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GJN

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  1. The re-furbers won't take them I already asked that.
  2. OK I think I'll get them online and get the re-furbers to fit them. Presumably they are left and right-handed tyres? Cheers!
  3. Ah so you can still get them! My local tyre supplier couldn't find any. The idea was to take them with the wheels and let the re-furb company do them. Only issue then is where to dispose of the old ones.
  4. All, My gear lever leather is worn out. Try as I might, there's no way I can get the original off. Tried directly pulling it, twisting it, even sitting on the centre console to get more force. No way. Any tips, and also any recommendations for aftermarket ones that look like originals, I don't want to pay £70 for a genuine one. It's an '02 330i, 5 speed, plain stitched leather with the "M" logo in the centre. Cheers!
  5. Previously, they were powder coated and clearcoated. They have now changed their clearcoat type. They are baked several times during the process to get rid of moisture, and blasted to get rid of corrosion, so I don't see how the process should promote corrosion any more than when they were originally made, and lasted 15 years or so.
  6. No, as I said the fronts are Avon, and they are noisy. Good to know it's not just me that noticed! I've got Hankook EVO2 S1's on the rear, but the ones I've been quoted for the front are Ventus V12 Evo2, which have a completely different tread pattern. Are there any other Hankook types that would match? Thanks.
  7. So they had a look, said they'd never seen anything like it, and that they'd re-do them for £50 a wheel (there is a bit of kerbing / wear and tear to be fair, which obviously isn't their fault). Apparently they've changed their clear coat now. BTW, they were powdercoated.
  8. All, My front tyres are shot. The rears are OK, and are Hankook Ventus Evo2. What's a decent front tyre that wont break the bank and will last a while? Currently, the fronts are Avon, and they seemed pretty noisy. Thanks!
  9. Im taking it back this afternoon, so I'll see what they make of it. Thanks.
  10. All, I had my E46 BMW wheels re-furbed in late 2017. They looked great, and I've had no problems until this year when Inoticed what looked like severe blistering. On closer inspection, the surface isn't really blistered, rather discoloured and micro-cracked under, or within the clearcoat. It looks to me like theres something under the paint surface pushing up through it and cracking the paint/clearcoat: I phoned up the place that did them (they specialise in wheel re-furbs) and from my description they said its common with old alloys (these are 2002) - something to do with once they're blasted, there's a corrosion or some other kind of process that causes accelerated corrosion. The only thing they told me when I collected them was not to use alloy wheel cleaner - which I haven't. I sent the pictures and they've asked me to take the car in to have a look. Has anyone else had this kind of issue, and is the explanation a load of guff?
  11. Thanks, As it happens I called the garage this morning that fitted the arms, to ask about settings, He said to go to a setup specialist just down the road from him. I wish I'd have asked him before. It's just a shame I've now paid for the job to be done wrong - or at least it's highly likely it's wrong, and since they've siad they'll re-do for free I can't really do much about it. Live and learn. Cheers!
  12. Thanks all - the arms are fitted now. Now for another issue: I needed a new rear tyre, which I got fitted at the local place. Becasue of the new arms, I asked them to check/adjust the tracking (4 wheel alignment). This was done last at Kwik Fit when the old front arms were fitted only 18 months ago. So they did the check and said all four wheels were way out. For example, ignoring the front, the rear toe was +0.05 & -0.01 (total +0.04), and they now adjusted it to +0.13 and +0.18 (total +0.31). Nothing changed at the rear apart from the new tyre. Caster and camber they said they couldn't adjust, but they are all over the place according to the sheet. So either Kwik Fit or the new place got it wrong. They got the data from a database via the reg. number, but it's listed as just 330i sedan/coupe/touring. Mine is a Sport version, so presumably it'll be different? When I called back to question it they said that's all the data they had, and that it was a new system that they handn't used much. That really filled me with confidence. They did say they'd correct it if it was wrong. So does anyone have the definitive data from the manual for Caster, Camber and Toe for an '02 E46 330i Sport please? I can find nothing definitive online. Cheers!
  13. I thought so. I'm going to give him some cash for doing it anyway - I don't think it's right to take stuff for free off small businesses these days. He always does a good job, and has got me out of a couple of sticky situations at short notice if/when I can't be bothered to do jobs on the car myself, or if I've needed an ECU reset after I've replaced some daft bit of engine or whatever.
  14. Thanks for the info everyone. I took the car back to the garage where they were fitted. He confirmed they were indeed very shagged, but since they are now 16 months old, he can't return them to the supplier. I've not driven it at all for the past 3 months, so in effect they've only done around 9000 miles. He did say that if I got the suggested Meyle arms off Amazon, he would fit them for free. So I think since it's not his fault, the offer for free fitment is quite resonable. I was going to fit them myself to save some cash, but not having to crawl under the car and buy a ball joint splitter is a bonus. So there we go. Cheers.
  15. Thanks guys - is there a guide for proper fitting of the lollipops?
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