Yesterday, I took the car over to Euro Envy in Concord, NC to have the AC recharged, and while I was there, they let me swap out the exhaust ring seals and rotate the struts (forgot to align the L and R properly when I was putting my suspension together). One thing I noticed was that the passenger side lower spring perch was aligned way off and had actually cut away a good portion of my tire on the inside shoulder.
As you can see, about 1/2" of the inside tread is shaved smooth. I rotated the strut and the perch and it looked like it wouldn't cause any more issues. When leaving the shop, started to drive away and noticed a scraping sound from the tire. Pulled it inside and put it back on the lift and noticed that the perch was still awfully close to the tire. Rotated it a bit to get it off the tire (just the perch, not the strut) and it seemed to clear the tire, so this time I drove off and it seemed fine. The exhaust leak is completely gone now and the car feels great. The lower spring perches on both sides look like they are way too close to the tire though and if I had brand new front tires, it seems like they would rub. I never had this problem with my I6 struts on the same wheels and tires, so I'm not sure what's going on here, unless it's just that the V8 struts sit lower in the spindles and that means the spring perches sit closer to the tires. I'm only running 255/40/19 AS3s though, so that shouldn't be the issue. For whatever it's worth, they aren't rubbing now.
I just got the 7 and my wagon back home today, but I was so exhausted from driving all the way to Raleigh and back today, that I didn't get a chance to change the fuel pump and regulator. I'll try to do it in the morning, but I made the big mistake of filling the tank with gas the other night, so I might have to do some driving before I try to do the pump to save from losing a lot of fuel. Maybe I can take the line loose from the fuel filter and turn the key on to fill up a 5 gallon gas can. That should get it low enough to change the pump ok. I'll feel a lot better about driving the car hard once I know I'm getting enough fuel to the engine, so I want to do this soon.
In other news, I'm getting a loud buzzing from behind the passenger side dash area. I thought maybe it was the fuel pump relay (and it might still be), but it could also be how I tapped off the terminal 15 power for the unloader relay in the ebox. I've never heard this buzzing on any of the other S62 swaps I've done, so it's really got me confused. The only different wiring I've done is the terminal 15 wire tapped off another DME pin, but it's a low current wire, so I wouldn't think it would cause this kind of noise. I've got the EGS power connector from the M54 wiring harness I cut off today while at Brian's that I might try to pull a pin out of so I can wire it properly.
That's it for now. Car's running great otherwise