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Old 05-01-2019, 08:36 AM   #1
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My 325ci and the journey towards a mighty ride

I got my 325ci in exchange for my Volvo V70.


After I tuned my friends Nissan 200 with M50 I decided that it would be a bit more power in my car.



Bought a m54b30 engine along with a 5 speed zf box. A cast manifold with T3 flange, two gst 450 fuel pumps, forged rods, dp pistons, flywheels, gaskets and some other small parts.






Then it was time to dismantle the engine, because the block would be drilled to 84.5mm.

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Old 05-01-2019, 08:59 AM   #2
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The engine was in good condition and dismantling went smoothly.





The block ready for drilling.


Finished. Bored to 84,5mm and leveled 0.1mm.


More parts were bought and I mounted tensioners for the oil pump chain.



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Old 05-01-2019, 01:51 PM   #3
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Friend with the Nissan 200 helped me weld a oil return in the chest cover and a baffle plate in the oil pan.



He also had a m50 intake that I got from him.


Got an adapter for the m54b30 throttle.


Nuke Fuelrail for M50 intake and adapter to be able to get oil to turbo and connect pressure/temp sensor in S50 oil filter housing.


Intake redy with SMP 1680cc injectors.


The engine is getting more and more ready, new tensioner, new belt, new generator, new and upgraded oil pump, S50 filter house, etc.










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Old 05-02-2019, 01:14 PM   #4
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The project continues, first some parts.
Reinforcement to the rear, GS6-37dz gearbox and leveled head.







Made me a little tool when I was doing the head.


Camshafts and chain installed.


A little more new stuff, manifold with T4 flange, adapter for the gs6-37dz box and a complete M3 rear end.




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Old 05-07-2019, 01:03 PM   #5
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The next step was to renovate the vanos.


I installed a MaxxECU in the original ecu location, before


after


At the same time, 330i brakes for the front axle, before


after


Then I started renovating the m3 rear axle






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Old 05-18-2019, 01:02 AM   #6
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Prepared for mac valve, ethanol sensor and fuel pressure sensor.


Hose and coupling that I should thread into the valve cover. 5/8 thread and an10 hose. This will go to a tank that I put next to the new washer fluid container. The second connection on the tank will be led to a t-pipe before the pump to evacuate the oil from the turbo.




There will be a gst 450 in the original tank that will fill a tank where there are two gst 450 pumps that will feed the fuel rail.
has not yet pressure tested the tank, but will do this before it is mounted. If it does not keep tight, I buy a Nuke tank.



Adapter and bearings mounted in the crank so that the box's axis is sufficient. 765 plates and zinter are also mounted.


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Old 05-22-2019, 07:28 PM   #7
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Wow. Very cool.
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Old 06-03-2019, 09:33 PM   #8
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Can't wait for more updates!
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:35 AM   #9
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Sorry for late reply, been super busy.

I didi pass the MOT with no fault at all, even that it was running MaxxEcu


Started to lift out the m54b25 to let the new m54b30 take it´s place.




Now the newly built engine is in place.



The fuel system is almost complete, lacks some connections. But it will be when I mount the m3 rear end.


I welded a flange directly into the exhaust house on the turbo for the wastegate, and mounted an oil tank for the oil drain.
I will connect my new tilton oil pump to the tank which will then pump oil to the connection which is welded to the front of the engine



Have also bought me a 645ci that works as a nice summer car



Now I'm waiting for a new radiator, I've already got new hoses and a new expansion tank

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Old 07-27-2019, 04:07 AM   #10
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Can confirm that m54b30 + Gs6-37dz + M3 shaft + M3 subframe. Works!





The motivation is a little higher right now, because I have bought a single roll dynamo. Should get it in a couple of weeks, he had a couple of runs left on it.




My friend just finished his Audi 80 quattro, fully approved for street use. We will install a system in it, nira or maxxecu. Then I´ll tune it in my dynamo.
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Old 08-04-2019, 04:29 AM   #11
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Change catchtank, to a Nuke. Fuel systems are now completely finished.




The engine compartment is getting more and more complete, only radiator, pressure pipes and exhaust systems left.


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Old 08-06-2019, 06:49 AM   #12
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Change catchtank, to a Nuke. Fuel systems are now completely finished.




The engine compartment is getting more and more complete, only radiator, pressure pipes and exhaust systems left.


Great progress. I love following this build.
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Old 08-07-2019, 01:19 PM   #13
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Thanks, always fun to be appreciated!

Have another small side project, I will install a MaxxECU in a friend Mitshubishi Evo 8 mr


He had bought a MaxxEcu pnp for Evo 8, but since he has an Evo 8 mr, the connector does not match. I will solder the cables from MaxxEcu pnp to another connector that fits the car
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:57 AM   #14
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After some thinking, some soldering and a some tune.
Now it is started and runs with a MaxxECU
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:53 AM   #15
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Some pressurepipes done, i´ll make some hard mounts for the intercooler.
After that it´s time to get that turbo in place.
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Old 08-26-2019, 01:17 PM   #16
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Got a little more done this weekend.
Started by changing the thermostat on the 645 and some lamps.



Then on to the real project
Painted and mounted pressure pipe from the intercooler, then I covered it.



Mounted pwm control from maxxtuning for my two pumps in the catch tank.


Late yesterday 25/8 I started the newly built engine for the first time, unfortunately it sounds like a tractor. There is only a short 90 degree bend as the exhaust system. Everything was fine and the fuel and oil systems worked without problems.

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Old 09-11-2019, 11:46 AM   #17
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Got a little done on the e46an, downpipe and the beginning of the exhaust system. Got some more tubes so will be building further later in the week.


Picked up the dyno and mounted a tent/garage over it.



The first car I on the dyno was my friend's nissan 200 with m50 (which has gone 32k km)


Three different stage 1.4. 1.6 and 1.8 bar, the effect was 528, 582, 614 whp
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