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Thread: Another BMW E28 - This Time From Australia

  1. #401
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    Love this car, cant wait to see the aired out pics
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    My e28 is jealous. Very jealous.

  3. #403
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    Thanks for the positive comments!

    Next instalment.

    As I'm mounting the tank upside down, under the bulk-head and wanted to make use of the original brackets. I decided to get a thread welded on the "new" bottom of the tank, which will become the new drain drainage port.



    Too keep with the stealth boot install, i wrapped the tank in anthracite carpet, which is a pretty close match to the OEM boot carpet. Pretty happy with how it turned out.





    The ports will face the front of the car (out of sight)



    The boot trim that sits at the back of the boot had seen better days, so that got the same treatment as the tank.





    After much thought of where to mount the Airlift controller, I went with the centre console/dash piece, with the intention of recessing it into the vents.











    Ending up the weekend with drilling holes in the spare wheel-well for the PTC bulkhead fittings.



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    Such a clean work.
    I know it's a bit too much, but it is so cool if you can make something for hiding the controller behind those vents.

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    To continue, where i left off.

    The compressor spare wheel well setup is 99% finished. Everything has been trimmed in carpet or painted. Stoked with the finished product.





    Mounted to compressors using the Airmaxxx isolator kit to reduce noise and vibrations.





    Fitted the assembly to the car, started connecting air lines, running the looms etc.





    Lid for the rear section trimmed with carpet and fitted. The aim was to build something that was stealthy, easily serviceable, enabled full use of the boot, yet presented very neatly. I think I achieved that.







    I then started making a cover for the entire area, which will enable full use of the boot when required.



    Next up was pulling the coilovers out, removing the springs and replacing them with the Bags by Only Charged Dubs.















    Made some thin rubber gaskets to go between the strut tops and chassis to reduce some NVH.



    Rears fitted to the car, plenty of clearance.





    Fronts were next, left the struts in the car for the front and just dropped the arms down and pulled the springs off.





    And then, the part I've been waiting for... How will the wheels sit inside the guards...





    Lost for words.
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    Im really liking how suble and clean that install on the air set up is. That fitment on the other hand is going to be nuts!

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    Same here ... lost for words. Was going to sell my e28. Keyword "was"
    Props to you, sir.
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    Well, they finally got the 1 series right!"

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    Wow, so much clean.
    No other words are needed.

  9. #409
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    It's been a minute since I updated this. Finished the bag install last year, but things came up that made me have little motivation towards documenting what I was doing.

    The boot install went way better than I expected. I routed all the air lines from the spare wheel area to the parcel shelf through the trunk body rails. Resulting in a fully functioning boot which to the untrained eye would appear untouched.









    The height sensors for the Airlift 3H system was the next challenge. For the front I decided to tap threads into the lower control arm, providing an OEM type position, with the sensor body riv-nutted to the body.







    The rear, I tapped a thread into the head of the shock absorber bolt.







    The end result was very satisfying. I really can't believe that these wheels I brought from Austria off Ebay over 5 years ago and got sent half way across the world fit this well. The offset couldn't have been better.







    Minor thing that annoys me is that I can't quite get the front down onto the rim like the rear. But with the lower control arms touching the ground with no air, this isn't fixable without going up a tyre size.





    Pretty happy with how the vent fitment of the Airlift control ended up. Nice and clean, good viewing position from the driver's position and it doesn't look too out of place. I also chose to delete the radio to provide a cleaner look. A genuine BMW E36 M3 LTW radio delete panel filled the hole perfectly whilst matching the OEM centre section trim finish. Replaced the gearknob last year as well with a genuine BMW period correct leather one.







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    The finished product;

















    You may notice it also has a full body kit now as well. About 4 years ago I found genuine Pfeba side skirts and rear bumper, they sat in my shed for years, with last year I finally got them sprayed and fitted up. I also got tow hook covers for the front bumper which most people seem to have missing.

    My thoughts on the air setup so far; pleased with the ride quality and level of height adjustment that the Bags by OCD provide on the BC struts. Yeah, a purpose built strut and bag combo would probably be superior. But I have no complaints so far.

    Thanks again for reading my posts, let me know your thoughts!
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    I think your achieved perfection! I wouldn't change a thing.
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    Time to raise the engine and section the subframe, you could easily gain the little clearance you need for the front to fully touch rim

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    Damn I dont think I ever checked out your thread before, I will have to go back and start from the beginning. Love that trunk setup that you pulled off, I would have never thought to use carpet on the tank to hide it. I also just went through installing height sensors and once again you did a few things I would have never thought to do. Love the build and the fitment of those wheels is perfect.
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    love it!

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    Your trunk setup is amazing. Well done. The attention to detail for the center console is great too.

    And that wheel fitment. Oh lawdy!

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    Looks absolutely perfect.


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    Not fan of the air in general, but damn if this car looks amazing, favorite E28 right now!

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    Dead. On.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cblock406 View Post
    Looks absolutely perfect.
    +1


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    Quote Originally Posted by epearce View Post
    The finished product;



    ...
    Huge inspiration mate! Literally spent an hour going through your build and felt like I was part of the process! Definitely tempting me to give air suspension a go!
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  21. #421
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    Such a good thread!!

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    It's been forever since i logged in here, forever since i drove the car (December 2020), and last weekend was the first time I have done anything on it.

    December 2020;












    I recently decided i would ditch the Renown steering wheel in favour of something OEM. As much as I like the Renown wheel and how it feels in hand. I want the full 80's experience, and as time goes on I think i'll really appreciated getting in this to drive and getting taken back all those years.



    So I sourced a 385mm BMW M-Tech 1 wheel in coarse spline, which are quite uncommon in Australia. Condition was better than expected for its age and price. I will one day replace all the badges, buttons and get it reupholstered, but for now it looks the part.











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    This thread is so good!

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    dannnngggg

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