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The car we drive say a lot about us: Adhimas BMW E36
Iman Machmud

Again, the BMW E36 is one of those cars with a love it or hate it reputation. As the successor to E30, it had some rather large shoes to fill, especially with the E30 M3 being one of the most influential legendary cars of its time, the design that still gives any enthusiasts’ heart a flutter when it is seen. BMW’s designers didn’t fall short in the looks department, the E36 sporting a sleek and classy body from the factory. While the previous E30 sported a smaller physical size of it’s body, the E36 came bigger and with a newer production engine that much to be desired in terms of power, but kept with the balance of the car as BMW typically. Many of the aftermarket has developed for the E36 enthusiasts like our friend Adhimas that don’t need any complexities for what he did to achieve this looks. Please allow us to introduce the perfect built and deceived the numerous E36 built from others, Adhimas and his beauty E36.

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From the countless photos and videos that I’ve seen, and the facts I’ve seen to from Indonesian stance friends that the level of demand over BMW E36 either the four door sedan or coupe one is very high. Stance on E36 has exploded over the last 3 years, and while the rest of us caught on, it didn’t mean that the Adhimas only sat idly by and watched. He kept on doing his research and honing his knowledge to pick in where position that this E36 should be among other E36s.

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This E36 was built with the 2.0 L displacement. Some people said that this engine is underpowered. but as the BMW enthusiast, the 2.0 Liter engine is one of the strongest in its class. The M52 engine is an upgrade of the M50 engine on it’s successor E30. To reduce engine weight, it was produced with an aluminum block giving the engine with 166kg of weight. The Engine is equipped with a single VANOS, and the Vanos adjusts the timing of the valves by adjusting the position of the cam shaft relative to the drive gear.

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In my opinion the M52 engine is a fast and responsive engine, with constant care and maintenance it could go up to higher mileage without getting a rebuild or overhaul. The Engine of the 320i is great and suit in tropical condition like Indonesia, provided that there are no air bubbles on your cooling system and you’re using proper coolant mixture then you don’t have to worry about overheating. Sometimes the main issue of the M52 engine is the piston “O” ring which tends to deteriorate when you reach 100k mileage, you’ll notice this when the engine is rattling and there’s a great loss of power. Starting the M52 engine in the morning really makes your day bright though, it has character, character and character. The 320i E36, it’s not the fastest car, it’s a bit outdated, it’s not the sleekest but for me as a driver it has character that no other car in its class can achieve. There are so many e36 running around the city despite its old age and I view it as a testament to its reliability and never fading character. Some people like Adhimas that loves speed of course felt unpleasant with “gift”, so he decided to stroked up the engine into 2.6 L, 328i crankshaft, and 325i throttle body.

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Now we continue with the exterior side. As usual, one of the biggest changes if you modifying the E36 that you’ll notice is of course that full M-tech body kit. Adhimas also added a few small changes and additions though that many of us non-limited edition owners will easily overlook. A stage 1 lips below front bumper, and the M3 body line just to name a few.

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On the outside also, Adhimas repainted to achieved a clean OEM look on his lady to spice things up a bit. The car is clean and simple, almost OEM-plus, yet it looks tough as nails rolling down the road or sitting still. It’s a classic look and Adhimas has done a great job not taking things too far, but things might change. He’s planning on changing a set of several old rubbers in exterior, which personally I’m not too keen on, but I’m sure Adhimas have a good reasons to pull it off.

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While it may not be as low as most of the cars that featured here, there is no denying that it sits freaking beautiful. Adhimas choice of wheels is super awesome actually. A set of super rare Carline Dynatech that he got from Jay Euro Garage in Indonesia. Sized at 18×8.5″ front and 10″ rear. They were finished off with a the original polished condition. In order to have the wheels exactly where he wanted them to Ahimas actually had to restructuring the wheels before. The original condition was sold for 5 series offset, but as I mention above that Adhimas needs to differenciate it’s class from other E36’s, so with the help of Mr. Agung Wijaya from Jay Euro Garage, he remade those wheels special for E36’s fitment.

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Adhimas took it upon himself for not repaint the wheels because the high polished look will give better enhancement to it’s look combined with the black milky paint on exterior. Adhimas also added some strutbars on engine bay and trunk to gives precision feeling when turning and speeding on this low condition.

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These set of Carline Dynatech definitely works good on here though, and keep with the clean and classy body style. Despite being heavily influenced by the US scene, this E36 is special in the way it is finished. The execution is spot on, and this wheels makes for an instant mixed classic and modern no matter where you are.

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While this might be one of the more subtle cars we’ve featured here, it doesn’t mean the car is any less impressive. It may not be as in-year-face, but that’s the whole point of the OEM+ style. Nothing is meant to jump out at you, but you find yourself staring, and the more you stare the more you discover. This E36 is all about subtle and detail. The factory-fresh OEM exterior, super rare wheels, simple, static stance, and detailed interior all executed to the highest degree of fit and finish are what make this car special. In interior side, Adhimas only upgraded the original steering wheel with the M3 type, and changing whole seats with the the Alcantara type one. The M3 speedometer also gives an impressions look on interior while he drive this beauty.

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Adhimas E36 certainly has an impressive profile in Indonesia. Attractive, good stance, useful for daily use, very nice power, and famous platform heritage. This particular E36 is a great example of the total package and Adhimas is very happy and proud with the results. He tells us that he doesn’t have too many plans for its future other than enjoying it and hunting down another rare items for his stanced lady. Worth to be a great example though.

Thanks Adhimas.

A man fortitudes: Jojo’s BBS RF E36
Iman Machmud

From many moment that we’ve been through in 2013, it was our pleasure to seen many Indonesian Stance enthusiasts shared their momentous story toward their cars on our blog. Believe or not, most of them shared painful story on their lives, the long journey to “ruined” their fenders, parent’s approval, some of them had bad moment within their relationship with a girl when driving a car that floating like a cart, and many more. From 2013 ended, I have met several nice people that I pursued to have their chance for telling their story to us here in LadyOnWheels, such as Mr. Randy Baba and his brother Egoy that showing us the romance when modifying their rides together, and the article toward them will be delivering on next couple days. But before I met them, I was looking for a nice BMW E36 to be featured. The word “nice” probably an ambiguous word to be spoken, but perhaps these images below will show you our “nice” definition though.


Some friends in Indonesia shared their thought about modifying an E36. Some side feels that this platform was extremely easy to get a proper stance scene. Just put a certain wide wheels such as an old OZ’s set or magnificent BBS rims, and those prerequisite will drastically improve her looks. If we talk about BMW E36, although the previous sales of BMW E30 were still good at the end of 1980’s, BMW company launched this platform to compete with other brands during 1990’s such as W202 sedan from Mercedes Benz. If we compared to the E30 and E34, it was a design shock. The “shark design“ of the previous era BMWs was gone and wholly different style arrived. Some people at that time started to call this 3 series by “dolphin shape”, although I’m not completely sure, whether they really look like one though. BMW E36 is about as good as it gets when it comes to mid sedan. Reliable and easy on your wallet in now era, and not to mention, although it quite old now but for my personal opinion they were very stylish, the engineers and designers at BMW did a superb job in introducing this platform to their line up in early 90’s.


I met Jojo and his stanced lady in couple weeks ago. For my personal review, he was an very calm person, less talkative man, and perhaps a sporty man too. When we talk a bit about his daily life, a mid age college boy who study at private banking university at Kemang-Indonesia show me his passion in sports during 2013. I quite shame with his life though, if compared with me, a less sport guy, it hurts me enough. But by the way, although many people said that E36 was very easy to be transformed, I will not write up toward his good or bad side of her, but I’ve been stunned by stories within his ownership of this lady.


Coming from happy and sufficient family was typically difficult to asking for something old fashioned or past brands indeed. Including a car though, the first tough story was the knotty request to his parent that explaining his seriousness to nourished an E36. His parent always said that those kind of old car will bring a hardship time to take care with and of course disturbed Jojo’s study time. Jojo need his little patient here, and in some day, his dad granted him with kindness to bought his dream’s car. Until this way, Ade told me a lot about his patient, and rejected all the given option by his parent to buy a car with more rejuvenates age on this day. He just sticked with only one option, it’s just an E36 that buried in his mind to be his daily stanced ride.


The searching story has began for couple of weeks to search an E36 with great condition. And finally that journey has ended to this lovely whitey E36. It’s quite challenging for Jojo when choosing an option of E36. A lot of friends already did their best in publication of their own stanced E36. Means, he need to find the differences, and it might be only on color options. Luckily he found this whitey sedan, and without doubt he paid this car along with an approval of his dad. Happy? Hell yeah.


After on hands, Jojo need some more time again to finding perfectly suit wheels to be slammed in this E36. Again, in this way its not as easy as you could imagine. An E36 with some OZ’s? Yes we have a lot of them here in Indonesia, how about some BBS stuff? There’s a lot too. In fact, actually Jojo felt really desperates and he has shaky feeling to find another platform and resell this E36. But some colleagues told him to stay with this E36 and explain that modification is not about being stand up in front of people, it’s about taste and appreciation in what we do in every single ways that we’ve done in our lovely car. And after that, his confidence back along with a founding a set of legendary BBS RF in very good price.


BBS in one of the best wheel brand for any car fitment. For being stance action, race action, and even some of automotive company trusted this brand as the OEM Wheel maker since 1980s. For more than 35 years, BBS has been successfully manufacturing high-performance light alloy wheels for the world of motorsport and beyond. At this time in my opinion, BBS RF will looks stunning in E36 platform. Jojo repainted the face of this wheel to suit the exterior color. With a specification of 17 inch in 8.5″ all set, move along the offset at 13 on all side, this rear width or offset still leaves spacious gap between fenders. I think added more spacer at rear will gives huge impression at rear side. But good job anyway.





The whole interior was still fresh and original, a fresh new details of interior was added not too long ago. Jojo is rocking an OEM leather steering wheel and knob which was a great touch and since Indonesia is infected by OEM plus style, this way is great to be maintained. Both me and Alwafi Auzan on that day forget to bring out the details of interior, so we don’t have any photos of the interior unfortunately but it’s safe to assume that it’s just as nice as the exterior though.


As usual sometimes we never feel enough only in one spot of photoshoot. We’ve decided to move around our location to searching for the magical of sunset. Along with our trip to move on, Jojo continued his tough way after getting this stance scene on his E36. One of the most difficult time was when the transmission oil crankcase cracked out after throughout the speedbumps. He afraid to informed his father at that time, because a set of brand new automatic transmission ain’t cheap in Indonesia. He decided to looking for 2nd hand transmission in junkyard, and finally after a long journey to looking for this thing, he get a 2nd hand used from his kind friend that gives them a pretty decent transmission set.


Another tough day for Jojo was because this car is the only daily ride he have, automatically whenever he go for date with his girl, this stanced lady will be as accompany as well. Where’s the tough things though? Ade said the first date using this car is flawless enough, his girl happy with it and everything just well as he planned before. But day after day, his girl felt that this car is shaky like a cart, even difficult to follow her wants to go everywhere because Jojo was so picky toward where road is impenetrable with his E36. And for sure, those bad relationship affected Jojo’s mind to standardized his suspension setup onto original height. But again guys, his fortitude to pretend this stance setup always blown up his ambition to have format like this.








In the end though, we’re all just enjoying a meaning of what cars have brought their impressions to us. Whether it’s USDM, JDM, Euro, Stance Style, lowrider, and whatever, we’re all in it because we love cars and expressing many stories that we’ve made through them. Even if the content of this feature is a bit usual since the focus is a “only” simple E36 build with stance passion on it, it really isn’t different from any other massive mods feature because we shared with you a builds of owners who wanted a magnificent joy of driving a stance lady in whatever tough situation he had.