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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 Mon, Dec-10-2012, 08:02:06 PM   #1
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Default Major Front/Rear suspension overhaul, including oil pan baffle/OPN

Completed a major front and rear suspension overhaul this weekend on a fellow members gorgeous 99 E36 M3 Estoril/Dove.

Jon came down from LA and stayed the weekend, while we cranked everything out.

Short list of what we did

Drop entire rear suspension
weld in RTAB pocket reinforcements (found the passenger side was ripped. 106k, bone stock, one auto-x, no track events)
powdercoated/reinforced rear subframe
new OEM subframe bushings
75D AKG front diff bushing
new ball joints
new wheel bearings
new dust shields
new OEM RTABs w/limiters
Turner adjustable lower camber arms
new upper/inner bushings in spring arms
new Lemforder ball joints in control arms
new Lemforder tie rod assemblies
powdercoated/reinforced front subframe
new OEM motor mounts
new BW solid FCABS
new BW solid tranny mounts
oil pan gasket
Turner oil pan baffle kit
z3 2.8 pickup tube
oil pump nut (safety wire/loctite)
DIY power steering hose fix
new steering giubo
Vorshlag Camber plates
JRZ RS1 coilovers
drained diff, clean it out, new gasket, refill

Can't think of much else, I'll let the pictures do the talking
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Pictures......about thatttt
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NICE!!!
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present Jon brought me


unloading the parts


get it on jackstands


game time


time to start removing stuff


its out


BREMBOS


thats not good




AKG plates


since we are leaving gas tank in, gotta cut the inner tip off


Jon getting the pockets cleaned up


While Jon works on cleaning, I start disassembly




You think the RTABs needed to be replaced?
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Nice dude, bet it drives like a dream now.
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yeah.. they are shot




disassembling the e-brake


time to get the welder out


Go Pro for time lapse video set up


time to get welding










parts laid out


more welding












playing with some methods of welding, some better than others






old M3 FCABS


new solid rubber FCABs


these are trash


time for this crap to go
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Wow. And not a damn bit of rust on that pocket either. Scary. RTABs were shot.
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Willl there be any structural difference by cutting the tip off on the reinforcement plate? I doubt I will find the determination to pull my gas tank when I do this...
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out with the old


press work time


I love custom arbors


cuz you can never have enough pictures


PURDY


special visitor from the forums stopped by to say hi and see what we were up to


awesome Matco snap ring pliers




the press setup


get after it








new subframe/upper/lower arms back in the car


new dust shields back on


the dust shields ARE directional. Make sure to line up the holes with the holes on the trailing arm


putting the flanges back in


time to work on the diff


how did that get in there?
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all back together


this has to go


oh hai E46 csl rotors/Brembo package


e46 ebrake shoes for the e46 rotors to get the e-brake to work again. Needs some modification




little trim, and good to go




time for half shafts




goop them suckers up with anti-seize so it's easier in the future


limiters with the bracket




slight difference


I like




damn thats sexy


setting outer trailing arm at ride height so I can preload the upper/lower inner bushings, and mark the RTABs, all to get torqued








I want BADLY


diff back in


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