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Old 04-01-2019, 04:04 PM   #1
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Strut tower bulging in one place?

So in hearing everything about mushrooming shock towers, I noticed that my passenger side mount bulges in one area, making my reinforcement plates not sit flush. I can even see the alignment pin through the hole. Does this look like a major issue that I should be worried about? I have the reinforcement plates installed.

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Old 04-01-2019, 04:06 PM   #2
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Old 04-01-2019, 11:26 PM   #3
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Definitely looks domed/mushroomed/bent. Your strut mount is also bent. Remove the strut and replace the mount. With the strut removed, you need to use a moderately large hammer and a block of wood to restore the shape to the strut tower top as best as possible. If the other side is not damaged, use it as a guide for how it's supposed to look. Once everything is straight, reassemble and get an alignment. Good luck.

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Old 04-02-2019, 07:21 AM   #4
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Mah! Leave it! Unbolting the strut from the body means you’ll need an alignment.
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Ok, I have to ask, what's up with those wires in photo #1 and #5?
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:57 AM   #6
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Ok, I have to ask, what's up with those wires in photo #1 and #5?
Was thinking the same exact thing!!

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Old 04-02-2019, 09:35 AM   #7
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Yep, something is funky.

Kinda makes me wonder if the car was ever hit in that corner. I could see a good smack on a curb on the passenger front wheel could bend the control arm and cause the strut to cant over and result in the tower being lopsided with the high point inboard.

You can get reinforcement plates from BMW for our shock towers, one of the first things I picked up. You can smack the tower back into shape with a 2x4 and a dead blow, it's fairly thin metal. Plate install is easy, and you'll need an alignment.
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Simple fix. Nip it in the bud. An alignment is in order.

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Make sure someone did not install the upper strut mount in the wrong rotation with the dimple in the wrong place which can cause the strut tower to be deformed where the dimple is. I believe I have seen this a few times before.
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Make sure someone did not install the upper strut mount in the wrong rotation with the dimple in the wrong place which can cause the strut tower to be deformed where the dimple is. I believe I have seen this a few times before.
From my memory you should be able to see the dimple in the picture and to my eyes - I don't see that in the pictures.
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