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    Default My E28 daily driver

    Hello stanceworks, relatively new here. decided id start a build thread for my beloved e28. bought the car just over a year and a half ago, its a 1985 528e, leather swaped interior with at the time 333,xxxkm's. super clean body though and it drove great. some history on the car..

    always been a german car guy growing up and was introduced to the e28 when i worked part time at my first job in a small shop when i was 15. a friend of a shop had just picked up a 528e from a junkyard for 400bucks, shot paint. tons of damage but it did drive (on deflated tires). anyway one day at work he comes by the shop to try and bang out one of the fenders. after hes done, he offers to take me for a spin in it to grab some coffees. twenty minutes later were blasting around in this thing and i had my first real experience in an older bmw, and i was hooked.

    fast forward 4 years. i end buying my current e28 from that same shop. What i didnt know was this was the same junkyard e28 that got me hooked four years earlier. i failed to realize this was the same car because lots had been invested in this car by the previous owner. brand new paint everywhere, straight fenders and pretty much rust free.

    anyway, enough with the stories. on with the pictures

    first day

    lol 4x4

    lol talk about wheelgap, literally the first day i had it. drove it like this up until the last couple months. always wanted to lower it but never had the time or funds to do it, but it was still a blast to drive and got great gas mileage.

    then i decided to start hacking up some springs, i guess thats where it started. cut 2 springs all around. drove pretty much stock, felt a bit sportier.

    X2

    didnt really take to many pictures, too cold out.

    cut some more. 1 more up front, 1 1/2 in the rear. ended up blowing one of the front shocks.

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    decided to ditch the cut springs to start a budget coilover build, ended up getting a cheap set of coilover sleeves and springs. i only really wanted the sleeves but the springs are doing ok for now, too soft for my taste. but hey atleast its adjustable and the fronts have lots of travel.

    current setup is
    6.5inch springs all around
    shortened housings 1.75"
    g60 rado shocks (too soft, 325ix billys next)
    stock bearing plates.
    stock rear billy hd's

    ^its a work in progress.

    fronts before i shortened the strut tubes

    Before shortening the strut.

    Rears

    How she currently sits. can still go quite a bit lower all around but my exhaust "was" getting in the way, i think it fixed itself a little bit though because it used to scrape everywhere

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    fenders aren't rolled yet so i they rub a little on the inner lip during low speed maneuvers.

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    I have some 15x7" weaves off an e30 m3 but there currently not clearing the front strut tubes. so ill have to find some wheels soon, can't stand the bottlecaps and baloon tires

    I got my eye on these cheap gotti J55 reps i found for a couple hundred bucks. ill see if i can find a pic, there 15x7 et0. (only temporary)

    Future plans
    - wheels and tires first (16's or 17's)
    - camber plates
    - head swap

    thats the major stuff, still needs a little bit of body work here and there, the paint is starting to lift off the trunk (orig paint). thinking about trend-fucking the trunk and painting it chalkboard until i can afford a full respray.

    anyway, weathers finally getting nicer up here in ontario so ill be posting more updates and more pictures soon, questions and comments always welcome, thanks for looking.
    Last edited by E28stoff; 03-12-2012 at 11:23 PM.

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    Looks cool e28 are so pretty
    http://www.stanceworks.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=35341&dateline=134303  4155

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    Lovin it but get that bitch on the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superturbodiesel.com View Post
    Looks cool e28 are so pretty
    thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by FunfGang View Post
    Lovin it but get that bitch on the floor.
    thanks. im gonna be dropping it down more tommorrow. the inner lips of the fenders were rubbing like crazy at low speeds. i hammered out the passenger side today which gave about a finger width during turns as opposed to paper clearance before. the tready winter tires dont help either

    Rolled

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    Very nice and clean, What part of Ontario are you in? I'd love to see something like this rolling around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrhappehFaic View Post
    Very nice and clean, What part of Ontario are you in? I'd love to see something like this rolling around.
    Thanks alot! im in the Pickering area just east of Toronto.

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    Little update, finished hammering out the front fenders a little bit. quite happy with how it came out. then went ahead and dropped the front coils down 5mm and the rears 10mm. still got a little more adjustment left.

    i want camber plates, any suggestions? i know about GC and Ireland enginering. any other options?

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    finished product ^ sorry for the bad pic, didnt have my good camera when i had the wheel off

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    i know, not that low. i need to cut and weld that section where it hangs down. the p.o. had the cat removed and a pipe welded in but you can see how much lower it is than the frame rail. ill tuck that up soon and start scraping frame

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    im pretty happy with it though. wheels hopefully very soon!

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    what coil over sleeves are those? I need to do some soon aswell, but do not feel like dishing out the $$$ the GC's

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcturbo91 View Post
    what coil over sleeves are those? I need to do some soon aswell, but do not feel like dishing out the $$$ the GC's
    there some cheap ones that i picked up local. probably similar to something you'd find on ebay. all i did was measure up the o.d. of the strut tube and found something that would work. i made a mistake though and measured one strut that was more pitted than the other so i had to grind down the other strut to slide the sleeve over.

    so far there working ok, but if i run into any problems im going to grab some from summit or somewhere else. (cant remember the names off the top of my head, summit has a good selection)

    anyway, set the final ride height for now. spun them all the way down. i could take the adjuster out and sit the springs on the perches i had welded on but i think im plenty low for now.

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    im going to align that door this weekend, seriously bugging me now.

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    the angle there on the drain plug is gone and the bottom of the bolt is ground flat. but the subframe and frame rails take more shit, my motor seems to be a little higher than most e28's. still gonna fab up a skid plate

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    subbed, love 28's

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    Looking good. I may have missed it but any plans for wheels.

    -Aron
    "Living life a quarter turn at a time"



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    Sick! Did you make the coilovers yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OpelWagenGT View Post
    Looking good. I may have missed it but any plans for wheels.

    -Aron
    not 100% sure yet, ive been scoping the local classifieds looking for a clean set of 16's, hoping i can find some old weaves for cheap. that will still be a temporary thing. im having a hard time deciding...edit: forgot there were also these, some gotti reps. managed to talk him down to 180. 15x7 et0, im still on the fence but for the price im thinking why not, plus i have tires for them

    hmmm....
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    Quote Originally Posted by C-Hutch View Post
    Sick! Did you make the coilovers yourself?
    thanks, my buddy did the welding as i havn't had to much experience yet, but i did the rest.
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    sweet another fellow e28. post photos of the skid plate when done, I'm still kicking around ideas for mine

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    little update. really need to get my skidplate had a couple close calls (see pic below) but so far so good. ill remove the perches in the front after i build one and drop it down some more.

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    terrible picture, something almost punched through right beside the drainplug. steel pans ftw.

    also rigged up a lip from a sunfire i got for free, im not completely set on it. dont really care though as itll be temporary, i managed to find an iS front fascia and iS rear spoiler for 50 bucks a pop which is great because my current lower fascia is in terrible shape.

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    random pic, purdy paint
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    edit: forgot to mention, im buying those wheels that i posted earlier in the thread this week. no more bottlecaps and balloon tires!
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    I like where this is going, maybe a bit lower in the front to get rid of the negative rake look caused by the lower wheel arches in the rear.

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    update. Finnally got some summer wheels, couldnt pass up on the retro style even if they are reps. 15x7 et0 gotti j55 reps, 3 in pretty good shape. one is a little rough though. ill refinish them next winter.

    Wheels

    the stock rear inner fenders werent gonna fly with my plans. time to trim, they werent completely cleaned up at the time of the pic. just wanted to take one before i forgot lol.

    Trimmed

    and voila

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    well it doesnt sit like it does in the pics above. the rear is about an 1 1/4" higher. the front is the same though. i threw on the 205/60's that i had from my previous set of wheels but they are way to big for how low i wanna run, rears rubbed like crazy, gonna look for some 185/65's im thinking.

    also got some gnarly vibrations at 80-90km/h, they are 5x120 but they didnt have hubcentric rings. this is my first non oem set of wheels so i assume thats the culprit.

    overall im super happy, once i get some smaller tires ill probably start looking for spacers front and rear

    C&C is always welcome, full shoot soon to come
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    looks bad ass man! I love to see these cars transform from stock originals to awesomeness

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcturbo91 View Post
    looks bad ass man! I love to see these cars transform from stock originals to awesomeness
    thanks man, i really appreciate it. this whole process reignited something inside me (i was considering selling it), kinda like that same excitement i had when i bought the car, but x100 lol, i cant stop smiling when im driving this thing now, i feel like a little kid.

    anyway, took some better pics after i washed it today and went for a drive. hopefully i can find some smaller tires this week to lay it down again. although the rake is growing on me a little bit...

    the lip bugs me with this much rake though, its too low. looks low just for the sake of being low.

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    front clearance

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    moaaar stretch ;-)
    very nice car!!!

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    Das vedy vedy nace

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattCarter View Post
    moaaar stretch ;-)
    very nice car!!!
    Oh its coming for sure, thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Spockbacca View Post
    Das vedy vedy nace
    thank you very much

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    looks like a pretty clean car. I really like the gottis

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeG View Post
    looks like a pretty clean car. I really like the gottis
    thanks alot man! your e34 looks great, im still thinking about picking up an e34 for my next project

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    Das vedy vedy nace


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