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    1991 318is from California on wide 15's

    current look:




    I've wanted to start a thread for a little bit now, but I told myself I'd hold off until I installed a few parts to have the car looking decent. I started this project beginning of the summer, and my goal was to have it at least lowered on some wheels by the end of the summer. This is my third E30 so I knew right off what I needed to start in on. This is my first 318is though. All the work so far has been done in my own garage. I have a lot more I want to do, but this is how things are currently going!


    When it first showed up. The paint was stained and dirty, but otherwise a clean stock base to work with.


    Chemical Guys products to get things started.



    Now this is how it should look. I had to work pretty hard on the paint since it has never really been detailed or cleaned the way it should.


    Ricer mod that actually made a little difference. I used to have to shift back and forth between 4th and 5th to make it up the California grapevine pass into LA county. After the intake I could cruise in 5th the whole way. I am going to extend the piping close to the front grill maybe this week and remove the box.


    Factory brake ducts are a plus ;)


    from a R3V member


    Oh my... what do we have here? Soon soon


    Some of the suspension parts here. There's even Camaro stuff in there haha.




    Bought a new "i" lip since there was no factory lip when I got the car. I'd love an "is" lip but there is now way I could clear my driveway with one.



    fenders all rolled with a slight pull



    last look at the wheels before they go to E30 heaven



    The first drive after I installed the suspension, wheels and tires.




    Really heavy grimy oem style battery


    Lightweight battery installed which saved somewhere close to 30lbs.





    A few snaps from today....





    Last edited by grippymonkey; 06-12-2012, 02:45 PM. Reason: title
    GRIPPY'S*GARAGE

    #2
    Nice work...car looks great.

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      #3
      Looking good and great progress so far. :up:

      Not a fan of the black (gunmetal?) wheels personally but thats just my personal taste.
      Are they Rota RB's?

      E30 M3 / E30 325is / E34 525iT / E34 535i

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        #4
        Great progress.
        I want these wheels now, in polished finish.

        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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          #5
          Nice to see more 318is's

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            #6
            Thanks guys!
            GRIPPY'S*GARAGE

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              #7
              looks great!
              AWD > RWD

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                #8
                Clean, I need to get me one of those lightweight batteries


                G.Verelli

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                  #9
                  wow great work that thing is aggressive looking 8) more please!!! haha.

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                    #10
                    ^ Thanks! Hopefully soon I can get some more shots.

                    Originally posted by gverelli View Post
                    Clean, I need to get me one of those lightweight batteries
                    Do it! It'll cost you like $70-80 for the battery and $15 for the nice terminals to make it work on a car. I just used a cheap $5 mount with some double sided 3m on the bottom of the battery, and a little drilling in the old battery tray to make it stay put. I just happened to have a brand new one off a Buell I was riding that happens to be the one all the track guys use for their cars.
                    GRIPPY'S*GARAGE

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                      #11
                      Looking good mate...


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                        #12
                        ^ thanks man! wish you could make it to cali for the WFC meet next month
                        GRIPPY'S*GARAGE

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                          #13
                          your battery is from buell motorcycle?
                          i need to find one of those!
                          like this?
                          http://cgi.ebay.es/Bateria-battery-B...item2eb2b05697
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                            #14
                            love it Nice work
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Mr Mpower View Post
                              your battery is from buell motorcycle?
                              i need to find one of those!
                              like this?
                              http://cgi.ebay.es/Bateria-battery-B...item2eb2b05697
                              I don't know about that one. Mine is from Deka. They make Braille racing batteries for cars also. If you do not start your car often or if you leave it out in the cold weather chances are you will have starting issues with a lightweight battery over time. Just think of how weak a motorcycle battery can get after a short while of not riding. Now think that the same battery that was in the motorcycle has to crank your car motor.
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