The BMW rear suspension. A simple and effective design, with one weakness. The E30 shock mount. The E30 shock mount absorbs Noise Harshness and Vibration between your suspension (just the shock in this case) and the rest of the car, giving a softer place for the shock to push on then the metal chassis. These take a lot of abuse, especially on rougher roads, carrying many passengers/luggage, or when bashing your rally car down dirt roads like me. Being a rubber bushing pressed into metal, over time it will fail. Could be simply worn out, have audible “clunking” over bumps, or even: Rally on stock mounts you say? Only a matter of time before the shock frees the beast into the car. For replacement you will have the typical OE or OE+ parts. Those are great for normal driving for untold thousands of miles. But for those with lower cars,
Rally? Rally, never ends. The notion of an “offseason” is almost a laughable measure of time. Even at top level, WRC, there is only about a month and a half till the next event, it’s the result of an innately all-weather type event. While most types of racing take an extended break, we are still thinking about the next event. This year the car made it out pretty well after Black River Stages and the New England Forest Rally (both huge events). With Rally-crosses monthly, ice racing, and possible winter stage rallies such as Sno*Drift coming up, I did not have major upgrades planned after the 2016 rally season…. But many things needed to be addressed after the car’s first year of serious abuse. I had a few fixes and upgrades planned. Upgrades like a steering quickener and a lot of reinforcement were planned. Angle Iron on the sills, more
After our world class adventure of NEFR, we reset. Everything was back together and fresh. Actual Motul gear oil (300 75w90) was flushed into the trans instead of mystery goop and ATF. The underbody protection was fixed up. The front end, back together and straight with new BIG Hella 4000’s. Shift Linkage and bushings are put together with real bolts and clips instead of safety wire. New radiator cooling fan. Tighten all the bolts. The throw out bearing rattles like crazy due to not being put in correctly at NEFR, but works. And still a crappy sounding exhaust leak. But everything is solid and ready. Black River Stages is a stage rally that takes place in the hilly north country region of upstate New York run by NASA RallySport. We were.. Loaded up and ready for Black River Stages. Obviously, we were hoping for a better towing experience than last
Where do I begin? The New England Forest Rally has been a dream of mine since 2010, I was a Freshman in college. Though it was the craziest stuff, never thought I would be able to do it. Rally, a dream from even longer ago…. Just a lad with video games and this weird side section in Grand Turismo 3 called rally. Cut past 3 years of building, 2.5 years of RallyX, 4 years of research. Untold hours of driveway time… And you have July 13th. Me in my driveway trying to do final packing with the truck trailer and car. “I’m not ready” I keep thinking. I am going to go, but I did not prepare enough. Not nearly enough is packed. Car is not perfect (when is it ever?). But I have the stuff, I have provisions for 5 days. I have spares. I have a rally car….
Many things go into making your engine start and run correctly. This makes for a well running engine when they are all working, but can be a big pain when one of them breaks. This happened to me not long ago after attempting to pick up my car from the roll cage builder earlier this month. Plan was to drive it back home as it was far away from home. BMW E30 No Start. In today’s guide I will go over the major components and systems to check for a non starting engine. As well as some of the finer points of a E30 chassis BMW with an m20 engine. The three major components of internal combustion are air, fuel, and spark. Having all three of these working together is necessary to the engine starting. One may not engage with the other working. Sensors for air could cut fuel. No