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  2. rampelsauce

    Back from the dead or something.

    That's why I'd like something removable. Mostly if it would make a difference on the track. Everyone agrees that any crazy aero for autox is for swag/scene points/vape nation/yolo or pro solo cars. None of these really apply to my goals. Although being a pro solo caliber driver would be fun. Obviously I plan on giving the car a good season of driving before I get too weird about aero. I would like to personally feel the cars shortcomings and determine if it's just character or something that can be fixed with a big wang or flat underbody/diffuser.
  3. HipMF

    Back from the dead or something.

    I don't think anyone had mentioned aero yet... Edit: they did, I missed it. Balance can definitely be adjusted through spring rates and sway bars, but it's kind of a band-aid fix. For example, see FWD cars with massive rear sways that are lifting the inside rear tire in every corner. It might improve the balance, but the tire that's not touching the ground obviously isn't providing any grip. At the end of the day, it's really just about having fun anyway. Maybe SCCA is different, but being competitive at autocross seems a bit silly to me. Most people don't care that much and aren't trying that hard, so it's kind of a hollow victory if you win. Biggest fish in a small pond and all that...
  4. patsbimmer1

    New build! E90 M3

    With the baby coming this month and due this week I've been busy at work trying to get things wrapped up before I go on leave along with trying to get projects done around the house and get a few of my own customers cars done at home so I haven't had much time to really do anything with this other than stare at it and more recently, drive it. I got it out of storage on March 17th and since then I've put on 300ish miles hitting back roads to run errands. I have a few boxes of parts either at my house or on order that need to get installed that includes: Rod Bearings/Motor Mounts H&R Sport Springs Spacers (15mm front/12.5mm rear) Pad Wear Sensor I still want to order a front lip for the car and get the GTS DCT tune done this summer. With the baby coming and the maintenance i'm doing this summer I don't know that I'll be able to get any track time but I plan on driving the hell out of this thing! And if anyone was wondering, it will hold two car seats. My seat didn't need to move forward and the passenger seat was left where my wife keeps it. .
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  6. The pinstripe that's missing on the passenger fender would bug the hell out of me. Add that to the hood that needs paint, I don't know if I'd pay half of his asking price. I didn't even see the 207,000 miles the first time I looked. I will say that it looks excellent otherwise if it's truly rust free, all that maintenance is really nice. I wonder why the head gasket was done though?
  7. m42b32

    Alpine e30 progress/build thread

    I'm stoked to find out too haha. I hope it retains some of the 318 'balance', but even if it doesn't it should still be an absolute riot. Me too!
  8. m42b32

    Alpine e30 progress/build thread

    Yup, It's definitely far from ideal but I couldn't find any 1/2" power steering hoses with a sharp 90 to eliminate using a fitting for the return. The feed is the stock e46 hose so no fittings/etc needed to make the turn thankfully. That fitting in the return is super tight in the hose so I'm not too worried about it leaking anytime soon, but checking it regularly would definitely be a good idea
  9. P_Roloff

    Alpine e30 progress/build thread

    Can't wait to see it on the road, great progress!
  10. jc43089

    Alpine e30 progress/build thread

    Excellent! I am stoked to hear how this drives, I think the 6 cylinder power and 4 cylinder weight really should make an excellent driving experience.
  11. straight6pwr

    Alpine e30 progress/build thread

    awesome progress! all those power steering fittings/joints above the alternator would give me anxiety.
  12. I was reading that ad thinking "wow, this is a great car!". Then I saw the price... Then I saw the mileage. He's fucking insane.
  13. m42b32

    Alpine e30 progress/build thread

    Making moves! I got the power steering return sorted out with a 1/2" stainless steel elbow, 1/2" trans cooler line, and the original steel section of the m42 return line. To get clearance from between the hose and the alternator I had to space the power steering bracket up about 1/4" as well. I am deleting the CCV and replacing it with a catch can system, so I got the CCV connections modified to adapt them to some PCV/fuel vapor hose. I found a car with a recently replaced CCV in the junk yard and got the fittings that connect to the valve cover and vacuum distribution manifold (removed the rest of the hose). I tapped the valve cover fitting to 3/8"-18 NPT and used an aluminum 1/2" barb adapter fitting. On the vacuum distribution block I tapped the outer fitting to 1/4"-18 NPT and used an aluminum 3/8" barb adapter fitting. Both are lightly torqued into the plastic with some RTV to ensure an airtight seal. The hoses will route over to the passenger side where the catch can will be mounted next to the coolant expansion tank. I also got the vacuum distribution manifold reinstalled with the catch can return hose routed underneath the intake. Lots of hoses to attempt to organize neatly... Also in this picture I have new intake boots installed as well as a used (but hopefully good) MAF. A while back I modified the gas pedal mount from an E46 to fit the e30 chassis by cutting off the piece that clips onto the floor and bonding the base of an e30 gas pedal in it's place. I used a supposedly very strong 48 hour 2-part epoxy, but it turns out that it didn't take to the plastic well and it broke off when I bumped the pedal. I re-attached it with some Loctite super-duper-super-glue and now it's not going anywhere. I got the pedal remounted and looking like it belongs there. Current state of the interior for your entertainment: It was at this point I realized there wasn't anything stopping me from connecting the battery and doing some initial wiring/electronics checks. Battery connected and nothing blew up, turned the key to the on position (with fuel pump relay removed), and everything functioned as expected. I figured why not and bumped the key and the starter engaged and turned over the engine! The engine was probably pretty dry so I turned it over with the starter for a while to get oil circulating. After a minute or so it really quieted down and turned over smoothly. I realized that nothing was really stopping me from attempting a first start so I reinstalled the fuel pump relay, primed the pump a few times until I heard it load up evenly, and turned the key (actual first start footage): It fired right up! It actually startled me because I wasn't expecting it to light off on all 6 right away like that. I ended up having two fuel leaks, one by the fuel filter and one at the other end of the feed, both just needed the clamps to be tightened a bit more (Running 3.5 bar, vs. 3.0 with the M42). Of course with the leaks stopped I had to check it again to verify, and also see if the drive-by-wire gas pedal was working (RIP headphone users): It does! Open headers are loud haha. The engine had no coolant so I only ran it for a few seconds each time, but I am so pumped it fired right up without any major issues! Now I really can't wait to get it on the road. There is a ton left to do, but this is super motivating.
  14. straight6pwr

    e30 gland nut installation (not removal)

    i'm curious what rates you went with for your setup. i'm hoping you're at spine crushing j-stock levels.
  15. straight6pwr

    e30 gland nut installation (not removal)

    great idea!
  16. straight6pwr

    Back from the dead or something.

    i'm pretty sure you should be able to balance the handling of the car with combinations of sway bars, spring rates, and tire sizes. what i'm saying is, unless you plan on becoming an autox hero, aero for 0.1 sec off your autox lap is silly. anything functional is going to be huge and obnoxious.
  17. rampelsauce

    Silly Winter Time Part 4 (or 5): The indoor gokart-ining

    Un pinned with great sadness.
  18. rampelsauce

    Back from the dead or something.

    I'm definitely open to discussion on the best setup for making the car handle for the S52. Been talking to some folks running big wangs to see if they're seeing a difference (higher speed applications, no autox). I would have to take some considerations for autox. Adding some weight down low and behind the rear axle might help. Since everything will be stripped out I will have some weight to play with. Keep in mind, however, this car wont really built to any spec but my own. At the end of the day, it's a fun car and I want it to be a good time while fitting the bill of being a "racecar" in my mind. It's more motivated by the mentality of a 6 year old going to Road America and seeing cool shit that's fast and loud.
  19. straight6pwr

    1984 BMW R100 Cafe Racer Project

    that looks awesome!
  20. snap

    Badger Bimmers Anual E30 Picnic -June 8, 2019

    I made it to the picnic last year with my running and driving M52 Swap. That means I’m off the hook for being expected to show up in a BMW for a couple more years.... right? its on my calendar!
  21. GB-335xiCoupe

    chit chat thread

    ***Resisting the urge to make a wise crack about your wife's "Ride"
  22. Yup and it’s all up to people’s interests too. I have no desire to own anything from 2003 until present but I’ll gladly buy a electric car once the charging networks and technology has been proven. I’ll always have a few “old” cars though as long as possible.
  23. YoungCR

    The little V8 that could: 530i Daily Log

    Thanks for reminding me to order a replacement adapter for my bleeder.
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  25. YoungCR

    Badger Bimmers Anual E30 Picnic -June 8, 2019

    Just realized this is the weekend of my brother’s wedding... @MattY and I are out.
  26. I dont really use Autotempest because there is always that idiot that doesn't list a car under the "cars and trucks" section and then you will miss it.
  27. It goes both ways. Materials tech has exploded and engines CAN last a lot longer if the maintenance is kept up. Materials are lighter and stronger, processes are refined and more precise and faster. YET..... Electrical and monitoring tech has increased. There are sensors for everything, even checking oil levels. This is all processed into various control modules and the data is processed to keep your motor in check. More plastics and more sensors, more complexity to cause more fail points. In the end, its hard to say what the future may hold, but I can assume. Lots of cars will likely not have an enthusiast following, but I'm sure the enthusiast will always exist is some way. From my perspective, enthusiasts will evolve with the future of transportation and where ever it goes, no matter how long the engines last, where the fuel source is from, or if the cars drive themselves or fly through the air.
  28. I think thats the plan we will see. I have to find one to pull the trigger first.
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