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Old 05-17-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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Picking up a U.S. 1990 325IS, questions for the E30 Guru's???

My GF's mom has a beautiful E30 sitting in her garage in San Francisco that I've been begging her to sell to me for going on about 5 years. The car is a 325IS Convertable, so I guess that makes it a 325IC? Anyhow she is the original owner, just rolled 100,000 Miles and it is a super clean bone stock accident free car that I'm finally getting up here to TO.

I drove the car in 2007 when I was down there and fell in love with it, the suspension is tight, it sounds great, the interior is in awesome shape, the only thing I'm not so juiced on is that its a convertable (but can't win them all)

Mods - This is where I need your help?
Suspension - I wanna lower it and tighten things up the slightest bit, I don't wanna be slammed and I noticed it rides pretty low already but the rear seemmed to be slightly lower (suggestions on quality parts)

Wheels - Not looking for anything to big, 16's would be great 17's could work, staggered/deep dish would be nice, again suggestions?

Bumpers - I was thinking the E30 M3 bumpers and sides but sourcing those would prob be expensive/difficult any suggestions in this department??

Excuse my newbness, really just hoping for some ideas for parts, suggestions and things to look out for from people who have experience with these cars.

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Old 05-17-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:43 PM   #3
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suspension - ground control coilovers. had them in my e30 and they were fantastic. was able to dial in the perfect height and they rode super smooth.

wheel - 16s with a bit of dish would be optimum. 17s might be pushing the wheel size too much.

bumpers - m3 bumpers won't work because the fenders are different and you'd need those then you'll look like a tool in a fake m3 vert which the fenders look off cause no one makes a good quality set. look into the mtech bumpers or stock bumpers (depending what you have) with an IS lip.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:10 PM   #4
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You want to do all those mods but no performance chip?
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:19 AM   #5
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You want to do all those mods but no performance chip?
speaking of chips, what do you have for the m42? and in what range? *thread hi-jack*
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:55 AM   #6
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E30's only need suspension and deep dish rims. Thats it.
Leave the stock motor until/if it dies.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:46 AM   #7
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suspension - ground control coilovers. had them in my e30 and they were fantastic. was able to dial in the perfect height and they rode super smooth.

wheel - 16s with a bit of dish would be optimum. 17s might be pushing the wheel size too much.

bumpers - m3 bumpers won't work because the fenders are different and you'd need those then you'll look like a tool in a fake m3 vert which the fenders look off cause no one makes a good quality set. look into the mtech bumpers or stock bumpers (depending what you have) with an IS lip.
Thank you I appreciate this info!!! and swapping fenders is wayyy more then I want to do, i will research the suggested parts
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You want to do all those mods but no performance chip?
^^ LOL I read about your chips sir, and we will be talking once I get this beauty up here. After some reasearch last night I think injectors, chip and intake should keep me happy!!
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:45 PM   #9
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Plastic bumers are a straights swap on, full mtech2 kit is money on a vert. Don't forget the 3rd brake light delete.

Just lowering it and fitting nice wheels is the biggest improvement any e30 can get.
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