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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 Sun, Jan-13-2019, 02:21:54 AM   #1
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Hello,

I'm back driving an M3 (98 E36 sedan auto) with 81500 miles.
I need to replace the front and rear struts for aggressive street driving
Please recommend with possible links. Thanks in advance!

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I had this same question for a while. I saw others mention the Bilsteins are a bit too harsh and valved improperly for street use. I ended up going with OEM sachs because it was cheap. But next time I'd probably go Koni with some lowering springs or full coilovers.
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Much thanks!
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Bilstein may have changed it’s design — I am not sure. Koni has long been popular but you
must modify the stock strut to hold the koni tube.
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I went with TCKline S/A coilovers at 300 lbs front springs and 400 lbs rear springs for spirited street driving.

It is beyond comfortable and I'm blown away that the car feels like it's more planted yet supple.

It's pricey but I think it's worth it.
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That is a popular choice if you want coilovers. Equally popular for coilovers are ground control and bilstein pss9.
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Thanks everyone! Decided to stay stock, for now
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Koni shocks are in your future then. Stock Sachs struts and rear shocks are done between 30k miles to 60k miles.
The OEM Sachs Struts and rear Shocks are available for very little money if that is you route.

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I replaced my blown out setup with the Dinan suspension. Seems nice enough, but you get almost zero drop in the front. Not sure if that matters to you.
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I have the Sachs as well, thinking about putting in oem Euro springs in the near future to get a slight drop
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