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'87 325i Convert Modification Info

Discussion in 'E30 (1984-1993)' started by tomkay, Jun 8, 2020.

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    tomkay

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    Hello all. I'm a new member and about 24 hours away from getting my first Bimmer, 1987 325i, 5 spd, convertible. I've been doing homework for awhile but still can learn more.
    What modifications and parts are considered "must haves" and where do I get them? I've been trying to find a source for the SI board battery delete. Is one board better than another? I don't plan on lowering it due to the driveway entrance angle. The seats have a problem preventing them from reclining. Where can I get a breakdown picture of the seats so I can do a repair?
    Please feel free to load me up with information.
    Thanks
    Tom
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    Suggest googling and downloading the repair manual for your car and the ETM as well. I have not seen anyone delete the batteries but easy fix for replacement. What kind of mods are you looking for?
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    Thanks Charlson89, Which manuals do you recommend? I would like to get the illustrated parts breakdowns the dealer has. I've gone a couple of times and they print off the page and PN's.
    Just completed a PPI (Post Purchase Inspection) and all seems fine except for the seats. Are there any direct replacement seats without the side bolsters? Down the road will be looking at springs, but don't want to go lower. What bushing material is best?
    Thanks
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    charlson89

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    I recommend the OEM repair manuals. they are everywhere online now. If you need parts catalog take a look at realoem.com it is a BMW parts catalog with parts. You could look for non sport seats they wont have the aggressive side bolsters. For bushings if you are looking for a oem ride quality stay with rubber. Harder urethane can effect the ride quality in a bad way.
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    Thanks again. That's info I can use.
    Noticed I have some rear wheel negative camber, any idea how to get rid of that?
    Tom
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    charlson89

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    That could be normal. I would suggest a alignment to make sure the camber is in spec.

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