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Old 10-13-2014, 02:20 AM   #16
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A few more bits and pieces came in the mail. First is a Nismo trans mount for the sr gearbox.

Also a Walbro in-tank GSS340 fuel pump and fitting kit for a '97 Mustang (found a how-to using this kit - almost direct swap just with a bit of soldering). This pump is rated at 500hp - hoping it works ok!

The new diff is going in Wednesday, then I'll have a go at the fuel pump when the fuel level is low. Pretty keen to get as much done and still drive the car before I pull it off the road and take it apart!

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Old 10-15-2014, 01:14 AM   #17
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Today the old diff was pulled out and wrapped up. I'll spend some time cleaning it before selling it. The new diff went in, minor issue with the speed sensor plugs not matching, but ended up using the old sensor, which is working great.

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Old 10-21-2014, 05:27 AM   #18
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I had some time tonight so decided to try and work out why the dash lights would only work intermittently. Often it would be after I had been playing with the fuses, then moving stuff around the ecu, so thought some sort of connection was loose, but couldn't see which.

I pulled the lower cover off, and followed a quick guide to remove the headlight switch and panel. I found that the big connector plug was barely plugged into the headlight switch!!!

Big plug on the right now connected:



The little light above the headlight switch had never worked, and this is why, blown bulb. It's tiny, but hopefully Supercheap Auto has a replacement:



And once again there was light!



While I was messing with the car I thought I would take a look underneath and see if anything looked dodgy. On the passenger side sway bar I noticed some fresh rubbing marks, and the drop link bushing looked to be on a wack angle - thinking it might need an alignment of sorts? Hopefully that will sort the rubbing (on full look I can hear it when parking at home):



And now I can see why the PO had cleaned the gearbox before I inspected it, looks to be leaking slightly, but not enough to drip onto the ground where I park the car. Good thing I won't be using the gearbox anyway after swapping motors:



Next on the list is to fit the rear brake rotors I have sitting here.
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Old 10-25-2014, 01:22 AM   #19
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Today I took some time to change over a few dash bulbs, swap in some new rear brake rotors and paint the lower windscreen air vents.

The rear rotors were definitely in need of an update:



Replacements are DBA 4000 rotors, came with the car when purchased:



This one bolt was sooo tough to get. Started by soaking it in WD40 for an hour, then gave it a few wacks with a hammer before having another go with the spanner (with mallet attached). Turns out they were covered in thread locker:



The new rotor in place:



And back on the ground:



The faded vents were removed:



Painted with black bumper paint, then put back in place:

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Old 10-25-2014, 01:59 AM   #20
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Had a bit of a read and decided the 4.1 ratio was good to stick to - meant not having to mess with the speedo, and it would suit the sr swap.
Changing final drive ratio doesn't affect what the speedometer shows on an E30.
What gear box are you going to use, what kind of ratios does it have? What's the redline on that Nissan engine? Those things pretty much decide what final ratio one needs.

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Old 10-25-2014, 02:07 AM   #21
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Good point, I guess I'll grab out the speedo app when its all together and find out!
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Old 10-25-2014, 02:23 AM   #22
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Good point, I guess I'll grab out the speedo app when its all together and find out!
Find out what? Essentially, the diff speed sensor reads the rear wheels' combined rotational speed. Only way that the speedo could go off is to change the rear tyres' outer diameter.
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Old 10-25-2014, 09:35 PM   #23
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Find out what? Essentially, the diff speed sensor reads the rear wheels' combined rotational speed. Only way that the speedo could go off is to change the rear tyres' outer diameter.
Sorry I was confused by your previous post, I know the diff ratio and diff sensor set the speedo. Your mention of final drive put me off....
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What wreckers did you get the lsd from?

Also, send me a PM once the m42 is out, been looking for an upgrade to the m40 and I'm also in Brisbane
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:33 PM   #25
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What wreckers did you get the lsd from?

Also, send me a PM once the m42 is out, been looking for an upgrade to the m40 and I'm also in Brisbane
BMWreckers at Acacia Ridge, not the cheapest, but was exactly what I needed and had a 3 month warranty..
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Old 10-31-2014, 01:21 AM   #26
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RHDJapan.com were having a big sale on clutches, so I picked an OS Giken STR2CD twin plate clutch kit for about the same as price as the locally made alternatives.

This is rated at 600hp, and claims to be close to stock feel (which I doubt but happy to be proven wrong!!).

Took two days to get here from Japan:







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This one bolt was sooo tough to get. Started by soaking it in WD40 for an hour, then gave it a few wacks with a hammer before having another go with the spanner (with mallet attached). Turns out they were covered in thread locker:


I was just here! I wasted an extra hour at least on those stupid bolts!
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Be sure to remind them that the M42 is one of the best engines ever made, but be sure to not mention where it actually falls on that list.
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:18 PM   #28
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Painted with black bumper paint, then put back in place:

I need that vent with the wiper arm hole covered... I wonder what the part # on that one is since its obviously a factory RHD part. any chance you could see what it is?
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i need that vent with the wiper arm hole covered... I wonder what the part # on that one is since its obviously a factory rhd part. Any chance you could see what it is?
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I just found it too!! thank you!! Now I just have to see if BMW USA can get me one
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