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Forum: General Discussion Today, 06:52 PM
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Posted By varg
They certainly aren't overdelivering on that...

They certainly aren't overdelivering on that 170bhp claim then. Definitely not enough to deliver on Classic Motorsports' hope of "embarrassing" the M3.

I'm kinda disappointed, because I have no...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 07:49 PM
Replies: 118
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Posted By varg
Interesting, I was looking forward to seeing the...

Interesting, I was looking forward to seeing the results after reading how they wanted to beat the M3. The odds looked to be in the M3's favor because the 318is build was just so damn mild. They seem...
Forum: Off Topic Lounge Yesterday, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10,355
Views: 312,941
Posted By varg
S6Xs are cool but the reading I've done on them...

S6Xs are cool but the reading I've done on them points to the cars that have them being money pits. Not as bad as the V10 M5s of course, but I can definitely see the appeal of putting a cheaper, more...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 03:03 PM
Replies: 4,199
Views: 211,300
Posted By varg
Nah not surprising. The people spending $50,000...

Nah not surprising. The people spending $50,000 on an E30 M3 aren't doing it because it's fun to drive or fast they're doing it because they want to say they have it and sell it when the prices...
Forum: Transmission & Driveline Yesterday, 06:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 202
Posted By varg
It's getting better with time, 410 miles on the...

It's getting better with time, 410 miles on the clutch now and the drag is barely there. This points to the measured runout being the issue and not my relatively recent clutch hydraulics. The...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 05:23 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,046
Posted By varg
I don't know anyone who has a Metric Mechanic...

I don't know anyone who has a Metric Mechanic engine but it usually seems that engine builders can't stop crowing about dyno results and proudly display their SAE gross engine dyno plots and MM...
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4,199
Views: 211,300
Posted By varg
Send this to that jerk: ...

Send this to that jerk:
https://i.imgur.com/b0DFaUQ.jpg
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 650
Posted By varg
Sarcasm doesn't change the fact that they are far...

Sarcasm doesn't change the fact that they are far from being common. People are vastly oversimplifying the complexity of the task at hand, DARPA challenge stuff was a mere oddity and barely worked...
Forum: Off Topic Lounge 07-15-2019, 06:49 AM
Replies: 10,355
Views: 312,941
Posted By varg
Watching it head in I didn't ever consider the...

Watching it head in I didn't ever consider the winds the real threat because they were relatively weak, but the rain...
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,046
Posted By varg
Right, proving my point, the M42 compares with...

Right, proving my point, the M42 compares with average late '80s/early '90s 4 cylinders, not with good ones. Ergo, it is not a good engine, it is about average. Just with some critical flaws. You...
Forum: Off Topic Lounge 07-13-2019, 07:26 AM
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Views: 312,941
Posted By varg
Good luck

Good luck
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,046
Posted By varg
It's pretty simple. Compare the M42 to a good...

It's pretty simple. Compare the M42 to a good little I4 from the same era, the first generation Honda B16A.
1.8L vs 1.6L
6,500rpm vs 8,000rpm
138hp vs 160hp
10:1 vs 10.2:1
$21,000 car...
Forum: M20 07-12-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 600
Posted By varg
Thing is, with a reasonably frequent oil change...

Thing is, with a reasonably frequent oil change interval, a healthy engine and street driving you're highly unlikely to ever push the capabilities of even cheap conventionals that have the proper...
Forum: Off Topic Lounge 07-12-2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 1,641
Views: 114,151
Posted By varg
Looks that way from the diagram. I don't work on...

Looks that way from the diagram. I don't work on them or design them or anything I just pulled some diagrams so I had an idea of what I was looking at.
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,046
Posted By varg
If you keep them quiet they sound good, most of...

If you keep them quiet they sound good, most of the 24V I6 cars I've heard with aftermarket exhaust sound like ass. I have a buddy who has an E90 328 with a catback that sounds pretty good, but most...
Forum: The Project Forum 07-12-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 49,700
Posted By varg
Yeah, it's stable and allows pretty fine...

Yeah, it's stable and allows pretty fine adjustment of height easily even compared to the transmission adapter for a floor jack so it makes the transmission installation almost trivial compared to my...
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,046
Posted By varg
My point is that this context of its state and...

My point is that this context of its state and weight relative to another engine in similar state is critical to that weight meaning anything at all and should be mentioned when quoting the figure....
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 650
Posted By varg
Heady philosophy and thought experiments aside,...

Heady philosophy and thought experiments aside, self driving cars are currently a joke and a long way from being a widespread thing. People really underestimate the complexity of driving and...
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,046
Posted By varg
Shortblock? Because I don't believe for a second...

Shortblock? Because I don't believe for a second than an S14 is over 100lbs lighter than an M42.

http://vorshlag.smugmug.com/Projects/BMW-E36-LS1-Beta-Project/Cimg5229/142053371_w3v4X-M-1.jpg
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Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,046
Posted By varg
It's a 1.8L 4 cylinder that revs to 6,500rpm and...

It's a 1.8L 4 cylinder that revs to 6,500rpm and falls off a cliff after 6,000rpm. what the heck have you been driving that made you categorize that as "loves to rev"? Smog era american cars? :doh:...
Forum: Off Topic Lounge 07-11-2019, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1,641
Views: 114,151
Posted By varg
Looks like there's more to it than previous...

Looks like there's more to it than previous incidents involving nose cone separation (http://www.bst-tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2002/a02p0021/a02p0021.html) since you can see what...
Forum: Off Topic Lounge 07-11-2019, 05:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,329
Posted By varg
Everyone outside of aviation plays fast and loose...

Everyone outside of aviation plays fast and loose with weight specs. Motorcycle manufacturers advertise meaningless dry weights, automotive manufacturers give a weight with no details, dressed engine...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,046
Posted By varg
Can an M54 be persuaded to make 250whp without...

Can an M54 be persuaded to make 250whp without forced induction or monumental cost? If so I vote M54. M42s suck (had one), S14s are too expensive for what you get. Personally I don't see any point in...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 4,199
Views: 211,300
Posted By varg
Convertibles are heavy so it'll sit lower on the...

Convertibles are heavy so it'll sit lower on the same springs, and the S52 adds some weight to the front end. Plus the side skirts make it look lower than it is.
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 4,199
Views: 211,300
Posted By varg
This is one case where the form over function and...

This is one case where the form over function and stancing doesn't bother me. It was never going to be a sharp, relatively lightweight driver's car like the coupes and sedans, it was crippled from...
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