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    New to the scene: '91 318is

    After several months of deep consideration, I finally entered the e30 world in April when I purchased this beauty from a good friend and fellow board member (s/n PaladinReed). He bought it, made several modifications, and then re-sold it to me at a drastic mark-up ;)

    This thread chronicles some of the work he did: http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=164783

    Here are a few pics of when I first got her.





    #2
    Looks lovely!!

    Great platform to start with...man these red on black 318is' are rare! When I saw the red I immediately thought it would be ghey tan cloth!

    WIN for you.
    IG: deniso_nsi Leave me feedback here

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      #3
      Since April, the following modifications and repairs have been made:

      US valance swapped for Euro valance
      H&R Race springs/Bilstein Sport shocks
      17x8 Apex ARC-8 wheels in Anthracite finish
      Repaired/Resprayed driver's front fender
      New grilles/black kidneys
      Black spoiler


      Euro valance and the new suspension. Need to lose the weaves


      Weaves do look better when the car is lower, I'll give you that.


      They can't compete with the ARC-8's though.


      Finish the body work and phase one will be done.

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        #4
        Originally posted by dude8383 View Post
        Looks lovely!!

        Great platform to start with...man these red on black 318is' are rare! When I saw the red I immediately thought it would be ghey tan cloth!

        WIN for you.
        additional to that it's a Slicktop...

        very nice and I see that 318is's are getting more popular.

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          #5
          LOL boy did I post too soon on that one...
          IG: deniso_nsi Leave me feedback here

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            #6
            With help from my good buddy Tim in KC (s/n Philo), I got the fender repaired and the hood, valance, and fender all resprayed for HELLA cheap.

            Here is how she stands today:


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              #7
              i love those gunmetal wheels with the red!!

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                #8
                Thanks for the positive responses, gentleman. There is much work to be done, but for now I LOVE the way she looks and drives. I owe much to both Paladin and Tim for all of their knowledge and labor.

                The following mods will be made in the very near future:
                Z3 Short Shift Kit
                Momo Shift Knob
                M-Tech I Steering Wheel
                13-Button OBC
                Map Light Rearview
                Euro bumper trim
                Replace the missing Fog Delete
                Euro Rear Plate Filler
                Mark D M42 Chip
                Smoked Ellips
                Performance Exhaust
                GC Camber Plates

                I may lose a coil up front eventually, but this is already the lowest car I've ever driven, and I'm still getting used to driving this close to the ground. I want to make sure I am good and damn ready to go lower before I do.

                If anyone has advice on quick and (relatively) cheap M42 performance mods, I would greatly appreciate it. Happy viewing!
                Last edited by mathais43; 08-10-2010, 02:14 PM.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by dude8383 View Post
                  LOL boy did I post too soon on that one...
                  How do you feel now? :-D

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                    #10
                    WOW.. A slick top, Brilliantrot.. I think I'm in love

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by mathais43 View Post
                      How do you feel now? :-D
                      IMPRESSED! Haha...looks friggin fantastic man. I would recommend pairing that MarkD chip with a lightened M20 flywheel :) It made a HUGE difference on my old red car!
                      IG: deniso_nsi Leave me feedback here

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                        #12
                        Awesome little car :D

                        I'm starting to think the body style needs more sidewall. Low pros don't do the E30 justice, IMO.
                        I Timothy 2:1-2

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                          #13
                          Looks nice. I think it would be better with chrome kindneys. Why did you swap the valence? Are you gonna get euro bumper trim too?

                          COTM

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by N2MYE30 View Post
                            Looks nice. I think it would be better with chrome kindneys. Why did you swap the valence? Are you gonna get euro bumper trim too?
                            I had the chrome kidneys originally, I swapped them primarily out of personal preference. There isn't a lick of chrome anywhere else on the car, and I really like the blacked-out look up front. I think it will look even better once I get a set of smoked headlights.

                            As far as the valence goes, I just had the opportunity to swap from US to Euro for no money (other than paint), and I figured that, paired with a slicktop car, it would add to the uniqueness of the car. I'll be doing Euro bumper trim eventually, too, I just forgot to add that to the list of future mods. I will adjust accordingly.

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                              #15
                              I prefer the US valance, but it's still a super clean car nonetheless.

                              Rims look dope.


                              91 318is

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