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  • WestCoastEta
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    My car absolutely bombed its biennial smog test. My E30 is officially a "gross polluter."



    Let me know if you guys have any tips based on my score, but I'm told I need to refresh the cooling (temperature gauge fluctuates) and replace the cat at the minimum.

    That stuff was all part of my head-swap plan regardless though, so right now my plan is to just go ahead with the engine build and retest later. An 885 with a mild cam and fresh exhaust should pass CA smog from what I've read. There's no point fixing everything wrong with the emissions system if I'm going to replace it all anyway.

    As soon as I got home from the smog shop I started the latest endeavor: E46 purple tag steering rack swap. I copped a cheap rack on Greg's List last week and cleaned it up, replaced the boots, added E36 outer tie rods, etc. Instead of modifying the stock lines, I decided to throw down the big bucks for Chase Bays lines and reservoir. It's a really nice piece of kit, and I'm glad to know it'll bolt right up without any issues. I'm using Garagistic's steering rack swap kit and delrin steering flex coupler.





    Anyway, power steering fluid is fucking disgusting.



    A few other random updates include new motorsport roundels. I won these in a raffle at the Dockweiler meet from CAtuned and wasn't sure if I wanted to install them but I'm really glad I did. They look great and the quality is fantastic. And BY THE WAY, everyone was super pissed at me for winning so much stuff in that raffle (castro airbox, griots detailing package, CAtuned roundels, Bimmerheads shirt), but I bought $20 worth of tickets and won all that stuff fair and square. I was blessed by the E30 gods in that raffle and I will not apologize.



    I decided I didn't want to mount the E21 spoiler so I bought a W201 Zender spoiler on Offerup from a guy who said it would "perfectly fit E30 trunks." Well it does not. It doesn't even come close.



    So then I decided that while the E21 spoiler is a little beat up and not for the right car, it is very rare (and therefore very cool) and I decided it belongs on my car. So I drilled some holes in my rusty ass trunk to test fit it, and I'll be mounting it with proper adhesives after I paint it. I forgot to take pictures so y'all are gon have to wait.

    That's all for now.

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Rear ride height is finally where I want it. I ordered the 4" spring from Eibach, went to mount it, realized I ordered the wrong diameter, ordered the correct 4" spring, mounted it, drove around, adjusted it some more, etc. Lots of waiting in between. In a perfect world I'd drop the front just a hair, but that's not possible in LA. Maybe I'll tweak it in the future, but I'm satisfied for now.



    Finished my ramps today. These are so handy, couldn't be more stoked.



    And finally, I test fitted the Zender spoiler I bought a few months ago. It doesn't fit lol. Apparently it's for an E21. Does anyone know if the E21 spoiler with match up to the E30's trunk lid? I might just redrill my trunk to make it work. Haven't decided yet.

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Had most of the day off so I took care of a long overdue project: ramps!





    I haven't worked with wood since 8th grade shop class and didn't know exactly what I was doing, but I'm super happy with them and they work great. I can pull straight in and out without scraping. Hell yeah.

    The wagon is a superb lumber hauler.



    Btw, if you've ever questioned whether a stock eta can roast a set of brand new sticky tires:

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Ah yeah I'm running the 5" spring that came with the coilover conversion kit. Eibach sells 4" springs for like $60 each, so maybe I'll get a set of those.

    Update: ordered the 4"ers from Eibach. They were cheap as hell anyway
    Last edited by WestCoastEta; 04-14-2020, 01:47 PM.

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  • E30SPDFRK
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    What length are your rear springs? You need 4" springs to go really low in the back, but GC usually specs their kits with 5" springs.

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  • 2mAn
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    Just wait until you have some HRSPR

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  • wworm
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    lmk when you wanna sell those wheels 8)
    glad to see this back on the ground

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Can I get a yee haw?



    Finally finished everything up and got to drive the thing for the first time in 5 months. It was suuuch a good feeling to get back behind the wheel, and the car drives 1000x better than before. I've never known what a proper-handling E30 feels like until now. The JOMs were so garb compared to this setup.

    Since I put the car on jack stands 5 months ago I changed brakes (rotors, pads, steel-braided lines, rear hard line, Motul RBF600), control arms + poly bushings, rear end links, full suspension (GC coilover conversion - front housings shortened 2", Koni yellows, IE street/track camber plates), and tires (Federal RS RR 205/50). Also a new shift boot.



    I'm not totally stoked on the current ride height, although it is very functional. The fronts will go down way more, but this is as low as the rears will go. I might just ditch the rear adjusters.



    Either way, glad to have it back on the road. Before I get an alignment I need to replace the steering rack. I'm leaning towards the purple tag E46 clubsport, but I don't have the funds for that project just yet.

    After the rack, I'll hopefully be able to fulfill my stroker build goal that I've had for a while. Maybe one day at least

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  • 2mAn
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    Originally posted by WestCoastEta View Post

    I've now been through 5 daily drivers since I've started this thread (E30, Abarth, Twin Turbo Cop Car, 530i, and now 540it). I'm pretty sure the 540 is here to stay.
    Its things like this that make me feel like Im not so bad, or we're all one in the same here

    BTW Bummer that the line didnt work, at least it didnt cost ya an arm and a leg

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Originally posted by gnmzl View Post
    Congrats on the new daily!
    I recognized your e30 in that Donut media video instantly! Content is great btw
    You should put it together now, if it's at your home's garage. Nothing better to do while working from home, right?
    I went with 325ix inserts, not sure if they are shorter or longer than G60, def shorter than 2 inches from stock.
    Thanks! I definitely do need to get it back together while I'm working from home. I haven't driven it since 2019

    I took a stab at bending the new hard brake line yesterday. Turns out the line came up a few inches short. So close but so far haha. Thanks for hooking me up with the line anyway 2mAn; at least got some good practice with the bender!

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  • gnmzl
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    Congrats on the new daily!
    I recognized your e30 in that Donut media video instantly! Content is great btw
    You should put it together now, if it's at your home's garage. Nothing better to do while working from home, right?
    I went with 325ix inserts, not sure if they are shorter or longer than G60, def shorter than 2 inches from stock.

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Been lagging on getting the car back together, but I'll be working from home for the foreseeable future so it should be up and running again soon hopefully

    I mainly wanted to update to share my new daily:



    She's a 2000 540it in Oxford Green over Sand Beige. I actually bought a 530i a few months ago, but it had a few more issues than I had anticipated. I've always been a fan of the E39 platform and decided I really wanted a sport touring, so I waited for the right one to come along and got this one for a great price.

    I've now been through 5 daily drivers since I've started this thread (E30, Abarth, Twin Turbo Cop Car, 530i, and now 540it). I'm pretty sure the 540 is here to stay.

    Anyway so back to the E30: still on jack stands, but almost ready to go back together. I had the spring perches welded by Byron, but he pointed out that I had standard length strut inserts. Because GC wouldn't sell me their 2" shortened inserts, I had to buy G60 inserts which are 3.25" shorter than stock, so I need a spacer to make those work. I also decided to get new control arms and add poly bushings since everything's out.

    Furthermore, one of my rear hard brake lines got stripped during my brake job. Simon hooked me up with some hard line and I'm going to try to bend it myself.

    SOON I will have this damn car driving again. It's been way too long.

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Damn I haven't updated in a while. I'm currently procrastinating while the car is on jack stands. A brake job turned into Ground Control coilover installation which turned into needing to order more parts, wait to get the spring perches welded, etc. Not to mention that horrible upper rear brake line

    But by the time the car finally gets back on the ground, I'll have new rotors, pads, steel lines, GC coils with Koni yellow shocks, and a new set of Federal RS-RRs mounted. Just in time for the Dockweiler meet, hopefully.

    Since I last posted I finished the bumper swap. I thought it would be a weekend project, but I think it took me like 3 months all said and done. There was aaaalways some little problem, like a missing piece of hardware, or realizing that I needed to use the pre-1985 two-piece metal valance to mount the air dam properly. After installing everything the front still has some fitment issues. I attribute that to 35+ year old body panels from numerous vehicles mixed with brand new reproduction steel, put together by a complete amateur. I'll get to the bottom of the fucky front fitment eventually, but it still looks pretty good from a distance! And this fucker is loooow now. It's really hard to get in and out of the driveway, so I'll need to devise a ramp solution eventually. But I'm happy with the way it looks. Here's a photo of me arriving to SoCal Vintage a few months ago:



    And here I am at RADwood:



    You may have noticed I finally painted my rocker panels black. That was a long overdue project.


    Also copped this sick heckblende. It might say "ALPINA" but it came from an Italian company called Bubble-Car that made steezy euro parts in the early 80s. I absolutely love it.





    Aaaand what else... Oh yeah! Renown deep dish wheel. I had to buy 4 different hubs before I landed one one that actually worked. The wheel came with an E46 NRG hub, so I bought an E30 hub, but the quick release setup wouldn't work with the horn and I didn't like how close the wheel was to me, so I bought a used MOMO hub. But the MOMO hub was actually for a MK3 Golf, so I ended up just buying a brand new MOMO hub, which I should have just done in the first place. Such a pain. Looks nice, though. Yes, I need new seats.



    And here's how she sits now. I anticipate getting everything back together in time for Dockweiler in 2 weeks. Wish me luck!

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  • jeenyus
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    Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
    why does it remind me of this? lol
    You grew up in the 90's huh?

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