Bmw 3-series (e36) 1992-1999: How To Build And Modify by Jeffrey ZurschmeideBmw 3-series (e36) 1992-1999: How To Build And Modify by Jeffrey Zurschmeide

Bmw 3-series (e36) 1992-1999: How To Build And Modify

byJeffrey Zurschmeide, Eddie Nakato

Paperback | April 4, 2016

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The E36 was the embodiment of the luxury sports sedan, and the standard that other manufacturers strived to reach. And as such, the BMW 3 Series became wildly popular with BMW manufacturing 2.67 million E36 cars worldwide from 1992 to 1999. The new E36 featured a more aerodynamic design, potent dual overhead cam engine, multilink rear suspension, and a more luxurious interior than its predecessor.

The E36 BMW seamlessly blended exhilarating performance with refined appointments and produced a comfortable yet aggressive driving machine that appealed to a wide audience. Although the stock BMW is a more-than-capable sports sedan, veteran author Jeffrey Zurschmeide delves into all the different methods for extracting more performance, so you can make your E36 even more potent. He explains how to upgrade handling and control through installation of aftermarket coil-over springs, bushings, sway bars, and larger brakes. Producing more power is also a priority, so he shows you how to install and set up a cold-air intake, ignition tuners, and exhaust system components. You are also guided through work on cylinder heads, cams, and pistons. In addition, you're shown the right way to install superchargers and turbo kits. If your 3 Series is making more power, then you need to get that power to the ground; guidance is provided for upgrading the transmission and limited-slip differentials.

The BMW 3 Series has set the benchmark for performance and luxury. But even at this benchmark, these cars can be dramatically improved. Each major component group of the car can be modified or upgraded for more performance, so you can build a better car that's balanced and refined. If you want to make your E36 a quicker, better handling, and more capable driving machine, this book is your indispensable guide for making it a reality.

magazines, as well as newspapers and magazines nationwide.Eddie Nakato, a mechanic and car builder specializing in German and import cars, owns and runs AR Auto Service in Lake Oswego, Oregon. From an early age, he has been avid fan of cars. In fact, Eddie has owned and raced BMW 3s, Mazda Miatas, and Acura NSXs. At the current time, h...
Title:Bmw 3-series (e36) 1992-1999: How To Build And ModifyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 4, 2016Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:161325217X

ISBN - 13:9781613252178

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Table of Contents



About This Book 


Chapter 1:

E36 Model and Engine Guide 

E36 Model Guide 

Project: Swapping an E46 S54 M3 Engine into an E36 Chassis 


Chapter 2:

Upgrading Exhaust Components

About Catalytic Converters

Cat-Back Exhaust Systems

Project: Upgrading a Cat-Back Exhaust

Exhaust Headers


Chapter 3:

Intake Modifications and Forced Induction 

Engine Performance 

Engine Air Intake 

Project: Upgrading an Air Intake 30 E36 Intake Manifold 

Project: Installing an M50 Intake 

Forced Induction 

Getting Fuel into the Engine 

Engine Management and DME Upgrades 


Chapter 4:

Improving Engine Internals 

The Long Block 

Project: Freshening the VANOS System 

Project: Installing S52 M3 Cams 

Cylinder Heads 60 Bottom-End Work: Crank, Rods and Pistons


Chapter 5:

Improving Handling 

Suspension Terms and Concepts 

E36 Suspension Design 

Wheel Alignment 

E36 Suspension Modification Stages 

Project: Front Suspension Upgrade 

Project: Rear Suspension Upgrade 

Sway Bars 

Project: Installing an H&R Rear Sway Bar 

Project: Installing an H&R Front Sway Bar 

Other Suspension Parts 

Project: Upgrading Rear Trailing Arm Bushings 

Project: Upgrading Rear Lower Camber Arms

Wheels and Tires


Chapter 6:

Improving Braking 

Stock E36 Brake System 

Upgrading the Brakes 

Project: Installing a Rear Brake Kit with Upgraded Calipers 

Project: Installing a Wilwood Big Brake Kit 


Chapter 7:

Upgrading Transmission and Driveline 

E36 Transmissions 

Project: Installing a Short Shifter 

E36 Clutch Basics 

Final Drive and Differential 

Project: Installing a Limited-Slip Differential 


Chapter 8:

Improving Driver Comfort, Safety and Aerodynamics 

Sport or Racing Seats 

Safety Belts and Harness Bars 

Roll Cages 

Gauges and Indicators 

Aftermarket Steering Wheels 

Sound-Deadening Materials 

Chassis Braces and Reinforcements 

Project: Installing a Front Strut Tower Brace 

Aerodynamic Devices 



Project 328i Final Build Sheet


Source Guide