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Rafał Sadowski's E30

Engine/Drivetrain

  • M52b28TU
  • carbon Simota Air Intake
  • Custom manifolds
  • Custom 2.5” exhaust
  • 5 speed manual
  • 25% Limited Slip Differential 3.20 ratio

Exterior

  • iS front lip
  • Mtech I trunk spoiler
  • Touring side skirts
  • US front and rear sidemarkers 
  • Side indicators deleted
  • Pop out windows
  • US backplate panel

Interior

  • Recaro speed seats
  • Rear seats reshaped
  • Whole interior retrimmed in leather
  • Nardi Deep Corn steering wheel
  • Matching Nardi gear knob
  • Original radio
  • Second radio hidden in glovebox to keep original look inside

Suspension/Braking/Wheels

  • AC Schnitzer Type I (Front: 17x9" | Rear: 17x10")
  • Hankook tires
  • ISC coilovers with custom springs
  • Rear camber kit 
  • E46 3.0 petrol brakes (Front: 325mm | Rear: 276mm)
  • Copper lines

Thanks to: First of all massive thanks to my amazing wife Monika (love you lots) and Sebastian for getting that car for me. Miker for help with suspension and brakes. Karol, Jakub and Dariusz at Swap Garage for building my car. Marcin Ukleja for helping to pick right color. Exotic, Adams, Przemyslaw, Elvis & Przemek and TeamAF for continued support.

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    Piotr Gruntkowski's E36

    Photography by Damian Oleksiński

    Engine/Drivetrain

    • Simota carbon fiber air intake
    • MG Motorsport exhaust system

    Exterior

    • Desert Shadow Metallic paint from Nissan GTR R35
    • M-package front bumper with carbon canards
    • Foglight delete
    • Widened fenders for this wheel setup
    • Carbon coated wing, custom made, cut out of the lightest and the hardest available aluminum
    • Aluminum diffuser
    • Veneer designed and made by poperzy.pl
    • Original additions EZ-lip pro

    Interior

    • Recaro Pole Position red seats with FIA homologation
    • Sparco frames with FIA homologation
    • Schroth Clubman II ASM 3" silver belts purchased as new on request with FIA
    • Staff's rollbar painted white
    • Nardi Torino steering wheel

    Suspension/Wheels

    • 3-piece wheels 18x10" front / 18x11.5" rear (The only set in the world)
    • BFGoodrich 235/35 front, Federal 285/30 rear
    • TA adjustable dampening + custom springs
    • E46 330i brakes after full regeneration, blasted clamps, repainted on black mat, all pistons and gaskets replaced, new discs cut and drilled Mikoda GT, new Zimmermann pads, new liquid ATE
    • New bushings in the rear suspension, bearings with front hubs, rear bearings, steering rods and stab connectors

    Previous stages of the build (in chronological order)

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    Adam Tokarski's E38

    Photography by M.G. Foto

    The story of Adam Tokarski's E38 begins after he sold his E36 328i touring. He started to look for a nice example in Poland and Germany but couldn't find anything that interested him. So he took his search to Great Britain, where he found the car on an insurance auction. It had some minor damage to the rear fender, but he immediately noticed the Mora Metallic paint job from BMW Individual. It is super rare to find an E38 in this color. Judging by online research there's only 3 facelifted and 1 pre-facelift models found in Europe. The car is a 2001 E38 728i M sport model.

    The interior is also BMW Individual featuring Light Beige (Pearl Beige) with purple piping on the seats, black roof lining, 16:9 sat nav, lights in the door handles, and a sport steering wheel. Unfortunately the car was right hand drive, so the first thing Adam did was take it to a shop that specialized in changing that. They converted it to left hand drive, however it lost a few Individual features by doing so.

    A new engine was fitted because the original had a blown head gasket. Besides the left hand drive conversion, all of the work done to the car was done by Adam.

    The suspension was upgraded to a set of FK Automotive Koning-Sport coilovers. The wheels are forged 20" OZ Superleggera III in 9" front and 10.5" rear. Because it's Adam's daily driver he also replaced all of the suspension and brake components with new. 

    When Adam started on modifications to the exterior he first replaced the Shadowline window trim with a High Gloss version. The taillights were then changed to fully red and the headlights were converted to bi-xenon with 3" lenses from a Mercedes E-Class. An Alpina lip was added to the front bumper to give it a more aggressive look.

    An interesting side note: Adam decided to customize his license plate by adding a Z to MORA (paint job name). In Polish "Zmora" means "Nightmare" and since his car was a pain in the ass from the beginning it was perfect.

    This E38 has seen a lot of work to preserve its rare individualism. I love how Adam chose to not go down the VIP route. There's an ideal amount of sportiness left to this one. Those Superleggera's make me feel super nostalgic too... the car reminds me of something I would've dreamt about making on a Tire Rack Wheel Simulator back in high school. I'm glad to see the more traditional BMW enthusiast styling still being done today.

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    Mateusz’s F11 Touring

    Photography by JLZ1.com

    About 2 years ago Mateusz and his wife were expecting a child so Mateusz decided that he will need something a bit bigger and more reliable. Being in a low E46 Touring he wanted to get another BMW.

    He eventually decided on a carbonschwarz metallic F11 530d (N57D30O0 3.0 diesel engine 180kW 245 HP) and purposely opted for no X-drive, to avoid problems with different tires/setups in the future. The car was very well equipped (Navi Professional with 10” display and 12 speakers included) and comfortable but it was obvious that the car would not remain stock for long.

    The plan was to keep it simple again... to make it as low as possible with aftermarket wheels, but this time on air ride. The new suspension is based on KW V3 Coilovers with Bilstein B6 shocks and Viair parts. All of the customization is done by Polish air ride guru, Czesław Customizer.

    The next step was the wheels so he bought a set of Niche Surge M114's, a wheel company that is not very popular in Europe and Poland. Wheel specs are 20x10.5" et20 both front and rear. Hankook Ventus S1 255/30 are stretched on the front and Continental Contisport Contact3 265/30 on the back. For the perfect fitment while the car lay on the ground, the wheel arches needed to be rolled a bit.

    All windows, trims, and front grille were swapped to the Shadowline version. The M-Package that came on the car was sporty, but Mateusz still wanted it to look more aggressive so a Schmiedmann carbon front lip was added. These are minor changes for now but Mateusz is already thinking about modifying the exhaust and adding some more carbon to the side skirts and rear bumper.

    We look forward to seeing any updates and new changes Mateusz does to this super clean example of a German wagon.


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    Michał Adamiszyn's Alpina B3 E36

    Photography by JLZ1.com

    Many people will look at this car and probably react in one of two ways. They'll either be impressed by its stance and wheel setup, or they'll find the car "ruined" wondering why anyone would ever take the modifying that far. Though, whichever side of the fence you fall on, owner Michał Adamiszyn is unphased. The wildness of this build is not exactly my cup of tea, but I can respect it for Michał built it for none other than himself.

    Sitting motionless the car bears a very aggressive attitude. The black grills and smoked lights help give the sinister appearance from the front, I can only imagine what it must look like approaching in the rearview. Red tails and a GT-Class spoiler with LTW risers were added to ensure the rear grabbed an equal amount of attention.

    Before the E36, Michał had a "stanced" Mk1 VW Caddy and an Audi S4 B5 2.7 BiTurbo. The Audi kept breaking down so it was set back to stock and sold. During that time he said he always wanted to try something else and the E36 chassis really caught his eye. Michał was especially fond of Shaun Quill's red E36 which was an inspiration for his own build.

    He found an original Alpina B3 E36 that had an accident with a tree by ways of the previous owner. He then swapped its engine and complete interior to a standard E36 with M body kit. Michał later decided that he no longer needed the beige leather interior because he found it pointless to keep it legit when the VIN code wasn't able to be moved with the rest of the original Alpina parts. So the interior received a pair of bucket seats with Schroth seat belts and a Nardi steering wheel.

    Michał decided to keep most of the remaining interior parts though to show the roots of the car. The passenger side of the dashboard holds the Alpina plate that says "0186", the door threshold with Alpina badge and a couple other things were kept in the move. 

    The engine is the Alpina B3 3.0 good for 247hp and 240 ft. lb. torque, Michał also added a K&N air filter and custom exhaust system. A manual gearbox from a 328i was chosen for the job instead of the Alpina switch-tronic transmission from the donor car.

    A set of AP Fahrwerke coilovers with custom stiffer springs, camber plates and camber arms allowed Michał to achieve this radical wheel fitment. The camber up front is set to -8 degrees while the rear runs -9 degrees. The OZ Breyton wheel specs are 17x11"(F) and 17x11.25"(R) with 4 inch lips. That was unheard of years ago for the E36 chassis with stock fenders, even widebody fenders that's a whole lot of wheel to stuff in there.

    After I briefly let go of my "purist" beliefs I was able to enjoy this absurd looking ride for what it was. I'm glad to see Michał pushing the limits and doing what most would say is impossible.