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Old 10-28-2012, 09:31 AM
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Well actually, we brought 2 planes down to Pensacola to fly to the ship out of there. It was originally supposed to be 3 planes and I was supposed to go, but they changed it up at the last second.

I was supposed to be flying down to the Bahamas area tomorrow, but that got canned as well.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:31 AM
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Oh yeah, you have that huge garage eh? I'll keep that option open as well if you wouldn't have a problem with it.


And yeah, apparently this storm is no joke. They're shutting down mass transit in like NJ an NYC and evacuating a ton of the East Coast as well. It's going to affect pretty far inland too, like PA and mid to upstate NY.


I'm good though, my car is now three stories up and my apartment is on stilts (built for flooding).

I've got a half a bottle of Wild Turkey, a bottle of Seagrams, four different types of beer in the fridge, and no work tomorrow. Bring it Sandy...
+1 for alcohol .......NY is getting pounded with rain at the moment creeks in the back yard are already flooding supposed to get another 5-9" of rain winds are not bad here yet not till tomorrow or Tuesday they said so......for know its just pretty bad rain wise could mean big flooding problems esp for people close to large creeks and what not
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:46 AM
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Matt, there's going to be (is) a ton of flooding in coastal areas. Not to mention power lines down and property damage from falling trees. The last hurricane we got, we lost power for a week.

So I'm thinking I might do a 6spd setup for my new e36. Might as well go all out, right? If I can get the whole setup for 1-1.5k I could probably pull it off. Sounds low but I think I have a knack for piecing stuff together cheap style.

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Old 10-28-2012, 10:05 AM
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CJ, a 6 speed would be so badass...:drool
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:14 AM
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Matt, there's going to be (is) a ton of flooding in coastal areas. Not to mention power lines down and property damage from falling trees. The last hurricane we got, we lost power for a week.

So I'm thinking I might do a 6spd setup for my new e36. Might as well go all out, right? If I can get the whole setup for 1-1.5k I could probably pull it off. Sounds low but I think I have a knack for piecing stuff together cheap style.

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When I was trying to decide what I was going to do about my tranny I talked to an acquaintance from our Cars & Coffee group who has done a number of swaps and has a shop that specializes in BMW. His take was that the 6 spds aren't as reliable as the 5 spds and he was recommending against it. Just a data point.....
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:25 AM
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I really don't see the point of having a 6-speed in an E36. It just isn't worth the money to have one extra gear which only gets used on the highway.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:04 AM
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I think its more of the "I have it and 98% of you dont" factor, Karl.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:05 AM
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Matt, there's going to be (is) a ton of flooding in coastal areas. Not to mention power lines down and property damage from falling trees. The last hurricane we got, we lost power for a week.

So I'm thinking I might do a 6spd setup for my new e36. Might as well go all out, right? If I can get the whole setup for 1-1.5k I could probably pull it off. Sounds low but I think I have a knack for piecing stuff together cheap style.

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Ah gotcha.

6 speed swap is what I'm doing before the new motor goes in. Euro E36 box or E46 works. Only difference is E46 uses a different clutch.






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I really don't see the point of having a 6-speed in an E36. It just isn't worth the money to have one extra gear which only gets used on the highway.
6 speed is stronger, 3Rd gear bearing failures are very common on zf 5 speeds on high horsepower E36s.


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Old 10-28-2012, 11:06 AM
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Plus if you have a 6 speed you can run a much more aggressive rear end ratio.

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:25 AM
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Plus if you have a 6 speed you can run a much more aggressive rear end ratio.

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Mostly this. Also spinning 3.5k at 80 kinda sucks. I would try to balance both acceleration and cruising rpm. I haven't done the math, but I think a 3.38 is what I would want.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:28 AM
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Probably would be better off with a 3.46 for the diff ratio with a 6-speed.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:51 PM
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If I keep the touring, I am very seriously considering upgrading to a 6 speed. 24 MPH on the highway sucks a big one.

Light rain and wind have started. I have my LED headlight, plenty of water and liquor, plenty of canned goods...and my funmobile parked away from power lines. Oh, and two good books and a neighbor with a big generator. Bring it on ;-)
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:06 PM
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We're getting it pretty good here. Winds are picking up even more as we speak.

Now just trying to get dinner cooked before we lose power.


Also not looking forward to high tide...




EDIT: For a reference, my sig pic was taken at the boat ramp 1/4 mile from my apartment. At high tide this morning, the water was up past the edge of the broken blacktop, and quite a bit past where my car is sitting (that's high tide in the picture also).
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:16 PM
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We're getting it pretty good here. Winds are picking up even more as we speak. Now just trying to get dinner cooked before we lose power. Also not looking forward to high tide... EDIT: For a reference, my sig pic was taken at the boat ramp 1/4 mile from my apartment. At high tide this morning, the water was up past the edge of the broken blacktop, and quite a bit past where my car is sitting (that's high tide in the picture also).
Keep us posted Carlos...hopefully the worst will be over by morning, since high tide is at midnight....Sending good vibes your way
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Mostly this. Also spinning 3.5k at 80 kinda sucks. I would try to balance both acceleration and cruising rpm. I haven't done the math, but I think a 3.38 is what I would want.
5 speed 5th gear in the tranny is 1.0 so your effective drive ratio is your diff ratio. I was looking at going to the 6 speed because with the .85:1 6th gear and my 3.91 diff my highway RPMs would go up but not ridiculously so.

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Old 10-28-2012, 03:23 PM
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Keep us posted Carlos...hopefully the worst will be over by morning, since high tide is at midnight....Sending good vibes your way
Yeah, worst part though is that it's supposed to be way worse tomorrow.


Honestly, I'm not worried. Just going to ride it out.
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Been a good/busy week.

Got the E30 running, fixed the floor, lights, etc.

My buddy got his OBDI head, cam, and tune in his MK3 GTI.

And I got the motor swap done on my buddies 06 Kia Optima. Around 100k miles on it, about 6 months ago we had to put a flywheel, PP, clutch and the likes on it because the dual mass flywheel had become loose, causing the clutch to slip and it was actually so bad it was rubbing on the block and transmission. Then we took the head off the old one, pics speak for themselves. He said it stalled on him when he was coasting into a parking lot, then wouldn't turn over.




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Old 10-28-2012, 03:28 PM
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It doesn't help living here either;

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Old 10-28-2012, 03:45 PM
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glad to hear matt. btw, tell your frined that you have some jb weld, a lighter, and some duct tape, make it better than factory...

i worked for kia for a bit. once hyundai bought them their product quality improved tremendously. before that, stupid wiring problems galore...


cannot tell you how many tsb's i read regarding improper spade connections due to crimping over insulation instead of in front of it...


getting some rain now, tho. a bit breezy. far enough inland i shouldn't have to deal with flooding, so as long as the power stays on i should be good to go.

hit the grocery store today since i was actually out of lots of stuff. man it was packed. no bread at all on the shelves.....none. maybe a few english muffins and funky looking bagel sandwich bread items. not that i buy a lot of bread anyway, and if i do it's usually from the bakery section. i like crusty loaves and rolls...goes better with wine than wonderbread...

got some veggies. a few steaks (nobody else seemed to be buying them....) and other odds and ends. pasta and sauce were also on sale as well, so i got lots of that as well.




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Old 10-28-2012, 03:53 PM
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Yea not impressed with that car, I told him it better go on craigslist asap lol.
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yeah, the optima and sonata in 4cyl form were slugs. the 6's were a bit quicker, but still not anything more than a family sedan. very taurus/sable/malibu-esque. rather hum drum.

didn't care much for the styling from before 2002. i did (sorta) like the sorento, but totaly not practical. at all. liked the dohc 3.5l v6 though. same thing in the sedona minivan, which iirc had a 6sp auto. more room than the sorento, but still a mini van...


and while i'm at it,, i will confess that i would *really* love to get a 2006 newer accent hatchback and rally it to bits. (don't be hatin' yo...)



anyway, must be the storm talkin...




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Haha. I need to get the generator and fill it up. hopefully it won't be needed though.

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and while i'm at it,, i will confess that i would *really* love to get a 2006 newer accent hatchback and rally it to bits. (don't be hatin' yo...) anyway, must be the storm talkin... df
DF...I think I have storm fever too...Today I considered buying a Mazda Protege5 for a winter beater
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I have a fantastic idea for a shift knob.....














Wait for it

















Wait for it











Mini magic 8 ball






Boom

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That would be pretty sweet. I think it'd be cool to have a baseball for the knob.
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