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nab24-
04-19-2012, 10:08 PM
So I bought this car near the end of "Winter" if you can call what we had a winter.

As some may already know (from posts ive put up already about problems its had) I think I might have purchased a total dud and its been a headache and a real downer at times but i just love the looks i get when I am driving it around and it does drive very nice.

When I bought the car, it ran and drove very straight, and still does.

Things it needed right away was Thermostat, rims (one of the rims that came on it had a hidden crack in it) cause the reps it had on are probably cheap junk, and the front bumper to be supported. Oh and it wouldnt pass the etest because kid i bought it off of did a Auto - Manual Trans swap and probably plugged the O2 sensors in backwards when reassembling it.

If i knew now what i knew then i probably wouldnt have paid 6,900 for the car and probably would have been more patient and purchased a better one for like 10,000 off someone on here.... I learned a lot though for next time.

but the underbody is 100% mint and the only tiny bit of rust on the car is on the passenger does and its barely noticeable.

Things ive come across that need to be fixed/already have been fixed...

E-brake didnt work at all so i just had all the e-brake shoes, rotors and all the hardware for the ebrake replaced. But after i use it 3-5 times it stops holding the car from rolling backwards but holds it from rolling forwards fine, so i had the mechanic look at it he retightened them and it worked for a night now same thing holds forwards doesnt hold backwards.... gonna have him look into it again. maybe you guys would know something?

Needs a new front bumper, it is completely chewed up and is missing all the supports and stuff. I plan on putting the M3 style front/skirt/rear on with in the next couple months.

I plan on repainting the whole car the same color but it has some minor scratches in it and doesnt look like it was done all the professionaly in some spots, also have 2 minor dents pulled

Needed Muffler mounts and a new chrome tip already fixed.

Rear shocks were toast, replaced those with cheap ones from Napa for now. I will be replacing front and rear suspension but would like some input on what i should buy. im looking for something that sits as low as it is now, maybe a bit higher, and is under $2500. Coilovers, or springs dont matter, cause i would probably never bother adjusting the coilovers anyway.

The new rims i got were from an auto wreckers, they are stock OEM so i know they will last and they are in great shape but have curb rash and i will have them refinished and painted white probably within the next month or 2

Needs new window tint and i plan on going 30% front 10% rear

interior needs some minor love.

Need to upgrade to bigger/better brakes, reccomendations? ($2000-3000 budget)

Also next summer i would like to single Turbo/twin turbo or SC the motor and do it up a bit. would love some insight on what you guys would consider is my best option and what is actually possible. would like atleast 450whp+ with a budget of up to $12k


I will post pictures soon of some of the issues i mentioned.
also i will edit/update this as i remember things i forgot to post.


try not to be too harsh on me for my stupidity!fcplm

andrew.k
04-20-2012, 10:24 AM
E-brake didnt work at all so i just had all the e-brake shoes, rotors and all the hardware for the ebrake replaced. But after i use it 3-5 times it stops holding the car from rolling backwards but holds it from rolling forwards fine, so i had the mechanic look at it he retightened them and it worked for a night now same thing holds forwards doesnt hold backwards.... gonna have him look into it again. maybe you guys would know something?



Try to adjust the handbrake lever - Perhaps you cant pull it tight enough, even if they are new.




I plan on repainting the whole car the same color but it has some minor scratches in it and doesnt look like it was done all the professionaly in some spots, also have 2 minor dents pulled



Get it polished - 2 stage - Repainting a car devaules it too much - and for such an old car, not worth it imo.



Rear shocks were toast, replaced those with cheap ones from Napa for now. I will be replacing front and rear suspension but would like some input on what i should buy. im looking for something that sits as low as it is now, maybe a bit higher, and is under $2500. Coilovers, or springs dont matter, cause i would probably never bother adjusting the coilovers anyway.



Go with coilovers - Bilstein PSS PSS9 or PSS10



The new rims i got were from an auto wreckers, they are stock OEM so i know they will last and they are in great shape but have curb rash and i will have them refinished and painted white probably within the next month or 2



I know a powder coating company who did work on all my BMW's & Audi's - A little more expensive - but lasts. Let me know if your interested.



Needs new window tint and i plan on going 30% front 10% rear



Too dark - Stick with 35% Llumar



Need to upgrade to bigger/better brakes, reccomendations? ($2000-3000 budget)



Please buy these and make me happy. - Amazing price imo & oem!
http://www.ecstuning.com/News/E36_E46_BMWPerformance_BBK/ES2215444/



Also next summer i would like to single Turbo/twin turbo or SC the motor and do it up a bit. would love some insight on what you guys would consider is my best option and what is actually possible. would like atleast 450whp+ with a budget of up to $12k



No getting that power from your motor. If your looking for something in that range you bought the wrong car. Buy an E46 M3 - and then look into forced induction.

And post up some pictures.

Renboy
04-20-2012, 11:34 AM
Please buy these and make me happy. - Amazing price imo & oem!
http://www.ecstuning.com/News/E36_E46_BMWPerformance_BBK/ES2215444/


Not for a track car. Do a search on piston failure in these calipers. Not to mention, they are stupidly heavy.

andrew.k
04-20-2012, 01:38 PM
What you said is true, but for the price it's hard to beat.

Renboy
04-20-2012, 03:00 PM
Roadfly brackets, Porsche calipers, M3 (non-CSL) rotors. Total cost should be lower, calipers are better and lighter (fewer pistons though if that matters) and everything is off the shelf replaceable. And everything tucks nicely under 17" wheels for those of us that aren't baller enough to have a bigger winter setup. The only downside is that Porsche pads dust like a mofo, much worse than stock BMW pads. I suggest getting different pads from day one.

The BMW one do look pretty though.

nab24-
04-25-2012, 11:47 AM
Thanks for the input guys, really appreciate it. I pretty much only use Vortex racing pads on my cars now, they are well priced and just work flawlessly. Have them on the race cars and they last whole seasons and they are on fire every weekend and still hold up for the later part of the race.

As for the turbo and stuff could I Atleast get 320+ whp with a turbo/ supercharger?

If I'm home from work early enough I'll try to post some pictures.

nab24-
04-25-2012, 11:57 PM
I APPOLOGIZE FOR THE HUGE PICTURES.... i have no clue how to edit themfcplm

Here are some of the pictures of my visual problems with the car currently as it sits. other then the front bumper really everything is minor/not noticeable when standing further then 3 feet away.

This Is the passenger arm rest that needs to be replaced.
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The rims i got from the junk yard, you can see the one if almost flawless and the other three are like the second picture
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The whole front bumper has this nasty snowflake sized chips all over it ( no where else on the car though)
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My window tint is scratched like this on both Driver and passenger side, Any ideas what causes this???
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and last but not least the little strip of rust on the bottom of the passenger door I was talking about before.
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Thats all the visual work the car needs to be back to perfect!

craz azn
04-26-2012, 12:22 AM
If you want this as a track car, you are spending too much time worrying about visual items... just drive it man!

Ditch those rims, as they are probably the worst for anything performance related because they weigh about as much as a truck. Get something lighter.

I'd suggest buying some 330 brakes from one of the partout sponsors on here, those coupled with some good quality pads are going to be more than enough for what you will need them for.

You mention wanting to put on M3 bumpers and stuff on... well you already have an M3 bumper, or at least what looks like one in the pics, so that maybe explains why there are no supports and everything is missing from underneath.

Good idea to focus on suspension, and probably another good idea is to get some new bushings to start tightening things up like urethane FCABs and such... since you mention about not adjusting coilovers, Bilsteins will be fine like suggested... but any fancier adjustable shock based coilover like Ground Control or TC Kline potentially yields a better handling car.

Your projected horsepower numbers are a bit optimistic. Try looking at another car if you want that much power... its probably cheaper down the road. *th-up*

nab24-
05-04-2012, 08:01 PM
Thanks crazy, yea I'm looking for a new set of rims right now, but gonna wait for another week or two so I know I have the money. Really nice set someone is selling on here that I want. This week coming the car is gonna go in for a possible water pump/pulleys to be replaced cause something is making a noise on take off. Also going to have the clutch bled and shifter linkage re-aligned and everything cause right now it's shifts rough and it's hard to get through the gears. Sometimes it's even harder just to find the gear. Thanks for the advice just to drive the car, I'm enjoying it a lot more now cause I know people can't see the small issues with the car when they are looking at my tail lights ;) lol

Maple
05-28-2012, 12:10 AM
I didnt read much so forgive me if I missed anything.

You SERIOUSLY need to address your rear subfloor if you havent already. Having a 328 doesnt help you at all, track car or grocery getter your subfloor will tear , guaranteed.

Before you spend a penny on appearance crap , make sure you replace your subframe carrier mounts, all 3 diff bushes, center support bearing, guibo , rtab and your engine and tranny mounts.

If your subfloor already has a crack , best way to go about it would be to scrap the car and buy a 02+ car .Or you can try repairing it endlessly

I recommend you NOT buy anything for your car untill you check your rear subfloor

nab24-
06-06-2012, 12:25 AM
Thanks for the info maple, had the car in the shop the last 2 days for a new water pump, and had my check engine light fixed. Also had a bunch of stuff inspected as well as what maple mentioned mechanic says the car is in perfect condition underneath and I have nothing to worry about there. Car sounds perfect now with the new water pump, getting all my shifter bushing replaced next week, and gonna hopefully get a new front bumper at the same time.

nab24-
08-07-2012, 04:49 PM
Hey guys, been a while since I've done an update on here but that doesn't mean the car hasn't received any love! Car got the window rails fixed and are very solid now so I'm going to be replacing the window tint soon, I purchased a mtech body kit from Maranello BMW and had it painted at European Autobody. And now it's installed and the car looks 1000x better. I have only one more issue with the motor and that is my camshaft positioning sensor, which will arrive tomorrow and be installed by thursday!

I would like to replace my clutch and flywheel with a performance clutch and lightwieght flywheel and if anyone has any solid suggestions on that with links to the place to buy it would be greatly appreciated.

richie_s999
08-07-2012, 08:09 PM
I'd spend money upgrading the suspension, tires and brakes before driveline

nab24-
08-07-2012, 09:43 PM
I'd spend money upgrading the suspension, tires and brakes before driveline

Agreed but it needs a clutch badly. i think im going to go with a Spec stage 1 clutch with aluminum flywheel, they seem decent for the uses i need from it at a fair price. also i have the money for rims and tires. im just waiting for a LW racing set to come up on here at a fair price. as for suspension im still not dead set on what to go with. also rear rotors and pads are done, gonna do the fronts soon.

doogee
08-08-2012, 12:57 AM
Hey guys, been a while since I've done an update on here but that doesn't mean the car hasn't received any love! Car got the window rails fixed and are very solid now so I'm going to be replacing the window tint soon, I purchased a mtech body kit from Maranello BMW and had it painted at European Autobody. And now it's installed and the car looks 1000x better. I have only one more issue with the motor and that is my camshaft positioning sensor, which will arrive tomorrow and be installed by thursday!

I would like to replace my clutch and flywheel with a performance clutch and lightwieght flywheel and if anyone has any solid suggestions on that with links to the place to buy it would be greatly appreciated.


Window tint on a trackcar? You seem to be doing everything BUT making a track car. :confused:

nab24-
08-08-2012, 01:06 AM
Window tint on a trackcar? You seem to be doing everything BUT making a track car. :confused:

Heh track cars gotta look good too!! But nah man I'm focusing on the DD portion of the car this year so make sure everything is functioning correctly and get everything looking good, and do what I can performance wise this year and through the winter to be fully ready for next year. I'm just taking my time because performance parts are the most expensive part and I want to make sure I do as much research and planning with it before jumping into it blindly because I do that a lot. Thanks for the input though :)

nab24-
08-27-2012, 04:59 PM
Got a nice rainy day off so I figured id post up my progress.

I havent posted pictures up of the the new body kit yet so here they are along with fresh window tint, and brand new rims and tires.

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I've had all the motor problems fixed so no more check engine light, unfortunately though my headlight control module decided to sh*t the bed on me 2 weeks ago and that ran me a solid 800$, also replaced my front pads/rotors, along with something else that I already forgot about.

Ive run out of money for this season and I never got around to getting heavy into the performance stuff but i have decided im going to go with PSS9/10 suspension, Spec racing clutch with LW alum fly. replace all the bushings to tighten everything up. Still unsure of what type of supercharger I should go with. and i would really like to have the motor rebuilt with higher end performance parts but i havent done any research on that yet.

I hope you guys are like this thread, and i will keep updating as i purchase/get new parts for next year!

if you have any suggestions as to what i should do/ look into please let me know!

thanks,

Nick

Kamil
10-01-2012, 03:21 PM
Approx how many hours of shop labor is the realigning of the shifter linkage? Mine gets through gears pretty rough too and I hate the way it shifts. Hopefully after getting this done it shifts better or else it might be a tranny problem :(

2str836
10-02-2012, 11:29 AM
get a double sheer selector rod for sloppiness in shifting

Kamil
10-02-2012, 01:01 PM
what size are those wheels and tires btw? stock sport package suspension? it sits nice and im debating whether to go 18s or 19s

davericher20
10-02-2012, 10:37 PM
Have you been to the track?
It sounds like you need to NOT dump money in this car and take it to the track as it sits.
From the questions you're asking, it also sounds like you need to focus on YOUR driving abilities, not the cars.
Don't boost this car, as it makes it unreliable.
Don't dump money into it, because you'll learn the car's limits sooner\better, once you know them, upgrade stuff as you go along.