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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 Mon, May-25-2015, 04:16:06 AM   #71
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Default Re: DIY: Reinforce Your Trunk Latch (Cars with Spoilers!)

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I'm not sure a much thinner piece would be rigid enough. Interesting idea to mount inside. Do you have a pic?
I agree on anything thinner. As it turns out it's not ideal to have it on the inside.





When it's on the inside the third screw can't be used without modifying something. So at this stage I've installed a new latch with intact tab and no reinforcement. Maybe that will last another 18 years?
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Old Mon, May-25-2015, 03:39:46 PM   #72
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I've had this reinforcement on for years and it has held up well. No cracking, no clearance issues. Looking at my last post in here, it looks like I've had the reinforcement in for just over 2 years now.
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After 20 years my trunk developed the cracks around the latch. Of course a quick search brought me here. I couldn't find any of the aftermarket solutions available so I picked up a 4 inch mending brace from my local hardware store like this

http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...uctId=53085276

The holes lined up, but it does sit a bit crooked. It seems to be a cheap fix at 4 dollars for a pack of 4. Hopefully this will help others with the same issue. My E36 is non-M so this should work for all E36 models.
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Old Wed, Jan-03-2018, 01:43:04 PM   #74
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Thanks for making that update.
Would never have looked that deep in the archives of the forum.
Time to look at my trunk latch.
I sure wish the pictures all worked again.
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Old Thu, Jan-04-2018, 02:22:12 AM   #75
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Here's a picture of the mending brace.

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^ Would that suffice for a trunk that already has cracks at both screw points?
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Old Thu, Jan-04-2018, 06:55:39 AM   #77
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Both screw points are cracked on mine. The left one got so bad that the latch was flopping around barely being held by the right. This tightened everything back up.
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F'ing super! Thanks for that pic!
I looked at mine and there is a half moon crescent around the bottom of each screw hole indent.
Will fab up a metal brace for that very soon.

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Nice find on that brace.
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Discussing DIY: Reinforce Your Trunk Latch (Cars with Spoilers!) in the E36 M3 (1992-1999) Forum - {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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