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BigD
BigD Reader
9/10/18 4:59 p.m.

For the record though about VEMS - it might be old and unglamorous but it's really tough to beat, even at higher pricepoints. It's one of the reasons I resisted changing for so long - because short of something like the Infinity 7 or a Motec M150, there's really nothing out there that wouldn't be a backwards step in one way or another (for various reasons but one of the biggest ones being the dashboard - many guys with standalones I see don't even have a fuel level gauge on their dash or a relatively straightforward way of adding one). Even though I'm leaving the club, I do wish them well and I hope this new platform they're working on makes them a modern contender.

BigD
BigD Reader
9/15/18 6:33 p.m.

Need new tires, good time to go bigger...

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? Finally the car works perfectly, is tuned perfectly, drives perfectly... so obviously the best thing to do is to rip it all out. Sucks how easy things are to ruin after they were built. It's a good thing this car has developed my imagination as a coping mechanism because while the end product is exciting, it still starts with some BIG steps back.

Mezzanine
Mezzanine Dork
9/16/18 4:34 p.m.

It's not a car, it's an engineering exercise. <- that's what I tell myself when I have big setbacks. Self inflicted or otherwise.

Keep us posted on the progress with these changes!

BigD
BigD Reader
9/17/18 1:41 p.m.
Mezzanine said:

It's not a car, it's an engineering exercise. <- that's what I tell myself when I have big setbacks. Self inflicted or otherwise.

Keep us posted on the progress with these changes!

Yeah, and up until the events of this year, I started accepting the idea that I may just be a builder, that the car would never really see any action. And I would have been fine with that. It truly is primarily a learning exercise. Pretty much everything I've done to this car is the first time I've done it. So the fact that it all works and works as well as it does is, well, frankly mind blowing.

Will do! The parts which will remove the need for the fusebox should be here Wednesday.

Mezzanine
Mezzanine Dork
9/17/18 3:22 p.m.
BigD said:

Will do! The parts which will remove the need for the fusebox should be here Wednesday.

PDM? You tease! Which one are you going with? I was sorely tempted to go this route but I just couldn't justify the cost in a casual use mostly street car.

BigD
BigD Reader
9/17/18 3:59 p.m.
Mezzanine said:

PDM? You tease! Which one are you going with? I was sorely tempted to go this route but I just couldn't justify the cost in a casual use mostly street car.

You'll see :) Well, put it this way, if I could afford Motec, I wouldn't be here talking to any of you plebs. I'd be at the airport 2nd floor looking down through the glass at you people.

I have been drooling at the idea for a long time since I was introduced to it, since it is such a perfect and obvious solution for a racecar. But I couldn't justify the cost, even the non-Motec version. But now redoing the whole dash wiring, it made me cringe having to continue mcgyvering the E30 fusebox so I decided I need to go solid state at the same time. All the gauges are coming out, all switches and buttons (incl blinker/light and wiper stalks), except for the fire handle and two rotary knobs for boost and TC. The rest will be replaced by one keypad and the AEM dash.

BigD
BigD Reader
9/18/18 5:12 p.m.

Awwyeah!

BigD
BigD Reader
9/23/18 8:48 p.m.

Making good progress. Got all the ECU wires labeled, same with the relevant chassis side stuff except for the pickup pumps and fuel level, just need to isolate and clean that up, and the fuse box can come out. It's a bit nuts how much this project is simplifying the wiring. The first wiring pic is after I already removed the traction control, that was an additional big pile of wire.

Starting to brainstorm a pretty 3D panel to show off the new hardware and mount things solidly.

BigD
BigD Reader
9/24/18 2:30 p.m.

The final goodies to complete my wiring madness have arrived. Going to wire all the grounds to that bus bar instead of ring terminals and the MSEL main relay instead of a kill switch.

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