It’s definitely still a win, but I may have saved another 150 bucks.
I should start a running tally, and see how it end up comparing to the S4. Shifter rebuild parts are moderately expensive for the e30. With a short shifter, and the splurge on the Motorsport knob, it looks like I may be spending close to 400 bucks. These aren’t VW prices. I might forgo the z3 shifter.
Edit: I am at $2234.36 so far. Clutch, flywheel resurfacing, shifter rebuild, tires for the 15s haven’t happened yet. As well as selling the 16s.
Edit edit: 2404.36, forgot the pedals/trans crossmember.
Last edited by Bad Rabbit Habit; 01-09-2020 at 10:29 AM.
Now at 2,524.36 thanks to whalemingo, I have a clutch coming!
I guess I should order the shifter junk, I may be able to do the swap next weekend.
I am disappointed in myself, it rained today, so I probably could have found some puddles for shenanigans. This is what happens with a fwd guy gets a rwd car with an lsd. All I think about is donuts. But instead, I am watching How it’s Made, and searching for parts.
No real bites on the wheels. I am thinking I may have better luck if I separate the tires. Not a lot of 4x100 cars can swallow a 215/50/15.
Also put some stereo equipment in it. I have a bunch of high end equip lying around, so it got a Audison LRX3.1k amp, Pioneer PRS 5.25 components, and a Rockford P2-12. I am using a JL Bluetooth receiver, and controlling everything from the phone. IIRC the MSRP of everything, I could add ~1800 to the tally. But I probably only have 500 in the equipment, and that cost has long been sunk.
The PRS are the weird “cheap” ones with the crappy crossovers, so I threw some really configurable image dynamics crossovers. I need to play with the crossover point, but this is the first time I have heard them, and I am in love with the tweeter. The audison amp is nuts. 120x2 class ab and 1000x1 class D.The p2 is “only” getting 500 watts, but it’s probably not long for this world. I also need to remove the rear speakers, so the bass can come in the cabin. I may do something crazy, and do a infinite baffle setup, but that will happen later down the road.
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Sawzall? I would use an air powered body saw to hack up cars. Much easier to destroy only what you wanted. Made a terrible noise though.
Also, might have someone on the hook for the wheels. At a price that will almost cover the tires for the 15s.
Looks like it’s a go for selling the wheels.
So, now I have to make a decision on tires. The iX runs 205/55/15. Stock 14 is 195/65/14. Currently installed is a 215/50/16.
I kinda want to keep 195 width on the 15s with a high performance all season, or maybe a mid level summer with a tread wear in the 300-400 range. Reason being, since it is a lower power RWD car, to make the dynamics more... accessible. As well, I am used to a super fizzy and involving fwd car with more power and lighter weight. (Which is getting Direzza zIIIs, because race car, or something)
And maybe even do a slightly shorter tire, to improve the gear ratio.
But with the desire for a “fizzy” drive, and the tires are gonna be the second most important contributor besides the manual swap. Which leads me to the Firestone Firehawk AS in 195/55. They are well reviewed on tirerack. They are also 20 bucks less a tire. That’s almost 90 dollars with tax.
I have to make a decision soon, as the 16s are gone! Had overnight some lugs, as I have no more cone seat lugs, and the bottle caps are the only wheels that have tires on them right now. Well the RAs have tires, but they were all completely flat, and when I tried to air them up, two didn’t seal on the bead. Which is concerning. If they turn out to be junk, I will be forced to put the Zender turbo’s on.
+1 for extreme contact sports, put them on my integra in 205/50/15 and wow, those things were great during the cold thunderstorms in Tampa, not to mention they'll take spirited driving well. Outside of possible the new yoko s-drive replacement and the bfg comp2, that was the best tire that wasn't a 200tw autocross/semi-track tire.
Are your wheels 15x7? I know you said you already ordered rubber, but 195/50/15 DZ102's are on clearance at Tire Rack: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...omCompare1=yes
On my side, I ditched the lovely PS4S for some cheaper, stickier rubber: Kumho V720. Love 'em so far. Loud as hell but great dry grip. Super stiff sidewalls. Cold/wet grip lags behind the PS4S but whatever.