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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 Sun, Nov-03-2019, 01:13:57 AM   #1
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Default Can't get rid of the shimmy

I have a shimmy which is present starting at around 40 and slowly disappears by the time I hit 70 or so. At first I thought it was my old wheels, one of which had a slight bend.

Got a new set of wheels, new tires, balanced perfectly. Still shimmy.
So I decided it was control arms, so replaced control arms and lollipops. Still shimmy.

I have pretty much all new suspension in the car - bushings, links, control arms, struts, car is perfectly aligned, tire pressure even.

What else could this be?
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Old Sun, Nov-03-2019, 01:48:16 AM   #2
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Default Can't get rid of the shimmy

Tie Rods?
Partially seized Calipers?
Cheap Aftermarket Rotors?


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Old Sun, Nov-03-2019, 02:11:00 AM   #3
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Tie Rods?
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Cheap Aftermarket Rotors?


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Rotors are OEM stock. Tie rods are new.
I'll check the calipers, but wouldn't the calipers shimmy pretty much throughout, not just starting around 40?
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Default Re: Can't get rid of the shimmy

Are you running any cheap front spacers?

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Default Re: Can't get rid of the shimmy

I have the same issue w. My mechanic has not been able to find the cause. We have deduced that it's most likely the spacers, but I'm still running them and haven't had time to test without.
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Default Re: Can't get rid of the shimmy

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Are you running any cheap front spacers?
Just saw your post after mine. I know you're asking the OP, but for the record, I"m running ECS spacers- but I also run ECS spacers on 3 other cars and they all drive true. Could be isolated to this particular set of spacers tho...
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No spacers.
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Default Re: Can't get rid of the shimmy

I'll bet you a beer its seized caliper.
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Default Re: Can't get rid of the shimmy

What are you torquing the lug bolt to?


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I believe 87, but not sure how this would affect anything? They are tight, if you thinking the wheels might be loose.
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