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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by slater View Post
    thanks! sadly....but not sadly to the new owner... the Touring is/was for sale. the new owner (a forum member here) is taking ownership on saturday. i am going to miss the crap out of it.

    i would say i'll owner another - and maybe i will - but i think (hope) my next car purchase is from stuttgart.

    did you get a chance to scan the codes yet?




    that was awesome.




    here's hoping the wiring adjustment fixes your misfires!

    and as for the o-ring... sitting will do that to rubber bits. sitting is awful for cars.
    Stuttgart? Hoping youíre thinking Porsche...


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    Quote Originally Posted by MsRN View Post
    Stuttgart? Hoping you’re thinking Porsche...
    yep...infatuated since my dad had an '84 911 back in the late 80s. the smells, the sounds... but i think if and when i do move in that direction, i want a 997 C2S.

    i like their design and engineering philosophies.
    peter

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    Slateró

    I used to read my Dadís C&D magazines back in the 80ís; I wanted a Porsche 959 so badly I could almost taste it. But a boosted ZHP can outperform a Macan any day; ask me some time how I know!

    I ran the codes from the car. As expected, I had a few codes indicating rich mixture, as well as misfires on cylinders 1,2,3 and 6. What Iím less certain about were the O2 sensor codes (banks 1 & 2,) which indicated that sensor signal had been shunted to the heater. Iím hoping I didnít fry the O2 sensors!

    The leak at the T-stat is still present, if slower. Once Iíve completed my CPR re-certification this evening, Iíll perhaps drain the system and re-seal the racing t-stat to the block. Re-wiring the starter will probably wait until tomorrow, along with the sacrificial oil drain and dipstick O-ring replacement.

    Socketheadó

    Iíll PM you my FB handle for kpro. Iím on e46f, too; Iíll look for the boosted subgroup. Thank you!


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    Update for la famiglia: la ZHPess is back on the road; the engine is now silky-smooth. That improvement is largely because I remembered one Ďminorí detail; notably, Iíd unbolted the S/C from the block in preparation to remove it so I could access the starter from above. Once I eliminated the pressure leak THAT caused, everything else fell into place. The Zionsville mechanical thermostat seems to be working as hoped; the cabin takes a minute or two longer to warm up on wintry Wisconsin days, but thatís a small price to pay for increased thermostat reliability!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MsRN View Post
    Update for la famiglia: la ZHPess is back on the road; the engine is now silky-smooth. That improvement is largely because I remembered one Ďminorí detail; notably, Iíd unbolted the S/C from the block in preparation to remove it so I could access the starter from above. Once I eliminated the pressure leak THAT caused, everything else fell into place. The Zionsville mechanical thermostat seems to be working as hoped; the cabin takes a minute or two longer to warm up on wintry Wisconsin days, but thatís a small price to pay for increased thermostat reliability!


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    Great news!!!


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    Good to hear!

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    Nice to see you getting the car back in shape... and modding it too!
    Dinan CAI &Throttle body, ESS Tuning TS2, Bimmerbrakes gen3 headers, UUC SSK & DSSR. Achilles oil pump, VAC oil pan baffle
    M3 Motor mounts, UUC Trans mounts, Modified clutch style LSD 3.15, TMS front subframe reinforcement, Koni Yellow sports,
    H&R sport springs,
    UUC sway bars, BMW Perf. Rotors, UUC SS brake lines, Hawk HPS pads, CSL replica wheels,
    Rotora strut bar, FXR HID conversion, M3 Mirror conversion, BSW stage 1 speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sockethead View Post
    Nice to see you getting the car back in shape... and modding it too!
    Really Iím just trying to maximize its performance and longevity. Iím banking on the engine going a fairly long time, in which case the more durable components (water pump, radiator, thermostat, pulleys) are actually cost-effective. The Mishimoto radiator and Zionsville Racing thermostat let the engine run a bit cooler; that may negatively impact mileage but should extend engine longevity. My general impression is that the car runs stronger and more smoothly for the mods. The rear end breaks loose more easily than I remember, suggesting either that my rubber needs replacement (spent 2 years hardening in the garage) or that my setup overpowers the rear diff or both. If Iím doing an LSD, then itís time to address the rear subframe BEFORE it fails. Then thereís the airbag recall, rust mitigation, window tint, dent removal, heated seat upgrade, Avin Avant, new speakers and interior rehab, moonroof cassette replacement or delete, short shifter, suspension refurb and HID bulb replacement. And thatís a short list.

    I suppose the obvious point is that Iím very fond of the E46 ZHP platform...




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    Hey modding is modding no matter what your excuse is lol
    Dinan CAI &Throttle body, ESS Tuning TS2, Bimmerbrakes gen3 headers, UUC SSK & DSSR. Achilles oil pump, VAC oil pan baffle
    M3 Motor mounts, UUC Trans mounts, Modified clutch style LSD 3.15, TMS front subframe reinforcement, Koni Yellow sports,
    H&R sport springs,
    UUC sway bars, BMW Perf. Rotors, UUC SS brake lines, Hawk HPS pads, CSL replica wheels,
    Rotora strut bar, FXR HID conversion, M3 Mirror conversion, BSW stage 1 speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsRN View Post
    Really Iím just trying to maximize its performance and longevity. Iím banking on the engine going a fairly long time, in which case the more durable components (water pump, radiator, thermostat, pulleys) are actually cost-effective. The Mishimoto radiator and Zionsville Racing thermostat let the engine run a bit cooler; that may negatively impact mileage but should extend engine longevity. My general impression is that the car runs stronger and more smoothly for the mods. The rear end breaks loose more easily than I remember, suggesting either that my rubber needs replacement (spent 2 years hardening in the garage) or that my setup overpowers the rear diff or both. If Iím doing an LSD, then itís time to address the rear subframe BEFORE it fails. Then thereís the airbag recall, rust mitigation, window tint, dent removal, heated seat upgrade, Avin Avant, new speakers and interior rehab, moonroof cassette replacement or delete, short shifter, suspension refurb and HID bulb replacement. And thatís a short list.

    I suppose the obvious point is that Iím very fond of the E46 ZHP platform...




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    Guilty as charged, then!


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