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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 03-21-2011, 12:44 AM
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broken shock mount?

am i right in thinking this is a broken shock mount or do i just need to tighten that metal plate down so it contacts the rubber?

This is an 8 second video of the rear shock mount while bouncing the car..


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Old 03-21-2011, 02:04 AM
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:49 PM
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am i right in thinking this is a broken shock mount or do i just need to tighten that metal plate down so it contacts the rubber?

This is an 8 second video of the rear shock mount while bouncing the car..


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Hahaha yeah dude that's beyond blown
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:44 PM
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Get the oem vert mounts.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:50 PM
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Is it just me, or was that washer upside down?

I guess I'd flip the washer before I sprung for new bushings.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:08 PM
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Is it just me, or was that washer upside down?

I guess I'd flip the washer before I sprung for new bushings.
You could do that but just by looking at it, that bushing looks trashed
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:01 AM
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Is it just me, or was that washer upside down?

I guess I'd flip the washer before I sprung for new bushings.
I'm pretty sure it's ipnstalled the correct way around, but I could be wrong, best to check pelican writeup or something
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:27 AM
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Get the oem vert mounts.
Washers correct, flip it and it will deform. I use the JT auto ones, cheap and last
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E30 vert and E46 ones are the oe upgrade.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:10 PM
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ok cool got 2 new shock mounts on the way
just want to check what else i need..
2 x gaskets (one each side)
2 x locking nut for the top of the shock (one each side)

what about the two nuts on each side that hold the shock mount in, are they self locking or can i just reuse them?

and is it ok to reuse the lower shock absorber mounting bolt?
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:16 PM
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you have locking nuts on your shocks ? all you should need is the mount. the gaskets really dont do much(if anything) at all.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:24 PM
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you have locking nuts on your shocks ? all you should need is the mount. the gaskets really dont do much(if anything) at all.
according to pelican i do?

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ock_mounts.htm

'Now slide the new shock mount over the shock rod and place the large washer over the top of the mount and install a new 17mm locknut.'
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:39 PM
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never heard nylon nuts called locknuts. ive reused nylon nuts dozens of times. ive run my bilsteins through 3 e30's without changing the nuts. the bolts for the shock mount sides are not nylon nuts.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:22 AM
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Yes on the lower bolt.

Did you get the E36 spacer plate as well? It's my understanding that it acts as a reinforcement...

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...30%38%30%22%3E
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never heard nylon nuts called locknuts. ive reused nylon nuts dozens of times. ive run my bilsteins through 3 e30's without changing the nuts. the bolts for the shock mount sides are not nylon nuts.
We call them locknuts here. Language thing again ha

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Yes on the lower bolt.

Did you get the E36 spacer plate as well? It's my understanding that it acts as a reinforcement...

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...30%38%30%22%3E
That's correct it does in theory, but you can make your own mind up as to whether you think you will need it. I personally wouldnt and haven't bothered
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Do not re use:
Crank bolt
Head bolts
Guibo nuts
upper shock mount nuts
upper and lower balljoint nuts
Front and rear shock/strut to mount nuts

and there are many many more. a good rule of thumb is, if it is nylon lined or oval discard. Most high torque to yield fasteners on the engine is also likey one time use as well.



At least that's what they teach you in STEP class.
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always heard them called nylocks...no to be reused, but it happens all the time.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:31 AM
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always heard them called nylocks...no to be reused, but it happens all the time.
It does, and you CAN get away with it SOMETIMES. I personally don't feel confidence sending young lady out on new control arms and front struts with re used one time hardware. I don't want to be the reason her lower balljoint came apart and killed her and the family of 4 traveling behind her.

Some people wash zip lock baggies and reuse styrofoam plates and plastic cutlery. Doesn't make it right though.......
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Some people wash zip lock baggies and reuse styrofoam plates and plastic cutlery. Doesn't make it right though.......
lol...that's sick...

cheapness never pays off. reusing nylocks in a boat transmission makes one a good swimmer. ask me how i know.
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:06 AM
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Some people wash zip lock baggies and reuse styrofoam plates and plastic cutlery. Doesn't make it right though.......
i once saw someone with a plastic bag on their leg to protect their cast, the next day i swear it was recylcled as their lunch bag..wtf

anyway the mounts arrived, it was pretty easy by looking at them to see how totally shot my current one is, so the only nyclok nut i have to worry about in this job is the one on top of the shock right?

i didnt go for the reinforcement plates, im a student and money is tight + its only a 320i, i just want to keep it in nice running condition and save all the modifying / improving for the day when a get a 325i

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i once saw someone with a plastic bag on their leg to protect their cast, the next day i swear it was recylcled as their lunch bag..wtf

anyway the mounts arrived, it was pretty easy by looking at them to see how totally shot my current one is, so the only nyclok nut i have to worry about in this job is the one on top of the shock right?

i didnt go for the reinforcement plates, im a student and money is tight + its only a 320i, i just want to keep it in nice running condition and save all the modifying / improving for the day when a get a 325i
Screw that motor swap the car you got.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:24 AM
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I have the exact same issue. Would love some more info on parts required. If it's not too hard I may attempt to DIY.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:14 PM
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I have the exact same issue. Would love some more info on parts required. If it's not too hard I may attempt to DIY.
it seems all you need per side is:
1 x shock mount
1 x gasket
1 x lock nut for the top of the shock

this is a pretty good diy article:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ock_mounts.htm

im just waiting on the gaskets and locknuts
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