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    Originally posted by rjmcdermott81 View Post
    Last push. I think I will still have lots of buffing/polishing to do but I'm aiming at getting it presentable without rushing it and making mistakes.


    I don't know why I hadn't bought one of these to start. Best $35 ever spent


    You can see it's progressing but still a lot more work to get all the sanding scratches out


    I also had to ditch the 3D printing idea for the sidemarker surrounds. Just ran out of time. I bought thin sheets of ABS on Amazon. It is easy to cut with a box cutter and you can form it with a heat gun. I cut it into the right shape, painted it with SEM black, and then used 3M tape to mount them. I would love to have the OEM pieces but these will do...and it was only $20.




    I may have missed it in your thread but did your MT2 kit have cut outs already for side markers? Mine where were euro with no side marker openings.
    Euro Delivery Thread///E30 Project Klaus

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      Originally posted by Staszek View Post
      I may have missed it in your thread but did your MT2 kit have cut outs already for side markers? Mine where were euro with no side marker openings.

      Ya mine must have come from a US spec car because they had the cutouts. To be honest, I didn't realize there were different versions and had no idea these cutouts were different from the stock sidemarker cutouts until I went to test fit the markers. I like them now that it's done, but had I known I would have just filled these in before I painted them to save me a bunch of trouble.
      Build Thread: Ryan's Hennarot 318is
      COTM Aug 2019

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        Originally posted by rjmcdermott81 View Post
        Ya mine must have come from a US spec car because they had the cutouts. To be honest, I didn't realize there were different versions and had no idea these cutouts were different from the stock sidemarker cutouts until I went to test fit the markers. I like them now that it's done, but had I known I would have just filled these in before I painted them to save me a bunch of trouble.
        Got ya, either way it looks great!
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          RADwood Austin was pretty killer.


          Build Thread: Ryan's Hennarot 318is
          COTM Aug 2019

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            No oil pressure at startup

            So....I've been without my car for a few weeks. Figured I would document the issues in case anyone else experiences the same. At RADwood I had to start/stop the car a lot while we were waiting for them to slot us in. That, combined with having my gauges actually mounted for the first time instead of just bouncing around on the trans tunnel.

            That's when I noticed that my oil light was staying on a little long during startups and the pressure wasn't building immediately... The longer the the car sat the longer it would take. It looked like this:
            - Restarting immediately after running - instant
            - After 1 hour - 2 seconds
            - Overnight - 4-5 seconds
            - Several days - 5-7 seconds

            I have both the idiot light and an electric gauge mounted on a T off of the oil filter housing. Both reported the same info. After a bit of research I found two possible causes:
            1. Bad check-valve in the oil filter housing. This seemed really unlikely because people say that this is very very very rare.
            2. Loose o-ring on the oil pickup tube. I found this on a couple of forums causing the same symptoms.

            Needless to say, I didn't have the constitution to drop the subframe and oil pan in my driveway on jackstands. I took it over to Terry Sayther in Austin. These guys are so awesome. They've worked on all my e30s and they're enthusiasts.

            To trouble shoot the problem they first ruled out the OFH by measuring the level in the OFH before starting it over several days. Even with the oil level at the top they still saw the delayed oil pressure. Unfortunately that meant dropping the pan. With the pan off they found three possible causes:
            1. Loose o-ring on the oil pickup tube
            2. Wear marks on the teeth in the oil pump
            3. Higher clearances on the main bearings - .051mm (spec is .019-.052mm)

            They also checked one of the rod bearings I installed and the clearance was at the bottom end of spec.

            So...I had them replace the oil pump, main bearings, and o-ring on the pickup tube... I'm guessing the issue was the stupid o-ring but I couldn't put it back together without addressing the mains and oil pump.

            Here are the videos:

            Startup before the fix after sitting overnight: https://youtu.be/azTyu1h2s3A

            Startup after sitting for 5 days after the fix: https://youtu.be/FuoTzQdrqEo

            Also, my oil pressure at warm idle went from 12.5psi to 25psi, likely because of the new mains are now at 0.030mm. If I had to do it again...I would have just changed those when I was doing the rod bearings. The bearings were only $175 and you can roll them in without taking the crank out. It's more complicated than that, but it would have been worth figuring out.
            Build Thread: Ryan's Hennarot 318is
            COTM Aug 2019

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              On a more fun note. I've had an opportunity to drive the car at a little bit more of it's potential. I still haven't taken it over 5k rpm intentionally because I want to take it easy on the new bearings BUT this thing is terrifying.

              It spins the wheels on command in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. I'm still a bit of afraid of getting on the throttle coming out of turns for fear of spinning the car and driving it with "sport mode" on is just looney.

              I may find a more permanent solution for the sport button but for now I just put the button that Andrew includes with the harness in a hole in the center console. I've had this button stuffed in the glovebox this whole time and didn't even think it did anything.

              Instead of sport button. It should be called the OH SHIT button. Throttle is crazy responsive.
              Build Thread: Ryan's Hennarot 318is
              COTM Aug 2019

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                Awesome! That was a great read on your build. An incredible job.

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                  Even in the heavier E46 chassis, M3 owners report stock sport mode throttle maps to be much too aggressive.

                  I modified mine to be much softer but better tip in for non-sport as seen here, there is more to it than just throttle curves, there are also different driver demand maps and vanos tables I do believe.
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                    And how they are stock:
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                      Originally posted by rjmcdermott81 View Post
                      On a more fun note. I've had an opportunity to drive the car at a little bit more of it's potential. I still haven't taken it over 5k rpm intentionally because I want to take it easy on the new bearings BUT this thing is terrifying.

                      It spins the wheels on command in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. I'm still a bit of afraid of getting on the throttle coming out of turns for fear of spinning the car and driving it with "sport mode" on is just looney.

                      I may find a more permanent solution for the sport button but for now I just put the button that Andrew includes with the harness in a hole in the center console. I've had this button stuffed in the glovebox this whole time and didn't even think it did anything.

                      Instead of sport button. It should be called the OH SHIT button. Throttle is crazy responsive.
                      I've never heard of bearings having a break in process... I've been keeping my motor under 6k purely because of the piston ring break-in.

                      I hear you on terrifying though. I've managed to enjoy the crap outta this thing without even touching sport mode. Like Justin says below the sport mode is just too touchy. Definitely going to modify the tip in to something a bit more linear!


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                        Originally posted by rjmcdermott81 View Post
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                        It spins the wheels on command in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. I'm still a bit of afraid of getting on the throttle coming out of turns for fear of spinning the car and driving it with "sport mode" on is just looney. ...

                        I may find a more permanent solution for the sport button but for now I just put the button that Andrew includes with the harness in a hole in the center console. I've had this button stuffed in the glovebox this whole time and didn't even think it did anything.

                        Instead of sport button. It should be called the OH SHIT button. Throttle is crazy responsive.
                        Thats what you wanted though, right? ... that looney behavior?

                        as far as the sport button, you should get one of those flip up shifter with the hidden button to activate " LOONEY" mode haha
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                          Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                          Thats what you wanted though, right? ... that looney behavior?

                          Yep....pretty much. I've found that I like cars that "feel" fast (wheels spinning, slide-out, etc) more than them actually being fast.
                          Build Thread: Ryan's Hennarot 318is
                          COTM Aug 2019

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                            Originally posted by R3Z3N View Post
                            Even in the heavier E46 chassis, M3 owners report stock sport mode throttle maps to be much too aggressive.

                            I modified mine to be much softer but better tip in for non-sport as seen here, there is more to it than just throttle curves, there are also different driver demand maps and vanos tables I do believe.
                            Thanks R3Z3N - I may dig into this soon.
                            Build Thread: Ryan's Hennarot 318is
                            COTM Aug 2019

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                              Kind of an odd article...but I like the picture of the car posted at the top :)
                              https://www.thedrive.com/news/26938/...r-radwood-cars
                              Build Thread: Ryan's Hennarot 318is
                              COTM Aug 2019

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                                Working on some of the details.



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