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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 02-17-2012, 01:16 PM
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:24 PM
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:13 PM
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I dont think I ever posted these pics my friend took on this forum. I can't wait for summer!! So many projects for my car





Me and my buddy's 340hp wrx



And here's a hint of what i'm working on at the moment

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Old 02-17-2012, 03:18 PM
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Hecks yeah. Nice shots, for sure.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:43 PM
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Parts are slowly starting to show up for my Euro E36 M3.

OEM BMW Parts ordered are:

Driver seat and backrest cover
ZKW Headlights
ZKW Foglights
S50B32 Intake trumpets, hoses and clamps
Bumper Moulding - RECEIVED
Mulberry M3 carpeted mat set - RECEIVED
Suspension Bushings ("Every" mount and bushing on the suspension of the car)
Rear diff mounts
Transmission mounts
Engine Mounts
Front control arms
Accessory & AC belts, and tensioners/rollers
Drive shaft flex disc

Aftermarket parts ordered are:
Milltek Cat-less mid pipe and muffler
H&H VANOS and DME Chips - RECEIVED

Tentatively ordering:
BBS RGR in silver 18x8.5 +22 F & 18x9.5 +35 R
Pilot supersports in 225/40/18 F & 245/35/18 R
H&R Sports

My goal is to have an E36 that feels tight, and looks as good as it can. I eventually intend to have a collection of M3's right from E30 to E90....... I already have the E90........ here is a link to check it out if you like! http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=412979

Once I build my new home and get a nice big garage to keep them all in, I will be looking for an E30 M3 and an E46 M3, and, depending on how it ends up turning out, an F80 M3

I will be posting new photos of the E36 when it is all finished!!!





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Old 02-17-2012, 03:51 PM
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The E90 looks great. By the way, won't 18x8.5 et22 be way too low of an offset?
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:58 PM
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The E90 looks great. By the way, won't 18x8.5 et22 be way too low of an offset?
Apparently not...... Ilia at IND is a guru at wheel fitment and he says that fitment is good for the E36. I will trust him since he has not steered me wrong in the past!
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:01 PM
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That's super low for the E36, though. My wheels are 8.5 et40 and I wouldn't want to push them out even further.



An 8.5 wheel with an offset of 22mm would need to run a pretty stretched tire.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:04 PM
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That's super low for the E36, though. My wheels are 8.5 et40 and I wouldn't want to push them out even further.



An 8.5 wheel with an offset of 22mm would need to run a pretty stretched tire.
Thanks for the Info...... I will question Ilia on this!
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:12 PM
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Karl you like your hankooks?
So far, yes. Despite the increase in wheel diameter and accompanying sidewall reduction compared my stockers, this setup actually rides and handles much better. I was expecting the 17s to be more harsh, but to my surprise the opposite was true. My old tires were at the end of their life, and apparently had ridiculously stiff sidewalls, too. Handling and responsiveness is much sharper now.

I put on the Hankooks in late October, so I haven't really pushed them in a performance setting yet. For everyday tires, they're smooth and quiet, so no complaints there. I've never lived with a max performance summer tire before, so we'll see how long they last. They have a treadwear rating of 280, but I have no idea how that will translate given my sedate driving style. I've put a few thousand miles on them now, and so far I can still see the hankook name in the center tread of the tire, so that's a good sign.

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Thanks for the Info...... I will question Ilia on this!
No problem. You'd be better off running something in the ballpark of 35-41mm offset. That's generally considered to be the "safety zone" for an 8.5" wheel on the E36. Tire selection also plays heavily into the decision, too. Mine are 245/40s.
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:15 PM
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Quick shot from today. Car was dirty, a little wet from rain, and it is cold and windy as heck today, so I was in a hurry. Last time I took a photo in this location I had my old wheels, so I figured I'd shoot it again.

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Old 02-18-2012, 05:53 PM
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That's super low for the E36, though. My wheels are 8.5 et40 and I wouldn't want to push them out even further.



An 8.5 wheel with an offset of 22mm would need to run a pretty stretched tire.
Was there any difference between the M cars and the Regular E36 with regards to wheel fitment?
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:06 PM
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Nope. They have the exact same track width, and same fitment allowances. The only difference in terms of wheel selection between the M3 and non-M cars is that you cannot put 16" or smaller wheels on the M3 because they have bigger brakes which won't clear the smaller wheel diameters. But anything that fits on an M3 will fit on a non-M car.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:35 PM
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Quick shot from today. Car was dirty, a little wet from rain, and it is cold and windy as heck today, so I was in a hurry. Last time I took a photo in this location I had my old wheels, so I figured I'd shoot it again.

Looks outstanding!
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:16 PM
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:20 PM
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:42 PM
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looking great karl I didnt know your car had headrests, thats cool

IIRC on my style 264 i was 18x8.5 +36 with a 255/35/18 and never rubbed at my ride height

im with karl I think it will poke too much
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Nope. They have the exact same track width, and same fitment allowances. The only difference in terms of wheel selection between the M3 and non-M cars is that you cannot put 16" or smaller wheels on the M3 because they have bigger brakes which won't clear the smaller wheel diameters. But anything that fits on an M3 will fit on a non-M car.
Thanks very much for your help...... I am good with anything E90 however, when my E36 was built I wasn't even old enough to have a driver's license, let alone get a chance to gain any experience with them! As far as E36's are concerned, I was a teenager that dreamed of owning one someday...... This car made my teenage dream a reality!!!

I really appreciate the help from people with experience!

I can't wait till the car is complete, I know it will be amazing!!!
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Thanks very much for your help...... I am good with anything E90 however, when my E36 was built I wasn't even old enough to have a driver's license, let alone get a chance to gain any experience with them! As far as E36's are concerned, I was a teenager that dreamed of owning one someday...... This car made my teenage dream a reality!!!

I really appreciate the help from people with experience!

I can't wait till the car is complete, I know it will be amazing!!!
I grew up sitting in the e36, and since I'm old enough, my dad handed it down to me.
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Here is a picture of the car my daughter and I are fixing up for so when she his hte streets she will have somethign nice to drive and respect. At least if the grades stay up!

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