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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 09-16-2007, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just wondering if my car has a limited slip diff ive heard that some of the e30's did its and 88 325i i will post up pics tommro ...
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Old 09-16-2007, 09:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try doing a burn out.. see if you get two tiremarks
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jack up the rear of the car, and with it in neutral and both the rear tires off the ground, spin on, if the other turns the same direction you have LSD, if it turns the opposite direction, you dont...

also if the tag on the back of the differential starts with S then its a limited slip...in the case of a 325i its probably going to say 3.73 or S3.73 unless its auto then it might says 4.10 or S4.10

but almost all 325i's came open diff...
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jack up the rear of the car, and with it in neutral and both the rear tires off the ground, spin on, if the other turns the same direction you have LSD, if it turns the opposite direction, you dont...

also if the tag on the back of the differential starts with S then its a limited slip...in the case of a 325i its probably going to say 3.73 or S3.73 unless its auto then it might says 4.10 or S4.10

but almost all 325i's came open diff...
thanks alot man, ill check that out this is my first rwd car... and wouldnt mind being able to drift it a bit if possible.. having said that how much abuse can the stock drivetrain take? just curious
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i dont recommend using an E30 for drift, it turns too well without kicking the back end out to waste it on drifting, not to mention the car was designed with a tad bit of understeer...the last BMWs to be built with oversteer characteristics were the E21 and the classic 2002's but you didnt ask my personal opinion, so moving on...

as long as nothing is worn out or broken (bushings, shocks, struts, bearings) its pretty sturdy, but things will break...lol
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i dont recommend using an E30 for drift, it turns too well without kicking the back end out to waste it on drifting, not to mention the car was designed with a tad bit of understeer...the last BMWs to be built with oversteer characteristics were the E21 and the classic 2002's but you didnt ask my personal opinion, so moving on...

as long as nothing is worn out or broken (bushings, shocks, struts, bearings) its pretty sturdy, but things will break...lol
hell yea things break. heh. due to my idiot driving, rain drifting, and constant windy road abuse my 318 needs new bushings everywhere. I think i need a new muffler bearing also.
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the easy way is to do a burn out.. two tread marks the spot!
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Drifting and drag racing a BMW is like fishing with a high dollar hooker, it might be a good time but not what she's built for.
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hell yea things break. heh. due to my idiot driving, rain drifting, and constant windy road abuse my 318 needs new bushings everywhere. I think i need a new muffler bearing also.
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the easy way is to do a burn out.. two tread marks the spot!
i think sticking your head under the back of the car and looking at the diff is easier...not to mention i have left 2 tire marks with an open diff...
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