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  1. 9 points
    i_love_cars

    ILC's E92 M3

    Started on the install process on Saturday and by Sunday I was ready to mount the supercharger, then I noticed that I had received the wrong belt from ESS. They shipped me a belt for a 650 kit with 7 ribs instead of 6. I sourced a comparable belt from Napa on Sunday at 2120mm which is just 5mm shorter than what the normal 625 kit includes. They are overnighting me the correct belt so whatever I'll swap it tomorrow. What's more troubling is that ESS also gave me the wrong tune file. It is fortunate that I am DIYing this install because I don't think even a reputable BMW shop would have recognized that the tune file name ended in "124" which is what ESS uses to identify tunes intended for their black fuel injectors, as 124 is the last 3 of the part number. They shipped my kit with white injectors which have different flow rates and has a different tune. DOn't ask me why ESS has changed injectors over the years - the power is the same regardless, the tune just needs to be calibrated for the right flow rate. I'm sure if I had a shop install this, I'd be driving around wondering why the fuck my car is running like dog shit and potentially leaning out. Turnaround was quick and I got my updated tune file from them today for the white injectors that I have in my kit. So now I think all is well. I'm 98% done. Should be driving the car tomorrow - the only things left to do is hook up the air filter, put the radiator fan shroud back in, top the coolant off, and start the car.
  2. 8 points
    straight6pwr

    E30 M52

  3. 6 points
    snap

    E30 M52

    Another trustbuilding exercise: I took it on the freeway, longest drive yet and man it actually pulls pretty nice! I think my power expectations have been met. the brakes feel better after the tired late night clevis adjustment A woman in a new yellow audi TT, vanity plate BEVS BEE did a ricer flyby on me as well its a good day! Time to take it to work tomorrow!
  4. 6 points
    Earl swung by this weekend and convinced me to mock up my Rieger "REP" front lip. I bought a rep because its not fiberglass so I dont have to worry about it and its half the cost(shame on me). I have new OEM lip clips and need to dremel the holes in the new lip for it to snap into place. I am doing this today and sending it to paint.
  5. 6 points
    KaiserRolls

    E30 M52

    You should borrow bens temp gun
  6. 6 points
    snap

    chit chat thread

    Who gives a shirt about shirts, how fast can you run a mile?
  7. 6 points
    Bassboy3313

    chit chat thread

    Like so.... Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  8. 5 points
    Rekpoint

    Steelblue E36 Build Thread

    Got wheels back from powdercoater yesterday they turned out great! Got them mounted up today. Also added an m3 lip. Going to install m3 side trim Tuesday when I get the rest of my clips!,
  9. 5 points
    GunMetalGrey

    Diaries of a Daily Driver

    @patsbimmer1 has gotten out his crystal ball and predicted that in 6 months time I will be going single turbo on this. The clock has started. Anyone wanna place bets?
  10. 5 points
    snap

    E30 M52

    I pulled the batt cable to reset adaptations and went out for another 3 mile drive after yet another bleeding attempt. The temperature once again went to 3/4. i switched the car off then back on again..... Aha! Just like yesterday once i turned the car off and on again the needle snapped back to just under 1/2 and stayed there. I started realizing the gauge may actually be lying to me and made my way home to start connecting the VDO gauges I installed. It was running top notch, no sign of any issues, it seems like the reset and the fresh gas are showing a difference already I have the wires run for the VDO gauges but do not have the sensors installed. I have been waiting to order an oil distribution block and also a good enough reason to pull the thermostat housing so i could drill and tap it for the VDO sending unit. It was my intention to keep the stock temp gauge in the cluster function and use the vdo as a backup/sanity check but I need answers and cant trust the stock one anymore. I removed the stock temp sender and installed the VDO one in its place without removing the intake manifold. Do I win a prize? Im actually feeling quite optimistic now. Tomorrow I will give it a long drive and see for sure what the temperature is. As far as things are going right now, it seems to be running perfect and its just the temp. gauge reading that is an issue. Here is a video of the gauge reading climbing then reverting back to a better reading after shutting the car off. And a video of the engine running ever so smooth and nice. Please let this be just a lying gauge and not another head gasket....
  11. 5 points
    snap

    E30 M52

    Maiden Voyage: I drove the car 5 miles to drop it off and get some exhaust pipes welded once and for all. Even with the smaller brake booster the brake assist is decent, probably better than before thanks to a new booster and MC but the pads have always had crappy cold bite and are pretty worn now so the pedal travel isnt ideal. I dont know if its the engine mounts or if the headers are just too close to the body but it vibrates everything. Its awful! Hopefully I get used to it or the exhaust work helps things. The car idles solid, throttle response is great and it moves right off the line without bogging. I only had the car up to 3000 rpm but it definitely felt really slow off the line compared to my Infiniti. I was waiting for the in-rush of boost that I got used to with the last M20 build but it was just stale At one point while cruising in 4th or 5th at low rpm, I couldnt tell if i was losing throttle response or just not used to the fuel cutoff/dead zone in the pedal. I pulled onto the shoulder to investigate but before i came to a stop it seemed like everything was fine and perhaps just my imagination. Between the extremely loud exhaust and fear of breaking down, I had plenty of anxiety, so it could have very well been my imagination. Right after that though, the temp gauge started climbing around 3/4, but not quite to the red. This is where hitting the dash and tapping on the cluster come in to play since the cluster has been known to glitch out. The needle wasnt responding to my usual glitch remedy so i pulled over and turned the car off. When i clicked the ignition back on the needle snapped back to 1/2..... hmm alright. my destination was just a few blocks away so I kept going. I arrived, shut off the car and popped the hood. There was a small puff of steam. The source of the steam was a coolant hose that was just about to slide off the water pump housing. Im very surprised it did not pop off and belch coolant everywhere. I had idled the car for 15 minutes before and checked everything over a few weeks ago. But now with some revs and some pressure I suppose it pushed it off. The clutch felt great, i did hear the clutch disc “skipping” a little during engagement though. Couldnt feel it, only heard it. So I hope this is just from the metal surfaces sitting for a couple years and will go away after some drive time, like when your rotors get rusty. I didnt scrape on anything. Even railroad tracks. I should be able to pick the car up tomorrow night. I sure hope I like it better once the exhaust is on.
  12. 4 points
    engine is 95% done. just have to extend the brake fluid sensor wiring for the new location and clean a few more areas. manual valve to replace the throttle body thermostat. just a 1/2 brass ball valve from the plumbing aisle. new booster check valve and hose wrapped the engine harness and removed the covers. i hate plastic covers. i'd rather see the guts. new c101 bracket (hard to see here) well hello, ms. lady. teaser pic.
  13. 4 points
    Rekpoint

    Steelblue E36 Build Thread

    Installed the m3 trim with BMW Motorsport International inserts given to me by @ChrisO! Thanks a ton!
  14. 4 points
    snap

    E30 M52

    I made it to work! Constant stop/go traffic on the way home will be the final boss
  15. 4 points
    wasnt m3

    E30 Picnic 2018

    Idk if he vanished from life but I heard he vanished with some people's money.
  16. 4 points
    straight6pwr

    E30 Picnic 2018

    lets roll deep as hale.
  17. 4 points
    thanks! i'd love to dig through the box and take some stuff. where in the state are you? I get to work on the car today so i organized my piles of boxes last night. i found a blower motor resistor, which i forgot I bought/need to replace. score! i also ended up with two water pump gaskets and two throttle body gaskets, hmm. also, @m42b32, it reminded me that when i bought the aluminum thermostat housing, the internet suggested not trusting the gasket that comes in the box and instead pickup the BMW one (red gasket shown in housing) so hopefully that makes it more fool proof for leaks. also also, "gooooooooooold"
  18. 4 points
    i_love_cars

    ILC's E92 M3

    Car is up and running. TJ did stop by and confirm I did not fuck it up. I needed a witness. I'm not used to superchargers *at all* so I was freaking out about all the noises. Then I learned some things. 200 mile break-in period for the supercharger gears/bearing/seals and to allow the ECU to adapt to the tune. Luckily I have a 93 mile one-way drive on Sunday to get my rod bearings replaced !
  19. 3 points
    HAHAHAHHA yeah I saw that!! Mine is a little brighter.
  20. 3 points
    snap

    E30 M52

    I was about to go to sleep because ive been running on fumes the past couple days but somehow, whether through sleepwalking or poor judgement I ended up upside down under the dashboard taking the pedals apart doing something I should have done long ago. my car was originally an automatic and when I did the manual swap I noticed my brakes werent as good after the swap. The clevis adjustment wasnt quite the same and I had forgotten about this when I did the E21 booster install so i kept the original clevis location/length. It adjusted the clevis out 3 turns which ended up being a good guess as it was the maximum amount that it could be adjusted. It feels food to have checked that off the list because i wasnt looking forward to doing it. im not expecting that it will affect my stopping power since its only changing pedal travel but it will definitely help with pedal feel as it wont feel like i have air in the brakes with the excess travel, it will keep the brake pedal higher for those times I want to act like a heel-toe-hero too
  21. 3 points
    wasnt m3

    Official Sighting Thread

    Laguna Seca S54 Z3M driven by an older woman with purple hair
  22. 3 points
    GunMetalGrey

    E30 Picnic 2018

    I am still feeling good about making this. Which is both surprising and awesome all at the same time.
  23. 3 points
    snap

    Rusted body pos e36

    Nice honest ad, I can definitely see a skid racer picking this up
  24. 3 points
    m42b32

    1999 M3 daily driver running log

    Ready for summer! Slapped on the roof rack and a square set of 17x8.5 contours with 245/40/17 Falken Fk510's. Loving the wider rubber already, it looks a lot meaner! Not usually a black wheel fan, but on the white/modena it really makes the interior pop! I also discovered I don't have any roundel center caps for my wheels, so if anyone has a set in decent shape (68mm, 36136783536) let me know!
  25. 3 points
    Bassboy3313

    E21 Project Thread - Part 2

    New tires arrived and mounted. 245s removed the slight stretch the 225s had. I'm happy! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
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