VR46 - BMW E46 VR6 Turbo

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  1. clutchkick.it

    clutchkick.it New Member

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    Hi Guys, I've been lurking on here long enough so i thought i'd join in.

    This is my E46. Its not a genuine M3 but its had M3 Quarters, Front wings, bumpers, etc fitted at some point. When i bought it, it still had the 2.8 engine fitted, so i came up with the genius idea of taking the 2.8 out and putting another 2.8 in its place o_O. It made sense to me anyway.

    Here is when i first picked it up

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    Back in the workshop and just starting the strip down

    VR46 (4).

    Engine, Gear box and rear subframe removed

    VR46 (1). VR46 (2).

    Wiring Removed

    VR46 (1).

    Sound Deadening Removed. Every time i do this i swear that i'll never do it again

    VR46 (6).
    Rear shelf cut out

    VR46 (7).

    Reinforcements made to the rear subframe mounting points

    VR46 (9). VR46 (10).

    Polybushed the rear subframe

    VR46 (8).

    Trial fitted the roll cage

    VR46 (11).

    Painted the interior and engine bay white with some POR15. Looks ok if i do say so myself considering its applied with a paint brush

    VR46 (12).

    Refitted the roll cage

    VR46 (13). VR46 (14). VR46 (15).

    Trial fitted the VR with a rough template bellhousing adaptor

    VR46 (16).

    Next onto positioning of the turbo and intercooler

    VR46 (2).

    And that's where i'm at.

    My New Years resolution is to stop starting stuff and start finishing stuff. Lets see how long that lasts
     
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  2. Cruuz

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    First off, I'll def be watching this as it already looks like a rad build
    I'm always super interested to know the thoughts behind engine choice in a swap, and the motivation/thought process of the builder. Besides the obvious 'more power duh', why the VR? Availability, previous knowledge, cost, unique factor? Appears to be much better weight dist already. Cheers, looking forward to more
     
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    vr6 ? nice nice :thumbs:
     
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    Nice! This will sound the bomb
     
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    Hi Mate, i wish i could say something deep and meaningful about why a VR but the truth of the matter is simply for the noise.

    I've always been into my dubs and had a fair few VR's in the past but golfs don't drift too well. So dropping a VR into a BM kinda gives me the best of both worlds. I'm also using VR's in a few other projects so a bit of commonality doesn't hurt. Also the plan is to drop a VR5 into my e36 but for now i'm sticking to my New Years Resolution :nod:
     
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  6. clutchkick.it

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    Thanks for the comments

    Not much to report just playing with the position of the coolers

    VR46 (17).

    Made a bracket to hold the turbo in position. I'll be able to brace it off the engine mount and then use some thick wall weld els to go from the log manifold to the turbo. Also started doing the wiring. For ease i've binned the BMW loom and will be using a stripped down MK3 Golf loom.

    VR46 (18).
    Also started making a few YouTube vids. Be gentle

     
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  7. McFarlo

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    This is awesome, keen to see where it goes. Love the holset too!
    Class colour on the BM also. Will definitely be watching this thread
     
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    A turbo conversion on the existing engine was out of the question then?

    What power are you aiming for from the VR6? 350-400ish ??
     
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    Reading this just as a lad from work wails down the road in his VR6 swapped MK4 cabriolet. I certainly know how the noise can be such an attraction.

    Looks like a really good start already, can't wait to see more.
     
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    Cheers bud. I think the white is a nice contrast with the blue
     
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    Nah, not out of the question just didnt really float my boat.

    If i get 350 to 400 ill be a happy man
     
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    Its all about the noise :thumbs:
     
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    Good video there, this build is so interesting already.
    Any more details on how you'll attach the turbo to manifold? Is the turbine housing twinscroll? If it is, are you going to try and keep it a twinscroll setup or just do away with it for simplicity's sake?

    Looking forward to seeing more!
     
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    Hi mate.

    Yep the holset is twinscroll but i wont be utilising it due to the manifold design.

    I'll be attaching the turbo to the manifold by using a 180 degree relocation pipe with t3 flanges welded on both sides

    Kind of like this

    Turbo-T3-Relocation-Pipe--Stainless-Steel73-122.
     
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  16. clutchkick.it

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    Decided to move the intercooler higher up and route the pipes through the headlights

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    As usual a liitle video

     
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    I’m not hugely clued up on E46’s or drift cars really, I just browse these forums because I enjoy the build threads, but wow this build has started out great.

    Love what you’ve done with the intercooler pipe work. Never seen that done before.
     
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    Cheers :thumbs:

    Progress has been slow due to work on the van taking priority



    Well that lasted long.o_O

    Bought a compact as a practice skidder as "All Build and no Drift aint no fun"
     
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    yesterday came a friend to visit I immediately remembered you :thumbs:

     
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    love what you've done with the headlights, awesome idea :D good progress man!
     
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