They also use the bump stops for a large part of their spring rate, and the bump stops do some damping themselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cant wait to see it with the weaves. e30s are some of the best looking verts. Truly a rolling brick, and I love it.
1998 m3, Technoviolet/anthrazit cloth, 117k and officially worthless.
2000 323i touring, Titanium silver/grey, 163k and officially boring
1989 m3, Alpineweiss/schwarz, 143k and officially old
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.