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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 Fri, Mar-17-2017, 11:55:01 PM   #1
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Default Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

I installed OE RTABSs with limiters and had it aligned today. Man what a difference. Tightened things up in the rear, drives on rails! Best thing I've done yet!
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

Yes! New OE Rtabs are a hugely underrated item around here. They give the car a fantastically supple yet precise feel.

I've got a new set ready to replace my AKG polys this weekend. Looking forward to it big time.
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Old Sat, Mar-18-2017, 12:50:04 AM   #3
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

This is on my list! Which RTABs did you go with? Thanks for sharing your experience.
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

I went with OE BMW RTABs and ECS limiters, approx $84 from ecs shipped. Get the tool if you don't have one.
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Old Sat, Mar-18-2017, 02:21:33 AM   #5
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

Having mine done next week. Can't wait to tighten up the rear a bit


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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

Replaced my 145k mile oem ones with new oem + limiters. Initially felt a night and day difference. After about a few hrs of driving I got used to it and couldn't remember how bad the old ones were lol...
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Old Sat, Mar-18-2017, 03:03:34 AM   #7
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

Yeah. Without a doubt the best refresher you can do on this car
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

Wait until you drive the car its suppose to be driven...

It'll impress you lol
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

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Yes! New OE Rtabs are a hugely underrated item around here. They give the car a fantastically supple yet precise feel.

I've got a new set ready to replace my AKG polys this weekend. Looking forward to it big time.
Eric, what was wrong with the AKG RTABS? I plan to purchase the black AKGs only because I don't have the tool to preload the OEM bushings.
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This is on my list! Which RTABs did you go with? Thanks for sharing your experience.
I'm slightly surprised with all the other mods/maintenance you've done that you haven't done RTABs. Get a slightly aggressive toe in on your alignment and boy the car comes alive.

I'd go with a mono-ball setup offered from Syncroworks or Turner. If that's out of your price range, poly black series rtabs. Just make sure if you do go poly, use plenty of copper grease and don't nick the housing pulling the existing rubber. You can pull the existing rtabs without the bushing puller if your handy enough.
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