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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 09-23-2012, 11:41 PM
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Lean to the right on RHD

is it Worn RTAB possible to lead into Lean to the right on RHD since noticed that 1" lower on right side compare to left side.
prepare for RTAB DIY ASAP if mentioned part causing the problem
thanks for the Advice B4 anyway
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:14 AM
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A lot of E36s with stock springs are slighter lower in the right rear than the left. Some with LHD cars have speculated that it's because BMW was trying to offset the driver's weight. This is obviously not the case since your car is RHD. Personally I believe it's due to the weight of the battery and it's far right rear placement.
Some have gone so far as to replace their springs and rework the rear suspension only to find no change when it was all done.
My car sits about 3/4" lower in the right rear and there is nothing wrong with the suspension. When I've had the battery out, the car has been level.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:04 PM
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Yep. Mines a half inch lower on the right. Its weird.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:36 PM
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I've never subscribed to the "BMW designed the suspension to compensate for the driver's weight" theory for a few reasons. First among those reasons is that BMW does not have individual part numbers for the left & right springs. They're exactly the same. Also, I've never noticed my car leaning.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:52 PM
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FR:22 1/2

RR: 20 7/16


FL:22 1/8

RL:20 3/4


All measurements were taken in the top middle of the fenders.

more condensed version:

FL 22 1/8....22 1/2 FR
RL 20 3/4...20 7/16 RR

Front L>R difference 3/8"
Rear L>R difference 5/16"

Left F>B difference 2 1/16"
Right F>B difference 1 3/8"

after doing these sounds like my car is totally fcuked up. hahah
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:59 PM
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Hmmm...

You certainly make a logical argument Karl. However, experience with my indy mechanic makes things more confusing. He found that my springs were broken last winter when he replaced my rear wheel bearing. He gave, but didn't recommend, the option of having BMW replacement springs ordered. They'd need my vin to match the correct springs to the build options (aka weight +/- 15lbs). Who wants overly engineered BMW springs for $600?

Do we have any BMW damper engineers im haus?
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Whoever told your mechanic that BMW matches springs down to +/- 15lbs wasn't correct. All springs for the entire E36 lineup are listed on RealOEM, and they don't have part numbers for springs intended to be used on E36 with more or fewer options. They probably just wanted a VIN so they could confirm the number of cylinders, hardtop vs. convertible, sport vs. non-sport, ///M vs non-M, etc.
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My car also leans. When I first purchased it I thought one of the springs was broken but nor so.
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Well I'll bring it up the next time I'm at the shop. He's got a new head tech who worked at a stealership for 15 years. I'll add it to the list of pick-his-brain items.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:37 PM
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FR:22 1/2

RR: 20 7/16


FL:22 1/8

RL:20 3/4


All measurements were taken in the top middle of the fenders.

more condensed version:

FL 22 1/8....22 1/2 FR
RL 20 3/4...20 7/16 RR

Front L>R difference 3/8"
Rear L>R difference 5/16"

Left F>B difference 2 1/16"
Right F>B difference 1 3/8"

after doing these sounds like my car is totally fcuked up. hahah
Nah, just means you need to get out the adjustment spanner for your Racelands while you've got your tape measure out and level it up.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:40 AM
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A preemptive sorry to the op for taking this a bit off topic, but maybe we'll learn something along the way.

Karl where did you find the spring part numbers?

I checked realoem using my car (11/95) and something close to your car (08/98). Both said to check with your dealer for proper coil springs according to your installed options.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:16 PM
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The rears have no adjusters at all in them... they are just thecutspring.

The fronts i can fix.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:19 PM
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Hmmm... Not sure where I saw part numbers. Maybe I'm incorrect. Even if the springs are matched, I don't think I've ever heard of them being different parts from left to right.
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