Has this M3 got OEM top mounts?

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  1. 23 May 2020 at 12:28 PM #1
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    Just put down a deposit on an 05 M3, which comes with BC coilovers. The seller previously had a square set up on the car, so the fronts were cambered in at the top to fit inside the arches. However, now he's put the style 67s back on, and the fronts look daft as they're so far inside the arches.

    So I called a reputable indie alignment specialist, and he said it might not be as straightforward a job as it sounds.

    Main thing he was bothered about was whether the coilovers were rusted or not (they've been on about 1500 miles so nope) and whether the car still had the OEM top mounts at the front, as it apparently a faster simpler job if so.

    So can anyone tell me from this pic of the engine bay, if they are OEM or not?:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/b7PvTe6ugpTzhuH19
     
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    Sorry cant really see on the picture, but I always thought BC coilovers came with top mounts/camber plates in the kit.

    edit - they look like the camber plates/top mounts that came with the BC coilovers.

    Surely they can be adjusted and pulled out to get the wheels more vertical as they look fairly set inwards at the moment.
     
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    I think you're right. Here's a zoomed-in pic: https://imgur.com/D9emJk2

    And here's a pic from a car with OEM suspension: https://imgur.com/RgFtSV6

    To be honest, I'm clueless - I've never had a car with coilovers before! So to adjust the camber, is it all done from above, via the engine bay?

    Here's a couple of pics that show how cambered-in the fronts currently are, and why I want to get it adjusted:

    https://imgur.com/2d7ZU1T
    https://imgur.com/kQrzcJ5
     
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    Maybe he was refering to the fact that some camber plates you cant get to all the adjusting/clamping bo!ts.when they are in place, not sure if this applies to bc as no experience of them, just something I vaguely reme
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    Yep BC’s came with adjustable top mounts
     
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    They won't be standard mounts with that much camber.

    However it only takes a few mintues to drop the strut slightly so you can undo the bolts and slide them back to the centre.
     
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    Managed to find out they are indeed BC "Bull camber mounts" and camber is adjusted by turning 4 allen key bolts. Told the alignment specialist this and he had a right moan, said its fiddlier and more time consuming than stock. Can't wait to see that bill!
     
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    I guess if he has to drop the mountdown adjust it refit, check measurement and if wrong has to keep dropping it and adjusting u til its correct.

    Sounds like a right miserable fooker, wait until he finds anything else seized like rear camber bolts!! Did they not give you a price as I do t see he should charge you more as long as they aernt seized etc. As they dont give you money off if say the rear camber didn't need adjusting.
     
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    Ahh OK, if that's what they have to do then I get why it'll be fiddly. But yeah, he was also a miserable git, so I may just **** it off and drive it back to Manchester like that, and get it done up here sometime.
     
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    Not to piss on anyones bonfire, but my initial thought of a mechanic which has that reaction to working on a car is to steer clear. That sort of attitude IMO is of one hell bent on only seeing problems rather than solutions, the perennial glass half empty type is not the type you want spannering on what is an old car now.

    Find a mechanic with a problem-solving mindset is my advice.

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    Yeah I would agree on that... as I said I think I'll leave it and just get it done in Manchester. The car may handle a little twitchy I'm guessing, but thats the worst thing right?
     

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