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Old 02-18-2013, 04:55 AM   #1
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Rear Suspension Overhaul

Hi guys I want to replace the suspension of my car and I am pretty sure what to do in the front. With ZHP arms and Meyle HD FCABS, Then Meyle Tie rods and new struts with strut mounts.

But the rear I am not sure what is worth to replace any clues?
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:45 AM   #2
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shocks
upper shock mounts and nuts
upper shock mount seal
lower shock bolts
RTABs - lots of people like the two-piece Powerflex bushing. Make sure you get a good tool like the MIS tool for removal (and install, if using a one-piece bushing). Pre-load alignment is also critical when re-installing the mounting bracket around the new RTAB.

There are plenty of DIYs on this site for replacing all of the above. Just search!
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shocks
upper shock mounts and nuts
upper shock mount seal
lower shock bolts
RTABs - lots of people like the two-piece Powerflex bushing. Make sure you get a good tool like the MIS tool for removal (and install, if using a one-piece bushing). Pre-load alignment is also critical when re-installing the mounting bracket around the new RTAB.

There are plenty of DIYs on this site for replacing all of the above. Just search!
Thanks man... That is the obvious and I will throw in a complete Bilstein coilovers, But I belive it's not enough I think I will need to change the subframe bushes as well and I am not sure which RTABS are the best some people upgrade to M3 RTABS and others to Powerflex
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Thanks man... That is the obvious and I will throw in a complete Bilstein coilovers, But I belive it's not enough I think I will need to change the subframe bushes as well and I am not sure which RTABS are the best some people upgrade to M3 RTABS and others to Powerflex
You can't go wrong with any of those RTABs. Keep in mind you probably have to lube the polyurethane Powerflex bushings periodically to prevent squeaking. Personally, I would just install identical BMW non-M3 RTABs. IMO when the original RTABs are worn out, sometimes people forget just how good they were when new. Then they go overboard with a super-stiff bushing.
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