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Old 08-21-2016, 03:02 AM   #1
aussie-320ci
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Location: Newcastle, NSW
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My Ride: 2002 320Ci
Just had front suspension refreshed

Just gave my E46 a new lease of life by having the front suspension refreshed.
New control arms, bushings, sway bar links and tie rods.
Used genuine ZHP arms.
Struts were replaced with Bilstein HD about 18 months ago.

Took her for a blast on the old Pac highway and through Galston Gorge.
I can't believe the difference it has made! The car is so much more fun to drive. I never really noticed it going off but it obviously had.

Am also surprised at how much closer the handling has come to my DD (Toyota 86). Still a good gap, but nothing like what it used to be.

So the moral of the story is if your car has done more than 150k with original suspension just change it, you won't be sorry.
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Old 10-27-2016, 07:15 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by aussie-320ci View Post
Just gave my E46 a new lease of life by having the front suspension refreshed.
New control arms, bushings, sway bar links and tie rods.
Used genuine ZHP arms.
Struts were replaced with Bilstein HD about 18 months ago.

Took her for a blast on the old Pac highway and through Galston Gorge.
I can't believe the difference it has made! The car is so much more fun to drive. I never really noticed it going off but it obviously had.

Am also surprised at how much closer the handling has come to my DD (Toyota 86). Still a good gap, but nothing like what it used to be.

So the moral of the story is if your car has done more than 150k with original suspension just change it, you won't be sorry.
They have 'gone off' well before 75k let alone 150k. LCA's and FCAB's wear very quickly, RTAB's somewhat less.
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