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fiber optic
post Sep 13 2012, 06:38 AM
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People are too proud of their BMWs here. Cheapest one on Craigslist is $1200 and it has a blown motor. The bent valves, broken rocker arms, and who knows what else kind of blown, not a supercharger.
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post Sep 13 2012, 06:57 AM
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QUOTE(Kip_666 @ Sep 12 2012, 10:41 AM) *
Great fun! But it looks like you'll need a good name for your next event!


I'm not sure I follow?

QUOTE(Synesthesia @ Sep 12 2012, 10:29 PM) *
So I should buy the '84 318i near me for $750?


Yeah, talk him down to 500. The early 318s had the 8v m10 motor, which is bulletproof. Not powerful but its good motor. As far as BMWs are concerned, other than me there were 4 people driving a 325e (lower hp and lower redline than my 325i), 2 people driving a later 318i (16v), and one guy driving an early 318i. I beat everyone in the morning but only the early 318i beat me in the afternoon. He did have proper rally gravel tires on though. You can definitely feel the weight of the six cyl up front when you're trying to go through sharp turns with loose dirt, sometimes I wished I had a 4 up front. The epic sound and power make up for it though.

QUOTE(fiber optic @ Sep 13 2012, 10:38 AM) *
People are too proud of their BMWs here. Cheapest one on Craigslist is $1200 and it has a blown motor. The bent valves, broken rocker arms, and who knows what else kind of blown, not a supercharger.


Eh wait around some. Sounds like the timing belt went.
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post Sep 13 2012, 10:40 AM
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QUOTE(Aircooled @ Sep 13 2012, 09:57 AM) *
Eh wait around some. Sounds like the timing belt went.



It did, it was mentioned in the ad.
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post Sep 13 2012, 04:18 PM
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QUOTE(Aircooled @ Sep 13 2012, 10:57 AM) *
Yeah, talk him down to 500. The early 318s had the 8v m10 motor, which is bulletproof. Not powerful but its good motor. As far as BMWs are concerned, other than me there were 4 people driving a 325e (lower hp and lower redline than my 325i), 2 people driving a later 318i (16v), and one guy driving an early 318i. I beat everyone in the morning but only the early 318i beat me in the afternoon. He did have proper rally gravel tires on though. You can definitely feel the weight of the six cyl up front when you're trying to go through sharp turns with loose dirt, sometimes I wished I had a 4 up front. The epic sound and power make up for it though.


Cool, thanks, we'll see!
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post Sep 14 2012, 04:54 AM
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Sorry, i ment this:
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post Jul 4 2013, 08:51 PM
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Here's some copypasta from 8/2012

Radio started not working right. When I used my cassette deck adapter, it started switching back and forth between sides. It hardly did it all when I first got the car and within the past few weeks all it does is switch back and forth between sides. And there are few more annoying things in the world than you trying to jam to good beats and your music keeps switching on and off. So I took it out.



And we have this guy to put in....



It sticks out a bit but I will mill it down with an end mill eventually.



Those tabs are going to have to go.



Old temperature sender for my old Audi gauges and the new temp sender for my new VDO gauges.



Then I broke the audi sender whilst putting it in....



So it had to come out.



And I put the new one in, I guess I'm going to have to rock the new style gauges for now until blunt gets me my new sender...

When I used these gauges on my previous car, a Jetta, the gauges would act up sometimes, I figured out that the senders were getting a poor ground just being screwed into the adapter so I put connectors under senders and "externally" ground it.



Had a little extra wire so I circled it through the motor mount.



Here's the old audi gauges I won't be using for the time being...



And we'll start working on a harness for the new gauges..









Done and ready to go into the car.



Before they can go into the car I had to take care of those tabs...





Dremel + Cutoff wheel did an excellent job





I routed the sender wires to the compressor then used the A/C line as a shield from the exhaust heat.





I should really cut the excess off those zip ties, don't know how I missed that. It almost looks factory where it goes in though...



I didn't get to take any photos of doing the wiring inside. It was like 10 at night and I was working by the light of a flashlight. I wanted to get it done.

Here's the final product though, for now atleast before I put the old gauges in. I need to get some blank panels to replace the speaker switch and car alarm light....



For those of you who are curious for the numbers...

Cold idle.


Warm idle (I do run 20W50 if you were wondering about the ~17 psi of pressure).



Warm cruising.



It doesn't warm up past a hair over 200 unless you.re on it pretty good. Pretty much stays there in either stop and go or highway. I did a 4th gear pull to 120 the other day and it got a little past halfway between 200 and the first tick mark. I would be interesting to see how the temps are when its raced. I noticed that the oil cooler is never really that hot, even after a extended drive. Feels like it might be 120 maybe. Nowhere near as hot as the oil itself. As far as the voltmeter is concerned, the voltage varies from 12.5-14V. Seems to me its higher in the mornings for whatever reason...



Testing

Hmm, replies blend into the previous post

I have more stuff to post, but cannot do so until someone else posts lol
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post Jul 6 2013, 06:20 PM
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Nice work, especially on the harness.

What is wrong with these gauges? What would be the advantage of using the Audi spec ones?
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post Aug 11 2013, 09:03 AM
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QUOTE(Bjorn @ Jul 6 2013, 10:20 PM) *
Nice work, especially on the harness.

What is wrong with these gauges? What would be the advantage of using the Audi spec ones?


Thanks.

Nothing is wrong with them per say, I just broke the temp sender so I went with the other set. Ordered another temp sender but the one that came was huge, like the size of an egg. Some day I'll play around with some generic VDO senders and see if I can find one that's accurate.

The only advantage to the old ones is that they're period correct. I like how they have that 80s look to them.
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post Sep 1 2013, 04:16 PM
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QUOTE(Aircooled @ Aug 11 2013, 01:03 PM) *
Thanks.

Nothing is wrong with them per say, I just broke the temp sender so I went with the other set. Ordered another temp sender but the one that came was huge, like the size of an egg. Some day I'll play around with some generic VDO senders and see if I can find one that's accurate.

The only advantage to the old ones is that they're period correct. I like how they have that 80s look to them.


That's really neat. I had a set of VDO aux gauges in my 900 SPG... lemme dig up a picture.



sadly this is the closest I can find. IIRC it was oil pressure, cylinder head temp and volts. Their was a grounding issue with the oil pressure one... the car blew up before I ever got it sorted.
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