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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 05-01-2016, 11:49 AM
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e36 rear sub frame

Hi all,

I took my rear subframe out and restored /painted it.

Changed all of the bushes to poly bush but when putting it back up, I made a mistake and striped/damaged the head of one of the bolt holding the frame to the body . This also damaged the thread.

if we say it had 30 threads then roughly 8-9 threads at the beginning of the hole were damaged not striped.

so got a new bolt and tighten it which was very hard but went all the way.

would that be safe ?

i torqued it to 110nm.

i guess the new bolt head somehow has to adapt to the old thread . can it cause more harm to the other threads further up ?

it was either that or helicoil and don't think helicoil will be a good option at all
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Old 05-01-2016, 12:17 PM
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If it actually pulled up fully and torqued to 110nm, it's fine. It would have been a much better option to run a tap in the hole to clean up the threads before you cranked a new bolt in there. The new bolt and the threads in the hole are now galled together, and it'll be a nightmare to get it out.
The BEST option actually would have been a Helicoil. They are stronger than the original thread.
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:21 PM
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As long as the tip of the bolt was damaged and not where the nut is holding it on torqued down.
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