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    Sam's 1991 325i Sedan Build

    Hi there,
    I've been a looong time BMW enthusiast - This is my second E30 and my fifth BMW. My first E30 was a 1985 325e, it kinda sucked but I loved it. I've since had an E39, E46, and an E36 M3.

    Anyway, I cruise Craigslist quite often and I just happened across this car that was up in Northern California. I decided to take a trip up and came home with the car. This was about a month ago.

    It's a 1991 Granitsilber Metallic 325i 4dr - ~194k on the clock at the time of purchase. It also has a factory moonroof! Neato. It was owned by a BMW tech, but it was the recipient of some mods that I would not have done (slamming, stretched tires, that kinda stuff).

    Here is how I bought the car:



    It really does look the same outside from some minor changes.

    In terms of mods it already had:
    -Turner Chip
    -Bilstein Sports and IE3's
    -E90 Drophats
    -Volvo lip (smh)
    -Yellow fogs/highbeams
    -Fill and drill Style 5's (Fill and drill is actually really well done)
    -Red calipers
    -Vinyl Sport seats
    -370mm Mtech1 Wheel
    -Z3 Short shifter
    -Zhp shift knob
    -E30 M3 swaybars
    -iS trunklid spoiler
    -Bosch Eurosmileys
    -Red Bosch Dualhorns lol
    -Bavauto Longtube headers
    -KA motors CAI


    In terms of maintenance it needed:
    -Timing belt
    -Accessory belts
    -Cap/Rotor
    -Plugs
    -Rear cv boot
    -Oil change


    Anyway, I stopped at my new bud Sina’s grandparents house (freeride53) to bring his Euroweaves back down to LA




    I got the car back down with no issues which was a relief. I promptly took care of the timing belt and water pump which was a relief. A few days afterward I took care of the cap, rotor, and belts. I also picked up some Thule roof racks for a good price.



    The car was in solid shape for a daily but out of nowhere a sleeve in the lower rear strut decided to pop out. I drove my M3 for the day, bought a huge C clamp and pressed the sleeve back in and got that taken care of.




    I also removed the red rings around the dual horns and got rid of the tint on the euro smileys



    At some point during this I went to the Pelican Parts Cars & Coffee w Simon (2mAn), Abbi (ak-), and Charlie (Sh3rpak!ng). It was a fun time and there were some great cars!





    [IMG]https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3758/32549116590_96c6b61ddc_b.jpg/IMG]/





    I decided to go back to SF for a weekend getaway and visit one of my best friends who lives up there. I bought a Canon T6, 3.73 LSD, 13 Button OBC, and ordered some tires from tire rack. I was really getting over the stretched look. The car also is far too low and I’m hoping the new tires will raise the car up a bit to make it more livable.



    Here are some shots I took on the drive home.

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    This camera was definitely a solid purchase!

    Today, 2/27, I’m getting the tires mounted and tomorrow I’ll be getting an HIK fabrication skid plate installed. I’m also going to be overhauling the AC, servicing the diff and installing it, along w some few other bits like H&R Sports in hopes of raising the car up a little bit more.

    Here are some shots I took over the weekend with my buds.









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    My future plans include:
    -Get rid of yellow high beams
    -New front valance
    -iS lip
    -Paint rear iS deck lid spoiler
    -PDR/Detail
    -Get rid of the red calipers
    -Turbo or S5x
    -Black rear seats and door cards


    Cheers
    Sam
    Last edited by sam_; 02-27-2017, 04:10 PM.


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    #2
    pics aren't working for me.

    Be ready for some volvo lip hate lol
    Originally posted by wholepailofwater
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      #3
      Oops, I'll get the pics working in a few.


      I know I know haha but it's not my doing so I should be exempt [emoji848]


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        #4
        pics should be working now


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          #5


          sits noticeably higher and ride quality has vastly improved w the new rubber


          Sam


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            #6
            Sub'd because I'm basic and love any e30 on style 5s

            BTW beautiful car!
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              #7


              getting the HIK fabrication skid plate welded on right now - still without kidney grilles since they fell off after hitting a huge pothole a few days back [emoji19]


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                #8
                Been back east for the past week but before departing I dropped the car off at JMP for ac overhaul and diff service/install. Can't wait to get back and drive it!


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                  #9


                  picked the car up from the great guys @ JMP -

                  3.73 LSD was serviced and installed
                  AC was fixed and recharged! woo! it's starting to get toasty down in socal


                  but on the drive home the fan busted up the thermostat to waterpump hose :( the part was ordered and I should have it done by tomorrow night. still a huge bummer though that it happened 20 minutes after picking the car up!

                  I suppose the next order of business is getting the rest of the black interior squared away


                  Sam


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                    #10
                    New tires look much better. I love the color on this car!
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                      #11
                      This is a great project. You should tell me what spacers you're running on the style 5s.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by AWDBOB View Post
                        This is a great project. You should tell me what spacers you're running on the style 5s.
                        sorry I am just seeing this so late! I don't remember off hand but I will let you know asap.


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                          #13
                          What size tires did you end up getting?

                          This car looks even better in real life.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by 2man View Post
                            what size tires did you end up getting?

                            This car looks even better in real life.
                            205/45!


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                              #15
                              Been plagued w a no start issue over the past two weeks - Haven't had time/tools to diagnose as I've been working like 70 hr work weeks but I will be dropping the car off at JMP tomorrow so it can get back on the road asap!

                              Up next for the car will be full black interior, getting the red paint off the calipers, and hopefully some wheel caps for the style 5's. It also REALLY needs a good detail.


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