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  • Birthday 11/03/1978

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  1. So after a little less than a year I still like the ride, although I think I am going to go 75% stiff/rebound/compression (Still not 100% on what the single adjustment on Koni sports adjust) on front as I find it goes a little past/bounces when recovering from a compression of spring (hitting a bump or undulations in road) so a little more dampening in the front may be in order. No regrets except not doing sway bars at same time, although I did do fresh end links on factory bar since mine were shot. My tires let the car down a bit as well, but they are new just not "sporty" as they are just affordable all season 185/13's. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  2. Off/On topic...bike geek here too, prepping a vintage Diamant cyclocross frame to paint with some left over Inka from when I painted car. Should be built and ready for Cyclocross season!! Will look so nice, cant wait. Glad oil cap didnt turn into disaster, a friend of mine was traveling and checked oil, left cap on valve cover, it slid into his belt--shredded belt then got rammed forcefully into his radiator. Expensive mistake. I have always enjoyed your car/post. Dave. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  3. Also what I meant was the weld on the strut itself was high. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  4. I recently installed new Koni struts as well, my tubes were perfect inside but the weld was just a bit high were they started or ended arc while welding, I had to touch it with a file and all was good and since it will be under oil no worry of corrosion. Best of luck. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  5. We have used these on our Bobcat/Skid loaders with mixed results. Would be curious about a road going model. https://www.michelintweel.com/tweel-SSL-AllTerrain.html Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  6. I know this has little to do with your exact plan, but I have owned e30's with both motors in stock and slightly modified states and frankly, though my 87' e30is was probably one of my favorite cars both engines served me well and had plenty of power with the "e" motor having a bit more low end grunt which I would think would be nice in stock form in '02. Regardless I am following along to see which route you go....and reminiscing on my old 87 which is sadly missed!! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
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  8. I too have had good success with Jaymic..I have had that book for a long time and never knew the connection, pretty cool as it was one of the first "guides" for our little cars I had found. When I bought my car from a fellow '02 enthusiast he gave me the book when I picked up the car and also directed me to 2002FAQ! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  9. I recently rebuilt my suspension using Koni adjustable sport struts and shocks, Ireland Engineering stage 2 springs and all poly bushings. So far I have only driven the car twice as snow/salted roads soon after put an end to that until spring or heavy rains. I will say the ride is sporty and FIRM with all 4 koni's set to 50%. The roads where I live a relatively nice but I could see if you live in a city where you had alot of manholes/patched street it could be a little aggressive. One additional thought is to adjust the shocks you do have to remove them from the car, I would like to maybe adjust fronts but kinda dread the process. I owned an 1987 e30 325is and had H&R's with Bilstein Sports and that rode very nice...not harsh at all with 14" wheels and Michelin Pilots, with that being said my '02 has 13" all season 185 width tires which somewhat let the suspension down but may help take the edge off. I think I remember reading somewhere that the Koni sport/Billy sport/ stage 2's was "was for the young or the young at heart" I think that is the best explanation. As many have mentioned with the shock shortage from some manufacturers if you find them and do not like them resale will not be a problem. Good luck. Let us know what you do and your thoughts!! Dave. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  10. What size and brand of tires? Percentage of wear? Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  11. Yes, one of mine was still full of smelly old oil and looked like new, the other took alot of convincing and Pennsyltucky engineering to remove. Afterwards I used a brake cylinder hone on an extension in drill to clean up inside of tube. Also took a dowel rod with a piece of coarse auto body sandpaper (self adhesive sort ) and made a flap wand of sorts and ran that up and down inside, rinsed and like new. Just be sure to put oil back in before your new shock and this wont happen again. Ah good times!! Dave. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  12. To add to last post when I put my gutter racks on I take a 1" x 3" piece of an old tube between foot and gutter for a little added protection. I will say when empty you will think you have a bad wheel bearing or something as it doesn't whistle as much as it did on my e30 but it more "growls" in the wind..I take mine off often for longer trips. Just because I miss it, bad picture below of my old e30 with a now old school freeride bike..such a great car. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  13. I haul bikes on my car often..I use a set of gutter mount Thule racks with big mouth upright carrier..works well. The one with me driving was taken by a friend then texted to me to share with me how absurd it looks. To me, although I value my car I also (re)built it and like to use it. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  14. Sharp rings or someone who leans on the B pillar with keys in hand as they get in? Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  15. Not 123 related, exactly, but I have moisture/corrosion issues on tabs inside my cap to the point that everytime I park the car I open the hood and pop of cap to avoid it[emoji849]. My contacts get green to the point of misfire. I keep a rechargeable Dremel with a little steel wire wheel nearby to clean it up. It gets old, thankfully it is a garaged car mostly driven Saturday only. Maybe I will try drilling a hole in my cap as I have a few extras laying around. I have also tried a light coating of Penetrox that we use on aluminum or bi metal contacts/crimps/lugs at work and it does help for a while, until it gets burnt off. Dave Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk

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