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RobinJI last won the day on October 18 2016

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  1. This is basically what I was badly describing. All the black circles are the existing pivots that you probably don't want to mess around with moving. If you get the inner track rod as close to this position as possible, all's good. I know you say you're not arsed about performance, but the the car being on air may exaggerate any issues, because you're using more travel more often than most people will. If you can't achieve this width with a rack you can get your hands on, then it being too short is better than it being too long. Like Adam says, parallel to the lower arm's likely to be close, as most cars have the steering arms quite low, putting the track rod end not far off in line with the lower arm.
  2. @Tom Booth It depends what height the rack's mounted at, and what type of suspension it's got. If it's a double wishbone like I think most of those yank tanks were, then you want the inner track rod end on a line drawn through the 2 wishbones inner pivots. Height wise you want the inner and outer track rod ends the same distance between the wishbone pivots. So if the steering arm puts the outer TRE 1/3rd of the way between the top and bottom ball joints, the inner TRE wants to be 1/3rd of the way between the wishbones inner pivots, on a line drawn between them. Hopefully that makes some sense! Oh yeah, nearly forgot that as the steering arm will be offset from the line of the top/bottom ball joints, (to give ackerman), the inner TRE will need offsetting from the position I described by the same amount.
  3. It was a great car. Really nice to drive in a quiet, comfortable way, and a nice mix of being modern enough to feel comfortable, smooth and effortless, but old enough to be mostly mechanical enough to fix at home and keep going for years if you wanted. (not that anything really went wrong with it in my ownership) I only sold it because it was immaculate, and I was finding myself wanting something I didn't have to worry about so much. Plus I wanted something that was less of a barge in the narrow back roads around here, and preferably a bit kinder on the wallet to run. A £600 diesel e36 fitted that bill nicely.
  4. Yeah, it seems very intuitive in how it handles, it never feels intimidating to throw into a corner. The big side-walls probably help that too. This is my first e36. I had an e61 525d before it, which was great, but very much just a mode of transport. You might be thinking of Boumsong who also has a Scirocco, and I seem to remember having a 328i after it.
  5. Sadly is just a 318tds, so very unexciting in a straight line but bloody cheap to trundle around in. It sticks surprisingly well in the corners though, which makes it hilariously point and shoot to drive, and really satisfying to throw down a twisty road.
  6. I know this was a while ago, but I'm not sure you went to the same show as me!? I really enjoyed it and thought there was a really cool varied turnout. Speed hunters just put up a good write up too: I'm a little biased though, as it always doubles as a chance to catch up with some great friends I've made through retro rides. For the record, I didn't take my e36 and add to the handful that were there, I jumped in the orange Datsun's passenger seat. I hadn't seen your post saying you were going or it would be been cool to say hello. Also, I cleaned the daily wagon earlier, and realised it was the first time since I'd fitted the suspension, so I may as well chuck a picture up. Although compared to the M3 above it's definitely at the crappy end of the e36 spectrum!
  7. A quick photo dump from an evening last week since I just got the film back:
  8. I've also seen labels printed on paper then placed under clear, adhesive heatshrink, which seems an easier DIY to a similar result, although you'd want to print on something flexible ideally I guess.
  9. I could do that mike.
  10. Basically what Luke said. You probably know, but turbos don't want any back pressure, there's no more to it than than, no pulse tuning, no charge robbing, that stuff was all mashed up by the turbine the gasses just went through. All you want is the lowest pressure at the turbine possible, to give the largest pressure difference across it's blades. That said, a smoothly dealt with step down in tube size is ok, but the transition will make a big difference, and 2.25" is definitely small for the power levels you're aiming for. What's the intake into the turbo like?
  11. I think it's partly that I'm aiming for a slightly more upright driving position than standard, which means my ass has to be a bit lower to get the same head height. I'm not particularly tall at 5'9", but I want good head room for a helmet and cage, and I'd like it if taller friends fitted. I wasn't really expecting my shell to be so bad either! I knew if was a bit of a dog, but I didn't think it'd need basically full inner and outer sills! The scary thing is it was all from the inside out. On one side there was only a pretty small hole in the floor, and no sign of anything up from the outside of the sill.
  12. It did seem a bit extreme at the time but I actually only end up at about the same height as the factory seating position. The trouble is the standard seats are really thin based, so you can't raise the mounts at all, even with a bucket seat. The standard mounts are just a little platform on the sheet steel where I cut the box section through, so the top of the box is with a couple of mm of being the same height as the factory mounts.
  13. Looking good Dan. The new colour's infinitely better than the old one. I'd be tempted to paint those uprights satin black personally, but I didn't think they looked too bad. They do look a little off centre from the rear view, but I'm guessing that's the centre console being offset a bit, and how often are you actually going to look at them at that angle anyway? Also, could you pinch/squash the bottom of them flat to give a nicer mounting face to bolt up to the tunnel? The 924's shell is now essentially rust free, so I made a start on the seat mounts the other day. So far I've got the rear drivers one in (it'll be drilled once I've got the sidemounts I've had laser-cut folded so I can try the seat in place properly): They stick out through the floor to get the seat low enough, but they don't hang any lower most of the underside anyway:
  14. Thanks guys. They were all on a Minolta x500 with a 58mm f1.4 rokkor lense. Mike, I'm not sure if you've been to Wiscombe before, but it's well worth it if you haven't. There's always good photo opportunities.
  15. I picked up a couple of films from being developed earlier, some of shots were car related: My friend Ollys stunning Datsun 240z: And some photos from the VSCC day at Wiscombe park. I know nothing about these vintage beasts, but they're bloody enjoyable to watch attacking a tight hill-climb at full-bore!