Probaly old news...probaly a thread somewhere, but I can't find it......probaly a Delmarco thread......I found one his pics on google...
Has anyone come across this......According to the BMW CCA monthly bulletin, it is suppose to be a common problem in the E36 unibody in the area of the right rear shock tower. They recommend installing reinforcement plates. They list @ $19.00 ea. from the Dealer, I found them on ebay for $16.00 a pair.... I know when I replaced my rear shocks the shock towers looked to be in good shape.
You can use convertible or E46 rear shock plates/mounts also. Not as big of a deal in the 95+ E36, but never a bad idea. Especially if you run coil overs or other aggressive suspension and definitely if you track the car at all.
i will try to post a link here to get yu to where you need to go, but the part numbers are 41148169028, or 41148169028, dependin on which side.
i needed to do the same thing to mine, and they just were welded over the existing holes. the jagged edges were removed and then slathered with the compound (forget the proper name of it right now...) and painted over. voila!! good as new and nobody can tell. i also have 312k miles on it, too.
the reinforcements go over top, and are a good idea, but i also upgraded to turner motorsports mounts.
the link (hopefully) is below, but if not, go to real oem and enter the above part #'s.
edit: re-read the op, so the above listed part #'s are for the towers, which will hold the rear mounts. if these are ok, as stated, then adding the reinforcement plates would be sufficient. if there is any damage (as shown in the pic, which i mistook for his vehicle), then the towers would need to be installed. and yes, they can be 'just welded in over top'. mine were.
Last edited by drivinfaster; 01-17-2009 at 08:07 PM.
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