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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 10-28-2007, 07:31 PM
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Exclamation Aftermarket spring on stock m3 shocks and struts

I have seen this before. My question is can the stock struts and shocks of a e36 m3 stand up to aftermarket springs or will they blow? If so how long do I have. I am thinking about this set up and have seen it done on DTMpower but I just want to make sure with you guys before I drop any money down on anything.
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:52 PM
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If you have springs that drop the car any, they'll blow, because the compression on them will be higher. You'll get lucky if you even get a week out of them unless you drive on roads of glass without a trace of a bump on them.
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:11 PM
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ok. cause my original setup will be h&r with koni or maybe bilsten? who do you prefer?
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:15 PM
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I'm running H&R's over Bilsteins. Both Koni's and Bilstein's are good shocks, but I honestly don't know how they compare against each other. I don't think you'd go wrong with either, though.
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:22 PM
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good thanks. how much of a drop do you have for front and back?
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:34 PM
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1.5" front.
1" rear.

If you look around, you'll find some pictures of my car here. I've posted many times. I think its pure sex

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I do to. I love the drop on it is perfect. So how does the m3 catback sound?
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Personally, I think its exactly how it should be. Almost dead silent on idle, and you don't hear it whatsoever while cruising on the freeway. Hit the gas and you have a bit more sound. When I added the CAI, it turned into quite the nice growl. With the CAI & M3 Catback, its still quiet @ idle/cruising, but floor it, and it bites.

That said, I haven't heard many other aftermarket CAI's other than ricey fart cans on E36's, so I can't compare. I know there are other ones as well.
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How do you know weather you have an m3 catback on? Becuase my e36 325is has a deeper tone than most ones that I drive by. It nice and deep around 1000-2500rpms then it gets a bit louder a at 3000+. I mean you can really hear this exhaust and it pretty deep at idle.
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The muffler is much larger and hangs down lower, its stainless steel I think (fact check please), and it sticks out farther. It's a bit larger tips, and they're staggered (inner one sticks further out than outer one).

What yours could be is "debaffled". There is a baffle blocking your 2nd tip on the stock exhausts until about 2500 RPM's and up. This keeps it quiet. A lot of people remove the hoses that close that baffle so it remains always open, which is probably what yours is. Gives it a much nicer sound.
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yeah it does. i like it. just need to be a bit louder.
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If you just want it louder but you like the tone, get a cold air intake. It will really give it the "bite" and loudness that I think you're looking for.
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