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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 07-24-2009, 04:34 PM
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DIY - Silencing the spare tire

For awhile now, I had this Woody Woodpecker pecking away somewhere in the trunk. Searched everywhere, no results. Eventually it dawned that maybe the wheel on the spare was rapping against the metal. Especially since I got a full-size. Time to add rubber sound deadening!

Taking out the spare, it's apparent that the rubber strips were seriously worn or damaged - #1. Ok, at a truck/car rubber parts shop, got me a sheet of 1/4" solid rubber, the kind our truckers use for lining their cabin's floor - #2. With a box cutter and a makeshift compass cut out the shape: 24" OD and a little 2 1/4" inner circle for the hold-down "cone" - #3. Fits perfectly! - #4. Now the spare rests on rubber, with no contact whatsoever and it even looks cleaner - #5. Tighten everything down so it doesn't move, and we're all set - #6.

For the truly anal, you could cut a rectangular strip of rubber sheet and glue it around the "cone" that mounts the hold-down screw, but that exceeds my lazyness threshold.
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Cool, but whatcha plan on catchin' with that net ?...
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:43 PM
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Cool, but whatcha plan on catchin' with that net ?...


Anything that dares rattle around in there, at least till I get my genuine BMW grocery bag holder that screws onto the upper lip of the trunk!
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:52 PM
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Anything that dares rattle around in there, at least till I get my genuine BMW grocery bag holder that screws onto the upper lip of the trunk!
You'll be stylin' then brother !....I still have some Pesos left over from when I was working in Monterrey last summer, wanna sell me that cargo catcher when you get your genuine BMW Walmart or Soriana shopping bag holder ?...
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Very nice!!
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Good idea. Reminds me that I need to check the air pressure in my spare tire.
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Good idea. Reminds me that I need to check the air pressure in my spare tire.
Isn't it a PITA to have to take everything out just to check the pressure? I always inflate it to, say, 45 PSI so it lasts a long time. In case I need to use it, I'll deflate it after I put it on...
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Lmao, I checked my spare tire pressure at the end of may before my autox event. it's been like 7 months since I got the car and the pressure was 0 (cough, atmospheric pressure)
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This would make a nice DIY link in the E46 wiki.
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This would make a nice DIY link in the E46 wiki.
I think he mentioned doing just that when you posted your "Update the Wiki" challenge !...
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I think he mentioned doing just that when you posted your "Update the Wiki" challenge !...
Right, and it's done already. Which is why I also took out the stuff on the trunk net that wasn't on-subject.
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Right, and it's done already. Which is why I also took out the stuff on the trunk net that wasn't on-subject.
I'd still buy it from ya !...
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Right, and it's done already. Which is why I also took out the stuff on the trunk net that wasn't on-subject.
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