Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E46 (1999 - 2006)

E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-24-2012, 12:45 PM
R. Cate R. Cate is offline
Registered User
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 53
Mein Auto: '01 330i
Random hardware poking through strut mount, is this normal?

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByBimmerApp1348515931.661552.jpg
Views:	85
Size:	28.8 KB
ID:	343150
Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 09-24-2012, 01:48 PM
smolck's Avatar
smolck smolck is offline
ROLL TIDE!
Location: Birmingham, AL
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 22,336
Mein Auto: 2004 ZHP Sedan
Quote:
Originally Posted by R. Cate View Post
You mean that long protuberance sticking out for no reason? Yep, normal. I have cut myself on it many times working on induction stuff. I believe I dremeled my last one off from my old 323.
__________________

Check out my YouTube Channel for DIY's and other fun stuff HERE
Check out my BMWBLOG!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fast Bob View Post
now, go burn your Man Card, and buy yourself a Camry....
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-24-2012, 01:57 PM
R. Cate R. Cate is offline
Registered User
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 53
Mein Auto: '01 330i
Well, that's a relief. Thanks Smolck!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-24-2012, 01:59 PM
SJBimmer's Avatar
SJBimmer SJBimmer is offline
Living Life At The Beach
Location: In This Place
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 3,810
Mein Auto: 2004 325 Convertible
Ya know, I wondered about that myself for a long time before I saw close up pics of other peoples strut mounts. I thought the previous owner might have done this. Does anyone know what the definitive function of this part is?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-24-2012, 02:03 PM
smolck's Avatar
smolck smolck is offline
ROLL TIDE!
Location: Birmingham, AL
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 22,336
Mein Auto: 2004 ZHP Sedan
Quote:
Originally Posted by SJBimmer View Post
Ya know, I wondered about that myself for a long time before I saw close up pics of other peoples strut mounts. I thought the previous owner might have done this. Does anyone know what the definitive function of this part is?
I would bet it has something to do with the manufacturing process. Maybe a robot it by this part or maybe it is just a casting thing. I dunno, but it serves no purpose that I am aware of (except to hurt me)
__________________

Check out my YouTube Channel for DIY's and other fun stuff HERE
Check out my BMWBLOG!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fast Bob View Post
now, go burn your Man Card, and buy yourself a Camry....
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-24-2012, 02:15 PM
SJBimmer's Avatar
SJBimmer SJBimmer is offline
Living Life At The Beach
Location: In This Place
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 3,810
Mein Auto: 2004 325 Convertible
Quote:
Originally Posted by smolck View Post
I would bet it has something to do with the manufacturing process. Maybe a robot it by this part or maybe it is just a casting thing. I dunno, but it serves no purpose that I am aware of (except to hurt me)
Yeah it sure does look like it could cut you pretty good. Looks totally unnecessary to me too, but it appears threaded, and i'm sure the boys from Bavaria had some perverted use for it. One of those mysteries of the universe I guess. LOL
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-24-2012, 02:56 PM
smolck's Avatar
smolck smolck is offline
ROLL TIDE!
Location: Birmingham, AL
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 22,336
Mein Auto: 2004 ZHP Sedan
Quote:
Originally Posted by SJBimmer View Post
Yeah it sure does look like it could cut you pretty good. Looks totally unnecessary to me too, but it appears threaded, and i'm sure the boys from Bavaria had some perverted use for it. One of those mysteries of the universe I guess. LOL
It's actually not threaded, it's serrated and that is why it cuts so darn good.
__________________

Check out my YouTube Channel for DIY's and other fun stuff HERE
Check out my BMWBLOG!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fast Bob View Post
now, go burn your Man Card, and buy yourself a Camry....
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-24-2012, 04:05 PM
MMME30W's Avatar
MMME30W MMME30W is online now
Super Moderator
Location: On The Move
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 14,048
Mein Auto: 2009 W906
Normal. I guessed it was a mount on the car for fitment of a component associated with right hand drive cars.
__________________
“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by,and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.”

- J.C. Watts Jr.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-24-2012, 05:31 PM
G. P. Burdell's Avatar
G. P. Burdell G. P. Burdell is offline
Rambling Wreck
Location: Southeastern U.S.
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,740
Mein Auto: E46
Quote:
Originally Posted by MMME30W View Post
Normal. I guessed it was a mount on the car for fitment of a component associated with right hand drive cars.
This.

It's coarsely threaded, but it appears to take an M6 nut. There are a few other similar studs welded to the sheet metal around the engine bay - they're there for attachment of stuff we U.S.-spec, right-hand-drive, gasoline-sipping folk don't have.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-25-2012, 09:18 AM
Gryphon's Avatar
Gryphon Gryphon is offline
I brew life
Location: Mt. Holly, NJ
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 3,584
Mein Auto: 2005 ZHP, Wife's Prius
Quote:
Originally Posted by G. P. Burdell View Post
This.

It's coarsely threaded, but it appears to take an M6 nut. There are a few other similar studs welded to the sheet metal around the engine bay - they're there for attachment of stuff we U.S.-spec, right-hand-drive, gasoline-sipping folk don't have.
Awesome! That B*tch is coming OFF!!
__________________
Arthur John
Born 02-24-11

Has already been awarded the title "Destroyer of Sleep"
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-25-2012, 05:23 PM
SJBimmer's Avatar
SJBimmer SJBimmer is offline
Living Life At The Beach
Location: In This Place
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 3,810
Mein Auto: 2004 325 Convertible
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gryphon View Post
Awesome! That B*tch is coming OFF!!
I'm going to attach mine to my wheel and take out other cars like James Bond!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 09-25-2012, 05:27 PM
MMME30W's Avatar
MMME30W MMME30W is online now
Super Moderator
Location: On The Move
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 14,048
Mein Auto: 2009 W906
Quote:
Originally Posted by G. P. Burdell View Post
This.

It's coarsely threaded, but it appears to take an M6 nut. There are a few other similar studs welded to the sheet metal around the engine bay - they're there for attachment of stuff we U.S.-spec, right-hand-drive, gasoline-sipping folk don't have.
*waves to GP now that we both live in the same area*

Ya, I think on right hand drive cars they relocate the steering gear to the "other" side maybe? Or maybe brake booster/master cylinder. I sold my Hayne's E46 manual I had bought in the UK, or I would look.
__________________
“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by,and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.”

- J.C. Watts Jr.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 09-25-2012, 08:08 PM
lgr122 lgr122 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Finland
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 1,238
Mein Auto: BMW e46 1,9l M43
wonder what's original reason...

Searched several e46 engine bay pictures online and none have some original device attached to it.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E46 (1999 - 2006)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:21 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms