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  • mike.bmw
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    Not much to report. We've had a few weekends of snow and ice, which results in lots of brine and salt on the roads, which results in the E30 staying in the garage. So I've been taking photos...

    DSC_0726 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    Engine bay:

    DSC_0954 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    DSC_0948 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    RS001s and turbofans:

    DSC_0803 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    DSC_0806 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    DSC_0782 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    Interior:

    DSC_0975 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    DSC_0989 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    Tucked away during a recent ice storm:

    DSC_0983 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    I thought this was kinda cool. E30 inception: Manny reading the article I wrote about his E30 from inside his E30. (He sent me the photo.)

    received_740249623564486 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    The Vintage, HPDEs, NCC BMW CCA Tours, and a local concours event are all on the calendar. Can't wait!
    Last edited by mike.bmw; 02-26-2021, 03:56 PM.

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  • moatilliatta
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    Great shots! Both cars look great!

    Mmm! Late body cirrus sedan will be my next E30!

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  • mike.bmw
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    Originally posted by dhlerner View Post
    Mike, I’m loving these shots. It was great to finally meet you and see your car in person. Let’s do it again...when it’s a little warmer.
    Thanks, Douglas! A good time for sure. Thanks for standing out in the cold for so long. I'm definitely looking forward to warmer weather and new locations for photos!

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  • dhlerner
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    Mike, I’m loving these shots. It was great to finally meet you and see your car in person. Let’s do it again...when it’s a little warmer.

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  • 2mAn
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    Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post
    E30 Photo Shoots

    Here are some shots of my 318is along Douglas' stunning 325i cirrus blau sedan (2mAn 's favorite), equipped with H&R Sport spring, Konis, EWW BBS RS wheels, a manual swap, a fresh interior, and more! Super cool car for sure.

    CPL filter rotated to see through the windshield:
    DSC_0769 by mike.bevels, on Flickr
    Those are some cool camera tricks, and yes... something about Cirrusblau just looks special to me and with the BBS wheels...

    Ive been tempted to find my way back into a sedan soon, but Im going to wait ~6-9 months so I hit my "keep em for about a year" boredom time and we'll see whats up...

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  • mike.bmw
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    E30 Photo Shoots

    I think it was sometime early in 2020 that I connected with a local E30 via Instagram. We don't live far from each other, but despite regularly driving our E30s, we never saw each other around town. This past weekend we decided to meet up for some photos on a VERY cold morning. This also gave me an opportunity to play around with my new (to me) Nikon 35mm 1.8 lens, though I didn't have a CPL filter in the correct size for this lens at the time.

    Here are some shots of my 318is alongside Douglas' (dhlerner) stunning 325i cirrus blau sedan (2mAn 's favorite), equipped with H&R Sport spring, Konis, EWW BBS RS wheels, a manual swap, a fresh interior, and more! Super cool car for sure.

    CPL filter rotated to see through the windshield:
    DSC_0769 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    CPL filter rotated to reduce reflections on the fender and side panels:
    DSC_0774 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    DSC_0715 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    DSC_0798 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    DSC_0814 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    DSC_0808 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    DSC_0733 by mike.bevels, on Flickr
    Last edited by mike.bmw; 01-27-2021, 05:14 AM.

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  • mike.bmw
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    Have shortened bump stops, will travel (suspension)

    TLDR; I'm dumb and I should've trimmed my front bump stops two years ago when I installed my current suspension setup.

    Looking back through this thread, it was November of 2018 when I overhauled my suspension. New springs, shocks, hardware, mounts, and bump stops. The H&R OE Sport Springs (key being "OE") are supposed to have a stock-ish ride height. The BMW bump stops weren't available at the time, so I ordered a set of KYB SB105 bump stops and bellows to fit my Bilstein B4 fronts. I installed everything and all was well. The ride was much improved over the garbage "Stagg" setup the previous owner had installed.

    After thousands of miles, long tours with NCC BMW CCA, and multiple track days I realized the front suspension didn't have much compression travel. Well, after some measurements and investigation, the KYB bump stops were much too tall. The bump stops were being engaged/contacted with very little travel. So I trimmed an inch off and the ride is now greatly improved. I'll probably order a better suited, correctly sized set of bump stops whenever I get around to taking the front suspension apart again. For now, trimming them has done the trick.

    Removed:
    20210120_162631 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    What's left:
    20210121_162630 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

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  • AlpinStar
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    Mike - thanks for the info on the steering wheel swap process! Sorry if I missed the part about the spacer earlier in your thread. Looking forward to doing the swap myself.

    And great photos, as always! Nice sunsets/sunrises.

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  • mike.bmw
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    Originally posted by AlpinStar View Post
    Hey mike.bmw , random quick question for ya : I ordered a Sports steering wheel very similar to yours. I was wondering, when you installed yours, did you use a spacer? I wasn't sure how it'd fit on a car that currently has an airbag steering wheel. Thanks!
    Hey AlpinStar !

    Here are some tips for installation:
    - Disconnect the battery! :-). This will prevent the airbag from discharging as well as allow you to unplug the SRS system under the dash if you don't want the SRS fault light on.
    - For airbag equipped cars you will need an additional spacer (part # 32311120260). Installation looks like this -> existing spacer, steering wheel, additional spacer, washer, nut.
    - For airbag equipped cars you will need to pull the white, spring loaded plastic peg out. I used vice grips to clamp down on the white peg and gave it a good pull. Save this if you want to revert back to stock.
    - To pull the existing steering wheel put your key in the ignition in the accessory position. This will disable the steering wheel lock/tab allowing you to pull the wheel.
    - If you remove the lower knee pad under the steering wheel and disconnect the 3 connectors going to the orange box (the SRS module), you will not have a blinking SRS light. Also, this method prevents any faults from being stored in the SRS (because it's unplugged). If you reinstall the airbag wheel at some point you'll just need to reconnect the whole system before hooking up the battery again. Yes, there's an SRS reset procedure.

    Hope this helps!

    And just because, some random photos I've taken recently...

    DSC_0724 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    DSC_0779 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    One my daughter took...

    IMGP7661 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

    And one I took of the wagon...

    DSC_0834 by mike.bevels, on Flickr

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  • AlpinStar
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    Hey mike.bmw , random quick question for ya : I ordered a Sports steering wheel very similar to yours. I was wondering, when you installed yours, did you use a spacer? I wasn't sure how it'd fit on a car that currently has an airbag steering wheel. Thanks!

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  • mike.bmw
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    Originally posted by D.Martijn View Post
    Great picture Mike, I really like this one! Great with the reflection of the windows.
    Adding the rear headrests is a nice addition to the car as well
    Thanks! I'm hoping that in 2021 I'll start having the opportunity to photograph new/other cars at some new/other locations. I've been following your touring build and the steering rack and subframe work is fantastic!

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  • D.Martijn
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    Great picture Mike, I really like this one! Great with the reflection of the windows.
    Adding the rear headrests is a nice addition to the car as well

    Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post

    DSC_0783 (1) by mike.bevels, on Flickr

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  • mike.bmw
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    Originally posted by AlpinStar View Post
    Mike: just wanted to add to the chorus thanking you for all the hard work you've put into this thread. I just picked up a '91 318is that's a near-clone of yours, which I'll be starting a build thread on shortly. I already did one mod with yours as inspiration (the thicker rear spring pads), and I also have the same steering wheel you ultimately installed on the way as well. Anyway, thanks again, and keep up the good work!
    Thanks! It's always nice to hear this thread has been useful for others. I saw the build thread you just started and it looks like you're already off to an excellent start. I look forward to following along!

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  • AlpinStar
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    Mike: just wanted to add to the chorus thanking you for all the hard work you've put into this thread. I just picked up a '91 318is that's a near-clone of yours, which I'll be starting a build thread on shortly. I already did one mod with yours as inspiration (the thicker rear spring pads), and I also have the same steering wheel you ultimately installed on the way as well. Anyway, thanks again, and keep up the good work!

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  • mike.bmw
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    Originally posted by Codym42 View Post
    I love those shots with yours and the red car! Looks like something from a magazine cover.
    Thanks! I was happy how those turned out. That's actually the 318is I wrote an article about, which can be read here: https://www.nxtbook.com/mercury/derB...ndex.php#/p/18

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