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Gary Kinghorn
29-08-2006, 10:27 AM
E30 325 4-door

How structural is the plating which sits behind the rear seats between the seats and the boot? Can this be removed effectively opening up the area between the boot and the now non existant rear seats?

I wont be doing it quite yet but need to know for planning purposes :thumb:


29-08-2006, 10:31 AM
Gary, if it is like the new age scoobs that it the bulkhead strength & I would leave well alone tbh.

I suppose if you were to cage it and add top strut braces you might then be able to get rid? I take no responsibility if you do though & the car colapses in the middle :whistle:

29-08-2006, 11:27 AM
It will definitely contribute to the overall stiffness of the shell, I have worked on cars that close this panel off on sportier variants for that reason. But with a cage it would become of much smaller influence but having said that I've never seen an E30 track/race car with this panel removed.

29-08-2006, 03:02 PM
Agreed. Surely a cage could be fitted through the rear plate? :huh:


P.S. can you sort out the second huh smilie - the raised arm one would be far more useful than the :huh: one!

Gary Kinghorn
29-08-2006, 03:13 PM
Weight is the enemy, but rigidity is pretty important too me thinks ;)

Dave G
29-08-2006, 10:00 PM
From memory isn't the centre part only 'spot welded' on. Because if you wanted a ski-hatch, they'd just cut it out. The rest probably contributes to structural rigidity to some extent. There will be heros on the zone who know too much who'd tell you for sure.

ICE lovers normally cut this out so they can hear their choons from the boot. Suprised yours hasn't had it cut out already! :whistle:

Gary Kinghorn
30-08-2006, 08:20 AM
Mine had the ski hole complete with the ski cover too ......... That will soon be for sale too ........ Is there no end to the options fitted to this car :lol:

30-08-2006, 08:45 AM
You could always drill some 25mm holes in the plate to lose a little weight Gary whilst it would still retain the bracing effect.

Gary Kinghorn
30-08-2006, 08:54 AM
I will put a rear strut brace in first..........I wonder if the one I have under my desk for an E36 M3 will fit ;) Best take that home and try it tonight ;)

Dave G
30-08-2006, 12:07 PM
Don't forget to sell those other bits I mentioned, OBC and so on. You'll get 200 benjamins for those bits! :D

Gary Kinghorn
30-08-2006, 12:30 PM
As stuff starts to come out I will be asking your advice of prices etc :thumb:

09-09-2006, 05:22 PM
Originally posted by Pooky@Aug 29 2006, 11:27 AM
but having said that I've never seen an E30 track/race car with this panel removed.
This is true many E30 M3 DTM cars seem to have this pannel still intact.