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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    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
    yeah, seriously.... sounds really good

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    Little update time!
    This chapter we could title:

    STOP ME, OH-OH OH STOP ME

    If you don't read it singin you a weirdo.



    Cringy music apart, we're solving the major problem I encountered in my first track day: stock 320i brakes suck major balls. Managed to cook pads and oil to shit, and both front and rear rotors turned blue. Got them so hot my master blew its seals right out.
    Sooo, being I am poor and more prone to building shit than buying shit, over the last months I pieced together a cheap "big brake kit"



    Here you can see e46 325i/320d rear calipers, new ATE 325i/320d 294x19mm vented rear rotors, new ATE 325x28 e46 M3 semi-floating front rotors, Alfa Romeo 159 4-pot Brembo calipers, custom milled brackets for the brembos and a full braided brake lines kit to suit. In the calipers are EBC yellowstuff pads.

    So I took my time over the weekend, started friday evening and just finished sunday morning.



    Rears are pretty straightforward, they bolt right up and even fit in the stock dust shields:



    Can't believe those crusty lines from '95 held all the abuse I put them through, guess BMW gave e36s tiny but well built brakes



    Fronts were a little more involved. No before shot as I forgot but here's a comparison from old to new rotor



    Had to remove the spindle so I could work on it without cooking my paint in grinder sparks



    Ground down the infamous square bit on the calipers mounts on the spindle, and killed the dust shields, both because they don't fit with the brembos AND I hope they will stay cooler with more open air around



    So here is the finished shot without wheel and with wheel





    Also went to a friend's yesterday to have the tyres turned around (inside edge is pretty fucked, hard driving, camber and semislicks life bro) and cleaned the wheels but took no pics cause I'm lazy and it started to rain.
    As an apology here is a nice pic, again took by someone better than me at it, at last month's meet in Turin



    Now it's time for brakes break-in, then if good weather holds up til the 27th I'll be driving another trackday, can't wait to see if I can improve my time!
    It's a painfully slow car but I'll see if I can borrow a gopro to film some laps just for the lolz

    Big spicy update is still in the works, waiting for some parts to show up so I have something to look at, so for now I'm out
    Last edited by Fruttolo; 10-13-2019 at 08:52 AM.

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    Nice!
    Driving slow cars fast is more fun than driving fast cars slow.
    "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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    this looks really really good! making me want another e36!!
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    That should make a big difference for sure. I didn’t realize how small the stock brakes are on a 320i, definitely a worthwhile upgrade!

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    I was wondering what you were up to on, just thought it was a standard brake job. Cant wait to hear what you think on the new setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnmzl View Post
    Nice!
    Driving slow cars fast is more fun than driving fast cars slow.
    It actually is, to an extent! I feel like I would "need" some 50-80hp more to really have fun, but if I had 500hp now I would probably be one of those guys using half of their car's capabilities

    Quote Originally Posted by Benwalsh91 View Post
    this looks really really good! making me want another e36!!
    Thanks man! I too want another one, these cars are addictive or something! Also your e30 makes me miss my old one so we are feeling the same why can't a honest car guy have like 30 cars? Big questions in life.

    Quote Originally Posted by bwwaaaa View Post
    That should make a big difference for sure. I didn’t realize how small the stock brakes are on a 320i, definitely a worthwhile upgrade!
    Yep I once compared to my best friend's Abarth 500 and his front calipers were way bigger than mine, thinking about the fact both cars have the same stock hp but the e36 weights one 500 and a half it's ridiculous they gave it smaller brakes.
    Can't wait to try the new setup, too bad it's downpouring since I finished the install and I didn't even get to back it out the lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    I was wondering what you were up to on, just thought it was a standard brake job. Cant wait to hear what you think on the new setup.
    Guess "breaking stuff, then replacing it with bigger, more difficult to break stuff" kinda IS a standard job for us

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    nice work!


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    Still a "misero duemila"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawsonLiri View Post
    Still a "misero duemila"
    At least it starts everytime

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    Also your e30 makes me miss my old one so we are feeling the same why can't a honest car guy have like 30 cars? Big questions in life.
    Why can't we have at least 10 cars, really....
    I can sell you a little e30, that was imported from Italy originally, if you want to stay location correct Warning - it's slower than your e36.
    Also, can't wait to read your feedback on the BBK. Been thinking about upgrading to this combo.
    "You could roll an E30 in a BMW showroom today and people would think:
    Well, they finally got the 1 series right!"

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    This is looking great! I really love the paint, makes me want to repaint my Schwarz 2 sedan...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    At least it starts everytime
    Too harsh vez, you're not love me like you used to do anymore

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    HOOP-DATE

    Well hello everyone, really late update on this as a lot went on behind the scenes. Now that the forums are back up I will try to catch up to date with this thing.

    Starting from where we left, the brakes do actually work. I had a trackday on october 27th, had a lot of fun and with the actual ability to slow the car down in a consistent way I managed to bring my time down to 1:32:00 on the first round, considering I only had 3 good laps out of it cause of obnoxious traffic I was very satisfied. Ran a couple rounds in my friend's 500, then got to drive my last turn of the day and that's when shit went south.



    Long story short, a dude in an STI I was kinda tailgating (my bad) decided to suddenly slow down or something right on the end of the fastest turn, I lifted the gas and corrected my trajectory to avoid bumping into him, lost the rear end and ended up slightly kissing a wall.
    Shit happens and I knew it but I hoped the first accident in this once perfect car would not happen on my second track day, guess driver inexperience, chasing times in track traffic and super stiff and unforgiving setup claimed their victim.

    So, next day I brought the car to the body shop and ordered the needed parts, took a month to get them only to find out they were wrong (post-facelift grille), so I had my car back just after new year's.
    Got it back and immediately dismantled it as I sold my suspension and ordered new custom BCs, and my fancy wheels were sent back to the factory to be checked and warrantied cause they turned out to be defected too (lucky me).





    In the meantime:





    I bought some shiny stuff for my m50 turbo build. Manifold is not very well done, turbo flange is warped and welds are sub par but for the money it cost I am ok with fixing it.



    Also found another really good set of 18" style32s and bought them for a steal, since I sold the ones I had before



    Tried them on but they need a 15mm spacer to clear my brakes so they are a no go, up in the wheels stash they go

    Then I found another set of wheels I've always liked for next to nothing and bought them too, I want to go back to 18s anyways so will probably try and use these even tho they weight a metric ton each (12.9kg, dang)



    Last but not least here is the stupidest mod so far, I grew tired of the fart cannon burning my rear diffuser cause it did not fit and it pointed down which sucked, so I took it off and changed it for this tiny jap-looking thing







    It makes me laugh my ass off everytime I see it, dunno why but I love it, probably a cop magnet but whatever.
    Just a polished piece of 2.125" stainless pipe and a couple tig welds, nothing fancy, but fun thing is it quietened the car down by 12decibels and it now sounds a bit like an old carbed car at idle, would not have expected such difference for a couple of inches of smaller pipe.
    Second pic featuring my winter daily a.k.a. my tiny and painfully slow work van

    That's it for now until I get my shit together again, sadly the engine build will be delayed a bit cause money went into the front end rebuild, and I will be saving up for my mk1 build that's starting to need some parts other than fabrication supplies...and the "project" I'm most excited about, a trip to Florida for a month this coming June!
    I will be staying in Orlando and around for a good bit so if anyone is local maybe we can meet up, I will try to go to as many events as I can and I'll just wander around trying to see how living in the US is so if you bump into a dumb italian looking like he's in disneyland that'll probably be me
    Last edited by Fruttolo; 02-09-2020 at 01:22 AM.

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    Why you still buy 18" wheels?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawsonLiri View Post
    Why you still buy 18" wheels?!
    Sorry but I tried 17s and I can't adapt to the small wheels LOL

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    Holy crap have I missed a lot of updates. First off, the brake upgrade looks awesome! Was sad to see the front-end damage, but you followed right up with the repair, so the upset was short-lived. Hope you enjoy Florida!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    Sorry but I tried 17s and I can't adapt to the small wheels LOL
    Small wheels are life

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawsonLiri View Post
    Small wheels are life
    You know I love them too, just not on e36s LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by Miroteknik View Post
    Holy crap have I missed a lot of updates. First off, the brake upgrade looks awesome! Was sad to see the front-end damage, but you followed right up with the repair, so the upset was short-lived. Hope you enjoy Florida!
    Thanks Miro, I appreciate you appreciating my simple car, I was thinking about your rant yesterday while observing this thing and even tho I love big projects I admit the thing I love the most about this is it just works, when it's not at bodyshops
    I have some life changes I hope to make, but if I can afford another car in the near future I'm thinking about retiring this from track duty and just get a beater for that cause it hurt my heart to see such a pristine car in that sad state

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    Stick with 18s, you have convinced me that is the way to go on E36s haha.

    Also that pipe is hilarious but if it works it works. Maybe you can make a Laguna Seca cheater pipe next, go full race car

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwwaaaa View Post
    Stick with 18s, you have convinced me that is the way to go on E36s haha.

    Also that pipe is hilarious but if it works it works. Maybe you can make a Laguna Seca cheater pipe next, go full race car
    Hell yes, 18s from now on for street driving, I'll go back to 17s only if I need them for track use.

    I actually thought about doing a turndown like all the cool drifty kids do rn but I propped some piecuts under there and it plain sucked, even to my weird ass taste cheater pipes are hilarious too, ingenuity at it's finest
    Btw the infamous (although super funny looking) exhaust tip is held on the muffler by 4 heavy tacks, so that if I grow tired of it again (or some law enforcer does not like it) I can stick another one in without making a whole new exhaust

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    WHOOPS-DATE

    Happy to see the forums up and working again, kinda feared it was over forever.
    Well, here we go

    Behold my best looks/performance compromise yet (in my humble opinion of course).
    Bought some 225/35 Nankang semislicks, got them mounted on the heavy ass 69s





    As you can see by the look of the sidewall on a 8.5" wide wheel...they're fat haha, it's almost a 235 width and the sidewall looks as tall as a "normal" /40

    Whatever, I went and threw them on the dirty ass car, kinda adjusted the height and took a bunch of fancy (to my standards) pics













    Here it was fitted with 15mm spacers in the rear but it was rubbing under compression, I switched them for some 10mm I had and was able to lower it a tad more, so it now sits almost flat. Sadly, I tried to lower the front 5mm and 20min later mangled a fender. Solved the issue by banging the inner fender lips with a ratchet wrench (ghetto roll) and raising it back up.
    I would like to be able to keep it 1/2" lower front and rear but unless I switch back to narrower street tyres it's a no-no, and I must say I enjoy the semislicks too much to take them off. We got hit with the corona bullshit the day after I reassembled this pos so I don't have pics or videos, but managed to sneak out and do a couple of touge runs and it slays now, feels a lot more "alive", feels slower than the previous setup but it's actually a lot faster (weird).

    Well, here it is. Sorry for kinda uninteresting and unfinished update, hope this crap ends quick for everyone and can't wait to drive this car again.
    Everyone stay safe, even tho safety third and if you can manage to self-isolate yourself in your car up some twisties I salute and envy you

    I'm out

    P.s. Yes I still like the stinger exhaust tip

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    Love the look on these wheels, and those Nankangs look sweet too. I found a source for them in the US, so I may give them a show with my next wheel setup!

    Stay safe, hopefully this Covid nightmare passes soon and you’ll be able to open this up on the track again!

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