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Finally got around to putting the clear vinyl on the cage to protect it. Obviously can't see much in the photo but its nice to have the cage fully exposed and not covered.



Also ordered these rear bumper extensions off of ebay, and I am pleasantly surprised with how they look!





Hard to get a decent photo with my phone of them but it was a decent $25 gamble lmao.

And also finally got the car and engine bay washed.





Just a few things left to tidy up before its ready to drive, even though it will be 5 different colors lol.

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Totally have been slacking on the updates again now that there's no major things going on.

Finished shaving the driver side fender and got it primed and put on the car.


I tried putting in the passenger seat with the home made seat bases and brackets that I had from before and it just was not going to work. So I finally splurged on some real swat brackets and bases.

Planted steel bases with planted aluminum side mounts.


Here is the seat mounted. I really liked that they give you so much room to play with and drill your own holes in the seat mount baseplate.


And here is both seats finally mounted in the car, with much better seating positions compared to before as well.




On to something smaller, I finally upgraded to the brass bleeder screw rather than the plastic one.


Was able to get out to a "meet" last weekend at the old forest mall in fond du lac so that was cool to get the car out for a bit.


I also ordered some new DEPO clear front marker lights since I broke the tab on my left side one (thus the painters tape lmao).


I also decided to take care of the worn out idler and tensioner pulleys. But soon found out that the tensioner pulley I ordered was for the hydraulic tensioner, and i have the mechanical one. After doing some reading it appears the hydraulic one is the upgrade that BMW put in place so I got one on order.

And while I was discouraged about not getting that simple job done I decided to completely clean out the catch can and all the lines for it.


Thats it for now! I am waiting on a few new parts to show up that I am excited to share once they come in! 


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Small update:

Got the parts in to replace my tensioner. I went with the updated hydraulic one, which is nice because the pulley is replaceable rather than the whole unit unlike the mechanical style.


I also replaced the belt while I was in there and it's cheap.

I also adjusted the preload on my coils (because I realized I never did it) and then went ahead and lowered the rear now that I have the room to.



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20 hours ago, patsbimmer1 said:

I see a livery when I look at this car and I wish I was talented enough to share it. I'm seeing white/dark red/ dark grey.

Id love to see it if you made it come to life! Haha but I cant wait to get it in all white.

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Been a minute since I updated.

Got some photos from a shoot with a friend.          Unfortunately this was before I lowered the rear haha.




New SLR ultra angle kit should be here tomorrow! So I pulled the MG kit off the car along with swapped in a factory subframe.


Installed new inner tie rods while everything was apart.


Picked up a used UUC dssr as well and got that installed while the car is down for a few days, excited to hopefully feel the difference 



More updates soon hopefully!

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Received the new SLR kit and got it installed the same day!


The quality and build of this kit is out of this world.


And fhe fit is right in par with everything else about it. I cannot believe I waited this long to purchase one.

Here is a photo of one installed.


And a photo of the wheels on at full lock, mind you this is without the lock stops that keep the barrel from making contact with the lower arm. Its just insane what this kit is capable of.


Once I had the lock stops dialed it was time for a good ole driveway alignment.


Went to a shop get together/party with the Pnuespeed guys (who we get our tires from) and they announced the big news of a rebranding! They are adding wheels, clutches, suspension and lots of other automotive parts to their arsenal and it will all be available through Track Day Direct. 

Here's a photo from the get together 


And after the shop party we went for a cruise to get ice cream in Milwaukee and I snagged a few pics!




It was really nice getting to go for more than a 10 minute cruise! Hopefully after getting the sway bar set up sorted out/parts ordered ill be able to make it to an event this year lol.


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Small update!

Ordered some drifttec toe brackets in hopes of really being able to dial in my rear alignment.

Last time i lowered the car it really messed up the rear alignment, the car had a 1/2" toe out which is obviously not great lol


These braclets are really well made as i was kind of skeptical originally.

Here is a side by side with the original one I had in the car, sketchy slotting and all lol.


Got these installed and the car aligned in just over an hour which was great. 

Now the rear is sitting at 3/16" toed in. Which for now will be worth trying and aging with some settings to see how it will affect grip.


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With the new SLR ultra angle kit the general consensus seemed to be to run a non-m e36 sway bar in the front.

So I picked this one up from Earl. Also happy to know that this one is from a Ti and is slightly larger than the other non-m e36 ones.

I cleaned it up and painted it while I was waiting for the new endlinks to arrive.


And here are the SLR end links. They attach the same way as non-m e36 ones do as the SLR  arms have mounting provisions for them.



Now I got the bar installed along with the links. I was not super impressed with the angle of the links. After talking to Sean at SLR it seems that they (now) recommend cutting the stock e46 sway bar and reshaping the end then drilling a new hole. The e36 sway bar has seemed to work for many before though so I am leaving it in for now, there doesn't seem to be bind even with the angle on the links.




Once i am able to do some actual testing I will start to play with sway bars.

Definitely nice having the sway bar mounted to the lower arm now though.



Now for something a little more fun. I finally ordered and assembled my roof basket to go with the roof rack that I have had for 2 years lol. Its kinda a cheapo basket but it should do the job of carrying a few tires to and from the track when im not able to have some help!



And finally, I snagged up a CSL style carbon fiber trunk! I've been wanting the don musk one but the price along with shipping is just not reasonable for me currently. While this one is in a bit of rough shape, extremely sun faded, its a great candidate to have cleaned up and then wrapped. 



I will most likely end up putting this on the car in its current condition anyways to see how it looks, and if I'm going through all that work I'm just going to leave it on since the car is looking like a dumpster fire color wise always lol.

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15 minutes ago, B C said:

It looks like those SLR arms provide some bump steer correction. I’ve been looking at ways to eliminate bump steer on my e46 but im not sure this full yeet setup is what I need

Hahaha so SLR offers this set up which is more geared toward drift but it has 4 Ackerman adjustment settings to go from full drift to full race. Id recommended checking out what they offer for a road race application on their website! Also Sean the owner is extremely knowledgeable.

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Been a minute! Have had quite the off season just getting to this point. I'm going to try and keep the story as short winded as possible. 

First thing was first it was that time of year to get the car on the stands and drained the engine fluids. 




Big news first, I was able to purchase a VF engineering supercharger kit from a friend! 

He sent me everything to use the kit with the m54b30 manifold and the parts that he made up to have the kit work with a M50 manifold.



For starters you may notice that there is no mounting bracket for the charger to the engine. Well thats because the box broke in shipping and the bracket slipped out, never to be seen again. This is where the story could get long winded, BUT the short of it is UPS is absolutely useless with help or even through the claim process and I was forced to find another option.


Lucky I found a guy in Latavia that makes a bracket for Votech V1,2 and 3 blowers to M5x engines. It's no billet piece like the VF one but VF Engineering is also as useless as UPS. They told me they won't support old kits because it's a liability, so they won't sell a bracket separately. COOL RIGHT.


Anyways here's the steel bracket I sourced.



Now in typical fashion of course the bracket didn't fit right lol. It was hitting on the alternator housing, after talking to the seller it appears it was designed around a smaller 90 amp alternator, and mine is a 120 amp. Soooooo I took the alternator apart and massaged off some material.



And here is the alternator reassembled. 



And here's the bracket mounted with the blower on as well.



The next hurdle I knew about, which was seeing how much clearance there was on the expansion tank being that this kit was designed with the factory radiator. I have the thicker CSF aluminum one, and the friend I bought the kit from tried to swap to a CSF like mine and said it didn't fit.

Somehow it fits on my car though, so I'm not mad about that hahahah.

Here is a photo of the fitment of the tank/radiator along with the start of fitting the new silicone upper hose, which I started by chopping off the clamps of an original one to get the ends off.



Then I trimmed the upper hose and installed the clamps.



Here is the blower mounted with the intake on it along with the M50 charge pipe. (This is the b30 manifold though)



I decided that I wanted to ditch the old leaky oil return hose that came with the kit. So I ordered up some Vibrant parts 🤗



The cool thing is the drain which just connects to the CCV drain on the dipstick, so I used a tube to AN adapter.



I then ran into another road block. The drain fitting on the bottom of the blower hit the housing because it was too big (-8 AN).

I couldn't seem to find an extension that I was happy with, plus the extension would make the line sit lower than I would like. Sooooo I decided to "clearance" the housing to allow for the larger fitting. 







Worked out great 👍




Now that I solved that headache I finished making and installing the drain line.





And finally to finish catching up to where I'm at currently I pulled the intake manifold in preparation for the M50 manifold I will be picking up in a week or two.

Thats it for now! 


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5 hours ago, YoungCR said:

Didn't know M54 guys swap on M50 manifolds too. Great work as always! Excited to see this shred tires faster. 

Yep! Just have to buy the adapter for the throttle body, plug the vacuum holes on the head and of course have a tune with the DISA deleted. 

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