Dan's 2nd E30 Build

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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby straight6pwr » Tue May 24, 2011 10:08 pm

yeah no reason to remove it, as this car sees its limit of traction almost never so oversteer or understeer is irrelevant. secondly, it helps keep the rear tires from rubbing to an extent.
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby ponycarman » Wed May 25, 2011 1:38 am

Cool! where did you get your reinforcement mounts at?
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby straight6pwr » Wed May 25, 2011 4:15 am

ponycarman wrote:Cool! where did you get your reinforcement mounts at?


bought them from a local guy, but they are the Ireland Engineering ones with poly bushings.
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby straight6pwr » Tue May 31, 2011 7:54 pm

the depo lights have arrived! I'll post some pics when I get the chance.

also, the bi-xenon FX-R kit has been ordered! went with 35w ballasts and philips 85122+ DS2 bulbs. going to be really frickin bright!
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby straight6pwr » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:34 pm

Got all the parts in

Depo Smoked Euro Headlights (started dissasembly before I remembered to take photos)
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The reason I got the Depos vs. real euro lights are 1)Gauranteed new condition 2)The glass in front of the projector is perfectly clear, no fresnel to botch up the perfect cutoff!
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The FX-R projectors, harness, ballasts, etc
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I will be converting these H1 HID bulbs to a marker type light for the high beams
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I took some time and modeled the parts in 3D so I could see how they would fit before I just started randomly hacking away. It gave me a better idea of what larger portions I could leave intact to add some support
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Cutting away at the housing to make the projectors fit:
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Also did a quick attachment of the harness to car, and it worked like a charm! It comes with a relay which enables you to plug it into any main body power source, then plug one of the normal low beam plugs into the harness to act only as the switch instead of the power source. It was definately needed as the power getting to the low beam plug was not enough juice to fire the 50W ballast. Also plugged the high beam into the actuator on the bi-xenon and it flipped the cutoff up and down no prob.

Next step is to seal up the projector then repeat on the other side.
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby M20_fever » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:14 pm

your work continues to impress me.
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby ponycarman » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:33 pm

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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby straight6pwr » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:14 pm

thanks! i only wish my girl would be similarly impressed with me spending an entire saturday on this lol.
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby pr0craztinazn » Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:11 am

Great minds think alike, as I have been planning on this exact setup for a few months now. I'm eager to see how much effort it takes once it's all said and done, so the pics are appreciated! Your effort to actually model the housings prior to modding them is impressive.
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby straight6pwr » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:11 am

thanks. got the other projector done today:


copy the first projector cuts with tape:
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done:
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splice plugs for solenoids to plug straight into high beam plugs:
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here is the wiring harness the kit comes with. works great, but the main power and ground wires are too short.
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here the power and ground wires have been lengthened to run up the passenger fender and connect directly to the chassis power/ground.
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going out to test fire them in a few minutes.
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby straight6pwr » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:45 am

lights fired up great except one ballast is flickering (will call to get it replaced) but they are going to level out just fine, so next step is permanently sealing them. i love the color, it is a true 4300k it is white but more toward yellow than blue from up close so its not a big attention getter. cut off is super sharp, the solenoids fired up the high beam function really well.

lows:(note these have not been aimed yet)
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby straight6pwr » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:39 pm

decided how i was going to seal it up today. i wanted to use a fiberglass kit and glass it in, but the two negatives of that are 1)fiberglass resin doesnt stick to plastic very well and 2)its a fairly permanent cover so if I ever needed to take them apart, i would be heavily cursing. also, after researching aluminum foil tape, i'm quite impressed with the stuff. i'd call it 'duct tape on crack'.

depending on which version you get, it has a heat range from -25deg to 325deg, is 100% waterproof, has 'aggressive' adhesive, and can even be applied under water. good enough for me.
so i bought the tape ($18/roll) and the silicone sealant (good to 400deg or something) and applied the sealant today. it will have to dry 24hrs before i apply the tape.

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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby M20_fever » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:44 pm

Awesome man! Lemme know if you get bored and want to pimp out my smilies. :p
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby straight6pwr » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:24 pm

M20_fever wrote:Awesome man! Lemme know if you get bored and want to pimp out my smilies. :p


ill do custom work for $20/hr :mrgreen:
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Re: Dan's 2nd E30 Build

Postby M20_fever » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:55 pm

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