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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 Fri, May-12-2017, 02:59:08 AM   #11
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Estoril/black great combo.

Am I seeing two different side skirts?
Nice catch, good eye! Looks like it's got Vaders, so I would switch to matching criss-cross Sports skirt.
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Old Fri, May-12-2017, 03:21:02 AM   #12
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We race with the setup from TC Kline.
TC is a great resource for us, he races his own E36 and will likely be the one picking up the phone when you call.
The kit was simple to install and then adjust.
Well-made components and good instructions.

We race at NJMP in 2 weeks if you want to see it.

I just looked into these. Looks pretty good. I never knew Konis were a thing on these BMWs. Would you say these are better for the long term if i were to go to TTD or TTC later on?


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Estoril/black great combo.

Am I seeing two different side skirts?
Wow I didn't even notice the different side skirts until just now. Looks like someone did a swap job on em. Which side in the correct ones? Gotta say buying used cars is a like a Easter Egg Hunt. Finding little things here and there.
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Old Fri, May-12-2017, 03:47:42 AM   #13
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Nice ride. I noticed the side skirt. I would check the paint on the passenger rear quarter. Shade looks to be a bit off. The front chin lip is also painted to match the bumper. Maybe has a repaint or paintwork in its history.
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Old Fri, May-12-2017, 11:51:06 AM   #14
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I just looked into these. Looks pretty good. I never knew Konis were a thing on these BMWs. Would you say these are better for the long term if i were to go to TTD or TTC later on?
I think any of these options are probably fine long term. It should come down to supplier support, ease of use/adjustability and to a degree, how the setup looks. Those are the things you're "stuck" with after installation. Ease of installation is a factor but not something you'll live with long term. Then think about price as it fits your priorities.

Concerning priorities, I'd do these things in this order:
Drive it regularly for about 6 months to let any obvious operation issues present themselves, then if all is good, do a compression check to obtain a baseline. If that's good, get it to an HPDE and do a thorough shakedown on it to begin forming my list of what I want to improve on the car and improve about my driving.

No sense in pouring a bunch of suspension cash into a car that's not running well, runs hot or making it handle better when it doesn't accelerate or stop well.

If it were me, suspension should come after all else is sorted out.
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Old Fri, May-12-2017, 12:25:18 PM   #15
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Nice catch, good eye! Looks like it's got Vaders, so I would switch to matching criss-cross Sports skirt.
He could do one Vader and one sport seat...

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Wow I didn't even notice the different side skirts until just now. Looks like someone did a swap job on em. Which side in the correct ones? Gotta say buying used cars is a like a Easter Egg Hunt. Finding little things here and there.
Depends. You have one regular M3 side skirt (driver side), and one luxury package side skirt. Does your car have wood interior accents? Stitched inserts on the door panels? You have Contours which are the lux pack wheels.
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Nice ride. I noticed the side skirt. I would check the paint on the passenger rear quarter. Shade looks to be a bit off. The front chin lip is also painted to match the bumper. Maybe has a repaint or paintwork in its history.
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He could do one Vader and one sport seat...

Depends. You have one regular M3 side skirt (driver side), and one luxury package side skirt. Does your car have wood interior accents? Stitched inserts on the door panels? You have Contours which are the lux pack wheels.
Very interesting! Well the car is a sport package if i go by that. I have Vaders no wood and my doors don't have the stitched inserts. Looks like someone added the wheels I would assume. The sideskirt was probably involved in whatever happened to that rear quarter and they ordered the wrong sideskirt. All this is a bit unsettling but the car runs great I guess this what happens when you buy a 20 year old car.

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I think any of these options are probably fine long term. It should come down to supplier support, ease of use/adjustability and to a degree, how the setup looks. Those are the things you're "stuck" with after installation. Ease of installation is a factor but not something you'll live with long term. Then think about price as it fits your priorities.

Concerning priorities, I'd do these things in this order:
Drive it regularly for about 6 months to let any obvious operation issues present themselves, then if all is good, do a compression check to obtain a baseline. If that's good, get it to an HPDE and do a thorough shakedown on it to begin forming my list of what I want to improve on the car and improve about my driving.

No sense in pouring a bunch of suspension cash into a car that's not running well, runs hot or making it handle better when it doesn't accelerate or stop well.

If it were me, suspension should come after all else is sorted out.

I hear you. Besides cosmetic issues I havent really found anything mechanical wrong with the car besides one thing. The front springs are worn badly. They're bound alot when the car is sitting statically. I originally had plans to run it stock for the most part. So this development makes me wanna just dive into a suspension instead of just putting another set of stock springs on it.
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The Contour wheels were also available on non-lux package cars as an option.

Nice car and welcome! Already parking like a BMW driver
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