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Old 12-14-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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I'm installing Koni sports on my 2005 325i I was wondering what strut mounts my fellow fanatics are using? I don't need camber plates for my 2005, it's a cruiser with an automatic.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:56 PM   #2
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:59 PM   #3
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I would get the OEM mounts. I believe one of the popular aftermarket mounts have bolts that are 1/4 inch too short.

I like to keep things simple and ALWAYS buy OE parts. I like keeping the car in the same condition it left Germany in.

BTW, you should also get reinforcement plates. They were standard on the XI and prevent the towers from mushrooming. Z3 plates for the rear, if youre doing the rear mounts.
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I have KMAC camber mounts, but agreed if not needed just get oem.
Also agree that now would be an easy time to insert the oem reinforcement plates. I have those too. They sandwich between the body and the mount from underneath to prevent "mushrooming" of the tower by impacts.
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:55 PM   #5
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I have oem sache's for my front strut mounts and turners high performance poly mounts for the rear with tms reinforcement plates and a front strut brace to support front strut towers.
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:16 PM   #6
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I went with OEM Sport Suspension mounts. Anyone know a good place to get the reinforcement plates for the front and rear?
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I would get the OEM mounts. I believe one of the popular aftermarket mounts have bolts that are 1/4 inch too short.

I like to keep things simple and ALWAYS buy OE parts. I like keeping the car in the same condition it left Germany in.

BTW, you should also get reinforcement plates. They were standard on the XI and prevent the towers from mushrooming. Z3 plates for the rear, if youre doing the rear mounts.
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I have oem sache's for my front strut mounts and turners high performance poly mounts for the rear with tms reinforcement plates and a front strut brace to support front strut towers.
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I went with OEM Sport Suspension mounts. Anyone know a good place to get the reinforcement plates for the front and rear?
Just so you guys know I'm getting rear shock reinforcement plates water jet cut this week. They'll be cheaper than you can get anywhere else plus I have some orders of Meyle HD shock mounts on the way if you want a whole shock mount package.


$25 for the front strut reinforcement plates at bimmerworld ---> http://store.bimmerworld.com/e36e46e...tes-p1219.aspx

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I'm using Meyle HD strut bearings/mounts up front and Meyle HD in the rear. So far so good.
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I went with OEM Sport Suspension mounts. Anyone know a good place to get the reinforcement plates for the front and rear?
Screw reinforment plates, just buy a strut brace. It does the same thing and looks pretty also. You can get a Carbon Fiber BMW Performance from ECS for $280
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Screw reinforment plates, just buy a strut brace. It does the same thing and looks pretty also. You can get a Carbon Fiber BMW Performance from ECS for $280
I've heard you're supposed to use reinforcement plates as well.

I run OEM strut reinforcement plates and the BMW Performance CF strut bar. Can't be too safe..
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luls. No it doesn't. Strut tower reinforcement plates are BMW-made items and come on certain E46s stock with the rough road package or XI models. It provides structural stability to the BOTTOM of the strut tower. That's where the forces travel upon contacting road irregularities. A strut bar may help somewhat depending on the design, but that is not its intended purpose.

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Where can I buy the front and rear reinforcement plates? Whats a good price for each pair?

Anyone use the stock bump stops with aftermarket struts (koni, bilstein)?
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DUDE can you read? I just posted where to buy them from. Scroll up. It wont cost more than $40 for all four corners. e-mail cmuzyy@aol.com for a quote and ask him for his paypal address.
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luls. No it doesn't. Strut tower reinforcement plates are BMW-made items and come on certain E46s stock with the rough road package or XI models. It provides structural stability to the BOTTOM of the strut tower. That's where the forces travel upon contacting road irregularities. A strut bar may help somewhat depending on the design, but that is not its intended purpose.
+1 For anyone who thinks just a strut bar will protect the towers, check this thread out.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...rcement+plates
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DUDE can you read? I just posted where to buy them from. Scroll up. It wont cost more than $40 for all four corners. e-mail cmuzyy@aol.com for a quote and ask him for his paypal address.
Woah I didn't even see your post when I was quickly skimming through.

Good find! How much did the Bilsteins cost you when you ordered through them? I just got my Koni Sports for $600.00.
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Where can I buy the front and rear reinforcement plates? Whats a good price for each pair?

Anyone use the stock bump stops with aftermarket struts (koni, bilstein)?
I used some of my old ones and had to buy one new bump stop. Just jack the car up and check.

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+1 For anyone who thinks just a strut bar will protect the towers, check this thread out.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...rcement+plates
If you read the whole thread his cracks were there before he installed the strut brace, which then helped his towers from cracking further. It is probably because he was slammed with 19's and had no brace or reinforcment plates at all and was driving on horrible roads. I personally take smoother roads and it might take me a few minutes longer to get to places.

The strut towers in your sig wouldn't do anything to protect the towers.
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bimminge46 wat was wrong with one of your bump stops?
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bimminge46 wat was wrong with one of your bump stops?
cracking/brittle/deteriorating I also replaced my front dustboot covers. One was torn and the other was just smooched and no longer covered the shock.
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