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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, Jul-12-2015, 06:27:30 AM   #91
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Nice update.
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Great find on the seats...I will be doing the brakes as well

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Damn it, I'm so jealous. Those seats are exactly what I'm looking for. And red calipers look surprisingly on Techno Violet.
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Damn it, I'm so jealous. Those seats are exactly what I'm looking for. And red calipers look surprisingly on Techno Violet.
Those seats aren't too difficult to find if you look around. I was more mad at myself that I passed a m-technic 325 with the anthracite interior and BMW Motorsport door handles. The dude only wanted 2500 for the car.
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Those seats aren't too difficult to find if you look around. I was more mad at myself that I passed a m-technic 325 with the anthracite interior and BMW Motorsport door handles. The dude only wanted 2500 for the car.
IMO, that car is the one that will be collectible 20 years from now. It really was a test run for the US E36 M3.
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IMO, that car is the one that will be collectible 20 years from now. It really was a test run for the US E36 M3.
I'd be surprised if there are any left by then. They are so rare but didn't neccesarily get the love they deserved. I have seen a few just thrashed. I'd imagine there are probably 50 left in the wild at this point.
Also, updates are looking great. Glad this car ended up in your hands.
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Those seats aren't too difficult to find if you look around. I was more mad at myself that I passed a m-technic 325 with the anthracite interior and BMW Motorsport door handles. The dude only wanted 2500 for the car.
I should mention, "in good condition". I'd jump all over manual grey cloth seats. That would also mean I wouldn't have to fix the recline gear on my leather Vaders
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Finally got around to doing the rear brakes. Took me some time to get the correct CSL 2-piece rear rotors, and then find time to install everything.

The rear is just as easy as the front. The only thing special is that you need to trim the backing plate to fit the caliper. Just line up the caliper to mark where the plate will interfere with the caliper, and then use tin snips to cut right through the plate.




Bracket bolts to the trailing arm using the factory bolts.




Then, just put on the rotors, bolt on the caliper, and switch out the brake lines. Don't forget to adjust the parking brake shoes so that they are close to the inside of the disk. I forgot to do this the first time around and had to take everything apart again when my brake handle went all the way to the top of it's range without engaging.




The two-piece floating rotors from the CSL are not just larger, but they're lighter than stock E36 M3 rear rotors and handle heat better as well.




The extra brake force and modulation is pretty amazing. Brake balance also appears to be pretty good, though I'd need a track session to see for sure. The car certainly woahs up much better than before, so well worth the effort and cost.
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This is a great thread! Just to be sure, the 3 spoke wheel does have an airbag that will deploy in case of an accident?
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Richard warned me, and he was right... the HPS pads in those Brembo's SUCK. They have terrible bite and the brake squeal will wake the neighbors. I have a set of Stoptech pads waiting to go in which have been an excellent brand for me on stock caliper M3s. Goodluck with yours. I'm jumping on the told you so band wagon.

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