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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 Tue, Jul-10-2018, 10:17:53 PM   #11
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Sounds good man, I just skimmed your build thread... Super cool to be up and running again after all that!
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3 years is a long time.
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I look up to you, Joe. Looks amazing!!!

Still haven't gotten my headers installed... LOL.
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3 years is a long time.
Yes it is. When I started this, I had decided that I would not try to hit any particular date, just let it flow its own natural course. I learned a ton which was kind of the point. The downside, of course, it that it was undrivable for that period. Also, I could not make this my top priority, even my second or third priority. There are other areas of my life that had to come first so the amount of time I could dedicate was not what I would have liked. Anyway, it is wrapping up now and that is goodness.
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I look up to you, Joe. Looks amazing!!!

Still haven't gotten my headers installed... LOL.
Thanks! Get those headers installed!
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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.

LOL!!! What on an E36 has to be torqued when loaded…RTABs possibly, but you can’t get to them once the body bracket is installed.
FLCA bushings/‘lolly pops’ are “soap-n-install-n-drop”, but what else!!??!!




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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.
Probably don’t really want to run ‘Poly’ RTABs, as the on rotation in multiple planes that ‘Poly’ cannot accommodate. The places stress on the body spot welded nut-serts.





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LOL!!! What on an E36 has to be torqued when loaded…RTABs possibly, but you can’t get to them once the body bracket is installed.
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Anything that uses a bushing that locks into place when torqued. Inner bushings on both Upper and Lower rear control arms, RTABs, sway bar lengths (if adjustable) and FCABs if pressed on dry (soap method allows them to rotate till it dries). RTABs you measure for ride height and angle the carrier bracket accordingly. Failure to do this adds spring rate and will prematurely wear out the bushing.

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Congrats on getting this done Joe. Incredible project. Get the car out on the road and have fun!
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