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      10-14-2012, 09:42 PM   #1

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Drives: 2011 E90 M3, 1988 M3, 2015 X1
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Cool Back to its roots II - the BMW E30 M3 (modified)

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One year ago, I asked my brother, ppower, to do a photoshoot of my 1988 M3 to document the car in mostly stock form. Although I had done some interior mods to the car using OEM EVOII and EVOIII parts, the car looked stock. That photoshoot can be viewed here:

Since I bought this Henna/Black M3 almost 3 years ago, I have struggled with the idea of modifying it. I knew that I would enjoy the car modified, but I really wanted to protect the “value” of the car and make sure any modifications really were classy. Essentially, I wanted to take the car to the next level while keeping the purity of the OEM design. To do this I slowly assembled the appropriate parts to make this E30 M3 into my “dream E30 M3.” Those of you that know me know that I have had some really nice cars and tend to be somewhat conservative in my mods. Nothing over the top as to draw too much attention to the mods would be acceptable to me. I prefer mods that can be appreciated most by those with a “trained eye” while to most people; it’s just another BMW.

neil1138 did an awesome photoshoot last year of my E90 M3. He is an excellent photographer of vehicles and has been such a valuable club member here in OKC. We all love the work he does and appreciate the dedication he has to capturing our cars with his artistic eye. Since I bought this car, Neil has expressed interest in shooting the car. I held off for a period of time because I knew I had plans for the exterior of the car. I put the finishing touch on the exterior mods and it just so happened that he sent me a text wanting to do a shoot. Timing was perfect! Neil, thank you so much! I know we have some rig shots to do and they will be added to this thread in due time.

Euro grills
Euro tow hook covers
"BMW Motorsport" door handles
Cibie CSR headlights
Black headlight rings
Vented DTM carbon fiber mirrors
EVO II front splitter
EVO III trunk lid
EVO III adjustable wing with CF gurney flap
EVO III brake ducts

EVO III steering wheel
EVO III shift knob
EVO III shift boot
EVO III hill brake handle
EVO III seatbelts (red)
EVO III dead pedal
EVO II door strips
EVO II leather door panels
EVO II leather center console

BBS LM 106 – 17x8.5 et18
Toyo Proxes R1R– 245/35/17

AST 4200's with Swift Springs (500#/600#) and thrust sheets

Sport EVO airbox
Sport EVO lightweight flywheel
Euro dog-leg close ratio transmission
Z3 finned differential cover
Oil pan baffle
VAC Motorsports electric fan conversion
Supersprint exhaust and mid-pipe with resonator

Next…..a 2.5 liter S14 motor that is sitting in my garage!!

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Edit: So after a number of comments on the grills, I put the stock kidneys back on and I love the look with the wheels. Took the car to my brother the other day to try to catch some fall color around the car with a little bit different style photography than Neil was doing. Thanks PPower for taking some new photos of the car!

Another edit: PPower continues to process photos. I added the most recent ones to the thread. Those of you wanting hi-res might be able to get them from his website


























2011 E90 M3 - Alpine White/Fox Red Extended/Carbon Leather
Premium/Convenience/Cold Weather Package - Competition Package - M-DCT - Sunshades - EPS - BMW Apps - Sat Radio - Ipod/USB

Last edited by Justin(OKC); 10-31-2012 at 08:59 AM. Reason: added more photos