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Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 12-05-2013, 09:17 PM   #701
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I'm actually in my garage prepping the car for a Dyno tune for the cams at Lutz Performance in a few weeks. Changing Spark Plugs, Fuel Filter, new intake boots, cleaning out the Throttle Body and MAF. Can't wait.
Looking forward to seeing what she puts down! Lutz huh, how'd you decide on them? Local?

How's the 540 treating you btw?
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:47 PM   #702
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Yea, somewhat local. They're in Tampa. It's a bit far from me cause I'm on the east coast, but they seem to really know what they're doing so I don't mind the drive.

The 540 is good man. 110k on the clock and still runs great. Needs new suspension but other than that I love driving it. Can't beat the v8 torque. It's a perfect cruiser.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:42 PM   #703
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Yea, somewhat local. They're in Tampa. It's a bit far from me cause I'm on the east coast, but they seem to really know what they're doing so I don't mind the drive.

The 540 is good man. 110k on the clock and still runs great. Needs new suspension but other than that I love driving it. Can't beat the v8 torque. It's a perfect cruiser.
When's dyno day? I predict 230whp/220wtq if it's on a Dynojet

I almost picked up a 540 a while back...gobs of torque! I loved it but the guy wouldn't budge in his price (which was overpriced). Well at 110k and nearly 15yrs old, I'd say any car would be due for a suspension update...
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:32 PM   #704
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:00 PM   #705
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Awesome thread Secono. I had a similarly modded e46 m54b25 and she was a BLAST. I am now in an e90 M3 and while the power/car is in another league, it will NEVER replace what a lightweight e46 with schtick 264/248 cams and open headers feels like. I had AA do a custom dyno tune on mine… what tuning are you currently running for your modded M54b30?
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:10 PM   #706
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Awesome thread Secono. I had a similarly modded e46 m54b25 and she was a BLAST. I am now in an e90 M3 and while the power/car is in another league, it will NEVER replace what a lightweight e46 with schtick 264/248 cams and open headers feels like. I had AA do a custom dyno tune on mine… what tuning are you currently running for your modded M54b30?
congrats on the upgrade i bet its awesome
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:45 AM   #707
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Awesome thread Secono. I had a similarly modded e46 m54b25 and she was a BLAST. I am now in an e90 M3 and while the power/car is in another league, it will NEVER replace what a lightweight e46 with schtick 264/248 cams and open headers feels like. I had AA do a custom dyno tune on mine… what tuning are you currently running for your modded M54b30?
Definitely not.,The e46 was the best car produced by BMW by a long shot. Congrats on the new ///M. They are amazingly engineered machines.
I'm thinking also that once my new job comes along I'll be picking up an e92 competition package manual with the carbon roof. Preferably and most likely in Melbourne Red. I also have a soft spot for a clean white e90 ///M with stock 18's. I would need to retrofit a carbon roof though. Lol

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When's dyno day? I predict 230whp/220wtq if it's on a Dynojet

I almost picked up a 540 a while back...gobs of torque! I loved it but the guy wouldn't budge in his price (which was overpriced). Well at 110k and nearly 15yrs old, I'd say any car would be due for a suspension update...
Not sure yet but still working on getting the car ready for it. I'll attach some pictures in a sec of what I've been doing.

And yes the 540 needs suspension. I'm thinking Koni FSD's and Eibach Springs.

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:24 AM   #708
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Ok so here we go:

First and for most, which has nothing to do with my car lol, but my best friend Rex.





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Now on to the car.

Timing of the Vanos was done once again. At the time I didn't know that I needed to swap the helix gears from the old oem BMW cams to the new Schricks. This plate you see on the intake cam aligns the gear perfectly on to the new cam. It also has a label for the exhaust side. Again, when going from oem BMW cams to Schrick cams you need to swap the helix gears from the old cam to the new one. The problem is, without this tool, there is no indication in which direction to mount it so I just positioned it the best I could. Surprisingly the first time I did it, I was VERY close and the alignment was only about 2mm off.
However, I wanted to do it right. With this tool, I got it right on the money. This part can be found on Turnermotorsports.




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Now moving them back into the car: (dad wanted a shot also!)










Timing time!




Now as a precautionary measure, I replaced the Primary Timing Chain tensioner spring. I was actually surprised that my old one was still in pretty good shape. I know some people upgrade to the m3 tensioner, but in my opinion it's too expensive and the new spring will do its job just fine.




Random, but also the window trim I'm painting gloss black.






And now for the good stuff!!!!








And finally seeing what it would look like





I still need to do the starter which I've been procrastinating on, but the sunroof delete should be on by tomorrow once I buy some black sealant silicone. Can't wait!

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Old 01-05-2014, 03:27 AM   #709
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Ok so the starter is a b1tch to do on this car. The 6 speed trans is huge and makes it almost impossible to reach the bolt that holds it in place so I'm just going to drop the trans. It'll make things 10 times easier.

Speaking of the trans, VAC sent me the wrong flywheel that I've been using this entire time without knowing. I'm guessing they sold me the 5 speed JB flywheel because it doesn't have the pilot bearing built into it. These are specific to 6 speed flywheels. The 6 speed trans input shafts are shorter than the 5 speeds and ///M's so they need the pilot bearing to sit closer to it. JB makes an adapter specifically for this so I'll be ordering one. As for now the input shaft is just spinning freely which is causing some vibration, obviously. VAC is an awesome company, but they SERIOUSLY need help in their sales department.

Any suggestions for things to do while I'm in there? I'm thinking maybe replace the bushings in the selector rod.

I also have a stainless steel clutch line from bimmerworld I never installed, but I'm not sure how it works when I replace it. I just need to bleed the brake system right? From what I understand it runs on the same system.


Oh and sometime this week I'm traveling up to North Carolina. Found a good condition NON-sunroof headliner for the carbon sunroof delete.

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As for the clutch line you do as you mention and bleed it from the brake system.

Stainless clutch lines feel so good, I have a rogue engineering one in my e30.


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I also have a stainless steel clutch line from bimmerworld I never installed, but I'm not sure how it works when I replace it. I just need to bleed the brake system right? From what I understand it runs on the same system.
It is the same system but it's not at the same time.
I ran into that issue when I did my clutch/flywheel and ss line.
The only way I could get the air out of the slave cylinder to bleed is by doing it backwards.
You'll save a ton of time and a ton of brake fluid.
And what I mean by back bleeding is.
You get one of these from an auto parts store....

fill it with brake fluid and get a piece of rubber hose
Attach one end to the oil squirter and the other to the slave cylinder and open up the bleeder and force the fluid up through the reservoir.
No air pockets have a chance at getting trapped anywhere.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:20 AM   #713
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Good lookin GSD pup...Great dogs! I was between a GSD and a Giant Schnauzer...a great breeder had a litter with pup available so went with the Giant. Anyway...sounds like she'll be running right for the dyno. You now have me wanting that sunroof delete. That mod was further down my list since I was thinking it would be pretty pricey with the slick top and the involved install & paint.

Where in NC are you going? I'm 10 miles south of Charlotte, if your coming through hit me up!
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Any suggestions for things to do while I'm in there? I'm thinking maybe replace the bushings in the selector rod.

I also have a stainless steel clutch line from bimmerworld I never installed, but I'm not sure how it works when I replace it. I just need to bleed the brake system right? From what I understand it runs on the same system. Just make sure you either remove or drill out the "CDV" if you haven't yet, link provided below.

Oh and sometime this week I'm traveling up to North Carolina. Found a good condition NON-sunroof headliner for the carbon sunroof delete.
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Hey everyone just a "small" update but I will be heading down to Nick at Technique Tuning for a Dyno tune in a few weeks. Not sure the exact date but sometime in early May. Stay tuned.
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How's it running after timing it again? Notice any difference? I'm hoping to get cams in by the end of the year and also tackle Vanos seals/anti-rattle kit and VCG while I'm in there...so I'll need this timing tool along with the tools from GAS? Looking forward to seeing the numbers before & after tune!
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Hey everyone just a "small" update but I will be heading down to Nick at Technique Tuning for a Dyno tune in a few weeks. Not sure the exact date but sometime in early May. Stay tuned.
Please get a baseline on his dyno first before any tuning is done. Then let him work his magic, we'd all like to see the results.
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How's it running after timing it again? Notice any difference? I'm hoping to get cams in by the end of the year and also tackle Vanos seals/anti-rattle kit and VCG while I'm in there...so I'll need this timing tool along with the tools from GAS? Looking forward to seeing the numbers before & after tune!
It's running great! I actually found out recently that for the past ~40k miles I've been running the wrong gap on my spark plugs. I've been using Denso Iridiums time and time again and didn't realize they gap them at 0.044"...it's suppose to be at 0.032". No wonder why my Dyno back then read so low... It was pulling the timing. Anyways I re-gapped them to proper spec and jeez the car woke up.

And yes you'll need both the helix gear aligner tool and the Timing tools from GAS.

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Please get a baseline on his dyno first before any tuning is done. Then let him work his magic, we'd all like to see the results.
I will, I can't wait!

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Old 04-10-2014, 08:49 PM   #720
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