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Old 01-03-2017, 03:27 PM   #1
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Drift 328i questions and ideas

Like the title says i have a 328i its and old thing i wanted to make it a cool street car and what not but i have always wanted to race and drift. Now this car is going to be my drift car and my family is buying another car (gen coupe or frs) as wifes DD. So this car will kept it insured because its like $10 a month for me. It will see 80% drifting a little Auto X and the 20% drive home. So feel free to shoot my ideas down or offer better knowledge its my first drift car.

1. I want to weld a 3.46 and replace the 2.9_ diff instead of a lsd. But can a welded diff even work well for a few auto x a year?

2. What tires to run. I was thinking of buying a bunch of used snow tires for the rears less grippy idk where i heard this but yea

3. What else is a must or should i do most basic of things

4. Anyone know any event that will start before april may time i want yo start asap. I live in chicago but often visit st.louis (home)

5. Is a hydraulic e brake needed. Or is what i read miss informing me

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Old 01-03-2017, 03:33 PM   #2
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Ps I have raceland coilovers. I plan to replace maybe later on with a koni hr combo. But not until later maybe a few months

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Old 01-15-2017, 02:13 PM   #3
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The main reason I got the 330Ci is because I'm planning to turn it into a drift car eventually, so I'm starting bit by bit with street legal mods until I go full race mode.

Get dependable and adjustable coilovers (HSD offer affordable good ones on driftworks)

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1. I want to weld a 3.46 and replace the 2.9_ diff instead of a lsd. But can a welded diff even work well for a few auto x a year?
A welded diff will never do you good at Auto X, but will surely help you kill some tires.. If you weld the diff, know that you can never go on the high way, or get traction around corners.

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2. What tires to run. I was thinking of buying a bunch of used snow tires for the rears less grippy idk where i heard this but yea
Any tires would work if you want to have fun/practice .. You could get new tires but then I'd suggest you raise the air pressure so you get less traction. Used tires would save you a lot of money and you wouldn't care if you kill them.

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3. What else is a must or should i do most basic of things
Replace the subframe bushings to poly to avoid cracking the chassis. I'd recommend you go poly all around

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5. Is a hydraulic e brake needed. Or is what i read miss informing me
Oh definitely. A hydraulic handbrake will give you ultimate control and specially at initiation, unless you like using the weight of the car to transition or start a drift but a hydraulic handbrake will be like a magic wand.
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Old 01-16-2017, 08:43 PM   #4
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Here are my 2 cents. I did the same thing and bought a 330e46. It was very clean. I was debating on drifting it because it was so clean. Then problem after problem has been showing their ugly faces. At some point you just have to start calling it a drift car or not. There is no middle ground of street/drift car. Defiantly not a show car/drift car. Strip it make the suspension as strong as you can, weld the diff(Chelsea denofa ran a welded in formula d for awhile) get spare wheels and lots of shitty used tires and get out there.

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Old 01-16-2017, 09:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help and yes it wont be a street car (but i don't own a truck so it will be driven to events) im waiting for spring to come so i can get to working on the car (chicago to cold to work in) but i am just debating on my diff. im thinking i might just swap in a m rear end. Since i want to replace all the bushings anyways. Can i run the m3 or 330 brakes if i do that. Hard to find answers on bmw forums for me most ppl just criticize and argue. And go so far off topic -_-

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Old 01-16-2017, 09:03 PM   #6
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The more i read the more i think i want a lsd and not a weld thanks for your input AbdullaJaafari made me do some research

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The more i read the more i think i want a lsd and not a weld thanks for your input AbdullaJaafari made me do some research

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Be careful who & what you listen to....

I won't waste my time with all the above supposition in post #3, but I will tell you two things:

1) HSD Coilovers are crap.

2) I won more races than you can imagine with my pictured race car below using a welded diff.



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Old 01-17-2017, 08:01 AM   #8
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Upgrades and drift car necessities in my personal opinion for your drift car.

Start with the diff and get the traction control lined out, the welded diff and traction control fight each other when going around corners at regular speed.


Do regular maintenance! Make sure all brakes and rotors function and will not break when you are getting sideways.

Fresh oils, filters and fluids in all compartments.

Then I would spend your money on driving whenever and wherever you can.

Experience is way more important than a cone filter or exhaust.
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