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Old 25th October 2007, 22:34   #11
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Old 26th October 2007, 01:30   #12
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Attempted Kirk bar here at home instead of on the lift at the "Garaj Mahal". Not a good idea, the bolts are short, car is low, patience is thin, ARGHH. Did get the driver's seat in (so I could drive to the Garaj) so I will re apply myself on Sunday. How did you make out tonight R'man?
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Old 26th October 2007, 04:31   #13
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Rear Suspension is In

The rear Ground Control sway bar, JRZ RS shocks, and rear springs are in (sway bar end links connection is pending corner balancing):








The fronts are waiting in the wings:


This weekend should see much activity.
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Old 27th October 2007, 03:29   #14
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The Phase I plan is:

-- JRZ RS suspension (w/race plates, weight jackers, Eibach 700 F and 800 R springs)
-- Ground Control F and R sway bars
-- Ground Control adjustable rear lower control arms
-- F and R control arm bushings
-- Engine and transmission mounts
-- PWR radiator and Stewart water pump
-- Rogue short-shift kit
-- Kirk roll bar
-- Racetech 4000W seats
-- Teamtech 6-point harnesses
-- Kosei K1 wheels w/Toyp R888 235/40/17 rubber
-- AA Gen 3 exhaust
-- Various other upgrades, including stainless brake lines, brass brake caliper guides, new rotors, Hawk HT10 pads, Momo wheel, etc.
-- Also replacing some worn parts -- steering rack, front control arms, tie rods

The engine is the US 3.2L. Most likely, this winter I will do a cam/intake/headers upgrade. I am toying with the idea of doing a Euro 321-hp motor, but it appears that I can get nearly the same power with the former route. Flywheel/clutch also is on the horizon.
What do you estimate this project will cost you?
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Great choice!

Like I said before in your other thread.. you really don't need some 500+ hp car to be fast on the track. This car will really be quite fast.

How is the condition of the engine? I'd be worried about track duties without a rebuild.. but the engine could be in great condition.

Great suspension as well.. why not more aggressive tires? Also, how are you going to get this thing to the track?

Also, based on the parts you listed.. I'd recommend an engine oil cooler, transmission cooler, and a nice clutch-type limited slip. Once you are ready to go crazy.. start getting rid of those heavy steel panels and glass- although that'll require a full cage.

+1 on the someone else's comments about the rear subframe on the E36. Turner Motorsports has some solutions I believe.
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Oh- and forgot.. a nice aggressive final drive gear should help as well.. Maybe not too aggressive for VIR.

I know it is your project- just some suggestions. Have fun!
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What do you estimate this project will cost you?

I am keeping a detailed spreadsheet to track this, including even minor items. Including all the suspension pieces, seats, seat mounts, harnesses, roll bar, wheels, tires, AA exhaust, radiator, water pump, short shift kit, HANS, steering wheel, adapter and quick release, front strut brace, replacement steering rack, front control arms, and rotors, I am at around $14,000 in parts. Added to the $10,500 costs of the car, I will be a shade under $25,000 after this work is done, and before I get some money back by selling the parts I have removed.
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How is the condition of the engine? I'd be worried about track duties without a rebuild.. but the engine could be in great condition.
The engine appears to be in great shape -- the benefit of an apparently well-maintained one-owner car. But engine upgrade work is planned for this winter.

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Great suspension as well.. why not more aggressive tires? Also, how are you going to get this thing to the track?
The R888 is the replacement for the RA-1, one of the better R-compound track tires. The RA-1 has a great reputation for grip and durability. It is a great track tire by any estimation, and I hope the R888 is at least as good. I may move on to the BFG R1 later, but I suspect the R888 will be plenty of tire for me as I learn the car. Until I get a trailer and tow rig (perhaps some time in '08), I will be driving it the 2 hours to the track.
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The RA-1's, R888 will migrate nicely into the rain tire as we get another set of wheels and BFG r-1's!
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Just got home from the Chili Cook Off, I assume I have lost at least 6 work hours to you, I will be goign hard tomorrow finishing roll-bar, seats, and then maybe move into the radiator and cooling.
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