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WTB: E36 M3 or Bilstein B8 suspension

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Early stages of the project, but wondering if anyone has anything lying around?

To suit 1996 E36 touring NZ New (I'm pretty sure all E36 suspension bits fit, but correct me if I'm wrong).

Cheers, Kris

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Just to help you with part numbers, Bilstein don't make a B8 shock for the E36 (despite what the US sites market them as). They do make a B6 though which is suitable for lowering springs and B4's which are suitable for stock springs.

You can make up a B8 set by using Z3M front B8's and E46 M3 rear B8's but it's difficult to find perfect springs for that combo.

The "E36 B8's" on US sites are B6 part numbers.

http://web1.carparts-cat.com/default.aspx?11=18&10=CAA15FE554904382B0FB9ABF5CC3B1AB018001&14=1&12=100

 

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1 hour ago, M3AN said:

Just to help you with part numbers, Bilstein don't make a B8 shock for the E36 (despite what the US sites market them as). They do make a B6 though which is suitable for lowering springs and B4's which are suitable for stock springs.

You can make up a B8 set by using Z3M front B8's and E46 M3 rear B8's but it's difficult to find perfect springs for that combo.

The "E36 B8's" on US sites are B6 part numbers.

http://web1.carparts-cat.com/default.aspx?11=18&10=CAA15FE554904382B0FB9ABF5CC3B1AB018001&14=1&12=100

 

That's really great to know, actually! I'll probably settle for B6s then - I want something which handles better then the stock (and very old) boat suspension currently in the car, but I don't want coil overs (I'd love to get a nice low ride height, but the last time I put coil overs in the car I had to sell it, as my wife couldn't suffer it and it was no longer usable for the weekends).

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Im not sure if they still make these, but when i did my E36 M 5 stud swap on my E30. I got these B8s from Autolign: 

http://web1.carparts-cat.com/default.aspx?10=849C90BC30684D06A390EFC14A976D15018001&12=2192&14=1&230=28&1116=22040107&1153=&1271=70&1272=&1273=&tp_articlesearch%24txt_articleSearch=22040107 

Part number: 22-040104 supersedes to 35-044031 

I did run my my sway bar link to my control arms if it makes a difference to you. 

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3 hours ago, Statek said:

That's really great to know, actually! I'll probably settle for B6s then - I want something which handles better then the stock (and very old) boat suspension currently in the car, but I don't want coil overs (I'd love to get a nice low ride height, but the last time I put coil overs in the car I had to sell it, as my wife couldn't suffer it and it was no longer usable for the weekends).

I have the B6's and Eibach black springs, love it. A little bit lower (in fact you may need bigger spring pads) but not 'racecar' low.

Details in my PLOG.

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