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Randy 04-08-2011 01:30 AM

rear shock mounts
So as we all know (or should) some e46s are prone to rear sub-frame failure around the area of the upper rear shock mount.

I'm in the process of changing my suspension (OEM sport shocks w/ Vogtland springs) all around... and I'm wondering - when changing my rear shock mounts should I go with... OEM (which is softer) or the Meyle (firmer)?

Any thoughts?

The price difference is negligible; OEM 22ish, Meyle 33ish.

I know that the oem bushings are prone to failure, but at the same time, i want the bushing to take the stress, and not the subframe.

mclovin 04-08-2011 08:59 AM

My oem rear shock mounts have 102km on them and they are still fine... recently inspected.

Randy 04-08-2011 09:15 AM

mine failed at around 130 (at least, thats when i noticed). ill replace with oem then.

mclovin 04-08-2011 10:03 AM

ur 1999 only has 130km? wow

arsevader 04-08-2011 10:20 PM

Rear shock mount failure and rear floor failure (what most call subframe which it isn't) are 2 separate issues.

Get heavier duty shock mounts with reinforcement plates (or rogue ones) which will protect the rear shock towers.

Floor failure can be prevented with the turner kit but getting softer rsms is just going to give you handling issues and not protect against this problem.

Randy 04-09-2011 12:45 AM

sadly. yes.
haha ya. I travel a lot as part of work. in the last two years I've had more fly-time than drive-time.


Originally Posted by mclovin (Post 1493014)
ur 1999 only has 130km? wow

Young Gun 04-11-2011 04:58 PM

I am purchasing OEM components soon also from Turner Motorsports, I added in a pair of rear shock mounts for $36 I believe!

Edit: they are called "Repair Shop Mounts"

Steve30 04-11-2011 06:29 PM

they key is getting the reinforcement plates, not so much the stiffness of the mount.

typer 04-27-2011 04:02 PM

im using the RE ones and they are great, the only thing you will be replacing are the bushings if anything

Steve30 04-27-2011 04:08 PM

I'm using the RE rsm's too and they are really well made.


Originally Posted by typer (Post 1497574)
im using the RE ones and they are great, the only thing you will be replacing are the bushings if anything

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