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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 Sat, Mar-18-2017, 03:29:48 PM   #11
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

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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.
The pre-load is the angle at which they're installed / pressed in. You'll see a lot of guys lock their suspension in while the car is fully in the air, then when dropped, all the bushings are under constant / max tension. As long as you press it in correctly, the brackets will be torqued at the spec'd point and you'll be good. That being said...poly for me or I'd like to try those monoball units.

My AKG 75D RTABS were quiet, then got real loud as the copper anti-seize dried out. Mobil1 makes a synthetic grease (red) for marine applications. You can get it at napa. I now use it anywhere that is exposed to the elements and it works!
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I just use a long straight edge to align the Rtab carrier to about 8mm above the rear axle center point. Hold it there and then torque the Rtab bolt.

Note - this is only necessary for OE rtabs.
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Old Sat, Mar-18-2017, 03:38:25 PM   #13
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

OEM with limiters, love them. Huge difference once you replace them. The rear becomes much more stable during hard accelerations. Now fcabs I did not replace, they seem to be in good shape. My one rtab went bad at 45k miles.
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OEM with limiters, love them. Huge difference once you replace them. The rear becomes much more stable during hard accelerations. Now fcabs I did not replace, they seem to be in good shape. My one rtab went bad at 45k miles.
OE fcabs are tough as nails and depending on how the car was driven can seem to last forever. My car is on its original 104k fcabs and they're tight as drums (single, woman owner). I'll be replacing them soon when I have the thrust plate off but only for completeness rather than need. For $80 ($100 w/housings) they're a no-brainer if the plate is coming off. Pop them off with a small puller then slip on the new ones by hand..... easy peezy.
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In all of my e46s, I've always purchased the RE RTABS and they've been great, never had any noises.. I highly recommend them and their price is pretty good!
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OE fcabs are tough as nails and depending on how the car was driven can seem to last forever. My car is on its original 104k fcabs and they're tight as drums. I'll be replacing them soon when I have the thrust plate off but only for completeness rather than need. For $80 ($100 w/housings) they're a no-brainer if the plate is coming off. Pop them off with a small puller then slip on the new ones by hand..... easy peezy.

I had an issue when I was about to replace fcab. Once I removed lollipop with two screws the fcabs seem to be ok so I left them in. Then I could not get them back in with two screws. The problem was, I could not get a screw aligned to put it back in. It was night nightmare for me. Next time I will order new screws, because I thing I shred some of them.
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I had an issue when I was about to replace fcab. Once I removed lollipop with two screws the fcabs seem to be ok so I left them in. Then I could not get them back in with two screws. The problem was, I could not get a screw aligned to put it back in. It was night nightmare for me. Next time I will order new screws, because I thing I shred some of them.
Oh yes, there is a trick to this for sure.

You want to guide the bracket using a large Phillips screwdriver. Put it through one hole in bracket and then up just barely into the chassis hole - careful not to go so deep as to hit the threads - and then push/slide the bracket all the way up and into place. Then quickly hand thread the other bolt in all the way... you should be good at this point.

That said, at ~45k miles your fcabs are probably like new so don't sweat it for a while.
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Oh yes, there is a trick to this for sure.

You want to guide the bracket using a large Phillips screwdriver. Put it through one hole in bracket and then up just barely into the chassis hole - careful not to go so deep as to hit the threads - and then push/slide the bracket all the way up and into place. Then quickly hand thread the other bolt in all the way... you should be good at this point.

That said, at ~45k miles your fcabs are probably like new so don't sweat it for a while.
Yep, it was definitely a learning process. Next time should be smother.
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

Last year I had the Turner limiter plates installed with the Meyle HD RTAB bushings. Noticed a big difference in turn in and handling.
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Default Re: Didn't know RTABs would make that much of a difference...

Probably the best RTAB for the 46/36. Curious to see the improvement over poly and stock.

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