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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Tue, May-30-2017, 08:37:09 PM   #31
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I had the same question and the answer I got was it didn't matter if the bolts were lubed or dry.

A long breaker bar would make it easier if you have room to make the 105degrees. I tried that setup on my first go and rounded most of the bolts
I had. There is no space unless you remove the subframe.

With a Snap-On Techangle, it made it easier since it lights up/beeps so I can just concentrate on torqueing the bolt. The 3/8" is only 17 inches so it was a little tough, but doable, to reach that angle. Just need to be in the right position under the car.
I also stripped a couple bolts, however, I was using the longer 1/2" Snap-On Techangle and didn't have to muscle as hard as you were on the video.

Glad you got it done!
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Old Tue, May-30-2017, 09:21:37 PM   #32
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I also stripped a couple bolts, however, I was using the longer 1/2" Snap-On Techangle and didn't have to muscle as hard as you were on the video.

Glad you got it done!
The 1/2" would've made it easier, but I wanted the 3/8" since it fits most applications and would be used more often. I even tried to fit a pipe over it but it wasn't secure enough and slipped off.
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