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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 09-26-2012, 07:28 AM
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Getting some tire rub during hard left cornering.

While taking a favorite back road home yesterday evening, I entered a long sweeping left turn and suddenly heard this... noise... from the right side of the car. It also caused a slight vibration throughout the entire car and I noticed some rub marks on the tires, so I'm starting to feel sad inside.

Sir Smolck put Koni STR.T shocks on it back in late December (New Year's Eve, if I remember correctly), so I DOUBT it's the cause, but I'm not eliminating the possibility. Ride quality hasn't changed at all. The car still feels nice and stiff (although it could always be better) and takes turns like a champ.

What all would cause an increased amount of body roll (which it doesn't FEEL like) or a sudden rub of the tires? RTABs? Sway bar links? Sway bar mounts?

Want to get some ideas before I start taking things apart.
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Is the rubbing in front, or back ? What`s hitting....bodywork, or suspension ?
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:01 AM
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Is the rubbing in front, or back ? What`s hitting....bodywork, or suspension ?
It feels like it's both front and rear, but I only saw minor rub marks on the rear tire... tough to tell because the noise fills the entire cabin and the vibration causes the seatbelt buckle against the seat tilting lever and the change in my tray to rattle.

Pretty sure it's body work because the rub was on the outside edge of the tire.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:11 AM
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Use to happen to me a lot. I shaved my rear fenders off so it's completely flat. Hasn't happened since.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:16 AM
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Use to happen to me a lot. I shaved my rear fenders off so it's completely flat. Hasn't happened since.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:19 AM
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Seriously. It's mainly because I have 19"s w/ 9.5 rear 245/35/19 tires. I'm sure if I went 225 in the rear this wouldn't happen. But that wasn't the case. I wanted to keep 245's.
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Wasted RTABS could let the ass end move laterally enough to let the tire scrap the fender.
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Wasted RTABS could let the ass end move laterally enough to let the tire scrap the fender.
That came to mind, too. I still have those Powerflex bushings. Not sure how we could get the old ones out... remember how corroded those things were?
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That came to mind, too. I still have those Powerflex bushings. Not sure how we could get the old ones out... remember how corroded those things were?
With a proper bushing removal tool. It'll save you a **** LOAD of hassle. It's worth the $60s or how ever much it is trust me.
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