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  1. True, Ireland Engineering is reasonable with pricing. I'm not complaining about them. On the contrary, I find them very helpful and accommodating. They have some great products, and they are certainly part of the community. But, this attitude that some people espouse "Don't complain, if you don't like it, get something cheaper", is a bit on the arrogant side. As I've already stated, I've been driving these cars as my main source of transportation since 1982. And, for many years I've found ways to keep them going on a small budget. That is what they have always represented to me. So, when someone new to this starts asking $300 for a swan neck mirror or $900 for a Ti air cleaner box, it's something I can't understand. The last Ti air cleaner canister I purchased under $10 at the local Pick Your Part in 1995. No ! I'm not going to move out of the way. But, I'm not going to keep my mouth shut either. And, as I said earlier, if some of you like the direction in which this is all heading, go and hang out with the 356 crowd and let me know how much fun you have. Slavs
  2. Yes the NK cars were cheaper than the 02s. They never got the credit they deserve. They are better built and have more of a classic look. And, in their time, BMW asked quite a bit more for them. The 1800tis were being given away to the bone yards for $100. Most got crushed along with the 02s. These cars were mass produced. They were not as rare as people think. It's just that they were destroyed in masse because hardly anybody cared for them or their parts. And, now they are asking $300 for a swan neck mirror or $170 for an interior door handle. As I mentioned, maybe I'm just lost in time. For those of you who know little about the NK cars, just try opening and closing the door on one of them, or tap on the instrument gauges or try filling them with fuel etc. There is a reason they were more expensive.
  3. Ahh! You feel my pain. It's not only the parts, but also oil. They want $8.00 / qt. for the name brand oil here in LA. The other day I was browsing e-bay and noticed these parts. For me these just represent my old junk yard finds. And, now they are asking these kind of prices. Are these people actually selling any of this ? https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-2000-Tilux-2000Ti-1800TiSA-1602-1600-1500-Inner-Door-Handle-Right-N-OS/132698818702?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3Da69b2a62426d4093ab8e7bbb94d1afe0%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D132990241260%26itm%3D132698818702&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042 https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-2000Ti-1800Ti-2000CS-1965-1966-1967-1968-Air-Filter-Box-Battery-Mint-Cond/143236621364?hash=item2159916434:g:U1MAAOSwSK1a~MH~ https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-2000Ti-1800Ti-2000CS-1600Ti-Brake-Master-Cylinder-Power-Brake-Unit-Depressor/132990241260?hash=item1ef6d609ec:g:HTEAAOSwbfRci~VG Slavs
  4. I like all the pictured cars. They are very clean. Aesthetics aside, the ride with the lower profile tires is rougher. Sometimes, this is also a function of the tire quality and not just the dimension. But, I can feel the difference even between the 205/60 x 13, which have plenty of sidewall and the higher profile 185/70 x 13. The trend for the past 20 years has been going in the direction of lower profile tires and bigger wheels. So, some of you guys who grew up with this have become accustomed to it. And, it's gotten pretty extreme in some cases. The tire manufacturers are following the trend, and unfortunately there are less quality 185/70 X 13 and 205/60 x 13 tires now, where at one time they were very abundant. There are plenty of 185/70 x 13s, but a lot of them are just too soft and cheap. And, this is unfortunate. I live in a city where the "Pimp Your Ride" look abounds. And, some of the stuff is simply ridiculous.
  5. I use mostly one foot long 4" X 6" solid wood blocks. I sometimes use a smaller 2" X 4" section on top of the 4" X 6" sections for a smaller increment. And, I always rest the weight of the car on to the blocks, never rest the weight on the jack, only use it for hoisting. If lifting only one end, always chuck the wheels on the other end. Never hurry doing this part, always be slow and methodical. The surface area on the jack stands seems too small, so I never use them. I've been using wood blocks for the past 35 years. It's great you came out unhurt. Use a mallet for the floor. Body - working hammers are great, but you may want to use a large mallet. Set something like a wood block to use as an anvil against the other side. Slavs
  6. I’ve been doing some gear crunching using an online calculator and comparing different gear and transmission ratios, tire diameters and their effects on speed and rpms. http://www.jawsgear.com/calculators/ The results are quite telling and interesting and sometimes surprising. I’ve always thought that the Neu Klasse cars were under geared, but not really. Their overall tire and wheel diameter is 2” or about 10% greater from that of the 1600-2002. A NK car equipped with a 4.10 or 3.90 gear ratio will cruise along at 80mph at nearly the same rpm as an 02 with a 3.64 and stock or nearly stock diameter tires. The stock 175/82 x 14” tires of the NK have a diameter of 25.3” The stock 165/80 x 1”3 tires of the 2002 have a diameter of 23.39” The 185/70 x 13” tires have a diameter of 23.2” (very close to stock) The 205/60 x 13” tires have a diameter of 22.7” ( 4 speed cars with 1.0 ratio in 4th gear) A NK car equipped with a 4.10 diff and 175/82 x 14 tires ”will cruise along at 80mph at 4,356rpm in 4th . A NK car equipped with a 3.90 diff and 175/82 x 14” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,144rpm in 4th . A NK car equipped with a 3.64 diff and 175/82 x 14” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 3,867rpm in 4th. A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,183rpm in 4t . A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,217rpm in 4th . A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,310rpm in 4th A European Spec 2002tii with the 3.45 diff and 165/80 x 13" tires will cruise at 80mph at 3,965 rpm in 4th. (5 speed 245 overdrive cars with .81 ratio in 5th) A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,388 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,416 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,491 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,630rpm in 5th. A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,660 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,741 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.817 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.848 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.933 rpm. Conclusion: The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 3.64 diff will shave off 700-800 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on an 02. The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 3.90 diff will shave off 450-550 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on an 02. The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 4.10 diff will shave off 250-360 rpm (depending on tire diameter )in comparison to stock set up on 02. The addition of a 3.45 diff with a 4 speed stock transmission will shave off 100 - 200 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on 02. If you have an NK car and install a 3.64 longneck diff from a 68-mid 69 2002, you will cruise at about the same rpm as the 02 guys who run the 245 5 speed overdrive with the popular 3.90 diff ratio. And even with the stock 4.10 or 3.90, you’re not that bad off. And for the 02 guys, is it really worth it to install the 3.90 diff and 245 5 speed overdrive just to shave off 500rpm at top gear ? If you use the 4.10, you’ll be just about back at stock. With both the 3.90 and 4.10, you really shorten 1st and 2nd, rendering 1st almost useless. It only seems to make sense if you retain the stock 3.64 diff, but how well will your car pool in 5th ?
  7. I’ve been doing some gear crunching using an online calculator and comparing different gear and transmission ratios, tire diameters and their effects on speed and rpms. http://www.jawsgear.com/calculators/ The results are quite telling and interesting and sometimes surprising. I’ve always thought that the Neu Klasse cars were under geared, but not really. Their overall tire and wheel diameter is 2” or about 10% greater from that of the 1600-2002. A NK car equipped with a 4.10 or 3.90 gear ratio will cruise along at 80mph at nearly the same rpm as an 02 with a 3.64 and stock or nearly stock diameter tires. The stock 175/82 x 14” tires of the NK have a diameter of 25.3” The stock 165/80 x 1”3 tires of the 2002 have a diameter of 23.39” The 185/70 x 13” tires have a diameter of 23.2” (very close to stock) The 205/60 x 13” tires have a diameter of 22.7” ( 4 speed cars with 1.0 ratio in 4th gear) A NK car equipped with a 4.10 diff and 175/82 x 14 tires ”will cruise along at 80mph at 4,356rpm in 4th . A NK car equipped with a 3.90 diff and 175/82 x 14” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,144rpm in 4th . A NK car equipped with a 3.64 diff and 175/82 x 14” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 3,867rpm in 4th. A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,183rpm in 4t . A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,217rpm in 4th . A 2002 equipped with the 3.64 diff and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise along at 80mph at 4,310rpm in 4th A European Spec 2002tii with the 3.45 diff and 165/80 x 13" tires will cruise at 80mph at 3,965 rpm in 4th. (5 speed 245 overdrive cars with .81 ratio in 5th) A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,388 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,416 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.64 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,491 rpm A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,630rpm in 5th. A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,660 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 3.90 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3,741 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 165/80 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.817 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 185/70 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.848 rpm. A 2002 equipped with a 4.10 diff and a 245 5 speed overdrive transmission and 205/60 x 13” tires will cruise at 80mph in 5th at 3.933 rpm. Conclusion: The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 3.64 diff will shave off 700-800 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on an 02. The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 3.90 diff will shave off 450-550 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on an 02. The addition of the 245 5 speed overdrive with the 4.10 diff will shave off 250-360 rpm (depending on tire diameter )in comparison to stock set up on 02. The addition of a 3.45 diff with a 4 speed stock transmission will shave off 100 - 200 rpm (depending on tire diameter) in comparison to stock set up on 02. If you have an NK car and install a 3.64 longneck diff from a 68-mid 69 2002, you will cruise at about the same rpm as the 02 guys who run the 245 5 speed overdrive with the popular 3.90 diff ratio. And even with the stock 4.10 or 3.90, you’re not that bad off. And for the 02 guys, is it really worth it to install the 3.90 diff and 245 5 speed overdrive just to shave off 500rpm at top gear ? If you use the 4.10, you’ll be just about back at stock. With both the 3.90 and 4.10, you really shorten 1st and 2nd, rendering 1st almost useless. It only seems to make sense if you retain the stock 3.64 diff, but how well will your car pool in 5th ?
  8. In Europe they used the 3.45 diff on the Tii, but the US Tii got the 3.64. The 3.45 is about 5% taller. So you will gain top speed at the expense of a little acceleration. It's a lot cheaper than installing the 5 speed overdrive 245 trans, which is not ideal for the 3.64 stock diff since 5th is a bit too tall. That is why most people who install the 245 overdrive 5 speed also install a 3.90 diff to bring down the overdrive from 18% to about 10% in comparison to the stock set-up. I use the 245 with a 4.10 diff which brings my overdrive down to about 7% compared to a stock 2002. BMW offered the Close ratio 5 speed as an option on some of the tii cars equipped with the 3.45. This is probably a better way to go than using the 245 5 speed overdrive coupled with a 3.90 or 4.10, as it gives you better gear spacing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears while 5th serves as an overdrive in comparison to stock gearing..
  9. The vented rotor "Upgrade" is straightforward and pretty easy. I think I'll go that route. Thanks for all the other info. Slavs
  10. Yes, there are a lot of shady characters and opportunists here in LA. It really is La La Land. It’s as if though we are in the midst of the Gold Rush where they paid $5.00 for a cup of coffee in San Francisco in1849. They are buying up rental properties and jacking up rents. It’s madness.
  11. Yes, this illustrates exactly what I've been trying to convey in my recent posts. It is fast becoming the norm. Somebody is selling a pretty clean, although, incorrect 1968 1600 for $69,000. Notice it is missing that Swan neck mirror. There are other flaws as well. So this "Yahoo" sees this ad and decides to ask $18K+ for his un-restored car, missing a bunch of parts. The insanity is feeding itself, the peddlers are peddling their wares along with 02s, the melon vendors have also jumped on the bandwagon and the speculators are trying to make a quick buck. Now, they have discovered our cars. And, they are trying to ruin it for us. https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/bmw/1600/2231480.html
  12. 1. Learn how to set your points and ignition timing. 2. Learn how to adjust your valves. 3. Learn how to change and adjust your brakes. 4. If you need to refinish your wheels, clean, sand and refinish with Krylon Dull Aluminum followed by clear coat. 5.If you have a pre-70 1600, install either a stock 2002 sway bar up front or use a 19mm after market bar. The mounting points are there. You just need to add the sway bar. There are no mounting points at the rear. If you want one at the rear you need to fabricate the mounts. 6. If you have a 1600, install 2002 rear drums. 7. If you have a 1600 and you need a cheap overdrive, install a 3.64 diff from a 2002. It feels great on the highway and pulls up hills at highway speeds. It doesn't feel too bad on the street, either. 8. Install good shocks. The stock springs are exceptional quality. No aftermarket spring comes close as far as quality. But, if you install aftermarket springs, get the ST or H&R etc. which are just 25% stiffer. 9. Use the steel 5 1/2" x 13" ET18 wheels from the e21 320i for a cheap wheel upgrade. These wheels look great when refinished and with the stock e21 wheel hubs. They have the old school performance / period correct look when installed on the 02. I think they look just as good, if not better than the Steel Borrani wheels for just the fraction of the price. 10. You can adjust the ride height at the rear by replacing the rubber spacers at the top of the spring perch. There are 3 different heights. Ireland Engineering still makes the single dot or lowest height pad. 11. Early 70s and up US spec cars have a 1/2" aluminum spring spacer at the top. Remove it to lower the front end 1/2". 12. Ireland Engineering sells all the hardware, including a complete kit to, to replace your old and often frozen and broken headlight adjustment hardware. The hardware is inexpensive. 13. Replace your fuel filter. 14. Build a smooth running stock spec motor for maximum flexibility, and focus your "Upgrades" on the suspension, brakes and transmission, if you must. Don't buy into all the hype which sounds great on paper or for a race motor. 15. Keep the exhaust stock spec for maximum torque, flexibility and torque. 16. Install the non-US or so called "Tii" exhaust manifold. 17. If you have a post 67 1600, use the exhaust manifold from the 66-77 or NK 1800 or 1800ti.
  13. That clown owns an 02 and was recently sued for auctioning off a fake 356 Carrera.
  14. These cars can really benefit from the vented rotors. I had the 320i vented rotors on a car I sold. And, they worked great. That's probably the best so called "Upgrade", certainly more important than the 5 speed upgrade. The fade gets pretty scary on the downhill through the mountain roads. I've tried using different pads including ceramics. Slavs
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