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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 03-03-2013, 06:53 PM
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e36 Front suspension help

hi all,
theres alot of info on this already but its been confusing for me.

i'm looking to replace the front shocks on my e36 325i.
i'm told some bushings should be replaced, my question is if i'm going
to do this job right what parts should i order to do so.
part numbers would help.
i'd like to replace anything that wears out while i'm in there.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:35 PM
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bump?
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:39 PM
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It depends on what parts your car needs, but if you want to just overhaul everything and not worry about it (and only pay for one alignment), just get a front end overhaul kit:

http://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-...e36-e36cakit8l
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:04 PM
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i feel thats more than i need. also i read that i should use m3 bushings for the job instead of urethane
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It's not a matter of M3 vs. urethane bushings. You have four choices: Non-M3, M3, urethane, or solid. For most people I'd recommend using M3 bushings.

But if you feel like the comprehensive kit is too much for you, you'll just have to inspect your car (or have it inspected), determine what needs to be replaced, and then replace only those items. All of those items in the kit wear out at around 100k miles, so it makes the most sense in many cases to replace all of it and only pay for one alignment, rather than replacing one item and paying for an alignment, only to have another item needing to be replaced in 6 months, and then have to pay for additional alignments.
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