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Old 11-23-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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LF: E30 front subframe

As stated, I need a new front subframe for my 318is. Track day was not too kind to it and sheared the sway bar tabs right off.

Same part on 325i/e/is/ic and 318i/is/ic. No IX.

Help me out!

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Old 11-23-2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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I got a tig welder, but no extra subframe
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:34 PM   #3
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Well, I'd like to get a replacement subframe, and probably weld on a reinforcment onto the tab to keep this from happening again. AKG must have something like this... I'll have to look.

Yup, in fact they do make reinforments:
http://www.akgmotorsport.com/gallery/?level=album&id=2

Anyone want to make these for me instead?
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:47 PM   #4
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Ya akg subframe reinforcement set comes with the swaybar ones, they don't look too much better to be honest I wish the tabs were longer
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:05 PM   #5
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What happened to the subframe in your parts car?
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:10 PM   #6
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Ya akg subframe reinforcement set comes with the swaybar ones, they don't look too much better to be honest I wish the tabs were longer
They look pretty cheap... I had the same design in mind, but I was expecting them to be thicker.

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What happened to the subframe in your parts car?
Sold it. Remember when I pulled it off and said "Hey, I bet I can sell this"... well I did, and now I need one for myself
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:02 PM   #7
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Sold it. Remember when I pulled it off and said "Hey, I bet I can sell this"... well I did, and now I need one for myself
Done that more than once.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:39 PM   #8
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If you don't need it RIGHT now, I'll be parting out my 4 dr in a couple weeks.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:59 PM   #9
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:43 PM   #10
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Hey Scott, I got one if you wanna stop by the new shop for a beer sometime
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For what it's worth, my IE swaybar has poly mounts which use the rear subframe bolt for the front anchor, not the tab.
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^^ hmmm... Can't visualize what you mean by that but it sounds good -- any pictures of the set up?
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:38 PM   #13
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Hmm, I guess I forgot how the E30 sway bar is mounted already. I guess the tab that's broken is the rear one, not the front sandwich deal. But this is a pic of how the IE mount works:

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Old 11-25-2011, 05:12 PM   #14
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Scott, I have a subframe for you, I keep spares Sending a pm
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:28 PM   #15
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Thanks for the offers guys. I see how it goes in the near future and hit one of you up at some point.

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Hmm, I guess I forgot how the E30 sway bar is mounted already. I guess the tab that's broken is the rear one, not the front sandwich deal. But this is a pic of how the IE mount works:

Yeah, they've got the right idea using the subframe bolt... but the rear bolt is still that shitty little 13mm nut and bolt that goes on the little tab off the edge of the subframe. It's pure shitty design. D, yours is going to rip off too, especially with the solid links as your tab on the subframe looks like mine did... just a little rusty, and flimsy as fuc k. The only real way around this, I think, is to have the sway bar linked to the strut housing, a la M3 styles, so all the force is pulling up towards the chassis, instead of down and away. Just my 2 cents. I'll be reinforcing my subframe, and figuring out a new bracket as well. OEM failed way too easily on me.
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