New Racing Tires! Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R’s for the BMW E36.

You've heard me complain numerous times in my posts and videos about the terrible tires that I've been racing on this season. Thanks to a generous gift (let's call it a sponsorship), I was able to finally get the tires for my BMW E36 that it deserves! I ordered a new set of Bridgestone Potenza …

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Chassis rear subframe reinforcement in the BMW E36

Racing a normal road-going car with stiffer suspension puts more stress onto the chassis than it was originally designed and this can cause cracks to develop near suspension mounting points. I previously took care of one prone area, the rear shock mounts, when I added the complete Ground Control Suspension kit. At least one large …

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Get the power down! Swapping in an E36 M3 LSD.

Getting a car's power to the ground effectively through tight corners is one of the greatest challenges in SCCA Solo autocross (or even racing in general). SCCA rules restricting treadwear ratings and tire widths means that you have to make the most of what's available in mechanical grip. One of the best ways to effectively transmit torque to …

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The quest for a solid foundation – BMW E36 bushings

The newly installed coil springs and shocks need a solid foundation in order to do their job effectively when out on the autocross course. In the BMW E36 platform this means replacing numerous rubber bushings (that have seen better days after 200k+ miles) with new bushings that are stiffer than stock. Bushings are basically the connectors …

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