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Old 03-30-2016, 05:51 PM   #61
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:20 PM   #62
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:03 PM   #63
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:29 AM   #64
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dang, when I clicked on this thread, I was hoping it would be a street car that you got all the factory stuff to work on... Deciding if I should go this route with a wagon I have, but as a street car that needs all the creature comforts.

Two questions for you:
1. if you had the subframe out, why didn't you switch to a M3 rear subframe? wouldn't be expensive and a hell of a lot stronger.
2. what led you to do panel bond rather than welding on the reinforcements?

thanks for your help!
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Old 04-01-2016, 12:15 AM   #65
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sometimes i'm into it and my one hand gets tired, i try switching, but then it's like someone with lou gehrig's trying to peel a carrot.
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:08 PM   #66
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:38 AM   #67
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2. what led you to do panel bond rather than welding on the reinforcements?
Bonding the reinforcements together is actually a stronger method. There is a lot more surface area to bond together and you distribute the pressure more evenly.
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Old 04-05-2016, 10:47 PM   #68
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Whoa, a local guy in the Colorado Drift group just let me know I got featured, too cool! Thanks for the kind words everyone, here's a little more progress.

Hood Pins installed and Kill Switch mounted.



Got the seats installed





On it's way to Mofab LLC for p/s lines and an exhuast!



And some videos! Pulling it out of the garage and on to the trailer, Nevermind my poor loading, I was too excited!




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Old 04-05-2016, 10:58 PM   #69
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dang, when I clicked on this thread, I was hoping it would be a street car that you got all the factory stuff to work on... Deciding if I should go this route with a wagon I have, but as a street car that needs all the creature comforts.

Two questions for you:
1. if you had the subframe out, why didn't you switch to a M3 rear subframe? wouldn't be expensive and a hell of a lot stronger.
2. what led you to do panel bond rather than welding on the reinforcements?

thanks for your help!
This is the first i've heard of the M3 being stronger, I was under the impression that the body was just reinforced better.

A few things. I am terrible at welding thin metal. I can weld things like bash bars or mount brackets all day, but when it comes to 16g body metal I just can't get it right. Also, a good friend who is a body tech (along with hours of reading) convinced me of panel bonds strength, if it's good enough for GM frame rails, it's good enough for plates. The panel bond bonds the whole plate rather than just the outer edge, doesn't degrade the rust protection between the layers of metal (which i've read is an issue on reinforcement kits), and was simple and easy to do.
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:20 AM   #70
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Loving the use of purple.

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Old 04-07-2016, 11:55 AM   #71
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I think the M3 rear subframe comment is meaning use the complete M3 rear subframe with bigger diff with LSD.

I'm guessing you did not retain the heater controls. I'm planning to do a ls swap in the near future. Trying to figure out if the the heater controls are linked to the stupid can bus system like everything else.

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Old 04-07-2016, 03:09 PM   #72
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Old 04-07-2016, 03:13 PM   #73
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I think the M3 rear subframe comment is meaning use the complete M3 rear subframe with bigger diff with LSD.

I'm guessing you did not retain the heater controls. I'm planning to do a ls swap in the near future. Trying to figure out if the the heater controls are linked to the stupid can bus system like everything else.

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Ah, that makes sense. I should say that I came in to this project knowing nothing of either BMWs or LS platforms. All I knew was that I loved the E46 body. In retrospect, it would have been far easier to get it to work in the E36 chassis. Another local guy has a LS6 E36 that retains all the factory interior and functionality, and I know of at least one other e36 LS swap in the area with all factory capability. I'm sure someone smarter and with more patience then me could figure it out in a 46 chassis, but since I was going full race ditching a 55lb harness for a 5lb one made the most sense.

Not to push a different forum on here, but there is tons of good info about that sort of stuff over in the engine conversions sections of bimmerforums.
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Old 04-07-2016, 06:13 PM   #74
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Welcome to the lovely LS world. Yeah I've read a lot on bimmerforums.

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simply awesome, I was taking a break from my physics hw and decided to read this thread. I'm so glad I clicked on it. Please keep it up to date! sub'd!
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:16 PM   #76
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Well, the car is in the shop and i'm bored!

Scotty @ Mofab is modifying the CXracing Y pipe for better fitment (it was hitting both the trans and body), adding O2 sensor and Wideband bungs to it, making an exhaust with a Vibrant Ultra Quiet resonator and my old twin tip. I decided to skip putting in cats like I wanted to, but oh well. He is also making the steering lines. I should be able to pick it up late next week, then straight to the alignment shop and a tune set for the 23rd! That'll give me exactly a week to drive it around before the first round of Colorado Drift competition on the 1st!
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Old 04-09-2016, 01:04 PM   #78
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Well, the car is in the shop and i'm bored!

Scotty @ Mofab is modifying the CXracing Y pipe for better fitment (it was hitting both the trans and body), adding O2 sensor and Wideband bungs to it, making an exhaust with a Vibrant Ultra Quiet resonator and my old twin tip. I decided to skip putting in cats like I wanted to, but oh well. He is also making the steering lines. I should be able to pick it up late next week, then straight to the alignment shop and a tune set for the 23rd! That'll give me exactly a week to drive it around before the first round of Colorado Drift competition on the 1st!
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This is so similar to how I'd like my car to be someday. Props man. The thing sounds gnarly.
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