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    My 5-Lug Seta Story

    I found this car on Bf.c listed as an 88 325i manual for a good deal. After waiting for quite a while (and almost buying another car) the seller sent some pics and a meeting was set on feb 8th 2014.

    When I showed up the car was overheating, had the wrong motor (super eta, although the car was an "I" car) and just about everything was neglected. That said:
    -It was a southern car with no rust
    -Original black paint looked ok
    -OEM LSD
    -PO had installed some bavauto springs/bilsteins.

    First step was to remove the head, install an "I" camshaft, dual valve springs and other needed "i" components. I lapped the valves, checked for leaks, installed new valve stem seals etc:

    Then wax/polish/the paint

    Roll the fenders:

    Install plastic bumpers:

    RX-7 BBK and some BBS RX wheels

    This was the result, car drove decently with COLD A/C but unlucky for me the rear trailing arm was bent. Oh I also swapped the dash in there at some point.

    I had purchased a newer/low mileage rear subframe for her, but half way through the job I noticed it was a 325IX rear subframe.. womp womp. In an effort to make right the seller swapped me a 318ti subframe and I purchased some 95 M3 Spindles/Brakes for the front.

    So I sold the w RXs, the Rx7 Brakes, Bought all new poly bushings for the rear, billet UUC front control arm bushings, 96+ m3 arms and built some hybrid front struts:

    Borrowed some 5 lug wheels:

    Old wheels got re-purposed:

    Car drove pretty well after swapping in a new 25mm MC and e36 6cyl rear calipers.. so I picked up some new Ultraleggeras for her:

    Since then I've swapped interiors, re-upholstered the drivers seat, picked up a few nice bits here and there (s52 injectors, SSSQuid tune, Alpine HU, ebay SS cat-back.. etc) and went with BC-Racing-ish e36 m3 coilovers:

    She was up at the vintage this weekend, but I wasn't (date.... she turned out not to be my tinderella, if you're wondering lol)

    Love driving her, my poor e91 barely gets driven much anymore.

    Future Mods:
    -stiffer rear springs, maybe 1/4" lower in the back
    -274 camshaft

    But I've got some people really wanting to buy her, so I might do the unthinkable

    anyways, C&C welcome!

    Many many thanks to:
    Matthugie for letting me "pope" his garage and driveway for many many days
    Ian klass for the parts hookup
    Brad in greenville for the parts hookup
    eurowise mike for the worldpac hookup
    Godspeed matt for the shop space and welding advice
    and finally the entire e30 community for being awesome :)
    Last edited by Julien; 12-01-2014, 09:17 PM.
    Build Threads:
    Pamela/Bella/Betty/325ix/5-Lug Seta/S60R/Miata ITB/Miata Turbo/Miata VVT/951/325xi-6

    Good work. It looks very nice.

    1986 325es :early:


      Beautiful car... Thinkin about sellin my 84 and gettin an 88 325is coupe and doin the plasti bump seap

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        best looking end table ever. the car looks good too lol

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          I wanna do this with my car eventually in regards to the suspension.
          LOL if you ever wanna part with those BBS RX's lemme know :D

          1991 BMW 318i (Old Shell RIP, Now Being Re-shelled & Reborn)
          1983 Peugeot 505 STI
          1992 Volvo 240 Wagon
          2009 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport 4WD


            The pictures really don't do this build justice. Rough doesn't even begin to describe it's initial condition. This really has been a rags to riches build, and having driven it to and from the Vintage can say it is a fantastic car.

            Freeride, the BBS were sold a while back.
            88 325is - S52 powered

            Originally posted by King Arthur
            We'll not risk another frontal assault, that rabbit's dynamite!


              You did an awesome job saving this one! Keep it around and enjoy it!
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              Santa Clarita, CA



                Wow! What a transformation! Good job on this one.
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                I hate modded emtree, I hate modded cawrz, I hate jdm, I hate swag, I hate stanceyolokids, I hate bags (on cars), I hate stuff that is slowz, I hate tires.

                I am a pursit now.


                  Thanks y'all!! It's been a crazy four months :)
                  Build Threads:
                  Pamela/Bella/Betty/325ix/5-Lug Seta/S60R/Miata ITB/Miata Turbo/Miata VVT/951/325xi-6


                    What are the specs on the Oz wheels and what size tries are you running? Looks great Julian!

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                      Nice, straightforward build with this one. Love it.
                      Move with a purpose.
                      - 1991 325iX 4dr/5spd
                      - 1976 2002 SlickTop/2.7i M20/G260
                      - 2000 323i AT
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                        Originally posted by bradthreee View Post
                        What are the specs on the Oz wheels and what size tries are you running? Looks great Julian!
                        17x8 et40ish 215/40/17
                        Originally posted by kid325e View Post
                        Nice, straightforward build with this one. Love it.
                        Build Threads:
                        Pamela/Bella/Betty/325ix/5-Lug Seta/S60R/Miata ITB/Miata Turbo/Miata VVT/951/325xi-6


                          what a piece of shit
                          Toyota Pickup


                            I see. Your now in 'Murica and in NC of all places and don't swing by to say hello?

                            PS: nice progress.


                              Nice work! Steering wheel with that tan interior is gorgeous!
                              87 325e DD--93 318is s50--07 3.0 X5 wifes