From digest.v4.n818 Mon Jul 8 17:09:57 1996
From: "Carl Buckland" <buckland_at_xmission.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 1996 17:57:29 +0000
Subject: E36 M3 springs
An M3 driver writes...
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 1996 16:09:25 -0400
Subject: E36 M3 Springs
I will be purchasing springs to upgrade my E36 M3. I'd like to hear from
folks who have upgraded the springs but kept the original shocks as I have
heard that for occassional autocross/schools the shocks are sufficient with
stiffer springs. I am considering the Eibachs and H&R. I also have racing
dynamics sway bars.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Dear Drivers with stock setups,
I have experimented with several setups, and think that one of the
best after market combos is:
H&R 2910 M3 springs slightly stiffer than stock, lower front 1.5
inches, and rear .75 to1 inch
Bilstein sport shocks to replace to too soft stock rear shocks
Koni adjustable struts send your stock struts to TC Kline for
Here are the spring rates for the springs:
stock 95to 120lbs, over a 6"range 335 lbs
H&R 200 lbs, 1.5" drop 380 lbs,1" drop
coilover 340lbs,.75 to 2" drop 380 lbs,1" drop
You may want to go with the rear Koni's as well. I have no
experience with them. Bilstein does not yet make a front strut,
although a few tuners have been able to make a conversion.
The Racing Dynamics sways that you already have are perfect if they
are 27mm and 22mm. Set them soft for a start.
I am going to be installing an H&R coilover system this week, but I
must say that my previous system (above) worked so well that I hate
to take it off!
This is, of course, only my opinion. I would hope that you would
also consider other options. Many of our fellow M3 drivers like the
Dinan Stage 3 or 4 very much. Some think that it is more "street
oriented." I don't know.
Also, don't forget to get some negative camber! The camber plates
offered by Dinan seem good, giving 2 degrees (stage 2 or 3), or 3.5
degrees(stage 4. Very radical, and tire wear is guarenteed). I just
use shims, and can get 3 degrees.
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