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BimmerIII 05-07-2011 09:54 AM

330Ci Build Thread
Hey guys! So I decided its time to do a build thread for my 330Ci. For those that don't know I have a 2002 BMW 330Ci that I am slowly turning into a dedicated track car to race in NASA and BMWCCA with my dad. Over the winter break I have had some more time to finally get a lot of work done to the car including my long awaited transmission swap :) no more auto-tragic! Well here goes the annoying long list of photos and updates to the car.

Here is how the car looked when I bought it (sitting way too high, ugly chrome accents, and annoying orange reflectors)

First track day! Moved to blue run group after my first run out in green! For those that don't know the run groups are (from bottom to top) Green, Blue, Blue solo, Yellow, White, and Red (instructor). My Dad is actually an instructor with the Porsche Club and that's how I got started in this whole thing.

Then I got Bilstein sport shocks, H&R race springs, rear muffler delete, LED angel eyes, painted the chrome and silver trim flat black, smoked LED eagle eye tail lights, smoked corner lights, smoked side markers, paint matched bumper reflectors, upgraded ignition coil packs, one step hotter NGK spark plugs, K&N 57series intake, custom air inlet pipe in fog light opening, rebuilt the VANOS, painted the interior trim silver, and gutted the back half of the interior. (this was spread out over a year)

Now for the stuff I did over the break and a few that I did this past semester. I am just going to list the mods for this part:
-Turner Motorsport aluminum monoball rear shock mounts
-6 speed transmission swap
-UUC light weight aluminum flywheel
-UUC performance organic clutch
-UUC heavy duty pressure plate
-UUC big boy clutch stop
-UUC EVO3 short shift kit
-UUC DSSR (double shear selector rod)
-Jafster derlin racing shift knob
-UUC stainless steal braided clutch line
-UUC ss braided brake lines
-UUC urethane racing engine mounts
-UUC urethane bolt-through transmission mounts
-UUC urethane rear trailing arm bushings
-VAC Motorsports solid aluminum rear subframe bushings
-Turner solid aluminum differential bushings
-BMW performance outer control arm bushings (upper and lower)
-Turner rear shock mount reinforcement plates
-Redline transmission fluid
-Redline differential fluid
-Turner sway bars (27mm front and 21mm rear)
-Ground Control adjustable aluminum sway bar end links (front and rear)

BimmerIII 05-07-2011 09:56 AM

And recently I got some more suspension goodies:
-Meyle HD front control arms
-Turner Adjustable Rear Camber Arms - Rod-end
-Meyle HD front shock mounts...only temporary until I can afford adjustable ones

One of the old rear control arms was definitely bent. The car feels much more solid now!

And yesterday I got a new set of BFGoodrich G-Force T/A KDW 2s put on! Favorite set of tires so far, they have great traction and feel much more solid then the General Exclaim UHPs!

Well that's it for now, but more to come soon, I am currently waiting on a mtech II front bumper to be shipped!

So Lowww 05-07-2011 10:22 AM

Damn thats sick :bow:

dreamdrivedrift 05-07-2011 10:43 AM

good work.

r2d2 05-07-2011 10:47 AM

oh wow man, good job!

Kris.R 05-07-2011 10:58 AM

Sick thread OP! How much would you estimate being spent on mods thus far?

BimmerIII 05-07-2011 11:29 AM

Thanks guys!

and I think around 6k on mods

s3th 05-07-2011 11:48 AM

Wow thats sweet looking forward to seeing more progress!

Cruzader 05-07-2011 12:13 PM

Was it a 5 spd-->6 spd swap or an auto --> 6 spd swap? Did you have to change the driveshaft as well?
Cool build keep us updated :thumbsup:

BimmerIII 05-07-2011 12:24 PM

It was an auto --> 6 spd swap, and yes I had to get a different drive shaft. The auto drive shaft is shorter than the 6 spd shaft. And if anyone is considering going 6 speed I highly recommend it, the gearing is awesome!

aggieE46 05-07-2011 12:29 PM

Always good to see another TAMSCC member.

Good luck on the build! Always love suspension goodies.

Cruzader 05-07-2011 02:00 PM


Originally Posted by BimmerIII (Post 13137622)
It was an auto --> 6 spd swap, and yes I had to get a different drive shaft. The auto drive shaft is shorter than the 6 spd shaft. And if anyone is considering going 6 speed I highly recommend it, the gearing is awesome!

Alright good to know. I did a 3.46 diff swap not too long ago but I'll be doing a 5 spd to 6 spd swap if I end up doing it. I might if I find one considering the amount of highway driving I do

FTWeisse 05-07-2011 02:27 PM

Sweet build :thumbup:

Lulz @ teh Jaffster shift knob :rofl:

PawnStar 05-07-2011 05:34 PM

how did you extend your K&N intake down to your foglight? I have the same intake system and want to do the same. Very curious, Pics?

SHK&BAK3 05-07-2011 05:35 PM



AMCINK 05-07-2011 08:17 PM

Very nice!!!

CJtech323 05-07-2011 08:41 PM

Great build so far! :clap:

nick98 05-07-2011 08:53 PM

nice build!

PRDesignsTony 05-07-2011 10:08 PM

I just got mind blown

Studdly_Studright 05-07-2011 10:25 PM

great DIYs man I wish I had a garage and some extra $$$

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