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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 1:17 pm    Post subject: Suspension refresh or not? Reply with quote

Trying to decide whether i should buy the broken bits or buy the whole lot.

my e46 b3s coupe is on 82k miles and the rear dampers need replacing as the piston rod is apple cored near top mount. question is, shall i get the whole lot done or buy just the bits that need to be replaced

rear shocks are about 440 compared to the full kit for 1200. all in eur.

my shocks are not weeping and my springs are corroded at the rear.

i intend to keep the car for a while so an wondering if anyone has any advice

having never driven another similar example, ive no idea about the marginal benefit if any, of having the whole lot renewed vs just getting the rear dampers replaced.

if i get just the rears replaced, will that compromise handling given that the other springs and front dampers are original and perhaps more worn?
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm was having the same thoughts as you. One shock at the front had a light wisp at the top. Mileage is 89000. As the car is staying with me I have just ordered the whole lot.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

did you get the full kit from frank at fmw tuning? i asked about a group buy he said no.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Difficult decision isn't it!!

We had a front shock fail on the D3's Mot - after much wrangling we've gone for replacing the whole front end.

Having thought that there was nothing wrong with it before - it is surprising how much better it is now - like the day we bought it!!

I'd recommend the whole lot if you can stretch to it!!
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

your front shocks will no doubt be worn at that milege. Rear springs snapping are common e46 fault. I had one on my B3S touring they were £300 for the pair i remember
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rc944 wrote:
did you get the full kit from frank at fmw tuning? i asked about a group buy he said no.


Yes. Shame about the group buy but I don’t think you would get one in the UK either.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

where did you order your bits from?
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If E46 are Bilsteins, they can be rebuilt in UK for less than half the price new kit from Buchloe
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rc944 wrote:
where did you order your bits from?


https://www.fmw-tuning.de/bmw/3er-e46/alpina-parts-1098/alpina-chassis-fe-bmw-3er-e46.html
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jolls wrote:
rc944 wrote:
where did you order your bits from?


https://www.fmw-tuning.de/bmw/3er-e46/alpina-parts-1098/alpina-chassis-fe-bmw-3er-e46.html


Hi,

Was is cheaper to buy from fmw?, and did you pay additional shipping costs?
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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jolls wrote:
rc944 wrote:
where did you order your bits from?


https://www.fmw-tuning.de/bmw/3er-e46/alpina-parts-1098/alpina-chassis-fe-bmw-3er-e46.html


Hi,

Was is cheaper to buy from fmw?, and did you pay additional shipping costs?


Shipping cost is 43 Euros. To be honest I didn't bother asking Bmw UK after reading some previous posts on the difference in price between UK and Europe. Just one example;

http://thealpinaregister.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=21307&highlight=fmw+tuning
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChrisLux wrote:
If E46 are Bilsteins, they can be rebuilt in UK for less than half the price new kit from Buchloe


they're sachs/boge
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jolls wrote:
rc944 wrote:
where did you order your bits from?


https://www.fmw-tuning.de/bmw/3er-e46/alpina-parts-1098/alpina-chassis-fe-bmw-3er-e46.html


Thanks. Are the markings on the springs same as the parts being replaced?
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've asked for a price from my friendly parts counter contact but doubt it will even get close to fmw
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rc944 wrote:
jolls wrote:
rc944 wrote:
where did you order your bits from?


https://www.fmw-tuning.de/bmw/3er-e46/alpina-parts-1098/alpina-chassis-fe-bmw-3er-e46.html


Thanks. Are the markings on the springs same as the parts being replaced?


I don't know yet. I ordered the day you put your post up. I shouldn't think there will be any problems judging by people who have used Fmw in the past.
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