would recommend upgrading the rear calipers. the e30 rear caliper is very weak and also has a tiny pad surface area. i failed to ever get a satisfactory hydraulic h/b working with them , even after full rebuild and new pads and disks and small 14 inch wheels. fitted sierra front calipers by cutting and moving one lug. big strong caliper and 2 and a half times the surface area on the pad and is the exact size for the disk.
also needless to say fit new hoses, cos the originals break down and close up inside.
car will be mental, youll need big wheels to try and get grip
I had no probs with my hydro, it was brilliant
I don't think i have ever seen a H reg E36.
This is going to be ballistic!
My hydro is great, warm the pads up a little and it's fine, if the hydro is still shit, use some sprint pads in the back
looks good, makes me miss my e36
Got started on the rear trailing arms today. Stripped them down fully:
Set fire to the bushes:
Bushes came out so easily! Popped out very quickly:
Set about grinding down any rust:
All rust removed:
Ready for paint!:
Painted them with Por-15:
This stuff is expensive, but only used a little bit to do one arm!:
The Por-15 brushed on very very easily, wasn't running and didn't drip everywhere like most paints. Stuck onto the the metal very well and there is no brush strokes! Look like its been sprayed on. Very impressed with Por-15 so far.
Did the other arm today.
Need to do the other little bits like straighten and paint the backing plates, and a few other brackets and the rear trailing arms will be done. Will be doing both subframes as well, but they're on the car which is still at Gunni's.
Came up bloody nice. What did you use to grind em down? I've seen shot blasted arms that didnt come out so good!
Halfords screwdrivers. Schweet.
Used a knotted wire wheel on an angle grinder, then used various wire wheels on a drill on the hard to reach areas. Would have preferred to get these shot blasted and powder coated but would have worked out expensive.
Originally Posted by Stavros
Cheap and awesome to hammer on!
Originally Posted by CIH
They look great, really need to take mine out and do them sometime.
Out of interest, what you doing for driveshafts? I keep snapping mine with 300hp
Not doing anything with the driveshafts, will see how they are for the time being. Will never get traction anyway.
Originally Posted by PhillE30
Started sorting out the backing plates today. They were quite bent and a lot of paint peeling/surface rust, but the handbrake shoe mounting holes were good so i'm going to 'rescue' them.
Straightened out a bit and ground down all the rust:
Ground down the hubs:
When removing the bearings, the inner race often gets stuck to the hub. A tip for removing them is pile weld onto the inner race and eventually they will crack, allowing you to pull them off with no damage.
Chucked everything into some Deox-C solution:
Will paint them all up tomorrow, and that will be the rear trailing arms all done!
camt wait to see this done, awsome thread
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Took the bits out of the Deox-C solution and ground down any remaining rust and scotch-brited them:
Masked up the hubs:
Ready for paint:
Will assemble the rear trailing arm tomorrow. Any ideas on how to install the bearings without screwing up the paint? Might be easier to install the bearings one the trailing arms are on the subframe on the car.
turbo e30's rock,can't wait to get mine done aswell
are you also using the vems unit gunni supplies
also what turbo do you plan on running,ive heard m50 can handle boost very well too