E92 First Drift Car

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    Making a thread to keep me motivated and keep track of progress.
    Boring and long background inbound… skip ahead if you just want to see the crappy bmw

    So, after watching and loving drifting from the outside for years, I decided to give it a go on one of those drift school day things somewhere in Essex. Got chucked in a 350z with the worlds smallest bucket seat (RIP arse) but it was incredible so I decided I needed to go and buy one…

    Sold my daily and then my weekend toy rx8 was vandalised, cat stolen, rusty, so essentially sold the lovely sounding and heavily ported rotary engine plus free boat anchor to a guy from the rx8 OC.

    Funds mostly gathered, time to shop!

    Realised I needed a new daily for work first and happened to stumble across a bargain on Facebook marketplace 325i, manual, coupe, looked lovely on the ad…

    Went and bought it, basically unseen even though I was there accepted it was an old bmw so probably had everything leaking (correct!) and would need some bits doing elsewhere.

    Turns out it’s actually a really clean car bar some stone chips on the front even though it has 150k miles. Tempted to sell it on or part ex toward a 350z, I realised it was a manual, rwd, not too f’d car so here we go drift beemer!

    To do list:
    1. Fix the leaks (rocker cover and power steering hose)
    2. Service everything
    3. Coilovers (cheapos ordered)
    4. Rear diff (if anyone round Manchester way is handy with a welder and wants a bit of cash shout me )
    5. Interior bits (seat, wheel etc)
    6. Do mad skids
    7. Fix what I break in step 6…

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    Coilovers arrived, they don’t seem amazing but for 300 quid can’t complain too much. Will look to upgrade to some dampening adjustable teins if they’re available for it as I’ve had good luck with those in the past.

    Got the fronts fitted today against the cars will, cheers to the cowboy who rounded everything on the drivers side!
    Dropped a 13 mil down on the undertray somewhere too that is rattling about but other than that a successful day.

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    Also ordered some studs that hopefully will arrive tomorrow, forgot how annoying wheel bolts are…

    to do list:
    Fix leaks
    Service (now including brakes)
    Finish rear Coilovers and eyeball align it for now
    Stud conversion
    Wheels and tyres
    Get new diff welded and install
    Interior bits
    Book some skids in
     
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    975DABA9-9F6F-43C5-A328-2301CD90E3C0. Final update til at least next weekend due to work, the rattling socket has been removed!

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    Also rear suspension now finished.
    Much easier than the front and only one nut that needed persuading with the grinder along the way!

    Forgot to snap a pic of this, but if for some strange reason you’re reading this you know what a shock and spring look like I hope…

    Here’s how it sits now:

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    Much better, can’t help thinking it needs some nice wide alloys to fill out the arches now sorry wallet.

    Studs also fitted today, cannot recommend this enough to anyone with a car that uses bolts so much better!

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    To do list:
    Fix leaks
    Service (and brakes)
    Alignment
    Diff welding and fitting
    Interior bits
    Skids!

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    Clearly f’kd the pictures oops :cool:
     

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