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      05-14-2012, 01:20 PM   #67
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You will have more toe out due to the tension struts
Isn't that a bad thing on RWD cars? Don't you want them toe-in if possible?
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      05-14-2012, 05:53 PM   #68
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I think you misunderstood when you install the front control arm set. You will gain some negative camber and the toe settings will be out of spec. when you get an alignment the toe settings will be back to factory settings. The camber will not, which is good. I got .07 degrees of negative camber and tire wear is even.




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Isn't that a bad thing on RWD cars? Don't you want them toe-in if possible?
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      05-14-2012, 10:11 PM   #69
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Thanks for clearing that up. Phewwwww
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Are the lowers really necessary or can you get most of the improvement from just the M3 tension arms?
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      05-15-2012, 09:13 AM   #72
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I've got the m3 control arm set along with Dinan fixed camber plates and the combo gets me -2.5 camber on the fronts.
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question- can I install only the tension rods without the control arms?
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      05-15-2012, 05:20 PM   #74
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Would you say a ZSP E9x with M3 control arm set with non-RFT's in par with E46 when it comes to steering feel and feedback? God I love early E46's when it comes to steering!!!!
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Would you say a ZSP E9x with M3 control arm set with non-RFT's in par with E46 when it comes to steering feel and feedback? God I love early E46's when it comes to steering!!!!
I've spent way too much money on my E90 trying to get that steering and handling feel of my old E46 It's been 5 yrs, so it's hard to answer your question. I'd say not quite but close. If you haven't bought tires yet, get non rfts' w/pretty stiff sidewalls like PSS.
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Front camber is not adjustable on our cars?
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Front camber is not adjustable on our cars?
If you remove the strut top pin, there is a very small amount of camber adjustment available from the factory.
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anyone knows if those M3 Control arms will fit in e90 06 325 xi?
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anyone knows if those M3 Control arms will fit in e90 06 325 xi?
Call Tishler or Harold at HP Autowerks and buy them if they do.
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Ok, I am about to order these. Who has the best price? So far I saw ECS and HPA, ECS wins:

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E92-335...7469/ES257469/
$553
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Ok, I am about to order these. Who has the best price? So far I saw ECS and HPA, ECS wins:

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E92-335...7469/ES257469/
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http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E92-335...Arm/ES2586480/
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      12-25-2012, 10:33 PM   #82
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Expensive link is OEM and this one is TRW brand. I wonder what are the differences exactly..
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Expensive link is OEM and this one is TRW brand. I wonder what are the differences exactly..
As stated many times on this forum, there is no difference. On the TRW arms that I got, the M logo was actually ground off (presumably as part of an agreement with BMW not to market M logo products except through BMW).

TRW makes the BMW branded arms, FYI.
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      12-25-2012, 11:00 PM   #84
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As stated many times on this forum, there is no difference. On the TRW arms that I got, the M logo was actually ground off (presumably as part of an agreement with BMW not to market M logo products except through BMW).

TRW makes the BMW branded arms, FYI.
My mistake. Just read bunch of posts.

Howmuch should I expect an Indie shop to charge me to install these arms?
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My mistake. Just read bunch of posts.

Howmuch should I expect an Indie shop to charge me to install these arms?
I dunno, I did them myself. Not more than a couple hours.
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i wish there was a DIY for this
I am installing mine Thursday and will see if I can change that
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I am installing mine Thursday and will see if I can change that
How did the install go?
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The DIY is literally nothing more than:

1: jack up car/jackstands etc/take off tire
2: support knuckle with jack, raise it to normal driving position
3: remove fender liner (its like 4 of those little coarse thread screws) so you can get to tension arm bolt
4: unbolt tension arm, get nut off ball joint
5: unbolt wishbone, get nut off ball joint
6: get the ball joints out of the knuckle
7: reverse steps to reinstall new parts, taking care to torque the chassis-end of the arms with the arms up in the normal ride-height position. Do the headlight rod in here somewhere on the drivers side.

Lower car, go get an alignment, the end
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