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As far as I'm aware they fit straight in as a direct replacement just unscrew the old and screw in the new!! I've never tried it myself but I've dismantled both types of car and never noticed any thread size difference.
 

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I was looking into this w little while back... When I took the door panels off it looked like the rod which goes into the door fills the whole pin. I.e. if you put a shorter pin on it it is more likely to just leave a gap around the bottom.

Little pic to illustrate what I mean. However if you find out that this isn't the case let me know as I'll be doing it ASAP!!

 
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I was looking into this w little while back... When I took the door panels off it looked like the rod which goes into the door fills the whole pin. I.e. if you put a shorter pin on it it is more likely to just leave a gap around the bottom.

Little pic to illustrate what I mean. However if you find out that this isn't the case let me know as I'll be doing it ASAP!!

Good point.

If the top of the 4 door pin is not threaded you could just measure how much needs to be trimmed and hacksaw the extra off... if that will mean removing the thread then you would need to get the two door locking pin thingy.

Have a look in the Useful links section as theres a load of breakers listed that will have them Im sure.

or a BMW dealers of course :thumbsup
 

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Yeah the thread is at the top. So you'd probably need new rods. However BMW won't make then for the rear, and the coupe has a larger door so the front rods probably won't be the same shape as the saloon. I could be wrong though? A trip to the scrap yard is required. Unless someone can post pics of the inside of a coupe door to compare with a saloon?
 

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328i 1996 E36 Touring,

front door rod, #3, part number 51211977359. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=CF12&mospid=47463&btnr=41_0939&hg=41&fg=40. black lock button, #4, 51211852140.

Rear door rod, #10, part number 51221960839. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=CF12&mospid=47463&btnr=41_0941&hg=41&fg=45, black lock button, #12, 51211852140

Saloon front pins and rear pins same as above.

325i 1994 e36 Coupe,

front door rod, #3, part number 51218132887. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BF32&mospid=47430&btnr=41_0939&hg=41&fg=40, black lock button, #4 51218399243

The rods should be bendable to make fit or you can try rethreading the rod
 
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