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      02-18-2015, 07:35 PM   #23
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Camber would be the only setting changed here. All other settings were within factory specs and the car drives great with more eagerness to turn-in. My customer is hoping to have reduced outer shoulder wear on his tires, which the additional -0.5 of camber should help as well.
Thanks Harold! When do you think you'll be able to confirm if the F8x tension strut (part #9 in the diagram) will work on the F30? If it does, I'd like to do them both together...
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Thanks Harold! When do you think you'll be able to confirm if the F8x tension strut (part #9 in the diagram) will work on the F30? If it does, I'd like to do them both together...
F8x M thrust arms are currently on back order from Germany so as soon as they arrive we will be able to perform the R&D. Having to park my F80 M3 for weeks without the thrust arms wasn't part of the R&D.
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F8x M thrust arms are currently on back order from Germany so as soon as they arrive we will be able to perform the R&D. Having to park my F80 M3 for weeks without the thrust arms wasn't part of the R&D.
Well, that's certainly understandable!!
Dinan is now selling monoball kits to replace the tension strut hydrobearing... but at $500/pair, I'd prefer to just buy a couple ~$185 OEM F8x tension struts instead - if they'll work.
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Well, that's certainly understandable!!
Dinan is now selling monoball kits to replace the tension strut hydrobearing... but at $500/pair, I'd prefer to just buy a couple ~$185 OEM F8x tension struts instead - if they'll work.
Do you really want monoball for a street car? Not me.
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Do you really want monoball for a street car? Not me.
Dinan says they are DD-friendly. I've seen a few early reviews indicating same... but again, I'd really rather buy the OEM F8x tension struts from you - if they'll work!
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Dinan says they are DD-friendly. I've seen a few early reviews indicating same... but again, I'd really rather buy the OEM F8x tension struts from you - if they'll work!
That is interesting. The reviewers must have a very high tolerance to NVH. I know I don't for my DD. However, if it were a track only car, I would do definitely do it without a question.
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Thanks for all your R&D work so far. Any joy fitting these to an M235i yet?
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i had done this on my e92 and loved the steering feel. Are xdrive lower control arm same?
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Thanks for all your R&D work so far. Any joy fitting these to an M235i yet?
A forum member and us are working together on that. These F8x arms are hard to get at this time, but we are hoping to get them soon and post our findings. Thanks.

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i had done this on my e92 and loved the steering feel. Are xdrive lower control arm same?
Likely no, just like on the E9x i and xi.
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F8x M thrust arms are currently on back order from Germany so as soon as they arrive we will be able to perform the R&D. Having to park my F80 M3 for weeks without the thrust arms wasn't part of the R&D.
Hi Harold,
Have you received the F8x thrust arms yet? If so, will they work on an F30?
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Reading the last post on the thread below, seems like there's not much to be gained from fitting F8x TS.

http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showt...1079766&page=2
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Have you received the F8x thrust arms yet? If so, will they work on an F30?
No, not yet. I have been busy and the R&D car is not available.
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See link below to Babybmw site here in the UK, towards end of 5th page.

F8x lower control arms installed ok on an m135i (hatchback version of m235i)
http://www.babybmw.net/forum/viewtop...69818&start=60

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See link below to Babybmw site here in the UK, towards end of 5th page.

F8x lower control arms installed ok on an m135i (hatchback version of m235i)
http://www.babybmw.net/forum/viewtop...69818&start=60
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Nice to see some cross compatibility, especially since it provides some much needed negative camber. I bet this would pair nicely with the OE -30min front knuckles

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Yes, the m135i here in UK comes with -0.5 deg knuckles as standard.

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Yes, the m135i here in UK comes with -0.5 deg knuckles as standard.

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So it's official! M135i and M235i will accept F8x wishbones as well!
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Harold - Yes, installed and all good. F8x LCAs installed on my m135i by Birds in the UK.

Before - NSF


After - NSF


Before - NSF


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Tracking adjusted but ran out of time to get L & R camber changes checked but it's circa an extra 1 deg negative. Will get alignment re checked in a couple weeks.

Stance looks even better IMHO with a v slight extra poke ie wheel faces more flush with wheel arch. No rubbing even with 8" wide et34mm wheels.

Initial feel is good but only driven round the 'burbs so looking fwd to my blat up to N Wales this w/end.

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Harold - Yes, installed and all good. F8x LCAs installed on my m135i by Birds in the UK.


Tracking adjusted but ran out of time to get L & R camber changes checked but it's circa an extra 1 deg negative. Will get alignment re checked in a couple weeks.

Stance looks even better IMHO with a v slight extra poke ie wheel faces more flush with wheel arch. No rubbing even with 8" wide et34mm wheels.

Initial feel is good but only driven round the 'burbs so looking fwd to my blat up to N Wales this w/end.

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Got early this morning and took a detour for a blast on my way into work.

Turn-in on my car was already very good and now "feels" better as a result of slight change in castor angle. There's definitely more weight to the comfort mode steering immediately off centre [not quite as much as switching from comfort to sport mode] and sport mode steering is much, much meatier = better in my book. Despite this, it's not "darty" or fussy at all in straight line.

No extra NVH noticeable as a result of the sturdy bushes on F8x LCA's.

TBH I was not sure about the slightly extra poke to front wheels in terms of looks and if it would rub. Having driven a mix of different roads & looked again this morning, it's growing on me. Took some dips and crests at a reasonable clip and no rubbing at all. Roads were wet/damp so drove to the conditions and Mich PSS's were excellent.

Hoping for some dry roads in N Wales this weekend.....
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How about camber plates for your F2x or F3x using stock profile springs or any coilovers using stock upper mounts?

Should I start another thread?

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UPDATE:-

Managed to sneak out 1st thing to meet up with Cayman S driving chum for a fast thrash round evo triangle.



Hence grubby car. One slight-ish issue I have is my wider/et34mm front wheels are positioned slight further forward in relation to wheel arch. On v fast bumps it rubs at about the one o clock position in the photo below. Bit of a dilemma as I really like the grippier front end and steering feel.



As a comparison, front wheel position in wheel arch pre F8x LCA install

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