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Old 02-08-2012, 02:42 PM   #451
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^Wicked! Did you get a passenger one for me lol
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:35 PM   #452
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^Wicked! Did you get a passenger one for me lol
Current driver seat may now become the passenger seat!

(Assuming this big seat will even fit in the car!)
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:35 AM   #453
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Passenger seat would be dope

Nice sparco for sure!
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:56 AM   #454
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I'm going to put my bilstein IX shocks up for sale shortly if anyone is interested. Making an order for the Koni fronts as soon as I get the drawings to compare some measurements

Edit.I had to reword this because it doesn't really make sense. FWIW, If I were to put the IX shocks into E30 struts, I would cut down the housings as much as possible to gain as much bump travel as possible. Putting them into stock housings with a spacer won't really gain much. It will just end up bottoming out just like stock length inserts. Although I can't remember the lengths offhand, but if anything is gained, just the droop becomes shorter.
The ix shocks are right around 3.75" shorter then the stock length e30 shocks. If anyone is wondering that's what I used in housings shortened 3.75" so I wouldnt bottom out being silly low:p Running the ix billy sports valved to your spring rate would be far superier to anything gc sells with there setups imo. I was actually planning on grabbing these off rudy and doing just that, but have decided to try bc coils instead.

Thanks for the e30 stuff last night rudy, now get back to work:p
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:05 AM   #455
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Wow 3.75" eh? That's a decent shortening
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:08 AM   #456
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Wow 3.75" eh? That's a decent shortening
Yes sir, i'd suggest for anyone not wanting to go super low to section the housing 2" and run a 1.75" spacer to keep the shock tight in the housing. That way you gain 2" of shock travel over stock and aren't limited by shock length to being atleast 3.75" lower then stock.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:22 AM   #457
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Wow 3.75" eh? That's a decent shortening
From the top of the wheel to the top of the fender (on the front wheel) is pretty close to that @ stock ride height (I recall being able to fit 4 fingers between the wheel and the fender). So if you want a static ride height with no wheel gap, these are pretty much right there, but like Steve said (the other Steve lol), they just need to be re-valved for some stiffer springs.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:41 AM   #458
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Anything over 350-400# linear springs, and I'd definitely get the front Bilsteins revalved... but for anything less like for street use, it should be okay.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:09 AM   #459
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:18 AM   #460
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I wish I could afford the motor in the one on the right. M12 FTW!
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:17 PM   #463
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I want to fly that to the moon. In a good way.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:44 PM   #464
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Been quiet around here. Either Rudy is sitting on his hands, or there's gunna be a good-news update coming soon. I thought about texting you to see what you were up to, but I decided to just let you work... 'cause I know you're working on this shit right now, right? Done yet?
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:40 PM   #465
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LOL. I wish I had done stuff to it, but that is rather hard when you are over 2500km away Just got back from FL yesterday afternoon, and just catching up on what I missed for the last month. I am impressed with the weather though when I got back! This is comparable to what South Carolina is currently getting!

Ordered front Konis while I was away, and I am going to pick them up tomorrow! Apart from that, no progress to report on, but if the weather stays as nice as it is, it might be a good excuse to dig out the pipe bender and get cracking on the cage.


While in FL, I did get to scope out some other 2002s that were also at the Vintage event... the three that I looked at were conveniently parked in the same row as our trailer, so I could easily compare all three, and think back to how they compare to mine, as far as layout/item placement, cage design, etc. goes.

The first car was owned by Bob Lamontange. He said he had been running the car for around 7 years or so, and seemed to be built with a ton of Ireland Engineering parts. One of the ideas on this car I liked was the huge chassis support that was welded into the engine bay. Somehow I don't have a pic of it on my phone, so heres a pic of his car from last year. Only visual differences since then are a newer set of 15" Kosei wheels. Unfortunately he had some driveline issues that sidelined him throughout the weekend.



The second car I looked at was Scott Hughes' ex-Nick Craw car (which I personally question if it is, but that's another story) and it had a very elaborate but strangely designed roll cage. I liked the paintwork on the car, as clearly somebody had spent a ton of time on it, but it looked like it had been dipped or something, because a lot of seams on the car were starting to rust. The engine bay was nicely shaved, but I don't think I would go that crazy on a racecar. I'd be scared to lay a wrench in there lol. Something that really bothered me about this car was the lack of finish in detail, as a lot of trim, lights, 'period correct' stickers, and lots of other odds and ends were missing from the car. I guess the car was just bought for the 'history', so whatever.



The last car I looked at was from a semi-local German guy named Peter Herke. His son Andre drove the car for the event, who skillfully raced it to a top 5 finish in their feature race in front of what should have been much faster cars (Camaros, 911s, 240z, etc). Peter was very eager to show me around the car in detail to was done to it... Lots of cool items on this car like the boosterless brake system, trunk mounted alternator running off one of the rear halfshafts, and the most intriguing (to me) was the adapted rear suspension from an E30. I liked the Alpina-based fenders, and the trick driveline (slide throttle, CR gearbox), but the only thing that disappointed me was the wheel choice. Knockoff wheels FTL (And yes, I am running, or planning to run knockoff wheels too, so I'll eat my shoe later... I might have to reconsider soon enough )

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