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E30 engine swap options

October 4, 2010
E30 engine swap options

You may be wondering what the best engine for your new or future E30 should be. Well here is a list for you to make a better informed decision. 318i (M42B18 conversion) 136 HP 172Nm Inline 4 engine stock 1.8 liter engine in the 318i.  The fairly low weight of the engine makes the...
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Parts required for BMW E90 automatic to manual swap (part numbers included)

September 28, 2010
Parts required for BMW E90 automatic to manual swap (part numbers included)

I am pretty sure I am one of the first list to put such a list together. Im cant guaranty this is all the parts you need for a manual conversion but it should cover most of it. Due to the relative youth of the E90 there isnt much information on how to do major things...
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E30 BMW M3 spoilers

September 7, 2010
E30 BMW M3 spoilers

Want a little more downforce without being rice? Well, with the evolution of the e30 m3 (quite literally evo I, evo II, evo III) the rear spoiler evolved also. I won’t be covering the alpina/hartge/etc spoilers here yet. This is the regular E30 spoiler more or less it is just there for show, a...
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Welding (General information and perfection pictures)

August 25, 2010
Welding (General information and perfection pictures)

If your into cars and cars as old or older then the E30 then inevitably you will need to weld something weather its for performance reasons, repair reasons, or rust reasons. A few perfect (i would call them works of art) pictures of welds sparked my desire to cover this on rtsauto: There are 4 main...
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Tools (General and E30)

August 20, 2010
Tools (General and E30)

If you own an e30 and your not rich (rich to the e30 community is pretty damn low) chances are you are more then happy to tinker on your own ride. Hell… the e30 will probably enable you to learn enough handy knowledge to where people will start asking you for advise. Bmw was...
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E30 Jacking points (also relevant information to other cars)

August 15, 2010
E30 Jacking points (also relevant information to other cars)

Ok so you bought an e30 and you bought yourself a jack, and now wonder where to jack it up from: Well the factory jacking points are always a good bet, but quite often if you live in a winter prone area of the world, these mounts rust/rot away to unusable jacking points. This...
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Bmw Emblem appreciation pictures

August 14, 2010
Bmw Emblem appreciation pictures

There isnt much more generally more symbolizing of our enthusiasm moreso then the good ol’ emblem. Relatively unchanged since its inception. Speaking about inception, educate yourself with the origins of the emblem, and no its not the plane propeller. http://www.rtsauto.com/the-origins-of-the-bmw-logo-not-what-you-think/
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E30 Seat upholstery interior codes, designs, and options by year

August 11, 2010
E30 Seat upholstery interior codes, designs, and options by year

The E30 was in production for roughly a decade in many parts of the world with differing interior tastes. During this decade each year had their own selection of seat upholstery. The most recognizable options were black leather and perforated vinyl, but here are some you probably dont see too often: Perlbeige Piniengrun Nutria...
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OEM (some aftermarket) E30 Rim and Tire Selection Rundown

August 10, 2010
OEM (some aftermarket) E30 Rim and Tire Selection Rundown

Most regular people dont know about the OEM E30 rim and tire selection. Most E30 enthusiasts know only the main stream rims (basketweaves, bottle caps, alpina, etc.) but most dont know about the time correct tires (that were installed from factory) and other rims available OEM for e30’s. Here ill try to cover most...
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Old E30 print articles (updated periodically)

August 8, 2010
Old E30 print articles (updated periodically)

Here are some articles both old and new, many are from the time that the e30 was available for purchase. Also many comparisons between its competitors at the time. Class and Overall Wins: * Watkins Glen 24 Hour Race June 1986. The only time in IMSA history that a Sport Class Car won first...
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