What is wheel caster? When talking about suspension geometry, wheel caster is the forward or rearward tilt of the steering axis centerline as viewed from the side of the vehicle and is measured in degrees from vertical. Caster is a directional control geometry angle that helps keep the vehicle moving straight ahead. A forward tilt
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Time travel back to the 80s and browse this original BMW E21 BBS accessories brochure.
Wheels, body kits & cleaners.
Problem: Front end body flex & lack of responsive steering. Application: E36 Solution: BMW Motorsports Xbrace OEM Part Number: 51718410212 Where to buy: Junk yard, OEM distributors Cost: $15 at the junk yard, $190 new The lower cross brace, or “xbrace” was first introduced as standard equipment on the BMW E36 M3 LTW. It is a
The BMW brand keeps its design heritage through repetative use of iconic design ques. Famously, the use of the kidney grills on every model released in recent history. The kideny grills are arguably the most recognizable feature of the car. However, to the trained eye there is another distinct design feature that has been used
Problem: Greasy, dirty car windows. Application: All models Solution: Newspaper & Invisible Glass Where to buy: Wal-mart, Amazon Cost: $3.44 per 22oz bottle
Problem: Middle rear seat belt looks sloppy while not in use. Application: E23, E28, E30, E34 Solution: Parcel shelf seat belt holder. When the E30 rolled off the production line in 1982, it was a much simpler time when it came to safety regulations. The rear seats in the BMW E30 do not have a
Problem: Aligning wheel bolt pattern to match hub pattern. Application: All models Solution: BMW tool kit: aligning stud When reinstalling a wheel back on to the hub of a BMW it is often difficult to line up the bolt pattern of the wheel to the hole locations on the hub. You struggle with taking the
The BMW M42 engine is a mighty 4 cylinder that still has some advanced technology considering its age. The engine was first introduced in 1989 for the E30 318i models. One key characteristic we are focusing on is a feature of the exhaust valves.Engine exhaust valves are some of the most highly stressed components on the entire
Problem: Droopy / sloppy wiper arms. Application: 1502, 2002, 2500, E21, E30, E12, E28, E24, E23, E38 Solution: Replace wiper arm bushing OEM part number: 61611353754 Where to buy: CLICK HERE Cost: ~$8 each (2 per car) What is the cause of sloppy BMW wiper arms? Plastics and rubbers do not age well, over time
Munich Germany has been the location of the iconic BMW headquarters for over 40 years now and has been deemed as a history building since 1999. There is no doubt the building’s shape is unique, but many people do not know that the four towers mimic the four cylinders in a car engine. This was the
Problem: OEM E30 floor mats are NLA (no longer available). Application: E30 Solution: OEM BMW E46 Convertible floor mats Where to buy: Dealer / Authorized Parts Dealer OEM Part No.: 82110021270 (Anthracite) Cost: $109.99 Original E30 floor mats are NLA (no longer available) to buy brand new. BMW discontinued making them. For those of us
BMW E46 Coupe vs. Sedan body differences The body of the E46 Coupe is not a modified version of the Sedan, rather it is a completely unique body. There are no common sheet metal parts between the Sedan and the Coupe. Only the design technology of the E46 sedan was used to create the E46 Coupe.
Problem: Open hole after removing busted antenna. Water leaks in trunk. Application: E30, E36, E28, Z3 Solution: Self sealing antenna delete plug Where to buy: Purchase Here Cost: $9.99 shipped Antenna Delete Plug Product Information: – Plug and play installation. – Naturally seals / water proofs antenna cutout. – Requires no use of sealant or modification