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  • WestCoastEta
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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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  • 2mAn
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    Originally posted by WestCoastEta View Post
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    why does it remind me of this? lol
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  • WestCoastEta
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    The cow catcher was the only thing stopping me from installing the euro bumpers until I found the hella piece. I have a feeling it'll look pretty rad once it's done ;D

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  • benwalsh91
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    Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
    I agree, love the character of this car

    I happen to have some inside information that the ES cowcatcher is in good hands. ;)

    I think Max even worked out a deal where he has first dibs on it too should the new owner decide to remove it. Mustíve been the negotiating skills when you have aviators and a stache
    i am more than likely going to be back in Cali in a few months so i may hunt one down and take it back to the UK with me as my luggage.

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  • 2mAn
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    Originally posted by benwalsh91 View Post
    i actually really like this car, and i like that its a little bit rough around the edges as i feel it really adds character to it.

    i wish you kept the DB bumpers though and the ES airdam! ....

    I agree, love the character of this car

    I happen to have some inside information that the ES cowcatcher is in good hands. ;)

    I think Max even worked out a deal where he has first dibs on it too should the new owner decide to remove it. Mustíve been the negotiating skills when you have aviators and a stache

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  • benwalsh91
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    i actually really like this car, and i like that its a little bit rough around the edges as i feel it really adds character to it.

    i wish you kept the DB bumpers though and the ES airdam! i need to get me one of the ES or IS airdams (prefer the ES) but i think shipping it here will be hella expensive!!

    keep up the good work, nice to see some progress on the old girl.

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Thanks! Tires are 205/50. Wheels are ET12 with 5mm spacers up front and 12 in the back; all fenders rolled.

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  • wworm
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    I really like those wheels. What are your tire specs?

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Aviators: check.
    Mustache: been working on that one for about 26 years; we'll see :nice:

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  • 2mAn
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    Awesome pics and wonderful update. Excited for this new phase...

    Time to grow a stache and get some aviators to really sell the Cop look behind the wheel of the Interceptor

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Hey errrbody, been a while.

    Thought it would be an appropriate time to start updating this again since I've been doing some fun things with the car.

    Long story short, I bought a 500c Abarth not long after my last update to this thread. The Abarth essentially turned into my money pit while the dirty 30 sat in my dad's garage. It didn't help that I moved into a small Santa Monica apartment with my girlfriend and no parking for old shitboxes.



    I really didn't drive the BMW much for about a year and a half, with the exception of a few meets here and there. I also managed to get it out of the garage for Radwood in December and was motivated enough to paint the wheels gold and slap on the old side skirts.



    The wheels are Subaru gold, and I think the color really makes the wheels pop. The black was cool and all, but you couldn't see the awesome design. I also mounted wheel caps - not original OZ caps - but generic reproductions from German eBay. They look just fine, though.



    Recently some life changes have happened: I left my shitty entertainment-news job for a much more enjoyable position at Donut Media, I sold the Abarth and replaced it with a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor, and I moved to a rad spot in Silver Lake with a garage (!!!).

    The garage means I can keep the e30 at my place (and actually have a private workspace - imagine that), and the Police Interceptor isn't getting modded (much... yet). In other words, I've been able to throw some resources at the BMW and it's finally getting some of the love it deserves.

    So to start, here are some of the parts I've been accumulating for the past few months:

    Euro grilles & smileys:



    Rear window louvers:



    Super duper rare Hella air dam:



    But wait - that air dam only works with Euro bumpers!

    Oh yeah, I got those too! (got the trim as well - this was just for mockup)



    I'm waiting for the upper bumper support to arrive in the mail before I can mount all the new Euro stuff, but I've already painted the air dam and it looks sick. I really did like the ES cow catcher - personally I think it's the single best looking front trim option available for all USDM E30s - but it's in good hands now and you'll all be seeing it on another LA based E30 soon. ;)

    So besides these cosmetic changes, I have several other short-term and long-term goals lined up as well. Firstly, a full brake job. I bought pads, rotors, and steel lines. I hate doing anything brake related, so I just need to motivate myself to get it done.

    Iím also putting together a real suspension setup. If you recall, Iím still running JOMs which have held up surprisingly well considering I bought them for $300 nearly 4 years ago. I donít regret that purchase one bit, but Iím ready for a real setup now. So I bought GC coils from a member here and Iíll be pairing them with Koni yellows and welding them to the spring perches.

    And hereís what Iím especially excited for: 885 head swap:



    I preemptively acquired the head around a year ago, and Iím still in the process of researching and gathering the rest of the parts for the swap, but that will be a fun project once I get around to it.

    ďBut Maaaax, an 885 head swap onto a stock eta bottom end will yield lower compression than a 325i!Ē

    Yes, but it will still be a huge performance upgrade over the tired eta. And lower compression sets me up for my ultimate long term goal of boosting this bad boi. Yep, once I get everything else done Iím planning on running KAMotorsí Budget Brawler kit. Iíve been indoctrinated into the turbo lifestyle and Iím never going back; I lust for that tasty boost. And whatís perfect is that I can swap the head over now, and whenever Iím ready for the turbo kit the car will be ready.

    Other than all that, another goal is to swap the ratty seats out for Corbeau GTS IIís. I also think I broke a transmission mount cruising around Silver Lake a few weeks ago, so Iíll need diagnose and hopefully repair that whenever I get the car in the air for the brake job. The nice thing is that the car isnít my daily driver anymore and I have plenty of time to get these projects done. Oh, and tires, too.

    The plan is to make this into a fun weekend toy that I can still drive to work every once in a while. I really want to get it on the track once I get some of the mechanical stuff sorted. Besides that, I just want to drive it and enjoy it. Iíve had thecar for almost 10 years now, so thereís no rush to get everything done at once, but it sure is nice to give it some love again.

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  • WestCoastEta
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    Ye, that's what I'm figuring. Hopefully it's obvious when I pull everything out.

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  • MrBurgundy
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    Maybe a ground came loose.

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