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  • KI4UJO
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    L-Jetronic M10! I've spent many, many hours dealing with these. If you have any questions, ask them here or PM me and I'll be glad to answer.

    Worth asking, how is the idle quality? I ask as you mention vacuum leaks - they are definitely a factor, though every M10 I've encountered so far has needed an Idle Control Module.

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  • skater4145
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    Originally posted by wworm View Post
    haha I've got everything and still havent started the swap...

    You shouldn't need any spacers for those wheels but you might once you've got the bigger brakes on. I had 15x7 92's and had to run a 5mm spacer up front to clear the caliper. Definitely needed more camber than I had to not ruin the fenders. I was running 205 55 r15's as well.
    first priority is rolling the fenders (I have a fender roller just need to find the time... I'll take pics) then I will get 205/55r15s, ive been hawking all the tire and wheel threads and I think for a 15" wheels that size looks the best.

    Originally posted by 325isman View Post
    Great looking car..... You are well on your way to having a very nice ride. Good luck
    thank you very much! so far my ownership of the e30 has been super enjoyable. a chassis with a lot of character and very solid feeling. everyone keeps asking when I am going to paint it... it seems that non car people underestimate the expense of a halfway decent paint job!


    ok so normally I could throw some money at a car like this and i'd be able to update this thread with pictures of cool bolt on parts all the time and whatnot but my wedding is in 11 days. so things are progressing slow atm. and budget is ruling the build currently.

    because spending is a concern right now I acquired 2 pairs of free tires from friends. unfortunately they are not the same size. not even close. I took them to my buddys shop, and mounted them anyway. sorry not sorry.

    with drifting as a background I have no problem running this setup temporarily, until I can afford to put 205/55r15s all around, but it offends people lol. the fronts are falken azenis 205/50r15 and the rears are 195/45r15 yoko s-drives.
    LOL!
    but free is free and so here we are.
    obviously the azenis are pretty effin sticky so I put them on the front. not ideal for looks but from a performance standpoint there was no way I was going to put s-drives in the front and azenis in the back. the front tires rubbed a tiny bit so I needed to run a 5mm spacer to clear.

    it drives fine but the speedo is off, and I need an lsd asap so I can burn these rear tires away. I ordered a wheel stud conversion kit, and I will run 5mm spacers all around.

    while at my buddys shop I saw these in the corner... are they worth anything? he said he'd sell them to me super cheap.


    also I have another friend who has these for sale but they are out of my budget at $2k

    16x8 +15mm
    uuuggghhhhh if only I weren't getting married...……..

    anyway that's all I got for now. i'll update again when I roll my fenders and get some tires that actually fit the car.

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  • 325isman
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    Great looking car..... You are well on your way to having a very nice ride. Good luck

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  • wworm
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    Originally posted by skater4145 View Post
    well I didn't have the time to go back for those parts but I will slowly be gathering the 6cyl brake stuffs and someday ill even put them on my car lol
    haha I've got everything and still havent started the swap...

    You shouldn't need any spacers for those wheels but you might once you've got the bigger brakes on. I had 15x7 92's and had to run a 5mm spacer up front to clear the caliper. Definitely needed more camber than I had to not ruin the fenders. I was running 205 55 r15's as well.

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  • skater4145
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    Originally posted by wworm View Post
    ^those are the brakes you want, you'll want the whole front strut housing/assemblies too and rear trailing arms. It'll be a pain in the ass to remove but totally worth it. 6cyl brakes are considerably better than those from an m10 car. I'll be doing the swap on my car pretty soon so feel free to hit me up with any other questions you might have.

    That also has the front swaybar you want (21mm) and possibly the rear (12.5mm), remember to take the hardware too!
    well I didn't have the time to go back for those parts but I will slowly be gathering the 6cyl brake stuffs and someday ill even put them on my car lol


    for now I do have an update, it's not much but its something. same thing I had to tell all my girlfriends...




    seems like they should fit pretty well, maybe needing a little spacer in the front but im thinking these will do well for giving the car a better stance on a budget. I have a friend willing to give me some 15" azenis he needs to get out of his garage and I got a pair of 15" s-drives with these wheels. so all I need to do is take all the wheels and tires to my buddys shop and mount them, then see if they need to be balanced lol.

    next update: cleaning the engine bay! and probably pics of the wheels on the car I hope

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  • wworm
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    ^those are the brakes you want, you'll want the whole front strut housing/assemblies too and rear trailing arms. It'll be a pain in the ass to remove but totally worth it. 6cyl brakes are considerably better than those from an m10 car. I'll be doing the swap on my car pretty soon so feel free to hit me up with any other questions you might have.

    That also has the front swaybar you want (21mm) and possibly the rear (12.5mm), remember to take the hardware too!

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  • skater4145
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    new update: lots of work not on the car

    Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
    Nice Seats ! Nobody will knock you for buying those, especially if they were a good deal.

    A couple things I noticed from your interior pic.

    #1: Dash has been swapped as the 84/85 m10 had a seat belt warning light in the middle of the dash, so I’d double check to make sure the right VIN plate is on the dash. Easy to swap so hopefully they did that

    #2: should you decide to eat one the Euro Analog clock is a plug and play conversion to the hideous useless digital clock in there now. A solid upgrade IMO

    I like where this is going, keep it up
    awesome thank you for pointing that out! the dash is super cracked and I've been brainstorming what to do about the interior... I was worried about keeping the original dash but if that one isn't original than I won't have any problem replacing it.

    yes euro clock is definitely on the list! that is one of those things ill ask the fiancé to get me as a birthday present or something lol.

    ok so this update won't be that interesting but i have made progress on a rookie mistake that i made.
    i traded my old comfort seats away when i picked up the sport seats. and also with them, the buckle receivers, which probably most of you know puts me in a predicament because i have the short seat belt buckles in the 85.
    so i found this thread:

    https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...uckle+reciever

    and then headed to the yard.
    there i found lots of e36 cars but nothing i could use. and then i saw the ol girl.


    take a peek inside


    seats yes... and... could it be...
    F**K YEAH! BUCKLE RECIEVERS!


    they work a treat on my early model buckles... BUT WAIT! there are a few differences between the e30 receiver and the e28 receiver.
    you can see the early style button, but the mounts at the bottom are obviously different and the angle of the bend is different as well. mine have been bent a little to be closer to the e30 shape.




    also saw this there...


    should i be looking at those rotors and calipers? anything else off that car i should be going back for?

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  • 2mAn
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    Nice Seats ! Nobody will knock you for buying those, especially if they were a good deal.

    A couple things I noticed from your interior pic.

    #1: Dash has been swapped as the 84/85 m10 had a seat belt warning light in the middle of the dash, so I’d double check to make sure the right VIN plate is on the dash. Easy to swap so hopefully they did that

    #2: should you decide to eat one the Euro Analog clock is a plug and play conversion to the hideous useless digital clock in there now. A solid upgrade IMO

    I like where this is going, keep it up

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  • skater4145
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    Originally posted by lukeADE335i View Post
    Nice - the 1MZ would probably be my pick. The sound + torque would be worth it, and those engines can be had for peanuts.

    Sounds like good plans for the e30 - a 4 door might have been more practical with the kids on the way. I've found mine good with 2 kids, and used it as my daily until late last year. I daily an e92 now and they clamber in and out of the back of that just fine. Might be a bit annoying in the early years when they're in booster seats.

    When doing the school run in the e30 surrounded by SUVs, the kids used to say - your car might not be the biggest Dad, but it's definitely the loudest :)
    yes the 1mz is sooooo cheap. the only advantage of the 3vz is the fuel system is nearly identical to the stock motor (5fse) which makes getting it through california bar easier. the 1mz is returnless which is obviously harder to deal with. but the 1mz is my first choice, all will depend on what kind of deal i can find. whichever one i get cheaper will be the one i pick lol.
    hahaha i have to laugh at the "not the biggest but the loudest". kids are so honest lol!
    yah for sure the coupe will be a little rough when the kids are young and have their car seats but if i can hang on for a few years like you said, it should be fine when they are a bit older. fingers crossed!

    Originally posted by Jaxx_ View Post
    M10 ftw. Welcome! Love the SW20 too. It looks like you're well on your way already. Just a 325 sway bar in the rear will make the car nearly perfect, in my experience.

    If I recall correctly you actually need the trailing arms from a disc car to convert the drums in the rear. It's been years, so I could be wrong. The early cars also have skinnier front strut tubes, so if you plan to replace them I recommend getting the "beefer" 51mm ones. Check out the dollar bill trick to confirm size.
    sweet! thanks for the tips! im a super bmw noob so im trying to soak up as much information as i can. 325 rear sway is an upgrade... noted! also i have so much reading to do about suspension... im gonna revisit my options when the car runs a bit better and ive gotten a few of the other things on my list done.
    the PO gave me a set of 325i trailing arms so i got lucky there! but i think they might need new wheel bearings and a lot of sanding to get the surface rust off. which is actually a great Segway into my next update.


    so i haven't had a solid block of 2 hours in order to get the car in the air and bleed the brakes so that hasn't happened yet but it will very soon.
    also i should warn you all that i am addicted to craigslist and so every once in a while when a good deal pops up, i may spring for an upgrade i don't need, or that is a little out of order of my priorities... and so, cue the new seats!



    these were too good a deal to pass up and i am super picky about how seats feel, and i really disliked the comfort seats. even though these are so mis-matched with the rest of the interior... i had to put them in anyway. sorry guys! i know its ugly but a good seat that hugs you when your shredding the turns is priceless to me. and so it has begun.

    when i pulled up the stock seats i was greeted with some coffee stainage…




    not the end of the world but kind of not cool! i pity the fool that spills coffee this badly onto my interior carpet... i would hit them with the rick james…"what did the 5-fingers, say to the face?"

    the drivers side is a little better...


    so instead of dealing with the coffee stains i ignored them, because i had to get to work and i was not getting there in a comfort seat. i will pull them back out and deal with those stains on a day off.
    that being said, i cannot commend bmw enough for the great job they did on the sport seat, it feels like recaro designed it. so nice to have a factory seat option that is actually worth sitting in.
    they are a little dirty so i have to clean them still, but i am super pumped about how good these seats feel. looks are another story but that can always be fixed.




    i had to go to home depot for a couple 5 gallon buckets and used the opportunity to buy a few things for sanding and grinding...




    ive only been able to put about 20min into working on the 325i trailing arms but my intention is to clean all the surface rust off, put in new bushings and wheel bearings and get my disc setup going. so this is the start of that...



    you can tell im dragging my feet on the vac leaks...
    Last edited by skater4145; 06-07-2019, 03:18 AM.

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  • Jaxx_
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    M10 ftw. Welcome! Love the SW20 too. It looks like you're well on your way already. Just a 325 sway bar in the rear will make the car nearly perfect, in my experience.

    If I recall correctly you actually need the trailing arms from a disc car to convert the drums in the rear. It's been years, so I could be wrong. The early cars also have skinnier front strut tubes, so if you plan to replace them I recommend getting the "beefer" 51mm ones. Check out the dollar bill trick to confirm size.

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  • lukeADE335i
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    Originally posted by skater4145 View Post
    You've got my intentions with the toyota pegged. except because of California smog and carb, a 2gr-fse is nigh impossible. at least for my skills. my plans include one of two options, the 3vz-fe or the 1mz-fe, both are v-6 and both came in the camry in California(which is super important for a very stupid reason). neither make more than 200hp but it is a worthwhile swap because the torque curve is ridiculously flat from like 800rpm and above.
    Nice - the 1MZ would probably be my pick. The sound + torque would be worth it, and those engines can be had for peanuts.

    Sounds like good plans for the e30 - a 4 door might have been more practical with the kids on the way. I've found mine good with 2 kids, and used it as my daily until late last year. I daily an e92 now and they clamber in and out of the back of that just fine. Might be a bit annoying in the early years when they're in booster seats.

    When doing the school run in the e30 surrounded by SUVs, the kids used to say - your car might not be the biggest Dad, but it's definitely the loudest :)

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  • skater4145
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    ok so thanks for all the motivation you guys! i hate to say it but sorry you will have to bear with me for a few months as my schedule is crazy and my time to wrench is super unpredictable atm. i will fully explain later but ive got a packed 8 weeks of work followed by a wedding and a 14 day honeymoon. i promise im not complaining!
    updates may be touch and go for a little while but i really really like this bmw so it is a great motivator for me to work on it.

    Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post
    Speaking from experience, two car seats fit easily. ;D
    this is great news because the kids are coming, we both want them so its only a matter of time, and my fiancé isn't getting any younger. neither of us want more than 2 the e30 is all I'll ever need! at least that's what i keep telling my fiancé

    Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
    Get a Miata battery, 325i battery cables and move that stuff to the trunk.
    PO already did it. ill post a pic tomorrow with another update

    Originally posted by benwalsh91 View Post
    Love it, and i don't get why everyone hates the DB bumpers. Maybe its because they are unheard of here.

    keep the diving boards!!
    Originally posted by e30RS View Post
    Nice car! I have an '88 "is" that came with everything for a bumper swap and the forum convinced me to keep the diving boards. . . .for now.
    I love the encouragement! thanks guys! i just don't know if i can keep them... they make great drink holders when your chillin outside the car, but they stick out really far. like almost too far... almost
    but i am definitely keeping them for now i have so many other things to get to first.
    full disclosure if this was an '88 car i'd have those plastic bumpers on so fast...


    Originally posted by packratbimmer View Post
    Keep it light, in tune and set your timing for 93 octane.

    #1 priority: ERADICATE VACUUM LEAKS!
    it passed smog but i need to get a timing light on it and see where its currently set at. i know the PO messed with it so it could be stock or who knows. also vac leaks are so gross and i know i have some and just ewwww
    ugh vac leaks are my nemesis. but they are a high priority for sure.

    Originally posted by cheffy30 View Post
    please change the timing belt soon
    Originally posted by lukeADE335i View Post
    The M10 doesn't have one (probably the one advantage the M10 has over the M20!)

    Nice project you've got there - the M10 cars are good daily drives. Sure, they're slow, but once sorted they're very reliable and still entertaining to drive like all e30s.

    What are your plans for the MR2? I've been toying with the idea of buying one for a while and throwing a 3.5L Camry V6 into it to make a cut price Lotus Evora :)
    thank you!!! the m10 has character for sure and the e30 handles great as light as it is. it is absolutely entertaining and that's exactly what i was hoping for. and it doesn't do too badly on gas mileage either which is kind of nice for a daily driver. its a great compliment to the mr2 because they handle so differently.
    you've got my intentions with the toyota pegged. except because of California smog and carb, a 2gr-fse is nigh impossible. at least for my skills. my plans include one of two options, the 3vz-fe or the 1mz-fe, both are v-6 and both came in the camry in California(which is super important for a very stupid reason). neither make more than 200hp but it is a worthwhile swap because the torque curve is ridiculously flat from like 800rpm and above.


    Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
    What are the plans for the M10? I have an old lower pulley for an M10 that has a 36-1 wheel on it. Pick up a Ford EDIS and you can start letting that thing run a bit better without the distributor. Ireland Engineering is a great place for M10 performance parts, and if you look there were performance headers for them a while ago. Combine the lightness of the 84/85 and get that thing slightly hot-rodded and it will be quite fun NA, then theres the whole Turbo option too... lots of possibilities
    i want to hot rod it!!! hahaha i would really like to keep it NA. i think it adds to the overall experience of what the car is about. i very much subscribe to the slow car fast type of driving so i don't need lots of power in this car. i would love for it to make cool noises and give the effect of going fast though!
    and i am definitely into that lower pulley, i would love to be able to upgrade the ignition system.

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  • 2mAn
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    What are the plans for the M10? I have an old lower pulley for an M10 that has a 36-1 wheel on it. Pick up a Ford EDIS and you can start letting that thing run a bit better without the distributor. Ireland Engineering is a great place for M10 performance parts, and if you look there were performance headers for them a while ago. Combine the lightness of the 84/85 and get that thing slightly hot-rodded and it will be quite fun NA, then theres the whole Turbo option too... lots of possibilities

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  • lukeADE335i
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    The M10 doesn't have one (probably the one advantage the M10 has over the M20!)

    Nice project you've got there - the M10 cars are good daily drives. Sure, they're slow, but once sorted they're very reliable and still entertaining to drive like all e30s.

    What are your plans for the MR2? I've been toying with the idea of buying one for a while and throwing a 3.5L Camry V6 into it to make a cut price Lotus Evora :)

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  • cheffy30
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    please change the timing belt soon

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