM   #43
Jocke_from_Sweden
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Stockholm/Sweden
Posts: 9
My Ride: 325 Touring -02
Quote:
Originally Posted by DHK View Post
Bad RTABs, and FCABs can lead to wandering steering.

Also on rutty shitty roads, certain tires will tramline like crazy. My summer tires tramline a lot but my winters dont.
What's rtabs and fcabs?
Jocke_from_Sweden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2013, 12:08 PM   #44
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Old Greg's Cavern
Posts: 9,163
My Ride: 2004 330Ci OBM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jocke_from_Sweden View Post
What's rtabs and fcabs?
RTAB = rear trailing arm bushing

FCAB = front control arm bushing
__________________
BMW VIN Decoder

Common Sense is officially dead.
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2013, 01:08 PM   #45
BMWCaptain
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: TEXAS - Where I give Real World advice and don't just criticize others. People here need to RESPECT other's opinions!
Posts: 1,679
My Ride: 03 325iT SportWagon
Also referred as:

RLCA - REAR LOWER CONTROL ARM

RLCAB - REAR LOWER CONTROL ARM BUSHING

LCA - LOWER CONTROL ARM

LCAB - LOWER CONTROL ARM BUSHING
__________________
Founding Member of the Club of Dangerous Fanatics

Engine swap, HG, tranny swap, GM & ZF tranny rebuilds, shocks, struts, brakes, WPs, Thermostats, belts, tensioners, fuel pumps, radiators, window regs, hoses, PS pump, Spark Plugs, VCGs, coils, fuel filters, CVVs, VANOS seals, rack, LCABs, Exp. Tanks, OFHGs, RCABs, OP, boots, ABS, GUIDOs, starter, A/C, DISA, Diff, SAP

Ultra Premium Grand 10 Star+ Super Duper BMW-pedic Sport Plus +++
BMWCaptain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2013, 08:19 PM   #46
mattman928
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: falls church, va
Posts: 19
My Ride: e46 M3
Really great dialog on this thread. I am also suffering from the same problem. I have a 2002 M3 convertible with 76k miles on it. Am I correct in assuming that since none of the folks who are tackling this problem have posted a solution that folks have not been able to solve the problem?? Or maybe there is no single silver bullet, and each person had a different issue?
mattman928 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2013, 03:12 PM   #47
123Shift
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Long Island
Posts: 112
My Ride: 2001 325i
Mine was fixed with the replacement of the steering guibo and changing the front tires. To be honest I think it was more the tires than the guibo.
__________________
Save the manuals!!!
123Shift is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2013, 03:26 PM   #48
BMWCaptain
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: TEXAS - Where I give Real World advice and don't just criticize others. People here need to RESPECT other's opinions!
Posts: 1,679
My Ride: 03 325iT SportWagon
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattman928 View Post
Really great dialog on this thread. I am also suffering from the same problem. I have a 2002 M3 convertible with 76k miles on it. Am I correct in assuming that since none of the folks who are tackling this problem have posted a solution that folks have not been able to solve the problem?? Or maybe there is no single silver bullet, and each person had a different issue?
I always replace the guibos on my cars because you cannot see the loose guibo, but it makes a big difference. It is a cheap and easy repair that pays dividends no matter what else you do.
__________________
Founding Member of the Club of Dangerous Fanatics

Engine swap, HG, tranny swap, GM & ZF tranny rebuilds, shocks, struts, brakes, WPs, Thermostats, belts, tensioners, fuel pumps, radiators, window regs, hoses, PS pump, Spark Plugs, VCGs, coils, fuel filters, CVVs, VANOS seals, rack, LCABs, Exp. Tanks, OFHGs, RCABs, OP, boots, ABS, GUIDOs, starter, A/C, DISA, Diff, SAP

Ultra Premium Grand 10 Star+ Super Duper BMW-pedic Sport Plus +++

Last edited by BMWCaptain; 05-14-2013 at 03:27 PM.
BMWCaptain is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use