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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 Thu, Mar-19-2015, 03:11:21 AM   #21
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Good work. Shocks, fcabs, rtabs and mounts are always first order of business. Should bring her in line nicely.
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Old Thu, Mar-19-2015, 04:05:52 AM   #22
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Nice pick up! Car looks pretty clean. With your history, I'm just wondering if you've ever considered anything outside an e36? I know I'm kind of new here so that's why I was wondering
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One of the RSMs was shot Z3 plates are basically standard anymore. It gave me a chance to wash out the trunk and scrub the rear carpet with soap and water.
Same path I took with the EB, right down to the spare tire tub clean and carpet wash! Looking forward to the next couple updates... It's gonna be good.
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Nice pick up! Car looks pretty clean. With your history, I'm just wondering if you've ever considered anything outside an e36? I know I'm kind of new here so that's why I was wondering
Thanks guys.
Yes. The 46M is the inevitable next step, however, the crank bearing wear (before or after 2003.5), Vanos shearing and bolt snapping, and rear subframe tears can all be significantly expensive and time consuming to resolve. Those 3 costs can be about the same as I paid for this sedan. The choice was easy this time. Besides, my 36M parts inventory was getting a little fat!
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I did work on the driver seat cushion that will eventually go on the passenger side. The passenger cushions will then go to the driver side. This is my patented 'Plump-n-Swap' method that is unlicensed. I supplement the seat foam, then swap the driver cushion to the passenger side and vice versa.

You can use my method. I've made money fixing and selling seats using the Plump n Swap method by getting a nice pair of nice passenger seats to make a nice driver and passenger set. Even if you have to buy 2 sets of seats, it's still cheaper than recovering with something like new www.AutoBerry.com skins.

A small indentation on the outer bolster is actually a large hole in the foam. I fill it loosely with new foam and then add a layer of thin cotton to go between the foam and the leather. Then follow that up by punching holes the perimeter a little longer to give it about 4mm of relief. Leather can easily shrink 1 inch per foot. With some relief, you won't feel like you are sitting on a trampoline and the seams will be less likely to split soon. Then a little leather conditioner. Zymol and MothersVLR are my favorites but keeping it clean and dry and out of the sun trumps any fancy leather care product.
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I've got that "foam hole" in your first pic on my driver's bolster that I need to rectify soon. The leather above it is slightly worn, but not worn through yet. Do you have a method for patching that bit of missing foam, or is that what you're describing in the last paragraph?
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Yes. I use JoAnn fabrics headliner foam material and stuff a ball of it in the hole, attempting to wrap around the metal bar. Then a layer of light cotton fabric goes over the top of the foam that the leather wraps onto.

Once you have a hole in the leather, if it goes that far, I sew on a new piece of leather with the stock I have from buying rear seat sets for $100. That's the going rate.

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Next is front struts so back up in the air for that. Note the blue stripe (barely visible) on the front springs. Those indicate a higher spring rate (table below) to accommodate for the added weight of the auto tranny. The front springs and the rear diff being shorter, are about the only 2 unique and desirable parts on and Auto sedan.

Then I sold the re-painted, heavily rashed DS2s. All 4 tires were cupped. The left front tire needed a balance because of the wump-wump. There were the 2 nails in a rear tire too. The buyer didn't even look at them when he put them in his Suburban. Bye Bye!! I priced them pretty low. I'll use my Contours (favorite but heavy) or LTWs.

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Yellow - softest
Red - soft
Green - medium
Blue - hard
Pink - hardest
BMW E36 M3 Coupes and Sedans with a Manual transmission - 96-99 only
Front:
31 33 2 228 170 (yellow)
31 33 2 228 171 (red) (with headlight cleaning and electric seats etc..)
31 33 2 228 172 (blue) (Euro or LTW)
Rear:
33 53 9 069 132 (green)
33 53 9 069 133 (blue)

BMW E36 M3 Coupes and Sedans with an Automatic transmission - 96-99 only
Front:
31 33 2 228 172 (blue) (Euro or LTW)
Rear:
33 53 9 069 132 (green)
33 53 9 069 133 (blue)

BMW E36 M3 Convertibles with a Manual transmission
Front:
31 33 2 228 176
31 33 2 228 177 (pink) (with headlight cleaning and electric seats etc..)
Rear:
33 53 9 069 756
33 53 9 069 757 (pink) (with headlight cleaning and electric seats etc..)

BMW E36 M3 Convertibles with an Automatic transmission
Front:
31 33 2 228 177 (pink)
Rear:
33 53 9 069 757 (pink)
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love my vaders but is there a way to make them set lower, maybe by taking some of the foam out of the seat or replacing it with something thinner, i ask because i,m 6'4" and need all the headroom i can get. very nice car btw
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Yes. I use JoAnn fabrics headliner foam material and stuff a ball of it in the hole, attempting to wrap around the metal bar. Then a layer of light cotton fabric goes over the top of the foam that the leather wraps onto.

Once you have a hole, if it goes that far, I sew on a new piece of leather with the stock I have from buying rear seat sets for $100. That's the going rate.
Thanks for the info! A project I was intending to do this winter when the weather got bad, but all the snow went to the east coast this year
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