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Old 05-13-2012, 05:56 PM   #15401
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...yeah, pretty much. Will probably have to have a plate welded in over that to make it usable again. For the time being, I'm just driving without a rear sway, which is fine. Gotta get it fixed before the june 8th HPDE at HPT though.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:07 PM   #15402
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I'd get the other rear sway mounting point reinforced as well if you weren't planning on it. I wonder how long you've been driving without a rear sway....
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:13 PM   #15403
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I don't know for sure, but kendle told me something was wrong about two weeks ago when I had my alignment done. The rust on the break makes it seem like its been a building issue though.

I did a track day with this car 5 days after I got it, so in early June. Sometime in September I noticed that half of my drivers side front sway bar endlink was missing. I had never touched it, but it was missing. I have no idea if I had a sway bar at that track day or not...

I'm still dealing with my front sway bar because its about 1mm from contacting my cast aluminum oil pan

The sways on this car have never been properly sorted.

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Old 05-13-2012, 06:18 PM   #15404
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I wonder if the sway bars aren't contacted something and then ripping the end link out of its mount/shredding the end link. You have adjustable end links right?
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:19 PM   #15405
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Yes. Its possible that that's part of the cause for the rear. The front is a total mystery to me.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:01 PM   #15406
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Didn't you just recently lower the spring seats?
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:17 PM   #15407
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I've been screwing with everything. New springs, upper and lower rear perches, new endlinks front and rear, a few new bushings. It could have been partially my fault.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:00 PM   #15408
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So I have been thinking, come time for me to upgrade my coilovers in the next few months I might as well do a few other things as well. Mainly Bushings, Sway Bars, Adj Camber Arms ETC) I was wanting to know while I am at it has anyone done the rear subframe reinforcement? I remember talking to Brad and you had said you did it, but I dont have a welder nor feel comfortable with my welds :/


So when this time comes anyone like to help me with all this crap
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:18 PM   #15409
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Unless you need more than -2.3 degrees of camber in the back, you dont need rear camber arms. That said, if you would like to buy some, let me know. I have the TMS ones that are still in their packaging.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:19 PM   #15410
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So I swapped the spark plugs out right quick and pulled/reset the codes, no change in idle. Gonna go grab some food then lookup my codes and see if I get any new ones. I was really hoping it was something that simple
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:20 PM   #15411
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Try unplugging your maf or switching coil packs around?
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:23 PM   #15412
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Unless you need more than -2.3 degrees of camber in the back, you dont need rear camber arms. That said, if you would like to buy some, let me know. I have the TMS ones that are still in their packaging.
Yeah Im sitting at-2.5 in the rear right now and still rub slightly. If I did some more fender work Im sure it would take care of it. Sort of worried about tire wear, but dont put a crap ton of miles on the ///M anyways to worry an extreme amount.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:31 PM   #15413
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Well in that case, if you end up needing some arms, I have those TMS ones that I would like to sell. I'm never going to use them.

If your toe is under control then tire wear shouldn't be a huge issue. I run a total of -3/32" toe in in the rear at -2 degrees.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:40 PM   #15414
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Seems to still vibrate at idle, but ran fine after clearing codes, no SES light in the short trip to the gas station and back.

The codes before I changed the plugs:
E3 - Oxygen Sensor adaption limit Cyl 1-3
E4 - Oxygen Sensor adaption limit Cyl 4-6
EE - Misfire cyl 1
F0 - Misfire Cyl 3
EF - Misfire Cyl 2
CA - Oxygen Sensor control limit, Cyl 1-3
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:15 PM   #15415
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I figured some people would want pics and videos, so here you go. Unfortunately, the RLL e92 M3s placed 3rd and 4th in the GT class, behind the Corvettes. They were in the lead going into the last thirty minutes, but then there was a yellow flag after a GTC porsche and prototype collided. The yellow flag basically set up the entire GT class for a shootout, where the Corvettes made their move. The two teams were neck and neck the whole time, which made for a pretty exciting race. Other highlights: A Lotus epically blew its transmission after only 30 laps.

EDIT videos:http://www.flickr.com/photos/78444628@N06/ hit the hd button for better quality
Thanks for sharing Carl. Looks like you had lots of fun. Even got some great viewpoints around the track. That turn/hill is insane. In Forza... lets just say its not pretty when I'm driving, but they're going through it two-wide sometimes

Took me a while to figure out that that was a Lotus Evora with the body panels missing. I wonder how much of that suspention setup is shared with the production car. Can you say low un-sprung mass?

These are some funky wheels, and ride heights similar to what we've seen with E46 M3's in the past

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Old 05-13-2012, 10:44 PM   #15416
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I know I saw those control arms and was like "those twigs are the A arms?!" I felt bad for the Lotus, it was a really cool car but blew its tranny 40 minutes in, and they basically just finished working on it with an hour left in the race. Plus the driver was cool, most other cars returned to the paddock from their warm up laps surrounding by dudes in golf carts honking away at people to move to the side, the lotus driver just went for it himself and revved the **** out of the car to scatter people lol. I thought those wheels were odd, but I bet they are super light. I think they are some sort of Apex, since the car had Apex stickers on it.

And that turn (called the corkscrew) is awesome, it drops a total of 5 and a half stories in a few hundred yards. Its a pretty exciting one to watch, they drop waaaay down and then you can hear them all hit the gas on the way out. Plus, since its tough and the cars kick gravel onto it, theres a good chance someone will lose it. Patrick Dempsey ate it there in his Lola.

Now to get onto the track somehow....
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:33 AM   #15417
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I figured some people would want pics and videos, so here you go. Unfortunately, the RLL e92 M3s placed 3rd and 4th in the GT class, behind the Corvettes. They were in the lead going into the last thirty minutes, but then there was a yellow flag after a GTC porsche and prototype collided. The yellow flag basically set up the entire GT class for a shootout, where the Corvettes made their move. The two teams were neck and neck the whole time, which made for a pretty exciting race. Other highlights: A Lotus epically blew its transmission after only 30 laps.

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Man thanks for ruining the race that I had on the DVR. Nice pics though.

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I've been screwing with everything. New springs, upper and lower rear perches, new endlinks front and rear, a few new bushings. It could have been partially my fault.
I doubt it, I think it's the cars fault. I don't know what kind of frankenstien crap they did on that thing. I've never had any of the crazy problems you've had.

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Seems to still vibrate at idle, but ran fine after clearing codes, no SES light in the short trip to the gas station and back.

The codes before I changed the plugs:
E3 - Oxygen Sensor adaption limit Cyl 1-3
E4 - Oxygen Sensor adaption limit Cyl 4-6
EE - Misfire cyl 1
F0 - Misfire Cyl 3
EF - Misfire Cyl 2
CA - Oxygen Sensor control limit, Cyl 1-3
Sounds like a bad 02 sensor to me.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:39 AM   #15418
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Or a bad cat...
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:53 AM   #15419
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I've never had a bad 02 sensor or bad cat make a car run weird, but I suppose the bad 02 could cause the ECU to make things misbehave.
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I've never had a bad 02 sensor or bad cat make a car run weird, but I suppose the bad 02 could cause the ECU to make things misbehave.
Yeah a bad cat would make you through a code for emissions not cause cylinders to misfire. I'm betting that it's the 02 sensor on the 1-3 header. I've seen this happen on a number of cars. I remember when I did my header install and switched the 02's around and it made the car run like crap.
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