Project E36 M3: Part 2 – Wheel Studs, Motorsport Bracing and… Cup Holders?
We managed to get the handling of our E36 M3 back up to a stock-like feel in Part 1, so the car has been feeling almost new. With some exciting parts on the way, we decided to keep ourselves busy while we wait by adding a bit of convenience which the Germans didn’t seem to have as a priority. We also wanted something a little fun to help us pass the time, so we increased the crisp feel of our chassis with a simple but effective part from the BMW Motorsport division…
Anyone who has multiple sets of wheels, or just happens to wear through tires or brake pads at a higher-than-normal rate, knows that mounting wheels on the car can get to be a hassle. This is particularly true if you need to get wheels swapped out in a hurry at the track. With factory lug bolts, the rear isn’t usually too bad, but the free-rolling hubs on the front make things a bit more tricky. Throw in a set of wheel spacers, and it becomes a lesson in patience.
That process involves multiple washing and degreasing steps in preparation for final activation, zinc plating, and lubrication. The final lubrication process serves as a seal which has a protective function, making the studs much more resistant to the effects of weather and corrosion. With track use on the schedule, and a full spectrum of harsh seasonal conditions for Project E36 M3, it was a no-brainer. Plus, they just happen to look better in our humble opinion.