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Old 07-14-2010, 04:19 PM   #81
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The SMG in the M3 is the same as the 6 speed in the M3 but without detents and with an external shift mechanism that isn't driver controlled.

The auto in Adams car is a ZF 5-speed slushbox (IIRC).
Got it. that's what i needed to know.
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:24 PM   #82
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Nothing lately. But I might visit an E36 drag car in Bahrain next week.
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Nothing lately. But I might visit an E36 drag car in Bahrain next week.
oooh, nice

can't wait to see more on this develop soon
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:17 PM   #85
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Why do people insist on using the wrong tools on Torx bolts!?

The good news: I'll have pictures tomorrow night.
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:47 PM   #86
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Why do people insist on using the wrong tools on Torx bolts!?

The good news: I'll have pictures tomorrow night.
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:52 PM   #87
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hi! sorry to thread jack... but i knew i've seen you from somewhere (330izhp)! i'm the one that chased you down on 270 the other day. i was the black xi. sorry, bout that... can't help myself when i see another modded e46. anyway, just wanted to say

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2 days in a row I forgot to bring camera stand stuff to the shop, so she's all hand held camera pictures in this update.

Secondly, I'm removing a lot of parts which have nothing to do with installing the Turbo Kit. Some are because I like the extra elbow room to work, and some are for additional upgrades. (Like welding the oil pump nut)

Up she goes:





Pulling the DME for shipment to Technique Tuning:









Stuff coming off:









Supporting the engine to drop the front subframe:



Preparing to drop the subframe to gain access to the oil pan:



And the drop...which went even further once I disconnect the steering shaft, but I didn't take pictures of that:





Preparing the oil pump nut:



Finished:

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The turbo kit re-uses the back section of the OEM exhaust.

Cutting the exhaust:





Attaching the center section with cat converter to the OEM exhaust:





How the clamps should sit with the exhaust mounted back on the car:




Of note, I installed the backwards as you can see in the first pictures, then reversed the orientation when I found they hit the cross brace with the exhaust installed.

Next up: I've got to fit the oil drain-back fitting onto the oil pan, and re-install the oil pan. Normally this is done with the oil pan on the engine....but I always seem to want to do things the "easy" way. LOL After that, I'll be removing the OEM headers and installing the Turbo manifold.
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This is going to be mad science work being brought to you by the man PEI330 better known as "A dog" LOL
Looking pretty damn good Bro and looking forward to seeing the rest of the project progress. It's amazing how you've seen it once or two but somehow "A dog" always make it that much more enjoyable.
Good job.
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Any reason why you remove the transmission ecu? (Getting Software?)

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BTW: Isn't your passanger-side Tophat/Strut is shroomed?

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does that mean you're getting the ess step software?!

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Me too bud.

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This is going to be mad science work being brought to you by the man PEI330 better known as "A dog" LOL
Looking pretty damn good Bro and looking forward to seeing the rest of the project progress. It's amazing how you've seen it once or two but somehow "A dog" always make it that much more enjoyable.
Good job.
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No reason, just removed it to have a look at it.

Strut tower is fine, was probably just the camera angle.

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Maybe in the future, but not right now.

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Good work. Any new progress?
Yup. Just haven't had time to post it. Will be at the shop again all day today.
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I have to admit to reading in most FI (Turbos/SC) kit installation directions, that the oil drain-back fitting is installed with the oil pan still mounted to the engine. What this means is that the oil pan is drilled then tapped, and aluminum "shavings" land inside the oil pan. This is then flushed, in theory, by pouring multiple quarts of oil through the engine with the oil drain plug removed.

I don't doubt that it works, but I don't like it. The best way to install an oil drain-back in my opinion is to remove the oil pan, drill - tap - install, and then clean the pan thoroughly before re-installation. The down side to this method is that it adds about 6 hours to the installation process, and it's not really "fun". Of course, there's only one way I seem to like to do things.....

Oil pan with pilot hole drilled:





Drain-back fitting installed:





Oil pan back on the engine and starting to remove OEM headers:



Half way there:



And they are off:



Off course I had to weigh them:





And the Technique Tuning turbo manifold that replaces them:



Overall, not a big change in weight.

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Old 09-20-2010, 05:33 PM   #98
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Some of you will have noticed the "double nutted" exhaust stud pictured above. There's a story to this.

While removing the OEM headers, more often than not, the entire stud would back out with the 11mm copper nut. Out of 16 fasteners, 11 studs backed out. When I attempted to install the turbo manifold, I had great difficulty re-installing the studs with the manifold placed on the head. I think after 4 studs, I cross threaded the 5th and called it quits. I pulled the manifold off, and started double-nutting the studs then backing off the copper 11mm nuts. (I used M7 nuts for the intake side...I have many spares)





I then double-nutted the remaining 5 studs (pictured up top) on the head to made sure they were completely seated. Then the remaining 11 studs were inserted into the head the same way. The finished result:



M54 Exhaust gaskets installed:



I would highly recommend to anyone doing a turbo install, or even a header install, to start by making sure the exhaust studs are all seated properly prior to installing the new hardware. It certainly saves some headaches a little further alone.

Turbo manifold goes in:



Fastened down:



Turbo installed:

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Unless you've modified the M54 exhaust manifold gaskets, it's been my experience that they do not fit with our exhaust manifold. (We include M50 exhaust manifold gaskets with our turbo kit.)

You might want to double check the top edge of the gasket/manifold to make sure everything is fitting properly.

Other than that....it's all looking really good
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Adam,

Unless you've modified the M54 exhaust manifold gaskets, it's been my experience that they do not fit with our exhaust manifold. (We include M50 exhaust manifold gaskets with our turbo kit.)

You might want to double check the top edge of the gasket/manifold to make sure everything is fitting properly.

Other than that....it's all looking really good
Hi Nick

It was a really tight fit on the top edge of the gasket, and I did see the different gasket outline on the turbo manifold indicating the previous owner used a different gasket.

So far all of the components/parts that you provide with the kit have been a pleasure to install. (I especially like that you include the 3/8" NPT tap with the kit to install the oil drain-back fitting)
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