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Old Sun, May-29-2016, 07:16:40 PM   #31
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Great work!!
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Old Tue, May-31-2016, 01:13:57 AM   #32
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Front wishbones powder coated and new ball joints pressed in. Kind of a bear to get the wishbone in the press with the correct orientation and support.
The long shaft of the center ball joint is problematic. Used a really big 3/4 drive socket for support.



Took my old calipers and refreshed.

A bit of a rusty & worn mess when torn down




Sandblasted & powder coat. New seals, stainless pistons & pins with brass guides

Sometimes the right tools just makes it easier


All done. Getting the pistons in the caliper is a PITA. Not sure I'd spend the time again. They do look purdy though. Not absolutely sold on the color but I wanted something that would show off behind the wheels without going to red.
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Old Sun, Jul-10-2016, 07:26:14 PM   #33
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I recently came to the conclusion that I'm not going to get this finished by September which was my goal. I'm just too slow getting the work done and too many to-do items left on the list. Oh well.

I got the rear trailing arm assembly built and installed. I mounted the half shafts first along with the parking brake hardware and cable. One half shaft went into the new hub fairly easily. The other was very stubborn so I'm glad I did it where I had some leverage and could apply some persuasion. Getting the assembly mounted was a bit of a pain with the axle, trailing arm and parking brake cable all trying to swing in different directions but, with some help from another person, managed to get it bolted up.

Once the trailing arm assembly and axles were in, I jacked up the diff to set it in place. Had to tilt it almost vertical to clear the lower subframe member and get it into the subframe mounting hole. This was a pain to do by myself but right now I have it sitting in place on a jack waiting to be bolted in. I'm not bolting in quite yet as it looks like I need to torque the inner suspension bolts first (see picture). I don't think I can get to these with a torque wrench with the diff pulled forward into its mount. The problem is that I believe these need to be preloaded before torqueing so I'm a bit between a rock and a hard place. I'm going to go ahead and install the new springs and shocks and see if I can figure out the preload problem. I left all the bushing bolts loosely tightened (both inner and outer) figuring I'd need to do this.







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Old Sun, Jul-10-2016, 07:49:07 PM   #34
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Great progress! I'm with you; I'd rather go slow and get things just as I want them than rush and potentially skip something I would regret later.
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Old Mon, Jul-11-2016, 09:58:40 PM   #35
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Great progress! I'm with you; I'd rather go slow and get things just as I want them than rush and potentially skip something I would regret later.
Just went through your E46 journal. Pretty awesome.
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Old Sun, Jul-24-2016, 03:17:30 PM   #36
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Managed to get the brakes with new disks installed along with the rear suspension. Still trying to figure out how I preload the suspension before final torqueing a few of the bolts. Cleaned up the area the best I could. Replaced the plastic wheel-well liners.

Starting to look good.


Picked up the disks on sale from Turner. Suspension from Bimmerworld.




Heard good things about Porterfield pads. Got them on sale from Pelican.
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Old Sun, Jul-24-2016, 07:30:06 PM   #37
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Very clean!! Good job
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Old Sun, Jul-31-2016, 03:19:22 PM   #38
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Awesome work! I'm actually doing the same suspension rebuild right now! Do you have the part number for the right rear wheel liner? The one that sits behind the wheel? Tried searching the numbers printed on it but came up empty handed
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I love build threads like this. Everything looks perfect. Which brake lines are those?
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Old Mon, Aug-01-2016, 03:15:29 AM   #40
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Awesome work! I'm actually doing the same suspension rebuild right now! Do you have the part number for the right rear wheel liner? The one that sits behind the wheel? Tried searching the numbers printed on it but came up empty handed
I believe your are looking for 16132227852.
Good luck with your suspension rebuild!
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