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I have a 325i 94 and i was wondering if there is any way i can do donuts since its not posi.

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"posi" is a term that chevy or ford (all the same to me) made up for their term of a locking differential.

You need an LSD (limited slip differential) if you dont have one. One way to tell if you dont have one is to jack the back of the car up, spin one wheel with your hand and if the other wheel spins the opposite direction, you don't have and LSD. Otherwise, good luck getting the back end to KEEP sliding...

So really, no not really any easy way to do donuts.


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yes you can do donuts, but would you want to? it will only lessen the life of your car. the part that i would worry about the most is the driveshaft and the guibo disk.

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Hmm. Easist way to do a donut and kill the car at the same time?

Turn the wheel hard over, rev to 5k, and drop the cutch.

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he has an open differential... If you really wanted to try you could, but be careful as it's very stressful on the driveline since you have an open differential.


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So that's what limited slip is. I was never really sure, the guy I bought my car from told me this one had it, but never really knew what it was.

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Limitied slip differentials transfer power from the spinning wheel to the oposite wheel. That's a super simple explanation, you can read up more online there's tons of stuff about LSDs (limited slip differentials)

And I believe positraction was a Pontiac thing

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It's more difficult to do them with a non-LSD diff. However, it is still possible. You'll have to warm up both tires a lot so that they both loose traction very easily. After a few min of doing donuts, you're going to wish you never had. There are about 10 different things you should check after you've done one. And none of them are cheap to fix.

Front CA bushings, balljoints, rear shock mounts, rear shocks, rear sway bar endlinks, rear trailing arm bushings, rear control arm bushing, etc.

Take everyone's advice, it's not worth it.

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Hmm. Easist way to do a donut and kill the car at the same time?

Turn the wheel hard over, rev to 5k, and drop the cutch.
lol sounds like what i used to do in my old car, ford escort if ur wondering lol.

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You can learn all about differentials here: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/differential.htm

If you've never seen this site check it out....you can learn about tons of stuff; they make it all pretty easy to understand.

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so thats why my $h&t is all fawked up!?!?! jk, now i wish i wouldnt have done the few donuts that i have done, i wont be doing them anymore i can assure you that...i guess i need to check all of that stuff now....

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I have a 325i 94 and i was wondering if there is any way i can do donuts since its not posi.
Of course you can do doghnuts. Just bring lots of serviets because the Boston creme is especially messy...

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I have a 325i 94 and i was wondering if there is any way i can do donuts since its not posi.
i dont know... can you?

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Nice lip "playboy"

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