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    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.

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    ive done top mounts on mine its pretty straightforward...


    "do not" split any ball joints there is no need...warm the kingpin bolt up or pre soak it wiv anti seize and impact gun it out..worst case drill it out and use a nut and bolt afterwards...
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    Yeah front shocks are easy to replace.
    The hardest part for me was removing and installing spring.
    For this job you need a good spring remove/install tool and a deep socket for strut nut.

    Yes it needs alignment.
     
     

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    It's worth slackening off the big nut in the middle of the top mount, on the end of the damper rod, no more than one turn before you even jack the car. That way all the weight of the car is helping you stop the damper rod turning instead of the nut. Once it's undone half a turn, to a turn, continue the job as normal.
     
     

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    Cheers guys,

    I'll look into what top mounts to get and order some up. I was hoping for Meyle HD, but they only seem to do HD rears? Can we fit M3 ones or some other version that are longer lasting?

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    Just buy OEM or Lemforder ones to to ensure it is the best.
     
     

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    if you need to grip the telescopic at any point to get the top nut off, always grip it at the very top of the telescopic that way if you mark it it will never travel far enough on the cars suspension to damage the oil seals on the strut...
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    Yes that is also a solution.
    I did to the old strut, no need for re-use.

    With a new strut I did the correct way, just just a hex key :-)
     
     

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    Morning folks,

    Got myself some Meyle Top mounts and HD drop links for the front suspension. Hoping to fit these next week. Problem I've got is the lower pinch bolt part numbers, I've got 313 067 794 87 which is the bolts and washers, BMW have them at about £4.50 each, but I can't find a part number for the nuts? And BMW can't work it out either!!? Chances are the old nuts could be reused, but I'd sooner have new ones to go with the bolts, searching all over the net just turns up the bolts, anyone got and numbers?

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    If your referring to the lower pinch bolt that clamps the front suspension strut the bolt just threads into the kingpin. If yours has a bolt and nut it most likely got drilled out because it snapped off. The 31306779487 bolt will be to short you will need a longer bolt to accommodate the extra length for the nut and washer.
     
     

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