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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Wed, Sep-06-2017, 06:49:59 PM   #31
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Default Re: Front control arm ball joint

I suppose the best option is 3.0 offset CAB+ 3.2 control arms for the max positive caster.
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I suppose the best option is 3.0 offset CAB+ 3.2 control arms for the max positive caster.


Most people who have done something similar (1996+M3 Spindle/King Pin/FLCA + 1995M3 Offset FLCABushing) generally go back to 1996+M3 Centered FLCABushings due to rubbing issues and too much caster.

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Most people who have done something similar (1996+M3 Spindle/King Pin/FLCA + 1995M3 Offset FLCABushing) generally go back to 1996+M3 Centered FLCABushings due to rubbing issues and too much caster.

The 1996+M3 King Pin/Spindle has a corresponding lug revision to match the change in ball joint location in the 1996+M3 FLCA.


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How bad does it rub? I'm running 235/40/17.
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How bad does it rub? I'm running 235/40/17.


I varies depending on wheel width, offset, and thickness of spacer used.


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I varies depending on wheel width, offset, and thickness of spacer used.


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I currently run 15mm spacers front for Brembo F40 BBK + style 24 wheels (option aluminum alloy) which IIRC has an offset of 38. Planning to give -2 to -2.5 camber on each side with +1.5 caster and little bit of toe out depending on how it drives. Would this rub?
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I cannot speak to your specific set-up, but my guess is yes. It is better to go to camber plates IF you think you need more caster. Not sure how much more you can get with Camber Plates however.


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I would also suggest going with camber/caster plates. At least you can dial back a bit if it rubs too much.
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How are you planning to increase the camber?
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How are you planning to increase the camber?
Swapped strut mount works the best it seems.
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Swapped strut mount works the best it seems.


Swapped 1996+M3 Bearing Plates/Guide Supports.


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