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    Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post
    Beautiful steering wheel! I am jealous.

    Also, this explains why Jordan @ Stitched never replied to my recent emails.
    LOL and thank you. I think thereís someone back east doing a similar service now, and I might check him out to do my e-brake handle.

    Originally posted by chriso View Post
    Oh man, Jerry gotta be sick of fixing cooling issues in our M42s by now

    Iím equally as bummed that I didnít get to see your 318 before moving. It looks so good! Iíll be at Bimmerfest in 2020, so weíll have to meet up while Iím on the west coast.
    Hahaha yeah I think a lot of buddies are sick of the M42 by now

    And sounds good! Letís see if I canít beat you to that and drag my ass to VT before that :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

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      Originally posted by freeride53 View Post
      ... Persian salesman was an added plus as my dad went full Persian haggler on him...
      Watched my Dad do this when he bought his E92 Convertible a few years back. Its quite the show, especially when he haggled & haggled and then pulled out $$$$$ in cash that I didnt even know he had on him :rofl:
      Simon
      Current Cars:
      -1986 BMW 325e & 1968 Datsun Roadster 2000
      Previous Car Count : 21 ... and climbing...
      Originally posted by Melon
      Let it be known to all. Simon fucking keeps it real.

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        Haven't posted here in a little while so here are some updates. Did a lot of maintenance back in May.

        Started with my cruddy old fuel filter and old lines:



        Replaced and on car (not pictured, replaced line on other end)



        Also not pictured: new OEM MAF boot and air filter from FCP (both free lifetime replacements, woo!)

        Replaced the old rubber exhaust hangers (only front one pictured)



        Installed Garagistic 80A Poly front CABs



        Julien took a funny photo of my aggression on the CABs.



        A little spring cleaning...



        Dirt/grime cleaned out, corrosion sanded off, neutralized and piece repainted



        She's been serving as my weekend bike mobile all spring.



        Installed Garagistic adjustable clutch stop (old stop & keys pictured for scale)



        And on its own



        Garagistic fire extinguisher bracket installed with Kidde extinguisher. Safety first :-)



        Got some lower profile hardware and Velcro straps from the local hardware store. Zero rattles.



        Nice and snuggle



        And then Julien driving my car down the twisties in the Berkeley & Oakland hills as I chased in his Abarth 500



        Replaced an old cooked o2 sensor with fresh Bosch unit from FCP.



        Needed to get rid of the horrible understeer I had since installing my front 25mm IE adjustable front sway bar (with e30 m3 end links). To counter, got a 19mm IE adjustable rear sway bar. Twas' a long day and Julien lend a friendly hand.



        Billet mounts installed



        And through the trunk floor



        Also, managed to get my driver side rear window to work after ~5 years of being non-op. PO mentioned it hadn't been working for 2 years or so and I bought the car 3 years ago. The regulator was getting power and faintly clicking. Banged the regulator a few times and must have freed up one of the cogs because it works beautifully now.



        Then went to the exhaust shop yesterday to get my Stromung catback installed. Upon dropping the old exhaust, had a look at my destroyed original cat. Yuck. Can't help but think it's plugging and restricting things up. Still need to get a new one, hopefully next week.



        Cat-back installed with standard 3.5" straight exit tip. Wasn't really a fan.



        Scott at Stromung luckily gave me a spare slanted OE-style 3" polished tip. So I had the awesome guys at Scott's muffler in Dublin whip together a custom angled/slanted exit.



        Here's a terrible pic - but they also kindly welded on the gussets that IE gave me to reinforce my rear trailing arm sway bar tabs. Painted it black right after. Will get a better pic later.



        Really happy with the final look of the exhaust tip.



        From underneath



        And up close.



        Big thanks again to Mike on here for organizing the group-buy and Scott at Stromung for accommodating my special request.


        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

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          You've been busy! Nice work.

          Originally posted by freeride53 View Post

          Big thanks again to Mike on here for organizing the group-buy and Scott at Stromung for accommodating my special request.
          No problem! Sorry to hear it took so long to get the exhaust. Your custom tip looks great. Hope you like the sound and tone!

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            Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post
            You've been busy! Nice work.

            No problem! Sorry to hear it took so long to get the exhaust. Your custom tip looks great. Hope you like the sound and tone!

            It's amazing how much it's actually quieted down my car. I'm having the sister-shop of the guys who did my install yesterday get on my new cat in a couple of hours. Will report back - but I strongly suspect it will open up the exhaust a bit more (given it's so plugged up right now in the cat).

            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

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              Glad you were treated well at Minute Muffler!

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                Originally posted by freeride53 View Post
                It's amazing how much it's actually quieted down my car. I'm having the sister-shop of the guys who did my install yesterday get on my new cat in a couple of hours. Will report back - but I strongly suspect it will open up the exhaust a bit more (given it's so plugged up right now in the cat).
                Did you end up getting a universal weld-in replacement or a stock replacement? Curious how the sound changes. Based on how my cat section looked when I installed my Stromung, I'll need to replace it sooner than later.

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                  Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post
                  Did you end up getting a universal weld-in replacement or a stock replacement? Curious how the sound changes. Based on how my cat section looked when I installed my Stromung, I'll need to replace it sooner than later.
                  I opted for a universal CA compliant cat (OE is super NLA). It looks pretty similar. Had it installed on Wednesday, and have driven it ~350 miles up from SF into Yosemite and the Eastern Sierras (10,000 feet elevation), to where I am now. Car sounds different than it did on day 1 (StrŲmung installed with old busted cat).

                  Carís been running smooth and hasnít given my any trouble. Since youíre outside of CA, Iíd look into some performance catís since you donít have to deal with emissions.

                  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

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                    Had a new universal (same shape/size) cat installed on Wednesday. Then took the E30 on a little road-trip last Thursday the Fourth from the Bay Area up to the Sierras. Hit up Yosemite Valley on my way to bachelor party in Mammoth Lakes. Car ran phenomenally (for a little 1.8L M42) under load at high altitude (~10,000 feet).



                    Encountering some white stuff on the Fourth of July



                    Getting waves from every German tourist in sight



                    Tioga Pass, Tenaya Lake.



                    Stopping at the Pass.



                    And a reminder that I need to get this thing painted already.


                    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

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                      just read this from start to finish!!

                      crazy story and impressed with all the work.

                      making me miss America so bad with all your roadtrips.

                      I drove a 325e across America and now i am shipping it home to London, England

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