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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 02-23-2015, 09:25 AM
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rear shock mount and reinforcement

i recently installed s.tech springs on my 328i. the shocks/struts were already bad so you guys know what happened...

anyway i have ordered some koni STR.T shocks/struts and i figured while i was doing this job for the second time, i would do it right. enter the rear shock tower reinforcement and mount.

i have read and understand that the bimmerworld RSM lifetime shop mounts are good and accepted for street and mild track use, but before i ordered them i started looking around at what else was out there.

this is what i found --> http://store.vacmotorsports.com/vac-...kit-p2536.aspx

problem is there are no reviews. i did find a post on another forum where a guy said he had the reinforcement plates installed and did many track events with positive results, and i like the larger footprint. but the cost of the whole set is a little less than getting the bimmerworld one and another reinforcement, so has anyone used these as a set or have any knowledge of the shock mount portion, as it is the part most prone to fail in this situation???
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If you go with the Rogue Engineering RSM's you get a mount that won't fail and push through, and reinforcement for the sheet metal combined. A number of the forum members here have these and have had good results with them.

http://www.rogueengineering.com/rogue/S_BUSH/RSM.html
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Old 02-23-2015, 03:40 PM
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And VAC Motorsports has some of the worst customer service I've ever dealt with. True they have the rare stuff, but I'd rather wait a month before I get parts than buy through them again. Ugh... AND they are overpriced.
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If you go with the Rogue Engineering RSM's you get a mount that won't fail and push through, and reinforcement for the sheet metal combined. A number of the forum members here have these and have had good results with them.

http://www.rogueengineering.com/rogue/S_BUSH/RSM.html
That's what I've got. No complaints. But what I really like about them is that once they're installed, I'll hopefully never need to disassemble trunk carpet again
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I used Meyle HD RSM's. I've got Bilstein HD shocks and struts. Installed them about 5 months ago and they're holding great.
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I used Meyle HD RSM's. I've got Bilstein HD shocks and struts. Installed them about 5 months ago and they're holding great.
The Meyle HD are certainly an improvement over the OEM mounts, but the conical metal piece embedded in the rubber is still smaller diameter than the hole in the base of the mount and they can still fail in the push through mode just like the OEM mounts. The Rogue, VAC, and BimmerWorld mounts all have a metal piece that mounts to the shock rod that is larger diameter then the hole in the base of the mount, so they effectively can't push through.
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so. one more thing. still looking at all these options, and i see that some struts are 10mm and some are 12mm.

does anybody know if the the koni STR.T are 10mm or 12mm?
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so. one more thing. still looking at all these options, and i see that some struts are 10mm and some are 12mm.

does anybody know if the the koni STR.T are 10mm or 12mm?
I don't remember if they were 10mm or 12mm when I installed them on the E36, but they fit the standard mounts without any drill out required.
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I don't remember if they were 10mm or 12mm when I installed them on the E36, but they fit the standard mounts without any drill out required.
thanks man! that should mean they are 10mm like standard. and that is what i was hoping for! i appreciate the great info as usual!
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