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Old 12-21-2010, 05:29 PM   #21
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Yes I got them from the Artisan, Took about 8 months for the material from germany.

Headrests and the back seat will hopefully be done after the holidays.
I have black leather m3 stuff but when it wears out I want to do something different. Yours is looking great.

So it's not that hard to pull the seats apart?
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:28 PM   #22
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Well thought I should give an update on the car. I was planning on painting the car over this winter but...

Around the first week of january I developed a slight rod knock and faster crankover speeds on startup.... Time to start an engine build.

I had a spare engine from a customers car that was wrecked, tore it down and looked it over. Nice cross hatch marks still on the cylinder walls, bores all measured straight! I had an engine I replaced out of a 97 m52 528i due to a cracked head (cust. did not want to wait for machine work), so I pulled the (84mm) crank and installed it in the block to check for clearance, what do you know it hit the oil drain (bitch tube) boss. So I massaged it to fit:


You have to grind both side of the boss:



Those pics were after I cleaned it and installed the crank with new bearings. Then I cleaned up the head, added a light p&p.


I was origionally going to use the 130mm ETA rods with "I" pistons but did not want to turn down the crank to make it fit. I ordered custom pistons from TEP http://www.racetep.com/jebmw.html to use the 135mm rods for a better rod ratio. When these show up I can provide specs to anyone that wants em after I verify they are exactly what I ordered. I will be using 135mm M52 rods that I weight matched to 583.8g, They were all between 584.4-586.7g before.

I have VAC springs & retainers on order and need to save a little to order the cam, here are the specs from VAC:
VAC motorsports turbo agressive grind cam:
------------------------INT----------------EXH
(cL) ----------------.30mm----------------.25mm
(0.01mm+ cL)---------288*----------------272*
(1.0mm+ cL)----------247*----------------234*
(cL= 0)--------------11.55mm-----------10.85mm
----------------------7.30mm------------6.90mm
----------------------110*-----------------120*
(cL= 0)--------------2.60mm--------------1.05mm


New oil pump, rod bolts, various hardware should be in this week, pistons should be shipped by Friday hopefully, and I will order the cam Friday.

All I need to do is save up for a new exhaust manifold and reinforce my front diff.... Oh thanks to Drmcdave 3.64 euro gears:


Updates to fallow!
You're welcome. I look forward to the rest of your build. I need to do my own but I don't have time to do it. My ix just sits around. I really should sell it.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:08 PM   #23
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:57 PM   #24
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Your talking crazy talk, keep it!

Ever since I got this one I don't want to drive anything else. Even more so when I added the turbo.
I'm not a mechanic so the ix can be a bitch for me to deal with at times. I just have an electrical issue that I don't feel like working on in the cold. Once I sort that I'm sure I'll like it again.
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:37 PM   #25
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lol thought you were talking about your ix for a sec~ had to re-read your past to find out which car you were talking about

WTF? Battery under the seat???? haha had a good laugh at that one
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:23 AM   #26
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this really makes me want to do a turbo.. someday. Have to build a new 3.2 first. Car isn't presently "slow" but I ain't going to smoke any STi's for sure..
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:35 AM   #27
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yeah.. especially since the local redneck mechanics who are around here looked at my car and said "yeah, there's this turbo rabbit that would smoke this thing"

then they show me the car.. with PVC intercooler piping, total hackjob turbo with sillicone putty sealing the elbows, copious use of aluminum foil running about 13lbs on a motor that made 120hp from the factory. It probably is faster because it's in a 1800lb car, but I still wouldn't want to drive it.. if it would even hold together.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:55 PM   #28
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That is awesome! Sweet car! Keep up the good work and keep us posted.
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BTW I got the tools you lent to me yesterday - thanks! Now I gotta build that damn shed!

I'd just compress a valve until it touches the piston (intake side), and measure how far the travel distance is. 1.5mm minimum at TDC (set the cam to TDC too).
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