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Old 05-03-2012, 10:16 PM   #161
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Ill be doing a drift event may 16th and will let you know how it feels vs last event when i didn't have it installed. I also installed RTAB limiters, so ill do my best during judgment.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:57 PM   #162
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Everything has been extremely solid in the rear. Just overall rear chassis and suspension feels much more rigid. Plus my subframe (knock on wood) has held up great thus far through a lot of abuse.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:38 PM   #163
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I've just been giving this a quick read, so much info.. I was looking at the Mason unit also.. But found the 'foam' quite interesting for how easy it is to use, but i think i may have misunderstood it. Is it just the 'foam'?.

My car has no signs of mushrooming towers front or rear.. Sub frame looks good so far. Im the 3rd owner, first had it from '99 till 2007, ?? for 5 months then me last 4 years almost.. I drive pretty easy living in mortal fear, quite litterally!! .. But would like to do some Auto-x again in the future.
Just put Street edge coil's on and 17" m3 contours ( lighter than stock 5 spoke 16's!). so far a rear strut brace( got free) and soon a front, ill be ordering a mason one for that also . Ive put the big black front shock tower pie plate things in when the coil's went on.

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were certain cars more prone to failure: ie; fold down seats vs no fold down's. Factory sport susp package vs regular? early vs later prod? ( I have a '99 prod in 01 month CDN model, factory sport/susp-seats etc.)

But with several options to choose from Im now a bit confused what to choose. Ive not been a active BMWCCBC member as of late due to work.. So dont know what the locals have done for preventative stuff.. Doing the project my self would be ideal so like the Mason product but like the foam also if all you do is dril a small hole or two and fill the empty space....

Dont suppose there is a forum here just for subframe failure??

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Old 11-12-2012, 03:42 PM   #164
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Guys with this, curious how are the Mason Bars and those area they're attached to holding up?
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:51 PM   #165
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Guys with this, curious how are the Mason Bars and those area they're attached to holding up?
My friend likes his. He went to Mason's house and mason personally installed it for him.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:52 PM   #166
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(was talking about the front strut brace) whats this rear one???
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:20 AM   #167
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I have had mine for about a year and happy as can be with. Not the cheapest thing but damn good.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:28 AM   #168
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:27 PM   #169
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Many of these structural issues on the E46 are a result of abusive driving and or modifications that change the engineering intent. Also, the road surfaces in the USA are in poor condition. BMW does offer a rough road package to prevent the strut tower issue. I have 100,000 miles on my E46 and my rear sub frame and strut towers are perfect. I have three other buddies with E46's with mega miles (120,000, 165,000 and 272,000) and no issues with the rear sub frame.

I have seen too many people who attempt to engineer a solution without the formal training, fack it up to high heaven. Just because I can put a band-aid on a wound....does not make me a doctor.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:15 AM   #170
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UPDATE: I have had my rear subframe brace installed for nearly a year and a half now and about 9K miles. These were 9K hard, turbo'd, LSD doing doughnuts and just generally beating the piss out of the car miles. Everything seems to be holding up just fine. No cracks, no loosening.

Overall, I'm happy with the product for the money spent. The peace of mind and knowing I don't need to baby it is worth every penny to me.

The only downside I have experienced is that I have had to get creative with the fold down seats to carry large cargo that would have otherwise fit in the trunk. About 95% of what I need to fit back there still does, but that 5% can sometimes be a little annoying.

Would I do it again? Yes.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:47 PM   #171
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UPDATE: I have had my rear subframe brace installed for nearly a year and a half now and about 9K miles. These were 9K hard, turbo'd, LSD doing doughnuts and just generally beating the piss out of the car miles. Everything seems to be holding up just fine. No cracks, no loosening.

Overall, I'm happy with the product for the money spent. The peace of mind and knowing I don't need to baby it is worth every penny to me.

The only downside I have experienced is that I have had to get creative with the fold down seats to carry large cargo that would have otherwise fit in the trunk. About 95% of what I need to fit back there still does, but that 5% can sometimes be a little annoying.

Would I do it again? Yes.
Do you have TMS or equivalent reinforcement plates installed as well?
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:57 PM   #172
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UPDATE: I have had my rear subframe brace installed for nearly a year and a half now and about 9K miles. These were 9K hard, turbo'd, LSD doing doughnuts and just generally beating the piss out of the car miles. Everything seems to be holding up just fine. No cracks, no loosening.

Overall, I'm happy with the product for the money spent. The peace of mind and knowing I don't need to baby it is worth every penny to me.

The only downside I have experienced is that I have had to get creative with the fold down seats to carry large cargo that would have otherwise fit in the trunk. About 95% of what I need to fit back there still does, but that 5% can sometimes be a little annoying.

Would I do it again? Yes.
I wonder if this rear brace (if it's the one i'm thinking about) simply makes up for the loss of rigidity that was lost to begin with due to folding seats? Either way, bravo! good job at avoiding damage!!
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:17 PM   #173
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Too much money imho. If I ever reinforce my rear end beyond the plates and solid bushings I already have. I'm going to just properly cage it. You could get your 4 subframe mounts caged/tied into the strut towers/chassis for that money.
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