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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

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Old 02-08-2013, 09:39 PM
01e46sprt 01e46sprt is offline
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Aftermarket upgrade part suggestions.

Hey guys I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions on where I can buy upgraded parts for my bimmer. I have been browsing through FCP euro parts and they seem to sell only meyle replacement parts. I googled meyle and got mixed feedback on meyle but mostly negative. So I was wondering if anyone knew what other website I could get quality after market replacement parts. I want to do my CAB'S and my guibo. And I know that the oem BMW bushings were crap from the get go. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:24 PM
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Mayle HD suspension parts are fine for rebuilding/strengthening suspension. I don't believe there's something specially wrong with them, but there might be something still better though.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:44 PM
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Have you ever purchased from FCP ?
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:51 PM
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Not from there, but i've found Mayle HD parts elsewhere.
Anyway maybe some of our older members can advice you better about what and where to get... i haven't done very much to my suspension yet.
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:51 AM
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I had a Meyle HD CAB fail after 10K miles. Probably just a fluke but I've never used their products since.
I've had good luck sticking with OEM brands (not necessarily BMW branded, but the brands that sell to the BMW factory). Unfortunately, for the components in our cars that are prone to early failure (window regulators, cooling system parts, CABs, etc.), there's few options for upgrading to something better.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:15 PM
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Meyle makes the HD control arms with replaceable ball joints that most of us use on our cars.

Use this list of vendors to shop for prices for a wide variety of parts.

www.furiousmethod.com
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:17 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions guys I'll try that site ASAP.
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