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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 08-22-2007, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help me make my E30 look better

I have done searches on the web and have found almost nothing for improving the looks of my little 86 325E. I have heard that it takes a lot of work to fab a kit for an E30 325i on there but there must be another way. I am at a loss! Please help me
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nope, you're stuck with a lot of work. Plastic bumpers are the way to go. Front is easy, Back needs a bit of fabrication. (I have the front done, I call it the E30 mullet: Business in the front, party in the back.. )
You can see what mine looks like. I like it, but have a lot more work to do.
She will be going under the knife pretty soon to get an M30 swap, a suspension drop, etc, etc...
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Rims would help the look
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Yes, but...



Rims help, but without anything else? You just have rimz.
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Wow! Mullet it is. Without a suspension drop it looks odd as well. Those 17's look tiny. I wanted 16's
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C3 motorsports, they are having a group buy on suspension stuff....you get all that for $1500...which is a freakin STEEEEEEEEEEEAL compared to most places
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Wow! Mullet it is. Without a suspension drop it looks odd as well. Those 17's look tiny. I wanted 16's
You mean the tires? It's not that bad. No offroading, though. The suspension.... dude, I'm SOOO ready for offroading.
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Wow! Mullet it is. Without a suspension drop it looks odd as well. Those 17's look tiny. I wanted 16's
dude those look HUGE what are you smokin? its just not lowered....
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Thats what i meant. It looks small because you have so much of a gap. I put 18" on my E36 and it filled up the whole wheel well with stock suspension. With the gap it looks like you could fit 19's or even 20's under there.
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nah. 17" are the limit for me. I only got them because they were local and cheap. The tires cost twice as much as the wheels.
But, as soon as it's lowered... it should fill up the wheel well pretty good.
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20s?!? Talk about adding weight and looking crazy... drop FTW
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