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    Control Arm Carrier Bracket FAILURE

    any help on how to fix this would be appreciated. its only a 99 m3 with less than 100k and its only naturally aspirated.
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    bushings seem fine and the other arm's bracket where it bolts to the frame looks okay but the way these bolts snapped out of the frame is odd. its almost as if they were designed to pop a chunk of the frame out in these nice lil bat shaped chunks.

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    Get me some better pics.
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    Is this on the rear suspension where the RTABS go into the body?
    Last edited by GG///M3; 11-02-2011 at 07:37 AM.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GG///M3 Click here to enlarge
    Is this on the rear suspension where the RTABS go into the body?
    yup its the right rear carrier that holds the rtab. rtab looks ok.
    i read somewhere that someone had a hole cut in the fender well to access the top of where the bolts mount so that they could weld a plate from the top sode in order to reinforce that area but that seems like a PITA.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
    yup its the right rear carrier that holds the rtab. rtab looks ok.
    i read somewhere that someone had a hole cut in the fender well to access the top of where the bolts mount so that they could weld a plate from the top sode in order to reinforce that area but that seems like a PITA.
    Yea its odd, but it does happen. Man I didn't know you picked up a e36 m3. For some reason I thought you were going to get a 1 series.......Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
    yup its the right rear carrier that holds the rtab. rtab looks ok.
    i read somewhere that someone had a hole cut in the fender well to access the top of where the bolts mount so that they could weld a plate from the top sode in order to reinforce that area but that seems like a PITA.
    You can not have this fixed without welding.
    And the bottom needs to stay exactly as stock, so you will have to have this welded from the topside.
    Because you apply heat on the welds the metal will become more briddle, so it needs to be reinforced, or else it will break again sooner then later.
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    I know it needs welding. im just trying to figure out how to go about it. still can't believe the way the bolts ripped those cookie cutter shapes out of the subframe though.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
    I know it needs welding. im just trying to figure out how to go about it. still can't believe the way the bolts ripped those cookie cutter shapes out of the subframe though.
    I agree. It is a strange malfunction. It does not appear rusted on the pictures. You hit a deep pothole or something? Is therer rust on the side of one of the broken away pieces of metal? Maybe the last owner did something to the car and then sold it...
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    WTF ??

    We hear about basic E36 (323i 325i 328i) tearing out the subframes from the mounts, and the best fix is to install the M3 reinforcement plates...

    But i've never heard of this on a E36 M3... maybe the US M3 didn't get the reinforcement OEM, because from what i know, it's impossible to tear this on the EU M3...

    So as before... my opinion on the US M3 is that it is simply a 330i/332i rather than a M3...
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by angelic0- Click here to enlarge
    WTF ??

    We hear about basic E36 (323i 325i 328i) tearing out the subframes from the mounts, and the best fix is to install the M3 reinforcement plates...

    But i've never heard of this on a E36 M3... maybe the US M3 didn't get the reinforcement OEM, because from what i know, it's impossible to tear this on the EU M3...

    So as before... my opinion on the US M3 is that it is simply a 330i/332i rather than a M3...
    This isn't rear subframe related really. OP what type of suspension are you running, and where did the car come from?
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    running pss9s. im thinking maybe the prev owner hit a pothole because it was low mileage (~70k iirc) i drove the car hard for several years and then babied it for the last week or so before it happened. luckily it let go as i was pulling out of the driveway.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
    running pss9s. im thinking maybe the prev owner hit a pothole because it was low mileage (~70k iirc) i drove the car hard for several years and then babied it for the last week or so before it happened. luckily it let go as i was pulling out of the driveway.
    What cars do you have currently? You still have the E46 right?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    What cars do you have currently? You still have the E46 right?
    yea still got the e46 plus the busted e36.
    this sucks. towing to a fab shop today Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
    running pss9s. im thinking maybe the prev owner hit a pothole because it was low mileage (~70k iirc) i drove the car hard for several years and then babied it for the last week or so before it happened. luckily it let go as i was pulling out of the driveway.
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    yea still got the e46 plus the busted e36.
    this sucks. towing to a fab shop today Click here to enlarge
    Yea good thing it happened when it did. Have them reinforce the other side for good measure. What are the plans for this whore?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GG///M3 Click here to enlarge
    Yea good thing it happened when it did. Have them reinforce the other side for good measure. What are the plans for this whore?
    after the reinforcement/fix? gut it. get a decent set of tires and really let the beating begin Click here to enlarge


    edit: the funny thing about nearly stock cars is that they feel so slow. which is prolly why it broke because im constantly shoving my foot through the floor boards.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
    after the reinforcement/fix? gut it. get a decent set of tires and really let the beating begin Click here to enlarge


    edit: the funny thing about nearly stock cars is that they feel so slow. which is prolly why it broke because im constantly shoving my foot through the floor boards.
    LOL that could do it.
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    i dunno bout you GG but another funny thing about the e36 is that no one wants to run the e46 on the street but every rsx/teggy/etc wants a piece of my old ass e36 (another reason why it prolly broke)

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
    i dunno bout you GG but another funny thing about the e36 is that no one wants to run the e46 on the street but every rsx/teggy/etc wants a piece of my old ass e36 (another reason why it prolly broke)
    Ooo yea I know I just ignore, and wait to pick on the high dollar cars. Click here to enlarge
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    What color is the car?
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    same color as yours. Click here to enlarge

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    why did it have to die!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge

    Artic silver?

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    why did it have to die!
    Wait what>?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GG///M3 Click here to enlarge
    Artic silver?



    Wait what>?
    why did the rtab pocket have to die.

    i thought it was tiag not artic. ive never check the strut tower to be honest.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
    why did the rtab pocket have to die.

    i thought it was tiag not artic. ive never check the strut tower to be honest.
    Now we can haz artic post here

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    nice tires

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