86 325e sedan build

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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby 87e30 » Mon May 23, 2016 12:38 pm

I have a jump box in my trunk too, but it's not very useful anymore. The switch inside it fried after one of my customers took it upon himself to keep cranking his car while I walked through 2 feet of snow back to my tow truck. The Die Hard platinum 1150 box is probably the best box under $100 (when you catch it on sale) that you can buy, but you have to be careful. If the voltage drops under 8 while cranking the switch will melt. (I've been through at least 5 of them!)

Which box did you get? Hopefully not the Harbor Freight $29 special.
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby M20_fever » Mon May 23, 2016 12:57 pm

+1 on the jump box, all e30s should come with one.
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby Yoshi » Mon May 23, 2016 2:48 pm

I got the most expensive one autozone had lol. It's not great but it holds a charge for a long ass time. I went for it because it had the higher CCA rating.
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby 87e30 » Mon May 23, 2016 11:24 pm

When that one dies (notice I said WHEN, not IF :-P) you should look at the ones at Sears. All ya gotta do is watch it doesn't dip below 8v while cranking and they'll last a long time. If you want better check out http://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-PSJ-2212-ProSeries-Starter-Portable/dp/B000N4UQL6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464045611&sr=8-1 <-- that thing. Same company that makes the Snap-On jumpers for half the price. One of those can start one of our tow trucks! I haven't even charged mine in probably over 2 months and it's still around 86% charged after doing a few jumps with it.
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Arktisblau 5-speed 86 325e (current DD)
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325e (parts car/LS1 swap?)
Gazellenbeige automatic 85 318i (70,000 miles)
Alpine white 5-speed 87 325is (my first e30, possibly for sale)
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby Yoshi » Tue May 24, 2016 12:09 am

God that looks like a 1900s vibrator for "releasing" women's desires.
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby 87e30 » Wed May 25, 2016 12:33 am

Woo! My bouncing idle problem is fixed!!! Pics later. I just wanna get clean and get home.

Unfortunately I swapped alternators and it's still not charging. WTF MATE?!?
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Arktisblau 5-speed 86 325e (current DD)
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325e (parts car/LS1 swap?)
Gazellenbeige automatic 85 318i (70,000 miles)
Alpine white 5-speed 87 325is (my first e30, possibly for sale)
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby Yoshi » Wed May 25, 2016 12:49 am

Sure you didn't hook up the big ass wire to the starter?
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby 87e30 » Wed May 25, 2016 1:20 am

Actually the charging bulb burned out and I forgot about it. Apparently it won't charge if that bulb is not working. So now it's charging again, but my idle is fucked again! AAARRGGHHHHHH!!!
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325is (newest project)
Arktisblau 5-speed 86 325e (current DD)
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325e (parts car/LS1 swap?)
Gazellenbeige automatic 85 318i (70,000 miles)
Alpine white 5-speed 87 325is (my first e30, possibly for sale)
99 Suburban
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby 87e30 » Wed May 25, 2016 1:36 am

I definitely did NOT reinstall my cluster correctly. The blinker indicators are half hidden by the dash now. Oh well, at least it's charging and the idle isn't quite as bad as it was this morning.
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325is (newest project)
Arktisblau 5-speed 86 325e (current DD)
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325e (parts car/LS1 swap?)
Gazellenbeige automatic 85 318i (70,000 miles)
Alpine white 5-speed 87 325is (my first e30, possibly for sale)
99 Suburban
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby Yoshi » Wed May 25, 2016 11:01 am

E30 cluster mounting is iffy at best... sorry brah. at least you fixed one problem?
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby 87e30 » Wed May 25, 2016 12:56 pm

Fix 1 problem, create another. 140 amp alternator is charging, but I believe that's the source of my new radio interference. The alternator didn't come with a capacitor, so I reused the one off my old alt. I've read that NOT having the cap installed can cause radio interference. I haven't tried running without it.

The idle is definitely BETTER than it was, but it still bounces occasionally. Not as violent of a bounce. Before it would bounce between around 600 and 1700. Now it's only bouncing from around 700 to 1200ish. It also used to bounce continuously after the engine was warm. Now it comes and goes. So swapping out the TPS definitely helped some.

The coolant lines on the original TB were completely clogged with 30 year old antifreeze. The hoses aren't in the best of shape. Don't know if anything actually flows through them. Nothing but dust came out when I took the lines off. I have more hoses to replace soon. The hose that goes from the TB to the valve cover just completely fell apart on both ends when I tried to remove it. I borrowed the hose from my parts car, which was in MUCH better shape. I'm thinking one of the previous owners replaced that within the past 15 years. I have to order a new one, and replace the rest of the vacuum lines. Not sure if any are actually leaking, but it won't hurt to replace them anyway.

I'll fix the cluster position when I either order a new set of Motometer gears, or I walk my lazy ass up the hill and grab the set that's been sitting in my white car for like 4 years. Don't want to take the cluster out again until I actually have to in order to fix something else. Found out the hard way that when your battery light stays on for 6 months that it'll melt the plastic above it, and even after the bulb burns out it'll glow as if the bulb was still working because of the other lights leaking in through the new hole. Thinking about replacing all of the back lights with blue LED's. Anyone ever try this?
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325is (newest project)
Arktisblau 5-speed 86 325e (current DD)
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325e (parts car/LS1 swap?)
Gazellenbeige automatic 85 318i (70,000 miles)
Alpine white 5-speed 87 325is (my first e30, possibly for sale)
99 Suburban
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby Yoshi » Wed May 25, 2016 3:42 pm

The hoses to the TB don't matter. On some cars I just bypass them or plug them all together.
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby 87e30 » Thu May 26, 2016 12:46 am

I know, I know, a lot of people delete those hoses, but I'm trying to keep the car mostly stock. Yeah I got some purple silicone hoses under the hood and a 140 amp alternator (but that looks stock), but I don't want to change much. I'm even keeping the stock tape deck head unit! I'm thinking about getting one of those tiny amps that you can install inside the dash though, because that stock radio does NOT have enough power to push the premium sound speakers. When I start working on the black 87 325is I'll mod the shit out of it.
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325is (newest project)
Arktisblau 5-speed 86 325e (current DD)
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325e (parts car/LS1 swap?)
Gazellenbeige automatic 85 318i (70,000 miles)
Alpine white 5-speed 87 325is (my first e30, possibly for sale)
99 Suburban
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby Yoshi » Thu May 26, 2016 11:23 am

To each their own lol. At the very least, if it's clogged, it won't harm anything. I guess your TB might freeze if you're driving in -40F weather.
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Re: 86 325e sedan build

Postby 87e30 » Thu May 26, 2016 12:33 pm

That's a possibility after I move back to Michigan. I've seen it hit almost 80F the same day that started off with a snow storm.
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325is (newest project)
Arktisblau 5-speed 86 325e (current DD)
Schwarz 5-speed 87 325e (parts car/LS1 swap?)
Gazellenbeige automatic 85 318i (70,000 miles)
Alpine white 5-speed 87 325is (my first e30, possibly for sale)
99 Suburban

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