The Little E36 that Could

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Kristen taking Jules through the finish at a SCCA Event back in January ’15

We’ve had Jules the longest in our humble race car stable. She’s the car that both Kristen and I finally got serious with and learned the most from. From the first successful heel-toe maneuver to the the first win in class, this little E36 has so much character. Despite the numerous times I’ve wanted to sell to it, I’ve always found myself wanting to keep it. Current plan is to do pay off some bills and then prepare this car for a V8 swap.

Sponsors

  • bimmerworld | Your #1 source for all BMW related parts. From maintenance and performance upgrades, the team at bimmerworld actively race and support local racers. The apexjunky E36 could not do what it does without their help with their support.
  • Oceanside Motorsports | Hands down the #1 BMW shop in the San Diego. Although technically located in Oceanside Neal Daily and his team of techs are some of the most thorough techs that have laid hands on my e36. Lifetime warranty for their services helps ensure that the money you spent is worthwhile and will be covered if something goes wrong.
  • theracersstore.com / C2 Motorsport | Personalized service and helmets in stock with competitive pricing on tires, and other racing accessories. Ron and his team at C2 provide a level of services that rival the best areas in town with incredible attention to detail and vast knowledge of all racing applications.

How’s it do?

BMWCCA – Without a doubt one of the FASTEST 6M/Normally Aspirated Modified cars in San Diego/LA area. With this new setup on good street tires, I’ve taken 6/8/12 cylinder mod by several seconds on the same course. No doubt in my mind that if the car was driven on proper R-comps, it would be a contender for fastest BMW time of day.

SCCA — It’s taken its’ share of wins in STX and DSP class in San Diego. Finished up 2nd and 3rd in DSP class for the year in 2012, 2nd in DSP overall in 2013, finished 2014 as a class winning and 2nd place finish for the year in STX.

The goods

1993 BMW 325i M50 w/Vanos ~176k miles, cold weather package (heated seats)
Motul fluids in diff and transmission.
VANOS Rebuild done at Oceanside Motorsports (OMS)
Alignment done at OMS.

Engine

Oceanside Motorsports doing some much needed VANOS work

Oceanside Motorsports doing some much needed VANOS work

Stock M50
AFE CAI Intake
Bav Auto Coil Packs
NGK spark plugs
Valve cover gasket
Dyno tuned to put down 200.1whp at the Dynoshop in Santee, CA (this ran $1700). (The car pulls STRONG through the rev range. The limiter has been left stock to ensure longevity for the motor, but can be reflashed for full race mode. Since the car still did daily driver duty, I needed it to be reliable.(Has lifter tick, but pulls strong as hell)

Cooling

Stock cooling, and coolant flushed 1.5 years ago. Car never has never overheated.

Chasis/Suspension

AST-4150 Single Adjustable Coilovers (These are the newer style with thicker shock bodies and sturdier as a result). No leaks.
GC Camber plates
Bav Auto Strut tower Brace
Delrin bushings throughout.
Racing Dynamics Sway bars with adjustable end links (front and rear)
Turner Motorsport Adjustable Toe arms (rear),
5″ Hyperco Springs 550/500.
Subframe tore the chassis and also blew out the rear shock towers in in 2012 and so I had it repaired ($$$$$$$)
New Bimmerworld Strut Mounted Adjustable Endlinks (12/14)
New front Tie Rod Assemblies and Tie Rod Locking Plates (12/14)

In her natural state: sideways.

In her natural state: sideways.

Car is set for race alignment for continuous performance. It’s also running extended studs and 17mm lugs for quick swapping of the wheels on race day. Fronts include a 20mm H&R spacer to clear M3 brakes

Brakes

Bimmerworld E36 M3 front brake upgrade (OEM rotors, PFC Z-Rated Pads, E36 M3 Spindles, E36 M3 calipers, new OEM Hubs, 4 caliper braket bolts, 2 caliper clips, bearing nut dust covers) and new lines. E36 M3 brakes rear’s also done. Brakes work fantastic, just needs a bit more travel. This can be solved by putting in a E36 m3 Master cylinder.

Exhaust

Active Autowerke Gen III cat back exhaust. Car sounds absolutely AWESOME.

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At the car wash after the massive storm we had in Ramona in July ’15

Wheels

17×9 DFORCE LTW5’s in flat black with 245/40/17 Dunlop Z2’s mounted

Lighting

35W Depo Glass HID’s and CCFL Angel Eyes with DDM clear corners front.

Drivetrain

Stock 5 speed with strong clutch and factory LSD (yes this is a factory BMW limited slip that’s not a misprint). New GUIBO with lifetime OMS Warranty.

Photo credits go to Larry Houghton of lateapexphoto.com