2 R8s, 2 twin turbo setups. Via Pfaff Tuning.
I’ve decided to run a front splitter on the B34TER. And I managed to convince Mauncho to do the same on his E36. It was easy, it took one text. Now that that decision is made, we need to figure out how to actually building them.
We’ve chosen to go with the popular grassroots option of plywood. Before you consider that to be ghetto fab or doing it wrong. I assure you, any track day or time attack event will have a multitude of amateur and semi-professionally prepared vehicles sporting plywood splitters.
This Evo for example sports a great wood splitter. DIY thread link.
Birch wood provides the right combination of flexibility, rigidity, and strength. It is also very cost effective as it can be purchased at any Home Depot or Lowe’s. If money is no object, you have the options to use carbon fiber, alumilite or Tegris (NASCAR splitters). Slightly cheaper options include ABS plastic. For our purpose, of providing mostly aesthetics and the possibility of some track time, the use of plywood made sense. Moreover, the addition of a splitter could improve your mileage. Hence I’ve dumped the idea of canards attached to the bumper. Instead I will have canards/winglets on the splitter near the sides to direct the air around the car. Repeated layers of urethane and sanding and a couple of coats of paint, will yield a finish on the plywood that will be very close if not identical to painted plastic. Considering the cheap cost of plywood and urethane, I was slightly surprised by the cost of splitter supports. The shock type supports seem to have extremely huge markups on ebay. $60-80 a pair? No thanks. I think a look through a McMaster-Carr catalogue will yield alternative solutions. I’ve also seen the use of steel cable and fittings used. We might have to resort to this if cheaper supports are not found. Since the e36 and e34 have relatively square bumpers. I’m fairly certain both cars will have identically shaped splitters. Supports and bolt location will undoubtedly change however the templete used to cut out the splitter will hopefully be applied to both. Allowing us to easily build a replacement splitter once they wear down. And wear down, they undoubtedly will. Amir’s red E36 posted by Stanceworks has a great splitter design. And it is one we will lend cues from. It does not appear to be made of plywood but I digress.
The B34TER, this is the aim. I wouldn’t want to butcher a clean chassis like this. Thus I don’t feel bad at all ricing the E34 I bought. Usually, those in the scene like to keep the final looks under wraps when creating a build thread, to deter others from copying. Sometimes it makes sense, like the lead up to H20i or another big show. But since this is a winter/spring slow “build”, we’ll be showing you guys everything. Also this way, it motivates me to actually build this….or get hassled by my friends for flopping.
Edited with the permission of photographer: Kevin Trower.
The car is a 1995 540i. It came sans rear bumper and a good chunk of the front bumper missing. But mechanically she felt tight and motor is really quiet. Worst case, you’ll see an E34 part out ad in the spring. The sport leather seats, leather/wood grain interior and OEM Shadowline trim should more than bring back the purchase price. Also most importantly….it has a GSM Phone. A set of 17×8 Throwing Star reps and AC Scnitzer side skirts and rear wing were included. The skirts and wheels I should be selling to fund the bumpers front splitter and rear gurney flap.
Since I’ll still be spending time trying to find a cleaner chassis, I’m keeping this car as budget minded as possible. It won’t be sprayed, the ding in the door won’t be fixed. I do hope the ding in the quarter can be popped out though. And this way I won’t get caught up trying to find Smileys, Euro tails or other Euro accoutrements. It will also allow me to go for a motorsports theme. I do not think I would feel comfortable going this route with a clean E34.
Recipe for level 5 heat score:
- BC Racing coilovers (shortened and custom rates)
- 17×10/11 Relipped BBS RSs (OEM silver)
- Nardi wheel with NRG quick release
- front splitter with black supports
- AC Schnitzer wing with big DTM style gurney flap and supports
- hood louvres (functional, well it’ll clear air, doubt its effectiveness lol)
- any black side skirts
- speedholes in the front and rear bumpers
- DTM/BTCC inspired decals
- brown skin
And if budget allows 3-4 inch straight pipe
The Legacy will be replaced. We had originally thought of keeping this purchase under wraps through the winter. But then realized what’s the point in that. Aren’t we here to share our builds and experiences with our readers? Damn right we are.
First I need to send off the Lesbowagon. All in all ,she’s been a great car. While I do hate her now, it was a mutual split.
What I do know for sure is, I would not have the great friends I have today if it weren’t for this car. The Scraped.Crusaders simply would not exist. I showed up to the weekly VW meet in Pickering in my stock 1998 Subaru Legacy Brighton Wagon, after Dave invited me out. Honestly, at the time I thought car meets were for losers. “You just stand outside in a lot with your car?”. My mind was changed very quickly. It was much more than that. Good times and good people, I was hooked. Coils were already ordered and I was scouring Kijiji (our craigslist) for wheels. The first year was a learning process. I had zero experience modifying cars and thus, ended up with terrible fitment. While it was okay, it was no where near where I wanted it to be. We still made it work, with some nice photos.
Over that winter I had decidde to get a set of widened steelies. I’ve always liked that look and wanted to be different in the Subie scene. At 16×8 they were a step up from the previous year. Things were going well and the dhow season was about to begin. I was pumped, not even an accident could stop me. I took the punches and just rolled with it. Attended both Stretch and Poke and Eurokracy with mashed up doors. Fortunately the doors would be fixed and a set of 16 inch RSs would be fitted before H20i. The green beebs didn’t last long but people sure did remember them.
While I loved the RSs, i felt the 16s were too small. The hunt for 17s was really short as it was just a text to Geoff. We traded wheels plus cash on my end because I had smashed one of the lips. That year also brought on a rear hatch wing, an outback front bumper and Hella lights.
This year turned out to be the most trying of them all. NUMEROUS repairs, nagging issues. We were both growing tired of each other. The RSIIs weren’t helping. A hairline crack would sometimes leak and on other occasions hold air perfectly. As the issue was intermittent, I was not prepared to drive the car to H20i. That was the low point. I hated the Lesbowagon so much that I did not want to take her to Maryland. That changed when I found a set of BBS RSs with similar specs to the RSIIs. A quick remounting of tires, side skirts, plastidipping the real valence and adding a front lip. I was able to save face for H20i. Unfortunately around this time my transmission started acting up, fourth gear was on its way out ( I had to physically hold the lever in 4th or it would pop out). I decided to just man up and drive down, I was just desperate to get to OCMD. Luckily it worked out. To my surprise I have been able to take the Subaru to H20 for 4 years with 4 different wheels and looks.
I had put on over 160000kms in four years of ownership. I should really move closer to work :(. Over 120000 of those kms were spent dumped. So considering that, I can’t be too angry that it was in the shop often for maintenance issues. Steering u-joints, ball joints, axles, hubs, snapped shifter linkage. She’ll be relegated to winter duty. And possibly ice racing next year?
-Edit. I had started the above paragraph months ago. Since then 4th gear has shit the bed completely. Thus ice racing is not in the cards. Instead….junkyard.
She’ll be missed, on to the next one. Continued…
RacecarZ. Via. Tailored.
For those that know me, they know that I am ALWAYS at shows but for some reason NO ONE has ever seen me in a car at all. For ~3 years the boys (especially Gill) have been pushing me to have a car worthy of going to shows with and most importantly, H20i. Well after all that wasted time I have finally decided to “build” something. Now, I hate using the word build because really I’m not building anything, I’m mainly going for wheels, suspension, a couple cosmetic things to make it look different and that’s it. So the first thing on my list was a car, now I posted about 2 years ago trying to figure out what car I should get. It was between the E36 M3 and the MB 190E Cosworth. Obviously due to CPT I’ve got neither and now I have ended up with the MK4 of BMW’s the E36 318is. Overall I am happy with this car itself. The E36 is a completely different feel then any other car I have ever driven in my life. Now that the car has been decided I wanted to go with a theme for it not just stance. After long talks with Kristoff, Steve and Gill we decided that it would be a “Motorsports” theme of some sort. So finding the perfect wheels to really complement this theme was going to be difficult.
The first image is my goal. Front splitter, hood bra, Autosrada Modenas, BC Racing coils. Level 1 scene points.
The second being the wishlist. The above plus canards, rear diffuser, big exhaust, half cage, Bride seats, Nardi wheel, and BTCC era decals. Also battle scars from Shannonville or Mosport DDT. Level 3.4 scene points.
Our crew always has a favourite car of the year. We never post about it. We just always have one car we talk about. And it’s always from H2Oi. Previous years include Jay’s Legacy Wagon, LooneyLow’s Civic, that boosted Trailblazer (everyone who was there, knows the one). Inevitably there would be more this year. So we decided as a group to make an award for the owner. However, some suggested that we lean towards a VAG car. We tried to oblige. Someone in a VW had to step up. About the award….2 years ago, I made the 14 hour drive back home from OCMD without a hitch. Somehow I did not fall asleep. All was well, the shitbox made it there and back.. Unfortunately on the 1 hour commute home from work the next day, this dumbass fell asleep (eastbound on Lakeshore, around Jameson for the curious locals), and curbed my RS’s. CURBED them. It was non salvageable, how it continued to hold air is beyond me. 2 years later, the beebs were gone, the lip was still around. Why not get rid of it in style? Few minutes on Solidworks, few more on a laser cutter and we had our award. Painting and assembly took longer than anticipated, but the final product we can be proud of.
It took us a few days to commit to a winner. Luckily for us and some VW fanboys, Nick Weir stepped up. It’s definitely a Volkswagen, yet it ruffles the feathers of the purists. I honestly don’t understand why all car people can’t get along. We like stance, we like drifting, we like muscle cars, we like offroad trucks, we like supercars, we like the Euro scene, we like the JDM scene. Why belittle eachother? Honda and VW fans seem to fit this bill the most. This Caddy has to satisfy everyone. Its a bagged Volkswagen car/truck with a Honda K swap and Work wheels. The colour combination of cream exterior and dark grey wheel centres really pull the project together. I would not have guessed that Meisters would work this well on a Caddy. Love the builds that are different. Much better than a set of RSs.
Mk1 VW Caddy Mk2/3 front air lift bags Custom rear setup with 4 links. Dual compressors. V2 management with alloy tank. Custom fuel tank Honda K swap with custom mounts Work Meister CR-01 wheels, 5 lug conversion
The project isn’t complete for Nick. He’s still got lots of plans for this car during the winter.
Circuit Soul has been creating a lot of buzz on the west coast. With their RWB build and grand opening last month. I love all their Japanese influenced stickers and shirts. Top notch designs.
E34 M5s are fast. Add another 650-700 hp and you have this.