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(already posted on DI, but should have started here first!! :eek:)

Ok so myself and my brother bought this 97 328i up in Antrim, hadn't been abused and it had a full service history, spotless inside and out.
We could have gone and bought a car ready to go but where's the fun in that, we've never done anything like this before so we want to learn as much as possible and the only way is to get stuck in and do your own work.
So I got stuck into last night for an hour and got most of the rear internals whipped out.
We'll be selling the complete interior, leather seats were spotless so hopefully someone will be interested in them.

So for some pictures;

The car as we got it;




The interior









An hour later....






And of course the first of many cut knuckles



So here's the plans. This is just gonna be a track car and we haven't got buckets of money to throw at it so trying to keep it as simple as possible.

Complete the strip out, any issues with removing the air bags?

Remove the diff and either get it welded or try to get a welded 325 diff as I read that it has a better ratio, I assume it'd just a straight swap? Any tips for removing the diff?

Looking out for a hydro, will a standard one suit OK or will I need to get a different one for this car? Definately will need some help getting this fitted.

Fit steering wheel & seats.

I dont think we'll be splashing out on a large cone air filter for the sake of a few extra horses, just going to fit a good quality panel filter, what ye think?

I've read about replacing the manifold, gaining extra HP but that you loose torque, so we may just leave it as it is, again, what's ye're experiences?

What should we do with the exhaust?

Really unsure about the suspension, probably just buy some good quality lowering springs for now, anyone recommend a quality brand?

Also on the look out for some wheels, probably sell the ones that are on it, all new tyres on them.

As I said we know f**k all so it's gonna be a steep learning curve, trusty haynes manual on the way though

Looking forward to ye're input/ideas/criticism...all welcome :D
 

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Good choice for fun!
1 -325i diff not really the best,your diff ratio is 2,93 and 325i 3,15 ,so not big difference ,the best would be 3,46 or 3,64 ,can help with diff if u interested.
2 - about manifold,i had same conversion and i was happy,if u will go for bigger ratio so its ok with torque,but more horses on high revs,but if u would do remap after,the best spend money on 328i :cool:
3- exhaust? no cats ,just fit some silencers,as sound will be crazy
4 - and if u can ,get even cheapest coilovers,works much better as only lowering springs,car handling is first thing on drift,no point lowering springs with oem shocks,only if u would get bilsteins B12 ;)

Good luck with project!
 

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for the suspension, theres loads of brand new coilovers for these for 2-250euro, theve got height adjustment and are stiff. theyre not the best quality but perfect for what you want. will be throwing a set of them into my e36 when ive got a few quid spare, wish i hadnt wasted 75 on springs, as its now bouncy as fuck.
 

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Good choice for fun!
1 -325i diff not really the best,your diff ratio is 2,93 and 325i 3,15 ,so not big difference ,the best would be 3,46 or 3,64 ,can help with diff if u interested.
2 - about manifold,i had same conversion and i was happy,if u will go for bigger ratio so its ok with torque,but more horses on high revs,but if u would do remap after,the best spend money on 328i :cool:
3- exhaust? no cats ,just fit some silencers,as sound will be crazy
4 - and if u can ,get even cheapest coilovers,works much better as only lowering springs,car handling is first thing on drift,no point lowering springs with oem shocks,only if u would get bilsteins B12 ;)

Good luck with project!
thanks,
might just get the 328 diff welded for now and will probably fit the coilovers alright.
heard also that the subframe is not very strong, anyone know where this needs to be strengthened to stop it pulling itself from the car? Pics would be great, just need to find a tasty welder.....anyone any recommendations? I'm in Longford.
I will probably do an overhaul on it as well, looks rusty and could probably do with tightening up.
any other cheapish engine mods that I could do?
anyone recommend good strut braces?

thanks lads :)
 

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for the suspension, theres loads of brand new coilovers for these for 2-250euro, theve got height adjustment and are stiff. theyre not the best quality but perfect for what you want. will be throwing a set of them into my e36 when ive got a few quid spare, wish i hadnt wasted 75 on springs, as its now bouncy as fuck.
yeah, think I will go with them alright, hopefully get some of the interior sold soon and I'll be able to purchase then
 

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not subframe it self,but places where it fits to the body.buy new plates from BMW,which came as standart on M3 or make custom plates. never fitted them for my E36,never had problems with them,mostly with smaller engines,as not enough power to spin wheels . i think rust is last thing u must to do on it,as drift sometimes hurts and will be more scratches or damages as u can think,or its not your first drift car and u have enough experience,but that happens anyway
 

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not subframe it self,but places where it fits to the body.buy new plates from BMW,which came as standart on M3 or make custom plates. never fitted them for my E36,never had problems with them,mostly with smaller engines,as not enough power to spin wheels . i think rust is last thing u must to do on it,as drift sometimes hurts and will be more scratches or damages as u can think,or its not your first drift car and u have enough experience,but that happens anyway
I just dont want the rust to get out of hand nad weaken the subframe any further, the following pics show the rust...:(





and the interior now completely stripped...



Anyone want a boot tool kit? Perfect condition and it has everything.

 

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Coilovers,
something like a 3.46/3.64 diff if going to be part road car otherwise a 4.1
hydrualic handbrake
extra lock hubs and maybe modified wishbones if you like
M50 inlet, BBTB and re-map

strip the thing do death.


Job done! :cool:
 

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Coilovers,
something like a 3.46/3.64 diff if going to be part road car otherwise a 4.1
hydrualic handbrake
extra lock hubs and maybe modified wishbones if you like
M50 inlet, BBTB and re-map

strip the thing do death.


Job done! :cool:
bbtb??? :confused:
on the look out for a manifold, seats & hydro.

would coilovers from a 316 coupe fit this car?
 

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PM me a price including postage unless your down Limerick/Cork way any time soon?

Just need the tools, don't need the actual box.
pm'd ya there lad, need any other bits?
 

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Big bore throttle body.


You want a new or used handbrake? Have new ones for between 90 and 120 and fitting kit can be supplied.
ah grand, I'll keep you in mind, looking for a second hand one so if I've no luck I'll give you a shout. Thanks
 

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Ok so time for a bit of an update...:)

So got the car pretty much all stripped and she was sitting up fairly high after it and felt alot quicker



Moved it down to its new home for a few weeks so we can get to work on it in a bit of comfort





Been gathering up a few bits and pieces over the last few weeks;

some wheels





some cheap seats



cheap second hand coilvers - jamex, hope they last a while



So we have the diff out and welded, currently removing the rear subframe to weld in the reinforcement plates, rear subframe is in some mess with rust, hard job getting bolts and nuts removed but we'll get there :mad:

This came today...fake ebay job but it'll do me



So i have lots of interior bits if any one is looking for something for sale on ebay...

http://www.ebay.ie/sch/087mate123/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

Have few other bits that are not up yet, M3 steering wheel, spare wheel cover, few other bits of trim

I've sold the alloys from the first few pics so that helped with funds a bit.

So remaining work to do when I get a chance is;

Complete removal of subframe
Weld in reinforcement plates, install subframe (may replace) & diff
Install coilovers, seats & braces
Buy and fit hydro
Decat exhaust

Get it out and take it from there :cool:

Future...
M50 Manifold and BBTB
Electric fan
CAI
and whatever else needs to be done :eek:
 

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Bored Saturday Night Update....

So I've finally got all the ripping done and I can start putting things back together the next few weeks

Steering wheel fitted





Picked up few more bits

Hydro



Subframe reinforcement plates



TRS Tow straps



New K&N Filter and bits to fit it



And it fitted



Myself and the misses fitted the hydro in position thursday night, hydro is bolted to angle, angle is bolted through the tunnel and the other plate is on the inside of the tunnel to spread the pressure, all lock nuts used, feels very sturdy so we'll see how it works out.

The plates



And the hydro in place






Strut braces are no longer green....




Now for some nasty pics.....rust, rust and more rust

subframe mounting points




Subframe itself
before


After sand blasting and priming



Also got the exhaust silencers and cats removed and straight pipes made up, fitted them tonight and what a noise, ha ha, loved it, it'll not be as bad when the muffler is back on



So tomorrow morning I'll be fitting the seats hopefully, monday I'm getting the steering knuckles cut back and I need to get a section of the subframe plated, get the reinforcement plates welded and get the rear back together again.

Find a place to let rip and get a bit of practice before I hit the track
 

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Should have kept that 328 exhaust intact...
They are worth good enough money for 323i owners.


Get off all that sound-proofing inside the car too ;)
 
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