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Old 06-14-2005, 02:35 PM
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I bought a cordless Li-Ion Dremel. You will need at least two or three thin grinding bits for the two holes. Don't even try filing the notches out with a needle file - it will take longer than trying to escape from Alcatraz! The steel is veeery hard, indeed!
I am lucky to have sandstone steps with really solid side walls leading to my tennis court. I just reverse my car with both wheels on top of the side walls, right over the 8 steps. It is a perfect and safe "pit" to work under the car, front or rear. I suggest you do this job at your friendly mechanic's workshop - its not worth risking your life by crawling under a raised car ( my wife lost her father that way when she was less than one!)

You do not need to grind on the bracket to lower the rear. Just take a big screw driver and bend the bracket down a bit. It only has to move a few mm to drop the car. (you will most likely bend it too far at first and have to push it back up a bit.) The bracket bends with a surprisingly small amount of force.
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Old 06-14-2005, 03:54 PM
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You do not need to grind on the bracket to lower the rear. Just take a big screw driver and bend the bracket down a bit. It only has to move a few mm to drop the car. (you will most likely bend it too far at first and have to push it back up a bit.) The bracket bends with a surprisingly small amount of force.
I dont suppose you have a photo of what you actually did?
How do you bend it when its bolted to the body of the car?

Thanks for more explanation
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Originally Posted by OzE55
I dont suppose you have a photo of what you actually did?
How do you bend it when its bolted to the body of the car?
You can unbolt it to bend it. You may want to consider ordering a new one from the dealer to install when you sell the car. Cost is under $20.

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I didn't unbolt anything. I just pryed it a bit. Then I lowered the car and it was slammed so I pushed it back a bit. It only has to move a mm or two. the whole process took a few minutes. It was about a year ago though. I will try to take a look tomorrow. I can't remember if I pryed the sensor or the sway bar mount.
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I didn't unbolt anything. I just pryed it a bit. Then I lowered the car and it was slammed so I pushed it back a bit. It only has to move a mm or two. the whole process took a few minutes. It was about a year ago though. I will try to take a look tomorrow. I can't remember if I pryed the sensor or the sway bar mount.
Thanks. I would appreciate pictures as I'm having trouble understanding what you've done.
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I had my done by a local shop owner (30 minutes) who owns a 2004 E55 and is big into racing several months ago. He owns www.alteredatmosphere.com in MD and specializes in performance tuning. He manufactured his washers on his machine to exact precision and sells it as a lowering kit. He has installed them on several E55's over the years with no problems. He has them in his car for over a year with no issues. I have the AMG 19" rims and with the car lowered it kicks-***!

Is that Randall Mahaffey (sp?)? I didn't know he had an E55. I'll have to call down there and rap with him.
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Is that Randall Mahaffey (sp?)? I didn't know he had an E55. I'll have to call down there and rap with him.

Mike Mahaffey - 301.330.8835

On his website you can see my car under customer cars with the AAM lowering kit installed.

He has a black E55 and met us at the track a few monhs ago when we had a local MB day.
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Very nice! I know Mike and his dad from the mid-90s when we were racing our Firebirds.

What kind of times did your car pull stock?
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Smebody give details on jus bending the rear for the job? You bend in (at the acr) or out? Do you bend the mount or the piece with the sensor on it? What part do you bend and which way?
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Smebody give details on jus bending the rear for the job? You bend in (at the acr) or out? Do you bend the mount or the piece with the sensor on it? What part do you bend and which way?
I did the slotting, not bending, but as long as the sensor assembly moves DOWN 3-4mm, you can bend whichever part is the easiest.I think it will be the aluminum angle to which the sensor is fixed. Be prepared to bend it back, as at the first attempt you will probably bend too much, which will really slam the rear of your car!
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Rafal,
Have you got a photo of where this bracket and sensor are?
I don't know what I'm looking for.
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Originally Posted by OzE55
Rafal,
Have you got a photo of where this bracket and sensor are?
I don't know what I'm looking for.
Thanks
No I haven't got any photos, but I have seen some here. You can't miss it,though. Lift your car up on a hoist at a workshop , stand underneath the middle of the car and look back towards the rear suspension: on the port side (not LEFT or RIGHT because that depends which way you are facing LOL) you will see two small nuts 40mm diagonally apart on the lower control arm of the L/R wheel, not far from the middle of the car. These two nuts hold the rear sensor bracket studs. Reach behind them, over the control arm and you can feel the sensor bracket. If you undo the nuts and push out the studs, you can "Dremel" the holes 3-4mm downwards into slots. Otherwise just be "brutal" and bend the whole bracket down, with a screwdriver for better leverage, without undoing the two nuts!
Good luck, and enjoy the "slammed" look!

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thanks. Will stick my head under and have a look.
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What do you mean by bending the bracket down? Pulling it away from the body or up into the body?
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Old 07-03-2006, 03:02 AM
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Originally Posted by jangy
What do you mean by bending the bracket down? Pulling it away from the body or up into the body?
Can't tell you unless I look at it again. When you feel it with your hand, you can figure out which way will bring the sensor down to earth by 4mm, surely?
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do this only work for E55 or W210 in general?

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What do you mean by bending the bracket down? Pulling it away from the body or up into the body?
You bend the bracket towards the front of the car.
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Mike Mahaffey - 301.330.8835

On his website you can see my car under customer cars with the AAM lowering kit installed.

He has a black E55 and met us at the track a few monhs ago when we had a local MB day.
I didnt see your car on his website.....link?
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Why bend brakets and worry about bolts falling off. For Only $225 you can have total peice of mind.
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Why bend brakets and worry about bolts falling off. For Only $225 you can have total peice of mind.

...........what about electrical failure?
No method is perfect.
To each their own.
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Why bend brakets and worry about bolts falling off. For Only $225 you can have total peice of mind.
i know i've got total piece of mind...as do many others that have been using the washer or bent bracket method for quiet some time. if it takes a $225 extended sensor arm that does the exact same thing to give you piece of mind then go for it.
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