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  1. E36 - Avoid floor tears by fitting reinforcing plates on Diff and Gearbox mounting points (As used on the M3) 
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    I'm in the process of removing the rear subframe of my '91 325i and I'm wondering, is it easier to drop the complete rear end or remove it bit by bit? I have currently removed the exhaust and diff and am working on removing the hub arms.
     
     

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    What work do you have to carry out? Are you replacing the bushes???
     
     

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    Will be getting reinforcement plates welded in as the early e36's didn't have them as standard, heard and seen some horror stories of floors being ripped apart around the mounting points. Might as well do the bushes too while I'm at it, recommend any uprated ones dude? The stiffer the better (ooer missus)
     
     

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    You're dead right about the horror stories. The M3 came with reinforcing plates on the rear diff subframe and the gear box.

    Do you have the part numbers?

    I carried this work out on mine whilst doing the conversion

    I use Powerflex Poly bushes... they're awesome. Whilst your at it, why not replace the anti-roll bars too I did
     
     

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    Yeah I got all the part numbers. Just need to find some monies for new bushes now......stop making me spend money!!!!! LOL

    Hadn't heard about the gearbox ones, explain?
     
     

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    This should explain allhttp://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...26&hg=41&fg=05

    These parts have been sourced using the donor M3 chassis number that was used for my conversion
     
     

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