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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 05-24-2014, 08:02 AM
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Question New at E30 Mods, Please Help

So I've decided to modify my E30.
It's a 1990 325is, so I'm keeping the stock Recaro seats and BBS rims.
I was thinking of adding a racing steering wheel, a big bore exhaust, ///M emblems and carbon fiber BMW emblems, and various other cosmetic changes. As soon as it becomes affordable, I want to install the S14 ///M Power engine.
What else should I do?
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:14 AM
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why remove a i6 for an i4? if youre really gunna go through that trouble, drop a m50 in there. it wont be a true m, so you might as well make it faster. oh a drop it on some h&r springs with bilstiens


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Old 05-24-2014, 10:16 AM
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I6 to I4

I know the S14 produces about 30-40 more HP, and shouldn't 2 less cylinders get me better gas mileage?
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:31 PM
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More power requires more fuel, regardless of number of cylinders. Short answer: no.
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:45 PM
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More power requires more fuel, regardless of number of cylinders. Short answer: no.
And, around town your M20 is much more fun than a S14.
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:46 PM
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Don't be a ***. Leave the M badges off of your non-M car.


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Old 06-10-2014, 03:49 PM
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Thumbs down I6 to I4

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Don't be a ***. Leave the M badges off of your non-M car.

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I decided against it on my own. No need to be rude.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:49 PM
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I bought bilsteins.
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:09 AM
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And, around town your M20 is much more fun than a S14.
Mark.
Maybe in bumper to bumper traffic, but otherwise I must differ with you, especially with the 4.10:1 final drive.
I never felt it lacked torque, and it always tripped over any M20 machines I encountered.
And I won't mention the superior chassis dynamics .

The OPs conundrum is 6-7k worth of S14/G245 into a 3k chassis.

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Old 06-13-2014, 10:54 AM
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How about a clean interior? You will feel much better when the interior is a fine art rather than adding a few pieces on the outside. I'm not saying you shouldn't have a clean body kit. What I'm trying to say is if your car already is a beauty and a great performer time to head inside and make a few changes. Who doesn't like a nice massage or a seat warmer in the cool seasons, or a cooler when you're all sweating and stinky after a nice exercises at the gym?

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