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    I went to get my e39 airbags checked out since I got the free inspection for the takata recall. The service tech called my car a classic, I'm not sure what that makes my e30 lol!



    I discovered a leak in my e39's radiator (the one part of the cooling system that wasn't new of course!), so I ordered a new Behr radiator from FCP and got in on Saturday and installed it before work, what a dumb idea that was!






    the comparison photo was taken at an angle and the new radiator was on top of the box, so it appears larger, it is not. It took a little under 2 hours to swap and bleed the system while taking a/c breaks.
    The radiator and clutch fan were the only two things in the cooling system that I didn't replace during the swap, but the clutch fan was actually replaced not long before I acquired the car and is still good, but the radiator was in much worse shape than I remembered it being the last time it was out.



    either way...it's nice and new, and with a fcp liftetime guarantee. While the radiator was out, I noticed that the fittings for the factory ps cooler had enough leakage around it, which was enough to get me curious and pulled off those lines just to see how bad the o-rings were...both o-rings were basically disintegrated / basically non existent... so I ran to my local bmw parts counter and got 2 of those, and finished a 2hrs before work. Everything is working great, no more seepage from both areas. All in all today was successful!
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    I'm not a huge fan of the racing dynamic wheels on the e30 or pretty much the wheel choices I have for my e30 with e36 m3 front suspension/5lug. I may have impulse bought some style 5's today. The fronts are 17x7.5 +41 e36 fitment which I guess is pretty rare, rears are e39 17x8's. I'm so dumb though, I forgot I have 82mm stud conversion on there, so I won't be able to run the center caps unless I change those and my lug nuts...UGH






    the top pic was from the for sale ad. 2nd one is inside the e30 in case I decide to swap the tires over ASAP. I don't think there's a shop in town i'd trust to take apart the wheels and polish them right now, nor do i want to pay for that really so I decided to fix the curb rash here at home. started rough at 80 grit then moved up to 220, 400, and stopped with a 400 wet sand because it was actually getting shiny and all i really wanted to do was fix the edge.




    I'll have the fronts mounted first, I may have found a deal on a set of 17x8's with tires that I could use for burners.

    ---update----

    here are the fronts mounted up




    rears with cheap 235/40/17



    I wanted a front strut bar purely for reinforcement of the front towers. I got rid of my UUC bar and picked up a cheap megan racing bar. I'm still not sure if I'll run the actual bar, but definitely wanted the endplate that covered all 3 holes vs just 2.





    The bar is silly high. I might be able to fit a fist under there, but it does the job and the plates/fitment is spot on! also....I do have a megan racing carbon bucket seat...but I usually don't like talking about that much lol
    Last edited by s14brent; 08-06-2018, 09:11 PM.
    89 325i 4dr s52
    02 BMW 525iT m54b30/manual swapped (daily)
    15' Honda Grom

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      I absolutely love that shifter setup and the wood ball :up:
      2007 Range Rover Sport S/C

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        Originally posted by s14brent View Post
        [...] I'm so dumb though, I forgot I have 82mm stud conversion on there, so I won't be able to run the center caps unless I change those and my lug nuts...UGH

        [...]

        i have to admit i never liked the center caps. I always put 70mm roundels (the ones that go into the center caps) directly onto the wheels. It' easy on the e30 15s, because they directly glue on, but a bit more challenging with these wheels (i have the same on my e30 m3), as the center hole is larger. I'm going to have a cap machined that only covers the center hole.

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          Originally posted by Ryan... View Post
          I absolutely love that shifter setup and the wood ball :up:

          Thanks! I'm wasn't sold on the pmc knob. Also, when I ordered my PMC shifter they did not offer lengths at the time, so I'm not sure the size without measuring.


          Originally posted by Ludwig View Post
          i have to admit i never liked the center caps. I always put 70mm roundels (the ones that go into the center caps) directly onto the wheels. It' easy on the e30 15s, because they directly glue on, but a bit more challenging with these wheels (i have the same on my e30 m3), as the center hole is larger. I'm going to have a cap machined that only covers the center hole.

          I don't plan on going to shorter studs just to run caps, I'll just leave it the way as is. This car is far from a good looking car right now. I'd love to see the machined caps for it though, so keep me updated!
          89 325i 4dr s52
          02 BMW 525iT m54b30/manual swapped (daily)
          15' Honda Grom

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            Originally posted by s14brent View Post
            Thanks! I'm wasn't sold on the pmc knob. Also, when I ordered my PMC shifter they did not offer lengths at the time, so I'm not sure the size without measuring.
            Once they get back to me I'm going to order the larger knob, if I don't like it I'm going to copy you and find a nice wooden knob :)

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              Took the e30 out on a short drive, theres a few things I still need to check, brake bias feels good now. The rears definitely don't lock up like they used too (which is a good thing! - under hard braking the car stays straight, so that's a win!) I'm only going to run the 235/45's in the rear for a while, I got a bunch of tires in decent shape during this wheel swap, so I'm going to hopefully burn them up and get my monies worth! Going to raise the front of the car also, I hate the rake, but wouldn't mind the extra pan/skid plate clearance. I'm too old for that low life apparently! Pretty excited with the progress!! I'm definitely feeling like I made the right choice by keeping it and all these little things should have been done long ago except I lost motivation for whatever reason.
              Last edited by s14brent; 08-08-2018, 03:52 AM.
              89 325i 4dr s52
              02 BMW 525iT m54b30/manual swapped (daily)
              15' Honda Grom

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                Those pics look awesome, I like the wheels without the caps, it looks more appropriated for this car. Any plans to paint the flares?
                Simon
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                  Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                  Those pics look awesome, I like the wheels without the caps, it looks more appropriated for this car. Any plans to paint the flares?

                  Thanks man! I got tired of taking photos of it in my garage or around my neighborhood! I actually like the wheels with no caps as well! I still need to work on lining up the front end better - possibly thinking of an aftermarket hood or a custom vent, but the hood i have is not in the best shape to begin with.....basically flares will probably get paint matched if the whole car gets painted. The car does not look as good in person as the photos depict (and this is the good side lol!)
                  89 325i 4dr s52
                  02 BMW 525iT m54b30/manual swapped (daily)
                  15' Honda Grom

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                    Originally posted by s14brent View Post
                    [...] I'd love to see the machined caps for it though, so keep me updated!

                    will do!

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                      is the e39 a manual? did they come in manual?

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                        Originally posted by jeenyus View Post
                        is the e39 a manual? did they come in manual?


                        yep! but they are pretty rare and from what i've seen there were more manual 528's than 525's but never came manual in 540 trim. My wagon was converted by the previous owner (pretty decently but they never coded the cluster or ran the reverse light wiring for the most part. Oh and the transmission needed input/output seals and the shifter stuff was worn so it was all replaced/upgraded)
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                        Last night I finally realigned the front bumper, bumper shock was just set too low on the passenger side. thank goodness it was an easy fix. I was looking at Digitalwave's build thread and saw he used an e39 bumper seal on his bumper and loved the way it looked. I will probably order a new seal eventually, but I had my old e39 bumper in the backyard, so i used the old seal that had overspray on it just to see if it would work for now. cut to length and viola no more gap!



                        My viper 2 way alarm key fob apparently just stopped working over the years of sitting, so I ordered a single channel remote to just have my keyless entry again. I programmed the remote and got that working again - which is kind of nice!

                        I had a pair of rear "premium speakers" so I gutted the speaker/tweeters and just threw the covers on top of my ultra non-premium speakers (infinity replacements), pretty much because I love how they add that 80's feel to the interior I guess



                        I need to take it out more, but I'm slowly getting all the little things checked off. I also LOVE the way it feels compared to the ground controls I had on there previously. The GC's felt like a comfortable sporty street setup for sure, but the fortune auto's feel way better on this car (to me) vs the e36 m3 (which they were meant for). Maybe with all the poly bushings and reinforcements it just ties all together so nicely, pretty sure there's little to no body roll and it just holds. Basically I couldn't be happier because this is what I was aiming the car to feel like. (a mix between my na miata and my old s14). Oh and I raised the front end to get rid of some of the rake. I officially have wheel gap up front and I'm torn.

                        The diff does have some low speed chatter (in turns obviously) which was surprising (I thought was surprisingly nice actually since it's a factory diff) not sure if it's just a really healthy lsd or if it's because the rear end is all poly now (i'm thinking probably both). but it sort of reminds me of a slightly toned down version of my na miata kaaz 1.5 way.
                        Last edited by s14brent; 08-09-2018, 03:49 PM.
                        89 325i 4dr s52
                        02 BMW 525iT m54b30/manual swapped (daily)
                        15' Honda Grom

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                          No pics or real updates for this one but I have a few questions for you guys!

                          anyone know how to fix the AC idle bump? I tried a few of the methods I found on here (which is basically the same thing):

                          - tapping a wire on pin 64 (violet/grey-413dme) and running it directly to ac 12v switch
                          -pin 64 but to the red/black 12v pigtail from ac lead.

                          I've done both and not a single difference. both were checked for 12v when AC was running. The idle stumbles very briefly when ac is switched on but does not jump up and down like other threads have mentioned. It drops maybe a couple hundred rpm but it jumps right back up and holds. (is that the fix? I have not tried unhooking this because I did it a long time ago since I knew this was a known issue) In all actuallity this isn't a huge issue, but I'm trying to go through the car and check everything before actually taking it out and beating on it.
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                          The main concern right now is that I'm having rubbing issues, frame pinch areas (above the wheel) have been hammered flat and given the clearance needed. I'm rubbing on the frame rails at full lock. I can't afford to destroy front tires constantly or risk the car locking up from rubbing the rail so this is more of a concern right now.

                          97 e36 m3 rack (the 4-5mm of rack spacers I had previously have been removed a few months ago) so it's pretty straight forward swap right now. I have e36 m3 lca/spindles for 5 lug and I'm only running 17x7.5 +41 bbs' but with maybe 10-12mm spacers (i've changed it a few times now). I really hate having to run such high offset up front. oh and 235/40/17's federal 595RS

                          Anyways I've ordered the TMS rack stop kit which should definitely fix the rubbing issue, but I have a hard time believing this is an issue for the tons of of others who have the same setup. I know some people chop them down so they don't lose a ton of steering angle, but would I benefit from a SLR speed Mini kit (stock LCA kit) and full size TMS rack stops....or would I run into the same issues. I feel like the only way to figure this out is spend the $500 for the kit and just find out for myself honestly. I would call up sean @ SLRSPEED but I might wait a while until I actually order the kit because I have a few other things that need attention at home first. So I'd rather call and ask when I'm ready to buy. However they are on sale for $498 right now...hmm....

                          I'm going to install the rack stop kit when it arrives next week and try to compare before and after to see if i lose any significant steering angle. I plan on doing some open track days and local drift events (nothing serious) and would love to have something similar to my old track cars feel. I'm not looking for stupid angle, just something legit that can fix the bumpsteer/akerman angle and benefit from the additional steering angle.
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                          89 325i 4dr s52
                          02 BMW 525iT m54b30/manual swapped (daily)
                          15' Honda Grom

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                            Ecu controls the idle bump for A/C in the e36 cars. I’ve had no luck with the same routes you’ve taken. I caved and just installed a chip with a 1000 rpm idle and it seems to be okay with the A/C on.

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                              I took some pics to illustrate wheel rubbing issues. Here is where the tire rubs the frame rail on both sides



                              this spot exactly (covered in light rattle can to check if it rubs off on next test drive)



                              It was also rubbing behind the fender here



                              That spot is fixable by either pounding with BFH or by running a smaller tire, or by adding caster, which I don't want to do either at the moment, so I went with the BFH method.



                              i went at it a few more times after this until i had enough clearance - if more is needed I'll end up adding caster from this point.
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                              Here is the steering angle currently as viewed from above





                              as viewed from the front



                              and from the back



                              I got the tie rods off, and I'm waiting for the rack limiters to arrive tomorrow. I'll add some photos hopefully showing some frame clearance, but ultimately I now know I need longer LCA's to get the angle I wanted and getting the tire off the frame rail at lock.
                              However....that also means I'm limited on fender clearance/space so unless I want to run a ton of camber I'd need larger fender flares. *sets wallet on fire* I guess I'll just have to see how much the rack limiters actually limit...and really just deal with it for the time being.

                              ---------UPDATE---------------

                              So....ECS sent me the wrong rack limiters (e30 m3 instead of the e36 m3 ones I needed) but I don't have the time to return these so I just hit it with a a dremel sanding drum to open up the passenger side limiter.




                              the driver side went on with a light pass.



                              the passenger side....not so much. the rack has a step lip i guess so I had to try my best to sand at a slight taper. I did this slowly (8-10x checking clearances) because if i went too much there was no way to return this (being modified).



                              loctited the tie rods and put the new lock washers in place.

                              here is the clearance from the frame now. first one is from beneath looking up




                              I'm super confused. Apparently you don't lose any of the steering angle by adding the rack stops or limiters.




                              I am almost thinking I should have added a few rack spacers while I was in there but I didn't want to risk messing up the alignment so soon after getting it done even if it's only just closing it down the same mm as rack spacers added. At least the rack limiters do their jobs (given that the people you buy it from send you the right one!) I'm pretty content right now because I was worried I'd have to get longer LCA's, new inner/outer tie rods and the whole wheel fitment thing...which would have lead straight to larger front flares....crisis somewhat avoided temporarily!

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                              So...i'm over fog lights....I think I've replaced the fogs 3x already with 2nd hand oem units, this time I noticed the reflector lens or whatever on my driver side fog was out of alignment. I ordered up some fog lamp delete covers with that last ecs order, I'm just waiting on some SEM trim paint from amazon to arrive. I pulled out the fogs and the ducts right next to it already. I'm getting pretty anxious to drive this thing more!



                              I also noticed there was clear plastic covering the logo on the strut bar.....which made me wonder why I didn't remove the logo in the first place. some goo gone and hitting it with a 3m rubber wheel and then a quick clean and polish it looks 100x better.


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                              no real sense to keep bumping the thread so I'll just keep adding to this one. SEM trim black paint got delivered early today. Brand new oem fog lamp delete plates and ducts got sprayed down asap, and I installed the fresh/new oem bumper seal.




                              Much better!!
                              Last edited by s14brent; 08-15-2018, 03:27 AM.
                              89 325i 4dr s52
                              02 BMW 525iT m54b30/manual swapped (daily)
                              15' Honda Grom

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                                So earlier in the week I woke up to my battery being dead again, so I decided to find the parasitic draw. I checked current from the negative battery terminal and barely found any changes after pulling each fuse one by one. I then started to check out the relays I had added and found the problem. I rewired my hella supertones from 2 relays down to one, and my 12v fuel pump relay. I ditched the chinese specials that I had in there from amazon, and picked up some metra 30a relays from an audio shop nearby (probably made in china also, but I've never had issues with metra ones ever.) I went from a .174 amps to .025 (which is within normal spec) so no more dead batteries yay!

                                I took out the stock antenna finally (it was just hanging there unplugged) and finally put in the z3 antenna. I'm not sure if I want to actually mount it in its' normal spot or keep it hidden for now. Reception actually works now, so I may just keep it hidden.

                                I made it to the vegasdrift event on Saturday. It was a night event 6p-12a, but I got there way too early because I didn't want to drive to the speedway in traffic. I got there about an hour before the drivers meeting, so it gave me enough time to setup



                                a buddy took these snaps for me









                                The car felt pretty impressive. It's very solid, stays decently flat throwing it around. It was 108 yesterday, and I had some cooling issues (as along with everyone else) getting to about 220 degrees after 3 laps, so basically it was 3 laps per session. I'm going to ask a friend about possibly doing a drop vent on my hood, and also doing some sheet metal ducting. If he charges more than I can afford, I may end up trying to do it on my own, but I'm looking for ideas. It wouldn't bug me so much if I didn't hit traffic on the freeway, It was a bit sketchy watching temps rise, but it cools right back down with movement.

                                I'm going to end up doing e46 lca's and SLRspeed mini kit. It's what I wanted and I won't be happy until I get a bit more track and steering angle. I'll have to figure out the fender flares/wheel fitment after but yeah, probably the best "break-in" method for any of my builds.
                                Last edited by s14brent; 08-19-2018, 05:30 PM.
                                89 325i 4dr s52
                                02 BMW 525iT m54b30/manual swapped (daily)
                                15' Honda Grom

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