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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 07-27-2015, 06:54 PM
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Well the shocks and strut question

I have a 98 bmw 323ic e36; convertible
I was going to order some ajustable coil over kit for the front and back with the rear shocks is thier a difference in the way they bolt up basic
Well a suspension kit for an 92-98 e36 m3 fit my car
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:16 PM
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The m3 sway bar up front bolts to the shock, if you can weld it won't be that big of a problem.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:39 AM
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You can install M3 struts in a non-M E36. If he installs the kit for an M3 it should come with the end link tabs already on the struts and then he'd have the option of running either the M or non-M sway bar set up.

It's only if you try to install a non-M strut in an M3 that you have to weld the end link mounting tab onto the strut body.
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:45 PM
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Oh my bad I was thinking he had an m3 and wanted to use regular e36 suspension.
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:27 PM
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Thanks guys I got the right ones for mine I got a set of ajustable coil over struts with springs and back shocks with ajustable springs now I have to get a front and rear camber kit
I got a set of 18x8.5 wheels of a I think 93 z3 I put 255-35-18 on back and 225-40-18 on the front it is a z3 wheel right I like the way they look on the car don't know if they well rub but a baseball bat works great to fix clearance problems and some one to drive it forward and back slowly can't wait to get it done so I can drive it
Thanks for the help
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:29 PM
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:32 PM
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What brand did you end up buying?

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Old 07-30-2015, 08:50 PM
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If the fronts have helper springs they will probably rub
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Old 07-31-2015, 05:55 AM
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I just got a set to get the car drive able the guy how had it before lowered it by heating the springs not the way to do it it's kind a Frankenstein car but it has potential
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Old 07-31-2015, 05:56 AM
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:39 AM
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This is the suspension stuff and I got the ajustable camber plates for the top of the front struts now I just got to get the rear camber kit I got a set of 12mm spacers for the front wheels the rims fit with the stock struts but did not with the coil over so I'll keep ya up on the way it's going
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I hope you don't suffer chassis tear with that stiff setup... did you reinforce the chassis first?
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:07 AM
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We're do I need to do reinforce at I don't know are the colors of the springs what they are rated for
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:39 PM
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I have a 98 bmw 323ic e36; convertible
I was going to order some ajustable coil over kit for the front and back with the rear shocks is thier a difference in the way they bolt up basic
Well a suspension kit for an 92-98 e36 m3 fit my car
Hi Est2rad,
I'm about to start the same process on my 95 325. How your process going?
I have spare m3 parts that i can use but not sure if they will fit.

My boyfriend has s 97 328 and he used suspension from a 03 m3 and his car is awesome. But since I'm new to this i could be wrong.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:05 PM
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Don't know the capability chart when I looked at the m3 set wasn't compatible with my non m3
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:37 PM
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Those aren't M3 wheels, or from a Z3. They're Style 107 from a Z4.

http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/107

Why wouldn't they work? The offset is correct for an E36, and they aren't too wide.
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:28 PM
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Thanks this is my first bimmer so i don't know a lot about them but I'm learning a lot from everyone on hear and thanks about the wheels I have to find one more now I know what I'm looking for this car was a mess when I got it but it only has 39,510 original miles on it so it was kinda sad to see it setting abandoned and forgotten under an oak tree but I thank you all for your help as you can see I got the stuff in the front done but have a few a just meant to make
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Old 08-15-2015, 11:27 AM
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I'm running the 8 1/2 all the way around but now that I know they come in 8" wide I well look for two of those for the front thanks again
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