Just your average BMW Fanboy’s Build Thread (PIC HEAVY)

Thread in 'Project Cars and Builds Threads' started by RozeTheHornet, Aug 16, 2018.

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    RozeTheHornet Active Member

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    So the Hack Engineering Billet brackets arrived, they are beautiful, make me really want to replace some interior parts with billet now...
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    Fitted those to the car which I actually decided a spacer needed to be added to the outside as the weight of the stock silencer looked like it was overstressing the polybush.

    Whilst under the car I noticed a downside of powdercoating your OEM parts. As soon as they get dirty they look terrible, I now really regret not getting some nice photos of the underside when it was fresh... Even all the new BMW nuts and bolts already look old and its only been about a month.
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    If anyone reading this wants any E46 M3 parts, my current list of parts that I have to sell are:
    Passenger side front knuckle with brand new bearing installed
    Passenger side front knuckle no bearing
    Brand new BMW Trailing arm bushes (and bolt/nut)
    Rear subframe
    Front subframe
    Rear Upper arm (both sides)
    Rear anti roll bar
    Rear trailing arms (both sides)
    Stock M3 radiator (nothing wrong with it, just installed the Mishi one)
    3x OEM front wheels (8j), two silver one black
    2x brand new Kenda KR20 224/45/18 (still stickered)

    Will be throwing all this stuff on ebay soon so message if you want something :)

    The good news is there isn't much left that needs to be done to the car now. Just need to get the handbrake bracket fitted, have someone make up the AN lines and then the car is ready to be used at as many drift and track days as I can get to...

    Current list of jobs to do:
    1. Fit Dual Caliper System
    2. Figure out why my boot and battery tray are constantly filling up with water...
     
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    Yet another broken part needing replacing :(.

    The car developed a fairly savage nocking noise last week and I started seriously considering just burning the car and claiming insurance money.

    Jacked the car up again and did a full nut and bolt check which feels like at least the 6th time now, everything was tight but noticed that there was a puddle of oil under the car, then noticed that it was coming from one of the HSD's...
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    These coilovers are 2 years old now but if you follow this thread you will see that they have caused me a fair amount of hassle so far. Currently saving up to treat the car to some very spendy coilovers but will leave that till the new year probrably.

    Anyway, this damper needed replacing so hopped on Driftworks and ordered a replacement for £135 which came the next day (thanks DPD)
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    Put the old top hat and coilover base onto the new damper (with all the copper grease in the world), set to the correct height and softness and the nocking is now gone, result! I was getting worried that it may be more serious...
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    At this point I am getting pretty tired of working on this car, the whole point of refreshing the whole rear end and underside of the car is to minimise the amount of time I spend working on this thing, but no matter what I replace the car always seems to find a new way to surprise me, thanks BMW.

    Oh, I also drilled yet another hole in the boot (the battery tray this time) because that is still filling up with water.

    Current list of jobs to do:
    1. Fit Dual Caliper System
    2. Figure out why my boot and battery tray are constantly filling up with water...
     
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    Bolf Resident Nut Job.

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    Check your rear light seals maybe
     
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    All in tact and covered in Mastic to be extra sure,,, Fairly confident its my boot seal at this point so might just replace it to be sure :D
     
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    ts been a while, bought a place in December so been focusing on that really, but got a Lydden day booked on the 4th September and a Pod day booked on 6th October so realised the car needed a bit of love.

    I have been putting off putting the IRP Dual Caliper bracket as it meant I would need to make AN Lines, sort a hydro mount etc... I didn't realise that the dual caliper bracket itself would be the hardest part of the process.
    Before I go on a full blown rant, the IRP E46 M3 dual caliper bracket is sold by Individual Racing Parts, described on their website as "Rear second caliper adapter (M3, calipers rear E39), Second caliper housing OE numbers: 34211163649, 34211163650 *To install this kit standard handbrake has to be eliminated".
    Nothing in the above implies that this should not simply bolt on to the car and function as intended...

    If you buy this product, and go to fit it, you will realise this is impossible. You cannot fit the adapter bracket without removing the rear wheel speed sensors (permanently as the bracket blocks the hole that these plug into), which might be fine on a car running a standalone or something else, but on a road car is obviously not an option. Even if you have a race car with no need for a speedo, the bracket will not fit your car anyway as the other side of the bracket contacts with the Upper Inner Arm bolt which means the bracket simply does not fit the car.
    The amount of material that I have had to grind away from this machined piece is unbelievable, considering I paid over £200 for this adapter bracket. It also took me two days to modify the brackets on both side to a point where they fit. Very unhappy customer.

    I don't think I have explained It well so enjoy the following Photo Dump that might explain the issue better...
    The photos below show the difference between an un modified bracket and the first one I did (the second one I cut up was much cleaner but in fairness this is the first time I have had to do something like this, and I only had a Dremel...).

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    The photos below also show that the bracket itself leaves the OEM E39 caliper bracket too close to the disk for my liking, so also had to clearance that.

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    Below is just a few pictures of the bracket after I modified them both and made them work with the OEM speed sensor.
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    Finally a picture of it all finished, minus brake lines which I need to make and fit AN ends to, handbrake still needs a bracket made up then it all needs testing...
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    I am on holiday next week so will be trying to get the lines and bracket sorted by the end of next week. Hopefully that goes smoother than fitting the IRP bracket has.

    Current list of jobs to do:
    1. Make lines from E39 calipers to T piece
    2. Make line from T piece to hydro
    3. Make line from Hydro to remote master cylinder
    4. Make a bracket so the handbrake is useable
    5. Do an oil change
    6. Get an alignment
    7. Don't crash at Lydden or Pod
     

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    Its been a productive week.
    I have never made AN lines before and amazingly did it all without a single one leaking, shows how easy it is to do yourself really.
    Also cut up the OEM handbrake bracket to make a mount and Sam very kindly quickly welded the bracket to the base of the handbrake.
    I now have a working hydraulic handbrake that is fly off, and when you press the button, locks as a normal handbrake would. It might need either a 0.7 master cylinder or some better rear pads to make it a bit easier to lock the wheels, but other than that its great!
    Progress pictures below:
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    Current list of jobs to do:
    1. Do an oil change
    2. Get an alignment
    3. Look at getting either a 0.7 master or some more aggressive pads.
    4. Don't crash at Lydden or Pod
     
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    Sorry for the poor pictures, but I found a 0.7 master from Willwood that has a built in reservoir that looked like it might fit where I wanted it to, so bought it.
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    Removed the old Girling Master and OBP Fluid Resevoir and replaced with this .7 Willwood and it looks much better.
    Still doesn't fit under the OEM cover so I will need to either raise the centre console or lower the handbrake mount further, but it looks good enough for now!
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    Lydden (wet day :no:) is on Saturday...

    Current to do list:
    1. Do an oil change.
    2. Get an eyelignment before going out on track.
    3. Don't Crash...
     
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    Good news! We survived Lydden, did pretty badly but survived.

    Will trickle feed Pictures and Videos as people send me them but here is the onboard from Lydden:
    (Skip to 11:00 mins ish if you want to see some not awful runs)


    Exterior clip (thanks Sam!)


    Todd was absolutely nailing it from pretty much his second lap :cool:


    I started the day pretty badly, I think in general this was some of the worse drifting I have ever done but kind of got the hang of it by the last few laps...

    Struggled at the start with wearing gloves (which are incredibly comfy by the way, will start driving normally with them to get used to them), then what gear to be in, then I couldn't figure the handbrake entry out, span a bunch of times, then burnt the clutch so gave up on trying 3rd as it was just slipping, all in all not my best performance. Watching the footage back I can see so many things that I was doing wrong but in the moment its just not as easy to step back and think about what your doing.

    Need to look at the handbrake as I really struggled to get it to lock up, even though when I was testing it I had no issues at all locking up... Will leave the clutch and see how it is at Pod next month. Changed the oil the night before so that will be good for a while. Could do with an alignment because after running over one of the kerbs my steering wheel is now straight again which it hasn't been for months, so maybe the tie rod bent itself back to normal?

    Anyway, that car ran great, didn't overheat or give any signs at all of trouble of any kind again just reinforcing that E46 M3's are the best daily that can skid (in my biased opinion).
    As anyone following this thread can see, it is an out the factory, 19year old stock car with cheap coilovers, polybushes (which was unnecessary but avoids future maintenance), rack spacers, an uprated rad and a hydro, that's it and its brilliant. Proof that you don't need a stupidly overbuilt car to drift, just something reliable and a whole bunch of seat time.

    Current to do list:
    1. Test the hydro some more and figure out what I was doing wrong.
    2. Try get an eyelignment before going out on track.
    3. Don't Crash...
     
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    Huge shout out to Vince (@vincent_miele) for the Photos. He just has a way of making us idiots look good.

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    Current to do list:
    1. Test the hydro some more and figure out what I was doing wrong.
    2. Try get an eyelignment before going out on track.
    3. Don't Crash...
     
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    Santa Pod was a success (mostly).
    The M3 (as always) ran flawlessly, temps got a bit hot but would cool down within a minute of sitting in the que to go out again.
    Only issue on the day was the POS Individual Racing Parts dual calliper bracket. around 3:00 I came in to change my tyres, changed them and dropped the car back down to head out. As I tried to leave the pits the handbrake was stuck on. Jacked the car up again and one of the two bracket retaining bolts had loosened, come out completely and allowed the caliper to swing on the remaining bolt into the wheel, this had then punctured the OEM wheel which is now being welded up by Sam (thanks!!!). Applied all the locktight to the bolt, refitted it and called it a day for drifting, but it seems to have held for now.
    I honestly cannot criticise these IRP Dual Caliper Brackets enough. They cant be fitted to the car at all without significant modification, you cannot run speed sensors without removing a scary amount of material from the bracket, and now this.

    Anyway, enough ranting about wasted time and money, here is a quick video of the day and some nice pictures courtesy of Ian Blackett (Resident Pod Photographer and all around nice guy).


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    And finally a beautiful pic of Sam's Soarer, Todd's MX5 and the M3 courtesy of Vince Miele (amazing photographer and great drift instructor)!
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    Current to do list:
    1. Have Sam weld my wheel.
    2. Figure out what to do with these POS caliper brackets.
    3. Mount new tyres.
    4. Get a propper alignment at Abbey.
    5. Book some more skid days!!!
     

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