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    Quote Originally Posted by cressidodd View Post
    Been there when I got my new shifter and solid mounts(Vroom vroom). Love the way this car is coming along. What are you ultimate goals for the car? Are you planning on tracking it?
    Thanks guys!
    Actually I plan on doing a few trackdays but nothing "serious" or with times in mind, just some fun sundays with friends. I'd like this to become a quick but clean street car with nice stance, nothing extreme so no slamming it 1/2" off the ground but no 6-point rollcage and stripped interior either LOL
    I already have my mk1 to play with when I feel like being very stupid

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    Wellll as every sunday here lately weather is shit, can't open my garage doors to work on the mk1, so update it is

    Bad news is Futura plans got screwed, faces had too low of a backpad and could not build them to fit big brakes up front without running massive spacers and I was not happy about it. Sold them in a heartbeat for €10 more than I paid for them shipped so can't complain

    Good news is I got a bunch of OEM parts to complete the exterior





    Sadly, some retard decided the holes bmw provided to fit the front were not nice enough and slammed two more screws in the otherwise pristine front bumper



    So, tomorrow it's going to the bodyshop so they can fix this crap, and I'm also having it polished cause I'm really tired of the swirls. Also yes, that is a repro "m3" lower grille and it's the only fake part I have on this car, but could not stand the slats anymore.
    Another funny thing the PO decided was the right thing to do was wrap the tow hook cover in the worst vinyl ever instead of ordering a new one



    So, since it's a $20 piece of plastic, I painted it and put a hole in it so when I go to the track I can screw in the tow hook without having a gaping hole in my trim. I will order all new front and rear trim when I'm finished with the rest since none of it is in very good shape.

    Now having sold the futuras I decided to refurb my Style32 and run them for a bit, just because I did not want to sell them without seeing them on the car, and because I actually love them and think they're the best wheels ever for an e36.
    Bought new OEM center caps of course



    And fitted them with some 215/35/18s in the rear and 195/35/18 Achilles in the front. Those Achilles are hands down the worst tyre I have ever had by the way :rotfl





    So here is the complete look for now, I really like it but I'm waiting for the springs to sag a bit because I'd like the rear to come down a couple cms, we'll see



    Shitty pics I know but as a bonus Friday I went to a meet and snapped a couple pics with my friend's car now that they're almost twins





    People was hella confused about our cars for some reason LOL

    Sadly, the 32s won't stay because they need too much camber to fit in the rear so they are for sale, I'll probably run them to Wörthersee and then take them off since the best news of all is: I bought more wheels LOL
    They're racing wheels, made to order by an Italian company, very light and reasonably priced, can't wait to have them in my hands! They're due for late April.
    I'm now going to try and decide what size tyres I want to run, wheels are 9x17 square and I want a semislick, trying to decide between Nankang NS2Rs in 215/45/17 or Federal RS-Pros in 215/40/17. Don't want crazy stretch for obvious performance reasons, but I want some and will keep the car the lowest I can without smashing bumper to ground at the track. Had my first trackday 2 weeks ago as a passenger in a friend's abarth, and absolutely loved it so can't wait to drive.

    That's all for now, I got a couple more things ordered to dial in the driving position/feel even more, and a big question I'd like to receive help with:
    Is it possible that having forgot to mark the propshaft, thus not reinstalling it "the correct orientation", would make it vibrate hard if I hit a bump at 150-160kmh? It doesn't rattle in any other case than that. Smooth sailing, bump, crazy vibration that doesn't stop until I slow down to 60-70kmh. Then if I accelerate again nothing happens. Also if hitting bumps at any other speed nothing happens, and it vibrated a bit at the same speed before changing the guibo but not nearly that bad. I am baffled, for real. If anyone can suggest what to check/do it would be super helpful.

    Thanks!

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    Hi all!
    This is the last update before Wörth, can't wait to leave for Austria!

    The car is still the same, but I had it polished and sealed





    Funny enough my cats managed to scratch it again by jumping up and down the roof and trunk so kind of pointless, sadly.
    Also was tyred of sagging on my seat and falling off the sides so I purchased overpriced Driftworks e36-specific brackets and installed my Sparco Pro2000 I got from a friend for a super deal.





    My tiny extinguisher fits perfectly in the flat spot left so extra RACEKOR points here



    Changed my plugs (that were all crusty and not tight at all...guess I found the weird pfpfpfpf sound I heard) nd that's all until may 21 when I come back home to my new wheels and (I hope) tyres so I can prep for my first trackday on june 2

    Oh, I drove this junk for 5000kms since I got it so happy b-day



    On a bad note, the vibration source is still unknown, even tho I did not have it happen again, I secretly hope next time I have to highway drive it's magically gone. Some friends and I think it's the rear diff's bushings, but they don't look ruined at all. I'll switch to all poly engine, trans and diff bushings when funds allow to see if I can solve that annoying problem, but am not sure.

    Well, if anyone still reads this, bye and wave if you see me in Austria!
    I'm out

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    I love the seat. Car is legitimo, I must say. Funny how cars like yours make me see the e36 in a very different way (I used to despise it).
    Have a great time at Wörthersee!
    I'll wait for the picture dump when you get back
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    Well, they finally got the 1 series right!"

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    Simple clean and purposeful. I like it

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    Holy crap this is nice. All the color matching and uniformity in style is looking sharp. Killing it with the interior too!

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    Thank you guys, I appreciate a lot <3

    Now this will sadly be a pictureless update, because the car did not make it to Austria. It's the first time I am left stranded by one of my cars since I usually like to prevent more than fix, but my preventing lead me in the wrong direction this time.

    Trip was going solid, car was comfy, we had music blasting and cruising at ~110, then 350kms from home suddenly the car began shaking. Do you remember the vibration I could not wrap my mind around? Well here it was, but this time wasn't going away. Pulled off the highway, found a tiny mechanic shop and had it looked under, everything was tight but the rearmost u-joint in the driveshaft was toast. Turns out those poly guibos are JUNK if you don't switch to a one-piece shaft, and they eat ujoints like nothing. My friends and I began searching for a new propshaft and luckily found one nearby, went to grab it, had it installed and tried to continue the trip. Sadly, the "new" shaft was old and crusty and the rubber guibo was not salvageable, so we had to put the poly one back in, figured if the old one lived 3-4000kms before giving up the "new" one would at least bring us 900kms to austra and back.

    WRONG.
    100kms after leaving the shop, we started to hear a noise we interpreted as a destroyed support bearing. It was indeed, and 20kms after that the rear ujoint shat the bed again. We were now near the border, at a late hour, with a broken car and no ideas how to fix it. Luckily car people always know a lot of car people and we managed to get ahold of a friend of a friend who could store the car at his house until I could get back, but that meant the E36's Wörthersee trip was done. No Austria for the most reliable car I ever had, that I managed to render unreliable by triying to enhance the reliability. Live and learn they say, but I was totally dishearted and thought to not continue the trip altogether, but my friends managed to keep me up and luckily at least it still was an amazing experience and I will go back next year with the car to finish what I started this year.
    Yesterday we got back, another friend brought a driveshaft and guibo, another mechanic friend swapped it on, and we rolled back home without any hiccup. Bless friends for always being friends and helping out even when they are friends' friends and never met you in their life, that's why the car community always manages to make me, an antisocial by nature, feel part of something.

    I hope to be able to post some rollers another friend shot on the way home, when he can edit them. For now sorry for the longest post, it was one hell of an adventure.

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    Awesome post, disappointed for you not getting the car to Worthersee but at least you made it there in person and had a great time, glad the car made it home and looking forward to seeing the pics :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    Bless friends for always being friends and helping out even when they are friends' friends and never met you in their life, that's why the car community always manages to make me, an antisocial by nature, feel part of something.
    This, plus one.

    Happy you still had a great time AND fixed the problem eventually.
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    Well, they finally got the 1 series right!"

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    Unfortunate turn-out for the trip, but I laughed at "...for the most reliable car I ever had, that I managed to render unreliable by triying to enhance the reliability."

    I have been there before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven_318ti View Post
    Awesome post, disappointed for you not getting the car to Worthersee but at least you made it there in person and had a great time, glad the car made it home and looking forward to seeing the pics :-)
    Thanks man, the good thing about misfortunes like these is the memories and stories we could tell in the future haha

    Quote Originally Posted by gnmzl View Post
    This, plus one.

    Happy you still had a great time AND fixed the problem eventually.
    Thanks, dunno if it is actually fixed, can't say I trust an unknown used driveshaft and guibo too much but at least now I don't expect no abrupt failure

    Quote Originally Posted by Miroteknik View Post
    Unfortunate turn-out for the trip, but I laughed at "...for the most reliable car I ever had, that I managed to render unreliable by triying to enhance the reliability."

    I have been there before.
    Yeah right? Guess we all goof up every how and then

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    We have one nice picture, and a little video turned into the longest ass gif ever LOL
    Driving/filming is my friend Dany in his widebody Miata (@type0negative on insta) and black s13 is @diego_s13

    https://i.imgur.com/FvO0SRI.mp4

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    Cool shot!
    "You could roll an E30 in a BMW showroom today and people would think:
    Well, they finally got the 1 series right!"

    3.0 L e30 ground up build

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    Update, bitchez!

    This car is livin' the life lately, driving it like it was stolen every day. I'm gonna break it sooner or later. Again.
    That being said, I got my new wheels, and my new tyres!
    It's hard to switch from hella fitted 18s to "trackboi" stance, but I'm starting to like it...wheels are EvoCorse Sanremozero, proper racing wheel in "race" spec (no center caps and I think less layers of paint), 9x17 et40 all around with 215/40/17 Federal 595RS-R.

    Obviously what do you think happens for a week when you get semislicks? It rains.



    Feel like a drifter *insert "like a boss" old meme here*

    Here are two shitty pics of the new setup





    I had it aligned, front is -3.5* camber and 0.02* toe out, rear is -2.5* camber and 0 toe. I had to put 15mm spacers up front to clear coilovers and wheels are perfectly flush, and I'd need a little spacer in the rear right now but my 10mms don't fit these wheels and I have to get them machined a little before I can install them.
    You may be wondering why did I have wheels made with such an high offset just to put spacers on them, and the reason is I may want to put bigger tyres on at some point and the maths are done for 255/40s to (hopefully) fit in the rear.

    Now for the exciting part!
    I had my first trackday as a driver yesterday! And bought a legit pic as a souvenir LOL



    Yes, I wear bright pink gloves and proud.

    I sucked major ass, pretty much, but had a wonderful time. I wasnt THAT slow per se, but for sure am not a clean driver, and the car has a BIG problem that doesn't help: it completely lacks brakes. First round I was conservative, not hitting on them too much (it was a small track but really twisty) and just managed to have the pedal go mushy a bit at the end, but second round I tried to get better times, managed to drop my best lap from 1.38 to 1.34 but completely got the brakes cooked 4 laps before the end. Just for perspective, a 400whp big turbo ep3 goes 1:20, a nearly stock one went 1:33.

    Also, being I did not want to kill the brakes (even tho I managed to still do it) my corner entrances were a bit too fast and this thing understeers a lot. 90% I'm sure is driver error, but I'll try to get it to stop. Had a pair of clean fast laps but those were what completely got the brakes outta here.
    Adding to surprises, 18k springs that feel like solid bar on the street feel just about right at the track, and the car rolls side to side like a boat. I think I still want to get softer springs, but for sure will need bigger anti-roll bars.
    Tyres, I don't know if I like them or not. On the street they are more than enough, but they let completely go after 4-5 hard laps on track. Still, I'm sure 90% is my fault for beating on them too much without need, so I will not judge the tyre nor the size I'm using before I can clean the driving a bit. Engine, let's skip it car is painfully slow, but I have to say it lived happily at 6k rpm for 1 hour and never had an hiccup so there's its strenght.

    Enough rambling for today, as always sorry for long post, here's a potato on bananas.



    I'm out!

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    Say no to drugs, say yes to life!

    Comunque Banana per sempre

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    Digging the new track wheels, get some real sized tires on there
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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    Digging the new track wheels, get some real sized tires on there
    Thanks!
    I have proper size tyres, remember I am a stanceboi at heart
    All jokes aside, let's face the truth, this turd has barely enough hp to turn 215s atm...

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    Yes, love it on the 17’s!


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    Things have happened, and bigger things are happening right now for this car.
    I built a backbox for it so it now sounds like a damn thunder instead of a ricey honda. Neighbors love it. Now while I brew the finest of hype updates this thread will ever see, enjoy some pics @dawsonliri took yesterday while we were out wasting time with friends in the left-unwashed-since-mid-july racekor











    By the way I really need to do the brakes, there must be some problem like air in the system cause if I push the pedal, then release it a bit and push again it goes to the floor. Weird thing tho is if I apply constant pressure they work as they should. Hope not to rearend anyone while I wait for parts to show up lolz
    Last edited by Fruttolo; 08-11-2019 at 04:41 PM.

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    A sound clip of the new exhaust wouldn't hurt...

    Excited for the hype-dates coming up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miroteknik View Post
    A sound clip of the new exhaust wouldn't hurt...
    I can vouch for that, it's loud, really loud, like you have to record that audio many many feet away...

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    Love it on those wheels, deff wanna hear a sound clip.
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    Thanks guys, I have a clip from the day I built the exhaust, I suck at videos and sheit but here it is

    https://youtu.be/Bm2ExOkMFOU

    It crackles and bangs a lot in downshifts and I love it but it's a bit too loud, I wish I left the resonator in the midpipe but ooh well
    Last edited by Fruttolo; 08-12-2019 at 03:41 PM.

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    Love the sound of a loud 24v. Well really all BMW inline 6s haha.

    Also late to mention this, but the new wheels setup looks fantastic. 32s are tried and true, but I love the track stance you have now.

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    Dang that exhaust sounds good, loud is always fun.
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