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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 01-23-2005, 06:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Spent all day yesterday changing out my old front struts on my 320i for new air gas, I also changed bushings and tie rods. the car use to have the 80k shimmy which is now gone. steering is tight and everything feels great....until you hit around 90 to 100 kph I now get a bad vibration in the steering. Not sure what is wrong as all pieces are in their correct location. Perhaps something not tightened down correctly?
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try balancing your tires, or see if a front wheel is bent. if that doesnt help you may need to turn your rotors
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i'd start out getting the tires balanced
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its almost deffinetly unbalanced tire(s)
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Thanks for the responses



It does appear to be the tires, changed my tires back to the original wheels and ta da shimmy gone. Still have some play in my wheel bearings but can take care of that later.

So must balance the other tires now.

Another question, suggestion on rim sizes for the 320i , will 14 work with spacers?
Dont want to go bigger than that really.

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You'll definately want to retorque if not repack your front bearings if they need it. They're easy to retorque (retighten essentially) And total replacement can be accomplished in a few hours. Just remember to use an a#$&-load of grease.
Other shimmy sources include lower control arm bushes (easiest/cheapest to replace whole arm) Upper strut mounts, front sway bar bushes, steering rack bushes.
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