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Re: 316 - 1977 - petroscf - Greece

Post by petroscf » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:33 pm

Exactly, mine is also combined to dogleg gearbox


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Re: 316 - 1977 - petroscf - Greece

Post by petroscf » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:30 am

Was wondering, is it possible switch my car's (pre facelift) front suspension to after facelift just by swapping all needed parts? Or would there be some modifications/drilling etc required ?

And which parts would these be?
Final target of all this is that I can finally fit a thicker front ARB (25mm ones seem only to exist for after face lift models)

For example by just changing wishbones (I know these are different between pre and after facelift models, but what else is there that differs?) and of course the ARB, would job be done?
Has anyone done this?
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Re: 316 - 1977 - petroscf - Greece

Post by Duracel79 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:21 pm

The main front subframe is different as well

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Re: 316 - 1977 - petroscf - Greece

Post by petroscf » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:21 pm

Which means that by replacing front subframe and wishbones (and of course ARB) all the rest are the same?
I wonder why did they do this however. Do late models have any better roadholding characteristics compared to early?
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Re: 316 - 1977 - petroscf - Greece

Post by petroscf » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:34 pm

petroscf wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:21 pm
I wonder why did they do this however. Do late models have any better roadholding characteristics compared to early?
(Or any other differences concerning suspension, roadholding, breaking etc. other wise why doing this)
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Re: 316 - 1977 - petroscf - Greece

Post by Jeroen » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:49 pm

Just do a parts check using realoem or bmwfans, could be the struts are different as well. Changed front geometry improved handling afaik.
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Re: 316 - 1977 - petroscf - Greece

Post by petroscf » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:36 am

If handling is indeed improved by replacing front subframe (etc. parts required for the swap) then there is another serious reason to do this, at least for somebody like myself who wants the car for driving and personal use and enjoyment
So apart from diff ratio (the final decision about which still needs another 5-10%), if this is doable, it seems I am already looking forward to my next conversion project on the car
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