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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
E36/7 Z3 roadster and coupe talk with our gurus here.

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Old 06-14-2011, 02:10 PM
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Z3 Suspension Maintenance Question

I'm new to this blog and have a new to me 2001 3L Z3 roadster. It is in pretty(38000miles) good shape and is completly stock. Al original suspension bits. I had it jacked up and looked by a mechanic and he pointed out some front suspension bushing that were clearly cracked.
I suspect this in age related.
My question what other suspension parts are likely in need to be replaced due to age?
Other bushings, the struts, shocks, etc.

Any recommendations. I do not want to go racing...softer suspension setting will help with my wife.

This would likely be a winters project.

Is there some special skill/requirement to do a 4 wheel alignment ...or can any shop do this after the suspension work is done.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:26 PM
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The only adjustability on our cars is front toe. The rear is totally fixed, If your suspension overhaul involves the front tie rods then an alignment might be in order afterwards. If it is a purely street driven car, then just go with OEM replacement bushings. The one exception to this would be the rear subframe carrier bushings. Look into getting urethane units from Ireland Engineering or Powerflex. They really transform the handling of the car, remove most of the floatiness in the rear end during cornering, and don't cause an appreciable increase in ride harshness (but maybe some increased driveline whine). Your shocks may be near the end of their life. If you replace the rears, definitely replace the rear shock mounts (RSM's) at the same time. As for shocks, Bilstein Sports are a nice replacement, retain the stock ride height, and restore the stock ride. If you plan really spirited driving, or want to lower the car, then look into coilovers, TC Kline makes a great suspension that is specifically tuned for our cars, is adjustable from almost Lexus-like to autocross ready, and is highly acclaimed by enthusiasts here (including me).
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:57 AM
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Thanks

This is very helpful

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