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Old 11-10-2009, 06:15 PM   #31
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^^ My concern would how would one go about getting all that torque to flow through the rear wheels without the loss of traction. Although it would be a very interesting car to say the least.
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:23 PM   #32
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since I picked up another e36
for a daily the e30 is getting proper time in the garage to properly work on it this winter. Her goes my list

-full gut of interior. Carbon fibre door plates to keep it barely legal
-all new complete poly bushings everything
-new shocks and struts and springs or coil overs. Still not decided on which ones
- stainless brake lines, rebuild all calipers, slotted rotors with ceramic pads
-finish the m42 stroker with m20 flywheel conversion
- e36 rack. Maybe z3 if I can find a decent priced one
- electric fan conversion
- toying with a dual feed ram air to intercooler through the fog light holes
- lighten anything I can. Goal is as close to 2000lbs as possible

some other things to hopefully but that's what I am hoping for this winter
hmm is it he same colour as the other one but with 2 extra doors?
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:33 PM   #33
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Sam, I hear you about the cost and work, however, i'm not a fan of forced induction due to reliability issues on road courses, so I want to go NA. That said, Big V8's give out power so effortlessly with their super large amounts of torque that come in at very low rpm, but the LS series of engines also rev, so you get large amounts of hp at high rpm, which is what makes Corvettes so popular at road circuits. The only thing is an E30 even with the added weight is still considerably lighter than a Vette, so it creates a rocket!

Just a consideration of mine..............

Turbo setup's are as reliable as you make them. And the LS1 makes too much power for a E30 chassis around a auto-x course theres not enough weight over the rear wheels. to keep it planted.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:01 PM   #34
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Turbo set up on an M20 to make LS1 HP would not be reliable for constant track abuse, nor dd status. In terms of power to weight ratio, the more hp you can pack in a lighter package the better. It's more how you use the power. You're right about one thing though, autocrossing that would be a waste, although I would still do it just for the shear silliness of it. I'm more thinking about a great track car for a power track like Mosport, Mont Tremblant, Watkins Glen etc.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:14 PM   #35
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Turbo setup's are as reliable as you make them
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Turbo set up on an M20 to make LS1 HP would not be reliable for constant track abuse, nor dd status.
yeah an LS1 only weighs something like 50lbs more than an M20 because it's all aluminum and makes double the power. It's definitely a very ambitious project to take on though, lot's of custom work and fitting
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Oh if I had to choose between a Turbo M20 and a LS1 I'd go LS1. But bang for buck I'd do a swap and boost.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:01 PM   #37
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Sam. Forget the turbo and dump the coin in the suspension for autocross and handling. Your car already is overpowered for the suspension set up currently on it. Save the big power for next winter. Power is nothing without control!
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It's overpowered for the tires.

I like fast cars.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:50 AM   #39
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^ Yeah, at some point I want to have a car that I need to pedal in 3rd to get traction lol
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^I am so with you on that one!!!
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:26 PM   #41
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Holy!, everybody got like pure performance parts lined up for next summer while im struggling to have my lemon at least, "road worthy". well here goes

1. frame work, rusty ass strut tower. need welding...any ideas?
2. head gasket replacement or engine swap....dont know which route is cheaper
3. suspension, ball joints, bushings etc... w/e is needed
4. clutch bearing or new tranny swap...dunno yet, it's loose in 1-3 gear
5. new pads/rotors all around. rims were stolen and car was sitting on rotors
6. new cabrio top needed, got a hard top for now
7.third brake light delete, may have one on spoiler from friend if taken
8. brake/fuel lines checked perhaps, also wiring
9. oil cooler is about to fall off
10.some interior work, not important at all

Funny thing is it still runs and pulls but i dont wanna mess it up any more then it is.
when most of that shit takin care of to drive....
1. bav auto springs
2.put on body kit {breyton}
3. any nice 16 inch rims i can find that are not gay for this old car
4.experiment on the car, ie...rear is speakers on the cabrio lid, sunroof in hard top, haha

thats about it...i think theres more but cant remember, anyhowzers thats a good 10-15k maybe im not sure...i kinda slowed down on this trying not 2 give up.

might just sell everything i got for e30's and just grab a bike

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^^ ouch. Rusty frame, bad engine, bad tranny, bad brakes, no wheels? Sounds like a junker to me.
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El Gato Liso this might help

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1342972
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:50 PM   #44
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From reading this thread I am excited to see the variety of different builds going on. Spring e30 meets gonna be wicked to check them all out.
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:35 PM   #45
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^^ ouch. Rusty frame, bad engine, bad tranny, bad brakes, no wheels? Sounds like a junker to me.
OH!, it has wheels...and its my junker damn it!
Honestly though, an e30 is only as good as the love you give it and so far it's fkucin me up the a$$.
ill see what happens in spring tho. "booya!"
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