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  • Panici
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    Ooo excited to see the airlift stuff go on!
    Always thought air suspension would be a good match to a touring.

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  • DEV0 E30
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    Thanks for the idea Panici, the car is rust free and very clean underneath.
    I've searched high and low but still haven't found the source - going to hopefully get the carpet up and check the top of the fuel tank this weekend.

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    Maintenance parts have been slowly arriving for fuel lines, fuel filter, etc.
    I don't want to put to much money towards the M40b18 since I'd love it gone sooner rather than later...
    ... but figured I should erase the possibility that any of the rubber fuel injector o-rings or lines are the cause in the engine bay or elsewhere.

    I should be receiving more replacement parts by Friday, so I'm hoping I can find some time this weekend to search more for the leak and replace anything it could be.

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    But what's this? Extra struts?



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    And other stuff has arrived. Full Airlift 3P setup for E30s. Spare struts above are already being cut and airlift struts welded on.

    Tank and compressors arrive tomorrow. Hoping to fit it all in the spare tire well to not lose the practicality of this being a touring and all.

    Would love to get all of the suspension parts powder-coated and freshened up before they go on the car.

    Still need to get new hubs/bearings and trying to decide what else will happen at the same time... buggbrakes? no buggbrakes?

    Last edited by DEV0 E30; 08-03-2022, 09:03 AM.

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  • Panici
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    Beautiful touring, the colour really makes it! Following for updates.

    How is the rust situation under the car? Reason I ask is that my EVAP line to the charcoal canister was rusted through. This was my main source of fuel smell when parked inside. It was still available new and pre-bent from BMW in 2018.

    FWIW I changed all the hardlines and soft lines, and haven't smelt fuel since. Still using the original EVAP canister and purge valve with my M52 swap and standalone ECU.




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  • twright
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    Originally posted by DEV0 E30 View Post

    It is pretty full. I had forgotten about the pump o-ring. I think tourings still have the access panel like most, but I've not checked since owning this. Another area to check and probably just replace to for sure. Thank you.
    I'm sure there is an access panel. I just don't know how to pull up the carpet to get to it.

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  • DEV0 E30
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    Originally posted by twright View Post
    Is the fuel tank full? If it is, I'd be tempted to look at the top of the fuel tank to see if the o'ring is leaking where the fuel pump fits. I know this area is harder to get to on the Touring, but you might have to do it.
    It is pretty full. I had forgotten about the pump o-ring. I think tourings still have the access panel like most, but I've not checked since owning this. Another area to check and probably just replace to for sure. Thank you.

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  • twright
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    Is the fuel tank full? If it is, I'd be tempted to look at the top of the fuel tank to see if the o'ring is leaking where the fuel pump fits. I know this area is harder to get to on the Touring, but you might have to do it.

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  • DEV0 E30
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    Originally posted by MrBurgundy View Post
    If it's not too hot, which I'm sure it is.. I'd pinch off the line going to the canister to rule it out.

    With a liquid fuel leak, there should be visible evidence of a leak, even after drying from my experience

    Edit;

    My 2 cents- M20 swap :)
    Haha, yeah it's pretty hot. 110 currently. I could do that, so run it, park it in the garage, and pinch the line with some tool? Not a bad idea.

    That's the the thing, I wasn't sure where the leak was (pretty much present since I bought the car) if it sits in a confined area.

    After it sitting outside under a cover, what I thought was the only leak showed itself, one of the main lines was leaking.

    Replaced all 3, no visible leaks. Remained outside overnight, rechecked for leaks, nothing. Drove it to work and back. Parked in garage, after about an hour gas smell returned and my wife smelled it through the door.

    As posted above - I've ordered the injector o-rings, and the rare m40 intake gaskets, and other things - so I'll do those all at once, along with the short 2" lines under the intake. Hoping these solve it.

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  • MrBurgundy
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    If it's not too hot, which I'm sure it is.. I'd pinch off the line going to the canister to rule it out.

    With a liquid fuel leak, there should be visible evidence of a leak, even after drying from my experience

    Edit;

    My 2 cents- M20 swap :)

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  • DEV0 E30
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    Well after being distracted by just driving the Si every day, I sold it to not stretch my time between 3 cars for myself, down to just two now. E30 and LX.

    Time to focus back on the E30.

    Earlier I had incorrectly called the engine an M42, it's an M40b18. Making some things requiring more research. Still trying to track down gas/vapor leak. Did some searching online, finding UK forum posts.

    I already replaced the soft lines that go from the hard lines to the engine. Finally had a visible leak there after the car has been sitting under a cover outside, so I thought that would get rid of the gas smell when it sits in a garage.

    Sadly, that didn't solve it. Had gas smell get through door to garage yesterday, after it had been sitting for only an hour. One would think, this would be a clear leak - but sadly I haven't found it yet.

    Possible Culprit(s): ??? Unsure, going to replace:

    Engine - I think this is the area it's coming from:
    - Short (2") lines under intake
    - Fuel Injector O-rings
    - FPR O-rings

    Holding off on charcoal cannister for now, as they are $400 these days.

    - Fuel Filter (under driver side near frame rail) + soft lines near it.
    Again, no visible leaks but might as well.

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    Spreadsheet, a little bit of service booklet + wishlist.


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  • Glaede
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    I don't have any experience with the hubs Timm sells, but I do have these myself:

    Wheel Hub Set for BMW E30 Conversion Kit Hole Circle conversion from 4x100 to 5x120 Plug & Play | eBay

    I haven't tested them yet since my car is in a million parts right now (rust repairs and respray). But, with that said, I'm going to run E30 M3 280 mm brake discs in the front with Ford Focus calipers, which is almost bolt on. Bolt pattern is nearly identical.
    Mapco even produces a 5x120 brake disc now, så you can just run the stock E30 caliper.

    Above hub is 5x120 only and not as sketchy as the hubs with both patterns.

    @e30797 at instragram is running with the Mapco hubs.

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  • DEV0 E30
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    Cross posting (5 Lug Thread Here)

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    Tim's Classic Parts - Sells a 4+5 lug hub. I've been talking with him some and I'm getting closer to going this route. I know some here have run this kit, I think Catuned ran a car with it?

    I reached out to a few who run adapters (4 to 5 lug) but with many wheels, you're spacing the wheel out to a point where your tire sizes are very limited. One of them pointed me to this kit from Tim / Clipz.

    It would allow me to run both 4x100 and 5x120 with much smaller spacers if necessary and keep everything else the same.

    I would want to eventually upgrade the brakes, but so far plans for this thing - it likely won't be a dedicated tack car or anything too intense.

    I was leaning towards this as a possible solution for my wheel whoring tendencies. This + air/coilover mixmatch + new brakes + new rack + other suspension goodies = happy car?

    But the more I read on the thread I missed on this, most feel it's not really the safest way to accomplish this?

    I know some high horsepower cars overseas use this kit, but may not be the best route?

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    Last edited by DEV0 E30; 05-04-2022, 01:56 PM.

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  • DEV0 E30
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    Not really an update, more notes mostly for myself.

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    Maintenance:


    So the car has a faint gas smell, only really exists when in the garage/sits in confined space, and it slowly builds. I think maybe it's the evap cannister as I can't find any leaks anywhere. It's more present under the hood.

    No visible leak/smell near fuel filter (underneath) or smells inside of car.

    The lines are likely all nearly 30 years old, so going to start looking for replacements and do some "while I'm in there" sort of replacements.

    Someday this thing will get an engine swap, but for now until I have more of a shop/space for that, just going to keep the engine as tidy as I can within reason. I don't want to make this thing sit and not be able to enjoy it.

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    Lights:

    I was able to snag an already modified set of Euro Hella's from Gabe (https://www.esgprints.com/) - so I'll actually be able to see at night, which is nice.

    So my OE Euro Bosch will be backups, and got a replacement bosch low to replace the broken one.

    Both sets will be getting ppf'd with 10mil from my local PPF/Ceramic detail guy who did the whole front end of my FK8. I don't want another broken light.

    May also pick up a smoked set, then I'm done buying lights.

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    Suspension:

    Still at a cross roads, I'm either going 5 lug or staying 4 lug.

    This is silly, but suspension will likely be built around the wheels.

    Still heavily considering and likely going air-ride.

    Leaning towards staying 4 lug since these euro weaves are too nice and I don't need bugg brakes really until the engine swap happens.

    So grabbing a baller set of 16s or 17s depending on price and availability may be the ticket, with the stock 15s as the 2nd set.

    I'd like better braking performance, it has new brakes (rotors/pads) but may look at refurbishment in this area or other options.

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    Interior:

    Current interior is cloth seats, comfort front, black door panels.

    Also not sure what I want to do here, have a lead on a design edition, but shipping is costly.

    Got a few local possibilities to get sport seat "cores" so to speak for said design edition interior

    ... but it may end up being a bit more than I'd like to spend to get sports, get the design edition, and have it all done.

    I could just get sport fronts or something else (aftermarket) for the front to tie it into the current interior.

    Tint --- Looking at something light but definitely ceramic for UV and less heat getting in.

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    Stereo:

    At least one of the speakers has a bad / fading connection, may upgrade all.

    Headunit/Stereo/Deck - Older aftermarket tape unit. I like the idea of one of the BMW OE decks with bluetooth, that would satisfy my needs. Less fancy, more OE, less chance of someone seeing something they want to break a window for.

    I don't need subs, would rather just have good SQ and mids etc.


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    Exterior:

    She has some areas that need attention, I've given her a decent wash, and is now protected under a cover or in the garage.

    I'd like to get some maintenance and suspension done then I'll be looking at getting some of the paint areas addressed.

    There is a chance we will build onto current house, with bigger garage. If that happens all of the vehicles could be safe in a garage space which would be nice, so I'd like to hold off on paint work until we decide on this.
    Last edited by DEV0 E30; 07-14-2022, 11:23 AM.

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  • Northern
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    Is that the same guy who used to sell moriomoto adapters on here?

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  • moatilliatta
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    I have a kit ready to go on my E30 Depo’s and have had other morimoto retrofits. They are awesome! I’ve applied sheet laninx and use trim ring to help hold it down, way better than the precut stuff.

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  • KI4UJO
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    I am running the depo adapters with Morimoto V7.0 projectors that I picked up a few years ago.

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