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Old 04-27-2006, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thoughts towards Differentials

I will probably in the next few months begin my search for a differential.

What ratio should I be looking for... as I know little towards them.

Most of you know my power status in the car.

Who should I buy from?

Rebuild my self? I have every took at my disposal.

Or direct whole replacement?

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i say 3.43...

or if ur getting a 6psd, 4.10
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Old 04-27-2006, 07:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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well Les what is the main goal here? and what type of driving do you do.. have you got a LSD lock up in mind?


you have OE diffs to choose from or you can custom make one.
2.93
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3.23 (which you have)
3.38
3.46
3.91
anthing higher is really not worth it unless you go 6speed.
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I have been hearing great stuff about the 3.64... But I dont know anyone with one... I've only read posts about it...

Anyone else... come on.

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well Les what is the main goal here? and what type of driving do you do.. have you got a LSD lock up in mind?


you have OE diffs to choose from or you can custom make one.
2.93
3.15
3.23 (which you have)
3.38
3.46
3.91
anthing higher is really not worth it unless you go 6speed.
Well.. I will be using this car as a weekend fun car.. auto-x ect.. not much road racing.. just a lot of weekend sprinted driving.

I want a good diff that can hold up... have fun..

Nothing crazy for racing...

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than i suggest the 3.46 from the E36 320's its a good step up from the 3.23 but not so close that your redlining on the highway or on top speed runs... 3.64 is hard to find i hear...
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I can get the gear set from www.diffsonline.com... but they are exspensive...

Would a diff from a e36 320 work/fit on my car?

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I can get the gear set from www.diffsonline.com... but they are exspensive...

Would a diff from a e36 320 work/fit on my car?

Les

yes


im looking into a 3.46 as well, but depending on when i go FI i might just hang on to my 3.15 or even go 2.93
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id be patient and just keep an eye out for that 3.64... from what i hear, with the setup your running there is nothing better...
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Here's the thing.. I have a 95 M3 diff sitting in my storage unit... the internals are shit... I can get a new set of gears from diffsonline for a 3.64...

Anyone ever changed the gears inside of their diff...

I might have to get a book or something.. hmmm someone has had to do this.

Interesting...

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Here's the thing.. I have a 95 M3 diff sitting in my storage unit... the internals are shit... I can get a new set of gears from diffsonline for a 3.64...

Anyone ever changed the gears inside of their diff...

I might have to get a book or something.. hmmm someone has had to do this.

Interesting...

Peace,

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http://www.bimmerdiy.com/diy/e36diffswap

there you go good buddy...

what would you do with out me??? sheeesh!

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I'm not looking for a differential R&R... I'd droped mine more times than I can count....

I can do it is less than 20 mins provided the half shaft bolts are not extremly old and or striped.

I was speaking about the internals...

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http://www.bmwhow2.com/techarticles/.../lsrepair.html

what about that one? haha tell me if not then ill keep the search going...
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Yup... seen that one before... good work...

Now find me more.. cause that is where all searches end for e36 diff repair.

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