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Old 10-10-2012, 10:01 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Steve30 View Post
Mike and Jay can handle this type of job. My dad's car had torn through the metal and they did a great job welding in the m3 reinforcement plates.
As far as I know, they hire a welder to come to the shop.

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:36 PM   #17
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This is true but he's right next door. He did a great job on my dads car and is a great guy.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:38 AM   #18
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There is also an alternative to welding, which is the epoxy method. This is, assuming you don't have any cracks present. Go read up on the epoxy method on m3forum, as well as the foam gun method. Instead of welding the plates, epoxy is used.

If I chose the welding method, or other maintenance work, I wouldnt hesitate to bring my car to Stancefactory.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:36 PM   #19
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I Got mine done at RMP. Did an excellent job and was a VERY reasonably price.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:23 AM   #20
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I had a horrible crack on the left side of my 323ci, got everything welded together without removing anything other than the exhaust at an exhaust shop near keele and finch. The whole thing cost me $80, with the removal of the resonator for free as a bonus
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:42 PM   #21
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Thank you everybody for your advice and help.
I went to auto evolution and had the tms plates fusion welded. Also installed some bushings.
I paid 450 for everything and he did an amazing job.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:10 PM   #22
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awesome post guys. Good to hear there are cheaper places to do this job other than the couple monopoly shops that charge thousands.

I have a 323ci and the TMS plates ready as well, subframe okay so far, just waiting for the right time to install them.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:14 PM   #23
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Currently shopping for an E46 M3. As Im probably going to find subframe cracks (so far 1/1) on the cars Im looking at.

When should I become concerned enough to avoid buying the car/be looking at major repairs.

Hairline cracks>10mm? raised crack faces? Splitting of crack edges? Subframe mount poking rear passengers in the ass lol?

At what point would the repair go from simply welding/reinforcement plate from underneath to stripping out the backseat and welding from cabin and underside of the crack.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:22 PM   #24
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For me (and I think for most) if I see any crack on the subframe, whether hairline or not, I would never buy the car.

If it's just a crack then it can be welded but if its actually torn apart you will need a new subframe.
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