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Old 06-03-2011, 04:55 AM
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Z3 M Roadster Rear Wheel Toed IN

THe rear right side wheel is toed in on my 2001 M Roadster, My local shop tells me there is no toe adjustment and its only on one side, what can be causing this problem and what is the fix?
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:13 AM
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Replace sub frame A arm bushings or you have a bent sub frame. I've had to do both due to excessive toe in and eating rear tires!
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:17 AM
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and mine is only eating up the inside of the right rear and thats it, is there a write up on how to replace or what a-arm bushings to buy?
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:13 AM
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You can install either the Kmac eccentric bushing for toe adjustment, but they are known to slip and need readjusting. Or the Ireland Engineering weld in camber and toe adjusters.

It could be a bend control arm, which would require replacing the control arm.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:13 AM
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Plenty of "write ups" in the BMW TIS repair manual CDs. You can buy them all day long on Ebay for <$20.00.

There are definite steps to take in replacing ANY of the suspension components, unless you just enjoy doing the same job(s) more than once.

Specialized tools are involved in replacing the bushings, but replacing stock for stock won't cure your problem; either the trailing arm is bent, or the suspension carrier itself. Maybe both.

Specialized tools are also required to replace the trailing arm (removing and installing your existing hub & axle in the new piece).

I do this stuff all the time, and there are no short cuts. The Right Way is the fast & easy way in this case.

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Old 06-14-2011, 10:36 PM
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Example of bent trailing arm and/or suspension carrier.....

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Old 06-15-2011, 06:20 AM
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Depending on how bad, the Ireland Engineering Weld in kit is an option. Do you have the specs of the current setup?

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Old 06-16-2011, 08:16 AM
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I bought a 2000 M roadster about 9 mounts ago with 117,000 mi on it with all the original suspension parts. Tires were worn uneven, steering was off and ride and handling had a lot to be desired. I replaced all the wearable suspension parts front and rear with factory parts except for IR poly sub frame bushings and Bilstein sport struts and shocks myself and it now again is the car it was new, perfect tire wear, great ride, perfect steering and the handling of a true sports car. If your car has some miles and age on it, rubber suspension parts degrade with mileage and time and that great driving felling slips away. Replace them all, you might find the car you drove when it was new that put a smile on your face
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