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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:11 AM
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My E36 320i build

Hey guys, so as it is a pretty boring day for me today, I decided to create a thread about my E36.

The progress hasn't been very fast, but still, there is some, so comments are welcome!


Let's begin!

This is the first day for my car with me:


The car was pretty much stock, when I bought it. 272000 km on the speedo. 10.03.2011

Due to the financial problems I had back then, there wasn't any progress with the build for two months.

After that, I decided, that I wanted to the same height for front and back, so I bought a pair of FK adjustable springs for 80$
After fitting them:



After fitting the springs I realized, that my front shocks are totally broken, but unfortunately, I was as broken as my shocks. Again.
As the summer was already starting to show up, I knew, that I wanted to get the car closer to the ground, so I had to buy some "low profile" tires - I got two pairs of 195/50 tires for less than 40$. Not the best way to drop the car, but still it works pretty much. So here's a pic.



Also, while having financial problems I started to do some minor interior upgrades - I played around with the 3M Carbon film, and this is what came out of that:


Looks pretty good in my opinion

Also I got the original gear knob - wooden style, but I don't care, at least its original. I hate that steering wheel!



And again, a few weeks doing nothing, but collecting stickers Also I made that cheapo 2$ fisheye for my camera. The quality is bad, but still - its a fisheye! So here's a fusheye pic of the stickers



And yeah, at last I got a different steering wheel:


Ignore the crappy blurry image - I took it while driving

After that, I tinted the front blinkers and the side blinkers. I also painted the upper grille (I don't know how in the hell do you call it in English, help, anyone? )



A few days later, while washing my car, I noticed, that the bumper strips on the front bumper are all scratched and dyed out, so I took the matt-black spraycan and restored the "new look":


Upper is the restored one

And the same day - one of the happiest days in my life - I got the front coilovers! Happy as hell, I just couldn't resist trying to put them on


Those are FK Coilovers, got them used (about 10k kilometers done with them) for 140$.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to put them on by myself, so I called some friends for help. About 2,5h of messing around with lots of shiny tools, we finally got the coilovers on. I haven't tried to drop it as low as can go (about 7 more cm), but I definitely will.
Now my car's handling has improved, and also, the car got lowered for about 1cm.
My target is to get it as low as a cigarette packet (a standard size - Gold Marlboro, for example). And well, look at this - I've done it!


Those are Marlboro's slim Gold's - the pack is about 3mm smaller than the usual one

A few pics, just to compare to the ones higher:




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Old 06-28-2011, 05:10 AM
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And yeah, any ideas about front lips?
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:56 AM
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Nice car, I really like the color. I think the front corner lights look great with the slight tint to them. Pick up some DJ Auto headlights from DDM Tuning and some less "blocky" looking wheels and you will be set.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:36 AM
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He already has euro projector lights, so I don't know why he'd want to spend money on aftermarket DJs.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:45 AM
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He already has euro projector lights, so I don't know why he'd want to spend money on aftermarket DJs.
Hmmm...didn't look like it to me. If I knew he had euro projectors I obviously wouldn't suggest that....
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:01 AM
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Looks like them in all respects to me.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:04 AM
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Looks like them in all respects to me.
Good for you. I wasn't debating whether he had them or not.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:06 AM
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plus he's not in north america.


They got the good stuff.
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:39 PM
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Nice car, I really like the color. I think the front corner lights look great with the slight tint to them. Pick up some DJ Auto headlights from DDM Tuning and some less "blocky" looking wheels and you will be set.
Thank you!

I will not change the headlights. Actually, when I tinted the side blinkers, I just wanted to get them the same color as the headlights are, I overtinted a little

Now I am thinking about tinting the headlights too. Bad idea?
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:41 PM
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plus he's not in north america.


They got the good stuff.
What do you mean with good stuff?

I would just love to get the red US tails and the US boot. Wait, is there any difference between the US and EU boot, or is it just the number plate, which makes it look different?

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Old 06-28-2011, 03:45 PM
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Thank you!

I will not change the headlights. Actually, when I tinted the side blinkers, I just wanted to get them the same color as the headlights are, I overtinted a little

Now I am thinking about tinting the headlights too. Bad idea?
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What do you mean with good stuff?

I would just love to get the red US tails and the US boot. Wait, is there any difference between the US and EU boot, or is it just the number plate, which makes it look different?
US tails aren't red, they're amber, so are our corner and side markers.

All E36 trunks are only different between the coupe/sedan, otherwise it's all the same part. Coupes all use the same one, and sedans all use the same one.
Leave your headlights/corners as they are now.
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:47 PM
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US cars have non-projector headlights made of plastic, orange turn signals (front, rear, & side). I think the boot (trunk) lids are the same, since you can fit either plate style on them.
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:54 PM
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US tails aren't red, they're amber, so are our corner and side markers.

All E36 trunks are only different between the coupe/sedan, otherwise it's all the same part. Coupes all use the same one, and sedans all use the same one.
Leave your headlights/corners as they are now.
Will be done sir!

Oh well, then I will just have to get my red ones out of nowhere

ok then, the only question is about the front Lip - which one could/should I fit on this bumper I have?
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Will be done sir!

Oh well, then I will just have to get my red ones out of nowhere

ok then, the only question is about the front Lip - which one could/should I fit on this bumper I have?
I have the Home Depot Lip. It's Diamond Lok Paver edging. But since you're in Latvia, I'm not sure. There aren't many lips for the non-m bumper, and most of them are over the top IMO.

MK III Jetta lips fit our bumpers, and there's a few others. You just gotta be patient and get what you like best.
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:13 AM
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I have the Home Depot Lip. It's Diamond Lok Paver edging. But since you're in Latvia, I'm not sure. There aren't many lips for the non-m bumper, and most of them are over the top IMO.

MK III Jetta lips fit our bumpers, and there's a few others. You just gotta be patient and get what you like best.
great, didn't know about Jettas, will have to try it out! I have also heard, that you can use the M bumper lips with slight modifications, to make them fit facelift bumpers.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:52 AM
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Yesterday I decided to fit some wheels on my car using Photoshop, tried BMW style don't-know-which, BBS RS and BMW Style32. Here are the pics:


1. BBS RS

2. BMW Style32

3. BMW Style??


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Old 07-04-2011, 10:43 AM
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Style 32's.



But I'm biased..
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I like style 32's on that color, too. Miles' car looks good with them.
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Style 32 look great on your car!

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I like the Style 32's, looks great. Overall, definitely some nice improvements on the car!

The idea of tinting headlights is silly (not picking on you, I've seen plenty of ricers do it too).....why decrease light output for "style". Talk about form over function.

It always amuses me to see the stripper cars you guys get in Europe, like the cloth seats and analog clock.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:43 PM
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I like the Style 32's, looks great. Overall, definitely some nice improvements on the car!

The idea of tinting headlights is silly (not picking on you, I've seen plenty of ricers do it too).....why decrease light output for "style". Talk about form over function.

It always amuses me to see the stripper cars you guys get in Europe, like the cloth seats and analog clock.
I also thought that tinting the headlights would be silly, so I am not doing it.

I know that the 32's look great, but they are not what I actually like. Style 5's are my dream.

Yeah, but our European cars have some things that you don't Also, mine is a stripped version, there are many ones with black, white or beige leather and full OBC. It is a must, which I will do someday, but I am good with the analog clock for now

Black leather SportSitzes and a full OBC is one of the things, that will be done after changing rims and getting rid of the rust on rear fenders.
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:27 AM
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Hey guys,
It's been a while with 2$ in my pockets, so I've only done a few cheapo mods, the first one - painting the bumper grill black, don 't ask why I decided that.
The start:

The process:

The result:


I know that's nothing big with that, but still, makes a difference for me

Also, bored as hell, I took some close-to-the-ground pics. Wondering how is my exhaust still in its place?





And a random snap at a tire burning place near my house

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Old 09-25-2011, 08:52 AM
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Hello again,

After the whole summer being broke and having no time for my car, I went to study in Denmark, without my car, unfortunately. So everything was left for my dad.
I knew about the hardcore rust on the rear fender, so I asked my dad, to take the car to the repair shop, because on the 11th October I'm going home to Latvia to pick up my car and go back to Denmark.
So here are some "progress" pics:


You see the film which is sticked right behind the hole? Yeah, there's another hole








Well that is how it looks now. Got these pics only 5minutes ago, and when I saw my car after these long 1,5 months here in Denmark, I had never felt so happy about seeing my car.
Hope that the fender replacement will come out really nice!
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