If it's a deep recessed ///M then yes, you have M3 front hubs and brakesHi
My front calipers have the M logo embossed in them - is this std fitment or are these off an M car?
Z3 seats have been done before, although you might need to do a small amount of hole widening on the seat railsAwesome info' here. Yet again I am astonished by the knowledge!!! What about interiors? Are there any interior bolt on swaps from other BMWs for the E36? Does anyone have any links of Z3 front seats for E36 if its been done???
Thats what I did on my 325, that came without the long drop links but the early top mounts. I binned the legs and top mounts and fitted the later top mounts with the later springs and struts. :hihiEarly cars with the long ARB drop links (that mount to the actual front strut) have the ARB mounting brackets welded on in a different position on the chassis legs. When converting to the later type ARB, it won't be in the right place and it will put strain on the links - it's okay and it'll work, but you'll be replacing the links for every MOT.
The suspension changes didn't all happen at once. The original E36's used the long links until October 1991 (so all H plate and early J's will have this) and there are welded brackets on the side of the struts. These early struts are now BMW only and ££££. After 10/91 build, the arb was linked to the lower wishbone with short links like the E30.
The entire struts were revised again mid 1992 (so 99% of J plate and very early K's). Until 6/92, 320i and 325i cars had an expensive all in one steel/alloy top mount with a built in roller bearing - it's very similar to the E32 7 Series and 8 Series mount but the three top studs are spaced differently. Not only are the top mounts different, but the springs are longer and the top pin for the shocker is longer too. There are no lowering springs available for these - if you fit 30mm lowering springs meant for a later car, you'll actually drop it 60mm. The best way to lower an early 320i/325i is to fit a pair of later front coils. You can tell these early mounts because the plastic top dust cap is about 70mm diameter and the top shocker nut is a 22mm. The entire strut is different to a post 6/92 car.
Early 316i/318i cars are different too. The actual strut on 10/91-6/92 cars looks pretty much the same, but the top mounts are different - thicker top shock pin thread, bigger retaining nut (22mm) and a bigger bore in the top mount - so you cannot fit later top mounts because you can't get a socket in to tighen the nut. After 6/92 BMW standardised the struts on all non M3 cars so they're all the same design. The best thing to do with pre 1993 struts is to put them in a skip and buy a pair of later ones.
Mind you, there aren't many of these early ones left now!
318i front brakes will be solid discs, where as 323i will be vented, same as the 325i.but you haven't said anything about the differences between the 1993 318i brakes and the 1993 323i brakes?????
i need help with this as an engineer is giving me grief over my engine conversion