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the driver side front shock blew in my 73 2002.  I also needed to replace the ball joint under that shock as well as my driver side caliper due to a stuck caliper piston... all of my bushings on my suspension were pretty much toast as well so I picked up an entire subframe complete with calipers, shocks, rotors....everything.  I already swapped the calipers from the new subframe to the car to make sure they worked properly, they perform great!! Im planning to suspend the engine and swap the whole thing in one swoop. I want to change the fluid and adjust my steering box. I also bought a steering coupler from ireland  http://www.iemotorsport.com/bmw/2002-suspension-steering/02steercoupler.html is there anything else that I should pay attention to while changing out the subframe? thanks in advance!!!!! -PInkey- 


 


 


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Did the same thing last year - both front and rear - make sure you remove the distributor cap before lifting the engine or you could break it (ask me how I know). I bought the Harbor Freight engine support and it worked great. Was less than $60. Some folks have used a 4x4, but seemed risky to me. I took the opportunity to pull the brake booster and support bracket to clean it up, rust proof, and paint. Really cleans up the whole engine bay.

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replace control arm and radius rod bushings, soft brake lines,  ball joints, upper strut mounts.

 

check DS engine mount for cracks (weld in reinforcement regardless)

everything is great on the new subframe and the mounts are good so I wont be replacing them. but the reinforcement plate you are talking about is that the one from ireland? http://www.iemotorsport.com/bmw/2002-suspension-steering/02leftmmreinf.html what is so important about it? and thanks for the tip about taking the distributor out! i would never have thought to pull it. the center drag link is brand new, I already replaced that beast and I will swap it over to the new subframe once I have pulled it from the car. 

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 but the reinforcement plate you are talking about is that the one from ireland? http://www.iemotorsport.com/bmw/2002-suspension-steering/02leftmmreinf.html what is so important about it?

 

It's mentioned in that IE listing and the "02 Restoration Guide", which you should definitely get if you haven't already.

 

You might find this helpful....

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/topic/116731-m20-triple-weber-build-x2/page-2

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It's mentioned in that IE listing and the "02 Restoration Guide", which you should definitely get if you haven't already.

 

You might find this helpful....

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/topic/116731-m20-triple-weber-build-x2/page-2

 

Wow your subframes look amazing!! cant wait to see that '02 scream :) I will weld in the reinforcement plate and work on cleaning up and refreshing the steering box.  what type of oil goes into the box? is it hyphoid? or non hyphoid?

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