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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 12-11-2012, 07:10 PM
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Rear shock mounts

I just bought some oe bilstien gas shocks for the rear of my car along with new rear shock mounts, with the washers to mount them. When I was looking at the new mounts themself, the rubber on the mounts were slightly different but everything else was exact same. Is their a certain side that one goes on? Maybe they are different brands? Would it make a difference at all? The rubber is just slightly taller on one and a tiny bit shallower. Vise versa on the other.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:11 PM
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.....A tiny bit shallower on the bottem^
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:14 PM
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Picture please. I are confused by how you said that.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:23 PM
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op, the mounts are not right or left. they're either/or designs. not sure what you are meaning, though...pics would help...



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Old 12-12-2012, 10:55 AM
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In this one you can see that the rubber is thicker on the bottom of the mount
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:58 AM
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This one you can see the rubber is thicker on top sorry it wouldn't let me upload both at one time I am doing all of this from my iphone
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Weird. It looks like you got two different parts. They'll both fit fine, but perhaps you received an E36 mount and a reinforced E46 mount. They should be the same, and there is no left & right (they're interchangeable), but you can still use these if you decide you don't want to send them back and get a matching pair. I'd send them back and make the company pay all shipping fees if it were me.
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:48 PM
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Yeah I'm going to take them back, just thought it was a little strange. The dude at the parts store I went to and ordered them from seemed like he had his head up his a** that day it was kind of annoying actually.
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Just order them online for less money, and also get the reinforcement plates, too.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:09 PM
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Yeah that was my original plan after I got them and realized they were not the same. Also the bilstien shocks I got are just the oe replacement. Are they considered the "touring" shocks? My shocks are far gone and I'm looking to bring it back to stock or slightly stiffer. So if these are the touring shocks they will go back as well
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meh, spend the money and get something from rogue or turner. the oe style are the weak link and it took me about 3 weeks to go through a new pair of mounts.

definately worth the price of admission....



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Old 12-12-2012, 06:54 PM
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Plus, if you install stiffer shocks on the stock (weak) rear shock mounts, they will fail even sooner than they normally do.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:25 PM
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I plan on replacing the rear shock mounts no matter what when I replace the rear shocks, and when I do the fronts I'm going to replace the strut mounts along with the spring pads. Their is a clunk when I go over like speed bumps. I bought the car from my brother and he had replaced the passenger side control arm along with the bushing and that helped but made the sound more noticeable on the driver side. I'm going to just get a set of polyurethane and swap out new rubber bushing on the passenger side and the old worn out one on the driver side hopefully that will solve that problem. I can't wait to get it to go around corners like it should.
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With things like that, it's usually a good habit to replace in pairs.

As long as the new passenger arm hasn't been on there too long it will be fine.

If you look on ebay FCPGroton(?) has pretty good deals on full front end rebuild kits.
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With things like that, it's usually a good habit to replace in pairs.

As long as the new passenger arm hasn't been on there too long it will be fine.

If you look on ebay FCPGroton(?) has pretty good deals on full front end rebuild kits.
Just make sure to pay for the upgraded Lemfoerder kit. The Meyle is ok, but not as good.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:56 PM
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Here's a picture after I just washed and waxed it. I plan on a lot of body work in the spring. I hate body work. Just turned over 1756xxmi runs like a champ
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Turns out that they were the same mounts after all. The guy at the parts store said that when they came in the bushing had to be pressed in and he put one in upside down. So problem solved. I should have the new shocks and mounts in today. If every goes as planned.
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Turns out that they were the same mounts after all. The guy at the parts store said that when they came in the bushing had to be pressed in and he put one in upside down. So problem solved. I should have the new shocks and mounts in today. If every goes as planned.
And did you get the reinforcement plates?
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:33 AM
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No I didn't get the reinforcement plates yet. Gonna order them tonight
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