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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 10-02-2007, 06:10 AM
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A nice set of H&R or Eibach springs could stiffen things up and dial out some of the body roll you mentioned. Strut tower braces and lower sway bars are a good call too. The Z3 also has an "X-brace" that can bolt up to any E36 to add some stiffness to the chassis. I dont have this part, but people say it really sharpens the turn-in and steering response of the car.
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thanks philip. I want to keep the Mtechs though. Arnt they suposed to be good?
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I totally agree that yoko are great. I am not a spirited driver (kind of hard in a TD) but have noticed that the Pirelli's I put on this year have worn considerably less than the yoko's I normally use without much difference in performance in the dry. There is a noticeable difference in the wet.

I have to use summer and winter tyres (-20 here some winters and upto half metre of snow), but in future I will probably stick with the Pirelli's for summer and stay with the yoko winter tyres for winter.

If money was not a factor I would continue to use Yoko's all year round.
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If i didn't do 20k+ miles a year i would run Yokos
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Old 10-03-2007, 05:32 AM
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Totally agree!!

If i didn't do 20k+ miles a year i would run Yokos
I think the opposite. The more time I spend on the road, the better my gear must be. If I drove to the milk bar (translation: corner store) once a fortnight I wouldn't care what I put on.

I only do about 15,000 km p.a, in the car anyway.
My previous car's Yokas totally saved me from hitting idiots 5 times (I noted that 4 out of 5 mouthbreathers used Camry as tool of choice) in their first year and well paid for themselves. I'm talking major brake and steer action.
Fortunately, zero so far with new baby.
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thanks philip. I want to keep the Mtechs though. Arnt they suposed to be good?
M Tech suspension is awesome, but it's not really any better than a Billstien/H&R setup. It isn't the M3's different springs and shocks that make it handle, it's the E36 that the springs and shocks are bolted to. If you put good spring/shock combo on any E36 coupe and add the M3's swaybars you will have a car that handles almost identically to an M3, if not slightly better. Those components are the only difference in the suspensions of an M3 and a 325/8is.
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I think the opposite. The more time I spend on the road, the better my gear must be. If I drove to the milk bar (translation: corner store) once a fortnight I wouldn't care what I put on.

I only do about 15,000 km p.a, in the car anyway.
My previous car's Yokas totally saved me from hitting idiots 5 times (I noted that 4 out of 5 mouthbreathers used Camry as tool of choice) in their first year and well paid for themselves. I'm talking major brake and steer action.
Fortunately, zero so far with new baby.
What i meant was that i would be replacing them all the time hehehehe
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What i meant was that i would be replacing them all the time hehehehe
Once again, my must preach the wonder that is the BF Goodrich g-Force Sport. I beleive in these things the same way you beleive in the purple . I put some fresh rears on, and they are wonderful. Best bang for buck tire on earth.
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M Tech suspension is awesome, but it's not really any better than a Billstien/H&R setup. It isn't the M3's different springs and shocks that make it handle, it's the E36 that the springs and shocks are bolted to. If you put good spring/shock combo on any E36 coupe and add the M3's swaybars you will have a car that handles almost identically to an M3, if not slightly better. Those components are the only difference in the suspensions of an M3 and a 325/8is.
awsome. Ive got the mtechs atm. Soo all i need to do is add swaybars and good tyres? what about suspention braces ect ect?
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Once again, my must preach the wonder that is the BF Goodrich g-Force Sport. I beleive in these things the same way you beleive in the purple . I put some fresh rears on, and they are wonderful. Best bang for buck tire on earth.
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awsome. Ive got the mtechs atm. Soo all i need to do is add swaybars and good tyres? what about suspention braces ect ect?
To make the patented PhilipWOT Ultimate Handling Machine, you will need the parts that you have with M3 swaybars, a good set of tires (or tyres, either one will work. LoL) and one last thing: the Z3 X-brace. It's a chassis-stiffening brace that went on the bottom of the Z3 and M3 CSL. Lucky for us, it bolts right on to any E36. Here's the BMW part# 51-71-8-410-212. You do all that and you will have a car that out-handles anything on the road with the exception of a few Ferrari's and Lotus's.
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You forgot the ability handle a car properly too

TYRES are very important though
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TYRES are very important though

Absolutely true! Unless you are driving an Evo VIII or STi that does all the driving for you electronically, you need to have the experience to properly apply the car's abilities to the road, otherwise it's just a waste of money. (Also a very effective tool to kill yourself)
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If ur cars m-tec from factory Dom (?) it should already have the m sway bars anyway..... Oh and conti sports for me..... Plus one extra thing... Dont go London for New Years dude (sorry Londeners!! No offence) Get urself to Edinburgh if u really wanna see an awesome New Year...failing that my home village of Bideford always gets rated in the top 3 places in Uk to spend the festive night (ever tried it Pete???)
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at the moment i got pirelli P600 and its ok

i had Goodyear F1 GDS3 on my former car (AUDI A3 2004). i loved it. so grippy and in wet grips well! not sure if they fit on stock bmw rims

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If ur cars m-tec from factory Dom (?) it should already have the m sway bars anyway..... Oh and conti sports for me..... Plus one extra thing... Dont go London for New Years dude (sorry Londeners!! No offence) Get urself to Edinburgh if u really wanna see an awesome New Year...failing that my home village of Bideford always gets rated in the top 3 places in Uk to spend the festive night (ever tried it Pete???)
Ive got the EU spec 318is. m44 engine, sport seats, lsd differential, mtech suspention, bigger brakes ect ect ect

do i got the sway bars?
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Oh an apprenticeship

I knew once you had passed your test you would start throwing the car around, it's natural to do so! Just be careful.
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