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    Hello all!

    Recenty got hold of an evo back axle to fit to my 328... plan is to polybush the whole thing before fitting it...but!

    It is showing signs of age and im wondering if it would be worthwhile breaking it down painting it and relpacing all the nuts, bolt etc before i get to install it!?

    I can only see one thread where this has been done before (although i'm sure this is not the case). has anyone else here done simmilar? is there a certain process i should follow!?

    Another thought! Brakes! would it best just to use standard evo rear calipers/ disc. or are there any other options!!

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    If your looking for a top finish the only way is to strip the whole rear end, remove all bushes and bearings (if your doing the trailing arms)...have it sandblasted and then freshly powder coated. You will have to ask them to tape up the bearing and bush surfaces to avoid enlargement when sandblasting plus plug any threads with bolts to avoid needing to re-tap them after the powder coat...heres one i made earlier





     
     

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    that looks amazing!! like better than brand new!!

    is it costly for the blasting and the powdercoat!?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckb View Post
    that looks amazing!! like better than brand new!!

    is it costly for the blasting and the powdercoat!?
    Haha thanks its was for an E46 M3 by the way but its all the same really, used to be black obviously...nice thing is powdercoat is the same price for pretty much any colour Oh in the end it was better than brand new due the the fact BMW had redesigned the subframe buses at some point due to the infamous subframe/body issues. These were the new bushes, the body had strengthening plates welded on while the rear end was off. Don't think this necessary on the E36 body. Not so sure about polly subframe buses personally unless they are super hard, this car had the yellow powerlex before this and they were like jelly compared to the stock BMW ones!(the black ones for the E36 are ok)

    Oh yea prices for the sandblasting was about 60 for the arms and subframe and about 80 to have it all coated. Not that cheap but then it will protect the parts plus it looks good. I hate painting things personally but its probably possible to get a good job if you clean stuff well enough and find suitable paint.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcEye View Post
    Don't think this necessary on the E36 body.
    If you going to all the trouble of putting in an EVO rear axle then I suggest that you do get the strengthening plates welded in too They are available from the dealer for not a lot of money and the E36 did also suffer from subframe tearing like the E46 but its not heard about as much
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    If you going to all the trouble of putting in an EVO rear axle then I suggest that you do get the strengthening plates welded in too They are available from the dealer for not a lot of money and the E36 did also suffer from subframe tearing like the E46 but its not heard about as much
    that sounds like a plan didn't really think of this! can't imagine i'll be running as much power as the evo any time soon but better safe than sorry !!

    don't suppose you know the part no. for this or would it be on realoem.com!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckb View Post
    that sounds like a plan didn't really think of this! can't imagine i'll be running as much power as the evo any time soon but better safe than sorry !!

    don't suppose you know the part no. for this or would it be on realoem.com!?
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    If you ask our forum vendor hereford BMW they should be able to help you as well as give a good price for them too
     
     

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    Nice!!!

    If you need any help or what not just PM me, I have done this on my mates (on here) and currently doing mine

    Shotblasting and powdercoating can be expensive but does give the best finish!

    I am fitting all new Superpro bushes where possible, new OEM bushes and fitting Powerflex bushes in the rear subframe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr OBD View Post
    Nice!!!

    If you need any help or what not just PM me, I have done this on my mates (on here) and currently doing mine

    Shotblasting and powdercoating can be expensive but does give the best finish!

    I am fitting all new Superpro bushes where possible, new OEM bushes and fitting Powerflex bushes in the rear subframe

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    oh Yes!!

    i've been looking for this kind of a responce!! prepare to be inundated with idiotic questions!! i hadn't thot of anything more than a quick rub down and spray tbh... i only got the axle coz it was offered to me dirt cheap! but as i said experiance is what i really need!! i am no mechanic! and the last thing i want to do is screw this up!!

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    hahhaaa I am actaully sanding mine down and hammerite'in them - no where near as good as p/coating but I just wanted to do mine I have a build thread on here, you are more than welcome to have a nosey!

    As said mate I don't mind answering questions - I work in the tuning motortrade (be it for VW, Audi group) so I am used to getting loads of Q's haha!!

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