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Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:52 pm

Finally got this finished, aligned and road tested - HUGE improvement OMG!


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A bit of suspension "porn" Yummy!
I used the eccentric bushes as well as the "Ford" drop links - Bilstein B4's and new everything - including new rubber.

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Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:59 pm

Nice one Paul :clap:
In what way is it improved ?

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Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:15 pm

It used to tram line badly - knock (one of the wishbones) shimmy when high speed braking - not center very well, I think the increased caster angle
helps with this (eccentric bushes) - the steering is very precise with good feedback and, best of all, it feels really sure footed and safe -

Upside of new correct front springs means the car sits correctly - this was obviously a big contributor to all the above.

Very happy - by the way I use a "trackace" for alignment - I wasn't really sure about whether it would work sufficiently well, but its spot on -
I set the Toe In to 18 minutes - checked it after a couple of test runs - spot on again - recommended if you like tweaking your own stuff!!

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Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:32 pm

Did you put new tyres on ?

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Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:51 pm

Yup !
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Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:08 pm

Makes all the difference

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Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:20 pm

And here we are back at a recording session in London again!... Next stop Munich



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Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:26 pm

after another long round trip, here's the old gal outside the Bayerischer Rundfunk Studios in Munich!

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Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:09 pm

Great to see someone using their e30 soooooooo much and on serious trips :cool: :cool: :cool: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Is this your only car Paul ?

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Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:41 pm

Actually no, I've got a 1.2 Polo which is great for economy, but not as much fun -

I'm still a bit anxious with the Beema since it blew the head gasket last summer, but it's done 3K miles since I put it back on the road so
I'm feeling more confident as time goes by!

Tuesday I'm driving the beast to Barcelona and then on the ferry to Ibiza - should be exciting!

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Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:02 pm

paultv wrote: I'm still a bit anxious with the Beema

Tuesday I'm driving the beast to Barcelona and then on the ferry to Ibiza
And you say that is anxious?????

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:52 pm

Ha Ha!!!

Well I'm always up for a challenge!

I'll post a pic or two depending on where I get to!

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Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:13 pm

loving it Paul -your cars looks superb mate
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Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:28 pm

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Success!!

Arrived in Barcelona and parked up next to a funky looking Ferrari !
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But not before driving through snow in Germany!

Here's my lad and the Beast!
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Great to see you using it for proper road trips :cool: :clap:
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DanThe wrote:
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Great to see you using it for proper road trips :cool: :clap:
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:32 pm

and then in Agua Blanca after an overnight ferry - time to fiddle with the dying AFM total 1,495 km driven and a huge hole in the worlds petrol reserves - I calculated 12.5 km/litre on the drive.
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Real nice to drive around Ibiza with the roof off!!!
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Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:12 am

and I'm back after a week of essentially trouble free driving - apart from the AFM issue which I hope is sorted with the replacement that was waiting for me.

3000 + km in a week - brilliant :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:41 am

Refrained from replying before, because the last time I went to Munich in an E30 it did not end at all well (flying porker), and I didn't want to jinx things!
This is an absolutely fabulous story, showing that an E30 can still mix it with all the modern stuff out there, and be used for everyday transport, including long distance international runs, with the reliability of any new car. Well done, and lets see others doing similar.
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Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:46 pm

Brianmoooore wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:41 am
Refrained from replying before, because the last time I went to Munich in an E30 it did not end at all well (flying porker), and I didn't want to jinx things!
This is an absolutely fabulous story, showing that an E30 can still mix it with all the modern stuff out there, and be used for everyday transport, including long distance international runs, with the reliability of any new car. Well done, and lets see others doing similar.

Too true - I bought my first e30 to tour around France and Spain, fully loaded with bike and camping gear. It had been sitting for a year but past its mot first time and didn't miss a beat after basic service. Since then I've been hooked.
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