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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, Aug-15-2017, 12:19:26 PM   #11
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That's a great story. If you see something you like, just go for it. Some people let their dreamcar go, because it's one state away.


I've thought about removing the helper spring (what does it help for!?) and fitting one of those droplink mount brackets I have seen on Porsche PSS9 kits. Or just fit a bigger front sway, but this usually means numerous pounds of extra weight.
The helper spring keeps the main spring seated when the suspension goes into full droop. When I had my black 95, the coilover setup I had didn't have helpers, and I didn't have any issues with the springs clunking or anything indicative of them being out of alignment with their seats and snapping back in.

I like this story as well. During my most recent e36 m3 search, I almost bought one from Arizona which I would have flown out and driven back, but I ended up buying one that was only 3 hours away. It looks like you got a really good deal. Mods before maintenance!
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Old Tue, Aug-15-2017, 02:28:10 PM   #12
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Hey Chaz, where in Md are you? I'm in Eldersburg.
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Old Tue, Aug-15-2017, 02:46:36 PM   #13
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Congratulations! Enjoy in good health.

Lovely car and a very interesting test drive.
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That's a great story. If you see something you like, just go for it. Some people let their dreamcar go, beause it's one state away.

You're PSS9 kit again reminds me on one of my big misteries and I wonder what you P/N is of your set.

I've been on PSS9's since 2009. Back when I only had the 328i. I ordered the M3 version as I wanted to convert to the shock mounted droplinks to make the stock swaybar more effective, without needing to go aftermarket.

When the set arrived (it was ordered by a shop) I noticed there were no shock mounted droplinks and the set even came with a conversion set of control arm mounted droplinks.

I did check the P/N on the box a few times and should be the M3 version.

The shocks don't have the mounts, as there is a second helper spring located on that spot. What's also striking is the completely different mainspring from what you have. Mine is much smaller in width, the same width along its lenght and it's also liniair.

Now I've been told that liniair spring are usually used in a more performance/race oriented setting. Don't quote me on it though.

On a big side step, way back in my scooter tuning past, I had this exotic race shock on the back with adjustable rebound and compression and remote reservoir and a liniair spring.

Now seeing your setup again confuses me.

Now the article on Pelican Parts confirms that my shock is the correct M3 one, even though it lacks the mounts:




This is how mine looks:


I've thought about removing the helper spring (what does it help for!?) and fitting one of those droplink mount brackets I have seen on Porsche PSS9 kits. Or just fit a bigger front sway, but this usually means numerous pounds of extra weight.
I have not had enough coffee today to answer this. Standby.

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The helper spring keeps the main spring seated when the suspension goes into full droop. When I had my black 95, the coilover setup I had didn't have helpers, and I didn't have any issues with the springs clunking or anything indicative of them being out of alignment with their seats and snapping back in.

I like this story as well. During my most recent e36 m3 search, I almost bought one from Arizona which I would have flown out and driven back, but I ended up buying one that was only 3 hours away. It looks like you got a really good deal. Mods before maintenance!
It's a good way to learn about the car for sure lol. Thanks bud.

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Hey Chaz, where in Md are you? I'm in Eldersburg.
Hanover, MD!
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Old Tue, Aug-15-2017, 03:02:07 PM   #14
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Awesome story!

M-parallel, those pictured are the original style I believe which are now sold as the clubsports. The PSS9's I had we the same as OP with the drop link mount.
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Old Tue, Aug-15-2017, 04:29:41 PM   #15
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Off to an excellent start. Almost every car I've purchased has been half a country away, so this resonates right at home. Just picked up a 200k E39 5MT wagon and did the long drive back in it as well. Tanks when properly maintained.
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Old Tue, Aug-15-2017, 10:18:46 PM   #16
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Nice find! It would have been awesome had you made it home on those original tires. I've never driven more than an hour to fetch one of my cars, thank god or somebody.
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Cool story bro (no seriously though.) Looks like you're enjoying the car already!
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Am I the only one confused on the fact that there weren't vaders in the car? Did the owner before sell them?

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Am I the only one confused on the fact that there weren't vaders in the car?
Probably.
The car is a lux package. It came with regular sport seats, no front lip, no twisty skirts, wood trim, goofy door sills, (a missing) front slat grille instead of the mesh in the front bumper and chrome interior door handles.
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The car is a lux package. It came with regular sport seats, no front lip, no twisty skirts, wood trim, goofy door sills, (a missing) front slat grille instead of the mesh in the front bumper and chrome interior door handles.
The door sills are different?
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