Our hints will only touch upon technical aspects, because your mileage may vary as to the exterior beauty. In addition, this article will reveal how much the chip tuning costs and how power output and torque vary in different modifications.
1. Shock Absorbers
You should definitely change the shock absorbers. Good shocks are made by Bilstein B6, Koni Sport, H&R.
If you want to decrease the clearance:
take front shocks with 4 cm lower coils;
take rear shocks with 2.5 cm lower coils;
or take a kit of shocks with coils that are 3 cm lower both in the front and in the rear.
Because if you install shock absorbers of different dimensions, the center of gravity will shift and the vehicle will be rolling while cornering.
You can also take a shock absorber kit with coil springs 8 cm lower in the front and 6 cm in the rear. However, in this case the road clearance will be too small. It will allow only for racing on a perfectly smooth pavement, and not for flawed open roads. Otherwise, in a couple days you'll have dented underside and used-up suspension.
And one more hint.
Don't try installing a set of too rigid shock absorbers, considering the average road pavement quality. Otherwise, in a while, the vehicle will be difficult to handle while cornering.
2. Front UCAs
Replace the factory UCAs with the ones they install in the BMW E30 (but not the M3 version).
In the E30, ball joins of the upper control arms come without bushings. With that, your E36 will acquire more handleability and ease of steering.
And if you install polyurethane bushings in the front and rear control arms, the steering wheel will be easier to turn, and the car will be obedient like a well-trained dog.
3. Stabilizer Bars
Replace the factory stabilizer bar with a H&R product. It will significantly decrease the wheel load while cornering. As a result, the vehicle won't be rolling.
The bracings make the body of the car much stronger. Aluminum bracings will be the most appropriate. They are more expensive than steel ones, but they are also lighter and equally reliable.
5. Braking System
You should definitely replace the factory brake hoses with reinforced lines. They do not expand when you push the braking pedal; they allow for proportioning the braking power; the braking system will quicker respond to your pushing the pedal.
6. Wheel Disks For Tuning
Pick up a set of alloy wheels. Choose the lighter ones. If you'd like to improve your vehicle's dynamics, buy a R15 kit; if you'd like to improve handling, the best option is R17.
Chip Tuning Of BMW E36
|BMW||power (before/after)||torque (before/after)|
|1) 316i||102/111 hp||150/168 Nm|
|2) 318 tds||90/113 hp||190/255 Hм|
|3) 318i||115/127 hp||168/187 Nm|
|4) 318is||140/151 hp||175/198 Nm|
|5) 320i||129/140 hp||164/182 Nm|
|6) 320i 24V||150/163 hp||190/212 Nm|
|7) 323i||179/182 hp||245/272 Nm|
|8) 325td||115/141 hp||245/288 Nm|
|9) 325tds||143/175 hp||260/320 Nm|
|10) 325i||192/206 hp||245/280 Nm|
|11) 328i||193/203 hp||280/300 Nm|
|12) M3 3.0||286/305 hp||320/340 Nm|
|13) M3 3.2i||321/340 hp||350/382 Nm|