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  1. Tools needed for strut mount replacement?

    General E46 Forum
    Hey fanatics, I want to change my front strut mounts soon (2001, 330xi). What special tools do I need for the job (except the McPherson compressor)? Some DIYs mention a strut nut socket, but not all. The ones that do mention it say there might be different sized strut nut sockets needed...
  2. Any E46 Looking for BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Strut Brace

    Suspension and Braking
    Hello, :thumbup: Looking for the exclusive Carbon Fiber BMW performance strut bar for the e46. BMW part number 51710429378. Would need shipped to Germany. Let me know! Best wishes :hi:
  3. Any E46 Looking for BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Strut Brace

    Exterior
    Hello, :) Looking for the elusive Carbon Fiber BMW performance strut bar for the e46. BMW part number 51710429378. Would need shipped to Germany. Let me know! Best wishes :hi:
  4. Running Camber Plates with Strut Plates?

    General E46 Forum
    I ordered a set of Ground Control coilovers with their hybrid camber plates (https://groundcontrolstore.com/collections/e46-m3-camber-plates/products/camber-caster-plate-hybrid-bmw-e46-m3-pair) for the M. I want to throw some strut reinforcement plates in while I'm replacing the suspension but I...
  5. What are some methods to increase spring rate while keeping stock ride height?

    Suspension & Braking
    I want to retain the stock ride height, but also want to decrease roll, dive and squat. It is my current understanding that larger sway bars can help with roll but not really with dive and squat. So I believe that a stiffer spring rate will do the trick; however, I am not sure how to go about...
  6. Is this bad?

    Suspension & Braking
    Sarcasm.... So I just noticed one of the bolts is gone from the passenger side strut on my 2002 325xi touring. Looked at a few diagrams and tutorials... seems like the whole assembly has to come out to get to the strut mounting plate. Is that correct? If the whole thing needs to come out...
  7. Position of strut in the pinch clamp

    General E46 Forum
    I just bought a set of Bilstein B4 struts to replace my aging OEM's and have run into a slight problem. On the original struts the diameter tapers at the bottom into a smaller diameter section. Originally, the pinch bolt and clamp was attached to the larger diameter section, as seen in the...
  8. Red/white springs?

    Suspension & Braking
    Hey guys had a question about what does the red and white stripes mean for my coil springs and struts, please let me know anything you guys might have on this . Thanks in advance!
  9. Non-lowering stiffer springs?

    Suspension & Braking
    Are there any non-lowering stiffer springs for aftermarket purchase? Or is there a way for me to keep the ride height stock when installing stiffer springs? I am aiming for 600 lbs/in in the front and 700 lbs/in in the rear, while keeping the stock ride height. Also, would it be okay to use...
  10. Strut length sport vs non-sport?

    Suspension & Braking
    Short version: Are the sport struts about 1.25 inches shorter than the non-sport struts? Long version: As far as I could tell (online VIN report and calling a BMW dealer), my 2002 330i did not have the sport suspension, so I ordered some non-sport KYB shocks and struts. When I tried to replace...
  11. Any BMW (SOLD) NEW UUC StrutBarbarian Magnesium Strut Tower Brace (BLACK) (SOLD)

    Engine & Performance
    I purchased this brand new for around $500 from UUC back in 2006~. I ended up using the Dinan strut brace I already had installed, and this has sat untouched, stored ever since. They no longer make this black model; they only offer silver now. This will most likely be the last brand new black...
  12. looseness in front end, cause?

    Suspension & Braking
    had creaking sound in front end that gradually got worse. checked control arm bushings, ball joints - seemed ok. read somewhere on here that sway bars links have sometimes been culprit. removed front sway bar and noise still there. pulled a front strut and found that the strut bearing/mount...
  13. Suspension

    ///M3 Forum
    I'm nearing 70k miles on my M and thinking about replacing my struts and coils. When did you guys replace coil springs and or both, and should I go oem or switch to coilovers? I was thinking PSS10.
  14. Will M3 strut/shock mount kit fit on my non-M3?

    Suspension and Braking
    I'm been upgrading my suspension on my 330i and going with either M3 or poly parts whenever possible for better handling. Will the strut/shock mount kit for the M3 fit on my non-M3?
  15. FS: Dinan Strut Braces (Front & Rear)

    Suspension and Braking
    I'm selling both my E46 Dinan strut braces. From Dinan's website: http://www.dinancars.com/shop/D180-0462-Front-Strut-Tower-Brace-E46-3-Series.aspx D180-0462 Dinan Strut and Shock Tower Braces help to maintain the structural integrity of the towers over the life of the vehicle as well as...
  16. Carbon fiber strut bar brace E46 BEST OFFER

    Suspension and Braking
    I have a like new Benfer (Quatro) carbon fiber strut bar brace, taken off my 2002 330cic conv. I sold the car and now I sell the goodies, BEST OFFER Greg 760 918 0950 lowered price
  17. Bent passenger side strut tower need advice!!

    General E46 Forum
    Hey everyone, I recently got into an accident in my 2002 M3 while driving home in the rain after an animal ran out in front of me. I reacted, trying not to hit it, but ended up hydroplaning into a curb hard enough to set my passenger side curtain airbags off. The impact took the whole front...
  18. Bilstein Strut Install ???

    E46 Xi Forum
    Anyone ever have trouble inserting a bilstein strut into the steering knucle sleeve? On my Xi, seems the Bilstein strut tube is slightly larger than the knuckle sleeve. I am worried about using a wedge to increase the sleeve gap. The metal is hard and I do not want to snap the sleeve apart...
  19. Bilstein Struck Install ???

    E46 Xi Forum
    Anyone ever have trouble inserting a bilstein strut into the steering knucle sleeve? On my Xi, seems the Bilstein strut tube is slightly larger than the knuckle sleeve. I am worried about using a wedge to increase the sleeve gap. The metal is hard and I do not want to snap the sleeve apart...
  20. SOLD*** ECS Carbon Fiber Strut Bar Kit-Silver ($125, Central VA)

    Suspension and Braking
    SOLD LOCALLY Hey guys, I'm selling my ECS Carbon Fiber Strut Bar Kit-Silver. I had it installed on my 2001 330ci. I'm looking for $125 It's in great shape, I will post up actual pictures tomorrow (it's too dark outside now) Reason for selling: Buying Coilovers and going to get a different...
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