James BMW Mroadster


Written by: James Bennett aka “WBJ”

What can I say about my Mroadster other than it is the car that I miss the most. This was my first real big build and it took over 4 years to get it to the stage you see below. The funny thing about the build is when I got rid of my Probe GT and found a cherry 1998 BMW Mroadster with just 900 miles I swore to myself I wasn’t going to mod it. I mean it already had upgraded wheels, body kit, interior all from factory why go and change it.

Well that plan lasted 2 months until Brain called me and said he had a set of rims on sale that would fit the M just right. I figured a bigger set of rims couldn’t hurt so I picked them up. Now with the bigger rims the car NEEDED to be dropped so we ordered a set of springs….it had begun. From there the car went through 3 sets of rims until I settled on the VOlk LE37T’s. This wheel choice gave me the idea to build a Japanese inspired BMW. I fitted a set of twin HKS dragger exhausts and painted the car a custom Estoril Blue Chameleon.

The car was loved by the import crowd and generally loathed by the Euro groups. In the end I sold the car to move on to bigger and better things after collecting a garage full of trophies.

PERSONAL INFO

  • Name: “WBJ” James Bennett
  • Member since: 1998

VEHICLE

  • James BMW Mroadster – RETIRED

ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN

  • 3.2L M3 Motor
  • Chrome Oil Cap
  • Dinan Carbon Fiber Engine Covers
  • Prototype Injen Intake
  • Active Autowerkes ECU Reprom
  • Active Autowerkes “Turbo” Clutch
  • Active Autowerkes Lightweight Flywheel
  • Rouge Engineering Short Shift Kit
  • 50 Shot Wet Nitrous Express Kit

SUSPENSION

  • H&R Raceline Springs
  • Dinan Carbon Fiber Strut Tower Brace

STREET WHEELS / TIRES

  • 19″ Volk Racing LE37T Wheels (Custom Fitment From Volk)
  • 235/35/19 Toyo T1S Proxes (Front 19 x 8.5″)
  • 265/30/19 Toyo T1S Proxes (Rear 19 x 10.5″)

BRAKES

  • Agency Stainless Steel Brake Lines

EXTERIOR

  • Zeemax Full Kit from Germany
  • Hartge Hood (1 In USA)
  • Veilside Rear Wing
  • Hamann Eyelids
  • Black Out Kidney Grills
  • Smoked Euro Tails
  • Smoked European Front Turn Signals
  • European Headlights
  • Smoked European Side Marker Lights
  • Real 6000K HID Conversion

INTERIOR

  • Sparco Roadster Racing Seats With Custom Mounts
  • Sparco 4 Point Harness
  • Momo Champion Steering Wheel
  • Sparco Quick Release Steering Wheel Hub
  • AJUSA Brushed Aluminum Racing Pedals
  • Levoc Brushed Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Shifter
  • Real Carbon Fiber Dash Kit
  • Racing Dynamics Ebrake Handle

I.C.E.

  • Blaupunkt Sanfransico Headunit
  • Blaupunkt DVD ME-1 Player
  • 7″ Blaupunkt Widescreen TV
  • 5″ Blaupunkt TV
  • Boston Pro 5.25 Component set with Crossover Network (front)
  • Boston Pro 4’s (rear)
  • 2 Boston Pro 10’s in a Custom Fiberglassed Box
  • 2 Boston Acoustics Pro Series Amps

Media Coverage

  • September Issue HCI Magazine
  • Feature Article in September Issue of PERFORMANCE BMW
  • Part of the Maxitout Video Shoot on Jade Motorsports
  • Extra in The Fast and The Furious II

SPONSORS

Mackin Industries
Volk Racing / Project U / ARC / Project Kics / Espelir / Polarg
562.946.6820 Tel
562.944.7719 Fax
www.mackinindustries.com

Toyo Tires
Ph: 800.678.3250 X 2271
www.toyo.com or www.teamtoyo.com

Boston Acoustics
www.bostonacoustics.com

Blaupunkt
www.Blaupunkt.com

Valvoline
Valvoline Motor Oil

Nitrous Express Inc.
Ph: 940-767-7694
Fax: 940-767-7697
www.nitrousexpress.com