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    My mate was fittin some lowered springs to my E36 323i coupe today, the rears went on fine but as he's come to do the fronts he said the spring cup was the wrong shape for the springs? I can't really comment as I've not seen it first hand.

    The springs were for a 325i but I presumed they would fit the 323i. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
     

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    Well, the fronts should be the same size/shape, it's the same part number (apart from Ms) but fitted 325 springs to a car with an alloy block 323 engine will mean the front won't really be lowered at all.
     
     

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    I'll have to go have a look in a bit to check it out. Thanks for the info mate
     
     

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    What year was the 325i the springs came off?
     
     

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    They were from a 1992 325i but never fitted to it.
     
     

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    The very early ones 1991/1992 have different shocks and top mounts, the top coil is also larger than the later springs....

    I have tried to retro fit the early springs and top mounts to later shocks, but the strut piston is too short to get them done up...
     
     

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    Bastid!!! Thanks for the info steve.
     
     

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    Good point, i forgot about that.
    real early saloons had M3 type shocks where the roll bar linked onto the shock body.
    The next design had the roll bar link to the wishbone, but still had the different top mount.
    After 9/92 i think, they changed the shock design again, still kept the link bar to the wishbone, but the top of the strut had a different design, so you couldn't swap the topmounts over.

    If you've got a dome in the middle of your top mount, it's the early design, it it's dished down, it's the later type.

    The early design is better, but only just, as it's a proper spherical bearing, and the later design was a cheaper rubber suspension, but the lack of uprated shocks and parts mean it's usually better to update the shocks and mounts completely for the newer type.

    I converted mine when i got a set of Alpina shocks and bought all the newer kit to match it, but i don't think you can convert back to use your existing shocks with the older mounts and springs.
     
     

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    Thanks for the quick replies. I better get looking for some later springs
     
     

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    Springs are defo the early type. Missed out on a pair of lowered fromt springs on ebay last night but have an idea.....

    Is there anyway I can open the 325 coil out so it would fit the newer shocks?? Or chopping it down?
     
     

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