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Old 08-27-2009, 03:31 PM   #21
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after seeing all these pics, it really doesnt seem like it can be too hard for some people. I think I might consider doing this later down the road when I am ready to change my bushings
It really wasn't. The welding/cutting is what frightens people.

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Very nice write up
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:21 PM   #22
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Hi,
How did you determine that the subframe was cracked if it was not easily visible?

If you're having a problem with subframe, i'm sure most of your are aware of the class action settlement for E46 subframe which promises to fix this problem.

www.E46subframeclassactionsettlement.com

Great write up though.

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Old 08-28-2009, 04:25 PM   #23
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If you read the OP it shows a 4 inch crack in the drivers side rear mount in step 28. You can see it if you know where to look under the car.
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:48 PM   #24
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Props man! Great write up. (Instead of tackling my last car's issues... got a new one )
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:56 PM   #25
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:54 PM   #26
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Great DIY but a lot of work! That's why I leave everything to the pros! lol
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:57 AM   #27
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Great DIY but a lot of work! That's why I leave everything to the pros! lol
The only problem have with that I don't trust any shops I can afford!! LOL
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:52 AM   #28
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Thanks to this excellent DIY i'm half way through this - I have the car dismantled and am waiting for the welder to come this weekend... The crack looks worse than yours, it is a good 6 inches long but thankfully it is only the passenger side rear contact point that is cracked. I had tonnes of trouble trying to get the bushes out, so i had to resort to taking them down to the local garage (had my RTAB bushes done too). Can't wait to get this all sorted then I can drive my car without worrying about the knocking from the back anymore!

I have to say taking the rear suspension apart isn't as difficult as i first thought - if you can do your VANOS seals you can do this DIY too (assuming you get someone else to do the welding + cutting)
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:38 PM   #29
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are the coupe and sedan kits the same? I am looking around for kits and I only see kits for 330ci and m3.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:36 AM   #30
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are the coupe and sedan kits the same? I am looking around for kits and I only see kits for 330ci and m3.
There is only one kit for the e46

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html..._ID=TDR4675412
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:00 PM   #31
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Thanks to this excellent DIY i'm half way through this - I have the car dismantled and am waiting for the welder to come this weekend... The crack looks worse than yours, it is a good 6 inches long but thankfully it is only the passenger side rear contact point that is cracked. I had tonnes of trouble trying to get the bushes out, so i had to resort to taking them down to the local garage (had my RTAB bushes done too). Can't wait to get this all sorted then I can drive my car without worrying about the knocking from the back anymore!

I have to say taking the rear suspension apart isn't as difficult as i first thought - if you can do your VANOS seals you can do this DIY too (assuming you get someone else to do the welding + cutting)
I'm glad someone is getting some use out of this. You will feel like you have a brand new car when it's finished!
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:38 AM   #32
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i need to do this very soon. i have a bad subframe bushings and im hoping i dont have any cracks.

my only problem is i am not the best of welders and wouldnt trust my welding on that, i only trust it on exhuast. lol. i wish i could take out the subframe and take it to a shop to weld it but its kinda hard getting a car with no rear wheels towed without damage.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:30 AM   #33
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I'm glad someone is getting some use out of this. You will feel like you have a brand new car when it's finished!
Yeah you saved me about 600 so it was worth it! I finished up putting it together, took me 6 weeks because real life kept getting in the way! I took it out for it's maiden voyage and realised my brake pedal was going all the way to floor so i must not have bled it properly. I took it back home, and broke one of the bleed nipples off I popped a screw extracter in the hole and tried to get it out, but that snapped off too So now i'm waiting for an ebay caliper so i can finally get my beloved car back... I took some pictures, i'll put them up once i get them off my phone
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i need to do this very soon. i have a bad subframe bushings and im hoping i dont have any cracks.

my only problem is i am not the best of welders and wouldnt trust my welding on that, i only trust it on exhuast. lol. i wish i could take out the subframe and take it to a shop to weld it but its kinda hard getting a car with no rear wheels towed without damage.
The guy that did the welding on my car came from UT Tyler's welding program, the top of his class. If you have a local college with a welding program, you should go talk to one of the teachers to find out who his best welding student is and offer him a few bucks to do the job. People are always looking for ways to make money now a days.

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Yeah you saved me about 600 so it was worth it! I finished up putting it together, took me 6 weeks because real life kept getting in the way! I took it out for it's maiden voyage and realised my brake pedal was going all the way to floor so i must not have bled it properly. I took it back home, and broke one of the bleed nipples off I popped a screw extracter in the hole and tried to get it out, but that snapped off too So now i'm waiting for an ebay caliper so i can finally get my beloved car back... I took some pictures, i'll put them up once i get them off my phone
I hope you get it going soon!
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:57 AM   #35
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good work man.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:30 AM   #37
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what gauge steel do they use in the kit you buy? i got a cheap e46 and the shts so ripped up i might just make my own and see how it goes. im guessin at least 12gauge
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:33 AM   #38
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I want to say 14, but it's been a while. It's definately something you could fab yourself if you have the tools.
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:37 AM   #39
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nice writeup. exactly what I plan to do, but did you really have to disconnect the brake lines? why not just hang the calipers and then you don't have to worry about bleeding them later? good thing I can weld to.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:46 AM   #40
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The only way to suspend them in the air would be to run wire threw a bolt hole in the chassis, which you could do. I just disconnected them because my brakes were due for a bleeding anyway.
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