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  • #46
    Wait? He blamed you that he screwed up your car?? How does this work? Not only they are liable to fix the damage they caused, they also owe you a huge apology for how this whole thing was handled. What am I missing here?

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    • #47
      What size/offset are those Regas? Car looks great btw... shit luck w/ the shop.

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      • #48
        Seems pretty backwards on the issue with the shop. They took your car in....damaged it...then got mad at you?

        I'm not sure I'd be helping "talk the guy down" after he did that to me, I'd probably be going in the other direction.

        Past: '99 Hellrot/Dove M3/2/5 | '97 S14 1JZ | '06 Triumph Daytona 675 | '01 330I M-Tech I | Current: '96 Estoril/Black M3/2/5

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        • #49
          Originally posted by ejendow View Post
          Such a bummer with that shop. It always sucks when owners like that in the industry mess up and just get angry to put the blame on you. Somehow you end up walking away thinking its your fault when it's totally not. Car looks great nonetheless and I think that wing should look sweet on your car!
          Much appreciated on the wing, it may be very E36-starter-kit these days, but it's hard to deny it looks the part haha.


          Originally posted by TexaZ3 View Post
          Wait? He blamed you that he screwed up your car?? How does this work? Not only they are liable to fix the damage they caused, they also owe you a huge apology for how this whole thing was handled. What am I missing here?
          Originally posted by Mike0032 View Post
          Seems pretty backwards on the issue with the shop. They took your car in....damaged it...then got mad at you?

          I'm not sure I'd be helping "talk the guy down" after he did that to me, I'd probably be going in the other direction.
          Starting a screaming match with him wouldn't have gotten me anywhere, only reasonable negotiation at that point was to deescalate and find common ground. Yeah, it sucks, and I definitely come out way behind. But unfortunately no matter how upset I was at him being an unprofessional prick, I also needed the car aligned. Had I known my friend had just ordered toe plates and I was just going to do this myself anyways, then I might have been more inclined to tell him where to stick it. But at that point I had to be the adult between the two of us and try and get the situation resolved as best as I could. Needless to say, I won't be back, but I was stuck between a rock and a hard place with this one.


          Originally posted by JamesL71 View Post
          What size/offset are those Regas? Car looks great btw... shit luck w/ the shop.
          Thanks! 17x9, et38 all the way around.


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          • #50
            Man, sorry to hear about the shop. I too would have deescalated the situation in that moment, but once I had the car back I would have reescalated it quickly. Screw that kind of behavior.

            PM'ing you so I can avoid that shop in the future. I have many friends with low cars in Phoenix that need to avoid such a trashy place as well.

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            • #51
              wow that sucks about the shop. terrible customer service.
              that shop should at the very least offer to fix the fender.

              glad to see you were being the adult in the situation

              i know you can get A LOT more clearance from those fenders without anything other than rolling/pulling. Hopefully you can get is sorted out soon! the rega's deserve to be on your car!

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              • #52
                Originally posted by sasquatchola View Post
                wow that sucks about the shop. terrible customer service.
                that shop should at the very least offer to fix the fender.

                glad to see you were being the adult in the situation

                i know you can get A LOT more clearance from those fenders without anything other than rolling/pulling. Hopefully you can get is sorted out soon! the rega's deserve to be on your car!
                Thanks! Yeah, absolutely more clearance to be had. While my fenders are rolled, they’re far from completely flat. I just need another go to free up some space and hopefully that’ll be the end of my fitment woes haha.



                Vaders

                Title obvious, I bought Vaders. Some background on how we ended up here. I do not love Vaders, for a number of reasons. They look cool, but they’re so heavy, and actually kind of unsupportive for the amount of bolstering they have. But, after the Sparco fail, I really needed something for the M3. My friend Shane was back in town and is actually going down the Recaro bucket route himself, and so he agreed to sell me his seats at a great price.
                They’re manual, non-heated Vaders. To everyone else, the best version, for me I’m slightly disappointed to be losing power seats and butt warmers. But they look great in the car, and after a drive around the block I think they’re keepers. Any complaint I have (weight, bolstering, etc.) is negated by the fact that my M3 is, and always will be, a street car. For longer road trips, I’ll definitely be happier in this than a bucket seat. Also having the flexibility to position them around as necessary is a bonus.













                The primary reason I had to have new seats is the gears in the sport seats were all stripped out, and were stuck at a horrible lean. While drivable, it’s definitely not ideal. While I could have replaced the gears, I can’t correct the slightly bent drivers frame. It really sat all out of whack. For the price I paid for these seats and the immediate added comfort to the car, I’m pleased with my purchase. What I’m not pleased it trying to install these damn anchors with an injured back. I pulled my back a couple weeks ago, and it was pure misery wrestling these monsters into the car haha.



                I think 2021 is going to be the year of paint and interior. I would like to get everything reupholstered, the headliner needs redoing, and I just ordered a part that is totally not needed but will force me to rip apart everything in there anyways. But after all of the work I have planned, I’ll be just an S54 swap away from my dream car.
                Last edited by Bwwaaaa; 01-03-2021, 07:45 PM.

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                • #53
                  Just For Fun
                  I picked up some wheels for my TSX daily, but now I’m having second thoughts putting them on the wagon. For shits and giggles I put them on the M3 (hey, gotta make use of that 5x114.3 conversion right?). Now I kind of just want to keep these for the M3 as track wheels







                  They’re 18x9.5 et38 Rays Gram Light 57dr wheels. Found them for a good deal in Tucson, a couple hours drive from me. I had purchased them with putting them on my CW2 daily driver, but late night boredom had me test fitting on the M3. From what I read a 255/35 tire will squeeze under the fenders. Though I’m noticing even with my 8mm spacer up front it looks like tires will foul with the strut. Possibly need 10mm but that doesn’t quite line up with what I’m reading online with others who have run similar spec. Any E36 guys here run a similar spec?
                  I’ve been wanting to go do a few track days this year, but I’m admittedly a little hesitant to track on the Regas just because if anything does happen to them they are such a pain to replace. 57drs are a dime a dozen, easily replaced if a curb claims them.

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                  • #54
                    I Bought a Dash



                    And I don't know how I feel about it now. I've been on the hunt for a non-airbag dash for my m3 for a while now. I just like the look a little better, and it has some STW heritage, as the race cars also used them from the reference photos I've found. There are no substantial weight savings to be had, and no other good reason to do this, but I had it in my mind that I must get a non-airbag dash. Then I found this one on eBay, instant buy.









                    It was cheap, very cheap but seemed in fair enough condition to take a gamble on. Only one blemish was obvious from the photos, and when I got it, I was a little disappointed to realize it had a much longer crack stemming off of that. I thought about it for a bit, and considered redying it and running it as is, but I didn't want to take out a non-cracked dash just to put in a damaged one to get rid of the air bag. I don't love it. I was talking to a friend, and he suggested reaching out to dash repair places and seeing if it was fixable. He had a small crack on his LS400 dash repaired and was pleased with it, so I thought maybe that was a good route. A few places I called weren't interested in dealing with it, it wasn't their main business and they didn't want to even attempt. However I found one shop that was more than happy to take it on. They quoted me $150, and said to bring it on by. It took a couple weeks for whatever reason, but I did eventually get it back.







                    And some comparison shots:







                    At first glance, wow what a transformation. They redyed the whole thing, and resurfaced the area on top of the cluster. I threw it in the back of my wagon, headed home and then really started looking at it. It's rough. LITERALLY rough. Like the texture of it is rough. Running your hands over it, it has almost a bedliner/sandpaper type feel to the recovered area. Now, visually it's fine, a bit different from OEM but probably not noticed by anyone other than me. But, I know it's wrong, and that bugs me.

                    I think the moved will be to continue hunting for a NOS dashboard. If this were a track car, or even just a car I cared a little less about I would absolutely run it, but I really don't want to put less than perfect into this car. I may sell this dash, or keep it as a back up. Really unsure what my move is quite yet. So there's the story of restoring a dashboard and then, at the final minute, deciding it isn't good enough.

                    Edit: Bonus shitty photos because I don't really post much visual interest in this thread.





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                    Last edited by Bwwaaaa; 01-27-2021, 02:40 PM.

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                    • #55
                      Might be worth looking in to getting a dash from Europe. We don't have cracked dash problems!

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