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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 Thu, May-10-2018, 12:54:10 AM   #1
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Default Rear Lower Control Arm

So, I set out to install adjustable rear lower control hoping to complete it today...it didn't happened. Whoever designed it, if I catch him or her, they'll get 1,000 lashes. Removed the passenger side and the driver side upper bolt almost out...having a hell of a hard time when the wrench can't even fit...no matter the tilting, the pushing back the diff...then, the washer/nut...can't get the screw driver under to unseat...had to call it a day at 6pm.

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I went through this a couple of weekends ago, including the anger. Disconnect the diff from the driveshaft, take out the 3 diff mount bolts and move it around to get clearance for the control arm bolts. You can leave the diff attached to the axles.
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Yeh this was a terrible design. I feel your pain.
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I went through this a couple of weekends ago, including the anger. Disconnect the diff from the driveshaft, take out the 3 diff mount bolts and move it around to get clearance for the control arm bolts. You can leave the diff attached to the axles.
I did everything except remove the drive shaft. I removed the drive shaft bolts to the diff...just didn't completely remove the drive shaft. I shall do that in the morning and hope for the best.
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Yeh this was a terrible design. I feel your pain.
Thank you Englishtom for your understanding and compassion.
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I did everything except remove the drive shaft. I removed the drive shaft bolts to the diff...just didn't completely remove the drive shaft.
You mean you didn't take the flange off the studs? Yeah, I'm pretty sure the diff needs to be completely clear of the driveshaft to get the necessary movement.
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You mean you didn't take the flange off the studs? Yeah, I'm pretty sure the diff needs to be completely clear of the driveshaft to get the necessary movement.
Yes...I went this morning to do that and discovered the 95M3 is a different animal seems that it's studs (see pics). Later models have the three bolt flange...it appears to be another all day job; and, my option appears to be lowering the diff more.







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Got it out...what I had to do was to move the diff all the way to the spare wheel well...just be mindful of the speed sensor wire pinching on the spare wheel well one won't even need a jack to support the diff...I crawl under it several times with the jack removed however, as a disclaimer, I am not encouraging anyone...so do at your own risk. Here are two pics showing the diff up to the spare wheel well, and the other showing left rear control arm removed. Lets hope the install is a little fun



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