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    Pretty tame and budget oriented:

    Replaced all engine gaskets - exhaust, intake, head, thermostat housing, etc.
    Replaced timing chain and cam gears.
    Replaced all coolant hoses.
    Replaced fuel filter.
    Cleaned all carbon from pistons and hot-tanked head.
    Deleted throttle body heater and the mess of intake vacuum lines.
    Replaced vacuum lines to valve cover and ICV.
    Replaced spark plug wires with shorter Volvo versions and changed spark plugs.
    Deleted radiator clutch fan and replaced with a dual stage Volvo radiator fan.

    Ronal LS Mesh 15x7.5 wheels
    New Bilstein Sport front strut inserts.
    New Bilstein Sport rear shocks.
    Vogtland Springs.
    Cabrio E30 front 21mm swaybar.
    E30 M3 rear 19mm swaybar.
    New front Control arms and Powerflex offset control arm bushings.

    Mtech1 rear spoiler
    Black kidney grills.
    Custom fit Mercury Sable sideskirts, painted black.
    Paint rear spoiler painted black.
    Custom "mini" eyebrows.
    Volvo front airdam.
    325is lower radiator vent grill.
    325is US Ellipsoid Headlights.
    Added rear US plate filler panel to clean up the rear.
    I'm tempted to delete power steering and A/C, but for the time being I'll leave it alone.

    Replaced all switches with better condition switches
    Replaced some interior trim items.
    I rerofitted an SRS check panel from a 325iS so it works in the 318iS for SRS and seatbelt warnings.
    I replaced all the speakers with BMW Premium Components front and rear.
    Added BMW Premium tweeters in the sail panels.
    I found a Blaupunkt Cassette Headunit that gives it the retro 90's look and matches the dash.
    Installed a 7 series Leather e-brake handle and plan to add a leather e-brake boot soon.
    E21 Short wooden shift knob.

    Waiting for install:
    E36 M3 shorter shift lever and new shift bushings.
    ATE Super Blue brake fluid, new brake lines, pads and rotors.
    Eccentric rear trailing arm bushings.
    E30 Maplight rearview mirror.

    Last edited by NOMAD; 11-08-2008, 11:52 AM.
    '74 2002 - Build blog at


      What did you do for mini eyebrows? i like the look, like eurogrills...


        TMS chip

        smoked turns
        '88 valance swap
        '88 bumper shocks[ lil shorter]
        Volvo lip
        Rear Zender valance [awaiting install]

        Vorshlag springs
        bilstein sports shocks
        Meyle shock mounts

        brembo blanks
        axxis pads

        z3 1.9 SSk
        uuc shift knob
        " clutch stop

        custom leather shift & brake boots
        sony head unit
        pioneer speakers
        Mtech1 wheel

        thrush muffler

        And a bunch of maintanance stuff

        future plans:
        Plastics[ coming soon ]
        Racing Hart C4 reps
        and ill call it a day

        nothing too crazy, just a nice well rounded set of upgrades

        Last edited by Stephen; 11-08-2008, 06:49 PM.


          Originally posted by Stephen027 View Post
          What did you do for mini eyebrows? i like the look, like eurogrills...
          Found some small 1" L-channel plastic from hardware store. Fit it, cut it, painted and then 3M taped it in place.
          Cheaper than Euro grills and not as huge as the standard eyebrows.
          '74 2002 - Build blog at


            Originally posted by NOMAD View Post
            Found some small 1" L-channel plastic from hardware store. Fit it, cut it, painted and then 3M taped it in place.
            Cheaper than Euro grills and not as huge as the standard eyebrows.
            is it on your car in that pic?

            Ebay chip
            K&N drop in
            2 1/2" cat back
            seafoam seafoam seafoam

            M roadster shift knob
            pioneer radio
            alpine speakers

            15x7 XXR 002 wrapped in Falken 912's
            pushed in diving boards
            reded out tails
            smoked markers
            electrical tape german flag on hood
            black grill&light rings

            racing dynamic sway bars F&R with poly bushings

            awaiting to be put on:
            bav auto springs
            poly CABs,SFBs,and TABs

            only had it for a month.. im happy so far :)
            86 325e limo
            build thread


              1990 325ic 4spd Automatic

              Replaced Cylinder Head
              Replaced all engine gaskets - exhaust, intake, head, thermostat housing, etc.
              Replaced all coolant hoses.
              Replaced fuel filter and fuel lines.
              Magnaflow Hi-FLow Cat
              Magnaflow Muffler with 2.25" Aluminized & Mandrel bent piping.

              Stock Bottle Caps for now
              Doral Tires 195/50r14 (They suck so bad for performance).
              KYB Sport struts.
              KYB Sport rear shocks.
              Stock Springs for now.

              ARE Premium One Rotors Front and Rear
              PBR Delux Pads Front and Rear

              "IS" rear spoiler
              323i Euro Front Valance
              Euro Lip with Brake Ducts

              Factory Recaro Tan Leather Seats
              Rear Leather Headrests
              Rearview mirror deleted


              VR3 MP3 CD player with Ipod and Smart Card hookups
              MB Quartz 5.25" speakers front and rear
              Alpine 1200 W 4 channel Amp (Currently out of the Car)
              2 12" Cerwin Vega's in a Custom Box. (currently out of the car)

              Future Installs:
              Bav Auto Sport Springs
              Sparco Strut Tower Brace
              Plastic Bumper Conversion with "IS" Lip
              Ronal LS 15" with Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs
              ATE Super Blue brake fluid, new SS brake lines.
              E30 M3 19mm rear sway bar
              E30 Maplight rearview mirror.
              Hardtop with new headliner
              Have the Recaro's wrapped in Vinyl (Leather is all FUBAR'D!)
              4 point roll-bar padded and wrapped in tan vinyl

              As it looks today:


              1991 325is- Current Project w/ 150k on the clock
              1990 325ic- SOLD w/425k on the clock and still ran!
              1985 528e- SOLD
              1972 2002tii-Should have never sold it!


                87 325is. when i bought it it had the following

                plastic bumper swap
                us ellipsoids
                bav auto chip
                aftermarket cat back. not sure what brand but really deep and throaty
                cone filter with custom heatshield

                since i have had it ive done the following

                4.10 lsd
                momo monte carlo
                new master cylinder
                new starter
                new left rear trailing arm/cv shaft/wheelbearing
                new set of weaves
                rear headrests

                in the near future
                gc coilovers
                camber plates
                koni sa's


                  When i got the car pretty much stock.
                  but it did have

                  Bilsteins sport struts
                  Eibach sport springs
                  rebuilt engine

                  Since i've owned her...~5 months

                  -20% tint
                  -b&m short throw shifter
                  -wireless entry
                  -system (alpine cda-9884, (2) type s 10'' subs with sony 1200w, fosgate speakers all around w/ nakamichi amp, 1.2 farad capacitor
                  -mark d chip
                  -us hella ellips w/xenon 6000k lights
                  -blacked out grills
                  -black bottlecaps w/new falken shoes
                  -magnaflow muffler & tip
                  -smoked tail lights
                  -lamin-x on the front lights
                  -thule roof rack
                  -weighted shift knob
                  -iS real spoiler painted black

                  thats it for now


                  new wheels


                    Old list when I had almost everything itemized (should be pretty accurate):

                    '86 332iS
                    Bronzit Beige Metallic

                    -U.S. S52b32 and Tranny w/ OBDI Swap
                    -S50 Intake Manifold and Throttle Body
                    -Euro 3.5" HFM
                    -24# Injectors
                    -Racer's Market Software
                    -Bimmerworld 3.5" Silicone Throttle Body Boot
                    -Ground Control 'Green Gizmo' HFM Screen
                    -Eurosport Underdrive Pulleys
                    -Engine Fan Delete
                    -Spal 16" High Performance Curved Blade Pusher Fan
                    -Aluminum Thermostat Housing
                    -Metal Impellar Water Pump
                    -All Aluminum Radiator w/ 45mm thick Core
                    -K&N Freeflow Filter From GruppeM w/Custom Carbon Fiber Heatshield (GruppeM Style)
                    -UUC Evo3 Shortshift Kit
                    -UUC Double-Shear Selector Rod
                    -UUC Big-Boy Clutch Stop V3.0
                    -E36 M3 Supersprint Copy Stainless Steel Longtube Headers
                    -E36 M3 OBDII Midsection
                    -E36 M3 Stromung Rear Exhaust (76mm staggered tips)
                    -3.25 Limited Slip Differential
                    -M-Coupe Finned Differential Cover
                    -25mm Brake Master Cylinder
                    -Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines
                    -320mmX28mm 2 Piece Brembo Slotted/Vented Front Rotors
                    -Brembo 4-piston Lotus Fixed Front Calipers with Custom Brackets
                    -310mmX20mm Brembo Slotted/Vented Rear Rotors
                    -Brembo Twin-Piston Fixed Rear Calipers with Custom Brackets
                    -Hawk HPS Pads for Street
                    -Hawk HP+ Pads to come for Track

                    EXTERIOR MODS:
                    -Glass Moonroof
                    -Carbon Fiber Hood
                    -Carbon Fiber ACS Mirrors (Custom Made housings and glass)
                    -Carbon Fiber Engine & Fuel Rail Covers
                    -Polished Aluminum Oil Filler Cap
                    -Hella Smoked European DE Ellipsoidal Headlights
                    -6000 Kelvin Rated Xenon Low Beam Conversion
                    -6000 Kelvin Rated Xenon Fog Light Conversion
                    -MHW Smoked Front Turn Signals
                    -Smoked Front Side Markers
                    -Startec Smoked Tail Lights
                    -Blacked Out Front Kidney Grill
                    -Euro Headlight Grills
                    -Body Color Matched Door Handles and Bumper Moldings
                    -3 Piece Foam Hood Insulation Pad
                    -Carbon Fiber Roundel Blackout Kit
                    -BMW Motorsport Carbon Fiber Front Grill Badge
                    -Rear License Plate Photo-Radar Protector
                    -Tint (Desert Shadow: 50% sides/40% rear)
                    -Shadowline Front and Rear Windshield Trim
                    -Shadowline Side Window Trim
                    -E30 M3 Front Bumper/Spoiler Gasket Seal
                    -E30 M3 Evo 3 Hood Seals
                    -E30 Updated Front Bumper/Spoiler w/brake ducts and DE Ellipsoidal foglights
                    -Removed Factory Stoneguard Finish on Front Spoiler.
                    -Rieger Infinity I Lip
                    -Rieger Infinity I Splitter
                    -O.E. M-Technic II Door/Fender Panels (modified rear quarter pieces)
                    -Rieger Infinity I Sideskirts (modified to flow with M-Tech Door/Fender panels)
                    -Autovogue Av3 Rear Bumper/Apron (Reinforced and modified)
                    -E46 Rear Bumper/Fender Gasket Seal
                    -O.E. M-Technic II Rear Spoiler

                    INTERIOR MODS: Original Interior was non-sport tan cloth
                    -E30 M3 Front and Rear Seats in black leather
                    -Black Vinyl Doorpanels on all 4 doors
                    -Black Rear Shelf
                    -Black Carpet
                    -Black Roof Liner
                    -E30 Updated Airbag Style Driverside Underdash Knee Bolster
                    -Chrome/Leather M-Tech Shiftknob
                    -Leather Shift boot
                    -Leather Ebrake Handle with Chrome Button
                    -Leather Ebrake Boot
                    -Chrome Door Pins
                    -Chrome Light Pull Switch
                    -Lighted Window switches (6 + 1 sunroof)
                    -Manual to Power Sunroof Conversion
                    -Overhead panel re-covered in black leather
                    -Rear View Mirror With Maplights
                    -BMW M-Technic II Steering Wheel
                    -M3 gauge cluster
                    -Chrome Gauge Rings
                    -Brushed Aluminum Pedals and Dead Pedal with Engraved ///M logo
                    -///M Roadster Black Floormats with Updated Retention Clips
                    -E30 Black rear floormats

                    -E21 320i Upgraded Trans Mounts
                    -E28 535i Motor Mounts
                    -'95 M3 steering rack w/ Tie Rods
                    -Sparco Front StressBar
                    -IE Stage III Race Springs
                    -Koni Sport Shocks and Struts
                    -IE Swaybars 25mm Hollow Front 22mm Tubular Rear with Length-Adjustable Links
                    -Billet Aluminum Swaybar Mounts with Urethane Bushings
                    -Billet Aluminum Rear Swaybar Mount Reinforcements
                    -Custom Rear Trailing Arm Sway Bar Link Tab Reinforcement
                    -M3 Aluminum Control Arms
                    -M3 Offset Solid Control Arm Bushings From Treehouse Racing
                    -Polyurethane Rear Subframe Bushings
                    -M-Coupe Eccentric Rear Trailing Arm Bushings
                    -Turner Motorsport Aluminum Rear Shock Mounts
                    -17X8.5 CR 2000 (21lbs. a piece)
                    -Falken FK-452 in 245/35R17
                    -10mm Custom Front, 15mm Rear Hub-Centric H&R Spacers
                    -TC Kline Racing Wheel Stud kit
                    -Track: 235/40R17 Falken Azenis RT-615
                    -Winter: 17x8, 17x9 SportMax 006 w/ 225/45R17 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25

                    -Alpine CDA 7893 Head Unit
                    -Custom Install 6X9 Sony X-plods in rear Shelf
                    -Custom Install Swivel Mount Infinity Reference Tweeters in E30 Tweeter Pods
                    -Custom Install 5 1/4 Infinity Reference in front kickpanels
                    -Valentine One Radar Detector (Hardwired)
                    -Python 871XP 2 way Alarm System
                    -140Amp Bosch Alternator
                    -M-Coupe Lightweight AC compressor

                    Future Plans:
                    Z4 M-Coupe

                    332iS R.I.P.


                      Holy shiat! I know it was a week ago, but holy shit! Chris!

                      Where have you been mang??? Give us some new pics of that whip!


                        Originally posted by C ///M View Post

                        Thats a Badass rolling shot.


                          Originally posted by janderson View Post
                          holy shiat! I know it was a week ago, but holy shit! Chris!

                          Where have you been mang??? Give us some new pics of that whip!


                            Updated list for my 89 325i...

                            Satin black repaint
                            Shaved antenna
                            Euro front valance
                            iS lip
                            RyanG splitter
                            Euro trim
                            Euro plate filler
                            Euro grilles


                            S50 engine
                            Custom ground cams
                            S52 injectors
                            540i mass air
                            Custom RMS tuned
                            E28 M5 engine mounts
                            E21 transmission mounts
                            eBay headers
                            3" exhaust
                            K&N cone filter
                            Auto to manual swap
                            Getrag 260
                            M20 flywheel
                            6 puck E30 M3 clutch
                            3.73 LSD
                            X5 short shifter
                            M42 radiator
                            16" Spal fan
                            A/C and P/S delete

                            E36 M3 5 lug front
                            MZ3 5 lug rear
                            Bilstein sports
                            IE 3 springs
                            IE strut brace
                            E30 M3 CAB
                            IE SS brake lines
                            IE subframe bushings
                            IE trailing am bushings
                            IE rear camber correction
                            IE billet shock mounts
                            Vorshlag race stud kit
                            Vorshlag 10mm spacers front
                            Vorshlag 5mm spacers rear
                            17x9 ASA AR2 wheels
                            235/40 tires
                            Chrome DS1 spare
                            17x8.5 DS2's [extra wheels]

                            Smoked US ellipsoids
                            MHW front signals
                            5000k 55w HID headlights
                            3000k 35w HID fogs
                            All red tails

                            Momo steering wheel
                            Autometer oil pressure gauge
                            Black houndstooth door panels
                            Haggard sport seats
                            No rear seats or panels
                            Classic BMW Specialists
                            Santa Clarita, CA



                              My 88 325is

                              Painted on Pinstripe that won't come off!!!
                              Plastic bumper swap, satin black
                              DIY: Red side bumper lights all around
                              DIY: Red/Clear tails
                              Tinted windows 5% rear windshild 20% sides
                              Blacked out Grills
                              healdlights w/ 10k HIDs

                              Holdin me to the Ground:
                              15" Sportmax 513 Staggered 15x7 / 15x8
                              195/50/15 Falken 502 front
                              195/50/15 Toyo proxis (sp?) Rear
                              Eibach Pro kit
                              Bilstein touring shocks
                              e36 rack
                              Just Got a Solid A$$ Skid Plate from ejnight to Keep my Oil pan Safe! (after i replace this cracked one!)

                              Engine and power:
                              2 1/2" single tube piping
                              N1 Can (for now, had a busted ass flowmaster)
                              16" slim fan
                              Filter adapter w/ 3" filter
                              New OE wires
                              Black painted I/M
                              Fresh VC in the works!
                              3.73 LSD
                              Replaced OE Clutch

                              Mostly stock...
                              M-Tech Steering Wheel?
                              Sony CD player
                              Kenwood 6 1/2" in the front
                              Kenwood 6x9s in the rear w/ a 210watt kenwood amp.
                              Red stiched shift boot
                              Sum kinda shift knob

                              Haven't had the car long, have a baby on the way so money is tight, but i do what i can. I'm lucky enough to have a girl that lets me!

                              Old 17's

                              Rc Autoworks

                              7434 W 90th St
                              Bridgeview, IL 60455
                              359 Garage
                              32 E Belmont Dr
                              Romeoville, IL 60446


                                Originally posted by erik325i View Post
                                1989 325i

                                Suspension and Steering:
                                C3 Motorsport coilover kit using 450/750 lb Eibach race springs

                                That´s 450lb at the front and 750lb at the rear, right?
                                I´m currently using 350lb at the front of my 18iS, but i´m thinking in running some "test´s" with stiffer spring rates.
                                Did you tested other spring rates before you decided for that one?