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Marlin Sportster, Cabrio, Berlinetta and Roadster builds Enthused or Confused about your vintage Marlin build? Ask away here or show off your build.

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Old 24th May 2012, 19:18
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After my little spin, I've found that I've become very conservative when I approach corners. It's all psychological - I know the back end will stick in the dry when you put the power down, but there's this nagging doubt.

So - do I get over it, be a man and drive it like I stole it, or continue to drive miss daisy?

To try and answer this question, I started looking for grippier tyres - and as most things do when your bored at lunch time, one search leads to another and I found this:

http://www.racelogic.co.uk/index.php...action-control

After market traction control. Who'd a thunk it?

Anyway - it appears to be a straight forward install and setup, and allows you to tailor the amount of slip permissible. It's not cheap - 535, plus the cost of some ABS wheel sensors as it appears to be able to make use of them... But like the dual servo, it could make a big contribution to the feel of the car, and its road holding.

Soooo - driver aids. Only for big girls blouses?
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Old 25th May 2012, 06:38
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Big girls blouses, definitely. Won't work for me - I've got carbletooters and not fuel injection.
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Old 25th May 2012, 22:08
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Big girls blouse it is Goo.

What are you a man or a mouse ??????

C,mon these cars are meant to be driven, otherwise you will end up with a mobility car. Even the F1 boys had all that traction control stuff removed so now they have to control their right foot.

If you aren't careful you could end up with a Cabrio or a roadster..................now watch the brickbats coming my way.

May even end up with no one prepared to help me when I pose a question after this.

Get your cars out and enjoy this weather guys.
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Old 25th May 2012, 22:56
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Do you have an LSD? I find it makes the car very easy to control in loose traction situations - easier (and cheaper) step than traction control
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Old 26th May 2012, 07:24
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I believe I have an LSD - going by the tag on the diff case. S and then the diff ratio.

Maybe I just need a track day so I can explore the limits.
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Old 26th May 2012, 10:33
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My 40th birthday present has been fitted - All my mates chipped in to get me a dateless number plate for Vikki. The paperwork arrived yesterday, so I nipped out this morning and got some new plates made up and fitted them:





I always new Vikki was a sassy little minx. Now it's official.

I'm going to get some *cough cough* 'Show Plates' made up in pressed black and silver, and see how I go. If the chap with the brand new Range Rover Evoque down the street can get away with it, I'm sure I can with a car that looks way past pre '72.
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Old 26th May 2012, 14:14
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I was thinking of changing my name to G854UAM to match the car.
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Old 26th May 2012, 19:28
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I believe I have an LSD - going by the tag on the diff case. S and then the diff ratio.

Maybe I just need a track day so I can explore the limits.
If you lift the back up and spin the wheel, check which direction the other side goes: Same = LSD, opposite = Open.

I've looked on and off for re-build kits (new pads) not found anything off the peg. IIRC LSD's will lock (25% lock on these) for a total of around 10mins in there life so ours are probs getting on a bit!

The dateless plate is awesome, something that's been on my wish list for a while now
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Old 27th May 2012, 19:42
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Clutches and shims:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-LSD-CL...b#ht_500wt_922

Rebuild info

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1348666

Might be a project over the winter.
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Old 28th May 2012, 17:12
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After my little spin, I've found that I've become very conservative when I approach corners. It's all psychological - I know the back end will stick in the dry when you put the power down, but there's this nagging doubt.
Hi Jason. I also "lost it" in my Cabrio soon after I had it. Also on diesel spilled on a wet roundabout, but luckily at about 20 MPH with an empty "on slip" to end up in
It took me a while to believe in the inherently good roadholding of these cars so I used to creep around corners when I first had it. All that changed after a track day organised by Marlin at Landow in S Wales I can thoroughly recommend that as a way to find the car's (and your) limits. I am running on Toyo Proxes T1R 205/55R16s at 20psi all round. These are really grippy and excellent in the wet.

However don't forget the golden rule of not going around a corner faster than a speed in which you can see is safe to stop if required! Peter.
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Old 28th May 2012, 17:58
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Clutches and shims:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-LSD-CL...b#ht_500wt_922

Rebuild info

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1348666

Might be a project over the winter.
Nice! That wasn't about last time I looked
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Big girls blouse it is Goo.

What are you a man or a mouse ??????

C,mon these cars are meant to be driven, otherwise you will end up with a mobility car. Even the F1 boys had all that traction control stuff removed so now they have to control their right foot.

If you aren't careful you could end up with a Cabrio or a roadster..................now watch the brickbats coming my way.

May even end up with no one prepared to help me when I pose a question after this.

Get your cars out and enjoy this weather guys.
I go away for a long weekend up to the Lakes, enjoy fabulous weather, and come home to this.......a poke in the ribs!.......and I thought you seemed such a nice bloke at Stoneleigh!
I think it calls for pistols at dawn sir- or at least a Traffic light drag race when we get together!

" End up with a Cabrio" indeed!
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Old 29th May 2012, 08:26
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I sent an email to the chap who had the eBay auction for the diff parts, to see how much they are without having to fight through the bidding process.

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> Hi,
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> Please can you give me prices for both standard 25% and updated 40% kits.
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> Many thanks,
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> Jason
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> Sent from my iPad
The reply was pleasantly surprising:

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Hello there
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25% 67.50
40% 130.00
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shipping (UK signed for) 7.00 & 9.50
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Regards, D&T
Not very expensive at all - just need to find a source for the other bits - seals, gaskets & bearings.
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Old 29th May 2012, 17:25
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I wonder if the 40% kit is worth considering for normal road use
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Old 29th May 2012, 19:11
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I go away for a long weekend up to the Lakes, enjoy fabulous weather, and come home to this.......a poke in the ribs!.......and I thought you seemed such a nice bloke at Stoneleigh!
I think it calls for pistols at dawn sir- or at least a Traffic light drag race when we get together!

" End up with a Cabrio" indeed!
Ooppps, I thought it might get a reaction, should have added a few smileys, but I will go for the drag race at dawn.

I am not all bad
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Old 29th May 2012, 19:35
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Dunno I think my sarcas-o-meter's needle broke
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Ooppps, I thought it might get a reaction, should have added a few smileys, but I will go for the drag race at dawn.

I am not all bad
Looks like we might need another of GOO's finds : the limited slip diff
I shall definitely have to get my rear diff support strengthened
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Old 30th May 2012, 16:09
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Oh, not my find. Patrick had one first. I lucked out as my donor had one fitted.

Here's what I think is a comprehensive list of the parts required to refurb a medium sized diff (188mm):

Input shaft / Flange:

Code:
Diag. #	Description	        Part #	         Qty
2	Dustcover plate	        33*12*1*200*284	 1
3	Securing plate	        23*21*1*490*120	 1
5	Shaft seal	        33*10*1*214*099	 1
6	Tapered roller bearing	33*12*1*203*615	 1
7	Tapered roller bearing	33*12*1*203*616	 1
8	Clamping bush	        33*12*1*744*368	 1
Output shaft / Flange:

Code:
Diag. #	Description	        Part #	         Qty
2	Dustcover plate, large	33*13*1*208*006	 2
3	Shaft seal & lock ring	33*10*7*505*602	 2
5	Tapered roller bearing	33*13*1*213*893	 2
8	O-ring	                33*11*1*214*144	 2
Rear cover:

Code:
Diag. #	Description	        Part #	         Qty
3	Gasket Asbestos Free	33*11*1*210*405	 1
6	Gasket ring	        07*11*9*963*355	 2
9	O-ring	                33*11*1*206*166	 1
I haven't included things like the spacers or 'housings', as you'll reuse the ones you have. Ditto on the input & output flanges and the nut on the input.

Just need to see how much that lot comes to. :/
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Output/Input shaft seals on ebay......

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E30-E3...#ht_3585wt_952

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Seal-R...#ht_1460wt_952
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Old 22nd July 2012, 19:34
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Eee, but it's lovely out there. Just been out for a 3 hour meander through Northamptonshire via the back roads, with a stop off for tea. Smashing! 8D
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