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E30 316i Lux

My Brilliant red E30 which was born a poverty 316I with a widdly 1.6 8v engine. Over the past 3 years of ownership, it's now rocking an E36 328i engine and a whole host of tasty morsels!

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  • Awards, mag features and links

    • Total BMW magazine feature - December 2011
  • Engine & Transmission

    • E36 328i engine (M52B28)
    • Relocated battery
    • M50 manifold
    • Big bore throttle body
    • Early E36 325i air box
    • E30 M3 LSD
    • Z3M Diff bush
    • E36 steering rack
  • Suspension

    • Bilstein dampers
    • H&R springs
    • E90 drop hats
    • Z3 rear topmount strengthening plates
    • E30 M3 eccentric front wishbone bushes
    • Ultra Racing front strut brace
    • Eccentric rear trailing arm bushes
  • Interior

    • E30 black leather Recaro LS front seats
    • Black leather E30 M3 rear bench
    • Black parcel shelf with rear blind
  • Exterior

    • 318iS front splitter
    • Pre-facelift E30 325i Sport rear spoiler
  • Wheels & Brakes

    • 16" Hartge alloys + Toyo T1R's
    • E30 325i front and rear brakes

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  • 1991 BMW 3 series E30 316i Lux

    1991 BMW 3 series E30 316i Lux

    3 updates 18 followers 23 mods
    2012-10-24 19:58:42
    And now onto something a bit more interesting! The car was taken around to a friend of mine to get the conversion done - he had done several before and has got all the tools to do it! The car was put onto axle stands and steadily undressed. The third picture shows how much oil was in the whole power steering system - no wonder it was fecked! It wasn't long before the old 1.6 was out and the 2.5 was being persuaded into place! My E36 steering rack was fitted, and the manifolds were modified to clear the steering rack and the bulkhead - standard procedure! It all started to look a bit more at home once the engine had been wired in and all the plumbing sorted. All the rear end was rebushed and rear subframe void fillers installed, the 325i front and rear brakes were fitted along with braided brake lines, the LSD and no doubt alot of other bits and pieces I have forgotten!

    The spec list was starting to build up already, at this point it was looking a little bit like this:

    m50b25 non vanos engine,
    New sump gasket,
    New rocker cover + spark plug gaskets,
    88*c thermostat
    m20b25 clutch,
    m52 tubular exhaust manifolds to m20b25 3 piece exhaust system,
    M40 gearbox + m20 prop,
    e30 320i gear linkage set up with Z3 shortshift
    Ripspeed induction kit (because im a cool kid)
    318iS front splitter,
    Genuine leather recaros and m3 rear bench, both from an m3 evo
    e36 power steering rack,
    e36 engine arms,
    E36 328i electric fan + radiator,
    New front wishbones,
    M3 eccentric front control arms bushes,
    E46 m3 convertible rear topmounts,
    Z3m diff bush,
    New gearbox mounts,
    New rear beam bushes + void fillers,
    E28 m5 engine mounts
    3.64 LSD,
    Braided flexi brake hoses,
    325i front brakes + suspension,
    Rear brake disc conversion,
    New brembo discs + textar pads all round with new handbrake shoes,
    Fully serviced,
    Battery has been relocated to the boot,
    Clio Brake sevo,
    Ultra racing front strut brace,
    "Brown" temperature sensor changed for e30 one,
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  • 1991 BMW 3 series E30 316i Lux

    1991 BMW 3 series E30 316i Lux

    3 updates 18 followers 23 mods
    2012-10-23 19:54:43
    I spent the next 7 months researching and buying the parts that I needed. I had already been offered a 2.5 litre engine for cheap from a friend - but I needed everything else to fit it. I decided while the car was going to be getting all the work done i'd go that little bit further. Every bush on the car was going to be changed and upgraded where I could and other bits like a 325i front and rear brake conversion, every part was bought new from the dealers or OEM manufacturer where possible.

    I did end up buying some rare morsels though. I managed to stumble across a black leather E30 M3 rear bench, black leather E30 recaros and a black parcel with a privacy blind.

    Next stop was to start the engine conversion and fitting all the new parts! Update image Update image
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  • Engine & TransmissionZ3M Diff bush
    SuspensionEccentric rear trailing arm bushes
    SuspensionUltra Racing front strut brace
  • 1991 BMW 3 series E30 316i Lux

    1991 BMW 3 series E30 316i Lux

    3 updates 18 followers 23 mods
    2012-10-21 21:32:40
    This all begins way back at the start of early 2009. I really wanted an E36 powered E30. At the time I had a very tidy E30 318iS, but it had too much history to just throw the engine away! Eventually through a friends brother-in-law I found a red 316i. The colour I didn't want was red... but the shell was overall pretty clean with not alot of rust at all. A rust free shell isn't easy to find and a deal was done!

    The car was perfect for what I wanted really. It had no previous history, an engine that wouldn't idle, it was tapping its arse off and the power steering was non existent. One delightful previous hero thought they were quite the electrician and had worked some "magic" on the stereo wiring and installed a door lock in line with the ignition barrel (which didn't work!) It did have some cheap lowering springs fitted and a set of OEM BBS wheels though!

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  • SuspensionE30 M3 eccentric front wishbone bushes
    SuspensionZ3 rear topmount strengthening plates
    Wheels & BrakesE30 325i front and rear brakes
    Wheels & Brakes16" Hartge alloys + Toyo T1R's
    ExteriorPre-facelift E30 325i Sport rear spoiler
    Exterior318iS front splitter
    InteriorBlack parcel shelf with rear blind
    InteriorBlack leather E30 M3 rear bench
    InteriorE30 black leather Recaro LS front seats
    Engine & TransmissionE30 M3 LSD
    SuspensionE90 drop hats
    SuspensionH&R springs

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