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Old 09-25-2013, 11:28 AM   #22441
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Tried checking the wheel bearings to see which one is making noise. Noticed it got fairly louder on one of my harder right-hand turns. Up in the air the fronts sounded and felt fine but the rears I couldn't tell because the pads were making too much noise. None of the wheels had any noticeable play.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:44 PM   #22442
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:46 PM   #22443
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:44 AM   #22444
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:16 AM   #22445
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I just picked up a second roof rack too. I have the OEM one like you have now, got it for $50 and I got my Thule square bar with fairing for $50 a while back. I'm debating which one to keep though. Do you have OEM BMW attachments on your OEM roof rack or do you use Thule attachments with an XAdapt Kit or something like that? Just curious.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:32 AM   #22446
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I just picked up a second roof rack too. I have the OEM one like you have now, got it for $50 and I got my Thule square bar with fairing for $50 a while back. I'm debating which one to keep though. Do you have OEM BMW attachments on your OEM roof rack or do you use Thule attachments with an XAdapt Kit or something like that? Just curious.
Where's evening picking them up for $50.... I'll buy it


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Old 09-26-2013, 06:53 AM   #22447
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New York dude. The OEM one I got off of someone who used to have a 323i but got rid of it a while ago and he just had it lying around.

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Old 09-26-2013, 06:58 AM   #22448
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New York dude. The OEM one I got off of someone who used to have a 323i but got rid of it a while ago and he just had it lying around.

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Ugh I've wanted a deal like that for 1 1/2 years and can't grab someone quick enough. Can I buy one?


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Old 09-26-2013, 09:45 AM   #22449
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If you've waited a year and a half to save $50 on a roof rack, then you obviously don't need one.


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Old 09-26-2013, 09:51 AM   #22450
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:04 AM   #22451
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I just picked up a second roof rack too. I have the OEM one like you have now, got it for $50 and I got my Thule square bar with fairing for $50 a while back. I'm debating which one to keep though. Do you have OEM BMW attachments on your OEM roof rack or do you use Thule attachments with an XAdapt Kit or something like that? Just curious.
Nice, I have the OEM one like so. I have BMW racks as well

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-OEM-MOUN...item232fd2a1f0

Btw, anyone looking for a bike rack BUY THAT NOW!!!! great freaking price
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:34 PM   #22452
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Waiting for UPS to deliver my third pair of Bilstein Sport shocks. My second pair has failed after 10k miles. First pair replaced under warranty and now second pair being replaced under warranty. This time instead of 330 units, installing E36 328i units. Chris @ Bimmerparts told me these are the replacement units for the 330. Damn Bilstein...
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:38 PM   #22453
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why keep getting them if they keep failing?

damn bilstein, they used to be bullet proof.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:41 PM   #22454
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why keep getting them if they keep failing?

damn bilstein, they used to be bullet proof.
Cause warranty is lifetime and replacements are free. They are bulletproof. They just have a bad design with this particular unit. It's been discussed for years that the 330 shocks are too fragile. I knew this going into it but got a better price as a kit rather than mixing and matching from different models. The common upgrade is E36 M3 or E36 328i units or even E46 XI units (which are the same as the other two I mentioned)

The struts are fine. I stand by Bilstein 100% and at this point refuse to use anything else. I dont anticipate having any problems with the beefier units from the E36.

And just in case it isn't clear, I am talking about the shocks, not struts.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:06 PM   #22455
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Bullet proof yet you've gone through two sets already. Makes sense.


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Old 09-26-2013, 03:14 PM   #22456
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Two pairs of rear 330 shocks. As an inexperienced person, one might confuse shocks with struts. (I feared this would happen) Bilstein in general makes "bulletproof" dampers. Have been for decades.

But the particular design on the E46 rear shocks has been known to fail prematurely. There isn't enough volume of gas and oil in the chamber to properly handle the stresses/heat. Certainly Bilstein is capable of developing a superb BMW E36/E46 rear shock, they just went with an undersized damper tube for the standard RWD E46 non-M iteration. E36 328/M3 units are beefy. I'll post pics.

I guess I have to educate you on inner BMW circle stuff that insiders know despite this being posted on several forums for half a decade now.

The shocks take roughly 5 minutes per side to change out and are fully warrantied. Not at all worried or concerned.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:36 PM   #22457
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Two pairs of rear 330 shocks. As an inexperienced person, one might confuse shocks with struts. (I feared this would happen) Bilstein in general makes "bulletproof" dampers. Have been for decades.

But the particular design on the E46 rear shocks has been known to fail prematurely. There isn't enough volume of gas and oil in the chamber to properly handle the stresses/heat. Certainly Bilstein is capable of developing a superb BMW E36/E46 rear shock, they just went with an undersized damper tube for the standard RWD E46 non-M iteration. E36 328/M3 units are beefy. I'll post pics.

I guess I have to educate you on inner BMW circle stuff that insiders know despite this being posted on several forums for half a decade now.

The shocks take roughly 5 minutes per side to change out and are fully warrantied. Not at all worried or concerned.
What about my posts makes you think I don't know you're talking about the rear shocks. I don't confuse the shocks with the struts. Don't be so condescending, yet again. You just said the design is deficient, yet then you state that they're bullet proof. Just pointing out a funny contradiction.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:52 PM   #22458
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Two pairs of rear 330 shocks. As an inexperienced person, one might confuse shocks with struts. (I feared this would happen) Bilstein in general makes "bulletproof" dampers. Have been for decades.

But the particular design on the E46 rear shocks has been known to fail prematurely. There isn't enough volume of gas and oil in the chamber to properly handle the stresses/heat. Certainly Bilstein is capable of developing a superb BMW E36/E46 rear shock, they just went with an undersized damper tube for the standard RWD E46 non-M iteration. E36 328/M3 units are beefy. I'll post pics.

I guess I have to educate you on inner BMW circle stuff that insiders know despite this being posted on several forums for half a decade now.

The shocks take roughly 5 minutes per side to change out and are fully warrantied. Not at all worried or concerned.
Many people know that the rears are a faulty design and fail. And many people know there is a direct replacement that is a better design.
However a known faulty design/part cannot be described as bullet proof. That makes absolutely no sense.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:57 PM   #22459
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:15 PM   #22460
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Many people know that the rears are a faulty design and fail. And many people know there is a direct replacement that is a better design.
However a known faulty design/part cannot be described as bullet proof. That makes absolutely no sense.
Oh, no I was responding to someone who called them bulletproof. But I tend to agree that and was implying that in general, Bilstein builds bulletproof dampers. Of course, we know you can't actually shoot a bullet through them without it coming out the other side. Or can you?

BTW, the new E36 units I got are fvcking BEEFY. Holy crap. Will post comparison pics tonight.

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