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Old 08-12-2012, 11:42 AM   #321
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oh, I thought some of the harness wiring was damaged. Guess that was only my car, not yours.

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I was lucky and the m3 harness I had wasn't harmed...I destroyed it now though
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:36 PM   #322
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http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=287849

today i going to try and finally finish up my rear subframe re enforcement. i already have the hpf plates, now i'll b doing the foam. I just need to stop by Andy's body shop (friends of mine) to hopefully barrow a gun to apply the structural foam
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:39 AM   #323
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no luck with the epoxy gun, out of the 5 different guns they have none will work. i need to figure something out fast..
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:29 PM   #324
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Read the recent thread on the epoxy foam (in thread title)...the OP got the gun I think you're talking about and mentions it.

So sounds like you're nearing the end of this, though, no, I didn't read all 17 pages! Would you do this again? How many hours would you estimate it took?

Major lessons learned to date?
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:42 PM   #325
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Read the recent thread on the epoxy foam (in thread title)...the OP got the gun I think you're talking about and mentions it.

So sounds like you're nearing the end of this, though, no, I didn't read all 17 pages! Would you do this again? How many hours would you estimate it took?

Major lessons learned to date?
it has been hundreds if not thousands of hours researaching and working on my car. I would deffinitly do it again for me the struggle makes the prize better and if im not motor swapping this it will be something else (my dodge Ram 2500 is next, cummins here i come. my first swap was a 04 gsxr 750 engine into a 05 gsxr 600; simple and didn't cost much). S54 FTW!!

major lessons i have learned:

DONT HURRY WHILE YOU WORK-everytime i try to rush while working on my car i break something or hurt myself.

SPEND THE $ FOR THE SPECIAL TOOL-I have wasted alot of time, effort and $ trying to "make things work" with sub-par tools, on the other hand i have bought a few special tools that made the jobs simple.

ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION-i have been to the eye doctor twice to have metal fragments removed from my eye. nothing worse than feeling pain/discomfort every time you blink

KEEP A FIRE EXTINGUISHER HANDY- nothing worse than spending 1000 hours on your car then watching it burn to the ground because something stupid like you drip hot solder on a piece of paper/plastic. i have almost started small fires while working on jobs like this before luckly i have never needed to use a Fire extinguisher

DO THINGS IN ORDER-i have spent hours putting something back together only to realize i need to take it all apart because i needed to do something else first...Make sure you do things in the correct order and it will save you alot of time
I have learned many other lessons. these are just the ones that stick out to me at the moment.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:40 AM   #326
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I finally got a chance to work on my car yesterday for the first time in about 2 weeks or so. I cleaned up some of the wiring. I also got my HPF subframe plates primered, along with my new custom bracket for the DSC unit
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:06 PM   #327
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i read where a guy used an epoxy that is stroger than welding... i cant find the link at the moment but they tested the epoxy and the welds at equall weight and the welds broke while the epoxy held strong
Must have been the world's worst weld. I don't even see how that's possible.
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Epoxy is the better choice either way.
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Sounds like you're about to wrap this up. In for the final stretch, I hope everything turns out great

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Old 09-15-2012, 08:47 PM   #330
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Sounds like you're about to wrap this up. In for the final stretch, I hope everything turns out great

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Speaking of wraping things up I wraped a lot of wires today and had to extend 3 more.
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:54 PM   #331
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That is good news. You have accoplished a lot by yourself.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #332
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last night i got my powerflex subframe bushing re-pressed. it didnt hurt it at all. although i had to stop at 5 garages until one was confident enough to try it. After that i went over and got to work...

you must attach the lower control arms prior to attaching the diff to the subframe, i leared the hard way when i realized the bolt didnt have enough space to fit.. so i had to remove the 3 diff bolts to move the diff enough to get the bolts in...

and a couple pics of some progress
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:26 AM   #333
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i brought some more parts over to my shop last night, started putting the front end together but realized i forgot the tie rod boots at home, so i had to stop...Hopefully i will have time to get over there today. I'll post pics of the front end in one piece soon
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:23 AM   #334
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ok im about to run my brake and fuel lines throughout the car.

Does anyone have any good pics of all the m3 brake and fuel lines on the car? if i had a few good pictures to look at it would make installing the lines much easier...
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:33 AM   #335
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Got this new toy Friday then sat I rode to ocmd for the h2o show. I thought ocmd was kinda lame but it was nice to get used to the new bike......07 1k gsxr

Don't get any ideas Ryan


anyone wanna race?

somone please hook me up with some pictures showing the rear brake/fuel lines and brackets. i have all the parts but i dont know what bracket goes where each pipe needs to be bent ext.
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This is a pic of the barn I'm doing this build in, my friend thought it would b funny for me to show everyone how we do here in lanc
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Ryan came over last weekend and helped me out alot with the brake pipes, I Plan to finish them up this weekend.

I did a few other little random tasks; fitted a few door panels ext. the rest of the interior will be going in as soon as i find a switch center with all the buttons. DSC, Heated seats, sport, sound, tire pressure, sunshade

Next I need to order some fuel lines that im missing. as soon as the brake pipes and fuel lines r finished up everything else will be ready to bolt up. i will be starting from the rear and working foward.

I also need an m3 ecu holder. the small white plastic piece that actually touches the DME (not the entire white box w/ black lid) If anyone has the M3 ecu holder shoot me a PM and i will buy it.
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i finished up my rear brake pipes yesterday!! after 5 hours of work bending the pipes until they fit perfectly the pipes are finally in place and ready for the rear.

Im going to attempt to fit the rear today, if all goes well i should have some good picture updates soon
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:43 AM   #339
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well as always, things didn't go as planned. when i was about to install the rear i realized something terrible!!! the two rear powerflex subframe bushings i had installed were installed upside down!!! With powerflex bushings the front two should be cone end down and the rear two should b cone side up.

if you look at my previous post and see pics of my rear. you will notice i had all 4 of my bushings put in cone side down. (my mistake)

At this point im getting quick at tearing appart the rear and putting it together. took me about 30 min to have the subframe seperated from the rest of the rear end....

will be getting these bushings re-pressed soon and then hopefully will have some updates.

Also got my Autosolutions 40% reduced SSK in the mail yesterday!! can't wait to try this piece out
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:33 AM   #340
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does anyone know anything about the coding aspect of this swap? or does anyone know who i can contact to get some more info about this? I know there are some people lurking around the forums that can do the coding...

I know i have to code my light control module (LCM) to match all the new stuff. I would like the newer version with the Auto feature since it will have to be coded either way. However, i dont know if this is even possible since my car didnt come with the auto option on the LCM
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