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Old 02-26-2014, 12:21 PM   #711
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The e30 is surprisingly stiff compared to most cars of the day. Take most 80's cars and jack them at one corner and tell me how well the door opens - or how high you have to go to get the other wheel on that side to pick up.
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:46 AM   #712
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The e30 is surprisingly stiff compared to most cars of the day. Take most 80's cars and jack them at one corner and tell me how well the door opens - or how high you have to go to get the other wheel on that side to pick up.
I had a Pontiac 6000 AWD (One of 2500). If I jacked it under the forward cradle crossmember--which was <12" forward of the front axle centerline--the doors would be visibly out of alignment.

I don't doubt that the E30 is good compared to many vehicles of the day. However, it is a very light car and structural stiffness is one of the penalties paid for light weight.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:56 PM   #713
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The stiffness of the shell is quite good by modern standards. it wont get 5 stars on the euro ncap, but its still better than many cheap cars.

the biggest difference, id say is on the side impact. on the e30 thats not THAT good, and there is where many modern cars have a lot of weight spent in rigidity. frontal impact is pretty decent considering the age of the car.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:37 PM   #714
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I appreciate the point of view, but crash safety and torsional stiffness are two different things.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:13 PM   #715
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Torsional, the e30 is light years ahead of my Camaro and Firebird lol.
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:12 PM   #716
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I had put a bolt in the empty hole in the power steering pump bracket a few weeks ago, but it got really stiff as I was turning it in, so I didn't run it all the way down.
Tonight I pulled it and ran a tap into the hole. That wasn't easy because there's not enough clearance between the bolt hole and the radiator for a tap handle, so I had to use a 5mm wrench... which broke as I was backing the tap out the last time.

So that bolt goes all the way in easily now. I also cleaned up the bolt and hole where the tensioner rack/pinion/bar thing bolts to the bracket, and it runs in/out easily all the way. I can throw a PS belt on it tomorrow and have my PS back! Sweeeet.

Bad News: Discovered that I have a small leak on top of my fuel tank. Sigh. I *should* be able to snug those clamps up through the access ports, but didn't get to it today.
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Wow I have some serious 32v iX swapping to catch up on - some seriously impressive time and research spent on a non-franken-oil-pan option. Very nice.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:15 PM   #718
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Thanks! I has been way more work than I first thought, and much more work remains, too!

Most of the swap discussion is now here, though: http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=308093

Nice swap on your part!

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