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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 Tue, Apr-04-2017, 12:59:35 AM   #1
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Hello,

I just wanted to go ahead and start a build thread for my new to me 97' e36 M3!
I purchased the car in Austin Texas and will have it in my possession in A few weeks. I have attached some pictures below. There have been several mods to the car already and I cannot wait to dive more into it. What I know so far:

Poly engine mounts
Poly transmission mounts
Poly RTABS
Dinan air intake
M50 intake manifold swap
Dinan exhaust
Shark tune
Headers(will provide more info)

I was able to get the car for a great price and I'm excited to get the car prepped to go to our local (for now track) track RPM in Iowa. I cannot wait to get out to heartland park this year!

My initial plans in order to get on the track and get familiar with the car in order of what is most important:
Brake pads - probably going Hawk Ht-10
SS brake lines-done
Fluid flush (wasn't sure it necessary but added anyway)
Tires (hankook rs4 255 40 17 is what I'm thinking)
Wheels (square setup, miglia 1000's for now) I got a great deal on a square set from a buddy
Suspension- coilovers of course, I have no idea what to go with please advise!
One piece racing seat
Harness
New steering wheel
CAE

Things I don't have to spend my net on to make the car more #racecar:
Remove rear seats!
Remove rear carpets
Remove sound deadening from back
Remove rear speakers/wires
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Do not forget to address the power steering issue.

Also check to make sure RTAB pockets are reinforced/not cracked.

Good luck with the car and build! I'm building my 2nd one right now...
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Do not forget to address the power steering issue.

Also check to make sure RTAB pockets are reinforced/not cracked.

Good luck with the car and build! I'm building my 2nd one right now...
1: power steering issue? Didn't know there was one. Couldn't I remove power steering; would it be too big of a burden?

2: I'll do that first thing!

Good luck to you as well!
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Wow ..... alot of E36 builds popping up! welcome.
I'm knee deep in a build as well.
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1: power steering issue? Didn't know there was one. Couldn't I remove power steering; would it be too big of a burden?

2: I'll do that first thing!

Good luck to you as well!
Chad, the power steering lines (and sometimes reservoir) are notorious for leaking. Bimmer World does a kit that takes care of it, and I will probably go that route...'cause hey, what's yet another $350?!

http://www.bimmerworld.com/Suspensio...ing-Kit_2.html

Your car, being a post '95, has the chassis reinforcements from the factory. Still a good idea to check for cracks, and run a set of reinforced Rear Shock Mounts.

You practically STOLE that car! So happy you waited for the right one!

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Chad, the power steering lines (and sometimes reservoir) are notorious for leaking. Bimmer World does a kit that takes care of it, and I will probably go that route...'cause hey, what's yet another $350?!

http://www.bimmerworld.com/Suspensio...ing-Kit_2.html

Your car, being a post '95, has the chassis reinforcements from the factory. Still a good idea to check for cracks, and run a set of reinforced Rear Shock Mounts.

You practically STOLE that car! So happy you waited for the right one!
Check out the Off Camber Autosport kit for the power steering fix. It mounts the reservoir in the stock location vs. BW having it routed towards the shock towers. Pretty much everything is an AN fitting. I opted to have a fitting also welded on to the trombone which makes it a permanent fix.

That being said, for nontrack use, you can use the BMW CCA approved fix; add a second clamp on the high pressure lines. While this helps a lot, it is not a 100% perfect fix the way the AN fittings are.
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That being said, for nontrack use, you can use the BMW CCA approved fix; add a second clamp on the high pressure lines. While this helps a lot, it is not a 100% perfect fix the way the AN fittings are.
Ill check in to that, always remember safety third!
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For the coilovers, a lot of guys like the Bilstein PSS9. I'm using a Ground Control kit with Koni single adjustable dampers, race camber plates, and 525/650lbs Eibach springs. You can go stiffer if you're not going to drive on the street anymore. They'll recommend a good spring rate when you order. I also have the GC front sway bar with the rear bar removed. I had a local race shop align and corner balance it, which was money well spent. I absolutely love this setup. I don't have experience with other setups, so I cannot compare to anything.

Also, try to get a 3.46 or 3.64 diff. I'm running a 3.46 and could never go back to the 3.23.
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Some other things, you should make sure the oil pump nut is wired on so it can't back off. While the oil pan is off, put a baffle kit in it. I also run with a little extra oil. Before too long, you'll need to upgrade to a 2 fuel pump setup. I couldn't even run with 1/2 tank without getting starvation. I'm using the BimmerWorld kit now and can run at 1/4 tank with no starvation problems.
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Quick update, purchased some SS brake lines today.
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