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Old 11-19-2016, 06:05 PM   #1
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E46 Drift build

Hey guys, I'm new here from Ontario, Canada.
Just purchased my first BMW in June of this year and now I am starting my full drift car build.

I'll start with a little history with cars I've owned.

When I was 18, i started out by purchasing a 240sx s14. I built it over a couple months into a street drift car.
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Learnt how to drift on it, but unfortunately I hit a wall with it and blew the engine in the same day.

Since then I parted out that car and bought a street car s14 that was immaculate with 360hp.
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Made some minor changes to it then took it drifting
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Had some major life changes which forced me to part it out to gain my money back. At that point I took a 3 year break from cars while I got healthy and went back to school to be working again.

So in June I bought this to get back into cars and drifting
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its pretty beat up but has awesome parts and no rust

HSD coilovers
Moneygang dual caliper hydro ebrake setup
Moneygang modded knuckles
welded diff
racing seat
and more...

So then i took it drifting
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It took awhile to get used to drifting a bmw comared to a s14 but I did find alot of imperfections that made it really hard to drift that I need to address.

That brings me to my build.

Plans are:
front and rear tube
FD spec cage
Custom widebody BN kit
BCL frame mounted wing
BC coils
Stock 1JZ
ZF transmission adapter

Right now I am in the process of stripping down my car to a bare shell to get it ready to be sent out for the cage.

I have no timeframe on this build, its going to take awhile as I have other priorities but Im determined to finish this and have an all around awesome drift car so keep checking in as I progress.

Thanks for reading.
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Old 11-20-2016, 03:16 PM   #2
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put in some work today..
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All thats left to strip off the chassis is the engine and wiring then its off to get a fd spec cage and tube front and rear. I just have to find an engine picker now....
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Old 12-01-2016, 03:57 PM   #3
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Is coming along good. Can you show me your dual caliper set up. I'm trying to get the same route and need something to go by.

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Old 12-02-2016, 02:33 PM   #4
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Just a heads up, if you're not 100% stuck of the BCL wing Street Faction designed a rear bass bar / chassis mount wing pairing for my E46, you can find it on their website.
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Old 12-04-2016, 01:29 PM   #5
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Is coming along good. Can you show me your dual caliper set up. I'm trying to get the same route and need something to go by.

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ok next time i have my wheels off ill snap a pic for ya , thanks!
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Old 12-04-2016, 01:31 PM   #6
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Just a heads up, if you're not 100% stuck of the BCL wing Street Faction designed a rear bass bar / chassis mount wing pairing for my E46, you can find it on their website.
I'll check it out! when i said bcl i meant bcl style, not entirely sure what make im going with yet but i might just get the uprights made custom and buy a deck from whoever- the guy thats doing my cage also does custom uprights and a bunch of other cool stuff
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Old 12-04-2016, 01:42 PM   #7
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UPDATE:

Haven't done a lot of work lately, I work 60 hour weeks and don't have alot of spare time.

However I have a week off for christmas so I arranged to get an engine picker for that week and I will be taking the engine out.

After that I will be stripping all the wiring and prepping it for cage,tube work hopefully booking that for Feb to get done.

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Yes, its a slow build but it will get done!
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Old 12-05-2016, 03:51 PM   #8
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ok next time i have my wheels off ill snap a pic for ya , thanks!
Also how did you plumbed it?
I having a hard time thinking how to do it.

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Old 12-05-2016, 07:14 PM   #9
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Also how did you plumbed it?
I having a hard time thinking how to do it.

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its pretty simple, buy a hydro ebrake handle that has the resevoir mounted on it, run a line from the resevoir to the back, T it off, 1 side goes to one caliper, the other side goes to the other caliper... thats about it!
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:35 PM   #10
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its pretty simple, buy a hydro ebrake handle that has the resevoir mounted on it, run a line from the resevoir to the back, T it off, 1 side goes to one caliper, the other side goes to the other caliper... thats about it!
It all makes sense now! Lol
Would you send me a link of the one you used?

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Old 12-06-2016, 06:14 PM   #11
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It all makes sense now! Lol
Would you send me a link of the one you used?

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the one i have is kinda homemade but im changing it up because the cylinder is broken.
i was thinking of the one from nameless performance
https://shop.namelessperformance.com...lic-handbrake/
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Old 12-29-2016, 08:32 PM   #12
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hey so its been awhile since i posted

I finally got a break from work so this week i worked on cleaning up a new shop for my e46
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I had some time today so i started taking off all the wiring and lines going from the body to the engine
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Tmrw i will cut off the exhaust, remove driveshaft and undo the mounts and take the engine out

I was going to try to take off as little as possible but i decided since i am doing a cage, tube and paint im going to strip everything down to the chassis as much as i can.

the wiring on this car bugs me a bit, tearing it apart i realized that this is much more complicated than other cars ive worked on, my plan is to simplify the body harness, hopefully redo it and then for the engine get wiring specialties, i cant wait for that to be over and done with.

Can anyone come up with 2 colours for my paint scheme??

i will post tmrw after i remove the engine
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Old 12-30-2016, 04:11 PM   #13
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Throw the body harness in the trash and get a painless, you'll save 45lbs
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Old 12-30-2016, 04:19 PM   #14
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Throw the body harness in the trash and get a painless, you'll save 45lbs
thats a relief ... what do you mean by painless?

what wiring are you running?
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Old 12-30-2016, 04:32 PM   #15
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So put in some work today

Engine came out
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Id say it went pretty well, was easy for the most part, the hardest part was taking the exhaust off, and the driveshaft off the tranny but then i learnt that my 20 yr old IR impact has more torque than my new CP impact so it was easy after that..

Now to start stripping everything down to the bare frame for the next little while
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Painless Performance. I am using this harness for my chassis
http://www.painlessperformance.com/webcat/20104

but, if I was doing it again I would have done this one
http://www.painlessperformance.com/webcat/50003

and I am running a PSI Conversion standalone engine harness.

See, the problem with the E46 is that while the car is OBDII, a lot of the accessories are CANBUS. There is no way that I am aware of to make the factory gauge cluster work with swaps, the window switches and things like that use 5v signals instead of the usual 12v, etc.
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:27 PM   #17
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Painless Performance. I am using this harness for my chassis
http://www.painlessperformance.com/webcat/20104

but, if I was doing it again I would have done this one
http://www.painlessperformance.com/webcat/50003

and I am running a PSI Conversion standalone engine harness.

See, the problem with the E46 is that while the car is OBDII, a lot of the accessories are CANBUS. There is no way that I am aware of to make the factory gauge cluster work with swaps, the window switches and things like that use 5v signals instead of the usual 12v, etc.
wow that makes it alot easier, id prob go with the 2nd one too...
i actually have been thinking of going with LS now as there is a local shop that makes everything for ls/bmw conversions
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Old 03-03-2017, 07:47 PM   #18
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havent worked on the car much lately but i got some work in this week
ill be moving into a new shop this month too

a little progress

stripped the wiring out
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work to be done before sending out for cage work:

strip sound deadening
take off doors and trunk
remove fuel tank
stick weld interior
remove glass

also i decided i am going LS now, so i need to change my username lol

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Old 03-03-2017, 07:55 PM   #19
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Thats a much better choice
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Old 03-03-2017, 08:02 PM   #20
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Thats a much better choice
ya im going budget though

5.3 LM7
ported heads
ls1 cam, intake
headers
efi ECM

should be good for 400 whp which is all i really want anything above that and your into rear ends, axles and trannys
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