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Old 07-16-2005, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 92 325i with roughly 150k miles on it. My beleif is that the car was seized and stripped by the police when it was in the possesion of another owner. Long story short, the interior is hopeless and would cost three times the cars worth to repair at this point. It still drives well, needs some new ball joints but that's about it.

So, I would like to turn this into a somewhat serious track car and was wondering if anyone has come across detailed conversion walk throughs and stuff like it online. (stripping the interior, installing cages, etc)

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I dont think it's too difficult to make it into a track car. Just remember to evenly remove weight. Dont just remove weight from the rear of the car without lightening the front aswell.

What specific things are you lookign to do?
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the interior is hopeless and would cost three times the cars worth to repair at this point. It still drives well, needs some new ball joints but that's about it.
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Just so you wont be under any delusions mate, to turn your car into serious track car will run you about 5 times of the car worth. Just so you know.
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Old 07-19-2005, 09:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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sorry for the delayed response. A family member was in a highway accident and suffered spinal injuries. They're fine now, but have a long road to recovery ahead.

Anyways, I am more focused on just getting me on the track, rather then competing in time trials and what not. So interms of specifics im not really sure, i would assume some additional work on the suspension (it already has aftermarket shocks, lowered considerably--the brand and model i have no idea) proabably front/rear sway bars.

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Old 07-19-2005, 10:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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sorry for the delayed response. A family member was in a highway accident and suffered spinal injuries. They're fine now, but have a long road to recovery ahead.

Anyways, I am more focused on just getting me on the track, rather then competing in time trials and what not. So interms of specifics im not really sure, i would assume some additional work on the suspension (it already has aftermarket shocks, lowered considerably--the brand and model i have no idea) proabably front/rear sway bars.

Thanks for replying.
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In order to get an E36 into a track car you MUST ADD: rear sub-frame brace, front engine x brace, and I think there is one more brace for the engine too??. I'd start with those then move to the front and rear strut braces, springs, wheels/tires, and so on. The most important thing is to keep that car nice and tight after all those laps. Good luck!
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then go for some forced induction, custom cams, remove the interior seats and throw in some sparco "loose 30kgs' lighter flywheel, m5 clutch, maybe a larger throttle body, and start getting some power into the car
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then go for some forced induction, custom cams, remove the interior seats and throw in some sparco "loose 30kgs' lighter flywheel, m5 clutch, maybe a larger throttle body, and start getting some power into the car
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no "maybes" for throttle body, it has to go
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Ok sorry, u have to change the throttle body

i hope u have a really nice wallet, even some things like MSI the multiple spark injectors,
lol so many things u will have to do, good luck with it
just hope u have a house to morgage to pay for the complete transformation
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Haha, thanks alot. I think the suspension and braces are what im going to do first, the power thing may come later -- maybe in the form of an entirely different vehicle. Thanks again for replying.
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