Well, I almost have enough space in my dad's shop to get the Bimmer in there, so I figure I should start laying out my plans so I can begin accumulating parts or at least keep an eye out for them. I've done some searches and research, but there are things I'm unsure about or that I would just like some input on.
The car: 1984 318i, 4 cyl, 5 speed
Goals: Low profile daily driver that can do the occassional track session or autocross
Engine: Sadly, the aftermarket support for the M10 isn't nearly what it is for the M20, at least from what my searching tells me. But I do plan for the basic mods like cone filter w/heat shield and exhaust. Eventually I would like to go more, with a Schrick cam and a VAC performance head. Right now my main concern is the exhaust, the only full system I have found for it is the spendy BavAuto Sterling-coated header back system. I want an exhaust that will have performance gains but isn't loud. What's the best-sounding exhaust, in your guys' opinion?
Suspension: I have heard that the best suspension set up is KW, and if you can't afford that, go with Konis. Are both these setups suitable for a street/track set up? I checked KW's website, they are full coilovers, right? I want to get a sway bar kit, and yes I've heard about strengthening the rear sway bar tabs. Is anyone using stress bars (strut tower bars), are they worth buying or should I just stick with the sway bars?
Exterior: I read that it is possible, but very difficult, to convert 84-87 E30 bumpers to the later year factory plastic bumpers. What about the M Technic II kit? Can it be fitted to the early E30s with little or no modding, or is it another time and $$$ deal? If that options is out, could someone suggest a more aggressive but tasteful kit? I checked BMP Design...
Lighting: All of the clear or smoked front turn signal lenses I've come across are for "plastic bumpers only, non M3." 1) Are there signal lenses for aluminum bumper E30s or 2) If I were able to use the M technic II kit, would the said lenses fit? For headlights, I would like to upgrade to HID and get smoked lenses. Is the Hella kit a good one?
Interior: I got bought almost a full interior off a guy for $300, upgraded to black leather from the tan cloth in mine. Is there a place to get the M technic steering wheel for less than the $300+ price? I would also like an affordable pedal and dead pedal kit, could some one suggest one? And for the trunk carpeting, mine is really trashed, is there a replacement or am I better off redoing it myself? Does anyone know of some one who sells carbon fiber interior trim, aside from the shift knob?
OK, had enough questions?
:lol: I am very much open to suggestions and imput...