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Old 01-25-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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Joining the FI world *Update Post 22*

I ordered my AA stage 1 kit two weeks ago. The wait is excruciating.


I thought I would create this thread to document the build.

Also when I get the kit I will have the following items up for sale:

1. BMW performance intake with approx 600 miles on it.
2. UUC under drive pullies

So far I have order a fuel filter and m3 motor and transmission mounts in preparation for the charger.


What else should I do before installing?
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:43 AM   #2
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I am not sure if AA kit comes with new belt tensioner. It would be good idea to change it as preventive maintenance.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:50 AM   #3
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Welcome to the CLUB! I would do the CCV and some other minor mainteince while you are in there.
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Some gauges to keep an eye on the kit. The ati epod gauge holders and boost/ oil temp / afr are always great to have.
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Depending on your cars mialeage and whether you've ever replaced it you might consider knocking out your VCG.
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Congrats on the AA kit OP! Welcome to the club.
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Congrats dude I wanna see how the build goes.
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Awesome man. Welcome to FI. How many miles are on the car?. What type of transmission and differential do you have?. None of this should matter quite yet if you keep it at low boost stage 1. But if your over 100k miles I would recommend new rings on the pistons and a metal had gasket to stay safe. I would also recommend if you have an auto get a 3.64 diff from a Z4 for the heat exchanger. Just run rich and you should be a ok. I would worry more about the drivetrain then the motor anyways if over 100k miles. I would also put in new rear trailing arm bushings and differential mounts.
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Congrats on the purchase - the AA kit does come with a new mechanical belt tensioner.

Can't think of any other preperations, maybe add an air filter sock to help keep the dirt / rain off.

Dibs on the intake - just PM me when you are ready to sell.
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so excited to see this build shane
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Depending on your cars mialeage and whether you've ever replaced it you might consider knocking out your VCG.
Done when I did my besian vanos kit.

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Awesome man. Welcome to FI. How many miles are on the car?. What type of transmission and differential do you have?. None of this should matter quite yet if you keep it at low boost stage 1. But if your over 100k miles I would recommend new rings on the pistons and a metal had gasket to stay safe. I would also recommend if you have an auto get a 3.64 diff from a Z4 for the heat exchanger. Just run rich and you should be a ok. I would worry more about the drivetrain then the motor anyways if over 100k miles. I would also put in new rear trailing arm bushings and differential mounts.
I have an m rear subframe with 3.62 diff getting ready to go in in the next two weeks. Its a manual.
I was looking at ahead gasket and studs.

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Congrats on the purchase - the AA kit does come with a new mechanical belt tensioner.

Can't think of any other preperations, maybe add an air filter sock to help keep the dirt / rain off.

Dibs on the intake - just PM me when you are ready to sell.
Will do.

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so excited to see this build shane
Me too

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Some gauges to keep an eye on the kit. The ati epod gauge holders and boost/ oil temp / afr are always great to have.
I was thinking about that. What brand gauges do you recommend?
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Done when I did my besian vanos kit.



I have an m rear subframe with 3.62 diff getting ready to go in in the next two weeks. Its a manual.
I was looking at ahead gasket and studs.




Will do.



Me too



I was thinking about that. What brand gauges do you recommend?
Excellent in that case you should be rockin in no time!. Looking forward to seeing your finished FI project
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congtr shane welcome to the blown family hehehe

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Done when I did my besian vanos kit.



I have an m rear subframe with 3.62 diff getting ready to go in in the next two weeks. Its a manual.
I was looking at ahead gasket and studs.



Will do.



Me too



I was thinking about that. What brand gauges do you recommend?
shane you should get
aem uego gauges.. they look the best i think. and most inportant after you put in the blower and gauges have the car tune on a dyno .. before you fine tune the s/c make sure you have the gauges in the car so you can see how your engine is running.....
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aem uego gauges.. they look the best i think. and most inportant after you put in the blower and gauges have the car tune on a dyno .. before you fine tune the s/c make sure you have the gauges in the car so you can see how your engine is running.....
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I am actually going to look into the rear view mirror gauges to keep it clean.



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Nice man, welcome to the family! Glad to see another FI car in MD, we are a rare breed here in the MD/DC/VA area....

For gauges, I would go with what Scott offers for our rear view mirrors .

This is his website http://www.radar-mirror.com
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[QUOTE=02black330ci;14020719]Nice man, welcome to the family! Glad to see another FI car in MD, we are a rare breed here in the MD/DC/VA area....

For gauges, I would go with what Scott offers for our rear view mirrors .

This is his website http://www.radar-mirror.com[/QUOT
around 8 years ago i bought the mirror with the v1 in it and i was told by the guy who invented that set up that my rain sensor in the mirror would be not working if i got the v1 in the mirror is that still thru ??????????
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Definitely the aem gauges. It's more accurate than any cheaper types. Lessons learned on my part.

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