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Thread: Tim's Mystic Blue ZHP Coupe

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    Have you replaced the steering coupler yet? Might help a little. What also helped on my car was torquing down the steering rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galapolis View Post
    Have you replaced the steering coupler yet? Might help a little. What also helped on my car was torquing down the steering rack.
    Yep the steering coupler only has maybe 20k km on it or so. I'll add the steering rack bolts as another thing to check.

    I suspect alignment shops don't run into these issues because they have grease plates, so when they make toe changes there isn't any binding in the tire or any of the rubber in the system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t.er View Post
    Yep the steering coupler only has maybe 20k km on it or so. I'll add the steering rack bolts as another thing to check.

    I suspect alignment shops don't run into these issues because they have grease plates, so when they make toe changes there isn't any binding in the tire or any of the rubber in the system.
    Wait you didn't use grease plates when you were making adjustments? That would definitely explain why you had trouble with the e46 (that has a ton of rubber bits for isolation) and not hondas (rubber bits cost money to produce lol).

    There are several ways to DIY grease plates with stuff like salt or...well...you know.....grease...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZHPizza View Post
    Wait you didn't use grease plates when you were making adjustments? That would definitely explain why you had trouble with the e46 (that has a ton of rubber bits for isolation) and not hondas (rubber bits cost money to produce lol).

    There are several ways to DIY grease plates with stuff like salt or...well...you know.....grease...
    Yeah, in all of the online DIYs I've looked at it didn't seem like not having grease plates was a concern, but then again I guess our cars are just that sensitive with all the rubber. Gonna try again early next week, ensuring the steering rack is centred post-guibo, and gonna use wax paper and soap as a cheap grease plate and hopefully that solves my toe issues
    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP (well, technically ZAM)


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    Unfortunately there were still issues, I also made sure to line up the marks on the steering rack. Hoping my car isn't crooked or some shit, but the last time it was on a rack it aligned fine, and that was after both accidents which did not affect the suspension. I have a couple leaky valve stems on my track setup so the shop that mounted my tires is going to have those fixed. Just going to get my car aligned at the same time:

    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP (well, technically ZAM)


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    Damn this is frustrating and I have spent 0 hours working on this alignment. Can't imagine how deflated you're feeling right now. Hopefully the shop is able to square it up and you're able to fine tune it down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZHPizza View Post
    Damn this is frustrating and I have spent 0 hours working on this alignment. Can't imagine how deflated you're feeling right now. Hopefully the shop is able to square it up and you're able to fine tune it down the road.
    Yeah, definitely frustrating. Not sure what it is, probably a multitude of issues including some sort of bushing preload somewhere. I was talking with a bunch of guys on NAM3Forum, they seem to be okay, but some of them spent $$$$$ on their string alignment setups. On my end we seem to be doing everything correctly, yet toe is just wonky. If anyone else here does a DIY string alignment on their car I'd be interested in hearing if similar problems arise.

    Took it to the shop today and these were the readings:



    Pretty hilarious all things considered, because on Monday we literally guessed toe since strings messed it up. Drive up on ramps, turn the tie rods 1/4 turn, small test drive, assess, then back on ramps and adjust tie rods again. Rinse & repeat 5 or 6 times and somehow we ended up with dead-on 0.10 deg toe out on each side.

    Anyways the shop also did a small inspection and found a worn FCAB on the passenger's side. Since toe was not off by much in the rear I decided to wait until I replace the FCABs before re-aligning. Just have to shop around a bit, with Canadian parts markup even standard Meyle HD FCABs are $100 USD and I don't get the warranty from FCP. And unless I go to the stealership Z4M FCABs are out of the question
    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP (well, technically ZAM)


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    just get one of us order it and send it to you lol

    like 100 each for meyle fcabs? damn that's like the price of the z4m fcab.

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