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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 Wed, Mar-20-2019, 01:12:09 AM   #1
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Default Dinan Springs Plus new oem socks

thoughts? I would reverse the mounts for camber and consider 95 style lollypops for caster.

Its a 97 coupe, Tired of coilovers that came with the car.
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Old Wed, Mar-20-2019, 01:40:54 AM   #2
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Default Dinan Springs Plus new oem socks

1996+M3 already has enough caster. Offset FLCABushing simply causes unnecessary rubbing issues.

Dinan’s are typically mated to Koni Sports, which reuse the OE casings.
Google “Koni cut-n-gut”.
Bilstein Sports are a full strut.
Sachs-Boge are OEM.

Also consider H&R OE Sports, similar ride and drop as Dinan. Be sure to read the fine print and order the correct upper spring pad and spring ‘hat’ for the springs you purchase, Dinan or H&R.

All p/n's pulled from realoem-dot-com
1995 Strut
LH STRUT 31312226987
RH STRUT 31312226988
REAR SHOCK 33522227794

1996+ Strut
LH STRUT 31312228007
RH STRUT 31312228008
REAR SHOCK 33522228415

95 M3 Spring “Hat”
UPR SPRING PLATE 31332227348
SPRING PAD UPR 3MM 31331128523

96+ M3 Spring “Hat”
UPR SPRING PLATE 31332227903
SPRING PAD UPR 3MM 31332227902
Canadian cars SPRING PAD UPR 9MM 31332227901

Use E46M3/Convertible Rear Shock Mounts.
Buy new Bumpstops and Dust Shields.
There are two washers under the strut mount, between the strut mount and the spring ‘hat’. A large diameter tapered washer to reinforce the ‘hat’ and a formed sheet metal dust shield that protects the SM bearings.

Use www.realoem.com or this thread for part number requirements -
https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...E36-M3-spindle
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Old Wed, Mar-20-2019, 05:34:20 AM   #3
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Default Re: Dinan Springs Plus new oem socks

What coilovers are on the car now? There are BIG differences in ride quality between various coilovers on the market.

I have Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs on my E46 M3, super civilized and the drop is hardly noticeable. I can't imagine the story is much different on a E36. You can't go wrong with Dinan, H&R or Eiback for springs. Just decide based on how much of a drop you want. Shocks, I would say get the Bilstiens or Konis to make it simple.

You could also consider a mild coilover if you want to get a bit more adjustability down the line, but with civilized ride quality. Something like KW V3 maybe.
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I'm not trying to spend 800 bucks on shocks/struts right now, I already have the springs, and i'm freshening up a lot of other aged suspension parts that have degraded. To do all that, I just can't make the Bilsteins fit in the budget. The dinans are only slightly stiffer than oem, I can imagine the new sachs shocks will be overwhelmed by those springs. I'll buy them from fcp euro anyways, so if they go.
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Ok, you don't need or want the offset bushings. As stated you have plenty of caster.

Unless the stock struts are already blown, you should be fine for street driving, with the Dinan springs and OE struts. (no , it's not ideal, but... it should be ok, and you probably won't go crashing off the planet.)

And I still wouldn't recommend Bilstein for the E36...
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And I still wouldn't recommend Bilstein for the E36...
^^^ THIS. However, and not to be pedantic, but this only applies to the E36 M3. In the old days I had a 94 325is with Bilstein/HR sports.. it was a handling monster with an amazing ride, smooth as silk. Other than wheels it was otherwise pretty much stock everywhere else.

Fast forward a decade, I wanted the same beastly handling on my 96 M3, but in the end used the billies with stock springs. Bad idea. Incredible in the corners but bouncy as hell everywhere else. Granted, the stock springs were a terrible match for them, but if the Dinan's are only marginally stiffer I would stay far far away from Bilsteins. It was a TOTALLY DIFFERENT valved shock than non-M variants. Which of course is common knowledge at this point.

So far, happy with my Koni/H&R sports.. they're just a little too low for me, which I'll be addressing with some canadian spring pads here soon.
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People complaining about Bilsteins have either used them with the wrong springs or have had an otherwise unusual experience. Most BMW's with aftermarket shocks use Bilsteins and the volume of complaints is comparatively low.

Also, the experience will be different across B4, B6 and B8 so you'd need to be specific about which shock paired with which springs for the feedback to be meaningful.
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And I still wouldn't recommend Bilstein for the E36...


I was under the understanding that the reason E36M3 Bilstein Sports were on ‘National Backorder” last year(?) was because Bilstein recalled existing stock and corrected the internal bump stop and repositioned the upper spring perch.

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