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Old 02-19-2006, 01:58 AM
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man what an exhausting day... it only took us doing everything 2-3 times before we got it right.. geezus... a few spots of bad luck too... blew out my old impact wrench, bought a new one that was underpowered by my itsy bitsy compressor too...

on a good note.. theres another x5 with some mean camber plates on it roving around socal... got brand new shocks since the original were 130k+ too... and i got a new tool
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Old 02-19-2006, 02:09 AM
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niice.. is Dr Kewl gonna post some pics??

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man what an exhausting day... it only took us doing everything 2-3 times before we got it right.. geezus... a few spots of bad luck too... blew out my old impact wrench, bought a new one that was underpowered by my itsy bitsy compressor too...

on a good note.. theres another x5 with some mean camber plates on it roving around socal... got brand new shocks since the original were 130k+ too... and i got a new tool
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Old 02-19-2006, 02:10 AM
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he took some during the install but the after pics look pretty much the same as stock? LOL just a little more camber up front is all (from -2.0 to -3.0)
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You are the camber-King, Adam!

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Old 02-19-2006, 02:22 AM
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Did he put on the Eibach springs?
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:06 AM
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First of all, much gratitude to Hayaku for his major help for the install of the camber plates. Since I already have about 130K miles, I decided since we have to remove the strut to put in the RE camber plates, I might as well get new struts. I did toy with the idea with getting Eibach springs, but decided to stick will stock springs. I figured I wanted to keep the stock ride height for foul weather capability.

I don't know about Hayaku, but my joints and body are aching!

I think the first sign of trouble was the wannabe spring compressor....one of Hayaku's friend got a spring compressor but it was an impractical design when it came to the X5 springs. We gave up using it and I got Hayaku his very own spring compressor! However, when Hayaku's impact wrench died, we should have known that was a bad sign. Got a new one @ Home Depot and well, it really didn't work as well as his old one.

Anyhow, here are some pics of our hard work. I will have to tell you, the struts are a bit heavy...

1. You can see the X5 on the lift
2. Removing bolt from the sway bar link
3. Removal of the Dinan Strut bar
4. Removal of Windshield fluid reservoir
5. Removal of bolt connecting the lower part of the strut to the hub
6. Resting of hub on bucket
7. The Right Strut is OUT! Yea!
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:10 AM
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Here are more pics....

You can ask Hayaku on how much he loves this red spring compressor...

-Spring Compressor NOT to get

-Comparison of old strut vs. new strut. BTW, the front struts are Made in Spain....(Has a "Dephi" sticker on it). The old and new struts are made by the same company. BTW, I made sure I got the parts for a 2001 X5 3.0i with Sports Package. Also, the left and right fronts struts are different.

-New Rear Shocks are made by Bilstein. The old ones on my X5 are also made by Bilstein. Again, part of the X5 3.0i sports package. The left and right rear shocks are the same

-Rogue Engineering Camber Plates (nice Billet Aluminum). They look absolutely beautiful, but I will never see them again once they are placed in the strut.

-New Spring Compressor!! It's a keeper!
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:44 AM
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The springs were compressed and removed from the old strut and placed in the new strut....As you can see from the previous post, the RE Camber Plates were placed on the top...The front right strut was reassembled with the springs and camber plates on top. Then the front strut was placed back in the strut tower. As you can see, the camber plate has added some negative camber. We basically almost added 1 degree of negative camber with the RE Camber Plates and move the top of the strut to its most inward position.

Unfortuantely, it was getting dark and we didn't get to do the rear shock replacement. We decided to hold off the alignment since it seems like I had a little too much toe-in before we did the camber plate....Now the camber plate has added not only a negative camber, it also toe-out my front wheels which feels better in terms of quicker turn-in response.

We took the X5 for a test drive and you can feel the difference immediately especially taking tight turns. I let Hayaku do some test driving and he did some Porsche-like manuvers and basically rotated the X5 around 90 degree left turn at moderate speed!

I drove the X5 home and on the freeway, I already noticed the much better dampening effect of the new struts...however taking on-ramp turn sweepers and the curvy canyon roads up to my house is much more confidence inspiring on the X5!

Anyone with a sporting bone in their body should get the RE Camber Plates for their X5!!
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Old 02-19-2006, 04:03 AM
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Also, I thank Art Corona from Crevier BMW for getting all these correct parts ASAP!
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Anyone with a sporting bone in their body should get the RE Camber Plates for their X5!!
Great work,great pictures!

Those RE plates will raise the X5s height by their thickness!
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