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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 Fri, Jun-01-2018, 02:40:50 AM   #1
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Default Most Important E36 Bushings for Good Alignment?

Hey guys,

Out of this list of bushings for the E36 chassis, which handful would you say are the most important for keeping a good alignment and not wearing out tires quickly?

(This is for a charity car, and I don't want to spend the $900 on ECSTuning required to do all the bearings at once - I'd like to do a few now, and more later.)

1. Inner and outer tie rods
2. Lower control arm bushings
3. Inner ball joints - 33306852895
4. Outer ball joints - 33326770786
5. Rear subframe bushings (with reinforcement plates)+ stopper
(33331132546, 33316770851, 33171134871, 33319059301, 33171134871)
6. rear upper bushings (in the trailing arm) - 33321092247
7. rear lower bushings (in the trailing arm) - 33326770824
8. rear trailing arm bushings (with reinforcement plates) - 33326771828
9. differential bushings.*
10. shocks and struts with new mounts (reinforcement plates for rear)
11. Sway bar links front and rear
12. wheel bearings front and rear


I ask because they are ALL original, and all more or less at the exact same state of aging - with 240k miles, they all need to be replaced.

Thanks guys (#MeToo!), if you have any input.

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Default Re: Most Important E36 Bushings for Good Alignment?

What aspect of your alignment is off currently? That will probably help daignose it. Also might want to bring it into a shop and have them look. Without more info, tie rods play a big role up front, upper shock mounts, rear trailing arm bushings and rear lower control arm bushings are big too.

Honestly I would say do as many as you can justify doing at once, prioritizing the diff mounting bushings, sway bar end links and wheel bearings last I guess (again assuming those items aren't totally shot already).
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I don't think at 240K it really matters. They are probably all shot.
I would leave wheel bearings alone unless busted. Probably easier/cheaper to change entire control arms at this point. Your list looks fine. I would add sway bar bushes F/R and new dampers/pads for springs since you are changing shocks, they cost pennies.
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Default Re: Most Important E36 Bushings for Good Alignment?

RTABs, FCABs, and rear shock mounts. You'll get the greatest improvement in handling and ride by changing those three alone.

I'd still recommend doing all of it, but if I had to pick, those would be the ones.
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Default Re: Most Important E36 Bushings for Good Alignment?

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RTABs, FCABs, and rear shock mounts. You'll get the greatest improvement in handling and ride by changing those three alone.

I'd still recommend doing all of it, but if I had to pick, those would be the ones.
Thank you, I'll do it! Already did shock mounts.

I got the car back together today and it runs (and stops) great. I do think the front control arms and ball joints and tie rod ends (and might as well do inners) are all shot - ordered those; ebay specials for this car, $250 in parts.

I'll check out the RTABs right now.

Thank you!
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I don't think at 240K it really matters. They are probably all shot.
I would leave wheel bearings alone unless busted. Probably easier/cheaper to change entire control arms at this point. Your list looks fine. I would add sway bar bushes F/R and new dampers/pads for springs since you are changing shocks, they cost pennies.
Every bushing on a 5K mile E36 is shot. Rubber decays.
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I wish I would have found this two weeks ago:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/FRONT-REAR-...nd!49506!US!-1
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Default Re: Most Important E36 Bushings for Good Alignment?

Just because the car was cheap doesn’t mean you won’t be looking at a lifespan measured in weeks for cheap Chinese parts.
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Default Re: Most Important E36 Bushings for Good Alignment?

Yea man honestly that's a lot of time and work to put in parts that might not last very long. I would ask yourself how much your actual time is worth...
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I wish I would have found this two weeks ago:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/FRONT-REAR-...nd!49506!US!-1
You probably don't want that set anyway.
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