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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:44 PM
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Manual Windows to Power Windows Conversion

Do you think it is possible?

I am thinking about buying one with manual windows and I want to know if it's possible to convert or manual windows wouldn't be as bad as it sounds.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:37 PM
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it can be done. some decent electrical work
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:53 PM
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it can be done. some decent electrical work
Is it easier than fixing some rust patches?

When did you get a Ducati? Is it fun riding? Always wanted to get a bike.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:28 PM
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Is it easier than fixing some rust patches?

When did you get a Ducati? Is it fun riding? Always wanted to get a bike.
i got my duc in august. and its a blast. after i changed the exhaust last month i was out and hit a oil spot and did a mini drift. didnt dump the bike, just enough to ruin a pair of shorts.

its 50/50 for me. i rather do the body work because i hate dealing with electrical. however, if the rust is to the point of replacing full panels, id just change the mechanisms
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:40 PM
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i got my duc in august. and its a blast. after i changed the exhaust last month i was out and hit a oil spot and did a mini drift. didnt dump the bike, just enough to ruin a pair of shorts.

its 50/50 for me. i rather do the body work because i hate dealing with electrical. however, if the rust is to the point of replacing full panels, id just change the mechanisms
How enjoyable is it in comparison to the E30? Is it enjoyable or just really frightening? I got a lot of traffic where I live and I just feel like splitting lanes. The thought of riding gear and health insurance prevents me.


@cmac2012 Just thinking about the work sort of wears me out. Quite a few would say it's just not worth the hassle on R3V. Especially those who converted from power to manual.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:54 PM
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You have some great ridin country in Thailand
Since this is a BMW forum I assume you want to buy that brand
I'd rather start of with smething smaller before your family has to pay hospital/funeral costs

Getting back to this thread: I'd rather install Electrical windows, than do any bodywork
Simply because I am useless at that
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:57 AM
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You have some great ridin country in Thailand
Since this is a BMW forum I assume you want to buy that brand
I'd rather start of with smething smaller before your family has to pay hospital/funeral costs

Getting back to this thread: I'd rather install Electrical windows, than do any bodywork
Simply because I am useless at that
You should know what your forté is
Yeah, that is why it is a want to and I never did, lol.

I have very little experience with working on cars as of yet. I hope to learn something but I'd rather fix a power window than build one as a first job.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:17 AM
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Yeah, that is why it is a want to and I never did, lol.

I have very little experience with working on cars as of yet. I hope to learn something but I'd rather fix a power window than build one as a first job.
Stick with that thought premise and you will be fine.

As for the conversion I would prefer to have a donor car with all the components to swap over so you can see where the wires tap into the mass e box connector under the driver knee bolster.




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Getting back to this thread: I'd rather install Electrical windows, than do any bodywork
Simply because I am useless at that
You should know what your forté is
Great advice
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didnt dump the bike, just enough to ruin a pair of shorts.
Did you not mean to say didnt dump the bike, just enough to soil a pair of shorts
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Did you not mean to say didnt dump the bike, just enough to soil a pair of shorts
same thing.
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I've never liked working on windows as the space is tight. Sorry to be a wet blanket but I wouldn't attempt the power window conversion, there's a lot you'd have to get right to end up with a better arrangement than the crank windows.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:31 PM
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I have a Mercedes 300SD, 5 cyl diesel, auto. All they came with was auto. Some 5 cylinder-o-philes have adapted the 4 sp manual from the 240D of the era, the bell housing is similar, IINM. If I was rich and eccentric, I might spend major bank to have one built but holy crap, that would be hard to pull off in a home shop. Just getting the clutch pedal right would be a challenge. It's an awkward place to work, even with the seat out. Just the work to attach a framework to support the hinge of the clutch pedal would be a major chore. Maybe I'm getting too old, not sure.
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