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Owner: blair winter
In registry since: Friday, Jun 27th 7:56pm.
Year: 1981
Location: Eugene, Oregon USA

citterly   Posted Wednesday, Nov 23rd 12:57am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 5
Michigan, USA
1979 323i --> M20
You have a very nice car.

I am wondering about a couple of the mods you have listed:
-Alpina copy lower chassis tie bar
---Is this some type of fron to rear subframe connector?
-Dinan adjustable subframe
---What does this provide?
Pictures of both on the car would be great to see.
Do you know how to tell if a steering rack is:
-original Motorsport quick ratio steering rack
---Do you know the change in ratio?

I'm thinking about some things that might be left to do to my car and these sound like worth while efforts.


blair winter   Posted Tuesday, Nov 29th 2:56am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Junior Member
Post nr. 1
Oregon, USA
'81 323i, '70 2002, '97 540i/S
Hi Chris,


Alpina made a lower chassis 'tie bar' back in the day. David Lumbra [] makes an identical copy. This is a steel bar which ties each side of the lower front of the chassis together - by mounting at the front anti-sway locations. I can post a pic...

The adjustable rear subframe [as sold by Dinan and others] allows for relatively easy camber correction on lowered cars. This is important if the car is lowered at all, as lowering adds too much negative camber which hurts tire life and traction. I can post a pic of this too...

Lastly, the BMW Motorsport quick ratio rack: if you can get your hands on one, it will be the most gratifying mod this side of 300hp! The ratio change is huge: from 4.1 turns lock-to-lock to 2.5 turns. Big fun. I don't have part numbers for each, but its like looking at a diff: push tie rods from one end to the other while counting input shaft turns. Jason, a frequent contributor here, sells exact copy steering gear kits, which can be installed in your existing rack. Look him up! Original quick racks are rare.

cnvkellogg   Posted Tuesday, May 9th 6:29am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 6
Eugene, OR
78 320i
Hey dont you have an extra motorsport rack in your garage? I want that one. lol. Next autcross in 3 weeks I be the guy with 4 turn steering rack. Man are my arms tired.

blair winter   Posted Wednesday, May 24th 10:00pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Junior Member
Post nr. 1
Oregon, USA
'81 323i, '70 2002, '97 540i/S
Cam, sorry mate - only got one motorsport rack. I do have another standard unit.

Man, I do have to get some new pix up.

See you at the auto-x - then the track!

JJG323   Posted Wednesday, May 24th 10:17pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 1205
Reading MA USA
1979 BMW 323i
HA, nice car.

I have the DINAN rear subframe, and the ZF sport steering rack. But My 323i is not driveable yet...

cnvkellogg   Posted Thursday, May 25th 7:07am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 15
Eugene, OR
78 320i
Whe have a new E21 Auto crosser in Roseburg he has a bronze 323i he picked up for 500 bucks... dam we paid to much for ours haha. He will be in your class!

giorgis_e21   Posted Friday, Aug 18th 5:54pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 10
bmw e21 3.16
wow nice rear (mine was a little hit by a recently licenced driver while he was parking)

damn i'm too far away to participate in an e21 gathering

e21enthusiast   Posted Friday, Sep 29th 10:56pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 2
hennarot 320is,topasbraun metalic 323
i will be joining the big boys soon, i think i am adicted im gonna be going on my 4th e21 soon .i am curious to where you had your 323 resprayed and cost?

blair winter   Posted Wednesday, Oct 4th 6:58pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Junior Member
Post nr. 1
Oregon, USA
'81 323i, '70 2002, '97 540i/S

I had Avenue Autoworks on W 11th do the paint. They came recommended by David & Evan Lumbra. We only did the rear 1/2 of the car, but there was plenty of bodywork. I think we spent $1600. I'll do the front when I do my 2.7 motor.

Any chance you can send pix from Saturday to


g323   Posted Thursday, Jul 24th 12:44am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 292
323i 1982
upload the pix somewhere else and link them from this site.

nice car!

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