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    Maybe I wasn't clear: "Purple Tag 678 Rack: 3 Turns Progressive Gearing - less feedback/less twitchy on center for high speed handling"

    I had written a response, but this wiki blurb summarizes the jist. You can have 2 racks, both 3 turns lock to lock, but with different valving and tooth profiles, how could they not be different?

    "Variable-ratio steering is a system that uses different ratios on the rack in a rack and pinion steering system. At the center of the rack, the space between the teeth are smaller and the space becomes larger as the pinion moves down the rack. In the middle of the rack there is a higher ratio and the ratio becomes lower as the steering wheel is turned towards lock. This makes the steering less sensitive when the steering wheel is close to its center position and makes it harder for the driver to oversteer at high speeds. As the steering wheel is turned towards lock, the wheels begin to react more to steering input"
    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    The steering wheel arrived today, just waiting on the momo hub and it'll make a huge difference.


    Did a ton of work lately on it:
    - Fitted a purple tag rack
    - Aligned the rear swing arms, now that things have settled in
    - Fixed the fan resistor, so I now have heat
    - Took apart the MAF, all the way this time (opened up the board) and cleaned all of the contacts
    - Set the preload on the rear shocks and got the hardness settings in a semi-hard setup that works for me
    - The rear subframe retaining nuts (the 22mm nuts on the pins that drop through the floor) were very loose, so I tightened them up
    - Bled the coolant system at the head
    - Got the power aerial working which is a first for any e30 I've owned, they've always been FUBAR
    - Fitted the new clips and put the iS lip on properly, which improves the looks greatly
    - Best of all, I found that I was only getting about 80% wide open throttle as the cables needed adjusting. This should make a big difference

    I have to go to Raleigh on Monday for meeting, so I've done my usual Craigslist search routine in case there's anything for sale there.
    Might pick up this interior, which is from an m3 if I'm not mistaken?



    Just back from a spin and she's a far better car now

    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    Serious kit arrived tonight.
    The chassis will flex before any of this business.








    The seat search continues. Having been beaten to the m3 seats above, I've found these Recaros 3HRs away that I may take a chance on.

    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    Picked up the recaros this morning, after a lot of driving.
    In case anyone thinks I'm being JDM tacky, this is as close as I'll ever get to the feel of the Holy Grail - the e30 M3 Sport Evolution











    Managed to make it home from Virginia with enough time to install the rear sway bar. The install ran into darkness, so I'll post photos tomorrow as I install the front bar.
    Brackets for the seats should be here on the 5th or so.
    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    they look great,virgnia in cavan

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    I wish it was in Cavan, it would have been a chance to go home!

    As can be seen in the initial post, the car's interior was pretty manky, so I've decided to refresh it so as to not make the Recaros too out of place.
    A sample of the dye I'm planning to use on the interior arrived on Tuesday, so I figured I'd crack into it.
    If I liked it and got the order in by last night it'd be here by this Friday.

    It looks brighter in the photos due to the lighting.

    Before (looking like a Band-Aid):





    After:




    Darker Photo:


    This morning I did a little wear test before leaving for work. I gave it a vicious scratch with my thumbnail and a rub of sandpaper, which didn't mark it any more than it would have before.

    I'm happy with it, so this weekend will mean a full strip of the rear seats and door cards for a similar treatment.
    I'll pull the carpet in the summer once the weather warms up, then dye that also (likely charcoal, black or navy to perhaps tie in with the recaros).

    Hopefully it saved me $450-500 vs this alternative - https://www.ebay.com/i/182373604337?chn=ps
    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    ^^^^great result.
    1990 E30 316i M42B18 Matte Black 2 Door
    1995 E34 518i Techno Violet Metallic Saloon

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    More work done tonight.

    From sheeeiteeee to pretty damn alright!










    Of course, while wrestling the rear quarter panel piece off, I pierced the headliner Gutted.
    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    Shit one about the headliner, but on the plus side that leather looks first class! well done sir

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    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    Quote Originally Posted by e30mclow View Post




    Fair play to you. They look great.
    Pity about the headliner but a good excuse to fit a black one.

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    Well done,great job.

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