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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Mon, Jul-09-2018, 08:53:19 PM   #1
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Really second start. The first start was me have a coronary episode waiting for the oil pressure light to go off. 3 years almost to the day and some amount of money (I don't want to know), I got the engine running. A bit bumpy as I have some additional tuning work but a great sound none-the-less. I'm going to send the tuner the codes readout and get some updates. Then off to the suspension shop for a complete alignment. Then done, at least for now.

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Congrats again Joe.

RE: Suspension; Did you pre-load everything before tightening or is that going to be part of the alignment process. It is one of the more difficult procedures to do at home (best done on a drive on lift).
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Congrats again Joe.

RE: Suspension; Did you pre-load everything before tightening or is that going to be part of the alignment process. It is one of the more difficult procedures to do at home (best done on a drive on lift).
You are talking mainly about the rear suspension? The RTAB bushings are Poly (I know, I know) so my understanding is that they do not need preload as they rotate freely. The sway bars will have to be set at the shop. The rear camber arms (lower wishbone) are the Turner adjustable so that should be OK I think. One I know I missed is the upper wishbone bushing. So I'm not entirely sure where I stand
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You are talking mainly about the rear suspension? The RTAB bushings are Poly (I know, I know) so my understanding is that they do not need preload as they rotate freely. The sway bars will have to be set at the shop. The rear camber arms (lower wishbone) are the Turner adjustable so that should be OK I think. One I know I missed is the upper wishbone bushing. So I'm not entirely sure where I stand
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I use poly too on the RTAB for the same reason on some cars.

You'll definitely want to loosen both upper and lower control arms, while under load/desired ride height and retighten. Ideally do all this and corner balance too. You went with the bushing style turner arms right?
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Congrats Joe, long time coming! If you don't already have an alignment guy in the area, I highly recommend talking to Pete at Truline in Bellevue. He is a very knowledgeable suspension guys and has done a lot of E36's; and I think you would be very comfortable taking your car to him.
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You went with the bushing style turner arms right?
Right. Bushing style. Thanks.
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Congrats Joe, long time coming! If you don't already have an alignment guy in the area, I highly recommend talking to Pete at Truline in Bellevue. He is a very knowledgeable suspension guys and has done a lot of E36's; and I think you would be very comfortable taking your car to him.
Yes, I've heard good things about TruLine. Also Cantrell although they seem to focus mainly on Porches. I may have a bit of addition al cleanup work which is why I was thinking about Cantrell. Does TruLine do anything other than suspension work? I don't think so but I'm not sure.
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I believe Truline is strictly brakes and suspension but you would have to talk them to be sure.
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Nice!

What tune are you going with?

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What tune are you going with?
Thanks! Epic Motorsports (Randy Mueller) did the tune.
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