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    328ti Rally

    Fences & Hedges -brilliant!! So apt for rallying. plus I really love that B&H livery from the M3s. Good luck with the build I hope it goes smoothly.
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    E30 M3 valve shims wanted

    As I thought, I haven't got any that thick. 3.90 is the fattest I've got sorry.
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    728i (M30) with 4-speed manual

    Doesn't look to be anything special, or a very desirable spec. A great big hole in the sill suggests there will be other issues in the body. The work required would seem to be much greater than the final reward.
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    E30 M3 valve shims wanted

    Not sure if I've got any that thick, I will have a look through what I have got spare and let you know. IIRC you had to order a whole "kit" the last time I looked at buying some specific sizes, so I ended up swapping some with a dealership.
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    E30 Race Car - Jim Richard's JPS M3 Tribute.

    So the E30 race car is in the garage after a long, hard season for some TLC and a bit of a refresh. I have now given in to the reality that I am never going to be in a position to afford to buy an E30 M3 chassis, let alone a complete car, to build into my race car and so I am going to modify my existing car into an M3 tribute to be as close as possible to an actual car. More specifically it will be a tribute (not a replica so I can put my own twist on things - Team JTS) to this gorgeous piece of machinery..
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    E30 Race Car - Jim Richard's JPS M3 Tribute.

    The steel outer halves of the inner guards have now turned up, just in time for my week off next week - so will be back to cutting and grinding in anger. Fingers crossed I should make some good progress with these if I get a good solid run at it!
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    WTB: e30 front ARB 20mm in good nick

    Not sure if my measurements are 100% as the battery was flat in my vernier so I had to measure the gap with a tape measure! Also not 100% sure what all the thickness variations are for an E30 ARB. One I have is probably an 18.5mm, I also have an E30 M3 one which seemed to come out about 19 - 19.5mm and the one on the race car seems to be a 20mm.. If you pm me what any of them would be worth to you, we can discuss. i'll try and find a battery and get proper measurements.
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    More e46 m3 goodness

    If Ray / HellBM team put the second engine in then there's nothing to be worried about there, which I believe they did but would have to double check with them to be 100%. Probably almost a positive selling point, because things would have been done properly and any issues found whilst in there would have been sorted - plus all the other work that was done when it was converted over to the V8.
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    Fiji green 318is

    Cool base for a BMW Race Series 2 Litre car..
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    M340i xDrive

    Yes, this is the latest iteration of the B58 "ober" version, should go alright with all those horses going through all four wheels.
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    M340i xDrive

    +++ New BMW M340i xDrive unveiled at Los Angeles Auto Show +++ 3 Series receives most powerful engine yet +++ Market launch in US in April 2019 +++ Never before has the BMW 3 Series been so dynamic! BMW M GmbH is unveiling the new BMW M340i xDrive. Debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show from 30 November to 9 December, the newcomer is due for market launch in spring 2019. But already it promises abundant sportiness, thanks primarily to the all-new 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine. With output of 275 kW/374 hp, performance is up a full 35 kW/48 hp. The BMW M340i accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, half a second faster than its predecessor. The Adaptive M Suspension with variable sport steering is the perfect complement to the performance of the new engine and combines with the latest-generation 8-speed Steptronic Sports transmission. The intelligent all-wheel drive system, BMW xDrive, distributes the power fully variably between the front and rear axles. The BMW M 340i also comes with the M Sport differential as standard, ensuring absolute driving stability, M Sport brakes offering superior deceleration, and 18-inch M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres. The BMW M340i xDrive's superior performance is reflected in its design. The front apron, side sills and rear spoiler offer optimised aerodynamics and cooling-air supplies. Special visual elements include the mesh-design BMW kidney grille and trapezoid tailpipe surrounds. Inside, sports seats with Sensatec and Alcantara upholstery as well as the anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headliner, BMW M leather steering wheel with shift paddles, and interior trim strips in Aluminium Tetragon create a fitting sporty ambience. The new BMW M 340i is due for market launch in Europe in July 2019. In the US it will be available earlier, in April.
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    WTB: e30 front ARB 20mm in good nick

    i've got a few in the cupboard, I will have a measure up of what sizes they are. Are you only interested in the 20mm?
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    Unusual F80

    As per my above post, this ISN'T Nardo Grey, yes it's similar, but not the same shade of grey as this one. Two of the cars in this series are 'Nardo Grey' but this one is Medio Grigio. 50 different shades of grey in the BMW colour pallette.
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    Unusual F80

    Very similar, the CS colour is "Lime Rock Grey" which is a little lighter than this one - Medio Grigio, which I think means "middle grey" in Italian? There are also a couple of these limited Indivudual Edition M3s in Nardo Grey which is also nice. I can see that it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, and yes it does look like they only put the primer on and forgot the top coat (do they still even use primer now..??) over it, but they do stand out a bit more than some of the more common colours. My choice would be one of the two of these that are in the E36 M3 metallic Daytona Violet.
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    Official M3 Touring?

    Would certainly be an awesome car... fast and practical! Given the sales success of the Audi RS4 and RS6 as wagons you would have thought that there would be a justification to try and get some of that market share.
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    Official M3 Touring?

    Another good AutoCar rumour!
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    E30 Race Car - Jim Richard's JPS M3 Tribute.

    For the price you can buy the panels it's not really worth it tbh. I did order a number of spares, originally to make up another full set of front, rear, F Guards, Rear Guards and side skirts so I would have a whole set to on-sell, but after the cock up with the steel rear panels I am now short a set of those so will probably just keep the rest as spares. sanding and filling FRP is bad enough, but working with the resins is total brain damage. Want to keep as far away from that stuff as possible so not even thinking of making any parts or splashes off of these parts.
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    The E46 M3 you want to buy for 36K

    Carbon Black with red leather is a great colour combo, but yeah Tom's modded E46 M3 would be a more "fun" car to own and drive. If it wasn't for the yellow exterior colour I would have been seriously interested in Tom's car. Not sure I can live with Pheonix Yellow even on a weekend car.
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Spent a couple of days this week on a farm playing with some new G05 X5s, in their (un)natural environment. Not hard-core off-roading but even with 22" rims with very wide sports tyres (315 wide on the rear) they were still pretty capable. The new air-suspension making a big difference to the ride, on and off-road. Up hill... And down dale. 3Pedals would not approve, none of them were manuals, and there is no manual option for most of the range now.
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    E30 Race Car - Jim Richard's JPS M3 Tribute.

    The best way to describe the fit and finish for the parts is probably "variable", some parts are pretty good, some are average and some like the C-pillar extension are pretty poor. As with most things in life, I think you get what you pay for. The main thing for me is that they are fairly accuratedly detailed to the originals and they are light. No point changing to FRP panels if they are 3mm thick and weigh the same as steel panels. The edge profile of the M3 inner guard is pretty different to that of the standard E30, not just a case of cutting it off and moving it out 20mm as I was hoping. So rather than try to fabricate a modification I have ordered a pair of outer-inner guards for an M3 which should be pretty easy to fit up, and then give a more accurate position to fit the outer guard up against. So whilst I am waiting for those to arrive, I have started fiddling around with other bits and pieces, including the front lip spoiler / splitter. The supplied part was just a single upper skin that was far too flexible to be any use, so I added a bottom skin from a sheet of aluminium composite and used some expanding polyurethane foam to fill the gap between the two and bond it all together. A bit of old carbon-fibre look wrap on the top and it almost looks like a bought one!! Worked out a slotting fixing system so it can be moved in or out as required for more or less front grip similar to the M3 Sport Evolution. As it has a reasonable thickness I was able to shape the front to act like a proper splitter and should have some proper aero effect, rather than just looks. Here it is in the fully extended position.. One part finished, just fifteen to go..
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    If it all turns out as you hope, that could be the best $150 you ever spend on a car! Fingers crossed for you.
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    M5 TOURING | DROOL

    However, those two identical vehicles very rarely exist, and there are many, many more important things that NZ new in determining the value. The majority of "NZ New" cars I have seen have been either poorly optioned and / or badly serviced with badly stone chipped bumpers and bonnets.
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    Anyone know where to import E46 M3?

    Doesn't affect the import laws. The logic being that cars coming into the country should be cleaner than those already here. Even though you can buy a used NZ new EU3 E46, it has to be EU4 to bring it in as an import.
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    Anyone know where to import E46 M3?

    Yes, there are many variants of BMW produced with lower levels of emission controls for certain markets. These will always show the EU emissions level on the options list, for example EU5 is option 161. From memory I have seen EU2 on a couple of M3s I checked out. The controls and equipment to meet the emissions cost money to include on the cars, so nearly all makers have lower EU level versions for countries that don't demand it.
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    Anyone know where to import E46 M3?

    Are you referring to the import / compliance rules or the SIV rules?
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