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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 10-11-2019, 10:46 AM
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Where is the best place to buy shocks & struts for my '94 318i?
Right now I'm leaning toward Rock Auto.
Full set of Bilsteins.

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Old 10-11-2019, 12:49 PM
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Be sure to order foam bump stops and plastic dust shields.
And paper body gaskets.
Additionally, I order E46M3 Convertible Rear Shock Mounts (RSM).
Use the last seven of your VIN in www.realoem.com for applicable part numbers.


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Old 10-11-2019, 12:58 PM
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Be sure to order foam bump stops and plastic dust shields.
And paper body gaskets.
Additionally, I order E46M3 Convertible Rear Shock Mounts (RSM).
Use the last seven of your VIN in www.realoem.com for applicable part numbers.


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Old 10-11-2019, 05:35 PM
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https://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tec...ck-Mounts.htm#

E46M3 Convertible RSMs are more resistant to failure.
Oh. And add the Z3 RSM Reinforcement Plates.

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Old 10-11-2019, 08:12 PM
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https://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tec...ck-Mounts.htm#

E46M3 Convertible RSMs are more resistant to failure.
Oh. And add the Z3 RSM Reinforcement Plates.

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Old 10-11-2019, 08:21 PM
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>Additionally, I order E46M3 Convertible Rear Shock Mounts (RSM).

Be sure to double check compatibility OP, your 318 uses an e30 rear end IIRC.
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Old 10-11-2019, 08:24 PM
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>Additionally, I order E46M3 Convertible Rear Shock Mounts (RSM).

Be sure to double check compatibility OP, your 318 uses an e30 rear end IIRC.
I'm not going nuts on it. I'll just use the upgrade kit that the 318i calls for.
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Old 10-12-2019, 02:47 PM
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>Additionally, I order E46M3 Convertible Rear Shock Mounts (RSM).

Be sure to double check compatibility OP, your 318 uses an e30 rear end IIRC.


319ti uses the the E30 geometry.
318i uses standard E36 suspension stuff.


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Old 10-13-2019, 12:59 AM
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319ti uses the the E30 geometry.
318i uses standard E36 suspension stuff.
Ah yup! That's absolutely correct! Thanks for the correction.
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