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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    Quality of AE86s at the show looks excellent. Nice pics. One day i will have me a levin notch back like that red one. Something cool about that shape.
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    Ke70Daves New Euro Toy

    Hah yep! I saw a few brackets like mine for sale for quits alot of cash. $15bucks at bunnings and an afternoon and i made that.
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    Ke70Daves New Euro Toy

    Hello All, Well after coming back from Canada a few months ago i was on the hunt for a new project car. After i sold my ke70 in about 2011 (damn that is like 5yrs ago...) I had a WRX, and S15 and a suzuki sierra. I really wanted the ke70 feeling again, small car RWD, old school cool. But i wanted a more modern version perhaps, and something with a bit of power out of the box... So last weekend i bought a 1985 323i e30 coupe with 156,000kms on the clock. I think the kms are real based on exterior condition but everything is still 31yrs old so it needs some work thats for sure. I chose this particular car because it has no rust, paint is pretty good, body is very straight and the interior is very nice for the age. It has been sitting for around 12mths unregistered so i got it for quite a good price. Unfortunately the car was not running great when i got it. Dizzy cap, rotor, spark plugs and draining the fuel tank seems to have made a significant improvement, but it still idles a bit funny. I have driven it up the street a bit and it seems to drive ok. The BMW of this era run a fairly crude efi system. It has a regular distributor with vacuum advance and then an airflow meter and a few sensors that run an analogue (!!!) ecu to run the injectors. Idle control is taken care of by a sophisticated mess of vacuum lines and actuators. Unfortunately it seems that someone has made a fairly poor attempt at repairing the vacuum lines and i am currently studying diagrams in order to put it back to how it is supposed to be, with hopefully some simplification along the way. The car is auto but i have purchased complete manual conversion "kit" from a guy parting out a car. I just need to buy a new clutch, machine flywheel and some bushes before fitting it. As for plans for the car, I aim to clean it up, convert it to manual before registering it. Then track down an LSD, some shocks and springs and some sticky tyres. I'll see how the oem electronics goes but i have a haltech e8 here that i will probably install to control the fuel. I just need to buy a wideband. I don't put too much faith in the fuel economy of this thing and the cost of replacing sensors is probably higher than getting the haltech running. I have purchased some oem tail lights as well as some series 2 projector headlights. I just need to sort out the wiring plugs for the headlights. Oh and it has AC that is pretty cold! Anyway let me know what you think. Apologies the interior shot didn't turn out great.
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    Replacement KE20 Steering Wheel

    Design is obviously personal preference, but for a sporty yet fairly period correct looking i think its hard to beat a Nardi Classic in old cars.
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    Ke70Daves New Euro Toy

    Right well another 4 months goes by. A big 4 months in bmw world. In about November i was given the approval from the minister of finance to purchase some new suspension. I had of course been researching suspension for years.... The design brief was quite simple for suspension. good enough to go well on the track, but soft enough to still drive nicely around the streets. A bit lower but height adjustment not necessary. It was always a question of Koni vs bilstein. Both being comparible in price (about ~$1k a set). but the koni were adjustable. Koni are also a twin tube design which are technically not as quick to react as the mono tube would be less harsh because of this. Littleredspirit on here has been advocating konis for years so i took the plunge. Ended up buying a set of koni adjustables from GSA suspension in Spingwood. they were comparable in price to anywhere i could find. I put the konis in with the oem springs at first, but immediately realised they were not suited. just not stiff enough. The suspension was very over damped and made for a horrible ride. For springs I didnt know what to get, but a set of king springs popeed up for very cheap. I rang king springs and the rates are about twice as much as standard. Which was about what i wanted. threw them in and it made a world of difference. Extremely fun to drive now. Just dives into corners and is not much less comfortable than standard. its sporty for sure, but it passes the "can i drove holding a coffee" test fine. then in the Christmas break i also purchased a set of wheels. I had been researching wheels for years as well. I was almost going to buy a set of wheels from USA, but then these really cool German wheels turned up. they are "EXIP" brand, which as far as i can tell is a German brand that was an aftermarket option for the bmw back in the day. these were made in 1987 so period correct. They have been refurbished very recently and are dead straight. They are 15x7 +25 so are basically the perfect size for the e30 (correct centre bore too, which is rare outside e30 specific wheels). So here is the car rocking its new suspension and wheels. the tyres on them are just normal tyres, but pretty good, next on the list is some semi slicks. So onto the next Christmas project. LS1 coils. I made this bracket to mount the LS1 coils. 6 of them, and they are running in wasted spark. Hooked them up to the mega squirt and it immediately started and idled. So i now have full control of ignition advance. and a shit load of spark power to make it happen. These coils and ignition control has again transformed the engine. it is incredibly smooth and i have been slowly teaching myself to tune the ignition. Ive done about 1000km. My WOT area is quite conservative. I will get it dyno tuned in the next few weeks hopefully. the actual installation is not the neatest as you can see. the coils are currently tucked in behind the headlight. I have a battery box that i intend on putting the battery into the boot with. then the coils will go where the battery is. I designed the wiring so that i can easily change it. you will also see the AU falcon idle air control valve installed on the rocker cover. This was a fun project. but the idle up is now working perfect. idles up to around 1200 when cold and drops down to 900 when hot. Was alot of trial and error to get the valve to "catch" the engine as the revs dropped without it feeling it was holding the revs up. Its proabbly needs more fidling but its alot better than what i was (no idle control valve.....) Anyway that is the end of the mods for the time being. Have to wait a few months before i will be granted any more money for sill cars!! (got to paint the house in the back ground....)
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    Gearbox modification

    Reality is I don't know, and i doubt anyone on here does know. you'll need to do your own investigation. The answer i suspect is "probably" followed by "we can do anything but you have to pay". Assuming you have the gears and they "bolt in" a gearbox is going to charge you qutie a few hrs to pull it appart and re-assemble (at ~$150/hr) and then the question is do you want to do synchros and bearings at the same time. a gearbox shop will be able to tell you if you can or not. here are my guesstimates - you supply the gears and they "fit" - gearbox is going to charge around $700 to pull appart and re-assemble -you supply of the gears and they need to be modified to fit - $1000 -custom made or new gears to fit - $1500-2000 including fitting -an additional $1k to replace the synchros and bearings at the same time. Playing with gearboxes is expensive. edit: First google search of your issue gave me this link: id be looking at the info in there.
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    What Makes You Happy Thread Damn i had forgotten about that one.
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    What Makes You Happy Thread

    You are only 6 months ahead of me hiro. And my starting point marks when i was sick of ae86dc....about a year after i bought the ke70 :|
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    What Makes You Happy Thread

    I clicked on page 1 of this thread. I wonder whatever happened to "t18drifts" (the original OP) He was certainly an interesting fellow on the forums. ah the hay day of forums were good.
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    What Makes You Happy Thread

    Excelling news mr Coln72. Thats a milestone!
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    Matts Ke30......sr20det

    The car yes, the garage....not so much. great work though:D
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    What Grinds My Gears.

    This is why in our house I have my PC and my laptop, and the wife has her laptop. My laptop is old, and "its too heavy to have on lap" - problem solved:)
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    Engine conversions. For a ignorant dude.

    Dont forget the dude is in Norway. Dunno what cars they even got there.
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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    That bonnet scoop turned out great. Looks awesome on that Instagram photo. Good luck with the rwc!
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    Hiro's Ae102

    oooooohh look at all this exciting progress. That engine is really going to wake up the mighty corolla. Wheels look great too.
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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    ohh its open at the back? i thought it was just a bump. yer best to minimise that length....
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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    Ah yer i see. It would be quite wide by the back with my sketch. looks pretty good to me!
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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    I saw that other photo you put on Instagram too. looks interesting...My first thought was perhaps the sides of the "bump" should be parallel with the ridges in the bonnet? either way i think ocne its all painted up it will look good either way. Quick sketch of my thoughts.
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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    so you still thinking an vented bonnet but made of steel? Thinking out aloud i wonder how a bonnet bulge would look. not open at all. A bit similar to how they do it on the V8 falcons. where it just looks like a standard bonnet but it bulges up in the middle to give more clearance. or even an offset bulge where you need it just to confuse everyone.
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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    "injure bystanders" I cant say i've heard that one before. I was reading the ADR the other day about it. ---- 2.7.2 Testing of Fibreglass Structural Components All fibreglass used in structural components must comply with and be tested in accordance with the requirements of British Standard 2782 Part III, methods 320E and 335A. The test panels must reach minimum acceptance levels of 85 MPa in tension and 152 MPa in flexure. The Barcol hardness value must be greater than 25 and the fibre to weight ratio must be at least 0.29. Fibreglass panels presented for testing should be laid up under supervision in order to verify the consistency of lay up when referenced to the vehicle components being constructed. These Section LH Body and Chassis Version 2.0 - 1 January 2011 Page 10/LH73 test panels should measure approximately 600mm x 600mm and be free of gel coat. Flat (planar) test panels are required to comply with test procedures. Testing must be carried out by a NATA certified testing laboratory. Where the modifier has quality management processes accredited to ISO AS/NZS 9000, testing of the components need only be done once to prove the general design. --- What is interesting is that they are calling for a "barcol hardness" value that is really quite high (and what you would expect with cured fibreglass). I would have thought if they didnt want the panel to "shatter into a million pieces" you would want a lower hardness value. I dunno how you measure "flexure" on a thin panel. I went to tingalpa a few weeks back. same old place. I think it is one of the last walk around ones left. But anything older than about 1999 is pretty rare. got rid of all the old stuff a few years ago.
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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    They love those bloody H patterns on the gearknob. "Oh so you've modified basically everything on the car yourself cool cool, all new brakes suspension, no worries sounds good and safe, WOAH WOAH WHERES THE H PATTERN STICKER! DEFECT!" Of all the things to pick on. Oh well, easy to fix.
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    What Grinds My Gears.

    Woohoo! Good to hear mate.
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    Aisin Carby Alternative

    Throttle body injection eh. Similar vintage suzuki swift/holden barina have the same thing onna 1.3L g13a.
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    Chestikoph Sr20Det Ke55 Coupe

    well done! looks the business.
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    Ke70 coilovers

    Basically everything from the ke70 goes in the tip and you replace the entire front with ae86 gear. Struts, brakes, hubs etc. You then have the option of jdm ae86 brakes which arent all that exciting but are vented and do pull the ke70 up well when reconditioned. Its a royal pain in the ass due to the rarity of ae86 parts which is why little red suggests ra40. Basically the same as 86 but should be easier to find. These days though potentially just as hard. If you have a look at my build thread (google "ke70daves ke70". I have some info in there if what i did (like 10yrs ago:|) . But its a pretty standard ae86 custom coilover install. I too went with the sw20 style shocks. Good length.