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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
I've been looking around, and can't seem to find stock springs for my '92 325i. I don't wanna lower the car, just wanna restore the stock feel. I guess I have to go to the dealer for these, or is there somewhere else I can order them from? How much can I expect to pay for them?
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I'm not upgraded right now, I'm on the stock suspension setup. What I meant was that I want to replace the OEM springs. I bought the car a few months ago with 140k mi on it, and I've been plagued with a squeaking / creaking sound coming from the driver's side rear wheel well. I've looked under there a million times, and can't figure out what it is. The subframe mounts are fine, the RTAB looks okay (although I just bought new ones and will replace anyway), the RSM's & shocks were just replaced 2wks ago, along with an e-brake adjustment.
Then it dawned on me that since the noise occurs mostly when I turn right (like when the spring gets loaded), it could be a weak spring, or maybe the spring pads are worn. When I replaced the shocks, I tried to save time by leaving the wheels on, so I never got a good look at the springs. So I won't know till I lift the rear tomorrow and take off the wheel, but do you think I'm finally on the right track?
I've seen spring upgrades where the drop in height is minimal (1 to 1.5 inches), but I feel like I need all the travel I can get. My town sucks so bad that it's rare to see a 100ft stretch of road that doesn't have a bump, crack, dip or pothole- people wander around these things so as not to bottom out, and all the city does is turn the holes into big mounds of asphalt, which isn't any better.
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you can get some Bilstein, H&R, etc. springs fairly cheaply (comparable to some OEM prices) that offer the exact same feel and ride as OEM. go to the banner on this website for tirerack.com and see what they have.
Okay, so I got a good look at the rear, and it seems the coils and pads are okay. So I stared at everything for about 4hrs this morning. Finally, I noticed that the inner bushing on my left upper control arm didn't look right, compared to the right side. GAH! Somebody please take this piece of s*%# off my hands, and relieve me of my misery.
I guess the bushing is shot, but I won't know if that's the cause of the creaking noise till I replace it. Bentley manual indicates it's not a hard job, but I can't see how there's any room to get the mounting through bolt out, it's so tight & cramped in there. If anyone has experience with this, I could use some advice . .