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    Springs To lift car to OEM height

    This is my first time on a forum. I would like to replace my springs in my 1996 BMW 328is. I have been searching online but am having a hard time finding springs that just say OEM, not claiming to be a mechanic or knowledgeable. Any help would be appreciated. Anyboby know where to look? Thanks
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    BMW selects springs for the car according to the (weight of) factory options installed on the car, so you will not find OEM springs listed anywhere. You have two choices: Look for used springs on E-bay or salvage yards (e.g. car-parts.com) and hope they are being honest about what model they really came from. (I once received a set of M3 springs that must have come from a cabrio instead of a coupe, so the car sits about an inch too high because the cabrios weigh about 400 lbs more.) The alternative is the BMW dealer who can order springs based on your car's VIN, or take a guess based on the options on the car. These will be quite expensive for a 17 year old car.
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    Thanks JKRIT. This sheds some light on how the parts Are ordered. I will prob. Try used springs if I can find them.My car was lowered before I bought it. QUOTE=JKRIT;13205367]BMW selects springs for the car according to the (weight of) factory options installed on the car, so you will not find OEM springs listed anywhere. You have two choices: Look for used springs on E-bay or salvage yards (e.g. car-parts.com) and hope they are being honest about what model they really came from. (I once received a set of M3 springs that must have come from a cabrio instead of a coupe, so the car sits about an inch too high because the cabrios weigh about 400 lbs more.) The alternative is the BMW dealer who can order springs based on your car's VIN, or take a guess based on the options on the car. These will be quite expensive for a 17 year old car.[/QUOTE]
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    Rear springs universally fit all E36 models, so U just need to find the right donor model to get the correct ride height. The front is trickier because the standard, sport pkg, and M3 all had different spring diameters at the top. You may notice, if you were shopping for aftermarket springs, they make you use a universal upper spring mount so they didn't have to make so many types. One way to handle this is to buy complete used front strut assemblies, which is the way the salvage yards and many e-bayers sell them anyway. You just transfer the springs and upper spring mounts over to your struts. Since most sellers won't know if the donor car had sport pkg springs, which were stiffest, even stiffer than M3, but lower than standard, you might benefit from getting all four springs from the same donor car. Salvage yards can help you do this.
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    Good info. I will check into this when I get her on a lift.
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