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Turner Motorsport Camber Plates

TMS E46 fixed camber plates are designed from knowledge gained from the highly successful campaigns with in the SPEED World Challenge series. These plates are offset for the best camber and caster combination for racing purposes. Camber gain ranges from -2.5 Degrees to -3.0 Degrees, depending on each individual car. While ride height is increased by 1/8", the benefit of these plates far outweighs the minor ride height increase. The rate of camber change is virtually unaffected throughout the range of suspension travel, reducing the need for other suspension geometry correcting components. Material has also been added to increase surface contact area therefore reducing the strut tower deformation and increasing the strength of the strut towers. Fixed mount camber plates are legal for all BMWCCA classes and many SCCA classes. This is a simple bolt on part. These fixed camber plates can be used on all non-M, non-xi E46 3 series, including 323i, 323Ci, 325i, 325Ci, 328i, 328Ci, 330i & 330Ci as produced from 1999 to 2005 (and 2006 coupes).

Race camber plates (with solid spherical bearings) are great for the track, but what if you want to drive your car on the street too? That's what the TMS E46M3 street style caster/camber plates are: A plate you can use on the street, still have the available adjustment of a race camber plate, and not have to put up with a harsh ride or replace the bearings every season. The E46M3 STOCK strut mount only allows about ˝ °Degree camber adjustment and no caster adjustment. For most track cars or street cars that occasionally see the track, that is not nearly enough. The stock strut mount is also set at an angle that is suited only for that position, and puts additional bending load on the strut if it is not in its original position. The TMS Caster/Camber Plates allow significant camber adjustment from approximately -1.2 Degrees to -3.85 Degrees and allows for the needed strut angle change. NOTEALL: Each car's suspension setup/geometry/ride height will be the limiting factor on range of movement. These plates directly replace the stock strut mount, and incorporate a replaceable custom designed urethane bushing. The stock spring perch and bearing are retained in the assembly, allowing this part to be used with stock or aftermarket struts, such as a Bilstein PSS9 kit. Basically, this is a must for any one who will be auto-crossing, going to track days, or doing any performance driving, and still needs their car as a daily driver. Each part of the TMS caster/camber plates is CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminum billet. All aluminum pieces were then coated to MIL-A-8625F Type III spec hardcoat anodizing. Each steel part was either powdercoated or nickel plated to QQ-N-290A Grade F specifications. High grade hardware is used and main internal threads are helicoiled to add strength and life. A scale for camber and caster has been laser engraved on the upper plate which will always be visible for adjustment, and the upper plate is a full round circle to better distribute the force on the strut tower so it is not compromised. This has shown to be a problem on several BMW chassis, including the E46. This TMS part will not accelerate strut tower deformation.

TMS' E46 M3 caster-camber plate is designed for coil over suspensions which use a 60mm, 2.25" or 2.5" ID spring. Originally, our plates were designed for use with the Bilstein PSS9 front struts but with 60mm ID race springs (not the standard PSS9 springs). These will also work on Moton Club Sports and other struts that use a 16mm shock shaft (the stock E46M3 size). Camber is adjusted by simply loosening the top three bolts and sliding the plate. Caster is adjusted at any time from the top of the car. Camber has a wide range of adjustment, from stock to a full race setting (about -1 degree to -3.6 degrees) Detailed settings and combinations will depend on each car's suspension geometry, ride height etc.

Turner Motorsport Adjustable Camber Arm Kits

If you have a lowered car and have run out of adjustment with the stock camber arms or if you have a track car and are looking for increased camber adjustment, light weight, stronger components, and increased suspension handling, then Turner Motorsport's adjustable camber arms are for you. TMS offers two bushing styles to meet your needs, a solid Rod-end or Rubber Bushing end. The high range of adjustment allows a full racecar setup or a heavily lowered car to maintain factory specifications. Aluminum camber arms are designed as a lightweight component thereby reducing wear and tear on other, more critical parts (rear subframe, control arm bushings, etc) Each camber arm weighs only 2.5 lbs making for a total of 5 lbs for both parts (stock camber arms weigh 3 lbs each) TMS Camber Arms use hardcoat anodized aluminum, stainless steel turnbuckles, and stainless rod ends to all but eliminate corrosion from getting into the threads and making adjustment difficult. CNC-machined double shear design for ease of installation, high strength, and choice of outside bushing material. But we do suggest using with (BMW rear trailing arm bushing # 33-32-6-775-551) for best performance. Easy and simple to adjust, the main adjustment point is out by the wheel so there is no need to work around the exhaust or subframe to adjust camber.

RaceMax Wheel Spacers

RaceMax is an Italian company that specializes exclusively in producing high-quality wheel spacers and adapters. RaceMax begins with 6063-T6 aluminum, which is drop forged, then the blanks are CNC machined to within .0005 tolerance. Each piece is then heat treated for stress relief and anodized for corrosion protection. RaceMax spacers thicker than 12mm are machined to include the protruding hub centering rings ("hub centric"), which will always center your wheel for proper wheel balance.

Eibach Pro Kit Springs

Eibach is the #1 choice of Automotive Enthusiasts Worldwide. The Pro-Kit will lower your vehicle an average of 1 - 1.5 inches (depending upon the make and model of your vehicle) for a lower center of gravity, reducing squat during acceleration, body roll in corners and excessive nose-dive under braking. The Pro-Kit offers overall improved handling and a more aggressive appearance.
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