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Old 02-27-2012, 11:52 PM   #81
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few new things added to the car+ maintenance items

4 255/40/17 Nitto NT-05's
vac motorsports 8mm spacers
vac motorsports hub extender
new meyle control arms, bushings and tie rods
ngk iridium spark plugs 1 step colder
new mann air filter to replace bmw performance filter
switched to liquimoly 5w30 synthetic
heat shielding to ruin/disgrace the highly coveted bmw performance intake too cool intake temps(before and after info will be provided with temp readouts) kinda a trial and error thing due to the tune/dyno just performed
custom tune
mason engineering clutch pedal

results and dyno was rated at flywheel not rear wheels


air fuel


im partially disappointed in my results it appears that im about 8-10 hp down from other cars with similar mods
i plan to hit a dyno jet just to compare to others results on a dyno jet since mine was a dyno dynamics dyno

but its not so bad for 140k and a suspected internal oil leak/burn/blow bye condition
compression test will commence within a weeks time to see if part of my suspicion in correct

EDIT: compression test performed clear 190 across the board all ok

i also think i may have a leaky injector so thats more trouble shooting/trials
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:19 PM   #82
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before run and after runs back to back no cool down time
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:18 PM   #83
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found a new surprise today when i went to check my oil level




theres also more i need to do since my coilover strut mounts are loose and making noise as well
they cant be replaced/revalved by hks since they have been discontinued for more than 3 years
new coilovers needed next year
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:52 AM   #84
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WOW! did that break from heat you think or just driving aggressively? never seen that cracked on here
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:00 PM   #85
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^^^ to answer that question
upon removing my coil overs and swapping back to stock, i found out that my strut tower still mushroomed with the bar installed and the Z4 anti mushroom plates installed as well

new mod #1 a new shifter setup
heres my old shifter which is an understeer Z3 short throw shifter, uuc dssr and a jaffster shift knob gears 1-5



here is my new shifter setup which consists of
akg motorsport short shifter stage 2 race and akg dssr 1-5 and reverse



next new mod will be arriving friday maybe installed same day or possibly saturday
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:13 PM   #86
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Height difference of shifters
Camera sat on seat bolster for both shots
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:47 PM   #87
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I re-installed my rouge engineering power pulleys last week and all of a sudden developed a rattle after install.

So I order a new idler and alternator tensioner pulley on a whim thinking it could be those making the noise.(They needed to be replaced anyways since I've never replaced them and I'm at 148k and counting)

So I replace the pulleys last night and while I'm in there I install my new Cosmos Racing Cold Air Intake with AMS filter and hydrosock as well as the M3 Xenon ballast relocation bracket.(I ordered the wrong cover and hacked away at the one I had)

Hoping that this fixes my rattle I start it up to make sure everything is ok with the belts and all and I hear a little rattle from my vanos

I shrug it off a little and go for a test drive hoping im delusional and hearing things.But i wasn't and my rattle is still there.

Figures always happens
I spend my money on mods and something surfaces right after
best part is I'm at least 2 weeks out before I have the money to get a rebuilt Dr.Vanos unit.
I know about the beisan seals and rattle fix,but i don't feel like doing the trial and error with the sanding on the rattle fix .
I'll spend the extra $100 just for the piece of mind and not fiddling with it.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #88
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Height difference of shifters
Camera sat on seat bolster for both shots
What do you think of the AKG DSSR/DTM rod

I want to buy it & use it with stock shifter, and simply refresh the link @ transmission side with new parts

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:44 PM   #89
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its just a link that partially eliminates some side to side slop
look here for more info http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/dssr/
you wont have the same movement as mine as its mostly in the shifter
the shifter eliminates a good chuck of unneeded material i think

side note i have my old uuc dssr if you want to buy it as well as a jaffster shift knob
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:25 PM   #90
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Thumbs down damn mystery noise

more new updates

got a rebuilt vanos from Dr.Vanos

removed and installed new vanos and test drove noise still there
take the belt off check the water pump it has some noise(replaced 3 years ago once already about 48k ago)
installed new water pump today still has noise but decreased somewhat
removed electric fan drove noise still there
re-install factory water pump and power steering pulleys noise still there
removed belt and drove noise still there

newest part update order is a new lower timing chain tensioner spring and sealing crush washer
part to possibly order on friday is the hydraulic piston for the alternator tensioner

after this if its still there the next course will be the upper timing chain tensioner and purchase of vanos and cam timing tools

if that doesnt fix it lifter noise or
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:17 AM   #91
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Power steering pump? Did you look at it?

It could be the alt tensioner as you said..
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:59 AM   #92
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Yes i did
I thought of that as well
It has some forward and back movement but no up/down or Left/right movement ,also no noise in normal operational spinning by hand
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:01 AM   #93
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why did you change up your shifter?
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:27 AM   #94
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Wanted more of a direct feel
Liked my previous setup but even with it being new, to me it had unfavorable slop
It may be fine with others though
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:15 PM   #95
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Ah, I understand. Tell me how the new one works out for you, I'm looking to buy one soon.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:56 PM   #96
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if you are talking about the shifter its great
id recommend it
but you need at the minimum urethane motors and trans mounts

onto my new update

replaced hydraulic tensionser with a mechanical noise is still there while driving under load

stuck my ear near where the upper chain tensioner would be and heard some noise from there
looks like ill be digging in real soon to replace that

im going to try replacing the lower tensioner spring first and report back after that as well
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:57 PM   #97
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So noise found

Turns out I'm the most epic dumbass of the millennium
There was nothing wrong the whole time

I found that the new shifter I installed acted as a tuning fork if you can say that
It echos my lightweight flywheel/clutch chatter into my cabin and throughout the engine bay and transmission tunnel of the car
I summed most of the parts I replaced up to as regular maintenance as they needed replacement anyways

The vanos as preventative maintenance is debatable but still in the grand scheme was not a wallet buster
The power steering pump and reservoir not so much and probably the only thing I lost out on

So all in all parts that were replaced were as follows

Dr.Vanos rebuilt unit and valve cover gasket $350
Water pump around $80 shipped
Idler pulley $15-$20
Hydraulic tensioner pulley $15-$20
Hydraulic tensioner replaced with a mechanical $40 +/-
Power steering pump and reservoir $230 +/-
New spark plugs on the chance that it was misfiring and not throwing a code (pre-ignition maybe) $58

All in all an expensive mistake of about $1048 when all said and done
About $250 of that was labor for the vanos because I had to do it at work due to weather conditions

end result

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Old 03-27-2013, 09:27 PM   #98
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glad you found it. and I like those numbers your are pushing. do you know how much hps @ wheel?
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:30 PM   #99
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if you factor drivetrain loss at 15% its right around 220 @ the wheels when i had the Bmw performance intake i may have gained/lost 1-3 hp witht the intake change i wont know till i dyno again
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:20 PM   #100
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Figured I'd throw in an update.
I returned the car back to stock 95% anyways.
I've finally decided that it costs way to much to make the type of power I desire

The car was fun while I had it half gutted with bolt ons minus cams.
So as the car sits at the moment all thats left on it is the poly rear subframe mounts, uuc dssr,muffler delete, uuc lightweight flywheel and clutch and the tune I got.

Headers are off and hopefully a buyer comes through for them
Innovative LC-1 is uninstalled (holding onto for next car possibly)
Poly motor and trans mounts removed and replaced with URO motor mounts and lemforder(sp?) trans mounts
AKG stage 2 shifter uninstalled(for sale) and stock lever in place with bmw performance shift knob
Green halo's uninstalled hopefully get some regular ones for aesthetic appeal
Hks coilovers uninstalled for factory sport suspension
Factory Intake box re-installed
Factory water pump and power steering pulley re-installed
Green kosei K1's unmounted (and SOLD)

Currently the factory sways are installed but ill be re-installing the hotchkis sways and if my rouge pulley's and cosmos intake does not sell relatively soon I'll re-install those as well.

My most recent purchase to keep me half entertained with some handling were some 235/45/17 Michelin pilot super sports to put on the stock wheels and I put my spacers back on 8mm front with hub extender and 5mm rear.

So for right now its my daily driver until i fully decide which direction to go with my next car. Depending on my decision I may keep or trade the 330 but that is not till next year at the earliest.
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