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Thread: Chaplian's Touring Build/Maintenance Log

  1. #11
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    this is awesome, and makes me miss my Touring. dropping this here for you to read. grab a 6-pack.

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...ouring-project
    peter

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  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by slater View Post
    this is awesome, and makes me miss my Touring. dropping this here for you to read. grab a 6-pack.

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...ouring-project
    This is awesome! I've gotten through about 20 or so pages and this is awesome. I'll probably leaf through it during lunch at work, haha.

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    So onto the next saga: The first part of lowering the car with Eibach Pro-kit springs and Koni Yellows: the rear suspension. Whoever designed the rear interior of this car must hate people, because it was a PAIN to tear apart and put back together. In total, it probably took me 4-5 hours over 2-3 days to do the rear suspension (I was going super slow and taking lots of breaks.) I also swapped the side markers, corner lights, and tail lights to clear pieces during this.

    If you have a touring, buy Rogue RSMs, you will thank yourself later. It makes it so that you never have to take the rear interior apart to change the rear shocks.

    Anyway, I started off on a Friday night by tearing apart the rear interior. After about two hours, I finally had enough of it torn apart to access the top of the rear shock mounts.

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    So. Many. Pieces.

    I broke both of the rear seatbelt shoulder covers. Luckily, the part that's broken is covered under the seat belts and will never be seen, but I still ordered two new ones from BMW just in case. I think I might have these 3d scanned for the future, if I can't ever find them again. Item 10 in the diagram below is what I broke:

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    After that, it was the fun, easy part of unbolting the rear shocks. They were quite dead, just stayed in place wherever you put them. The bump stops were completely rotten also, just overall crap condition. I ordered new bump stops and dust boots also, along with new spring perches. One of the perches I ordered as 10mm thick instead of whatever OE is to accommodate the springs being designed for coupes/sedans instead of wagons. I believe this helped give me the level look I wanted.

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    Funnily enough, the ride wasn't absolutely horrible, unlike my other E46 when its rear shocks let go.

    I actually had some trouble removing the rear springs, but only due to my own stupidity. I left the hand brake on. Once you release the handbrake, the rear suspension should have more than enough room to allow you pull the springs out. I also unbolted the headlight level sensor before I broke it. (I need to source some spares just in case.)

    Here's a picture of the rear shocks in:

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    I set the stiffness to 1 turn, which after a few hundred miles of break-in is the sweet spot in terms of ride comfort. I'm going to play with the settings more when I eventually take it to autocross.

    Next post will be the front end, and then the thread should be current with the wagon!

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    Good stuff

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    nice. the rear interior panels get easier... i can remove all rear panels now in about 20min. that first time, though - frig.
    peter

    2009 BMW 335i M Sport 6MT

    2015 VW Golf TSI Comfortline 5MT

    2007 BMW X3 3.0si M Sport 6MT

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    Oh man you aren't kidding about getting to the RSM's in these things. Never again.

    It's obviously too late for you, but for anyone else with a touring, this video is really dang helpful when it comes to shock/rsm replacements:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0r8fyaSL_Q

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by slater View Post
    nice. the rear interior panels get easier... i can remove all rear panels now in about 20min. that first time, though - frig.
    I hope I never have to get that point, haha.

    Oh crap, I forgot to mention I also installed the OEM alarm while I was back there, to really make sure I never have to take it apart.


    Quote Originally Posted by ZHPizza View Post
    Oh man you aren't kidding about getting to the RSM's in these things. Never again.

    It's obviously too late for you, but for anyone else with a touring, this video is really dang helpful when it comes to shock/rsm replacements:
    I actually watched that exact video! He made taking the seatbelt covers off look super easy, which is not what I found at all. I spent probably half an hour fiddling with them to avoid breaking their clips, and I still lost that battle.

    I need to make the next post where I did the front suspension, (I think it's been almost a month since the car has been done honestly) but time is finite, and something I don't have enough of.


    While I was back there, I noticed the headliner is starting to sag underneath the rear C pillars, so I'm looking at getting the headliner and pillars wrapped in Alcantara. Do any of you guys have any experience with dropping the headliners in tourings? I may just give up while I'm ahead and take it to an upholstery shop. I will gladly pay, just need to find a quality shop around here.

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