Man, I have some questions regarding our cars that I was hoping I could get answered. I'm sure I posted this shiz, but I don't know if I put a title on it, somehow its not on the board. Damn. here we go again!
I am thinking about upgrading my cars suspension of course, because I plan to be doing some fun and crazy things that may stress it in stock form. So I figure why go through the heartache of busting it up then, when I can reinforce it now. I'm looking at struts right now, and I'm considering the Bilstein sport shocks, but I hear they lower the car like 1 or 2 inches, and I was wondering if stock springs could compress that far, or if I'd have to cut them, or if I'd have to buy new springs. Where could I get these springs from? Coilovers are a little expensive, so I'm not sure if I could afford them right now. But I'm in a position to do probally one of these many things I'm considering. haha.
I'm also in the position to buy a new engine for my car, I am looking at one currently from a 91 BMW 318. The only real difference seems to be that the engine has signifigantly fewer miles than mine, DOHC to my SOHC. If it still runs, I would say that even just the fewer miles would make it a notable investment. My engine won't run forever, and the inspection lights been coming on and off lately. thats my next question. This one, would be - do you think this is a good investment? its probally going to cost me about 200 or so for the engine, hopefully (including the transmission.) and then I'll have to go pick it up myself. Might work out nicely.
I mentioned that my inspection light has been coming on and off lately, and the little red lights beneath it have been flashing on and off periodically as well. Sometimes its just the inspection light, sometimes the little red lights will -all- light up, which worries me greatly, and then sometimes it'll be both, or fluxuate between the two. Now I'm not certian, my engine doesn't burn oil, or at least there isn't any blue smoke when I start up, I haven't seen any while driving. Just wondering what that could be about. I opened the hood and ran it while listening, and it -kind- of sounds like a "clack clack clack", but its real faint, and might just be my inexpierence in engine noises. However it also could be a bad valve or something just waiting to ruin my head gasket. My question here is, how much does it cost to get replacement valves. Are they simple to replace? I've got a bently on order so I'll have the repair manual soon enough... hoping its something I could get the part and do myself, because I can't afford a mechanic to do it. But should I go ahed and order a head gasket kit from Bavauto? its there on the list of popular products for my car...
Next question is about tyres. I have asked before, and some people suggusted Bridgestone Potenzas as a good tyre, some said they thought it was shitty. I got pitched some german brand of tyre I can't find here in the states, I never got a response about Azenis, and I know Pirelli makes a good tyre. So my question is, whats a good tyre that is going to put up well to abuse, and not wear quite so quickly? I mean I know driving hard on any tyres will of course cause them to burn away faster, but I was wondering which ones will resist that longer. I've heard Azenis don't break down so fast under high friction, they break away pretty reliably, and grip pretty good in the rain and the dry. Of course they're not a good winter tyre, but they can't do it all, can they? haha.
My next question is about some sort of computer hanging under my dash. My friend put a resistor in his mustang not too long ago, that he mounted under the dash, and it is sort of like that in how it is mounted, but it is larger, black, and has writing on it in german... I'm going to go check what it says.
Quadro Booster, BQB 80
Made in w-germany
Ausgangswerde: DIN 45 500
what the hell is that?
Those are my questions for now.