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Old 12-26-2015, 04:33 PM   #1
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Sub-frame reinforcement job

I am about to purchase a M3 next Tuesday (29th) and since the car is greatly maintained and almost no need to do anything to it for the next inspection II (20k miles to go) I can turn my attention to the reinforcement of the sub frame, was wondering if anyone knows where can I have it done in SD or LA Area, even in LV area. Turner motorsports have the reinforcement kit in their site (Which another question pops out, there's 2 kits available there, which one is the one to get?) but these kits if I understand have to be welded on? And I cannot DIY that thing, I just simply don't trust myself on welding this kind of stuff since I am fairly new on welding and my success rate on welding is pretty low =P.


So yeah where can I have this done in SD/LA/LV area? and how much would it cost to get it done?
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Old 12-29-2015, 12:34 AM   #2
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I just picked up my M3 from Offset Motorwerks in Glendora Ca. 626 335-0652. I've seen the quality of their work and there amazing online reviews. All five star. I had full subframe welding and all bushings replaced with AKG trailing arm and OEM on the diff. Great pricing and honest job done by the guys at Offset. Ask for Mitchell. ( Check out their reviews ) You won't be disappointed. Hope this helps!
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Old 12-29-2015, 12:39 AM   #3
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I just picked up my M3 from Offset Motorwerks in Glendora Ca. 626 335-0652. I've seen the quality of their work and there amazing online reviews. All five star. I had full subframe welding and all bushings replaced with AKG trailing arm and OEM on the diff. Great pricing and honest job done by the guys at Offset. Ask for Mitchell. ( Check out their reviews ) You won't be disappointed. Hope this helps!
How much did it cost you? Lang racing quoted me 1400 for the complete job plates are made by them. If i wanted to change the bushings and whatnot Just have to pay for the parts. Currently trying to contact racewerkz to see how much they would do it for.
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Old 12-30-2015, 04:05 PM   #5
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thanks guys! so far racewerkz is winning the battle xD
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I recently discovered cracks in my sub-frame. About how much is Racewerks quoting?
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Old 01-04-2016, 06:35 PM   #7
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from what I understand, small cracks are almost always present on it, mine just happened to be taken care and have not been driven hard so not a single sign of crack was showing outside the bushings.

I was told, on a normal car that has minor cracks that is normally found it would cost $1140 and there's a discount if paid in cash. that is just for the reinforcement (plates are made by them), if you wanna change all the bushings and whatnot that can be done as well while the subframe is down, it would total to about just under $1700. I don't know how they found out (maybe casey checked my facebook profile? talked to them thru facebook) that I am military and offered me military discount on top of that.

others offered me 1600 just for the reinforcement and additional cost replacing all other stuff.
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Old 01-04-2016, 06:45 PM   #8
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Thanks Erick! I am talking to a couple shops in the LA area and will see how much they quote me. It seems that anything around $1200 is a good deal and over $1700 on the pricey side. I know its tricky to generalize the quote because it depends on the amount of damage. The body shop where I normally take my car does amazing work but hes never done this repair. I wonder if its best I wait and take it to my guy or just take it to one of these other shops. Please post experience and quality if you do the work.
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Old 01-04-2016, 06:52 PM   #9
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Exactly, that quote is basically for the best case scenario, minimal to no cracks. unless they see it they won't be able to get you a more accurate quote. I just so happen to have no cracks on the M3 that I bought so I guess I lucked out on that one as Racewerkz (Casey) said that there's almost always cracks on it, its just a matter of severity.
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Old 01-04-2016, 06:54 PM   #10
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Exactly, that quote I got is for the best case scenario. Casey said that its almost always a crack present its just a matter of severity. they can give you a proper quote for your car if they check it out since you said there is cracks present on it. I guess I lucked out that the M3 that I bought didnt have any, if I remember it right Casey said that from all the e46 they have reinforced only 2? didn't have cracks present.

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Old 01-04-2016, 07:03 PM   #11
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Thats sad. I recently took my car into the stealership for the airbag recall and mentioned it to the service rep, he acted like he had never heard of the failing subframes. May be wasting my time but im also talking to the dealership to see what they offer. I need a lot of luck on my side.
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