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#1 (permalink) Old 09-09-2005, 03:15 AM
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New Rear Shocks and Mounts...Pictures after the welding surgery!

Nothing fancy...The paint job looks like a baker did it...they gobbed it on the mount so it looked like icing onn a cake...
I request Z3 reinforced mounts and E46 mount heads...I got niether! The idiots at the dealership didn't think it would work so they didn't put in the order for the parts...So I got E36 garbage roght in there...but he did reinforce it from underneath (I was told) with multiple steel washers. He said it was just as good. :stick I hate dealerships..but my insurance covered the work there..
The car drives and handles 100 times better than it ever did before...comfort, acceleration and braking are all enhanced 100 fold...
you'll be surprised how much a difference new shocks can make...





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Not happy that they didn't listen to your requests... I'd be fuming... happy you got your ride back and that it's better... could have been worse... welcome back... I have to do my RSM's too, thanks to your posts and pics I got off my lazy ass and checked things out.

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Looks rather desent... you can order upgraded RSMs from TMS in two or three different packages... I use the Rogue Engineering RSMs... you cant go wrong with those.

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Never seen paint that thick...

Looks like they sprayed undercoating on it, then decided to paint over that. I would've gone with the Ground Control RSM's . I doubt they reinforced anything. There's a gasket there and using "washers" would negate the gasket seal. Unless they just used "washers" under the retaining nuts, which isn't gonna do anything because there's no space to use oversize washers, and you can see in the pics they just used the stock washer anyway. The problem is the small surface area of the stock mounts, they create too much of a pressure point right there under the nut. The Ground Control RSMs have a much bigger surface area to spread the shock load across the tower instead of the two pressure points under the nuts. Oh well, at least you got your car back and it'll last for a while. What kinda shocks did you use?





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Yeah this is what i wanted

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with the Z3 reinforcements...
They are HD Bilstens...

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Yeah those are Ground Control RSM's, they have the big footprint .... You can swap yours out yourself if you want to.

The bracket mounted on the top of the RSM is for a cross brace, but you don't need that in a street car.





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