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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
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Old Sun, Feb-19-2012, 01:46:31 AM   #1
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Default Megan Coilover issue.

So basically, I had the car up on the rack last week to try and figure out why my car pulls to the left. It got worse after my last track day.

You guys won't believe what we found lol.

Turns out, where the coilover meets the camber plate, there's a rubber bushing. Now this is fairly common with street coilovers, as you may already know.

The issue is this, when I crank the wheel far enough to make a say 90 degree turn, the coilovers turn inside that rubber bushing. BUT, when I return the wheels to strait, the coilover binds inside that bushing and stays turned to the left. It will return to center, or beyond center when I turn the car to the right, which is where it will remain until I turn the car again.

Anyone heard of this? I tried lubing the busing to no avail. Banging my head with this!
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Default Re: Megan Coilover issue.

how much of your time these coilovers worth for you?
they are cheap imitations, you will always have some kind of issues with them.
get yourself a nice set of good coilovers.
putting ebay parts on car is just wrong...

most here have real coilovers and/or saving up for some.
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Default Re: Megan Coilover issue.

Damn! What kind of coilovers are these? I'm staying away...
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Default Re: Megan Coilover issue.

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putting ebay parts on car is just wrong...
I appreciate your useful insight, however I'm coming to the community to see if anyone else has had this issue. I did not buy this coilovers and have them installed, they came on the car when it was purchased. I'm planning on a different set of coilovers suited to my needs, but funding two race teams means I'm working on a budget for my street car, and I'd like to mend the problem at hand until then.

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Damn! What kind of coilovers are these? I'm staying away...
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I appreciate your useful insight, however I'm coming to the community to see if anyone else has had this issue. I did not buy this coilovers and have them installed, they came on the car when it was purchased. I'm planning on a different set of coilovers suited to my needs, but funding two race teams means I'm working on a budget for my street car, and I'd like to mend the problem at hand until then.



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I'd assume you're already paying some competent mechanics seeing as you're funding two race teams. They can't diagnose this issue for you?
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Old Sun, Feb-19-2012, 06:39:40 AM   #6
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Default Re: Megan Coilover issue.

Wow I cant believe the Ignorant coments people reply with.

Do you have a rough idea what the mileage on these coilovers is? do they see hard frequent track days? It could be just that the bushing is worn out and starting to dry up. Hard to say for sure without being there and seeing the car first hand. Maybe you can buy replacement bushings...im not to sure on that. Hope you get the car fixed soon tho. Keep us posted on what it turns out to be.
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Default Re: Megan Coilover issue.

If you are planning on different set, do so.
Megan racing is a knock off. They don't have spare parts, and they will fail regardless of mileage or track use.
Since they came on the car, you either rig it up somehow or get a different set.

You want useful input? Post pics! Maybe then we could help you rig it up until you get a good brand.
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I'd assume you're already paying some competent mechanics seeing as you're funding two race teams. They can't diagnose this issue for you?
Funding two teams means you get to be your own mechanics! Lmao

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Wow I cant believe the Ignorant coments people reply with.

Do you have a rough idea what the mileage on these coilovers is? do they see hard frequent track days? It could be just that the bushing is worn out and starting to dry up. Hard to say for sure without being there and seeing the car first hand. Maybe you can buy replacement bushings...im not to sure on that. Hope you get the car fixed soon tho. Keep us posted on what it turns out to be.


I think they have about 25k on them. They saw 1 track day under my foot. They felt stiff and the high speed damping left me lacking confidence in them. At the end of the day the spanner nuts came loose. So I tightened them up and went home after 3 runs(about 45 laps). I'll try contacting Megan this week and see what they have to offer.

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If you are planning on different set, do so.
Megan racing is a knock off. They don't have spare parts, and they will fail regardless of mileage or track use.
Since they came on the car, you either rig it up somehow or get a different set.

You want useful input? Post pics! Maybe then we could help you rig it up until you get a good brand.
I'll try and make some time to take some photos to better explain whats going on. Just need a fix so I can continue to drive to work to make the money required to pay for these new coilovers! My friend works at JIC Magic Suspension, and being that the car will be converted to mostly track car over the next few years, I might just go with one of their setups. Might be able to get a little discount if I slap a few stickers on the car when it sees track duty.
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Default Re: Megan Coilover issue.

Here's a 5 photo sequence showing the top of the coilover going from left, to center, to right, to center, to left. In total it turns about 60-80 degrees. The issue is that it doesn't turn free. It binds in the rubber bushing below it. I'll get these over to Megan too.

Full left

To center

To right

To center

To left
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You probably need new camber plates/pillow balls.
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