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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:17 am
Post subject: Re: Euro 635csi "Pic Heavy" (7-22)

Now the fun can begin! After having a few troubles with trying to get my parts the majority of them are finally here! I still need a few more parts but the rest of the stuff I can get locally through autohaus, etc.


While I waited for parts to come, I tried to clean up the interior and put it in back into the car. I spent some time cleaning and repaint all the trim pieces in the interior. Since I had all the interior out I decided to shampoo and scrub the carpet. I still need to get the front and rear seats along with the headrests redone but until I can get ahold of the guy with mtech cloth this will work for now.
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Before/After Painting:



Before:

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Of course with my luck I would find more of this tar sound deadening stuff. I really hate this stuff.
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That's all for now...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:00 pm
Post subject: Re: Euro 635csi "Pic Heavy" (8-10)

Got some mtech cloth today! Will probably be getting the seats done in a week or two!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:59 am
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I have been real busy between school and work so I haven't been able to post any updates. As of right now I am really struggling with passing emissions test and have failed 4 times already. Evil or Very Mad But each time I go through I am getting closer! Hopefully the next time I go through testing I will pass since I barely failed last time by 0.45% with the help of Chris Kholer who let me borrow his extra CAT! (THANKS).

Also more parts have came in and here is where build starts to get serious!
(Front/Rear Strut Brace and Stainless Steel Clutch Line).


About two weeks ago my dad and I made a business/car trip to San Diego to drop off my interior (front/rear seats) to get reupholstered at Jim's Upholstery Shop. The seats should be done around the beginning of October.
I would give you all a preview of how they will look, but I am going to keep those pictures of the final product as a surprise!

There are many benefits to having a cool Dad who likes cars too! Honestly, if it wasn't for him finding most of the parts and using his connections I needed to be able to fix the car it would have been totaled and parted out. He also seems to find a lot of cool stuff, if he doesn't want them or sell them he tosses parts my way! Very Happy Recently he gave me some BavAuto spark plug wires!
(Red BavAuto/ Black OEM BMW).



I recently found another Hella E1 Euro low beam headlight, so now I will have a matching pair instead of that ugly sealed beam! I was also able to score some Yellow Hella E1 Euro high beams from one of my dad's friend! (THANKS!!!)


Probably the biggest update on the car was that I put a rebuilt driveshaft by Beyer Motor Works and a 3.25lsd with hardly used half shafts. While the differential was out of the car I ordered a new gasket and put some Redline 75w90. The car is extremely dirty and needs a lot of cleaning underneath it. I will slowly be cleaning more and more of the car as replace parts. It took me practically all day to clean and replace the drive train of the car. Also sucks no having a lift, having to work on your back the whole time as well as not having any air tool Sad ; but some how I seem to make everything work! haha Here are some pictures of the before and after replacing the differential.

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While I installing the differential I noticed some other suspension components that will need replacing so some of those parts recently came in! I am still waiting on a differential mount and my sway bar bushings since the warehouse needed to special order them. Also got another BBS RK so now I will have a full set! Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will be getting the rest of my suspension done and coilover corner balanced!
(Front Sway Bar Bushings, Rear Sway Bar Links, Pitman Arms "Dog Bones").


Thanks For Looking!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:20 am
Post subject: Re: Euro 635csi "Pic Heavy" (9-10-13)

Thats a pretty nice build you have going. Im jealous of all the stuff you are getting to do to your car. Im pretty sure i saw your car off in the distance at SCC today. Do you have style 5's on now and are your quarters primed?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:49 pm
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mitch5 wrote:
Thats a pretty nice build you have going. Im jealous of all the stuff you are getting to do to your car. Im pretty sure i saw your car off in the distance at SCC today. Do you have style 5's on now and are your quarters primed?

Yes that would be me. I wouldn't be to jealous because some of the stuff can be a real pain in ass to replace and work on! haha In the end it all the work will be worth it. You still driving your silver e46 330ci?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:37 pm
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Yup except now the paint job is done. Well for the most part. The hood still needs to be cut n buff so I'm rolling around without grills or a emblem. You'll see an m3 bumper on there too which I feel like I always need to explain that it was my only option since my stock was trash and the zhp rep was $350 vs $180 for the m3. Either way I'm selling it. I'm too afraid to screw up the paint and its a money pit to modify. I need to find you around SCC sometime though.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:29 pm
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mitch5 wrote:
Yup except now the paint job is done. Well for the most part. The hood still needs to be cut n buff so I'm rolling around without grills or a emblem. You'll see an m3 bumper on there too which I feel like I always need to explain that it was my only option since my stock was trash and the zhp rep was $350 vs $180 for the m3. Either way I'm selling it. I'm too afraid to screw up the paint and its a money pit to modify. I need to find you around SCC sometime though.

Yes, but any cars you modify ends up being a money pit! haha Some more then others though. I wouldn't worry to much about the paint getting screwed up. It's a car it's designed to be driven, so you might as well enjoy it!
Ya man for sure. I have been busy lately so been spending all of my free time between classes working on homework.

Here is an update. This weekend I made a quick turn around trip to San Diego to pick up at Jim's Upholstery my seats now they are done. I also replaced my old rear differential bushing because it was s**t.

Pictures old differential bushing compared to the new one.


Not the best picture but here is a little teaser of how my seats came out. I will try to finish cleaning up the rest of my interior and installing my stereo!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:26 am
Post subject: Re: Euro 635csi "Pic Heavy" (9-30-13)

So it has been about two weeks since my last update and a lot was done to the car. Between school and work I didn't have the time to do the coilover conversion and install all the new bushing/control arms/etc. myself. I decided to just send my car to my mechanic (Alex Vaughn at Vaughn Motor Works). All this work probably would have taken me a couple of days, and he was able to do all of it in less than 10 hours! The car handles extremely well, it's a night and day difference between my old shot suspension and new suspension. I still need to have the car corner balanced/aligned but I will get that done once my interior, stereo are installed. Anyways enough typing and here are a s**t load of pictures:

Big Brakes Upgrade off an 1994 e34 540i:
Before Paint:

After Paint:


Old suspension:






Starting to Install New Suspension:





New Suspension:
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(Rear Driver Side)






(Rear Passenger Side)






(Front Passenger Side)





(Installed my BBS RK's which will be my track set and will get my style 5's refinished which will be my show set).
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Rear:


(Stainless Steel Clutch Line)


(Front Strut Brace) I need to clean my engine bay! haha


(Rear Strut Brace) When I went to install the rear strut brace it didn't seem to fit correctly. So I need to re-drill and move the holes over about a centimeter.
When it didn't fit correctly: One side would fit but...


Re-drilled and installed:





(Camber Plate)



Almost all the suspension components and bushings have been replaced the only things need now are: Rear Sway Bay Bushings, Motor Mounts, Transmission Mounts, and Differential Mount (Had to send it back because in broke during installation).

Finally after the 5th time of trying to pass emission I finally passed! I had tried a bunch of different combinations of different ECU's, AFM's, etc. Finally I found a combination that work which was: New Oil, New Spark Plugs, 018 AFM, 011 ECU, 91 octane with an e85 mixture, and couple of other small tuning adjustments. Here were my numbers:
1.) Hydrocarbons (HC) in grams/mile- Vehicle Emissions 1.74; Applicable Standard 2.40.
2.) Carbon Monoxide (CO) in grams/mile- Vehicle Emissions 6.04; Applicable Standard 20.00.
3.) Oxide of Nitrogen (NOX) in grams/mile- Vehicle Emissions 2.02; Applicable Standard 3.50.

Now that I don't have to worry about emissions again for another two years I was able to install my stainless steel exhaust and 3" electric cut out. I took the car down to one of those little exhaust shops. As you will see there was a lot work and welds needed to make it fit. It isn't the prettiest install and I need to take it back to have the exhaust raised a little bit more. I am pretty happy with how it is came out because the welds look pretty good and I don't have any exhaust leaks. For the price they did it, I can't really complain to much! Here are some pictures of my exhaust, some time in the future I will do an exhaust video with cutout closed and open. (When the cutout is open all the way it is extremely loud and sounds really good!)

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Here is how the car looks and sits as of now. I still got a lot of work to do a head until I am all done, but thats all for now! Thanks for looking!
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Post subject: Re: Euro 635csi "Pic Heavy" (10-14-13)

very cool ray, very cool.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:39 am
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Nice to see you value this classic.
Good result on the BBS RK wheels.
Keep doing that good work on this car.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:02 pm
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Thanks guys!

Here is another update on the car.

I decided to clean up he engine bay a little bit. After taking the pictures of the strut bar and looking at how dirty it was under there, it really started to bother me. It actually bothered me so much I couldn't sleep at night knowing how dirty it was! *I'm Joking* I just got bored one afternoon decided to get off my fat ass and had some time to kill. Which lead to this:

Prepping: (Sprayed Simple Green every where and the ZEP Degreaser on the really greasy parts)


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Also I finally got my new differential bushing since the last one broke on me during installation. Now, I just need to buy/install transmission and engine bushings the drivetrain and suspension will be all done!


I still need to get my car corner balanced/aligned but before I do that I need to install the stereo/speakers and the rest of the interior. So one Saturday night I decided to install my new stereo, speakers, and wiring. For my stereo I bought a Kenwood KDC-210u, 14 gauge wiring, I had some blaupunkt speaker and premium speaker sitting around, and my 2 12 inch subs/ 1000 amp from my e30 that I could use. I still need to need to run wire for tweeters but I will worry about that when I go to install the door panels.

Stereo System:

Routing the wires:

Started to connecting all the wires:


Cleaned up the wiring: (I really hate messing with anything electrical! I always find it a PITA! haha) I also plan on mounting the subs in the trunk but it started to get real late into the night figure I will save that for another time.




Now that the radio is installed thought it was time to finally do the door panels. This was a little tricky and wanted to take my time to do them. I didn't have a lot of mtech clothe left couldn't afford to make a mistake. I needed to make the sure that I had the strips were going the right way and at the right angle.

Here are the original door panels:

Stripped the leather off:

Door panels needed to repair them:

The material that I had left:

I started to outline the door panels on the material, but then my dad noticed that it wasn't going in right direction! Finally figured out the right way that the pattern of the material is suppose to go!


Materials Cutout:

Now I need to to glue the material to the panels:

Material Glued On:


Trimmed out the material for window switches and door panels:

Finished product:

Installed the rear panels and seats:

Thats all for now! More updates shortly!'
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I like it alot. Thats the same stereo deck i have in my E28.

That M-tech cloth looks so good, i really cant wait for the finished product on this car.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:32 pm
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bastarde38 wrote:
I like it alot. Thats the same stereo deck i have in my E28.

That M-tech cloth looks so good, i really cant wait for the finished product on this car.

I am happy with the stereo. I think for the price, and all the functions that it can do makes it a pretty good deal!

Every piece of interior I keep putting in, I just become happier with the way it came out. I guess going through all the trouble of trying to find the M-tech cloth was worth it!

That leads me to my next update! Before I was going to put the front seats in, I looked at them and figured that since they have been re-upholstered I should paint all the trim and seat rails. Here is how everything looked before painting:





This is what confirmed my decision of cleaning and painting the seat rails!



Started to disassemble and remove all piece that would be painted: (Before Paint)


Paint Prepping: (Wet sand all the metal Pieces with some 600 grit sand paper)




Paint Materials:


Painting:





Everything finished drying:


Installed Fronts Seats and New Floor Mats:




I still need to do my front door panels but thats all for now!
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Looks great! How do you like the spax shocks?

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Dinan_e34 wrote:
Looks great! How do you like the spax shocks?

Thanks, I actually like the shocks a lot. I still need to get the car corner balanced, shocks adjusted, and aligned. For now they seems to handle really well, makes the car drive real smooth.

I have driven an e24 with stock suspension, and one with bilstein sports and bavauto spring, then my custom coilover suspension. I really like the set-up with bilstein sports. Since I wanted to track my car, I got custom coilover. I went with spax because I bought them for a pretty good price. Also bilsteins wouldn't be able to handle the high spring rates without having to be re-valved. You also can't adjust the bilsteins compression with a turn of the knob like spax shocks, without having to get them re-valved again.
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