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Old 05-17-2012, 06:48 PM   #136
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:58 PM   #137
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Looks like your car is busy doing a lot of paper work eh? Hahaha

Nice. Keep up the good work.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:08 PM   #138
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Sooooo..... are you running it at DDT this weekend?
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:56 PM   #139
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Steve, I think you and John and I will be the only e30's there this weekend. A damn shame.
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:15 PM   #140
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Looks like your car is busy doing a lot of paper work eh? Hahaha
Pushin' paper. Fun times!

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Steve, I think you and John and I will be the only e30's there this weekend. A damn shame.
I couldn't even make it out to spectate!

Looks like I missed another good event.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:16 PM   #141
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I've been daily driving my E30 for a little over a month now and have noticed a few things that need addressing.

My driver side rear Bilstein is leaking. It was actually leaking before I even put it on the car and since I don't see a puddle under my car anymore I can pretty much assume that there isn't anything left to leak.

I tried to have it replaced under their "lifetime warranty" but Turner Motorsport were no help at all so I won't be buying from them again. But thanks to some info from Mike (DIY) I should be able to get a replacement from Bilstein directly.

When I go over bumps the car seems to shudder or vibrate. That's really the best way to describe it. I drive over the same bumps every day and I've noticed that when the front wheels go over them the car is fine, but when the back wheels go over then that's when it happens.

I'm pretty sure this is caused by the bad shock but if someone else has any ideas then let me know.

My muffler is being supported right now by some sort of metal strap, so every time it moves it makes a really loud metal on metal scraping sound.

I'm not sure if this strap even needs to be there so I may just remove it and see if there is a lot of play in the exhaust without it. I think it's there to hold the exhaust tip away from the rear valance because it is a little close to touching. This isn't the only thing supporting the muffler so it may be okay to remove.

I was planning on replacing the valve cover gasket as well as the timing chain cover gasket and timing chain tensioner. The TC rattles a little and the TC cover either is leaking a little or was leaking and was patched up.

The valve cover gasket is pretty straight forward except that I'm not sure about the spark plug gaskets? On Real OEM it looks like 3 are the same and 1 is different?

I thought replacing the TC cover gaskets would be fairly easy but Scott pointed out that it is a little more involved then it looks. I think I need to get an E36 service manual since they cover M42 engines and the E30 one doesn't. Then I can read a little more about it.

And finally something seems a little off with my steering rack. I'm not sure what exactly but it just doesn't feel right. I'm going to take a look tomorrow and make sure nothing has come loose since it was installed and then maybe I'll work on reinstalling my power steering. I really hasn't been bad without it but if having it will fix the weird feeling I'm getting then I'll be happier with it.

But now comes the fun part; shopping for parts
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:21 AM   #142
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My driver side rear Bilstein is leaking.I should be able to get a replacement from Bilstein directly.
A replacement is on it's way finally. Hopefully when I send my old one back Bilstein actually covers it under warranty. I'm sure they'll find some way out of it...

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My muffler is being supported right now by some sort of metal strap, so every time it moves it makes a really loud metal on metal scraping sound.
I removed the strap that was supporting my muffler but the sound is still there. Apparently that sound is the sound a shock makes when it is completely drained of fluid.

Now my muffler is banging around and vibrating.

I didn't want to put the metal strap back because it was destroying my muffler... Plus I snapped it getting it off. Zip ties will suffice for now.

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something seems a little off with my steering rack.
I took a closer look and my steering knuckle had a bit of play in it. I tightened both of the nuts and it's perfect now. I'll check it from time to time to make sure it doesn't loosen up.

And finally I'm getting tired of driving around with a semi...



Semi erect antenna that is. Won't go up, won't go down, can't find a manual antenna, so I'll probably just get rid of it.

Plus who needs music when you have all of the sweet sounds my car is making?!?!
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:34 PM   #143
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Radio these days is garbage. Just get a nice deck and an iPod or iPhone.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:54 PM   #144
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I really like the way that pfeba kit sits on a white e30. Looks better than mine did and I had it on a darker color e30.
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Looks good man!
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:24 PM   #145
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My new shock arrived from Bilstein last week.





I'm not sure exactly what is with me and and RSM issues. I got the shock removed without any issues but the RSM was stuck on. It would spin freely but not move up or down.

I eventually got it off, installed the new shock and now my car finally rides like it should. The old one was so bad that I could compress it with my hands! I'll be sending it back to Bilstein to be hopefully covered under warranty. My fingers are crossed but I'm not holding my breath...

There is still a noise coming from the rear occasionally but it happens a lot less now.

I took a pic of my odometer the day it was installed. I had issues after only driving a few thousand kilometers so I wanted proof of the mileage just in case.

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Old 09-07-2012, 10:38 AM   #146
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I'm sort of stuck on where I should take this project next.

This car (like all of my other E30's) has been my daily driver so I was always limited in what I could do to it. I could never have it off the road for too long because I needed it to get to work.

However I now work from home. That could change in the future and possibly as early as spring. But the car will be off insurance and parked for this winter at least.

I obviously want to take advantage of this opportunity to do something that normally would be impossible for a daily driven car. Unfortunately I'm limited by a budget of about $2,000 so a "restoration" is out of the question.

I figure with that budget I could either focus on the body or on the mechanicals, but not both. And this is where I get stuck.

Mechanically the car is fine. Everything works (that I care about) and suspension and brakes are basically brand new. Steering rack, tires, control arms, and CAB's are new too. I do need new sway bar bushings so I could get an upgraded sway bar kit but that's not really a big deal. And my shifter is sloppier then [insert joke here] but again correcting that is a weekend project at best.

The body on the car is pretty good too. There are typical dings and scratches. Some areas have been repainted (poorly) but it looks good from 10 feet. I checked my floors when I dyed my carpet a few weeks ago and there is no rust at all. Trunk is solid too. So aside from a really nice paint job (which I can't afford) and correcting all of the issues with the body there isn't much to do.

So what would you do if you were in my position? Is there something I should be considering that I'm missing?

A few things to note as well. I don't care about horsepower. I'm not really interested in swaps or turbos and I would like to increase the value of the car if I can.

Any advice or ideas would be appreciated!
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:25 AM   #147
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Go to the casino...$2k bet....double or nothing.
$4k= really nice paint job
$0k= no need to worry about what to do to your car because you have no money
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:41 PM   #148
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Go to the casino...$2k bet....double or nothing.
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Haha! Reminds me of this...



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Old 09-07-2012, 09:53 PM   #149
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Hey steve, this is chang. I think you should start thoroughly cleaning up that beauty inside and out. Take out front seats and steam clean the carpet, clean the headliner, clean nooks and crannies of interior trims/dashboard, take out all the oil residue from the engine bay, sand down the body kits and fix cracks/dents you might have. Alpine white is easier to overspray/blend but I guess you can think about that later.

My schedule is pretty empty after the school/work so you can hit me up on weekend and i'll be more than happy to help cleaning it up(i'm noob at working on cars but I'm good at cleaning it up lol). Just pm me
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:59 AM   #150
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Hey steve, this is chang. I think you should start thoroughly cleaning up that beauty inside and out. Take out front seats and steam clean the carpet, clean the headliner, clean nooks and crannies of interior trims/dashboard, take out all the oil residue from the engine bay, sand down the body kits and fix cracks/dents you might have. Alpine white is easier to overspray/blend but I guess you can think about that later.

My schedule is pretty empty after the school/work so you can hit me up on weekend and i'll be more than happy to help cleaning it up(i'm noob at working on cars but I'm good at cleaning it up lol). Just pm me
A thorough cleaning will definitely happen! Mostly in the engine bay since I will have time to actually remove parts to clean them and clean around them. I would like to redo my valve cover and manifold too.

I will let you know when the cleaning begins. Bring a tooth brush!

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