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    Hi,

    My name's Tom and I'm from Bath. I've just moved over yet again from the VW side of life and I've had 3 E30's and an E36 previously and have just picked up another one.

    Firstly, this BMW game seems a lot more highly strung than the Dub scene and forums, so I hope my English is up to standard for the grammar Nazis and my thread title is accurate enough haha. Also I've already hit the search button and know where it is so don't panic.

    As I said I've picked up another E36, about 3 weeks ago now, and it's a 4 door 328i. It's rust free and solid and it's got 7 months MOT and Tax. It has heated seats and climate control and air-con and all that rubbish so most of that will be leaving shortly, but it's been quite nice for the drive to work while the weather's been poor.

    I've put some pics below, and my first question is what are the wheels? My wheel knowledge is usually plenty strong, but I'm lacking it with the BMW stuff. I thought they were E39 M5's when I glanced at it on the guys drive, but I looked at them when I got home and they're 17". They're staggered, and from the tyre size and fitment I assume they're 7.5 and 8.5, and I'm also guessing they're originally from a 5 series as the offset up front is way too lairy to be factory really.

    I didn't pay much attention when I went to get it, I just drove it and it was sound so I gave the guy the £500 he was asking and figured that if it was straight I'd keep it nice and use it on the road and if it wasn't then I'd kill it on a track somewhere over the next year

    Secondly, I've picked up a 3.15 ratio diff... is this really going to make that much of a difference? I'll have it on in an hour so it'll be going on the car regardless, but I've heard it makes a big difference and the ratio doesn't sound massively different just going by the numbers, so if anyone could enlighten me that'd be cool.

    So here it is anyway







    Anyway, any help would be much appreciated and apologies for the rambling first post. Oh and Hello!
     
     

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    nice clean looking loon that mate
     
     

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    Thanks a lot man, it's only on 101,000 miles at the moment, so not too bad for an old girl and everything works like new, even the rear top mounts weren't hammered when I whipped the suspension off lol, I'm big on 4 doors too so I couldn't say no
     
     

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    the wheels are replicas
    genuine M5 wheels are 18"
    genuine E39 wheels have a center bore of 74.1mm where as E36s have a center bore of 72.6 so check if there are any spigot rings fitted

    what is the 3.15 diff from
    is it from a 325i or a M3
    if its the 325 then it will be most likely be an open diff, not the best for the track unless you weld it but from what ive heard a welded diff can be a bit of a pain day to day
    due to the diff being a shorter ratio you will get better acceleration but you will lose some top end and you will have higher revs at cruising speed
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    Quote Originally Posted by disco!!!! View Post
    not the best for the track unless you weld
    Neither is a welded diff the best for the track.


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    Thanks for for your help mate, they do have a larger centre bore than E36 fitment wheels as they have aftermarket spigot rings fitted and I measured it with a vernier and it's bigger than the bore of my spare wheel. They're definitely not a stock E36 wheel due to the offset, however they are genuine BMW as they're stamped up on the inside, which is why I figured I'd ask because I thought the same as you at first... cheap reps... but it seems not. I've spent way wayy wayyy too much of my life on wheel-whores, so I did check for fake-ness first lol

    The 3.15 is from a 325 and it will be open for about a week until it's loaded with weld, I've run welded diffs on 8 different cars daily now and it's never been an issue for me personally. I was going to scavenge a 320 diff and associated gubbins but didn't fancy the weedier driveshafts purely for the reason that that means weedier CV's too, and I don't want to be covered in CV grease every other week changing them haha. I'm aware I'll loose some top end, but I very very rarely do more than a 100 anyway, but do you have any idea how much it'll benefit the acceleration? How well it pulls is way more important to me than being able to say my car would do 140
     
     

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    Put the BMW wheel part no cast into it into real OEM.com and it will give you the vehicles it came on.


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    Spot on, will do it tomorrow, was hoping someone would post up something nice and simple like that. Thanks a lot for the link.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomRich View Post
    Spot on, will do it tomorrow, was hoping someone would post up something nice and simple like that. Thanks a lot for the link.
    Did you find what you were looking for?


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