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A place to find DIY guides to doing car repairs/mods/etc.

E30 Seat upholstery interior codes, designs, and options by year

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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

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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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E30 Timing Belt and water pump Replacement

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August 6, 2010
E30 Timing Belt and water pump Replacement

What many E30 owners with m20 engines (325, 325e, 325es, 325i, 325is, 325ix) might not know is that one of the most important maintenance steps after acquiring an E30 is to replace the timing belt and water pump if you do not know when the last time it was changed, or even slightly unsure (dont take the...
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E30 Euro Smiley Conversion (from sealed beams or US ellipsoids)

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July 13, 2010
E30 Euro Smiley Conversion (from sealed beams or US ellipsoids)

Basically when you get Smilies they just bolt up without an issue EXCEPT for wiring. From sealed beams: The sealed beams have a 3 prong connector 2 of the wires are ground and one is power. While the euro connector is 1 power and 1 ground, all you need to do is take the...
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E30 Steering Wheel options

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July 5, 2010
E30 Steering Wheel options

Here ill try to outline most of the steering wheel options that were available stock to the E30. 4 spoke “standard” steering wheel This is the as basic and standard as it gets, no air bag, no sport properties just your normal plain stock steering wheel. This is what you got if you didn’t...
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E30 Recaro Seats (the real Recaro seats not your normal sport seats)

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May 29, 2010
E30 Recaro Seats (the real Recaro seats not your normal sport seats)

So you thought your E30 sport seats were Recaro’s? Think again the E21 sport seats were Recaro’s, not your E30’s. However real Recaro sport seats were offered as a rare option on E30’s. As seen here clearly stated by BMW themselves: Furthermore Alpina offered Recaro seats in their E30’s also but again Alpina’s are...
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Rust Bullet or POR-15 your car against rust!

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May 28, 2010
Rust Bullet or POR-15 your car against rust!

The single most thing most thing I hate when it comes to cars even more then electrical gremlins and torn timing belts (on interference engines) is rust. Being from Ontario, we have cold snowy winters where salt is lathered liberally EVERYWHERE.  This will rust your car an exceptional amount in just one winter let alone 20+ if you...
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Leak down test your engine to find its condition!

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May 25, 2010
Leak down test your engine to find its condition!

No it is not the same as a compression test. A compression test is a gauge that screws into the spark plug hole and reads how much pressure your engine can create and hold by cranking (usually by the starter). Now a Leak down tester also screws into the spark plug hole, however it has its own pressure source...
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Fuel & Brake Line Fabrication

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May 22, 2010
Fuel & Brake Line Fabrication

Got this courtesy of http://www.theymightberacing.com/ShopTech/FuelBrakeLineFabrication.aspx we all know if you own an E30 in Canada or anywhere that snows and/or uses salt on the roads, your fuel lines/brake lines will rust after winter driving (especially 20+ years of it) in my case I replaced fuel lines on my 1987 Bmw 325i back a couple...
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E30 BMW Odometer rollback (or forward)

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May 17, 2010
E30 BMW Odometer rollback (or forward)

Just an educational video about how to roll back or forward an odometer out of an 1987 bmw 325i. This is meant for people who have a legitimate reason to roll back or forward a cluster in such cases as replacing your cluster for another because yours broke. This particular cluster isnt going into...
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