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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 Tue, Oct-08-2013, 04:10:14 PM   #21
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Other parts installed awhile ago

AKG motor and trans mounts 75D - Very tough bushings. If this wasn't going to be a track car i don't think I could deal with it.

AKG shifter and selector rod - Absolutley love it. I've been driving the car daily for around 7000 miles with it now and its fantastic.

OMP targa steering wheel and hub. Also fantastic, totally transforms the feel of the car. Do need lower seats now though because the wheel is smaller and with my seating height i cannot see the top cluster lights (aka oil pressure light).

Euro instrument cluster - I have the wire plugged in for the oil temp. I'm waiting to buy the Rally road oil filter cap to add the sensor and an oil cooler next season.



My car will also be doing winter duty this year so i've got some new wheels and picking up snow tires tonight. The wheels will be plastidipped to protect them. Thinking Blaze orange for fun.




They looked like this when i picked them up





I plan on ordering a set of 75mm studs from Apex when i go to install these.
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Nice looking wheels, for winter!

That green coolant looks right. After a while, the blue in BMW coolant turns to green. It's just a temporary coolant color.
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Nice looking wheels, for winter!

That green coolant looks right. After a while, the blue in BMW coolant turns to green. It's just a temporary coolant color.
I've seen the BMW coolant turn green. This was straight green coolant. I've heard people say it'll eat head gaskets blah blah but i'm skeptical. Mainly i just wanted fresh blue in there and some water wetter before winter comes.
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Nice build so far. Getting me excited for mine.
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Nice thread. Anything else planned before spring?

Glad you caught cooling refresh in time. Small thing -- you may want to replace plastic expansion tank clip with aftermarket bronze one. Cheap protection.
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Nice thread. Anything else planned before spring?

Glad you caught cooling refresh in time. Small thing -- you may want to replace plastic expansion tank clip with aftermarket bronze one. Cheap protection.
expansion tank clip?

Plans are really just build it slowly into a full track car, then either euro swap or turbo down the line. For this winter though i'm planning to finish gutting the interior and having the cage welded in. Also have a rear subframe welded and powder coated and ready to go, which will get 75D AKG bushings throughout. Then i'll be out of money... again lol
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Just ordered up $1000 dollars worth of parts for my rear end rebuild.

Lemforder RTAB's
Meyle Ball joints
Lemforder upper control arm bushings
*** wheel bearings
Inner and outer CV shaft kits
Victor Reinz half shaft flange seals
Victor Reinz Diff gasket
ATE parking brake shoes
Parking brake hardware
Parking brake cables
Lemforder rear sway bar links
AKG Black rear subframe bushings
AKG Black diff bushings
Megan adjustable LCA's
Ireland engineering spring perches/adjusters
60mm 350lb springs.

Still need to buy Bimmerdiffs 40% lockup clutch kit, Detent kit, Diff fluid, trans fluid, CSB but i'm now broke as a joke for a little while.

Pics will be coming after midohio next month. I wanted to have this all done before then but realistically its just not going to happen.
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Well now that the car has been put up for winter i figured it was finally time to bite the bullet.

GOAL: whole underside will be refreshed, everything powder coated, rebuilt or new.

Kind of got carried away and didn't get as many pictures as i wanted of disassembly... hope i remember where everything goes...



Next was axle rebuilds so i could get them powder coated nicely


They were in good shape with no knocking, clunking etc but still has to be gone through!

Cracked shield on the outside joint... probably from standing on the control arms lol



yummy


Cleaned up and ready to store


ready for the powder coating
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Theres a great DIY sandblasting place about 2 hours from me in west Michigan. I threw everything in the truck and headed out. 4 hours of sandblasting later...There is also a ton of small bits in that blue container also....60+ pieces in total



got everything back about 2 weeks later and heres a teaser for now...




Not everything is orange. The front subframe, rear subframe, x-brace and calipers with brackets are orange. Diff cover is silver and everything else is/ will be black.

Next up is to get the rear trailing arms rebuilt with everything pressed back in. New RTAB with limiters, new ball joints, wheel bearings, shields, parking brake assembly, pads, rotors and freshly rebuilt calipers! Also front hubs with new wheel bearings/hubs and freshly powder coated shields and calipers! WOOT! PROGRESS!
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