So… the last post ended with my accident, in which I slid into a sign pole and damaged the rear end. I thought long and hard about things, I was actually considering selling my Touring but in the end I came to my senses and kept the car. I slowly started a rebuild…
After the accident, I left it as it is for the next few months and only started working on it in March this year. To get into things, I test fitted my Rial wheels – still with the chunky tires, that were originally meant for a 5-Series E34.
Here you can see the damage done to the lower portion of the rear end. I ended up leaving this like it was, as it was only bent and nothing was ripped or torn. It’s not perfect, but as I will never ever sell this car, it’s okay. I can live with this as the bumper will cover it anyways.
I started the repairs by fixing the crack in the rear bumper. I took a soldering iron, some plastic bits and welded it back up.
Next, I tackled the dent in the rear quarter panel. Hammered out the dent and got the metal as smooth as I could… by no means am I a body worker, but I think it came out pretty decent!
Started reworking my suspension… replaced the shocks, cleaned up the struts and springs and ordered excentric M3 3.2l strut bearings which I mounted reversed left to right, so I would get more negativ camber.
That was when I finally noticed that I would need spacers to run the Rials… they were slightly touching the brake caliper. I didn’t want to run a spacer, as that would mean fender work in the front, which I wanted to avoid… so it was good thing that I bought a different set of wheels at the same time, mainly just because I was offered these for a price where I just could not say ‘no’!
But more on that in the next part… 😉