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  1. bento

    volvo brake upgrade

    Are you thinking of the rear hubs for the VW disk brake conversion? There is no need to machine the front hubs for the Volvo Girling conversion. Link to what you’re referring to?
  2. Ouch! Last night was an especially bad time for that sort of failure.
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    Photos from 02.02.02 (2019) Seattle

    Nice photos Casey. Thanks for sharing!
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    Annual 02-02-02 Meet

    Where are the photos?
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    Annual 02-02-02 Meet

    I’m going to have to miss this year. Can’t shake this cold and standing around outside in the cold/wet won’t help.
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    Annual 02-02-02 Meet

    Current forecast is showing rain Friday and mild temps. Should be fine Saturday.
  7. Patrick @midnightmotorsport should be able to take care of this for you. Website is being rebuilt, so not a lot there, but contact info is on the front page.
  8. I misread your post on the first page of this thread as one of the projects that was still underway, not as a completed conversion. Sounds like you landed on a combo that works well. That’s good to know in case I keep blowing out boosters. What pads are you running on the wilwoods?
  9. I drove a boosterless car for the first time over the weekend. The car was a bit heavier than a 2002, but rotors were likely proportionally larger. Pedal travel was fairly short, so maybe not the best case to base an opinion on. Don’t have precise specs. It was fine on dirt/mud, but when I pulled the car in to swap drivers, I was surprised how much pressure it took to bring the car to a stop. I don’t imagine I’d enjoy that level of pedal effort in traffic, stopping on hills, etc. And I’ve never lost assistance from the stock booster on my turbocharged 02. I did kill a booster a year ago, but not sure if that had anything to do with the turbo. I’ll keep the booster on my car, but I’m interested to see how some of the projects from other posters in this thread turn out.
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    Bavaria control arms questions

    There isn’t much room to adjust camber plates with the OE diameter springs and hats before the upper hat contacts the strut tower. The KMAC adjustable mounts will work on a Bilstein Sport strut, I tried it, but didn’t bother getting it aligned as it was clear I didn’t net anything more than you’d get with the IE fixed plates. That said, you can get a few tenths adjustment range in either direction with the KMAC camber plates, so maybe they could help to even out camber and caster left to right if your car has taken a bump or two like mine.
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    Annual 02-02-02 Meet

    I’ll bring a pop-up tent as well. Hopefully no mechanicals occur on the way there this year! That’s a tradition I’d rather not repeat.
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    Wheel, Strut ?

    It’ll be close, but might be possible depending on the model and size of tire you choose. I just did a quick check with a straight edge and tried to measure from the broadest part of a 195/50r15 S-Drive to the outer lip of my wheels, and it’s pretty close to that 1/4" you’re working with on a 15x7" wheel. I say "tried" because my measurement wasn’t super-accurate due to the car being up on a 4 post lift and a little awkward, but should give you a ballpark idea. Thin spacers aren’t a terrible thing. I’d mount up one of the tires you want to use, and see whether it clears. Maybe use washers stacked up to find the thickness required. I was able to run a 1/4" spacer with my wheels on stock studs with enough thread engagement to be safe, but you want something like 1.5x the diameter of the stud for safe engagement. I believe this was i turns, but hopefully someone will keep me honest.
  13. I took the carrier and bushings to a local auto shop. They pressed the old ones out and new ones in for something like $20. Most indy auto shops here are $125 to $150/hr, so probably would scale to local labor rates. The bushings with carrier were not available anywhere when I was replacing mine. That’s probably the best option if available.
  14. Audi has nothing new for you. They weren’t selling enough m/t cars to justify them, so dropped the option altogether going forward. I wish the unicorn you’ve described existed as well. I sacrificed the AWD (not really needed here, but was a nice to have) and bought an M2. 2 doors and a manual transmission were hard requirements for me as well. What about the previous generation TTRS? They were available with a manual. A couple friends have them and really like them. Ground clearance may be as poor as the C4 Porsches though. Two other options; While this example was probably a very costly build, the suspension/wheels/tires could be replicated pretty cheaply. Would be pretty awesome. Or a Jeep Wrangler- no luxuries, 2 doors, 4 wheel drive, plenty of ground clearance for snow, and I believe you can still get a manual transmission.
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    Beyern Mesh fitment

    You might just clear, but the rim protector strip molded into the S-Drive sidewall is just about as close as I’d want it to be to the strut tube on a 15x7 et25 wheel with a 195/50 S-Drive. If @tsteiner is running Direzza ZIII (as opposed to Dz102), Tire Rack shows the measured section width as quite a bit narrower than an S-Drive. I plan to switch to these in spring for both the extra stick, and the added clearance. That said, I’d bolt them up and if they clear while in the air, then just keep an eye on the strut tubes for lost paint. Maybe starting with a few shorter drives initially so you can catch any contact right away. Worst case, all you should need is a 2-3mm spacer.