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Posted 15 November 2011 - 09:40 PM Edited by Lurch, 15 November 2011 - 09:44 PM.

US lights are symmetrical. Euro lights are staggered with the highs being smaller. Lows are the same on either.

Have done nothing to the interior but give it a good cleaning every once in a while. Only plans for it are some better 535is model front seats, maybe a smaller aftermarket steering wheel, and possibly a slightly shorter shifter.

The arm rests are nice. I have long arms and can basically set them on the passenger arm rest while I shift.

Although the 535is seats I plan to replace them with don't have them.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 10:20 PM

Maybe I'm going overboard, but what about some alpina seats? Are they common in States?

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#93

Posted 15 November 2011 - 10:26 PM

You'd struggle to find an Alpina E28 being broken for parts in Europe, let alone in the 'States.
Did the US market E36 come with the "Vader" style seats? They look awesome, and are actually very comfy.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 12:23 AM Edited by Lurch, 16 November 2011 - 12:32 AM.

I've heard E34 and E36 seats have different tracks than the E28 but that E46 seats will go right in. A BMW tech (and a former owner of the car) recommended I get the sports seats from one of those. Not sure if the connectors for the power are the same though. I know they would be with the E28 sport seats.

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#95

Posted 16 November 2011 - 01:50 PM

As clarkson says 'bm's seem to pivot around your waist'

its true, I loved the two e30's I had. 2.5 e30 was simply, in my eyes the ultimate driving machine!

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#96

Posted 16 November 2011 - 05:19 PM

QUOTE (Viperman @ Wednesday, Nov 16 2011, 14:50)
its true, I loved the two e30's I had. 2.5 e30 was simply, in my eyes the ultimate driving machine!

You should try a 325i motor in an E21. Basically the same recipe, but lighter and therefore faster and more agile.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 07:43 PM

Sounds good! But in all fairness, after a year of mk1 golf engine swaps, repairs and general daily hassle of running and old car, I lost interest in fixing cars. So I bought a newish merc.

Always want a LSD in the e30's I owned. The 316 wasn't too bad, but the 325 was awful for switching wheel to wheel while sliding about.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 07:47 PM

LSD's are pretty much standard in the 325is right?

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 07:58 PM

I think so, pluto.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 10:03 AM

No, the 'i' and 'se' in all engine sizes did not have one. Only the 325 sport, 318 sport came with one.

I might be wrong, but fairly certain that's the crack. I know for sure my 4doord 316i and 326i definatly didn't, you could feel it lack it.

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#101

Posted 18 November 2011 - 10:24 AM

QUOTE (Viperman @ Friday, Nov 18 2011, 11:03)
No, the 'i' and 'se' in all engine sizes did not have one. Only the 325 sport, 318 sport came with one.

I might be wrong, but fairly certain that's the crack. I know for sure my 4doord 316i and 326i definatly didn't, you could feel it lack it.

It came standard on the 325i Sport and the 318iS, but was a list option for everything else and some cars did have them. I know this because the 325i estate from which my mate and I pulled the engine for the E21 had one, and as it had been owned by one elderly gentleman most of its life, I can categorically say it wasn't fitted after it was registered...

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:14 PM

QUOTE (sivispacem @ Friday, Nov 18 2011, 10:24)
QUOTE (Viperman @ Friday, Nov 18 2011, 11:03)
No, the 'i' and 'se' in all engine sizes did not have one. Only the 325 sport, 318 sport came with one.

I might be wrong, but fairly certain that's the crack. I know for sure my 4doord 316i and 326i definatly didn't, you could feel it lack it.

It came standard on the 325i Sport and the 318iS, but was a list option for everything else and some cars did have them. I know this because the 325i estate from which my mate and I pulled the engine for the E21 had one, and as it had been owned by one elderly gentleman most of its life, I can categorically say it wasn't fitted after it was registered...

Ah, makes sense :-)

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:28 AM Edited by Lurch, 18 January 2012 - 08:45 AM.

2 years of ownership today. Boy how things have gotten noisy.
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And facebook really changed its resolution limits as well.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:44 AM

Great pics of it in the Smokies. icon14.gif

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:09 PM

It's got a great overall impression, damn nice car man.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:44 PM

If I'm ever over in Tennessee for some reason, I've to have a look at it in person!

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 07:35 PM Edited by Lurch, 18 January 2012 - 07:39 PM.

I need to tally up how much I've spent this year. Probably around $350 on wheels/tires/centercaps. Way too much honestly. $200 on exhaust. $40 on new intake tube/filter. $35 on an oil change. $35 for a new fender. $10 on a can of paint for the lights. It all adds up.

Also, aside from seats and fixing various things, I don't really have any plans for it this year. Not tinting windows until I replace the doors outright. Need to get it lowered and beat the inner fenders in.

Oh yeah, the 3.25 rear end is too tall. I can probably do a 3.73 lsd swap from an pretty cheaply. Just requires me to swap over the cover and halfshaft flanges.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:49 PM Edited by Lurch, 15 June 2012 - 12:43 AM.

Will bump this with some slight updates. I've got some lightweight forged Style 4's now and I'm going to paint up the Style 5's here soon. Some recent pics of me having fun with it since the last update as well.

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QUOTE (Lurch @ Wednesday, Jan 18 2012, 15:35)
Also, aside from seats and fixing various things, I don't really have any plans for it this year. Not tinting windows until I replace the doors outright. Need to get it lowered and beat the inner fenders in.

I lied. I now have more plans than ever. Just depends on how well I save money. I'm looking at replacing my front bumper rubber, painting the bumpers, and shortening the shocks so they set inside the plastic cladding. Like this.

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Cheaper than euro bumpers by a couple of grand

Other than that, I'm mainly going to focus on suspension and tires. Would like adjustable Spax PSX struts and springs. Should be about as firm of a spring rate as I can go without going to coilovers. Adjustable by hand up front and with a flathead screwdriver in the back. More or less similar to Bilstein Sports and H&R race springs except that I'll have adjustable rebound and bump. Have heard good things about them. Seem like the best bang for the buck to me.

Also some adjustable IA M5 size (22 mm f, 19mm r) sway bars. Should handle pretty well after that.

Along with that, start focusing on replacing worn out rubber bushings. Looking at Spherical Upper Control Arm Bushings. from Mooshead, and Poly Lower Control Arm Bushings, Subframe bushings, Steering Coupler, Motor mount bushings, and Trans Mounts from IA.

So a solid $1500 or so needs to be thrown at old worn out suspension and bushings. I know poly stuff gives off a lot of vibrations and harshness, but I think I can manage. I've ridden in Jeeps with them before. Wasn't too bad.

Then on to tires. On the Style 4's, I'm thinking Hancook Ventus R-S3's
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And on the Style 5's, I'm looking at Hancook Ventus V12's.
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Both in 225/50ZR16. The R-S3's are very sticky and about the best bang for the buck you can get in the tire. The V12's are also pretty grippy and wear nice enough for daily use. The R-S3's will wear fast and be dedicated fun tires. Both are very well priced (Around $110 for R-S3's and $88 for V12's).

I'm still thinking of the M30B35 swap. Been seeing some that keep the B34's Motronic 1.0 instead of the B35's Motronic 1.3. It would simplify the whole wiring it up thing. Thinking this might be the way to go. Won't gain the efficiency gains of the 1.3 system but will still have a nice better flowing 9:1 C/R motor with much bigger valves and ports. Then I can just do bolt-ons/drop-ins/plug-ins to it at my leisure and still end up with a decent 220+ hp engine. Might also replace the old G260/6 with a slightly stronger wide ratio G265/5 at that time. And probably a stage 2 clutch of some sort.

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#109

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:27 PM Edited by Lurch, 18 January 2013 - 04:42 PM.

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I've had this car 3 years as of today. Longer than some of you have been on this forum. And it still kicks ass.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:10 PM

And to think the previous owner wanted to scrap it...

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#111

Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:01 PM

That's an interesting story. And you got it for just two hundred dollars! That's crazy.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:55 PM

Well, happy anniversary!




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