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m42b32 last won the day on December 18 2021

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  1. That's awesome! How is it lifted?
  2. 159.5k Finally got this car out for the summer last weekend and took a nice drive through the Holy Hill area. While enjoying my cruise I was reminded of how much I hate the current state of the audio system in this car. At some point prior to my ownership it had an Alpine head unit and some Sony rear speakers installed by a Best Buy. While the individual parts weren't necessarily bad, the install was clearly terrible because random speakers would come and go any time you hit a bump. Sometimes you'd have all 4, sometimes it would switch left and right, if you got really unlucky you'd have seemingly nothing till the next expansion gap. I had enough and ordered the Continental head unit to start rebuilding the stereo into something workable. Getting the old Alpine head unit out without the special tools was a little frustrating but I eventually succeeded with a pair of feeler gauges down each side in just the right spot. With the head unit out I found this messy pile of crap behind it: The picture doesn't really capture it well but there were quite a few cut/loose wires, some random spliced in connectors that served no purpose, what looked to be an old ipod connection that was only half-way cut out, and a lot of electrical tape and crimp connectors. Since the factory connectors were long gone I just cut back everything until I was left with as much of the factory wiring that I could save. My car has the base 4-channel system with no amp so I soldered in the new head unit connectors using this diagram: New head unit installed and working! Looks so much better than the old one and having bluetooth audio (once I figured out how to get it working) is a great upgrade. The annoying news was that I only had sound from 3 of the 4 speakers. The driver's rear wasn't doing anything, so I pulled out the speaker and found what was probably real source of my problems: It pulled out just like this, the connector had fallen right off with zero resistance. In fact, all of the connectors on both rear speakers were loose like that. I tightened up the connectors with a pliers and reattached them and what do you know, I have all 4 speakers working now! I'm not sure why it took me so long to dig into this but I'm pumped that it's working properly again.
  3. Bump! Sell me your junk. Also I realized I put this in the for sale section, if one of you fancy pants moderator guys can move this to the wanted section that would be awesome
  4. Looking for a cheap set of E30 door panels and rear interior panels. I don't care what color they are or what condition the vinyl is in as long as they're structurally sound (no speaker holes or blown out clip pockets/mounting points).
  5. m42b32

    E30 seats

    I'd agree with jdesign at $1k-ish, more if you have the corresponding door panels. They are a dark gray like the outsides of the bolsters and a plain (not plaid) cloth insert like the inside of the bolsters. Could probably list for more with the way the market is and see what offers you get. If you cleaned them super well it would help a lot too.
  6. Just to clarify this comment: collector plates also let you modify the car, but has a couple limitations on visual changes. You can do anything you want to the engine (including swaps), suspension, interior, wheels. Only real limitations are keeping the body 'stock': For example, you could put IS lip/spoiler on a non-IS e30, but couldn't put big flares and a vented hood on it. Here is the list from the DMV for acceptable alterations to a car registered as a collector. It's sort of confusing because the "no" means you can, and the "yes" means you cant. Honestly, you could probably just call the DMV to get a concrete answer on the emissions. It sounds horrible, but the last time or two I had to call they were surprisingly helpful. It makes me feel old having this conversation about an e46...
  7. How's the condition of the map pockets/door pulls? I might be interested in those if you still have them
  8. m42b32

    E30 seats

    I believe those seats were an option on 318is's (rear seat is a coupe seat in your picture) and M3's, not sure if it was available in the US but definitely in Europe. It is called "Uberkaro".
  9. m42b32

    Z3M Coupe

    +1 The z3m roadster and coupe are mechanically the same, basically a beefed up version of the 318ti. Front suspension is e36m, rear suspension is similar to an e30 but with e36m rear brakes, much stronger axles, and everything reinforced everywhere.
  10. I got it from Kummrow Automotive as a roller, though it's possible it changed hands a few times as I guess it was sitting in their lot for a while
  11. That is a fantastic idea! Could apply to just about any car where you want to keep the trunk carpet too
  12. Not to brag or anything, but I have all the cam tools and vanos seal stuff
  13. Good luck!! Really nice video, I'll be watching (and jealous of whoever the new owner is)
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