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Old 10-15-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Ragnorak's S54 318ti Swap with Videos

Hey all!

Just wanted to post up my 318ti build over here. I spend most of my time on the dark side (BFc) because I was selling parts for a while, but since I stole an E46 motor for this project I figured I'd throw it up here too.

Full build thread can be found here: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...i-Build-Thread


[Current pics]






[During swap]




[Current build list]
Chassis:
1997 318ti
Alpine White
California Open-Air Package (the full retractable canvas roof)
Sport Package (M-tech bumpers, moldings)

Engine
S54 3.2L I6 (E46 M3 engine)
Alpha-N software by RK Tunes
Prototype CSL-style fiberglass airbox
Euro catless headers
3" AA Race Exhaust (custom welded and adapted to 318ti)

Drivetrain
E46 M3 6MT
Z3 4.10 clutch-type LSD
E36 325i slave cylinder
Rogue Engineering stainless clutch line
Rogue Engineering poly trans mounts
Rogue Engineering clutch stop
Euro crossmember and shifter assembly
E36 M3 auto driveshaft
Z3M Roadster axles

Suspension
Bilstein PSS9 coilovers
New Meyle control arms and FCABs
New Lemforder tie rods
E36 M3 front subframe, spindles, and sway bar
Z3M Roadster rear subframe, control arms, and sway bar

Brakes
Front Porsche 996 Brembos (RallyRoad adapter kit)
E46 M3 slotted front rotors
PFC brake pads
Rear Z3M Roadster package
Rogue Engineering custom front and rear stainless brake lines

Wheels/Tires
BBS RC305 17x9 ET32 square, polished caps
Bridgestone Potenza RE-01 245/40/R17 square
Rogue Engineering wheel studs and nuts
12 mm front spacer

Interior
Z3M Roadster cluster
E36 M3 steering wheel
Black Vaders (E36 M3)
AC Schnitzer pedals
Semi-gutted hatch and rear seat section
Battery relocated to trunk

Exterior
Gratuitous door dings
Sad hood with peeling clear coat (being replaced now!)
Cali-roof of stargazing in cruise control

VIDS

S54 318ti vs. JB4 135i vs. 370Z (40-140 roll)


S54 318ti vs. JB 135i (fly by)


S54 318ti (static pull)
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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Car got new front end paint and body panels last week. Waiting to get the car back this week to bring it to the strip and see what trap speeds this thing can put down!

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Old 10-28-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:18 AM   #4
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:57 AM   #6
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very cool build!
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:08 PM   #7
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Old 11-02-2013, 05:59 PM   #8
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Thanks guys!


Alright. So again, baselining is important to me with modding so I wanted to go out to Island Dragway last night to get some practice in and see where my trap speeds are. I wasn't going to go because it rained that afternoon, but I said **** it, stripped the car out, and went. I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Stripped down the car and got a helmet from ACM:



Results?



Best ET: 12.868@110.97
Best Trap: 13.009@112.54

Remember kids, this is on street tires too. I'm planning on getting to decent wide compounds and going from there. If I start cutting sub-2.0 second 60', the car will really start to put down some good times.



There are funny lessons to be learned here:
  1. GT500s will still lose to a BMW hatchback if they have a ****ty driver mod
  2. A supercharged F-250 will run deep 12s.
  3. Island Dragway doesn't know much about BMWs
  4. My subframe bushings are dying already
  5. This car is really tough to launch with 4.10s
  6. Drag racing is a ton of fun regardless of ETs

Stay tuned for some upgrades over the next few weeks!
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:27 PM   #9
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very nice swap. now just supercharge it and itll be a secret lil monster.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:28 PM   #10
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:28 AM   #11
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Thanks! That would be nuts. I'm still working on putting the power down with just ~320 WHP. Would be really tough at 500 WHP!

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Old 11-24-2013, 10:18 PM   #12
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Small update. Finally cranked down my coils now that the strut hats are swapped and the front will tuck a bit. Also, weighed the car in again.



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