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      01-10-2017 10:23 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by scoTT la rock View Post
      looks like a nice score!

      i hope the 15" weave wheels you are getting arent from the 325xi, because the offset is going to be off. the 14" regular weaves fit fine, but those 15s require spacers.

      EDIT: Rota makes a nice 15x7 wheel called OS Mesh which is nice. i was going to get some for my 76 2002 but sold the car

      Correct 2wd offset.

      Ronal LS mesh look great as well.

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      01-11-2017 08:38 AM #52
      in for updates

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      01-11-2017 09:46 PM #53
      nice find!

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      01-12-2017 09:22 AM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post

      Amazes me how well BMWs drive with blown shocks/struts.
      Google "flat rides spring rates". Basically they tune the front and rear spring rates together so they reduce pitch which creates the perception of a good ride, even with no damping.

      They also use the bump stops for a large part of their spring rate, and the bump stops do some damping themselves.

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      01-12-2017 11:28 AM #55
      Cool stuff.

      Our E36 also had blown shocks/struts when I got it, plus a completely failed RSM. Still completely drivable.
      If it weren't for the clunking RSM a most people would have thought the car was fine.

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      01-12-2017 05:07 PM #56
      Has the M42 received a new headgasket? Mine had a coolant intermix problem; the coolant passage chipped slightly and marinated the headgasket after a while. It's very very common on M42s. I fixed it with JB weld, a straight edge, a lot of sanding and a new type MLS gasket.

      You're right though, these motors do feel surprisngly peppy. I wonder if you have a 4.10 rear. A cheap mod is to find another flywheel from a same gen BMW and swap. It literally halves the weight but you'll have to swap over to a different clutch type as well.

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      01-12-2017 05:11 PM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      Suspension is about buttoned up.

      Couple notes:
      - Strut collars came off easily with big channel locks. Nothing has been seized on this car which has been really nice.
      - Brakes all look fresh so I'm leaving them alone. Only negative is both front rotor retaining bolts had the heads snapped off. Have replacements. Will try to drill them out.
      - Surprised at how low the torque spec is for the control arm to body (47lb) and steering rack (33lb). Those figures may not be exact I didn't bring my notes.
      - Used Loctite on those, hope that was correct?
      - When I pulled the tie rod boots nasty black fluid poured out. I'm guessing the rack is leaking internally?
      Blue loctite should be OK.

      Yes, the PS rack has a tendency to piss itself. I'm not 100% since it's a cab but you can swap over a Z3 rack for better turning radius and a sportier feel.

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      01-12-2017 06:00 PM #58
      Original head gasket as far as I know.

      Will take the same racks as the coupes. Hopefully the stop leak works. I'd like to swap in a quicker rack but not right now.

      The control arm to body bolts appeared to have had some type of thread locker originally so I thought it would be a good idea.

      Finished up this afternoon. Still on jack stands pending a final once over.

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      01-16-2017 08:11 AM #59
      Finished it up. Minimal lowering as expected. I'm happy with the stance, if you can call it that.

      It did drop enough that the tires now look massive. Waiting for a good sale to get 15's for the Euroweaves.

      The springs are H&R sports specific for the 325iC. Glad I went with the drop hats to bring the front down with the lighter 4cyl.

      Also confirmed no LSD. Could barely get up the driveway and into the garage.





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      01-16-2017 08:48 AM #60
      Looking good.

      I always take a glance at CL hoping to find a clean E30 convertible-- either overpriced or dogged out. I did find a clean E36 318iC, but man was that thing slow.

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      01-16-2017 09:45 AM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      Also confirmed no LSD. Could barely get up the driveway and into the garage.
      Was the tag on the diff gone? That would have indicated if it had an LSD, as well as the gearing. LSD's have an 'S' prefix.

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      01-16-2017 09:54 AM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      Was the tag on the diff gone? That would have indicated if it had an LSD, as well as the gearing. LSD's have an 'S' prefix.

      Tag is still there but I couldn't read it.

      VIN info indicates no LSD. This car is a no option stripper.

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      01-16-2017 10:07 AM #63
      How do these fall on the Miata---E30 coupe line in comfort with the top up? Can you have a conversation with the top up at freeway speed? Top down?
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      01-16-2017 10:15 AM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by monoaural View Post
      How do these fall on the Miata---E30 coupe line in comfort with the top up? Can you have a conversation with the top up at freeway speed? Top down?
      No Miata experience.

      Top up conversation is no problem.

      Top down conversation with moderately elevated voice at 60 ish.

      There is much less buffeting/wind than I expected. I never felt the need to use the wind blocker.

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      03-17-2017 08:19 PM #65
      Week long warm up cleared the roads here.

      Took it out for a quick shake down cruise this afternoon.

      The car is transformed. I knew it would be, but it's still amazing to experience a fresh suspension. Float gone, tight steering, less rattles, really nice.

      The hr bilstien sport combo is great. Not harsh at all. Feels similar to the OE set up on my M3. Firm and controlled ride, but still compliant.

      Cowl shake is significantly reduced. I attribute this to the Garagistic brace. This is a welcome improvement.

      Looking forward to putting more miles on.

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      03-17-2017 10:18 PM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      Week long warm up cleared the roads here.

      Took it out for a quick shake down cruise this afternoon.

      The car is transformed. I knew it would be, but it's still amazing to experience a fresh suspension. Float gone, tight steering, less rattles, really nice.

      The hr bilstien sport combo is great. Not harsh at all. Feels similar to the OE set up on my M3. Firm and controlled ride, but still compliant.

      Cowl shake is significantly reduced. I attribute this to the Garagistic brace. This is a welcome improvement.

      Looking forward to putting more miles on.
      I'm about to remove my garagistic brace. I'm lowered on H&R sports and e90 drop hats. Drop hats are coming off, so is the xbrace. Tightens everything up amazingly, but I'm too old, and it's too low.

      The stance look is not for me.

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      03-17-2017 11:46 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by HaystackMalone View Post
      I'm about to remove my garagistic brace. I'm lowered on H&R sports and e90 drop hats. Drop hats are coming off, so is the xbrace. Tightens everything up amazingly, but I'm too old, and it's too low.

      The stance look is not for me.


      The brace doesn't affect ride height.

      I don't think the hr springs stance it much. Lower less than 1".
      If you have a 6cyl maybe the drop hats are dropping the front to much.

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      03-18-2017 10:59 AM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by HaystackMalone View Post
      I'm about to remove my garagistic brace. I'm lowered on H&R sports and e90 drop hats. Drop hats are coming off, so is the xbrace. Tightens everything up amazingly, but I'm too old, and it's too low.

      The stance look is not for me.
      I don't think a brace is going to negatively impact ride quality, if anything, it'll help the suspension work better.

      Lowering perches might be causing the car to sit on the bumpstops though.

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      06-04-2018 05:20 PM #69
      Hardtop.

      Really like how it looks.

      Tires for the Euroweaves will be here this week.

      I need to order an IS front lip. That will take care of the exterior.


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      06-04-2018 06:57 PM #70
      I miss my e30s terribly... Looks great!

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      06-04-2018 10:20 PM #71
      Had it out this afternoon on some rough roads. Amazing how much tighter it is with the hard top.
      Cowl shake is about eliminated.

      I'm really excited to get the 15s on now.

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      06-04-2018 11:15 PM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      Hardtop.

      Really like how it looks.

      Tires for the Euroweaves will be here this week.

      I need to order an IS front lip. That will take care of the exterior.

      Looks amazing with the hard top. The only thing that gets me is the chrome around the window. I think it would really change the entire look of the car with the hard top and no chrome.

      Also, I realized I posted in this thread 14 months ago. Took off the x-brace. Still haven't taken off the drop hats. My E30 sits too low. Next month or so, I've got the time to wrench on it. Going to fix a few things.

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      06-05-2018 12:54 AM #73
      Cant wait to see it with the weaves. e30s are some of the best looking verts. Truly a rolling brick, and I love it.
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      06-05-2018 01:09 AM #74
      Whenever this thread gets bumped up, I always end up searching for craigslist for red e30s.

      edit: well I'll be. There actually is one local. Now I just gotta keep reminding myself how many projects I need to finish before I start new ones.
      Last edited by ghost03; 06-05-2018 at 01:19 AM.

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      06-05-2018 08:21 AM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by HaystackMalone View Post
      Looks amazing with the hard top. The only thing that gets me is the chrome around the window. I think it would really change the entire look of the car with the hard top and no chrome.

      Also, I realized I posted in this thread 14 months ago. Took off the x-brace. Still haven't taken off the drop hats. My E30 sits too low. Next month or so, I've got the time to wrench on it. Going to fix a few things.
      Yeah, shadowlining that trim would look good I think.


      Quote Originally Posted by westopher View Post
      Cant wait to see it with the weaves. e30s are some of the best looking verts. Truly a rolling brick, and I love it.


      Quote Originally Posted by ghost03 View Post
      Whenever this thread gets bumped up, I always end up searching for craigslist for red e30s.

      edit: well I'll be. There actually is one local. Now I just gotta keep reminding myself how many projects I need to finish before I start new ones.
      I'm of the opinion you've got to jump on local stuff.
      That car though would be a lot more compelling at $2k - $2.5k.

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