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Old 09-07-2015, 02:19 PM   #41
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Did you get those turner hub extenders as a precautionary deal or were they actually necessary with those 10mm spacers?
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Old 09-07-2015, 03:50 PM   #42
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Those hub extenders were necessary IMO. Even with the 5mm spacers I had before. Without them the wheels don't center properly and it causes vibrations similar to a wheel that is out of balance
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Old 09-07-2015, 04:11 PM   #43
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I wish they weren't so damned expensive
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Old 10-01-2015, 04:07 PM   #44
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I recoded the MK60 DSC module to M3 specs for LSD, oversteer, and gear torque control settings. WAY better!

Also, my fuel pump wasn't keeping up with the TS2 kit so I upgraded to the M3 fuel pump, and installed the baffle fixture while I was in there too



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Old 10-20-2015, 10:05 PM   #45
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Old 10-26-2015, 06:55 AM   #46
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Great looking car!

How do you like the OEM BMW Performance SSK? Did it decrease your throws noticeably?
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Old 10-26-2015, 08:40 PM   #47
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Thanks dude. I do like the BMW Performance SSK. Feels like stock only slightly shorter throws. Not too notchy or anything, nice and precise, and no problems with it at all.
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:15 AM   #48
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I've been slacking on the updates!

From October 20:
Replaced spark plugs and coils today, want to be in tip top shape for my dyno appointment on Saturday. These are the latest updated design just out this year, they no longer "pop" on or off, they just slide onto the plugs real smoothly



Also been diagnosing some brake judder. Its always found a way to come back with my StopTech Street Performance pads and a few sets of rotors. Turns out that these pads need a proper bedding in and I haven't done that before. Did two bedding procedures, and need to probably do one more. You can see the pad material is starting to transfer nicely but its still not full coverage yet.



I've also removed the spacers and thoroughly cleaned the rotor and wheel mating surfaces. The judder is probably 90% gone now, but I'm still getting a little nibble when stopping somewhat aggressively from 80 mph or so.
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:17 AM   #49
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From Nov 13, 2015:
I finally got a dyno completed, but I knew it wasn't going to be right because I already knew I was running extremely rich during WOT (about 9:1 AFR). Apparently the TS2 tune lengthens the injector pulse widths to compensate for what I think is a tapering off of fuel pressure at WOT with the stock fuel pump. That is how they keep the AFR right even though the stock pump is fully taxed. When I installed the M3 fuel pump I went very rich at WOT because, well, the m3 pump can keep up properly and the injector pulse widths need to be adjusted accordingly. That's my theory anyway. Here are the results on the stock ESS tune, but with the M3 fuel pump, you can see how how rich it gets and how the power is off.





AJ at ESS has been working with me on an updated tune and the car is really feeling a lot stronger! So now I need to schedule another dyno, but it's about to snow so that probably won't happen until the spring.

In other news it looks like my balancer has slipped.



I'm not sure what I'll replace it with. The ATI damper is like $1000 which is crazy, and a stock part will just fail again eventually. I've got some inquiries into BHJ to see if they could make a balancer and sell it at an affordable price point. I guess we'll see. I'll probably end up with another stock damper if that doesn't pan out.

And because you can never have enough power I upgraded from the 85mm TS2 pulley to the 83mm pulley that ESS originally included in the TS2 kits. Requires I run 93 AKI gasoline instead of 91, and should net me about 10hp according to AJ



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Old 02-29-2016, 06:15 AM   #50
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Did you have any problems with that black anodized ESS pulleys? I had to polish it to fit on SC, it was a pain.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:39 AM   #51
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Did you have any problems with that black anodized ESS pulleys? I had to polish it to fit on SC, it was a pain.
Nope not at all, slid right on. Had more trouble sliding the belt off than changing the pulley
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:55 AM   #52
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It's strange. My 90mm pulley had much less diameter than SC.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:35 PM   #53
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Beautiful car! How do you feel about the BMW SSK?
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Old 02-29-2016, 11:29 PM   #54
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Thanks! I really like it. Shifts feel like stock only slightly shorter than the ZHP shifter. I had a B&M for a while before this one but it kept grinding 2nd gear on quick shifts, no problem like that with the BMW SSK.
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:13 PM   #55
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Its Spring, and the car is filthy, and its still too cold to do too much work out in the garage, but I've got some plans. However, I spent a few minutes and fixed the annoying HK tweeter rattle I've had for a while now. It sounded like the tweeter was blown and was driving me nuts.

Note to self: next time you reinstall the door cards make sure you have all of these installed, along with the round black rubber insulator, and that none are broken
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:57 PM   #56
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Dyno day!

Finally got the tune sorted out (mostly), so here is a proper before/after with the TS2 kit


The AFR was pulled from the tailpipe and as a result it reads about 0.75 leaner on the dyno chart than it is at the manifold.
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:04 PM   #57
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Nicely done man. The thing must feel great.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:04 PM   #58
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Nicely done man. The thing must feel great.
Sure does, car runs so strong. Now I can't stop thinking about phase 2, like FI cams, smaller pulley, methanol injection

Installed the M56 valve cover today, can toss away the oil catch can, no longer have to remember to empty that thing anymore

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Old 05-27-2016, 08:43 PM   #59
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I've never had rub using 10mm spacers at all four corners when I ran the Continental ExtremeContact DW's, but now that I'm running Michelin Pilot Super Sports I get a little rub in the rear. So, fender roll time



The fender has a U shape to it, but the one leg of the U is bent inward so the tire was rubbing it. Used the fender roller to push that out a but so the lip is more like a true U, and that gave me the 2mm or so I needed to clear.
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Old 05-28-2016, 12:08 AM   #60
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don't know how i haven't found this thread before- your car is something I could only dream of!
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