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Old 01-20-2020, 01:10 PM   #21
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That's a yes to both

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Old 01-20-2020, 08:00 PM   #22
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Mine definitely didnt have the front reinforcement plates preinstalled. It only has one locating tab per side. Both old locators were silver in color vs black.

I was able to get reinforcement plates for the rear, but they were after market. They looked like they were gold/zinc plated IIRC.

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Old 01-21-2020, 07:54 AM   #23
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As noted you have the reinforcement plates installed. Those fit every E46 out there according to "part use" (application lookup within my factory version ETK.) from a 316Ci M43 all the way up to a 330Xi touring ECE.

Do yourself a favor and replace the front strut mounts as well.
Do yourself an additional favor and remove the pesky assembly pins (rounded 3mm allen head things) at the top before installing the strut assemblies back in the car. Noting the orientation of where the pin WAS and place it to match up with the hole on the strut tower.

When you get a wheel alignment, the shop will be able to easily make any camber adjustments (within factory provisions of +/- .5) to bring the two front camber near to each other.
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Old 01-21-2020, 11:02 AM   #24
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As noted you have the reinforcement plates installed. Those fit every E46 out there according to "part use" (application lookup within my factory version ETK.) from a 316Ci M43 all the way up to a 330Xi touring ECE.



Do yourself a favor and replace the front strut mounts as well.

Do yourself an additional favor and remove the pesky assembly pins (rounded 3mm allen head things) at the top before installing the strut assemblies back in the car. Noting the orientation of where the pin WAS and place it to match up with the hole on the strut tower.



When you get a wheel alignment, the shop will be able to easily make any camber adjustments (within factory provisions of +/- .5) to bring the two front camber near to each other.
Thanks, can you clarify how you put the stut mount back without the pin?
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Old 01-21-2020, 11:25 AM   #25
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Thanks, can you clarify how you put the stut mount back without the pin?
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I marked around the location of the strut mount nuts with a Sharpie and then put my new ones back there on reassembly.
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I marked around the location of the strut mount nuts with a Sharpie and then put my new ones back there on reassembly.
And then you get an alignment, right? For the short drive to the shop you just need to get close, not spot on.
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