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      12-15-2020, 03:00 PM   #17
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So not that I had any reason to disbelieve Tambohamilton but at least for the fronts he is correct; I just put everything back together and then took a little drive to Advance to return the spring compressors and settle the suspension. My driveway has a *slight* slope to it so the car is sitting slightly nose down, but for sure, the fronts are sitting on the bump stops at rest with stock E92 springs and "sport suspension" bump stops. The rears I can't feel because I can't get my arm around the tire without lifting the car.

so, today I learned something... now why did BMW choose to do it this way? I dunno. I suspect the disintegration of my pass front bump stop contributed greatly to the demise of the strut... Both rears were pretty much missing as well.

Even without an alignment the car feels like a completely different vehicle. As in, not a POS.