My '91 325ix

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My '91 325ix

Postby Shaffer325ix » Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:06 am

Hey guys.. I've been lurking around for a bit. I actually found this site by using Tapatalk, then Blasphemy101's build reeled me in.
I'm from the Buffalo/ Niagara Falls section of NY.. for those who are going to ask, or comment.. I'm on the exact opposite side of the state from NYC. We have grass and trees and even farms. (you'd be surprised how many times I've been asked..) "Tinkerererer" by nature, I can never seem to leave anything alone or ..*ehem* stock. I've had turbo cars, including my baby, my 1987 Dodge Shelby Lancer 2.2L turbo running 18lbs of boost. I've had trucks like my 1978 Ford Bronco with 6" of lift and some redneck junk done to the 351M.. 1987 Firebird Formula WS6 package, TPI and a 5 speed.. However I have always wanted an E30 M3 since I was young. However knowing I have Champagne taste and only (draft) beer money I figured ANY E30 would do.. Never found one to my liking, whilst cash was in hand so I've gone without for almost 20 years.

... until 3 weeks ago.

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I found this little gem on my local speed forum. The young fella thought the trans was bad because it would "violently" pop out of first gear and eventually broke the shift linkage. However he provided me with another Getrag260 and another broken linkage..
I ended up sizing up the "other" linkage on the used transmission and made a linkage out of 1/2 inch stainless steel..

To my surprise, apparently there are two different length shift rods. So I felt first hand that "violent" kick out of first gear.. Sorta pisses you off because you all know how long it takes to change/adjust the shifter linkage when you're fat and lazy (like me) and don't drop the trans completely..
So I made another one, little bit longer 1/4 inch or so. I had won a cheap fleabay chinese short shifter. Only because I thought the opening bid of 30 bucks was a steal and didn't seriously think I would win.. but I did. 30 bucks for a shifter? I was pleasantly surprised. I had to modify it a little bit because the jeezus clips that held it together wouldn't allow the shifter to pull back far enough to get the trans into 1st.. A little dremel action on the bushing and it was good to go.. We'll see if it holds up.

So I did a little repainting on the grill because I didn't care for the sun faded look. I also hate chrome, but I do like contrasting colors so I did a graphite gray on the vertical bars.
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This is how it sits as of this morning.. I just got laid off from work so I have a lot of time to play.

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So the kid I bought it from said he sold the ix rims but had another set of rims for it to sit on.. bullshit.. he took 2 wheels off and had 2 steels wheels, and told me I had to bring the pair of IX wheels back..right. As soon as he brings me 2 wheels to put on to replace them.. Now he wants 200 bucks for the other 2 wheels because the guy he was selling them to backed out... so anyway..
This is an eyesore, but it'll give me a chance to practice my bodywork skills.
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Gave it a kick.. BAM!

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GREAT STUFF!!.. *sigh*
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby Shaffer325ix » Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:15 am

I had a crack in the flex pipe so I cut the flexible part off and sort of press fit (with a hammer) a coupling in there. I can still take the exhaust off and surprisingly it doesn't leak... Of course I've only taken a couple shakedown runs down the street, so... we'll consider this a temporary fix.

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Oh and that's an o2 sensor from a 2002 Grandprix GTP 4 wire 0-1volts.. My exhaust "sniffer" says the cars runs 1000 times better.. it actually idles now, no smoke, no tears.

And holy crap I didn't get a picture of it but my favorite "option" on the car has got to be the SKi boot in the rear seats behind the armrest..
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby Shaffer325ix » Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:23 am

So tonight I'm taking the front end apart and repainting (rattle can) some parts.. and the hood. I hate the whole black hood look that everyone around here does.. trying to look cool but can't afford carbon fibre.. going to rustoleum bright white.. Setting the bar a little bit higher and going to try my hand at the M3 checkered flag but in 2 tones of gray.. we'll see.. I'm really not that good at painting... well, I should say I lack the patience.

Here's how far I am so far.

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I guess I don't have those pictures uploaded yet.. I'll update later tonight..

Feel free to flame, laugh at, or give me a sense of direction!
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby Shaffer325ix » Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:25 am

..oh and yeah, if you look real close.. That IS a swastika on the hood.. WTF? I suppose it is sorta fitting, just wrong era... No I don't hate the jews
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby M20_fever » Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:12 am

Welcome aboard! Have you done the jack test to confirm the transfer case is working? I think your biggest problem is going to be the rust. If you can see that much now it will be exponentially worse once you get into it. How is the interior?
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby Shaffer325ix » Thu Sep 25, 2014 4:46 am

the interior is in really good shape. Is that real leather? It's in 10 times better shape than my 99 Millennia and it has almost 100K miles less on it.

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No need to do the jack test. I can visually tell with 100 percent certainty that the awd does not work... No driveshaft, and the pinion moves in ways I'm not sure it was designed to.. However, I'll cross that bridge down the road. Right now I'm just getting it running 100% - front axle = 85%??? I already ran 2 stainless fuel lines and did the fuel filter.. That dried out and cracked 45 degree intake boot and then brakes will be next on the list.
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby Yoshi » Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:39 am

At first I was like "shifter isn't hard to get to" but then I remembered it was an IX and I have no idea how hard that makes things. I'm guessing the spare trans you have is also an awd trans? That might be worth something. Sucks about getting laid off. Also, glad you're in the right part of new york state lol.

I wanna see the ski pass through!

How extensive is the rust? The fenders and stuff aren't bad. I think regular fenders will work with the ix kit. You just need to add on tabs IIRC. Would be much easier than fixing the fenders as is. Really, you should be worried about the floor and frame.

Welcome aboard! Looks like a good build.
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby blasphemy101 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 4:22 pm

Looks like an awesome start. That interior looks pretty nice. It looks like the PO was something of an enthusiast, which could be a good or bad thing. I believe there was someone making and selling those shift boots on all the major E30 forums. I agree with Yoshi; if you can confirm standard/iX fenders are interchangeable, just replace those.

I've always thought an iX would be awesome if drive line parts weren't so scarce.
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby Shaffer325ix » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:47 pm

I don't understand why there would be any difference between the iX fenders and regular E30. If I look under my car I can see other mounting points for the driveshaft support bearing, which mine lacks because the transfer case makes it 2 feet longer. I betcha if you had the parts, converting a reg 325 to an iX would be bolt on.. I know my wheels are different with their 0 offset, but what else.

Blasphemy - The shift boot and matching e brake cover came from a company called TopGaiters. I found 'em on Ebay, made in the U.K., 21.60 to my door, and with a 287541 rating with 100% feedback I figure it was money well spent. I had to do a little bit of work to get them to fit, but I'm 100 percent satisfied. http://www.ebay.com/usr/topgaiters?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2754

- Yoshi - yeah mine has a little transfer case that bolts to the end of the trans.. same Getrag 260 though..

As for the ski pass-through...

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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby 87e30 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:19 pm

I want your back seat! My 318 has the same back seat, but I need one for one of my 325's. I'm trying to keep the 318 100% original.
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby Yoshi » Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:21 am

Probably the first time I've seen proof of a factory ski pass through. Makes sense it's on an ix too.

Shaffer325ix wrote:I don't understand why there would be any difference between the iX fenders and regular E30.


Regular fenders don't need the attachment point of the flare onto the wheel well lining. Without it, you there isn't really any place for the fasteners. At least, that's what I saw when I tried to fit the flares on my non ix.

Shaffer325ix wrote:If I look under my car I can see other mounting points for the driveshaft support bearing, which mine lacks because the transfer case makes it 2 feet longer. I betcha if you had the parts, converting a reg 325 to an iX would be bolt on.. I know my wheels are different with their 0 offset, but what else.


I'm willing to bet that too. BMW didn't want to have to make different chassis. That's why the auto harness just plugs into the manual harness and the provisions for manual parts are already there.

Shaffer325ix wrote:- Yoshi - yeah mine has a little transfer case that bolts to the end of the trans.. same Getrag 260 though..

Oh really? That's good news. Wonder how it bolts to the end of the trans though. There has to be something different. Can you get pix of that? You know, because I'm demanding and such :)
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby Shaffer325ix » Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:24 am

Yoshi wrote:Oh really? That's good news. Wonder how it bolts to the end of the trans though. There has to be something different. Can you get pix of that? You know, because I'm demanding and such :)


Absolutely, I'll try to get a few tonight.

I know the cross member sits back further and the Tcase has it's own rubber mount. The trans mounts are no longer used. and the is a flex coupler between the trans and the tcase. sort of like how the driveshaft connects.
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby M20_fever » Sun Sep 28, 2014 4:52 pm

IX and standard e30 are different chassis, not a bolt on swap at all. The front strut towers are different, as are the RSM, and the trans tunnel among other little differences. I have the factory assembly manuals that have all the chassis dimensions somewhere and they have different pages for standard chassis, IX, and M3.
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby Shaffer325ix » Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:23 am

What say you? M20-Fever, you best halt with these blasphemies, or you will be charged with High Treason by His Majesty Norbert Reithofer the Prince of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, where you'll be hanged then cut into quarters. From there your body will be spread throughout Munich so all his loyal, humble followers can see what happens to those who oppose his law.




.... Yup, just watched all 4 seasons of "The Tudors" over the last few days. I beseech you to forgive me for my laziness, and lack of updates..

Loved the show however, I'm a little upset with King Henry VIII... Every woman I fell in love with he decided to kill..

First Queen Anne

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Then Lady Rochford

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... well there is this little gem.. But she is King Henry's Daughter

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.. damnit, you guys.. back on topic.
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Re: My '91 325ix

Postby Yoshi » Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:14 am

Psh, leave it to tony to make sense. I forgot about the shock towers and you know... needing space for that TC lol. I was really wondering if the trans is swappable. Would make IX piecing easier.

Tudors is actually based in some reality? IIRC Kind Henry killed or divorced 7 wives. I think only one was a divorce and he had to make his own church to do it. Or something like that. I'm not a history buff.

TY for posting pictures of hot women. You made my morning.
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