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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 11-10-2010, 11:11 PM
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Looks like my old CF strut bar from the e36 :/
This one is all aluminum and stiff as all get out. Amazingly light for as strong as it seems to be. I can't understand how they can make these for $80 including shipping, even if it was made in China.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:37 PM
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This one is all aluminum and stiff as all get out. Amazingly light for as strong as it seems to be. I can't understand how they can make these for $80 including shipping, even if it was made in China.
Lol I got mine for 20$ it did the job and looked cool lol
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Yeah, I just spent 20 feckin dollars ons ome damn wipers... (think they're Ancos come to think of it lol)

RainX spray helps so damn much, when I drive on the freeway I don't even need to use the wipers when raining. Love that shyt
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:05 AM
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Today I ordered new 1/4 window seals and side skirt clips from the Dealersh!ts.

The old seals are perished and the PO decided to mount the side skirt clips directly onto the sills.

Without the grommets. Without properly drilling the holes. Without treating the bare metal from the drill holes.

See, if you don't know what you are doing, step away from the toolbox FFS
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:20 AM
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:33 AM
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Got this today. $80 shipped. It was a LOT better than I expected. Really nice machine work, fit perfectly, and it has quite a bit larger stainless steel fasteners than what it shows in these pictures.
I like it! Looks likes something I'll add to my wish list.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:00 AM
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Yeah, I just spent 20 feckin dollars ons ome damn wipers... (think they're Ancos come to think of it lol)

RainX spray helps so damn much, when I drive on the freeway I don't even need to use the wipers when raining. Love that shyt
Ha! The Bosch Icon wipers I bought are $23.00 for each side. Lunacy. They work awesomely now, but we'll see how they stand up to time. It seems a lot of people say they begin streaking after about 6 months. If that happens, I'z gonna be pizzed.

It seems a lot of people really like Rain-X these days. I used it ages ago when it was a very new product on the market. I didn't like it at all then, since at that time it left a hazy film on my windshield with each pass of the wipers. But it's been over ten years since then, and I bet they've changed their formula. Maybe I'll give it another try one of these days.

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Got this today. $80 shipped. It was a LOT better than I expected. Really nice machine work, fit perfectly, and it has quite a bit larger stainless steel fasteners than what it shows in these pictures.
Can't lose for $80.00. I really want a strut brace, but I need one that is compatible with camber plates.
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Old 11-11-2010, 04:13 PM
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If any of you, are interested, I asked the seller of the strut brace if he had more of those (I need another one for Bebe) and he listed some again. 5 available as I write this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWAX%3AIT

It is identical to a genuine ACS strut brace I saw except it doesn't have the logo. The ACS brace was $319 MORE that these.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:32 PM
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Today I prepared my winter emergency kit that goes in the trunk of my car. It consists of:

- Snow chains
- Blanket
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- Leatherman tool
- Hand warmers
- Collapsible shovel (actually an avalanche shovel I also use when mountaineering)
- Lighter
- Extra hat, scarf, and gloves
- Thin nylon rope
- LED Flashlight (stays in car year round)

I should probably get some flairs and/or reflective triangles, too. I do a lot of mountain driving in the winter months for snowboarding, snow-shoeing, mountaineering, etc., and although I've never found myself in a bad situation, I've seen a lot of less fortunate people in my travels.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:37 PM
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Thanks Ken, that's one for the Christmas list!

But yea, how can you tell if it works with camber plates?

P.S. I'm a camber plate noob.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:43 PM
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But yea, how can you tell if it works with camber plates?

P.S. I'm a camber plate noob.
Not the best photo, but you get the idea. To work with camber plates, you need access to the stop of the strut, which Ken's blocks off.



PS: the strut bar in this photo looks like the biggest POS I have ever seen.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:53 PM
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Gotcha, do you think that one might fit over that? Even if you don't have access to it, you can just remove the strut bar and be fine.

Kinda looks like the POS my PO put on my car
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:58 PM
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Gotcha, do you think that one might fit over that? Even if you don't have access to it, you can just remove the strut bar and be fine.
Maybe. I don't know for sure, but that would be a slight hassle if you plan to use your car for daily driving and track events as I do. Not that much of a hassle, but still.
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You adjust yours for the track? How do you know they are perfectly aligned without an alignment machine?
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:40 PM
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I had the alignment shop make marks on my camber plates for 3 degrees of camber and at 1.5, so I can change it for autocrosses.
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:56 PM
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:01 PM
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You adjust yours for the track? How do you know they are perfectly aligned without an alignment machine?
As Clark said, you have specific marks that you use to make quick adjustments. No alignment shop needed.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:05 PM
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I had the alignment shop make marks on my camber plates for 3 degrees of camber and at 1.5, so I can change it for autocrosses.
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bro go OT thread and look what my old m54 did to my finger!
I saw. My car takes her pound of flesh with every mod. Y'know what they say, once she's had a taste of blood...

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Yeah, I like those wheels, too. They have a little bit of DTM flair to them.
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Got this today. $80 shipped. It was a LOT better than I expected. Really nice machine work, fit perfectly, and it has quite a bit larger stainless steel fasteners than what it shows in these pictures.

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that looks wicked, maybe next check
This and that.
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:16 PM
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bro i really like your wheels..

what are the specs and what kind of wheels are they?
theyre staggered 17" enkeis nto-3! thanks bought it with the car, im looking for a clean style-5...

plus, i just cleaned my ICV today without removing the intake manifold, and it was a pain in the ass putting all the hoses back...
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:23 PM
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Thanks Ken, that's one for the Christmas list!

But yea, how can you tell if it works with camber plates?

P.S. I'm a camber plate noob.
I put my strut bar on Elvira today, and, yes, it will work with camber plates. The underside of the tower caps are machined for clearance.
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:52 PM
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I was referring mostly to access rather than clearance, but that's cool. Still can't believe how cheap yours was. Or rather, I can't believe how expensive all the others are given their simplicity.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:04 PM
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He's got four more if anyone wants one for cheap. I bought another one to put on Bebe (when I get her back from the indy mechanic).

There's a trick to putting one on. Took me a while to figure it out.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:39 PM
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Well, not my bimmer, but did a rear main seal and replaced a bad tranny on an e36 in 3 hours from the time we jacked up the car, to throwing everything back together. Times getting better and better lol.
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