850R and E30 Activities


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i forget exactly where on the rack but now with that lift its easy... get under the car and look for the brand on the rack

i remember my blue v70t5m had a replaced rack and i found it on the rack itself. just dont remember where lol

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On 8/31/2021 at 10:06 AM, gmsgltr said:

i forget exactly where on the rack but now with that lift its easy... get under the car and look for the brand on the rack

i remember my blue v70t5m had a replaced rack and i found it on the rack itself. just dont remember where lol

Didn’t even think to look for that while it was on there before. Thanks! 
 

Although it will have to wait to check the rack and do the inner tie rods since the e30 is now on the lift, the 850 got all new suspension and a new stock exhaust. It’s so quiet now which is perfect since it’s the main DD. 

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My initial reaction on the Koni strt and IPD springs: the ride is pretty good. It’s not too harsh, I like how it sits BUT I have one complaint. And that is the Konis don’t seem to be able to keep with the IPD springs. I guess the verbiage would be that they are under-dampened? Most of the time it’s totally fine, but it’s on the bumps with a dip when I feel like the shocks are having a hard time controlling the bounce of the car. My daughters are prone to car sickness, and to be honest I think they would get car sick pretty quick in it. It doesn’t bother me much, and if they didn’t do this, I would love the setup. Im glad I tried it, but I’ll probably get some HR springs soon. 
 

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I cant say I know much about suspension but my opinion is the IPD springs provide a nice drop, but that's it. I love where mine sit. I think they have too many coils for how low they are and I cant imagine they are a desirable rate to match with a strut/shock that cannot be adjusted. (I have ipd springs and koni yellows)

The details on the house look really nice - I liked seeing the ones you posted in the past, I think that was FB though.

Any mods on the R like an intake or tune though?

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On 9/2/2021 at 7:44 AM, gmsgltr said:

I cant say I know much about suspension but my opinion is the IPD springs provide a nice drop, but that's it. I love where mine sit. I think they have too many coils for how low they are and I cant imagine they are a desirable rate to match with a strut/shock that cannot be adjusted. (I have ipd springs and koni yellows)

The details on the house look really nice - I liked seeing the ones you posted in the past, I think that was FB though.

Any mods on the R like an intake or tune though?

Thank you! We finally got the driveway in and everything around the house is finally grass again. Just an area by the driveway towards the garage to fill in with dirt and seed yet. 

I think it might have a tune on it. That's what the PO said, but as I started working on the car, I don't really believe anything he says since he spoke much more highly of the car than what it actually was. Things like "the turbo was just replaced!" but yet it's coated in oil and clearly has not left the car in a VERY long time. Also, he did the 302 conversion on the front, but didn't touch things like the control arms that had cracked and separated bushings. Whatever. 

I don't really have any performance plans for it. At least not for a while until the e30 is 100% sorted it out and I've gotten the R to complete stage zero. But with the suspension all sorted out I finally pushed it a little bit and I really forgot how smooth the power is on these cars. And it's quicker than I remember them being.

And with every P80 I've had I've never "finished" them. Always sold them before I felt they were done. So I'd like to make this one completely right before I do anything with it. 

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Alright. We're 2 weeks out from the Overcrest Rally and a couple weeks ago I had an issue with the e30 dying. It started with the water temp gauge on the cluster becoming very erratic - needle jumping back and forth. Then the temp gauge I had installed started doing the same thing. *Note both these gauges are wired separately from each other with their own sensors* 

The next day it died on me while I was at lunch. It would start up, idle rough, I could get going but any load would cause it to stumble and die. I had a co-worker pick me up, get a new battery, and it ran great. Everything was steady, no issues. Drove it home. Drove it to work the next day. At lunch it died again. It appeared that the fuel pump wasn't getting any power. Fiddled with it for a bit and then it fired up. Drove it back to work and home like nothing was wrong. After the 850 was done, I tried driving it into the garage and it wouldn't start. Confirmed the fuel pump wasn't getting any power. I backtracked fuses and relays to where the main power comes into the engine bay from the battery in the trunk. 

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I was getting 12v at the main lead and only 2 volts at the secondary power supply - which is the power source for the main relay and subsequently the fuel pump relay/fuel pump. The power lines had a good amount of corrosion on them. The battery terminal in the trunk was done haphazardly by the PO with a cheap clamp style terminal and the power lead for the main relay was connected to the clamp via a cheap ring terminal through one of the terminal bolts. All new power wire, new fusible link for the secondary power wire, new solder loaded terminal clamps, and power distribution blocks. I will also make all new ground wires with the leftover wire. 

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Also replaced the AC condenser with what I should have put in from the beginning to accommodate the r134 update. The black one is more for r12 apparently. And yes, it's super wonky.

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LOVE working on the car in here. 

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Thank you! It was a blast and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys driving. The group of people that do this rally is fantastic as well. It's not full of fanboys, it's people who build their cars to actually drive them like they're meant to be driven.

The main issues I got home with were: 

  • The exhaust is rattling against something. Need to get it on the lift and see where that's coming from. 
  • I have a vibration at 80+ mph. Below that, it is non existent. Narrowed it down to the rear driver side. Both the axle and wheel bearing are new and from FCP. So I'll use their lifetime warranty and replace both. 

I'll likely drive the car some more this year, but this trip was the culmination of all the work I've been doing to it this year and nothing around here can top it. I almost feel like parking it on such a high note. It's also time to jump on some of the house projects that I've been putting off getting the car ready for the trip. 

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On 9/29/2021 at 11:49 AM, caanglin said:

"Take the car."

Nice. I recently drove the 944 from GA to Ohio did a track day and stuff and then drove it home. Just drive the cars and they will work. 😂

That’s right!

Well, while doing the post-rally oil change, what I thought was a seeping water pump gasket was actually coolant leaking out of the water pump weep hole.  Replacing the water pump is relatively involved so I have decided to park it for the winter. I’ve spent so much time working on it and I’m ready for a break. 
 

So I needed to get the rest of the stuff taken care of on the 850. Got on oem coolant hoses, new rubber intercooler hoses, plugs, plug wires, cap, rotor, OE ignition coil, air filter, and all new vac lines. This should get me through winter. If I decide to keep it for any significant amount of time it will need the turbo replaced, but for now it should be all good! 
 

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Had some relaxing weekends where the girls want to play in the driveway or hang out in the garage with me. The first thing I’m starting in the e30 is rehabbing the hvac box. Where the arm attaches to one of the flaps used in the recirc function was broken. Apparently the recirc is key for the ultimate cool air when using the ac. This weekend I was able to remove the dash and the box. While this is all apart I’m going to clean up all the wiring and reroute all of the stereo wiring. 

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1 hour ago, flyfishing3 said:

Dang.  That’s a lotta work 

The interior comes apart fairly easy on the car and maybe took 5 hours to get here. But I have all winter now. 

The to-do list between now and Spring is:

  • Replace rear DS axle and wheel bearing. 
  • Replace RMS. 
  • Replace water pump. 
  • Refurb HVAC box. 
  • New speakers, stereo wiring, and amp. 
  • Drop engine and fix a couple rust spots and other general rust proofing. 
  • Paint engine bay. 
  • ABS delete and associated ABS delete brake line kit from Chase Bays.
  • Other miscellaneous odds and ends. 
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