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    Vehicle dynamics, dampers, 3gun, tennis, the wife, the dog- regular stuff.

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  1. Yeah, sorry about that. https://motioncontrolsuspension.com/buyers-guide/2-way-non-remote/ They were the first set made for the 2002. Had them built on tii spindles. Just super-ultra-mega shocks, made here in the States. Adjustable externally for compression and rebound. Fully bespoke. Makes the adjustable Koni's, feel, well, maybe is better to say that if you're sensitive to such things, this is another world. Only sold them because I switched platforms- all my crap is now e30m3.
  2. Phil didn't even break a sweat and it only took 15 minutes longer. Ah, the struggles of being a world class cyclist. 😆
  3. I miss those things *every* time I drive my car. Every time. I'm glad they're working for you.
  4. Pro'ly ought to be thinking 4-5 for parts- I think that's what I paid a couple years ago... JE pistons, long H beam rods, intake and exhaust valves, timing stuff, gaskets, ARP head studs, bearings, yadda^3. I forget all of it, but that seems to be a real number for a pretty hot rod engine. My machine prices were real reasonable- I had them do the head completely (plus 1 valves on the intake?), bull nose the crank, bore the block to the new pistons (91?), balance everything. Whatever you do, if you have it apart, get it balanced. I did all the assembly. And like Danny said above, decreasing rotating mass is a big deal- JB Racing flywheel is nice. And no, it's not too light- I actually find the car easier to operate with the lighter flywheel. There are lots of great people on here to source parts. I've had good luck with Steve at TEP- he advertises here and put together a 'kit' for me with everything I needed to build the engine, with a bunch of guidance on parts. Engine was a ripper.
  5. That's awesome. My buddy didn't even know they made that car in the non-M platform. Seems like some of the best BMW cars got built by people doing what they weren't supposed to. I, apparently, have a serious soft spot for them. We had a z4m coupe for a bit, with the s54. The car was absolutely mega in every way, except no room for a dog. Once we moved and got a dog, car had to go- just no room for the dog. :shrug emoji
  6. Dude. Who woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? 😂
  7. For some reason, 10% comes to mind- to decrease the spec'd torque by 10% if it's lubricated. I think the standard is based on engine oil for lube? And it's always good to see if the torque spec'd is lubed or dry. (Just for posterity; please continue regarding Ray's nuts, and his choice to trust a fucking Harbor Freight torque wrench?!)
  8. Yeah, I made a couple of bids in the 8-8500 range to have a spare motor and trans. I stopped after that and saw it ended at 21. I don't really get the appeal- F20C or any of the K motors for WAY less money- and I'm really pretty averse to Honda. I mean, speaking as a guy that has one (s14)- they're ok, but they're not 20k plus all the work to use it ok. Don't get me wrong, they're cool, but that's just a lot of money for a 2.3 16v- even with all it's heritage. It's almost like it's lost some of it's coolness to me because it's gotten so expensive. Like part of what made it so cool was that it was attainable for most. Rally Miata what?
  9. Z3 coupe. Oooooo. If I hadn't found the 2002 platform, those were on the short list.
  10. Uh, electric fuel pump, and, uh, a function called 'quick-start' on top of a couple of other things. I get so used to it that I won't hold the key on long enough in the Tacoma so it won't start and I have to crank it again... Literally the fastest starting car I've ever had.
  11. That's the first thing I noticed- really smol.
  12. Yeah, the whole thing, actually, now that the connector is right at the firewall instead of coming from around the front of the engine.
  13. So today is my car's birthday. I've had my hands full the last several months trying to figure out a running issue, and with @jimk's help, I think I've got it under control. today was the first day in months my car made me smile. I'm thinking I'm going back to stock e30m3 brakes so I can go back to 15" wheels. The 16s are just really big, what with the 205/50 and all. The big brakes are sweet, but... oh yeah, and like Jim, now coil on plug.
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