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Old 02-27-2011, 12:47 AM   #31
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Re: M3 strut bearings- I see different part numbers listed for the 1995 M3 3.0L and the 1996-99 M3 3.2L. I have a 1995 ti M42- would either one still work and what is the difference?
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Interesting... I know the LCAs and LCA bushings are different due to a geometry change in '96 but was not aware of the top bearing change...

The caster angle is the same, just achieved a different way on the bottom, so I don't know what the change could be.

If there is a big price difference, I'd go with the less expensive option. If the difference is small in price, I'd go with the newer design (96-up)
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Re: M3 strut bearings- I see different part numbers listed for the 1995 M3 3.0L and the 1996-99 M3 3.2L. I have a 1995 ti M42- would either one still work and what is the difference?
'96+ M strut mounts (E36 M3 and MZ3) will give ~2 deg of camber when you swap them from left to right. This is very well documented on bimmerforums, make sure when you install them that you have them on the correct sides if you want the extra camber.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:35 PM   #34
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'96+ M strut mounts (E36 M3 and MZ3) will give ~2 deg of camber when you swap them from left to right. This is very well documented on bimmerforums, make sure when you install them that you have them on the correct sides if you want the extra camber.
Interesting bit of information!
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This is an excellent list. Just what a new owner like myself needs. Thanks for all the great info.
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I experienced improvement after I installed a front strut tower brace, then more improvement after I installed the x brace, then still more improvement after installing a rear strut tower brace. I installed the pieces in the above order. Front brace and x brace seemed to generated equal amounts of improvement. The rear brace, a little less. John
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I am starting to be a believe of strut tower braces.

Reading the autocross forums, the E36 guys say that it takes their jack a few less pumps to get a tire off the ground with a front strut tower brace. I can only image the effect we would get when using a rear shock tower brace since we have an open hatch design.

Now, what are the cheapest most effect tower braces?
I know of the Sparco one for the front at $130. Are there any cheaper ones?
What is a cheap one for the back?
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I paid $40 for a nice shiny used rear strut brace and $40 each for new ones, not so shiny on eBay for two ti's and a E36 sedan. Easy decision purchase as they help add rigidity. I'd like a Mason rear bar, but out of my current budget.
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I am starting to be a believe of strut tower braces.

Now, what are the cheapest most effect tower braces?
I know of the Sparco one for the front at $130. Are there any cheaper ones?
What is a cheap one for the back?
Cheapest is to make your own from a scrap of electrical conduit, like I did for my old e12. Just hammer the ends flat and drill to pick up the shock mount bolts. That straight steel tube is much stiffer than a curved aluminum bar.
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