I’ve always pulled a lot of my styling ideas for my personal cars from other makes and styles. I don’t like to surf any one particular forum for ideas. I feel like the reason why you see a lot of similarly modded cars on the same forums is because that is all people ever look at. If they know A + B is the combo to set up their ride then why take a harder road? My personal style is function always following the looks of the vehicle. Now that doesn’t mean it will be the fastest around the track or have Rcomp tires on it 24/7, but I always set my rides up so that I can hop in them at anytime without worry. My newest project the E90 is a great example. I stretched the tires and have the wheels millimeters away from the fender lip, but at the same time the car rides excellent and doesn’t rub no matter what happens. To me a car is not complete if it only looks a certain way. Making it perform (whether that just be driving on the highway without issue) is just as important. I don’t mind a dedicated car (for performance or looks) either, but for myself I need my cars to be used on or off the track and parked or doing 80. I’ve always liked old school Toyota’s that are drift inspired. They typically look good and are meant to be used also. I feel like you get a bit of that influence by looking at my E30 drift/street car.
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.
I’ve managed to get most of the basics out of the way really fast for the Cressida. It’s pretty fun putting together a bunch of random suspension parts that fit and work good. It’s on GC coilovers up front (eibach springs front and rear) and KYB’s all around. The rear KYB’s are for a Camaro. The wheels are just 15×8 -15 Bart racing wheels (steelies). They were dirt cheap, and I had a set of 15″ tires in the garage ready to put on them. I feel like the info I got for the front spring length was wrong because that is maxed out and there is still a little gap. I want to get another inch shorter spring and call it a day!
I decided after two years of sitting on the same boring stuff with my STI that I would change some things around. There’s more to come, but I wanted to give my blog and peeps some love.
17×9 +5 front and +12 rear
215/45/17 Potenza RE-11
Chargespeed D-1 oem look wide front fenders
rear fender roll/panel pull
about -3 camber front and rear
I spotted this E30 at the Socal Vintage BMW show. It has loads of character which really stood out to me. The wheels are wide 14″ steelies off of an Alpina BMW. The fitment, look, paint, exhaust, and all come together for a different kind of package you don’t typically see on an E30. Anything less and it would be a beater. Anything more and it would just be too clean to look driven.
As you all know by now my project E30 is under way. I’ve been digging deep all over the net, and I try to find inspiration anywhere I can. I recently posted this E30 on fatlace.