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    A few months ago i bought a 95 M3 5spd.Over the winter id like to replace all the suspension bushings.I thought id do oem or oem + replacments,Question is does anyone sell a complete kit or do i have to buy them piece by piece. Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69dart View Post
    A few months ago i bought a 95 M3 5spd.Over the winter id like to replace all the suspension bushings.I thought id do oem or oem + replacments,Question is does anyone sell a complete kit or do i have to buy them piece by piece. Thx
    FCPeuro

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    I believe ECS Tuning and FCP European both sell various levels of OE/OEM and aftermarket component kits.

    Turner, Pelican and ECS are under the same Investment Group umbrella. ECS absorbed BavAuto inventory.


    Validate OE part numbers using the last seven characters of the VIN in www.realoem.com

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    there wasnt a kit when i did this and there are a few things a kit might not have

    all rubber is not created equal. make sure you buy lemforder or OEM for the hard to get to bushings at the least. subframe bushings in a e36 sucks. make sure you replace the front differential bolt while your in there. dont bother trying to replace the lower rear control arm bushings on the diff side either get new oem arms with the reinforcements welded on or adjustable arms. the rear upper control arm is a delicate part I wasn't going to put it in a press so i changed the bushing with allthread and sockets, i was sold on the upgraded group N bushings for a stupid price but i dont belive it any better then oem, the trailing arms themselves will be the first bushing that will need replacing after a few years. so make sure you put the limiters in there to keep the movement and wear down.

    you can and should use the ball joint in both rear outer trailing arm locations if you have bushings in there. i think 1995's didnt get the spherical bearing the 96+'s got.

    there is a size upgrade you can do to the front diff bolt i didnt do it and ive never boken mine, however i put in a bmw stamped bushing a bolt when i did this. and torques it to spec.

    make sure you get the correct front strut mounts, they are 1995 M3 specific, or upgrade to camber plates. i have ground control street plates on my 97 sedan an love them.


    i luckly havent had this issue with bmw's yet but ive gotten boxes and boxes of trash rubber for my etype. craps been on a shelf for decades. every peice of rubber i put under the hood is cracking an falling apart
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    Fcp euro has a good kit but like others have said, sometimes they mix in non oem stuff like meyle. Best to just build your own by referring their kit and selecting oem stuff. That said, stick with fcp euro for the lifetime replacement warranty if you keep your car long term. It cost me $2k to replace every piece of rubber underneath the car.

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    Thx all,huge help

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobiedoo2029 View Post
    you can and should use the ball joint in both rear outer trailing arm locations if you have bushings in there. i think 1995's didnt get the spherical bearing the 96+'s got.
    Ya, the 1995M3 got a rubber isolated lower rose joint while the upper joint is a full metallic joint.

    1995M3
    33306852895 Ball Joint - Upper
    33326771828 Rubber Mounting - Lower

    1996+M3
    33306852895 Ball Joint - UPR/LWR


    Quote Originally Posted by scoobiedoo2029 View Post
    make sure you get the correct front strut mounts, they are 1995 M3 specific, or upgrade to camber plates. i have ground control street plates on my 97 sedan an love them.
    31332228345 Guide Support - 1995M3 (2)

    31332227897 Guide Support - Left 1996+M3
    31332227898 Guide Support - Right 1996+M3

    Unfortunately, there is no OEM/aftermarket option for the 1995M3 Guide Support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluptgm3 View Post
    Unfortunately, there is no aftermarket option for the 1995M3 Guide Support.
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    vorshlag or ground control race plates, and possibaly the tc kline plates, would have to correct range of adjustment to hit stock 1995 caster, the 1996+ caster setup (ground control street plates) might push the wheel to far forward and may contact fender liners with stock 1995 front suspension setup. there is without a doubt many 1995 m3's with camber plates, but i dont see a marketed street option. i thought ground control sold one, might be discontinued or im mistaken

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobiedoo2029 View Post
    vorshlag or ground control race plates, and possibaly the tc kline plates, would have to correct range of adjustment to hit stock 1995 caster, the 1996+ caster setup (ground control street plates) might push the wheel to far forward and may contact fender liners with stock 1995 front suspension setup. there is without a doubt many 1995 m3's with camber plates, but i dont see a marketed street option. i thought ground control sold one, might be discontinued or im mistaken
    These plates are built for 95 M3 geometry.

    https://groundcontrolstore.com/produ...es-and-z3-pair

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    OP: I just went through this same process. Many 95 parts are different from 96+ so keep that in mind.

    Order Meyle HD or Lemforder parts only. The front control arm ball joints can be pressed out and replaced if you have the patience to do so, otherwise, e30 arms also work for the 95's (you can do a search on this). If you care about ride quality, then stick with the OE strut mounts which are specific for the 95's. I ended up ordering 3 so I have an extra, let me know if you are interested in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayjaya29 View Post
    These plates are built for 95 M3 geometry.

    https://groundcontrolstore.com/produ...es-and-z3-pair
    Dont think these fit OE/OEM springs



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