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Old 06-20-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
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Finally found a Shoe - Intro + Build thread



I had been looking on and off for several years, finally the time has come and I came across one and pulled the trigger.

It's Blk/Blk 5spd. 2.8L Sunroof/HK/LSD.
I really wasn't looking for any specific color as these are fairly hard to find as it is, I just wanted it to be a manual, but I am happy it has black interior.
More importantly, the paint was decent except for the roof and the interior was surprisingly clean with no cracks/rips, etc.
Mechanically it needs some work, but nothing I can't take care of.

Here she is, in her stock and dull looking glory.



This isn't a "Build" thread per se, but I didn't know what else to call it, i'll just update the thread as I clean her up and take care of a few trouble areas.

Near future plans are mostly maintenance items, plus suspension and wheels.

First order of business (within 24h of picking it up) was to clean up the paint. The paint was in fairly good shape considering the crap I've seen most used cars in South Florida to be in. I never expected used cars in Florida to be in such crap shape, I was hoping to find a land of rust free mint cars.....but that is far from it. Almost every car I went to see had several banged up panels, faded/peeling paint and dried/ripped/teared up interiors. I wouldn't have taken some of the cars I saw if they paid me.

What I was dealing with:
I forgot to take a before picture of the roof, the right side had one pass at this point.


Several more rounds of this:


Then I ended up with this:
Not 100% perfect, but better than I expected, I'll take it.


After about 6-8hrs spread over my weekend, this is the result of the full car, and as a bonus after cleaning up my garage little, I decided to see how my M3 wheels would look on it even thou I knew the tires wouldn't work. Here it is, something to shoot for:


Updates will come slowly as I tackle a few things and get to a few mods I have planned.
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:46 AM   #2
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Congrats on the find! Looking forward to seeing it dropped and on some nice wheels.
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:52 AM   #3
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Congrats! Looks amazing with the wheels from your M3! looking forward to seeing more updates.
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:57 PM   #4
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crazy potential!

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Old 06-24-2016, 09:43 AM   #5
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First mod showed up yesterday and installed!


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Old 06-29-2016, 02:46 PM   #6
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congrats man love these cars
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:43 PM   #7
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congrats! very cool, I really want a shoe one day
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Old 07-02-2016, 02:18 PM   #8
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Mod #2 showed up and installed.
Couldn't wait to replace the old torn up wheel with chunks missing. It isn't mint/perfect but a huge improvement.

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These showed up. I can't wait to put them on this weekend.
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Got the coils installed, it now handles like a BMW. It feels a million times better compared to the blown stock stuff. No more nose diving and squatting, feels much more stable as well. The M strut links really improve turn in. It also rides surprising well for how high the rates are 8k/14k, it takes bumps very well on the softer damper settings. Will be fine tuning the height once it settles and figure how what my wheel setup will be in the coming wheels.

Mild drop to start:


I had a set of wheels I am hoping to make work, 18x10 is looking like a no go in the front, I have lips to build these down to 18x9 so I may go that route.


The rears look a little better, pretty aggressive, a bit more poke and I would like but it will get better once the rear is lowered more and more camber will come naturally when lowered more. Hoping that will be enough for the rear and I wont need to go 18x9 in the rear also.
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Duuuuuuuudddddeeeeeeeeeee this car is SICK! Can't believe I didn't see this thread sooner! Congrats on the buy! How you like it so far?
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:33 AM   #12
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Duuuuuuuudddddeeeeeeeeeee this car is SICK! Can't believe I didn't see this thread sooner! Congrats on the buy! How you like it so far?
No one sees the Z section! It's dead in here, lol.

Thanks! Been great so far, can't wait to get some wheels on it. It's a neat little car.
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:27 PM   #14
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Swung by and met up with some other maxbimmer Canadians living in South FL, oh and some BMW collector was visiting from Milton. We sent him back and told him to drive down the M7, or one of his 8s next time.

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Old 08-03-2016, 09:34 AM   #15
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No one sees the Z section! It's dead in here, lol.

Thanks! Been great so far, can't wait to get some wheels on it. It's a neat little car.
Max in general has been pretty dead for the last little while.
It's definitely not a bumpin' in here as it use to be
We need more people like you doing build threads to get some traffic back up in this bitch

I want to start a build thread for my E21 eventually but I don't work on it frequently enough at the moment to provide content... and it's all just shitty bodywork right now anyway lol
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