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Re: Son of Skippy - Marco's M-Lite - Now with Powerflex Inserts

Post by marco_polo » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:39 pm

I'm currently on almost -2 all round, about 1 degree and 50 minutes.

Seem like a nice neutral setting to me, plus having a square wheel/tyre set-up and equal camber all round allows me to painlessly rotate my wheels if I want to even out the wear rates.

I'm running around 380bhp (ambient temp + fuel dependant), and have been since almost new, on 40,000 trouble free miles now.

Keep an eye out for Bluewater meets, there are usually a few tuned M135i that turn up. :thumbs:
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Re: Son of Skippy - Marco's M-Lite - Now with Powerflex Inserts

Post by Blind Pugh » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:41 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:14 pm
Yup, that's done the trick. 90% of the harshness when hitting cats-eyes / expansion gaps has gone, but the rear end is still nice and stable.

Happy with that. :)
MP - so in summary, if buying the powerflex inserts:-

- use bottom half only once the circular part has been trimmed off - gets you a nice bump in rigidity w/o too much NVH ??

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Re: Son of Skippy - Marco's M-Lite - Now with Powerflex Inserts

Post by marco_polo » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:47 pm

Blind Pugh wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:41 pm
marco_polo wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:14 pm
Yup, that's done the trick. 90% of the harshness when hitting cats-eyes / expansion gaps has gone, but the rear end is still nice and stable.

Happy with that. :)
MP - so in summary, if buying the powerflex inserts:-

- use bottom half only once the circular part has been trimmed off - gets you a nice bump in rigidity w/o too much NVH ??

BP.
You got it.

Or just buy the correct Yellows in the first place?! :oops:
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Re: Son of Skippy - Marco's M-Lite - Now with Powerflex Inserts

Post by git-r2 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:53 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:39 pm
I'm currently on almost -2 all round, about 1 degree and 50 minutes.

Seem like a nice neutral setting to me, plus having a square wheel/tyre set-up and equal camber all round allows me to painlessly rotate my wheels if I want to even out the wear rates.

I'm running around 380bhp (ambient temp + fuel dependant), and have been since almost new, on 40,000 trouble free miles now.

Keep an eye out for Bluewater meets, there are usually a few tuned M135i that turn up. :thumbs:
That's very good to hear.

Nearly -2 is nearly enough for a track car but probably perfect for a road/track car - is that your experience?

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Bluewater I'd be up for, usually find static events leave me feeling a bit frustrated but would be good to come and meet you :)

so you have the tmc box, there's one for sale here ATM ;)

Tools up between that and the jb+ for me I think, that jb+ is just like an old school bleed valve, I covered 60k miles with one on an old SR20 DET back in the day :) :D
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Re: Son of Skippy - Marco's M-Lite - Now with Powerflex Inserts

Post by marco_polo » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:59 pm

-2 is a pretty good jack-of-all-trades setting, imo.

TMC and JB+ are basically the same thing, the TMC has an extra couple of monitor points but that's the only difference.

I'm between track tyres at the mo, but I'm a little tempted by those OZ Ultralegerras that have just popped up for sale (once the price has dropped), take a look. http://www.babybmw.net/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=100539
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Post by git-r2 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:21 pm

Nice :)

Yeah saw those wheels for sale, if you [refer them in silver user devil 84 has a set for sale (he's the guy I bought my LSD from).

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Re: Son of Skippy - Marco's M-Lite - Now with Mini Cooper Exhaust Tips.

Post by marco_polo » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:53 am

Updated with Mini Exhaust tip conversion.
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Post by Birdseye1 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:21 pm

I keep re-reading this as there's plenty of stuff I'd like to do! Very informative thread, but one quick question that I may have skipped, have you added the M4 TS parts to the car? If not, are you happy with the wheel being off centre from just having LCAs? I'm far from a mechanic so I get the LCA parts but when people talk about TS's I get confused about spacers and all sorts!
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Re: Son of Skippy - Marco's M-Lite - Now with Mini Cooper Exhaust Tips.

Post by marco_polo » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:40 pm

I have just the M4 LCA's, as I like the additional caster & wheelbase.

If you do want to fit the M4 TS as well, you basically need some packers (very thick washers). This is because the bush on the M4 TS is much narrower (M4 has a different subframe to ours).

Or, iirc, you can fit the stock TS longer bushings to the M4 TS arms. That probably involves a big fly press, lots of swearing, and some blood for lubricant.
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Post by Blind Pugh » Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:38 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:40 pm
I have just the M4 LCA's, as I like the additional caster & wheelbase.

If you do want to fit the M4 TS as well, you basically need some packers (very thick washers). This is because the bush on the M4 TS is much narrower (M4 has a different subframe to ours).

Or, iirc, you can fit the stock TS longer bushings to the M4 TS arms. That probably involves a big fly press, lots of swearing, and some blood for lubricant.
MP's recall is correct.

You can fit F2x/F3x polybushes into F8x TS so no need for the spacers.

However, I would recommend F2x/F3x polybushing the F8x LCA as well so as you aren't mixing bush materials for both yr lower arms ie poly and high shore rubber will act differently.
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Post by oliver » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:05 pm

Cant see any of your photos now Marco.....its doing that 3rd party hosting thing.

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Post by oliver » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:07 pm

Do we have to pay for 3rd party hosting? I got thousands of photos linked to photobucket lol oops it's doing the same with me!

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Re: Son of Skippy - Marco's M-Lite - Now with Mini Cooper Exhaust Tips.

Post by marco_polo » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:12 pm

oliver wrote:
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Do we have to pay for 3rd party hosting? I got thousands of photos linked to photobucket lol oops it's doing the same with me!
Yup, $400.

If you can pay for mine too that would be great. :lol:
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Post by oliver » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:07 pm

well there goes ten years worth of work ive shared with people on other forums.

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Re: Son of Skippy - Marco's M-Lite - Now with Powerflex Inserts

Post by Blind Pugh » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:40 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:14 pm
Yup, that's done the trick. 90% of the harshness when hitting cats-eyes / expansion gaps has gone, but the rear end is still nice and stable.

Happy with that. :)
black rear subframe bushes on a AH3 c/w with a host of other upgrades - as per signature in the post below

http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showpo ... stcount=37
I got the powerflex black fitted, since my attempt to change order from yellow to black.....was too late.

Overall I'm quite please with them;
Setup is really quite easy since they are inserts into the existing bushings, so the procedure to fit them is simple, and it can be reverted if the result isn't as expected.

The rear end definitely feels tighter, though I haven't pushed the car yet;

Noise: no change
Vibration: on very grainy surface it can become annoying after a while, however i'm just back from 5 hours of driving on different types of roads and it's barely noticeable.

So indeed overall quite pleased with this, looking forward to having a bit of fun with the car now :)
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