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As mentioned earlier, the E36 is an excellent chassis to build a performance car from, however it comes with its downfalls. Since the car was the first to be designed in CAD (computer aided design), the area on the unibody where the rear shock mounts is prone to failure. What happens, is from continual use with a performance suspension, the rear shock mount can mushroom the unibody and can even lead to the point where the rear shock will just rocket through the unibody and into the trunk area. In order to battle this problem, a reinforcement plate can be...

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bmw, brakes, e36, street build, track build -

Many will tell you that the E36 brakes that come from the factory are adequately sized for the car, which I would have to agree with. They are more than capable of stopping the car safely and predictably, even on a track with the correct brake components. However, they can be improved upon. The successor to the E36, the E46, has brake components that bolt right on without any modifications whatsoever to the E36 setup. It is said that the front brakes from an E46 330i, paired with the rear brakes from an E46 325i/328i, are the perfect combination and...

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bmw, e36, street build, track build -

The E36 chassis is an excellent platform for a performance car. However, there are some drawbacks that come with it as well. The E36 was the first chassis that BMW designed with CAD (Computer Aided Design), and though computers are pretty awesome, they are only as smart as the programmer of the software used on it. Now, before the E36, all BMW chassis’ were tested in the field with trial and error, which meant that they were all beefy, and can take a beating. Of course this may mean they came with some more weight. Well, one of the weak...

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