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Old 01-15-2013, 11:58 AM   #421
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:08 PM   #422
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:16 AM   #423
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Respect! How far is done job now?
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:29 AM   #424
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:23 PM   #425
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Hey guys, it's been a while. I wish I had a lot of great progress to show from the past few months, but truth be told I haven't really touched the car since December. Without getting into to much detail, I had some pretty big changes to my life that made me reconsider a lot of things, including whether or not I wanted to continue with this project. The good news is that I'm doing much better now, and have decided that I want to continue working on her.

I've also spent the last couple of weeks rethinking some aspects of the project, and let's just say things are just getting started. I've decided to change or modify a number of aspects of the car, including bodywork and engine. There is one thing in particular that I'm very excited about the possibilities of. I'm not going to go into any details right now because it's still very early in the design process, but when it's all said and done it should be pretty monumental for not just my personal car but the entire BMW community.


And I promise I'll try and have some progress to report in the next week or so!
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:31 PM   #426
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:58 PM   #427
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Wow. Thanks for the update, Tink. Hope everything goes to plan.

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Old 03-14-2013, 03:18 AM   #428
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I am just gobsmacked! Spent the last 2 hours reading through and what an incredible build.

I wish I had even fraction of your knowledge and half the determination you possess. You are a very gifted individual and I am glad to see you are putting into something you love! and THANK YOU for sharing this with us!
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:30 PM   #429
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Thanks for the support guys.

Sadly my ebay addiction continues. This is only part of the newer direction:





More to come.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:31 PM   #430
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And then he said,

"Let there be brakes!"

And it was good.




Front:

6-Piston Forged Calipers
300mm (11.75") x 32mm (1.25") vented 2-piece rotors


Rear:
4-Piston Forged Calipers
300mm (11.75") x 32mm (1.25") vented 2-piece rotors
Retains Stock Hand Brake



The front and rear will share the same rotor disc, so maintenance/replacement will be easy. The brake bias is kept at the proper ratio due to the difference in the piston area for the 6-pot front and 4-pot rear calipers. It can then be fine tuned with the balance bar pedal setup and by changing out the master cylinders if need be.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:33 PM   #431
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And then he said,

"Let there be brakes!"

And it was good.




Front:

6-Piston Forged Calipers
300mm (11.75") x 32mm (1.25") vented 2-piece rotors


Rear:
4-Piston Forged Calipers
300mm (11.75") x 32mm (1.25") vented 2-piece rotors
Retains Stock Hand Brake



The front and rear will share the same rotor disc, so maintenance/replacement will be easy. The brake bias is kept at the proper ratio due to the difference in the piston area for the 6-pot front and 4-pot rear calipers. It can then be fine tuned with the balance bar pedal setup and by changing out the master cylinders if need be.
What kit is this, it looks so awesome. Awesome update!
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:51 PM   #432
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I believe is wilwood 6 pistons
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:52 PM   #433
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I believe is wilwood 6 pistons
I know that part, but does it come as a kit like for example UUC bbk or bmw performance or are they custom brackets.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:24 PM   #434
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No kit, everything is being custom drawn and machined.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:03 PM   #435
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No kit, everything is being custom drawn and machined.
Mind explaining the process of making the bracket wen you make it. I want to make one for my e30 and one for my e46 so I can fit csl rotors on a bmw performance brake kit.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:12 PM   #436
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And then he said,

"Let there be brakes!"

And it was good.




Front:

6-Piston Forged Calipers
300mm (11.75") x 32mm (1.25") vented 2-piece rotors


Rear:
4-Piston Forged Calipers
300mm (11.75") x 32mm (1.25") vented 2-piece rotors
Retains Stock Hand Brake



The front and rear will share the same rotor disc, so maintenance/replacement will be easy. The brake bias is kept at the proper ratio due to the difference in the piston area for the 6-pot front and 4-pot rear calipers. It can then be fine tuned with the balance bar pedal setup and by changing out the master cylinders if need be.
Those are some serious brakes! Can you give us more info about this new direction? I'm assuming you're going to have a lot more power.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:38 PM   #437
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Mind explaining the process of making the bracket wen you make it. I want to make one for my e30 and one for my e46 so I can fit csl rotors on a bmw performance brake kit.
I can try, but it's fairly straight forward. It also depends if your trying to make up rotor mounts and caliper mounts or just the caliper bits. For me I need to locate both the rotor (using the center hats), and then the caliper on that so it will be a fairly involved process taking into account the wheel offset as well as the e-brake in the rear.

Assuming your just making up caliper brackets, all you need to do is place the rotor in position and then center the caliper on it. Take some precise measurements and your good to go. The type of mount you make will depend on your caliper and whether it's lug or radial mount etc.

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Those are some serious brakes! Can you give us more info about this new direction? I'm assuming you're going to have a lot more power.

Oh, there will be power. But the basic power plant hasn't changed. Just parts of it.

And no, I'm not talking about FI.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:11 PM   #438
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Haven't had much time to work on the car lately, I've had to work 60-70 hours the past couple of weeks. My new oil pump did come in though, so I took some time to start planning out my oil system a bit.

The new pump in all it's glory. Used, but in great condition. I'll probably end up sending it in for a rebuild at some point before the car is done, but for now I'll just keep it as is for help with mocking everything up.




First up was to cut out the stock sump. For the final setup I will probably end up with either a full billet pan or welding up a custom one from a CAD design (as opposed to just modifying the stock cast pan) but for now I will use the stock one minus sump for mocking up. This pan already had a stripped drain plug, so no real harm.






For mounting the pump I really see two options, driver or passenger side. Initially I was leaning towards the driver side to help keep it away from the heat of the headers and to simplify the scavenging lines coming from the pan.

This is roughly where it would go:





And the output ports from the top. The first three would run to the oil tank and the last is the pressure out to the block.





I also mocked it up on the passenger side. This would be nice because it would allow a shorter pressure side run into the block, as well as keep the oil tank on the driver side away from the headers. The main downside to this position would be messier scavenging lines from the pan due to the tilt of the engine.





The next step will be figuring out what kind of capacity I will need for the oil tank, and seeing where I can shoehorn that into the engine bay.



Also, someone mentioned the fact of using the non-OEM stainless bolts to mount the spacer on the bottom of the strut housings, so I figured I would post up my calculations:

Thanks for your concern. You are correct, the stock BMW bolts are ISO grade 12.9 (which for the record is the equivalent of SAE grade 8 so that's a bit misleading). I have gone through the calculations comparing the two different grades and it will be fine, keeping in mind the stock '02 strut housing uses M8 bolts and the e12 strut uses M10 (probably because of the much larger curb weight). Taking those into account:

M8 Minor Diameter (the 'area' that a stress will be applied) = 6.596mm
M8 Stress Area = 34.15mm^2

M10 Minor Diameter = 8.315mm
M10 Stress Area = 54.274mm^2

So the M10 fastener has 59% more cross sectional area for a stress to act over. This means that even though the grade 12.9 bolts has 54% more tensile strength than the stainless bolt, because the stainless fastener is larger in diameter it is still stronger overall than the stock fastener. I do admit that the above maths are only valid for tension or shear failure, I didn't bother to test for thread failure. This is because the threads would pull out of the steel housing or the aluminum spacer (for the bolts holding the pitman arm to the spacer) before the threads on either fastener failed.

All that being said, thanks for bringing it up. It never hurts to check and double check things, especially when it comes to critical components.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:28 PM   #439
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:29 PM   #440
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i can't imagine the trouble that the next owner (if you ever sell it) would have with this car when things break down lol. Everything is custom made!!! You are the Einstein man!
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