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#1 (permalink) Old 04-04-2005, 05:04 PM
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OK, I did alot of searching and found nothing.
So what I want to know is how different is a 328is suspension compared to a 328i.
Does the 328is have a better suspension? Does it basically have the M3 suspension? What about the sway bars?
Any info would be much appreciated.

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Originally posted by mech9T8@Apr 4 2005, 04:04 PM
OK, I did alot of searching and found nothing.
So what I want to know is how different is a 328is suspension compared to a 328i.
Does the 328is have a better suspension? Does it basically have the M3 suspension? What about the sway bars?
Any info would be much appreciated.
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So i thought once that the 'is' had the sport package. I was wrong. The 'is' is the name of the two door while the 'i' is the name of the four door. My '98 'is' has no sway bars....yet....

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The tire inflation plate on my 328iS says that the sport suspension chassis can accept 235/40-R17. Is that the standard wheel/tire on the M3?

I'm interested in the differences also.
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Originally posted by morph+Apr 4 2005, 05:06 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(morph @ Apr 4 2005, 05:06 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-mech9T8@Apr 4 2005, 04:04 PM
OK, I did alot of searching and found nothing.
So what I want to know is how different is a 328is suspension compared to a 328i.
Does the 328is have a better suspension? Does it basically have the M3 suspension? What about the sway bars?
Any info would be much appreciated.
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So i thought once that the 'is' had the sport package. I was wrong. The 'is' is the name of the two door while the 'i' is the name of the four door. My '98 'is' has no sway bars....yet....
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buddy, u have your info messed up!!.... every car has sway bars.. and actually, bmws have 3 of them... when people say they have sway bars.. its just a larger diameter one.. which give much better handling

anyways, the is basically sits lower to the ground then a regular i... all IS's have a sport tuned suspension..

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OK, I did alot of searching and found nothing.
So what I want to know is how different is a 328is suspension compared to a 328i.
Does the 328is have a better suspension? Does it basically have the M3 suspension? What about the sway bars?
Any info would be much appreciated.
[snapback]325489[/snapback]


So i thought once that the 'is' had the sport package. I was wrong. The 'is' is the name of the two door while the 'i' is the name of the four door. My '98 'is' has no sway bars....yet....
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buddy, u have your info messed up!!.... every car has sway bars.. and actually, bmws have 3 of them... when people say they have sway bars.. its just a larger diameter one.. which give much better handling

anyways, the is basically sits lower to the ground then a regular i... all iS's have a sport tuned suspension..
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I was under the impression that the E36 iS just denoted the 2 door coupe. The iS actually meant something in the E30 days. Back THEN it meant a sports suspension. It actually meant something important back then.
The sports package was offered on some of the E36's. I'm not sure if it was the just the coupes and/or sedans. I know that my 1992 318is did NOT have the sports package, but my 1994 325is does have the sports package.

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Ok, so we don't have a positive answer yet.
So is the "sport" supension the same as the "M-technic" suspension?
And is the M-technic basically the M3 suspension.

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OK, I think I found something. But I don't know how accurate it is.
I found this surfing the net:

"Subject: Re: "M" Technic suspension on E36?

> So my question is: 1) What the *!@% exactly is this 'M-Tech Sport
> Suspension' bill of goods that they sold me???

In brief:
- - Spring rates +15% front and rear
- - Shock rates +25% front and rear
- - Drop -15mm front, -10mm rear
- - Front anti-roll bar 24 to 25.5mm
- - Rear anti-roll bar 15 to 18mm

Interestingly enough, the E36 convertible w/sport package (at least
initially) didn't get the stiffer suspension, only the wheels and trim,
presumably due to the less rigid body structure. In light of the
appearance of an M3 convertible, who knows?...kinda makes one wonder what
the target market for that model really is.

> 2) What can I do to it to make it more like a real M3 suspension?

The easiest thing to do would be to acquire a takeoff M3 suspension
(shocks, springs, swaybars). If you want to go whole hog, you could also
replace the front control arms + bushings + upper strut bearings, hubs +
rotors and steering rack with the M3 parts."

Can anyone verify?

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I thought the (i) stood for (inline 6or4) and the (s) is for sport?....ie....the new bimmer 325ix...hence (i)inline and (x) 4wheel drive.....I dunno?

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Originally posted by morph+Apr 4 2005, 05:06 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(morph @ Apr 4 2005, 05:06 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'>.. The 'is' is the name of the two door while the 'i' is the name of the four door...
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Yes, exactly true for the E36..the badge does not denote package at all. However any badge with "X" does denote all-wheel-drive, go figure..

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I was under the impression that the E36 iS just denoted the 2 door coupe. The iS actually meant something in the E30 days. Back THEN it meant a sports suspension. It actually meant something important back then.
The sports package was offered on some of the E36's. I'm not sure if it was the just the coupes and/or sedans. I know that my 1992 318is did NOT have the sports package, but my 1994 325is does have the sports package.
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Here's an interesting site. I didn't find anything specific about the suspsension yet.

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I thought the "i" stood for "injected". That would make more sense because 540i's are not inline 8's.

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^^^^^ yup.

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yup. "i" is for injected and why the hell they put the "s" for sport when the sport pkg wasn't standard. I guess they considered coupes sporty. I have been told the sport pkg included; bigger wheels, sport suspension (stiffer?), sport seats (bigger side bolsters and extendable thigh support) and I think thats it.
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They probably just nneded a way for people to designate between the coupe and sedan. They couldn't use "c" because the convertible used that.

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the new e46 coupes are 330ci ect...on a convertiable e36, it was never denoted on the badge, but it was ex. 328iC for convertable. i came across that when i was looking at buying my car a while back. and im thinking the "s" stands for sport, but on the other hand, not all "is" came w/ the sport package....and the question still stands "how do i know if i have the sport package? i donno lol hope that helped and feel free to correct me. later fools!!

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