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Old 02-29-2012, 08:53 PM
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Suggestions for performance modifications on an E36 M3?

I am planning on getting A BMW E36 M3 for my first car. I am A huge fan of BMWs. My whole family has one and they all love them to death. I am the guy of my family and I would like my BMW to be faster and just produce a much...sexier more awesome sound. Basically i want my cars all over performance to be somethin to show off. Any suggestions on what i should do to make my car that amazingly elegant bullet that i know it could be? In short.. Performance modifications on A BMW E36 M3.
If you also have any suggestions on another Model I should get for performance they would be grrrreatly appreciated.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:36 PM
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All I can say, is that if you do any suspension upgrades (i.e. lower ride height or change dampening) make sure you install adjustable camber kits or plates up front and also adjustable rear control arms in the back. It will typically squat out your suspension and you will get major negative camber up front and some in the rear. This is great for the track but will wear your tires on the inside and may not be ideal for a daily driver. It will not be adjustable to factory spec at the alignment shop and you will be stuck with negative camber on all fours without these items.

I'm currently running Koni single adjustable sport shocks and TC Kline springs. I learned the hard way though and have about -3 degrees of camber up front.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:47 PM
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I would start with a UUC RSC36 exhaust....

One of my favorite mods for sure. CDV delete is a good cheap one too along with a short-shift kit.



I too am running Konis, but with H&R springs...
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The VERY FIRST thing you need to upgrade is the driver.

Take some driving schools (track events) and really learn how to drive your car.

It is 90% driver, 10% the car.
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The VERY FIRST thing you need to upgrade is the driver.

Take some driving schools (track events) and really learn how to drive your car.

It is 90% driver, 10% the car.
Yeahh im not stupid enough to hop into a bmw and go at top speeds before i even know how it feels to drive one in general hahaha.... i take my sister's every now and then for some practice......SHHHH
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:16 PM
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Wow thanks that pretty much answered all my questions and that budget was not even that serious.. now say i added all of those things... what would you say my M3 would be pushing at that point?
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Yeahh im not stupid enough to hop into a bmw and go at top speeds before i even know how it feels to drive one in general hahaha.... i take my sister's every now and then for some practice......SHHHH
You still need advanced driver training.

Trying to learn it on your own will probably cause you to crash your car. Hopefully without injury to you.
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You still need advanced driver training.

Trying to learn it on your own will probably cause you to crash your car. Hopefully without injury to you.
well i dont know how to get such a thing.. do you pay someone or is there like places or something? haha
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well i don't know how to get such a thing.. do you pay someone or is there like places or something? haha
Your local BMWCCA chapter might have DE (Driver Education) events at least once or twice a year. Usually they last a whole weekend and includes classroom and track time. Fun!

Check BMWCCA.org to click on "chapters" and check your local club website for more info.
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Depending on where you are, there are also commercial operators that do a similar thing. Car Guys, Track Daze.

Also check your local SCCA region. Locally, Washington DC region does PDX (Performance Driving Experience) events.

There are also various schools, that supply the cars, the venue, and the instructors. Skip Barber, Roos Racing, Bondurant.

And then there are the courses at the BMW Performance Center.
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well i dont know how to get such a thing.. do you pay someone or is there like places or something? haha
There's this thing called the Internet. You should check it out. It has all kinds of cool things, like search.
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