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Old 11-01-2011, 10:26 PM   #181
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you really think that i wont be able to tell a difference when switching brake and clutch lines to SS? wont it make it a stiffer feel without that spongy feeling thus making it a better feel of the pedal?
I can guarantee you wont feel the difference on the street and might not even do when you track it.

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Not sure if blocked out was kidding. But i definitely felt the difference between the rubber and braided clutch line. Clutch pedal is nice, you can feel the clutch more. Original clutch feels all squishy.

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Most likely you felt a difference because you flushed your old brake fluid and put new fluid in as well as bled the system. If you did other things like, new rotors or pads, it also helped improving pedal feel.

Stock lines are way more robust then you guys think they are, sure they get old/cracked/hardened over time but they are better then most think they are.
I'll try to dig out a number of PSI they hold before rupture, cant find it right now.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:34 PM   #182
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I also added stainless brake lines. See if you can find out both numbers.

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Old 11-02-2011, 07:40 AM   #183
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I also added stainless brake lines. See if you can find out both numbers.

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what brake lines did you put in? UUC?
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:43 AM   #184
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I can guarantee you wont feel the difference on the street and might not even do when you track it.



Most likely you felt a difference because you flushed your old brake fluid and put new fluid in as well as bled the system. If you did other things like, new rotors or pads, it also helped improving pedal feel.

Stock lines are way more robust then you guys think they are, sure they get old/cracked/hardened over time but they are better then most think they are.
I'll try to dig out a number of PSI they hold before rupture, cant find it right now.
i believe you that they are strong, but they may be able to hold alot of PSI before bursting, however they will be twice the size they originally were before they burst. im looking for something that stays the same size so good pedal feel. not something that balloons when i step on the brakes.

also im not doing this as a cheep alternative, i actually am doing the exzact opposite, i plan on spending more on SS lines than the stock ones would cost to replace, i just want someone to tell me what brands to look at so i dont buy one i think looks good and then find out in a year that its the worst brand out there.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:12 AM   #185
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i believe you that they are strong, but they may be able to hold alot of PSI before bursting, however they will be twice the size they originally were before they burst. im looking for something that stays the same size so good pedal feel. not something that balloons when i step on the brakes.

also im not doing this as a cheep alternative, i actually am doing the exzact opposite, i plan on spending more on SS lines than the stock ones would cost to replace, i just want someone to tell me what brands to look at so i dont buy one i think looks good and then find out in a year that its the worst brand out there.
If you plan on spending money, then I doubt they will be trash.


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Old 11-03-2011, 07:26 AM   #186
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yes, money is not the issue when it comes to safety, im looking for something that will perform perfectly after years of abuse. i just thought of the 10k people who looked at this thread that some people would have more imput on this subject or at least post me up a link to another thread discussing it....

one tiny step of progress i got to look at some TIS stuff today and the program is
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:33 PM   #187
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ordered the HPF subframe re enforcement kit today. i was planning on barrowing a welder but i think i might just buy one.... good investment?
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:49 PM   #188
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Dont get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with SS lines , I just dont see the point on a street car. But on the other hand it may be a good idea to get SS lines since you're replacing yours anyway (12 year old stock lines arent that great by now). But I track my car as well as autocross and I never thought of putting SS lines, my brake feel was always great and I didnt even think of improving it as I dont think Im at the limit of them just yet.

Anyway, look into StopTech, they make great products and their ss lines are of the same quality.
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ordered the HPF subframe re enforcement kit today. i was planning on barrowing a welder but i think i might just buy one.... good investment?
How good of a welder are you? If youre not a good welder I would recommend asking someone with more experience as the actual weld is whats important.
A good welding machine is about 600 bucks, do you want to spend that much ?

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Old 11-04-2011, 02:32 AM   #191
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so any progress? Not looking to read through what looks like 10 pages of questions on "how to" do an s54 swap
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:04 AM   #192
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so any progress? Not looking to read through what looks like 10 pages of questions on "how to" do an s54 swap
im just waiting on parts at the moment, i should be gettting about 2k worth of parts in the next week or two and thats when all the real work will begin..

im going to start by doing the vanos repair and getting everything preped on my engine, i have to do some other misc. things like re solder a couple wires that were damaged also.

The one thing that is up in the air right now is i might bail on painting the engine bay, i really wanted to do this but its getting cold up here fast, and i dont want to have to worrie about the air temp ruining my paint

Im also still trying to figure out the wiring issues, im not sure how to wire up the pedal system, and i noticed in Mite46's swap that he also had to wire a fuel relay? im not sure if this is because he was SMG or if i will have to do it also..... any help on these two issues would be greatly appreciated

i also have some more sponsers to add, im just waiting on the final word
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:06 AM   #193
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How good of a welder are you? If youre not a good welder I would recommend asking someone with more experience as the actual weld is whats important.
A good welding machine is about 600 bucks, do you want to spend that much ?

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im not a good welder ive done it like twice, but i know the proper teqnique and feel like i could throw down a good beed if i stayed focused. i have plenty of friends who are expert welders, so ill most likely have one of them do it to be safe

i also have some more sponsers to add to my list, im just waiting on the final word.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:42 PM   #194
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yeah go with stoptech for all breaking needs, if I was to go away from OEM and didnt get a BBK I would go with StopTech.
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Not sure if it's been asked already (I might have missed it), but how much do you think all of this will cost you once everything is done?
Thinking once my engine dies (if it dies) I might as well do a swap.
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Not sure if it's been asked already (I might have missed it), but how much do you think all of this will cost you once everything is done?
Thinking once my engine dies (if it dies) I might as well do a swap.
i didnt buy my wrecked m3 donor car.... i traded my 05 gsxr 750 for it (paid $3000 for the 05 gsxr 600, then swaped to 750 motor for more fun)..and since then i spend about $3k.. in misc. parts and add ons. i also bought all new bushings for everything you could imagine.

so total im guessing is around 6k right now (goodluck trying to do it for this price, my prices are tough to beat)

im thinking ill spend another 2k before everything is finished, so total around $8000 im guessing about 3k of that is upgrades and other non required stuff like paint, and new bushings all around, specialty tools, custom interior and other mods.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:29 AM   #197
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Sounds good bro! Any plans on adding wider rear fenders and front m3 fenders?
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Sounds good bro! Any plans on adding wider rear fenders and front m3 fenders?
planning on doing a fully custom metal WB when everything else is finished up (other than paint).....

if i can get a wheel sponser that would help persuade me to do that sooner, but i dont have the cash for 12 inch wide wheels at the moment (plan on doing 12 in the rears and maybe 10's up front)
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im starting to go crazy trying to find some good info on everything that must be done with the wiring, if anyone could give me some help it would be greatly appreciated
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Good luck finding someone to help you with the wiring info.

How many hours have you already put in and how many do you estimate it will take to complete? While you may be doing this for less than 8,000 don't forget your opportunity cost...
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