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    Default 1986 BMW 528e

    Hi guys, a couple of you may remember me from my intro thread where had said I didin't have a car, but i wanted a civic EF sedan. Well... long story short i ended up with this 5 series that i got for a steal... 600$.
    The body is in decent shape, minimal rust, it is a little dinged up but heck it's my first car.




    When i brought it home today we inspected the problem with the radiator (main reason for the price) and the plastic hose fitting had been cracked off. (sorry no pics) as a temporary fix my dad epoxied a steel pipe into the radiator and clamped the hose on to that and it seemed to work fine. After starting it and letting it run we found that the clutch fan wasnt working right and the thermostat was stuck causing it to overheat. Hopefully we will get that fixed soon.

    My plan:
    euro bumpers
    Lowering (not too sure what route to take as i got the car today)
    some sort of a valence on the front
    wheels, hopefully multi-peice if i can get a job soon.
    and whatever comes up that i want to change
    Last edited by Robitussin; 07-05-2015 at 01:52 PM.

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    Clutch fans are fairly cheap (at least in the UK) 15 minute job too.

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    A small update that doesent really matter, but im going to post it anyways. I am going to try and take on the "California Bumper" style tuck that Riley Stair has on his e28. Iv'e decided that i'm not going to be able to afford euro bumpers anytime soon, so i am going to go for the next best thing. I' not exactly sure how to do it but hopefully i can figure it out once i can get my bumpers off. I will post pics of the whole process once I get it going!

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    Small update... I hopped on craigslist today just to see what was out there, and found a set of 2 peice style 5s already split apart needing a polish some paint and a rebuild. Hoefully i will be going to pick them up saturday if everything goes according to plan.

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    Dude, how'd you find an E28 in that condition for $600 in Central KY haha. I go to school at EKU and live in Lancaster. I need an E28 or E30 as a daily. Welcome to S|W though.

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    Thanks man haha. Some guy in Danville was moving and didn't want to keep spending the money to haul the car to his next place after doing it several times. That's what i got from it at least. The sad thing was he was going to scrap it if he didn't sell it. But i find it funny that i bought it in the county you live in. And if i'm honest, the white paint and the pictures hide a lot, the drivers side fender is quite rough, the passenger side rear door was severely dented and was repaired, there are two rust spots by the strut towers under the hood, and there is a large bend in the sheet metal under the bumper. but its my first car so i dont mind.

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    Yea, I know photos can be deceiving. Everyone on here and instagram tell me how clean my car is and Im just like...eh.

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    Looks like a nice start man. Loves me the e28. Make it awesome.

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    That's what i hope to do. I'm lucky my dad supports me in this as i have no job jet. Once i get the wheels i'm going to have to work on getting it working right before i can get coilovers. But i will probably ask a lot of stupid questions along the way just because i'm a total stance noob haha.

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    When I got my bug, I had just graduated high school. Would've loved to have a car like this when I was still in high school. My car is what made me want a job so I started working at Toyota on Nicholasville and that basically paid for everything on my car. Now I'm in my third year at EKU and all I want is to sell my daily for an E21 or a 4 door E30.

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    Oh yes i'd love to have an e21 or e30. BMWs have already consumed my interests haha.

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    Well, the BBSs sold today so i wont be getting them saturday... I suppose i will just be getting the car working right for now. Hopefully i can eventually get coilovers and maybe some quality wheels but i have no idea how long that will be. I suppose this thread is now only in interest of people that love slow, bone stock, ok condition e28s.

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    Hey everyone. Yesterday me and my dad decided to drain the bumper shock fluid to tuck the bumper and after we got the bumper (sort of) back on it looked like this.




    After looking at it for about a minute I decided that it wasn't quite in far enough and that leads me to something. In short, I want it to look like this:



    Now before i perform an act of sin and ask a question on a forum let me explain myself. After searching on my e28 for instructions on how to do that style bumper tuck, i had found a forum topic where someone, after seeing the StanceWorks article on Riley Stair's e28, wanted to do the same sort of tuck in question. With most people on that forum being either purists or close to that, they were quick to shoot the guy down after seeing the StanceWorks logo and began telling him that it was ugly, not worth it, etc. and after reading through it i had found that Riley himself replied to that topic and offered to tell the guy what is involved in doing a bumper lipo of that degree, what modifications needed to be done, etc. NOW.... my question is, does anyone know what is involved in doing a bumper tuck of that degree and does anyone know how i could contact Riley and/or someone else who may have to do it. I am not looking for any criticism i just need to know how hard it is to do this.

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    Well, after doing some searching, i found that he sectioned the bumpers and made them narrower. Im not sure what all it would take to weld them. hopefully i can get this done eventually

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    I think the bumper tuck looks awesome as well!
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    Tuck it man. It'll look awesome.

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    Hey guys, i'm really bored and i'm looking for an opinion. I want to create a general plan for what i want to do with my car and i'm not really sure what wheels would be best for me. I'd really like to get a set of style 5s but they are a little hard to find near me and I think i might just buy brand new wheels. I'd really like 17s. Anybody know of a wheel company that makes a classic looking wheel in 17" that doesn't cost me a fortune? I would be all over these if they were made in a 17" option but sadly they aren't.
    http://www.klutchwheels.com/wheels/slc1-silver--
    I know my car is't even low yet but trust me that is to come once i get it working right

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    I love the e28 but the American version bumpers are ugly

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    Yes hahaha but i will be taking care of that!

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    i love the look of rileys also. but i was having trouble finding an IS bumper that was in good condition and ready to be cut up. i ended up just doing the e34 bumper retrofit on my e28. im really happy with it.

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    What is the difference in the is bumper? Or are you talking about the air dam? I suppose it may not look right without the is air dam on there.
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    Dude just give me your car //

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    I wish we could both have e28s so i could know a local guy who has one hahaha

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    Id take any 80s BMW

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    Well if you had an e30 id trade ya but you want one of those too anyways right?

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