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Subject: Which would you rather sink 25-35k into?
I’m deciding between two long term project cars for a spirited driving Sunday car. Want it to be customized as a small wide rwd front engine Bmw. Both would have a rollcage, leather Recaro Pole Positions, 6 speed manual, and both would be Bmw jet black with silver apex arc 8s. Have almost 25k saved toward it and probably save another 10k if necessary. Trying not to destroy anything too rare or coveted, so I will start with lower spec trim cars.
A 2.8L Z3 Coupe (not gonna destroy an MCoupe, even though non-M is more rare, it is less coveted) with a M60/M62 hybrid motor and 540i 6 speed tranny. Would be a high comp M60B44. A few internal upgrades and they do about 335-345 crank HP. M62b44 bottom end with m60b40 head, m60 wiring, lighter lifters, stiff dual spring valve train, hollow Cams, custom exhaust, 1992 “trumpet” intake manifold, cold air intake. Upgraded recaro seats, rear rollbar, e46 brakes, apex wheels. Some type of suspension upgrade.
Higher mileage e82 135i with 1M front and rear bumper, and front and rear fenders (rear fenders will not be oem ) suspension upgrade, upgraded charge pipe, intercooler, tune, Apex wheels and recaro seats and quad exhaust.
Both seem like they would be fantastic Sunday drivers, and I have no need for a daily as I commute via train.
Any thoughts? Z3 would be far more unique compared to others that have already done 1M clones, but would have way less driver aids. Always wanted to do one of these builds, but until recently, did not have the money. Finally in a position where I can start one of these builds over the long northeastern winters.
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Subject: BMW e39 low aftermarket seats?
I'm 6.9 feet tall and therefore can hardly fit in my 525i with a sunroof.
Removing some seat cushion by a car saddler apparently only increases the headroom by a small margin.
Therefore lower aftermarket seats seem to be my only choice.
What options are there that will fit as plug&play as possible?