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dcramer 07-23-2013 11:48 AM

coupe vs sedan suspension parts
Due to a thrown rod and subsequent slippery ride at around turn 6 my coupe touched the wall. It's possible that the car will be written off. In that event I'd probably buy another car (possibly a sedan).

According to realoem both front and rear subframes are the same. However realoem has been wrong before.

Does anyone know if it's possible to take the parts off my coupe and put them on a sedan ?

craz azn 07-23-2013 12:04 PM

Your Euro motor popped? That sucks man. How much KMs were on it? Where did it come from?

Coupe and Sedan suspension should interchange no problem. You will have to beef up your rear floor though because chances are you will end up with a non-M sedan chassis to swap your stuff into.

dcramer 07-23-2013 12:08 PM

ya, it sucks.... it has 108,000 miles. It came from England.

Should have done the rod bearings.... lesson learned. Don't put an S50B32 from a wrecker into a car without spending some time in the bottom end.

It might work out in the end... as you recall getting emissions done on a 98 is near impossible. I will find a 97, or 96.

What has to be done to the floor? Is it more than just the M3 reinforcement plates ?

craz azn 07-23-2013 12:17 PM

Nope, its just those subframe reinforcement plates... BUT if I were under an E36 with the welder out already, I'd get the plates to beef up the trailing arm pockets too. So then, eventually when you decide to go solid of some description for the bushing in that area, it won't be a problem.

SiR 07-23-2013 12:20 PM

so I guess thats it for this season? sucks

dcramer 07-23-2013 12:21 PM

Thanks for the info. Ya, I'd probably do that as well.

Have to see what the ins company says about fixing the damage

I'm likely looking for a 96, or 97 e36 without rust. I could care less about pretty much everything else if anyone has one

dcramer 07-23-2013 12:27 PM


Originally Posted by SiR (Post 1618421)
so I guess thats it for this season? sucks

There's some hope that I might have a car back together for the fall.

If I were to buy an M3 out of the states, swap out my pss9's, seats, and roll bar I could drive fairly quickly. Candidly the euro probably only makes a difference on the back straight.

If I pic up an M3 I will have another S52 conversion for sale this winter...

On the upside I'm still alive. The hit wasn't that hard but it did a fair amount of damage. After I get the insurance sorted I'll post pics.

Two brand new 888's seriously flat spotted.

I know someone who had the same thing happen in 8. He's not driving anymore. My guess is the lack of control of those things happening scared him too much. It is something to consider... We have no real control of engines imploding. I was pretty lucky to have it happen on the straight.

dcramer 07-30-2013 10:11 AM

What about 95 cars is the chassis any different or just the suspension parts ?

sb_600 07-30-2013 10:32 AM

Happy to hear you're ok. Good luck with the rebuild/new find.

I think all e36 chassis are pretty much the same underneath (other than possibly the 318?).

T.Dot_E30 07-30-2013 10:57 AM


Originally Posted by dcramer (Post 1619193)
What about 95 cars is the chassis any different or just the suspension parts ?

Same just slightly different geometry for CA and CABs. Just don't mix and max suspension parts and you'll be okay.

dcramer 07-30-2013 10:58 AM

Well I was planning on moving my subframes over. I just want to make sure this is possible

sb_600 07-30-2013 11:01 AM


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