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    Painted M20 for my 1989 E30 hoping for install 16 July 2020

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    nice!
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    ordered a driveshaft adapter so we could use our stock small flange driveshaft with the newer large flange transmission. they come to roughly 100 bucks from everywhere that sells them so I went with the e30garage in norway
    no e30s of my own, but I am financing two for my kids

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    Proceeded painting my bottlecaps winterset.
    I have three wheels in the primer now. Still in doubt about what color to paint them.
    Car is diamantschwarz, and Im leaning towards getting diamantschwarz or otherwise something very dark grey for them.
    Thoughts are always welcome
    The car is a stock looking touring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 323i E30 View Post
    Proceeded painting my bottlecaps winterset.
    I have three wheels in the primer now. Still in doubt about what color to paint them.
    Car is diamantschwarz, and I’m leaning towards getting diamantschwarz or otherwise something very dark grey for them.
    Thoughts are always welcome
    The car is a stock looking touring.
    I like the look of my e30 M Technic appearance package wheels. Mesh is color-matched to body (Diamantschwarz) with polished lips.
    Go for your body color. Looks sharp. And unique.
    Ken
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    Quote Originally Posted by e30topdown View Post
    I like the look of my e30 M Technic appearance package wheels. Mesh is color-matched to body (Diamantschwarz) with polished lips.
    Go for your body color. Looks sharp. And unique.
    Ken
    Sounds good. I couldn't find an example of this combo on an E30 to preview, but I should just try it out indeed.
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    I agree that it looks great that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superj View Post
    I agree that it looks great that way.
    Awesome. Pretty curious now.
    Ill post pics as soon as finished and mounted. These are my winter wheels though, so itll be in a couple of months..!
    Im not a pro painter by any means, so theres also the chance of messing it up completely.
    I will come back on it!
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    its ok if you mess up. just paint strip and repaint.

    I had basket weaves with white and another set with gold for my red 89 325i back in the day. I would swap them depending on how I felt. I had the grey ones also and normally ran those because the wife said the red looked like ghetto wheels and the white just didn't match
    no e30s of my own, but I am financing two for my kids

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    Xs for me
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    Some pics..
    Before:




    Lots of sanding, degreasing, multiple layers of primer, multiple layers of Diamantschwarz metallic and a couple of clear coats later:



    Same story, but including a new OEM sticker on it:



    End result:



    Leaning into the car, not actually mounted to get an idea of how it will look.
    I've only finished one wheel so far.



    Not too sure if I like it yet, but I like it enough to just finish them all and see what happens. The other three are in primer now.
    Makes me think I should fit my black tinted rear lights I have lying around somewhere to match te wheels, but I don't want to murder this car out
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    New pads and rotors on front and back for the vert this weekend..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 323i E30 View Post
    Some pics..
    Before:




    Lots of sanding, degreasing, multiple layers of primer, multiple layers of Diamantschwarz metallic and a couple of clear coats later:



    Same story, but including a new OEM sticker on it:



    End result:



    Leaning into the car, not actually mounted to get an idea of how it will look.
    I've only finished one wheel so far.



    Not too sure if I like it yet, but I like it enough to just finish them all and see what happens. The other three are in primer now.
    Makes me think I should fit my black tinted rear lights I have lying around somewhere to match te wheels, but I don't want to murder this car out
    our superE is the four door version of this. its black with black satin wheels. it looks fine. we have to do something about the bumpers still, though
    no e30s of my own, but I am financing two for my kids

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    Quote Originally Posted by superj View Post
    our superE is the four door version of this. its black with black satin wheels. it looks fine. we have to do something about the bumpers still, though
    Sounds good
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    Quick job, to secretly freshen up a friend's E30, which is rotting away in the front yard of another friend of mine.
    I can't stand to see it getting more dirty and messy (has been parked for ~ 3 years now), so we're going to fix it up and get it roadworthy again.
    This might be a nice start to motivate us to make it as nice as it was again. We'll just assume that the owner will appreciate it..

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    good job /\

    its always fun to bring a car back from the edge of doom
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    Yes indeed!
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    Ever since i adjusted the over tightened intake valve clearance, my valve cover never stopped leaking. Replaced that gasket and plugs 4 times and it still leaked for some reason.

    Yes, followed the manual for sequence and torque. This time i triple checked to be sure that both mating surfaces are clean and dry, took my time installing the plugs and added some RTV (just a smudge) on the bottom of the plugs where it sits in the head, as well as on the top where the gasket sits. Triple checked the torque all round....if it leaks again i am unsure what to do next.

    It never leaked before, 1 year and 7 months of ownership and i never had to use any RTV in there, just some silicon grease on the rubber plugs and they slide right in. Lets see, i am giving time for that RTV to settle before going out for a drive this evening.

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    I have never had to use rtv on the valve cover, either. that's odd
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    Quote Originally Posted by superj View Post
    I have never had to use rtv on the valve cover, either. that's odd
    Just the bottom and top of those plugs, it seems to be fixed now, no more leaks. Lets see how long it lasts like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H.J. 1981 View Post
    Ever since i adjusted the over tightened intake valve clearance, my valve cover never stopped leaking. Replaced that gasket and plugs 4 times and it still leaked for some reason.

    Yes, followed the manual for sequence and torque. This time i triple checked to be sure that both mating surfaces are clean and dry, took my time installing the plugs and added some RTV (just a smudge) on the bottom of the plugs where it sits in the head, as well as on the top where the gasket sits. Triple checked the torque all round....if it leaks again i am unsure what to do next.

    It never leaked before, 1 year and 7 months of ownership and i never had to use any RTV in there, just some silicon grease on the rubber plugs and they slide right in. Lets see, i am giving time for that RTV to settle before going out for a drive this evening.
    i guess you might have removed the cover before the engine cooled off and it got heat wrapped

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    Impulsively checked out my blower motor as it wasn't blowing any air into the cabin (for a couple of months already).
    Stuff was rusty and pretty hard to turn by hand, so I put some oil where moving parts meet static parts. It rotates easily now and does the job again.
    I was entertaining my 5 year old son while doing so, so couldn't really take the time to take it out and clean it properly. I'll just hope it'll last for a bit.
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