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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 Sat, Apr-22-2017, 06:40:51 AM   #1
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Default Ground Control camber plates separating

Thanks for all of the replies. I ended up snapping the bearing back together. The plastic clips aren't the strongest, but it seems to be holding okay. I re-greased the bearing with lithium grease. Not quite as 'free' as the other side (both are new, 0 miles) but it feels okay now that it's re-greased and seated together.





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Default Re: Ground Control camber plates separating

That's not an issue with the camber plate, your springs are simply too short for the damper length when fully decompressed. A helper spring would be the solution.
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Default Re: Ground Control camber plates separating

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That's not an issue with the camber plate, your springs are simply too short for the damper length when fully decompressed. A helper spring would be the solution.


Thanks for the reply.

It's not the spring gap which is my concern. If you look a bit closer, the spring perch has disconnected from the piece above (yellow). The adhesive gave out and the perch separated from the rest of the camber plate. It's not like that on the driver side. All pieces of the camber plate are mated together.


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Default Re: Ground Control camber plates separating

That is not an issue with the plates at all. Best I can tell that's the OE needle bearing. This is common, they just snap back together.

However, to truly prevent this you'd need helper springs since those bearings aren't meant to support hanging loads.
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Default Re: Ground Control camber plates separating

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That is not an issue with the plates at all. Best I can tell that's the OE needle bearing. This is common, they just snap back together.

However, to truly prevent this you'd need helper springs since those bearings aren't meant to support hanging loads.


It's really only supporting the spring perch (gold part) which isn't much weight at all likely aluminum alloy. The strut/spring are not designed not to reach the perch while extended, which I understand and makes sense, but I don't think the perch is meant to separate from the 'needle bearing' which normally isn't under load. It seems to have a goo like substance. A 'supporting spring' will change the engineered strut characteristics (rode height, spring rate) unless I'm missing something.


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Default Re: Ground Control camber plates separating

Goo substance could just be old grease from the bearing. These seperate often like Eric said.
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Default Re: Ground Control camber plates separating

Should it be re-adhered with something or remedied? Or just let the weight of the car take care of that and forget about it?


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You want to 'snap' it back together and then it should be fine loaded.
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Default Re: Ground Control camber plates separating

yeah it should snap back together. but ensure you have either a longer spring or a helper to stop it unloading at full droop.

the risk will be if it comes apart while you crest a hill, may not line up 100% when you load it back up
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Default Re: Ground Control camber plates separating

If it really bothers you then you can always order a new one to replace it with. I had the same thing happen to one of my GC street plates. It's an easy swap. Yours looks to be in great shape though. I would just snap it back together and enjoy.

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