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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 02-06-2013, 08:28 PM
KoreaJon KoreaJon is offline
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Rear suspension rebuild

Hello Everyone,

I just finished replacing my front control arms, CAB's, struts, mounts, tie rods, etc. I'm ready to tackle the rear end, but I'd like to see if someone has this tool

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150799639990...84.m1438.l2648

or one like it that they will loan or rent. its pretty likely that this will be the only time I'll need this set of tools, and don't really want to pay for it for a one-time use.

Thanks in advance,
Jon
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:02 PM
GoForthFast GoForthFast is offline
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I believe there are DIY's on youtube that show how wihout these tools.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:17 AM
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you can drill and chisel out the RTAB , its a PITA but can be done, i did it that way. Get Powerflex bushings so you dont have to worry about pre-loading.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:53 AM
KoreaJon KoreaJon is offline
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Thanks to both of you for the replies. I'll search youtube for the videos, but if it came to my choosing to buy the tool or beat / chisel out the bushings, I'll buy the tool!

Thanks again,
Jon
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:37 AM
lgr122 lgr122 is online now
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Planning to change my RTABs tomorrow. Saw couple of those DIY videos and i believe i can get it done without buying new tools.
Those old ones probably just fall off when i open it up, feels quite loose there behind, but should be careful about putting new ones in.
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