The slightly wannabe E36 Touring
Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:40 AM
My dad also had his wheels refurbed by a mobile smart repair guy, so needed something to keep his E39 propped up.
Which meant I put the rear Azevs back on mine. Forgot how good they look!
My brother-in-law also painted my rear arches as they'd suffered some damage, and rust was setting in. No pics of that I'm afraid.
Probably dropping it down to RAW next weekend for a few bits to be done, then an MOT and we're on the road again!
Posted 18 May 2013 - 10:26 PM
Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:10 PM
The engine swap was done by RAW Motorsport in Southampton, who've done a number of bits on the car before including the Evo rear axle swap. Proper job - all runs on the standard ECU (unlocked by Bimmerworld in the States) with the wiring done by Ergen Motorsport. Uses the E46 M3 electronic throttle pedal and everything. Clever stuff. Goes alright too.
Air con and the secondary air pump have been removed to keep weight down, the rad is a Mishimoto alloy one and the exhaust is an E36 M3 Milltek cat back on a shortened and adapted E46 M3 centre section. The clocks are E36 M3 Evo, as is the fuel pump, and as you can see I'm running open trumpets for now. A CSL airbox would be nice at some point.
Other additions include ex-BTCC Rays G07WTs in 9x17 ET20 flavour. They're a bit chunky to be viable as track wheels without wider arches so they're my road wheels for now. Managed to get them rub free as long as I don't go crazy on corners, though even then it's only minor.
Aside from that, it's got a matching passenger seat now and that's about it. Once I've paid off the engine swap it'll be time to save for a cage, which RAW will be doing as they make absolutely awesome cages.
Finally, this is what it sounds like:
Posted 28 October 2013 - 09:24 AM
Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:06 AM
Nope that's something I need to sort. I've barely driven the car so it just hasn't been a priority to be honest.
Travelling down a road I know like the back of my hand, in a bit of a rush but not hammering it by any means. Next thing I knew, front went, rear went, front gripped and I was sideways across the grass, heading for the trees. Not sure whether it was mud, diesel, leaves or what. Saved it from spinning and from hitting the trees but clipped something along the way. Ended up back on the road facing the right way with the side skirt hanging off so stamped on it to break the last clips, chucked it in the boot and carried on, with half a log wedged inbetween the rear tyre and rim. Lovely. The gf was not impressed (was sitting in the passenger seat the whole time and was calmer than I was about the whole thing. Although she can't see over the dashboard which probably helped).
Luckily I was heading to my sister's house and my brother-in-law works doing bodywork. A pin puller, a touch up and new clips for the side skirt and we should be good to go. Thank god for that! Thought that was game over.
In other news, fitted the new gearknob which has made a really big difference. With the clubsport it was quite notchy, especially on second which felt pretty horrible. That's gone now and shifts are much cleaner, it's a real joy and feels great in your hand.
Also spent the day pre-crash emptying a few clips and bits and bobs from the engine bay and finishing off the carbon canister delete. Need to sort my bloody headlights out.
Noticed that my full-lock rubbing might be a little worse than I first thought too - definitely need to either raise it or get 40-profile tyres next time (currently 235/45)
So there you go. Bit of an up and down weekend!
Posted 31 October 2013 - 04:08 PM
Posted 01 November 2013 - 03:53 PM
Being a Touring the one thing that lets it down is a bit of sloppiness. A cage for the rear end is the plan but in the meantime these parts should tighten up the front nicely. The strut brace is a 318iS one so that it hopefully clears the S54's raised bits (a 6-pot E36 one didn't) and the under brace does the same function as an OE X-brace but without sacrificing ground clearance. Can't wait to get the parts fitted, providing they both fit around the S54.
They were ordered from http://www.theperformance.co, Lee there was really helpful.
Posted 03 November 2013 - 07:06 PM
I see the rub was definitely worse than initially imagined!
Posted 14 November 2013 - 10:08 AM
Went out for a test run with my iOBD2 lastnight - got my brother to sit in with his iPad to get some screengrabs for an upcoming review. Things like this make me happy:
This, not so much. P0444 is because I removed the carbon canister but P0605 is a code that's been appearing for a while now. Any E46 M3 owners out there seen it before/know a common cause? It could well just be something to do with the ECU not being in a familiar home or something done for the conversion.
The only other update is that I swapped out my broken OE expansion hose with a silicone hose from Viper. I was really annoyed with how brittle the factory one was and I just know I'll break another if I replaced it like for like, so silicone is the way forward. At some point I'd like to order another metre and a joiner so that I can run the hose through the wing, though part of me likes the way it is now.
Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:50 AM
I sized my Ultra Racing strut brace up the other night and for the second time, it won't fit. When bolted down it will be touching the S54 and I'd rather not bend a brand new strut brace so I'll probably stick with the UUC one for now. Checked the underside one and that'll go straight on - luckily the reinforced crossmember RAW put in my car already has the threads for an X-brace so I'll be ordering the bolts today (part #07119915093) so that I can pop that on at the weekend.
I also put my Rotas back on before the weather gets too poor, even though I don't plan to use the Touring anywhere near where a gritter has been. They're now fitted with the 235/45 and 255/40 Goodyear Eagle F1s which I initially had on my Rays. One of the fronts had to have a small weld as a crack had appeared and though it wasn't yet at the bead it needed sorting, so that was done and then the tyres were mounted up at my local tyre fitters. The grip is insane and apart from a touch at full lock up front, I'm not getting any rubbing at all.
Had the day off yesterday so gave the car a bit of attention. First up I was pleased to see that my coolant level hasn't dropped at all - before I replaced the pipe it would leak about a litre every 100 miles which is obviously far from ideal. The level of antifreeze in there is pretty low at the moment so at some point I'll be draining a bit out and topping it back up with a bottle of genuine coolant. This might wait until I have a new radiator mind you. Then washed the car with some Auto Finesse goodies, though it still needs a proper going over once it's had the various bits of paint it needs.
Finally, I relocated my air temp sensor as it wasn't really in the airflow before.
Posted 20 November 2013 - 11:24 AM
Think I might have been about to spin in this one -
General handling - quite surprised at how much roll it has, which is something I'd like to reduce. It has Eibach ARBs with the rear set to stiff, the front to soft, but this will change. Also after new coilovers as mine are pretty tired.
Posted 29 November 2013 - 01:01 PM
I'm as yet undecided as to whether I'll measure it up and buy a bracket/mount for it or whether I'll make one - at the moment the latter is sounding like good fun.
Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:50 AM
Not a very good photo but I fitted my Ultra Racing underside brace this weekend, which has made a really noticeable difference so I'm pretty chuffed. Front end feels so much more direct and connected. I then also put my front anti-roll bar to the stiffer setting, during the process of which I found that the droplinks were really siezed up. They've gone back on for now but next time I have to remove them I'll be using a saw and replacing them - already looking at UUC rose-jointed adjustable ones.
Also fitted my OMP Corsica steering wheel, which I used to run a couple of years ago. Annoyingly it's blue but it feels so much better with the wheel closer and with a round rim rather than a sculpted one.
Finally, I was keeping my girlfriend company at her work (jeweller/silversmith) and thought I might as well make use of my time, so made a start on a battery bracket and also made connectors from 1.2mm brass sheet.
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