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Old 15th October 2016, 08:55 AM   #81
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Rivets along a seam are fine and would be really strong.i think if you start drilling on already weak and distorted panel, you will just icrease the chance of cracking due to the panel loosing its rigidity. Welding or replacement is the only thing I'm considering personally.
My boot floor has some hair line cracks inside some popped spot weld as well as hairline cracking underneath. What's worrying is that it took a good deal of cleaning with brake cleaner before I could really see the length of the cracks.
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Old 9th February 2017, 11:16 PM   #82
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I called Rybrook Worcester to ask if they did a resin injection to strengthen but they categorically told me that there was no recall or requirement for this on my 04 vert, I'm guessing they don't check the floor pan/sub frame on inspection services? always take mine there, out of warranty now so I'm intrigued to see how this pans out?
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Old 24th February 2017, 01:30 PM   #83
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I called Rybrook Worcester to ask if they did a resin injection to strengthen but they categorically told me that there was no recall or requirement for this on my 04 vert, I'm guessing they don't check the floor pan/sub frame on inspection services? always take mine there, out of warranty now so I'm intrigued to see how this pans out?
Nope there was no UK recall or proactive advice from BMW at all, whereas in the USA they couldn't do more to contact and help owners. Personally I felt that to be poor form. I also believe that of the E46 community, the only owners who have really understood this are M guys, and those that are enthusiasts have pushed for resolution. With that in mind I also believe that the wider E46 community is in for an unpleasant surprise at some point. Sure, the power levels are less, but I'd wager that over time, there will be an increase in non M cars succumbing to this issue.
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Old 20th March 2017, 08:18 PM   #84
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I called Rybrook Worcester to ask if they did a resin injection to strengthen but they categorically told me that there was no recall or requirement for this on my 04 vert, I'm guessing they don't check the floor pan/sub frame on inspection services? always take mine there, out of warranty now so I'm intrigued to see how this pans out?
Coming from someone who's about to spend a lot of cash on getting mine fixed, i'd just bite the bullet and go and find an indy, and just get it plated. Prevention is better (and a ****load cheaper) than cure.
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Old 25th May 2017, 07:39 AM   #85
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Bonding won't last

Most new cars use bonding (glue in lay mans terms) to join body panels....much much stronger than welding and reduced rust problems.

Ali cars are all bonded and riveted...
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Old 25th May 2017, 10:00 AM   #86
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Bonding won't last
really? hope you dont fly or travel a lot lol,a lot of highly stressed aircraft components are bonded together,where parts break its usually the metal itself tearing before any bonded surface gives way..
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Well, may as well post here as I have had my horror show fixed now

I got mine looked at and fixed by Gosling Racing (GRID) in Cambridgeshire. In all honesty, I wouldn't take my M anywhere else.

I had the entire panel replaced, plates welded on (redish level of coverage, for reference) and a stealth (vince) bar fitted. Also suspension refresh, and threw in a service II whilst half the car was off.

Superb job, and Shaun really knows his stuff. He's also one of those guys who'll take on challenging work that others will shy away from. He also takes a lot of pride in his work as well. Highly recommended.
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Old 13th August 2017, 10:32 PM   #88
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Rough idea on price mate ?
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