Originally Posted by M3SQRD
The issue I've seen with GC plates is when people attempt to pull the F strut into the strut tower by torquing one screw. I've personally installed 4 sets of GC plates (fully torqued to 18 lbf-in) and I've had zero installation issues and zero noise issues. The only thing that creates noise, regardless of camber plate, is if the sway bar is not aligned properly on a lowered car and/or the OEM sway bar chassis mounting bushings are too tight (this is very common).
The sway bars don't make that type of noise that CPs make. The sway bars on m3 have a positioning point for bushings so it's hard to screw that up ... yes you do need to use special grease and tape to make sway-bars quite and lubricated but it's a different issue ...
How many track day have you had with GC plates ?
You can torque it to 18 lbf-in but GC calls to torque it to 18 ft/lbs
, but the most important issue is that even if the stud is still in place, the actual plate gets bent and you can't see it unless you remove the CP from the car and compare to the new plate.