In Stock Items by PCAL

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Over the 10 years we’ve been in business, we’ve had an astounding amount of rare and awesome JDM products roll through our warehouse. However, it seems like some have made themselves a home on our shelves and we’ve accumulated a pretty eclectic mix of rare products. Below is just a taste of what you’ll find. Among other things, check out the Ersteklasse Z4 kit and the Top Secret Longnose kit for the 350Z:

Clearly there’s a huge variety of items you won’t see anywhere else. We have a nice list of what’s in stock right here. You’ll find everything from First Molding canards to Top Secret Fusion Oil!

As a special offer for our loyal readers, if you’re interested in any of these items, give us a call at 213.745.6954 or drop us an e-mail at sales@bulletproofautomotive.com and we’ll get you a great price. These parts would look much better on your car then on our shelves! Who knows, we might soon be blogging about your project instead of parts just sitting around.

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Factory Inspiration by PCAL

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For most, modifying their car is a way of differentiating their car from others. Ironically, one of the best ways to differentiate a car is to take successful design elements from one car and apply them to another. Last week we saw the new Porsche GT3RS with its color-matched wheels and mirrors. This E46 M3 owner likely took inspiration from Porsche’s scheme and applied it to his car and its Takata green Volk wheels. While the car has many other modifications, the mirrors stand out and add to the overall visual package.

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ASM has done something similar with this S2000, taking it a step further, color-matching their roll cage just like the GT3RS and ever their wing endplates. Once again, this car is heavily modified, but the color matching adds even more individuality and interest to the car. There are many other factory design elements that can be used on a wide variety of applications.

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European Hillclimbing by Matt Rus

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After checking Bulletproof Automotive’s facebook profile I noticed Clifford’s comment about European hillclimb machines. And because just recently European hillclimb championship is near, I thought it would be cool to show what kind of monsters are climbing on our hills. To bad that we didn’t see Georg Plasa’s E36 BMW hillclimb car with Judd V8 engine from F1. A few years ago I remember when I was standing 5 feet away from the car when Plasa passed by us under full throttle. I became deaf for a few minutes. Youtube search that car if you want to see some craziness.

Yet still there were some great machines like Felix Pailer’s Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 5 with ~700hp or Herbert Pregartner’s Porsche 911 GT2 EVO II(993) with 820hp who was 12th overall and 1th in class. Here is a shot of that Porsche and bellow a video with GT2 in action.

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Of course Japanese cars were also present although they were outnumbered. Among the few were Evos, Imprezas and some Civics. Mike Jelinek’s Impreza stood out noticeably from the stock looking Evos. The Impreza, recently upgraded with a KAPS Transmissions full sequential 6 speed gearbox and 600hp pushed Mike’s Impreza hard up the hill climb.

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And one more video:

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Build Your Own Motorsport Race Car by Stanley Ku

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This is your chance to build the real ultimate driving machine. BMW North America is selling authentic Motorsport parts for a few chassis including the E36 M3, E46 M3, E90 320i and the E85 Z4. I like the direction that BMW is heading in regards to their accessory and performance options. They are targeting a new market for those who wants proven products at the highest levels. Maybe we will even see BMW sponsor club racing like SCCA and NASA. These products will still remain very exclusive due to the high prices but at least it is a start for BMW.

Here is the official BMW statement from it’s website.

BMW’s impact on motorsports can trace its lineage to the companys’s first automobiles, designed in the 1920s and ’30s. Success of the unbeatable 328 became the foundation of BMW Motorsport GmbH in 1973, and set a winning tone for the twists and turns of the next three decades.

That tradition is set to continue as BMW of North America has returned to the American Le Mans Series(ALMS), driven by a partnership with the Rahal Letterman Racing Team.

Now, for the first time ever in the United States, you can purchase authentic BMW Motorsport parts to offer true BMW performance, available at select BMW centers. It’s the only way to push your track-approved BMW model to its limits.

Take your BMW racecar to the next level with BMW Motorsport parts.* This is just the beginning of an expanding list of quality BMW Motorsport parts.*

You can check out the pdf catalogs at the offical site.

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Subtle Difference by Stanley Ku

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Can you guys spot the difference between the 2 following pictures? There is a difference between the two but it is very subtle. Don’t worry if you can’t see it because I wasn’t able to notice it until someone mentioned it.

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This comparison picture will definitely help those who cannot notice the difference.

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Basically, the wheel center of the BBS LM, which is mounted on the outside of the barrel, has now been mounted on the inside. I came across this a couple months back when Jon, aka from330cit0m3, did it and posted about it on the forums.  I’m sure others might have done the same, but this method doesn’t seem to be very well-known to my knowledge. It is a very interesting and clever, yet simple concept. The wheels are 19×10 +25 offset. Mounting the face on the inner barrel results in an additional 0.5 inch of lip. So now, it has the same amount of lip as a 19×11 BBS LM wheel. In addition, the offset has been lowered so the fitment is more aggressive, resulting in a more flush look.

It may seem like mounting the face on the inner side will mess up the balance of the wheel but according to Jon,  the wheels are as straight and perfect as before when he took them to get balanced. There’s no wheel vibration either. As a matter of fact, the 19×11 BBS LM wheel has it’s center back-mounted straight the factory. Makes you wonder why they didn’t do so for the narrower sizes. It is a good alternative for people who are looking to get more lip on the BBS LM, but cannot fit wider wheels. Here’s a picture of Jon’s wheels on his E46 M3.

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BMW V10 M3 Swaps and More

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My buddy Jon Sibal made a great post on his blog recently that I’m going to “borrow heavily” from here.

http://jonsibal.com/blog/?p=3024&cpage=1#comment-1625

So you started reading this post because it said V10 M3 right? But wait just one second…First I want to show you a V8 (old M5 engine) powered E30 Alpina M3 which is SUPER CLEAN. I have a thing for E30s and this one is just perfect (color choice, wheel setup, everything is perfect and time appropriate for the look of the car).

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Alright, now that you’re warmed up lets get to the main course…V10 M5 power slammed into lighter chassis BMWs

First, how about a Z4 V10?

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Now on to M3s as promised…

E60 M5 V10 Powered Z4 BMW

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On that last picture, the wagon, the took it a step further and slapped on a pair of turbos. Why not…

Manhart-Racing is resposnible for these cars. If I had a BMW this is what I’d want to do with it! V10 E92 M3 with Ericsson exhaust and full aero, thats my style right there!

This stuff all brings me back to the mid 90s when I was totally blown away reading a magazine article about a Racing Dynamics 318ti with a 850csi V12 engine swap. Same idea, a decade and a half later and I’m still blown away by this stuff.

UPDATE: A Cardomain member is almost finished with his E60 M5 V10 swap into his E30 M3. To see the build go to:

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2929437

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Like Whoa – BMW 1 Series GTR Race Car

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Check this out…if you ever thought a BMW 1 series 4 door hatchback couldn’t be hardcore, you need to see this!

Flossman in Germany has built this “M1 GTR” E87 1 Series.This thing is serious business. I’ve seen some super clean 1 Series BMWs out in Japan but nothing built to this level of hardcore racing.Flossman 1 Series GTR

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