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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 Sun, Jul-23-2006, 02:28:02 AM   #1
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Default TC Kline coilovers == JOY!

So, after talking to everyone I knew, their mechanic and several other people that I didn't know, I ordered a TC Kline True Match Single Adjustable coilover kit with 450# front springs and 500# rears. I also ordered Motor Force Camber plates.

I got the call that they were in early yesterday afternoon, so I threw the kids in the car and drove the 90 minute round trip to the shop I purchased from.

Installed them this morning with the help of one very experienced friend and another who can wrench a little bit, but hasn't done this before, but will be doing it on his 95 coupe soon. Amazingly, during the first test run, I got into a nice straight section of road and let go of the steering wheel. No pull at all. From anywhere.

After a few adjustments, I took the car out for another spin...OMFG!!! Firm but not jarring ride, car rolled straight with no hands on the steering wheel, and MAN can it HANDLE!!!

Need to fix the ride height, but it's to farking hot right now, so you'll just get a few comparo shots. When I get the wheels off, i'll take pics of the rear setup and when I get the ride height fixed I snap shots of the car.

As of now, the ride height is...

I'll be working towards 12.75 front & 11.5 rear

Old & New left front strut


Old & New right front strut


Old right rear assembly and a little something missing



When I'm done adjusting the ride height - and after I've washed the car - I take some after shots, so as to offer up yet another before/after comparison...and I'll snap some shots of the rear assembly while I'm at it.
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my H&Rs/bilsteins ah mo bettuh!!!!!

just playin. i think im just a bit jealous...
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Old Sun, Jul-23-2006, 03:01:34 AM   #3
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Nice man. How much did that run ya? And why the camber plates? Is it necessary on all applcations?
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Nice man. How much did that run ya? And why the camber plates? Is it necessary on all applcations?
Thanks

It was alot! ~$1750 including the camber plates, cause I bought two sets (the wife's E46 ///M3 gets some, too!), both sets were in stock, CCA discount from the shop, etc... I could have paid less for, essentially, the same kit by Ground Control, but I would have had to wait for 4-5 weeks. Not gonna happen.

Camber plates because:
I autocross & track on my street tires, for now, and you can pretty much put about 1000 miles worth of treadwear on the outside edge of the fronts in a single day of autocrossing (6 - approx 60 second runs)
More negative camber helps turn in in both autocross & track settings
More negative camber reduces understeer.

The kit doesn't actually come with camber plates, and is fully useable without them. It's just another tool to make you faster
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thanks for the write up. I'm also going to go with the TC Kline set up.
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Nice stuff! The camber plates are worth every penny, I'd almost venture to say rocking the TCK setup w/o them is a waste. Don't forget they also give you an extra inch of suspension travel in the front.
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lol, it looks like your suspension went from black and white to color (and, based on my experience, feels like it too )
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make sure you have adequate rear shock tower reinforcement.

i put caster/camber plates on my mustang and would never drop a car without them.
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make sure you have adequate rear shock tower reinforcement.
Got that covered. A friend ordered the Turner rear reinforcement plates, but he already had a rear strut bar...I think he just likes shopping for his car

So, I picked them up from him.

Love the ride. Sweet setup!
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Right on, those sound nice. I want some coilovers...
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