2000 E46 323ci, alignment check again after 6 months and spring fitment, results!

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  1. 2000 E46 323ci, alignment check again after 6 months and spring fitment, results! 
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    well my car is weird on camber changes and uneven road surfaces, so after 6 months of eibachs and poly bushes, i decided to check alignment again, well all is pretty much lined up apart from front drivers camber is massively out!!!the wheel angles inwards as far as the dial to the left would go!

    Well i noticed that when i fitted the springs that the pins in the top mounts that go in to the strut tops were missing, so i aligened them where i thought they were, so i had a look while the car was there and saw the 3 bolts were infact over 1 cm out compared to the other side which was ok!

    i have now reset the strut in the mount as per other side! as most of you will know the missing pins are usually broken off on purpose on m3s or race cars so that camber can be adjusted more fine-ly. any way will take car out later and see if it feels any better!

    ps the missing pins will give you about a cm to 1 1/2cm or top movement!
     
     

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    vaux do you have a part number for the 10mm spring pad??

    can only find the 5mm pads!! :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by baderlfc View Post
    vaux do you have a part number for the 10mm spring pad??

    can only find the 5mm pads!! :(
    BMW call it spring pad (33.53.1.136.387) £4.27 part is actually from a e30/e36/z3, but its the same as e46 item only sold in varying depths (this part no relates to 10mm one)
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxfan View Post
    ... i noticed that when i fitted the springs that the pins in the top mounts that go in to the strut tops were missing...
    Later cars don't have removeable pins, they have a pressed dimple in the top mount instead - so you'd need to be pretty determined to remove it (i.e. it would need grinding off). This possibly changed around Facelift time (late 2001)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy2bsure View Post
    Later cars don't have removeable pins, they have a pressed dimple in the top mount instead - so you'd need to be pretty determined to remove it (i.e. it would need grinding off). This possibly changed around Facelift time (late 2001)
    i must admit i quite like the idea of being able to alter mine if i need to!
     
     

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