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    I am starting to work on the set-up of my E36 318. I am not a power-monger. I usually mod every car I own but its always suspension and brakes. Lowered set-ups are no use to me.

    Can anyone direct me to a comprehensive set of info about springs and dampers?

    I am surprised there is not clearer information on any forums, here or elsewhere, about the various standard set-ups, spring dimensions, damper setting, bushes, strut spacers and so on.

    (Anyone got a set of 320 or 323 E36 front springs lying around? Standard or M.)
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimf671 View Post
    I am starting to work on the set-up of my E36 318. I am not a power-monger. I usually mod every car I own but its always suspension and brakes. Lowered set-ups are no use to me.

    Can anyone direct me to a comprehensive set of info about springs and dampers?

    I am surprised there is not clearer information on any forums, here or elsewhere, about the various standard set-ups, spring dimensions, damper setting, bushes, strut spacers and so on.

    (Anyone got a set of 320 or 323 E36 front springs lying around? Standard or M.)

    I personally would not buy used/2nd hand springs/shocks. Why pay for such components that are likely to be worn as yours

    Both the standard and M-tech units are available very inexpensively from the likes of eurocarparts and GFSCP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSK View Post
    I personally would not buy used/2nd hand springs/shocks. Why pay for such components that are likely to be worn as yours
    There is a name for a used spring: TESTED.


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    Both the standard and M-tech units are available very inexpensively from the likes of eurocarparts and GFSCP!
    So what are people buying? Do they care? Probably not by the look of things.

    I have a rough idea what spring rates I want. The next problem is finding out the rate of the springs on sale: often not easy. Oops, now I need to know the dimesions as well, so that I can calculate which 6-cylinder front springs to fit on my 4-cylinder car to maintain standard ride height (this is not a city car). All set up in MathCAD for calculating this stuff.

    Rear dampers: not really a problem, as the spring rate will hardly change and one of the standard items will be fine.

    Front dampers: I cannot be sure which ones are right because neither BMW nor the aftermarket suppliers discuss settings. Most of their setting may be a bit off-target for me since my unsprung weight will be lower than most would expect but the spring will be about double the standard rate.


    (i HAVE thought about this)
     
     

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    No clue how you will get the info you require about spring rates, but IIRC, Demon Tweeks have a custom spring section, where by the springs are either made or ready off the shelf in various sizes and rates - may be worth popping them an email.
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    Thanks for the tip on Demon Tweeks. Not short of spring makers: only ones that will part with any information!
     
     

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    Rear second hand springs(standard) are really not worth it on a e36 or e46, they break for a past time, It's why I can do a pair of rear springs on a e46 in under 15mins
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    Rear second hand springs(standard) are really not worth it on a e36 or e46, they break for a past time, It's why I can do a pair of rear springs on a e46 in under 15mins
    That's including the time it takes him to make a coffee and drink it too
     
     

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    15 minutes, for wheel off, one bolt and good kick?

    That'll be in the dark then?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimf671 View Post
    15 minutes, for wheel off, one bolt and good kick?

    That'll be in the dark then?
    The pair






    I have to put it up in the air and back down again!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSK View Post
    I personally would not buy used/2nd hand springs/shocks. Why pay for such components that are likely to be worn as yours

    Both the standard and M-tech units are available very inexpensively from the likes of eurocarparts and GFSCP!
    M-tech springs are not available from GSF, shocks are, but very limited on model availablity, ive had trouble finding rear springs for an M-tech coupe, nigh on impossilbe to find aftermarket ones from anywhere. Gonna go for an Eibach Pro-Kit, as the lowering amount on the rear is zero when compared to m-tech, and the front is 15mm. (15mm rear & 30mm front from standard height, but m-techs are 15mm lower than standard)
     
     

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