Alignment Tools for BMW 3 Series E46 (1999-2005)

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Setting your BMW suspension geometry by dialing in your Camber, Caster, and Toe angles are important for maximizing tire life and achieving optimal suspension performance on the track. Often, alignment shops will turn down modified or lowered cars, especially BMWs. To ensure your car is set up for peak suspension performance, use our recommended alignment tools to get the job done right yourself. These tools make adjustable suspension an in-house job for precise suspension changes you can be confident in completing at home. All our recommendations are listed on this page to help dial in your BMW suspension alignment.

Steering Rack Alignment Tool - E46
Steering Rack Alignment Tool - E46
This tool was developed by the TMS race crew for multiple...
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T#:1785
Part#: TMI4610009
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This tool was developed by the TMS race crew for multiple fixes to overlooked problems in the steering rack and alignment, such as centering the steering rack, centering the steering wheel, and attaining repeatable alignments. Using this tool results in significant time savings and repeatable alignment settings when doing street or track suspension setups.

During typical alignment work the adjustments are made from the tie rods without first centering the rack (having even lengths of the rack exposed). This makes for more work for the technician but ensures your steering is consistent. If the rack is off-center when the tie rods are adjusted your steering will not have the correct number of turns and unequal turning radius left to right. A centered steering rack also prevents handling issues such as uneven bump steer and inconsistent steering resistance.

With this tool, every alignment will have the rack in the same place every time, which can save time when doing a quick check of toe after a hard day at the track or on the street. If your steering rack is in the same place for every alignment then the steering wheel will also be in the same place, hence eliminating the need to reset the steering wheel. Every time a toe adjustment is done and the tie rod is moved without the alignment tool, it moves the steering rack, resulting in having to recheck all alignment numbers after each adjustment, resulting in having to set up the alignment equipment after every adjustment. If you have ever used strings to set up your car you know how much having to restring the car can slow you down. If you are like us at TMS, you want your E46 perfect every time, and you want to achieve perfection as quickly as possible.

E46 Rack Alignment Tool Application Chart:
* E46 & E46 M3 with TMS Rack Stop Kit TSU4690001(Not Included)
* E46 & E46 M3 without rack stops

This steering rack alignment tool fits the following BMWs:
1999-2005 E46 3 Series including 323i, 323Ci 325i, 325Ci, 328i, 328Ci, 330i & 330ci (including ZHP).
2001-2006 E46 M3

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Genuine BMW Template - 83300491085
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Schwaben Rear Trailing Arm Bushing Tool - E36 E46 Z4 E83
Schwaben Rear Trailing Arm Bushing Tool - E36 E46 Z4 E83
This tool makes it easy to press old rear trailing arm bu... Can also be used to replace the front control arm bushings!
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This tool makes it easy to press old rear trailing arm bushings (RTAB) out and install the new bushings. This RTAB tool is like a clamp with a puller that draws the bushing through the trailing arm. With the tool positioned on the trailing, simply turn the stud to pull the bushing out. This tool will save you time, money, and hassle on your RTAB DIY job.

Note: this tool works with bushings that are not an interference fit in the trailing arm. Interference bushings need to be compressed and then pressed into the arm. They can be identified by splits in the outer case.


Schwaben Ball Joint Removal Tool 20-80mm
Schwaben Ball Joint Removal Tool 20-80mm
This ball joint separator has a wider jaw opening for veh...
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This ball joint separator has a wider jaw opening for vehicles needing a larger jaw opening. Popular on cars with thicker a-frames.

Features:

  • Minimum jaw opening of 20mm
  • Two stage design for max of 80mm
  • Bottom inside claw width is 22mm
  • Hex size on force screw is 17mm.

Magnetic Camber Gauge
Magnetic Camber Gauge
The Schwaben Magnetic Camber Gauge measures the Camber an...
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The Schwaben Magnetic Camber Gauge measures the Camber angle on the wheel hub or brake disc and allows on-car adjustment to ensure correct wheel alignment. This is a useful tool for setting Camber angles back to pre repair setting after dismantling and re-assembling of the suspension or struts and is an ideal track day companion.

Features:

  • Easy to use magnetic gauge attaches to the hub or brake rotor
  • Graduations of +/- 6 degrees
  • Comes supplied in a durable storage case
  • Measurements are 5" long with a 2" magnetic base
Schwaben 21mm and 22mm Double Sided Strut Wrench
Schwaben 21mm and 22mm Double Sided Strut Wrench
Both of the most popular strut nut sizes on one wrench ma...
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Both of the most popular strut nut sizes on one wrench make this wrench perfect for suspension work. Also, thanks to its stepped design, it can easily get in to tight spots. Each end has a closed design measuring at 21mm or 22mm.

Schwaben BMW Control Arm Bushing Tool Kit
Schwaben BMW Control Arm Bushing Tool Kit
The Schwaben control arm bushing tool kit allows you to e...
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The Schwaben control arm bushing tool kit allows you to easily remove and replace your front control arm bushings without removing the control arm from your vehicle.
SPL Parts Adjustment Wrench
SPL Parts Adjustment Wrench
SPL Parts is a performance suspension manufacturer that d...
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SPL Parts is a performance suspension manufacturer that designs and tests their products all in-house here in the USA. Additionally, all materials used are sourced from American suppliers to ensure consistently high quality products. SPL Parts products are all constructed using chromoly seamless straight tubing, DOM mandrel bent tubing, and 6061 and 2024 aluminum for high strength and quality. All TIG welding and CNC machining is also done locally by professional welders and machine shops to meet exact quality standards and tolerance specifications. For anything from racing to street driven needs, SPL Parts offer an amazing line of premium qulaity products that are perfect to get your car back in spec.

This wrench is the perfect addition to your tool box. Made specifically for the SPL hybrid adjusters, it will not damage the finish and is small enough to make the needed adjustments in very tight spaces. Plus, this adjustment wrench comes with a bottle opener built in! Great for cracking open a cold one in your garage or at the track. This wrench is black anodized for looks and corrosion resistance and, as always, is made in the USA!