2023-02-25 - Early E36 sway bar end links
At impound on Sunday morning an issue was raised with our car about having the M3 front sway bar end links. I was pretty sure I used the same end links that came with the car when I built it, so I did a little digging. It sounds like the early E36's had end links that dropped down from the strut, just like the M3s.
Here is a forum post about it:
https://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/threads/e36-differences ... ost-485528
"As far as the "early" 1992 325s.... The 1992 325i/325is built before June of '92 use all the same front suspension mounting locations as the later cars, but the struts, spring diameters, and strut mounts are all a little different. Also, the swaybar attaches to the strut body with a droplink, which is how it is configured on all E36 M3s, rather than to the control arm, as it does on all other E36s. The rear is the same as other E36s."
I completely understand that this forum post should in no way be official proof of the end links being legal for my year of E36, at least there is some discussion about it. Is there anything you need from me in order to get an official ruling?
You are absolutely correct.
For legacy recording of information:
PN 31351134582 is for e36 325i and 325is USA spec cars up to 10/91, Chassis sub-code CB33/43 (sedan) and BF 33/43 (Coupe).
The above PN are therefore considered original equipment for any M50 powered e36