A tale of 2 E30's.

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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby AustinR » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:38 pm

Looks good man. Can't wait to go for a ride.
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby Nsquared97 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:35 am

Yoshi wrote:The sway bar should be parallel to the ground when the car is on a flat surface

Not true. Relation to the ground means nothing, the only thing that matters is the angle between the endlink and the control arm. You want this to be 90 degrees as that puts the most force form the bar back to the control arm. Parallel to the ground just happens to be pretty close to perpindicular to the endlink.
Yoshi wrote:and all 4 wheels settled on the ground. IE you should adjust them WITHOUT jacking up the car.

This is mainly what I was asking about, how the hell do you adjust them with the car on the ground? lol. I did try adjusting one side with the car in the air, but I jacked up the control arm so it was weighted as if it was on the ground. Other side of the car was still in the air though, so idk how effective that was. Only thing I can think of is putting the car on ramps and adjusting from underneath that way.
ten2doyle102 wrote:Did those have issues fitting at all? Just curious cause a friend of mine had a heck of a time getting his front bar in. I don't remember why though.

It was a pain getting the bar in/out, mainly because I wanted to do the job quick and not take a whole bunch of stuff apart. The bar just does not want to slid out the side of the car.

BUT. I did figure out a trick that would take about 30 seconds to pull the bar out instead of fighting with it for 10 minutes like I did. Unbolt both control arms at the lolipop, let them hang down, and then just slide the bar back until you clear the control arms, instead of trying to finagle it in-between the control arms and the trans/oil pan.
M20_fever wrote:wish my class allowed adjustable sways. What size sway is that?

lol as Austin pointed out, 25mm.
AustinR wrote:Looks good man. Can't wait to go for a ride.

For sure man.

My observations with it on thus far: Low speed manuevers (tight parking lot 180's) there is definitely more understeer, which is to be expected, but it also feels like the rear is better planted and less prone to picking up the inside tire. At higher speeds (highway onramps) car definitely feels more planted and stable. Car also is more responsive, takes a set much quicker with weight transfer which is exactly what I wanted. I have the bar at the stiffest setting (hole furthest in on the bar) I may play with different setting if I get a chance to do a test 'n tune, but other than that I see no reason to have it any softer.
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby Nsquared97 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:41 am

Some more pics from last night:

To answer your question Tony hahaha
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby Yoshi » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:02 pm

<3 sphericals instead of bushings
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby Nsquared97 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:09 pm

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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby M20_fever » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:18 am

Nice looking units. Can't wait to see how my car feels after rebuilding my sways and reinstalling the rear one.
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby Nsquared97 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:06 am

Small update from today, threw the Koni's back on the rear of the car (had the originals on for winter just to keep the salt off the them). And fixed the broken wiring for the temp sensor (yay). I have the Koni's set a half turn from full soft, that's what most people seem to agree is a good setting for IS springs. Car feels pretty good, definitely more stable at speed with the new bar on, but will still rotate with lift-off throttle. Very curious to see how the car feels with the slicks on when autoX season starts, but I do have a feeling I am going to be battling understeer in low speed sections moreso than last year, which sucks. May have to get a little creative with tire pressures, we'll see.

Also I have found it comical lately that my windshield washer fluid is just at the level where the check light comes on if a take an on-ramp at an agressive speed lol. Oh and after taking a tour of the nearby interchange clover-leafs, the low fuel light came on. 30 seconds after the gague jumped back to half and range jumped from 48 to 191km lhaha.
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby M20_fever » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:46 am

Pick up some camber plates, should help the understeer.
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby Nsquared97 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:48 am

Planning on it when I get coilovers and move up a class, can't run them in the class I'm in now.
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby Nsquared97 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:50 am

And I'm stealing Austin's pics of my car from yesterday, wanted to put them in here too:
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And on that I took last night I liked.
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby Nsquared97 » Wed May 01, 2013 6:34 am

So as you may have seen from my autoX thread, my street tires (B'stone RE-11) are a bit used up...
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So, a buddy of mine found these on CL, brand new never used Dunlop Z1 star specs, 205/50/15. Picked them up Saturday, will be on the car soonish lol.
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby Yoshi » Wed May 01, 2013 12:20 pm

Do like me some star specs.

I need to get my tires mounted... they are just sitting in my back seat.
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby M20_fever » Wed May 01, 2013 2:13 pm

how much?
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby Nsquared97 » Wed May 01, 2013 5:27 pm

M20_fever wrote:how much?

$260. Although I did have to drive to Chicago to get them... But, made it a day trip with a couple friends and it was totally worth it. Haven't been there in forever, and had a great time. Love legit Chicago style deep dish pizza, and had fun just walking around taking pics of anything and everything lol.
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Re: A tale of 2 E30's.

Postby M20_fever » Wed May 01, 2013 9:35 pm

$260 for all 4??
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