All new dancing gear - What a difference!

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TimU
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All new dancing gear - What a difference!

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Before and after. So glad to be rid of those ugly wheels.
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What's new?
Alpina 17" replica wheels
Bilstein B8's
H&R springs
Fully refreshed steering link components:
- Upper control arms
+ MooseHead Engineering UCA Spherical bearings
- Aluminium lower control arms (from E24 M6, E32, E34)
- Centre Drag Link (RHD)
- Idler arm
- Tie rods
- Swaybar links
- Steering box reinforcement dowel (Mwrench.com)

She's so tight now!

Wheels are 17x8 Alpina reps from Maxilite (ET+15 offset) with 235/45 R17 Falken FK50 tyres.

Complete parts list is here:
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Lessons Learnt:
- Despite several professional (and annual) inspections, pretty much every original bushing and ball joint was shot.
- Front shocks were both leaking.
- Need to figure out what's going on with the new Swaybar bushings. Apparently the Vaico ones supplied are too tight to fit the 19mm OE swaybar.
04/1986 635csi Euro spec
Australian Delivered, RHD
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MrE
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Agreed, those wheels are so much better.

Car looks very very clean too. No wipers!

I don't think I've seen chrome trim over the wheel arches on an E24 before. I've seen chrome guards, usually on the Series 1 cars, but not trim like yours.
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Looks great Tim. Those were some really.... interesting wheels indeed. I have style 5's which I like, but they are a little common. The Alpina's really work. Paint looks wonderful - is that a respray?

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MrE wrote: Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:23 pm Agreed, those wheels are so much better.

Car looks very very clean too. No wipers!

I don't think I've seen chrome trim over the wheel arches on an E24 before. I've seen chrome guards, usually on the Series 1 cars, but not trim like yours.
No wipers: Well spotted MrE!
They were removed for repairs and reconditioning (gaskets, plastic caps, repaint the arms, etc) and will go back on the car shortly.

The chrome wheel arch trims are interesting. I'm not sure if they were installed by a PO, or as a dealer fitted accessory.
I don't think they are OEM, but I kinda like them.
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Australian Delivered, RHD
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Re: All new dancing gear - What a difference!

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Sbeaud wrote: Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:30 pm Looks great Tim. Those were some really.... interesting wheels indeed. I have style 5's which I like, but they are a little common. The Alpina's really work. Paint looks wonderful - is that a respray?

Scott
Thanks Scott.

I know the lineage of the ugly wheels - They were installed by the PO (my late mother in law) when she couldn't justify the replacement cost of the original TRX tyres. I still have the 390mm TRX wheels in my garage, but they're not much use to anyone.

Going by the date and location on the purchase receipt, I don't think she had a wide choice of wheels. She would have chosen the least-worse option needed to pass the annual registration safety inspection.

Yes, The car appears to have been resprayed at some point in its life, because it now has some clear coat peeling in various places along one side.
My understanding is that they did not come from the factory with a clear coat, so it must have been a respray.
04/1986 635csi Euro spec
Australian Delivered, RHD
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