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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 Thu, Jun-14-2018, 04:51:06 PM   #1
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Default Powdercoating rear chassis parts

Is this really functional or is it just aesthetic?

I can see it being useful for folks driving with salt on the road or even through winter weather. But if you're just a sunny day, weekend driver, what is powdercoating buying you? Are these parts really deteriorating?

I've also seen some anodizing and wax coating methods used by Redish that look pretty cool. I can see where this could help protect the aluminum fittings from corrosion.
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I'd say its purely cosmetic.
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Id 90% cosmetic, with the remaining 10% being a hopeful bit of extra rust protection in the northeast 🤞🏻


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Default Re: Powdercoating rear chassis parts

Anodizing is for aluminum only. There are only a few alu parts in the rear. Stay away from wax coatings unless you absolutely must have protection from harsh elements. This is disgusting stuff and even worse to work around when you need to make repairs.

When guys powdercoat parts it is usually to reset the clock (start fresh). It is aesthetic but don’t under estimate how much of a joy it is to work on and maintain a clean car.
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donít under estimate how much of a joy it is to work on and maintain a clean car.
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Default Re: Powdercoating rear chassis parts

You guys should be following Stipt Polish Point on Facebook. They do great work.

https://www.facebook.com/StiptPolish...B_RBvnI86H0mtI

I'm also doing restorations on my 98. http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=594122
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Default Re: Powdercoating rear chassis parts

I powdercoated all of the rear suspension/subframe on my 97 M3. It's fine.

Word of advice, though, spend the money on a good shop that will follow your masking instructions. I was impatient and went to somebody that was willing to work me in quickly and they didn't mask for shit. I ended up having to grind down every bushing interface surface, re-cut some bolt threads, etc. Probably added 6-7 hours of aggravation to what in reality was a vanity project in the first place.
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I see it as icing on the cake but would rather put that money somewhere else if itís not necessary. Especially with all the money already going into the refresh.
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