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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 Wed, Apr-17-2019, 02:38:44 PM   #21
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Default Re: Best RTAB Tool?

I'm a big fan of the Bav tool (LINK), we should have more of them in stock early than the site is readying (currently showing worst-case of May 17th).

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I'm a big fan of the Bav tool (LINK), we should have more of them in stock early than the site is readying (currently showing worst-case of May 17th).

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James,

When I ordered my BavAuto tool it said “in stock”, now it’s saying not. Did I take the last one or did you guys change it after realizing there were none?
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Default Re: Best RTAB Tool?

Of you don't mind paying for tools buy Hazet. Best quality period, but very expensive....

Though if you do not plan on replacing bearings frequently, cheap stuff may suffice. Just get a spare spindle and nuts to make sure.

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Does anyone know if this set will let you do RTABs or is it for rear balljoints only?



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Old Thu, Apr-18-2019, 02:20:38 PM   #25
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James,

When I ordered my BavAuto tool it said “in stock”, now it’s saying not. Did I take the last one or did you guys change it after realizing there were none?
PM me the order number or email on your ECS account I'll look. Most likely you snagged the last one we had in the main warehouse.

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Hi James,

I've recently purchased the Schwaben tool from ECS but haven't had a chance to use it. Now I see a lot of bad reviews of that tool and even you, among others, stated that the BAV auto tool is your preferred choice.

I don't want to start this job and then run into issues including extended downtime. I'm thinking of returning the Schwaben tool to you guys and getting the BAV unit instead. Can you please provide some thoughts on this? Thanks in advance!.
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Koch tools had a good set, but they're out of business now.
Dammit, when did this happen?
Their kits were on my "expensive but I'll buy it eventually" list.
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I have the Kaiv tool...worked just as advertised

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Default Re: Best RTAB Tool?

I just used the Schwaben tool on my 2001. Worked great to get the bushings out. To install the new bushings I decided to press them from the outside, which meant getting creative with positioning the tool to make it work, but it seemed to make more sense as the opening of the arm is tapered on the outside. Took just over 4 hours to do both sides and replace the rear shocks and upper mounts.
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I have a bimmerworld Rtab tool and it took no effort to remove and install the bushings. No drilling or hammering lol.
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