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    Originally posted by moatilliatta View Post
    Great progress, loving it. But why would you do the NTM wheels when you can do real E50’s new?
    THanks :)

    Re the E50, you mean the non-TUV, sand cast magnesium ones I can buy from BBS Racing?
    The answer is they are not a road wheel. Cool as they look they have no JWL / KBA / ECE124 / VIA etc accreditation and so technically void any insurance or liability coverage I have while driving. That's a non starter for me. Plus they are magnesium and have a tendency to crack / require frequent inspection. Again, not for me.
    88 325is. S54, CSL airbox, Motec M800, Motec C127, Motec PDM15, Stoptech STR, MCS 2 way coilovers, Forgeline wheels, Recaro SPA, Eisenmann, Personal, lots of custom.

    90 318is. As new OEM+, BBS LM, AST 4210 2 way coilovers, Wilwood SL6R/SL4R, Dynaudio, Recaro Experts

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      Got the car home tonight, first time. Had to take a quick cellphone pic.
      House takes a good photo, got some strong lines and shadows.



      88 325is. S54, CSL airbox, Motec M800, Motec C127, Motec PDM15, Stoptech STR, MCS 2 way coilovers, Forgeline wheels, Recaro SPA, Eisenmann, Personal, lots of custom.

      90 318is. As new OEM+, BBS LM, AST 4210 2 way coilovers, Wilwood SL6R/SL4R, Dynaudio, Recaro Experts

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        Can't speak to the OP but not everyone would want to use a magnesium wheel on the street.

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          Dare to be brave and do the new wheel centers an interior-matched blue? Looks so good against the orange and would make for a unique exterior look. Logos or bolt heads in a colour to match the beige of the houndstooth inlays would set them off.

          Edit: lips in beige with blue centers?! Given the lack of chrome on the car, a polished lip might not suit. And black lips make the centers look smaller sometimes

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            I am not sure about blue wheels! Hmmm maybe I am too much of a wallflower.
            I will stick with silver, 99% sure.

            Speaking of wheels I just got the render of the wheels I am having made.
            Production should start in a couple weeks once my spot comes up.

            I think these will look 👌








            88 325is. S54, CSL airbox, Motec M800, Motec C127, Motec PDM15, Stoptech STR, MCS 2 way coilovers, Forgeline wheels, Recaro SPA, Eisenmann, Personal, lots of custom.

            90 318is. As new OEM+, BBS LM, AST 4210 2 way coilovers, Wilwood SL6R/SL4R, Dynaudio, Recaro Experts

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              Ahhh go on… get ‘em to do you a render with blue center 😉 Powdercoated with a matte/satin finish.

              Volk Racing’s ultra matte blue gunmetal looks pretty sweet, if that’s any inspiration?

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                +1 for silver
                also +1 for not using magnesium wheels on the street, also even warranty aside, if they're old production they are only suitable for a museum
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                (clicky on piccy to get to thread)

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                  Minor update… adjusting coilover perches in the rear was a real pain with a rubber bumpstop on the top… just kept binding.

                  So I machined up these little Delrin spacers so I can run a little Torrington bearing on the top so the coil doesn’t bind. Works great. The bearings are from 5 series I think. Good life hack for the front coils too, stops the spring popping when you turn.









                  88 325is. S54, CSL airbox, Motec M800, Motec C127, Motec PDM15, Stoptech STR, MCS 2 way coilovers, Forgeline wheels, Recaro SPA, Eisenmann, Personal, lots of custom.

                  90 318is. As new OEM+, BBS LM, AST 4210 2 way coilovers, Wilwood SL6R/SL4R, Dynaudio, Recaro Experts

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                    Those are 5" springs right? I am surprised they are not free floating -- those dampers must have very little droop!

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                      They are 120mm springs, and yes, the dampers are very short.
                      Full droop is about 2 fingers gap
                      88 325is. S54, CSL airbox, Motec M800, Motec C127, Motec PDM15, Stoptech STR, MCS 2 way coilovers, Forgeline wheels, Recaro SPA, Eisenmann, Personal, lots of custom.

                      90 318is. As new OEM+, BBS LM, AST 4210 2 way coilovers, Wilwood SL6R/SL4R, Dynaudio, Recaro Experts

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                        Those wheels will look incredible!

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                          Any more info on that torrington bearing setup? I have some aftermarket ones but they aren't sealed so I don't think they'll last long.

                          are they possibly the ones from front upper spring perch on the e39?
                          Originally posted by priapism
                          My girl don't know shit, but she bakes a mean cupcake.
                          Originally posted by shameson
                          Usually it's best not to know how much money you have into your e30

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                            I use the Teflon "spring thrust sheets" that Bimmerworld sells. They prevent the spring popping, and don't require maintenence. https://www.bimmerworld.com/2-25-Spr...Sheet-Set.html

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                              Originally posted by Northern View Post
                              Any more info on that torrington bearing setup? I have some aftermarket ones but they aren't sealed so I don't think they'll last long.

                              are they possibly the ones from front upper spring perch on the e39?
                              You pop them out of part number 31331090612 comes with a free spring seat :)
                              https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...g-31331090612a
                              88 325is. S54, CSL airbox, Motec M800, Motec C127, Motec PDM15, Stoptech STR, MCS 2 way coilovers, Forgeline wheels, Recaro SPA, Eisenmann, Personal, lots of custom.

                              90 318is. As new OEM+, BBS LM, AST 4210 2 way coilovers, Wilwood SL6R/SL4R, Dynaudio, Recaro Experts

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                                Originally posted by Digitalwave View Post
                                I use the Teflon "spring thrust sheets" that Bimmerworld sells. They prevent the spring popping, and don't require maintenence. https://www.bimmerworld.com/2-25-Spr...Sheet-Set.html
                                interesting, how many miles have you had them working?
                                88 325is. S54, CSL airbox, Motec M800, Motec C127, Motec PDM15, Stoptech STR, MCS 2 way coilovers, Forgeline wheels, Recaro SPA, Eisenmann, Personal, lots of custom.

                                90 318is. As new OEM+, BBS LM, AST 4210 2 way coilovers, Wilwood SL6R/SL4R, Dynaudio, Recaro Experts

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