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  1. Thread: 2001 Birkin S3

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  3. Thread: 2001 Birkin S3

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    Yes, it is. Randall

    Yes, it is.

    Randall
  4. Thread: 2001 Birkin S3

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    I've got the same height/long torso issues. In a...

    I've got the same height/long torso issues. In a standard Birkin S3, the windshield frame is about in the middle of my visual field. I solved the issue by cutting the floors and installing dropped...
  6. Thread: 2001 Birkin S3

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    I set the rev cut-out at 7200rpm in the Emerald....

    I set the rev cut-out at 7200rpm in the Emerald.

    Also, I forgot to add that I have a set of corner weighting scales available with the car.

    Randall
  7. Thread: 2001 Birkin S3

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    2001 Birkin S3

    I never thought this day would come, but it is time to sell my Birkin. I just don't get enough opportunities to drive it here on the North Olympic Peninsula. This is a 2001 BIY component built car...
  8. I would think that there are any number of...

    I would think that there are any number of talented fabricator/welders in Seattle. It shouldn't be too hard to make a new one, since you have the original for a pattern.

    Randall
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    I have a vague recollection of using either GTI...

    I have a vague recollection of using either GTI or Golf rotors for my 2001. I had to turn the central hole a bit larger to fit the hub, but otherwise fit was no problem.

    Randall
  10. Thread: Half hoods

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    I should have added, I've never heard of anyone...

    I should have added, I've never heard of anyone having problems with zippers and sometimes wish I had them. But it's not a big deal without...it just takes a couple seconds longer.

    Randall
  11. Thread: Half hoods

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    The upholsterer who made my half-hood flatly...

    The upholsterer who made my half-hood flatly refused to put in zippers. He felt the stresses in the installed hood would destroy the zippers fairly quickly. Instead, I installed nylon buckles in...
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    Tom, curious that your experience is so opposite...

    Tom, curious that your experience is so opposite what was relayed to me by some top tuners over the years.
    Perhaps the people I've talked with used Ti retainers made from the wrong alloy. They...
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    Stay away from Ti retainers, unless you plan to...

    Stay away from Ti retainers, unless you plan to replace them as a regular maintenance item. They have a shockingly short life span.

    Randall
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    With Motul, I wonder where the other lobe wear...

    With Motul, I wonder where the other lobe wear you mention came from. I vote for a complete tear down. Something major isn't right. Sorry, I don't have Duratec experience, so I can't recommend a...
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    Compressed air into the sparkplug hole will hold...

    Compressed air into the sparkplug hole will hold the valves closed while changing springs or seals--if you have good valve seats.

    What kind of oil were you running?


    Randall
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    It was several years ago, when Zetec parts were...

    It was several years ago, when Zetec parts were more easily sourced. It was/is a "Ford Racing" part that I sourced from Ford Performance.

    Randall
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    I suspect the check valve in your oil pump is...

    I suspect the check valve in your oil pump is scored. I had a bit of grit, or something, do that to mine and had the same low pressures until I changed the pump. No pressure problems, since.
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    I solved my Zetec overheating in Southern...

    I solved my Zetec overheating in Southern California with a bigger diameter, higher volume electric fan (from BMW, I think).

    Randall
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    You've likely thought of it, but don't forget...

    You've likely thought of it, but don't forget toggles for the "hidden" functions of the key switch such as fuel pump, ECU power, etc.

    It's something I have intended to do and not gotten around to...
  20. May I suggest you try sitting in a Birkin S3? ...

    May I suggest you try sitting in a Birkin S3? Same overall dimensions as the Cat S3, but the pedal box has a large adjustment range.
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    I'd enjoy a tour, but aseparate local meet and...

    I'd enjoy a tour, but aseparate local meet and drive would be great, too.

    Randall
  22. Thread: PNW Tour

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    I drove the Black Hills tour with Gert, and...

    I drove the Black Hills tour with Gert, and really liked the combined approach. The two week length may seem a bit long, but it did allow people to join and leave as it worked for their personal...
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    What's going on between the suspension arms? It...

    What's going on between the suspension arms? It looks like there is a bent washer, which might indicate a retention pin of some sort through the bolt between the arms. Can you slip off the outer...
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    Just a guess, but maybe it goes to the dashboard...

    Just a guess, but maybe it goes to the dashboard alternator light. If that's the case, it would go on the battery charging terminal of the alternator.

    Randall
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    After I nearly lost one (it had worked its way up...

    After I nearly lost one (it had worked its way up and nearly fell off), I wrapped zip ties around the hinges.

    Randall
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