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Old 03-18-2020, 06:29 AM   #1
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Default New Aussie 318ti owner

Hi all,

I recently picked up a little 318ti with a bit of work done to it, just touching up a few last little bits and pieces now before getting it on the road here in Melbourne, Australia.

The old girl started life as a humble Techno-Violet mtech 318ti. She's now also got;
- M52B28 motor
- ZF320 gearbox
- M50B25 manifold
- ECU tune to suit
- BC Coilovers
- 3.64 medium case LSD with E30 LSD centre
- Convertible X-brace
- New poly bushes
- E46 steering rack
- Gresham gearbox mounted shifter
- Rear seat delete (replaced with carpeted wooden false floor)

Just grabbed some light weight wheels on her (TR Motorsport C2's in 17x8.5 +40) now and some new 255/45/17 RS4's. Getting height and alignment sorted and a couple of dicky little ABS and ECU bugs I'll probably hassle you guys about elsewhere on the forum

She'll be my daily driver once she's back on the road. Should make for a really nice little punchy drivers car with still having a litttttle bit of that creature comfort life.

Pics are from previous owner hence slammed and OZ Futura wheels (which I personally didn't like)

Also if anyone has any good advice or tips for mods or anything at all I'm all ears.

My ideas for future plans:
- 328ti badge :P
- Sports / bucket seats
- Replace Gresham shifter with RTD shifter (seems like it is smoother with the springs to return to centre)
- Add AC compressor so I don't die from heat in Aussie Summer.
- Steering wheels, maybe one of those alacantra ones that guy does out of Poland.
- Single DIN Android smart headunit for Android Auto etc
- New good quality from split speakers and some kind of subwoofer for better in car audio.
- Maybe wire in Link ECU for better OBD outputs for track work. Better tuning, and will work with other engines if I ever go 1.5JZ, LS1 or something else one day. Oh also will allow electronic throttle body so I can add cruise control 'easily'.

Got some pics in a Google album here
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Old 07-10-2020, 07:23 AM   #2
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Since posting I've done a little maintenance and some upgrades order and getting installed shortly.

- New valve cover (mine was cracked)
- New valve cover gaskets
- New Exhaust manifold and exhaust gaskets

- Joying 8" Android Headunit (looks and works pretty darn good)

Purchased but yet to be delivered / installed (waiting to get it all done in one go)
- Powerflex subframe and diff bushes
- Powerflex lower control arm bushes
- Hillside strengthening kits for diff, sway bar link, lower control arms
- Hillside plates for rear toe/camber adjustment (weld into subframe)
- Hillside rear strut bar
- Apex ARC-8 17x9 +30 wheels in Hyper Black
- Local guys diff upgrade service, full rebuild of fluids and bearings. Upgrades standard two clutch packs to four for greater lock
- 328 badge, haha.

Hoping to get all that installed, height and alignment re-done (APEX wheels give me the 4mm extra clearance I need to drop the front a little more). Then the handling side should be pretty well done.

Next on the list:
- Adapter for e46 325i brakes on the rear
- E46 325i rear calipers, rotors
- E46 330i front calipers, rotors
- Braided brake lines
- Fresh brake fluid and pads

And that should have it pretty track ready by October when I'm hoping to take it out to Winton.
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Old 07-10-2020, 03:14 PM   #3
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Beautiful Ti!
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Old 07-14-2020, 06:01 PM   #4
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Very nice car and I sometimes travel to Melbourne, once the Covid is gone and i resume travel, I will see if I can see this nice car in person!

Welcome to the ORG as we call it!

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