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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-22-2012, 12:03 AM
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Yup. And no lifetime warranty, either, but c'mon....less than 2000 miles and they're worn out???
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:11 AM
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That sucks. As you know, mine started rattling after something crazy like 50 miles - within two weeks after installing them. I assumed it was something else causing the noises, since I didn't think there was any way brand new control arms, regardless of how inexpensive they may be, could fail that quickly. I was wrong.

By the way, I believe FCP has since stopped carrying their generic no-name control arms. Their website only shows name brand (Meyle, Lemforder, etc.) parts now. Wonder if they had enough warranty claims and/or complaining customers to decide to stop selling them.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:20 AM
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Well, I'm going to email them and complain. That's worse than poor service life. It's an insult, and a total waste of money.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:21 AM
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If you're doing it for the first time, provided you have the right tools, I'd budget 2-3 hours (expecting a little stubbornness here & there). Having done it a few times now, I think I could probably swap them out in an hour.
Been reading some unclear guides, but if I'm not replacing the lollipop bushings, do I need any special tools?
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:41 AM
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A service wrench set would be helpful. You can rent most of what you'll need from the autp parts stores.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:00 AM
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I am coveting it right now!

Whatcha doin with your current panels? (hint, hint)
Well, for my current panels, I've got one front and one rear that I hadn't stripped. I never could find an upholstery shop that could actually do them here in Ottawa. (At least not one that didn't want approaching 4 digits for the work). No, I'm not sure which front and which rear atm.

I've a feeling I'll ry to sell 'em online though. They really are immaculate. Though I have a sneaking suspicion that they'll be sold with wood trim handles for some reason or other... ... ...
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:16 AM
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Been reading some unclear guides, but if I'm not replacing the lollipop bushings, do I need any special tools?
No. That's assuming you can get the bushing free of the control arm though. Mine were real stubborn, but good enough to save and reuse. Took me about two hours, on a lift. I was taking my time though, i probably could have made it an hour or hour and a half if I was busting ass
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:43 AM
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:22 AM
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THey're in my roomate's storage locker. He's out of town until tonight, but I'll find out tomorrow for sure.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:35 AM
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Well, I'm going to email them and complain. That's worse than poor service life. It's an insult, and a total waste of money.
Yep, that's how I felt. To their credit, the VP of customer service at FCP, Max Rossi, was very helpful and went above and beyond helping make a bad situation better for me. Even though you don't have the warranty, I'd try to see if they'll help you out in some way. Maybe you can get them to give you 50% off the purchase of some Lemforders or something along those lines. Anyway, I was very impressed with their customer service, so hopefully you will have a good experience, too.

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Been reading some unclear guides, but if I'm not replacing the lollipop bushings, do I need any special tools?
Whether or not you can reuse your FCABs depends on if they are original or not. Mine were, and so they were glued onto the control arms, meaning that in order to remove them, I had to destroy them.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:28 PM
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Today i put on new roundels and lic plate delete trim. Pics suck cause some as5hole stole my digital camera.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:36 PM
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anyone know of any good products I could use to clean the surrounding trim so they will be close to the nice new black on the impact strip?
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:41 PM
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anyone know of any good products I could use to clean the surrounding trim so they will be close to the nice new black on the impact strip?
This is the only stuff worth buying:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...ortby=ourPicks

It's dye, so it's permanent, unlike all the other products out there, which are temporary. Anyway, it goes on fairly thin, so you'll need to apply a number of coats to get it to the right darkness. It's super easy to apply, dries quickly, and looks fantastic. I reconditioned my trim over a year and a half ago, and it still looks excellent.

Stuff like Mothers Back to Black is total rubbish, and washes off after a few days of being exposed to moisture, and then your trim will look worse than before you applied it.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:48 PM
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:55 PM
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I thought that was the clutch master cylinder for a second


I hope you bypassed the TB, too, right? Otherwise, your TB will get hot.
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:23 PM
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I hope you bypassed the TB, too, right? Otherwise, your TB will get hot.
Tb is always hot...that thing heats up the tb not cools it down...and no I didnt...i didnt have a coupling to connect the two hoses together so until then i still have coolant running through the tb
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:26 PM
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Such a sexy exhaust. You may have answered my question about this already in the other thread, but do you experience any drone?
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:27 PM
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what was wrong with the old exhaust?
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what was wrong with the old exhaust?
It wasn't an RSC36, for starters...
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not a single thing. why you want it?
I might.....How'd it sound?

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