The E36 turned out to be a car that I really have enjoyed. I really liked how they looked as DTM race cars back when, but I wasn’t a big fan of them for the every day tuner car personally. I have really grown to love these cars, and after experiencing one for myself I know why so many people mod them. It reminds me a lot of the E30 I had, but with the power, chassis, and modern features that make it better. I turned up the modding on the 328i over the recent months and got it pretty much to where I liked it. It was capable on the track, comfortable on the street, and looked good enough to turn a head or two. As of the recent weeks it no longer looks like this. I took off most of the mods so my family in Sacramento area can use it for the time being. The car may come back to me or it may not. I know I will keep the E36 on my list of cars to mod in the future regardless.
I am happy to be back to my roots, and have a setup I can truely be happy with. I managed to get stuck with 19’s for a year because of a dirty cheap deal and wanting to carry the new tires over to the 2nd set of 19’s. Finally I decided I couldn’t take it anymore and made the switch to 17’s with a meaty tire. The drop is the same as before, but now with a thicker sidewall the tuck is massive!
I’ve finally taken the time to fine tune and dial in the rest of my camber and fitment. I always hated how E90’s typically run no front camber while the rear tends to dial in quite a bit with a hefty drop. I wanted to even out my front to rear fitment (not just the tire to fender but also the camber of the wheel looking down the side of the car). This is how it is currently sitting.
I love old Toyotas and Rotary engines. Throw the two together and you have this.
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a new ride
I forgot to post that I recently picked up an E36. The E30 has been gone for a few months now. My wife was daily driving that, and we were looking for something cool to replace it. This E36 is everything I could ask for. The 328i M52 motor delivers smooth, strong power, and I honestly love the styling of the E36. It feels just like driving an E30, but with more power and newer features.
Was able to dial the car in a little more and change out the rear spacers for just a hair bigger one. I am happy with how everything sits at least for now. I posted some pics up over on FittedMedia.com so check it!
I finally got around to ordering longer studs so I could replace the 10mm rear spacers with 20mm. The fitment now matches the front nicely and the car sits pretty good. I am eventually going to switch out the entire suspension setup for something a little stiffer and better for going low without bottoming out.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new simply because life has been busy, fun, and exciting. In between being out of town many weekends recently I was able to buy some coilovers and wheels/tires for my E90. I spent the entire weekend turning my ride from a stock car to a completely modded daily driver. I wanted to knock everything out at once so I was riding just how I want it for weeks or months to come. I also had a small meet with friends that I wanted to have the car ready for.
I spent hours on hours installing suspension, painting and sanding wheels, and dialing in the ride height, camber and toe to exactly how I wanted. My goal was to have everything sitting just perfectly at the fender so I could still drive it around town sitting low without any issues. Here’s some cell phone pics from along the way, and the finished product at the end.