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Old 04-08-2011, 01:30 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:59 AM   #2
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My oem rear shock mounts have 102km on them and they are still fine... recently inspected.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:15 AM   #3
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mine failed at around 130 (at least, thats when i noticed). ill replace with oem then.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:03 AM   #4
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ur 1999 only has 130km? wow
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:20 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:45 AM   #6
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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.


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Old 04-11-2011, 04:58 PM   #7
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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"
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:29 PM   #8
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they key is getting the reinforcement plates, not so much the stiffness of the mount.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:02 PM   #9
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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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Old 04-27-2011, 04:08 PM   #10
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I'm using the RE rsm's too and they are really well made.

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