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E30 V-belt drive belt tightening by Torque Spec

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August 29, 2023

Few individuals have a v-belt tension gauge, but it’s important to understand that proper tightness can be achieved using torque specifications. The recommended torque is 7-8Nm. However, many tend to overtighten. Before adjusting the star bolt, ensure that the component you’re adjusting (be it the PS pump, Alternator, or AC) is loose and can...
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Original E30 German Accessories Catalogue with Special Equipment Pricing

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August 23, 2023

  SONDERAUSSTATTUNG Preis in DM ohne 14% MwSt. Preis in DM inkl. 14% MwSt. LIMOUSINE CABRIO TOURING 316i 318i 318is 320i 325i 325iX 324d 324td 320i 325i 318i 320i 325i 325iX 324td M3 x: Sonderausstattung      o: Serie Airbag für Fahrer 1.359,65 1.550,- x x x x x x x x x x x x...
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E30 Koni vs Bilstein Shocks: Everything you need to know

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August 8, 2023

If you’ve been around the E30 scene, you’ll know that H&R/Bilstein has been the default recommendation for a long time. But you’ll also notice that many people note that they are running Koni yellows. The Koni yellow sports are rebound adjustable, and this adjustability is what most people focus on. There is so much...
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E30 Aux Cassette Adapter Radio Auto-reverse Flip Flopping Fix (Flipping from side 1 to side 2)

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July 28, 2023

Most(98%+) of cassette aux adapters are made with internal gears that engage the auto reverse function with a rubber wheel. When using one of these adapters, you may notice that your radio keeps flip flopping from side 1 to side 2.   In some vehicles simply removing this mechanism will solve for the issue...
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Reinforce your E30 Manual Pedal box; its none optional.

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May 19, 2023

There are only two types of E30 owners; those who have cracked pedal boxes and those who will at some point have a cracked pedal box. If not bad enough, most don’t even realize their pedal box is already cracked and only discover it when knock on effects occur. The problem is that the...
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Expanding trunk space with spare tire tray in an E30 (Euroweaves)

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April 19, 2023

The E30 never came with a storage tray for the spare tire. The trend started with the E36 forward. The good news is, if you are running 15″ Euroweaves; PN 71111092276 (E36/E46) fits perfectly.
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Understanding V-belt lengths Li vs La (inner length and outer length)

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March 8, 2023
Understanding V-belt lengths Li vs La (inner length and outer length)

Some vbelt brands (like Bando) like to indicate inner and outer lengths on their belts but not both. The important thing to know is that Li = inner length and La = outer length. BMW always indicates their belts in La in the ETK (without explicitly writing La or Li) For example, the 3315...
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Bespoke solution to prevent floormats from moving E30

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August 22, 2022

Quick reference for rubber floormats that fit the E30: OEM fitting rubber E30 floormats from an E82 The problem with any floormat in the E30 is that they tend to slide around; not a lot, and perhaps you don’t need to readjust daily, but it does get annoying. I didn’t want to make holes...
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E30 early and late shifter layout

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February 3, 2022
E30 early and late shifter layout

Below is a breakdown of early and late shifter assemblies found on the E30. Early (84-85):     Late:
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E30 relay and control unit location illustration

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February 3, 2022
E30 relay and control unit location illustration

Below is a quick visualization on where you can expect to find any of the 27 relays or control units found in the E30.  
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