Yeah I want to replace the front top mounts too, but they are a fair bit more work to get to normally. Is a wheel alignment required after replacing top mounts? By the looks of things, watching a few how-to videos, I've seen you just need to undo the bolt of the drop link, then the bottom big bolt (Kingpin?) from the strut mount bracket/support, 3 top nuts from up top under the bonnet and then you appear to be able to pull the whole shock and spring setup out. If this is the case, apart from the big bolt potentially snapping off, requiring drilling out or what ever, then its just a case of popping in new top mounts. There doesn't look to be anything that should affect alignment?
I've seen other undo the outer tie/track rod end as well as the balljoint from the wishbone, again these appear to just pop in and out, so potentially no alignment required?
I'm used to my VW/Audi's where the ball joints are separate, and if you get stuck you can remove the entire ball joint from the wishbone, at this point you'd need an alignment, although some people suggest painting around the balljoint prior to removing it, so you can refit in the original position, but with standard BMW E46 wishbones, from what I've read they balljoint is pressed in, so not really the option to remove them, hence people replace the whole wishbone if a balljoint has too much play, normally with Meyle HDs which have removable balljoints.
Correct me where I'm wrong and have misunderstood please guys.