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Old Thu, Jul-14-2016, 05:02:40 PM   #11
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This build thread is awesome, Ive been following it on insta. Very jealous of your subframe reinforcement
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I'll be following this build. Keep it up
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Thanks guys! Can't wait to get this out on track (I haven't even taken it through the entire rpm range yet!)

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Any idea how much weight you've saved so far?
I have no idea honestly, I'll have to find a place to weight it at, I'm curious as well.
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I wanted to replace the oil pan while I had it down, so I had some time to finish up a couple more small projects.

Removed the aux fan. What a hassle removing the bumper and trim. This should get some more airflow through the radiator at speed.


Turner pulleys, easy install, except for torquing the alternator pulley nut down.


Pressing in the AKG FCAB 75D, press comes in handy.


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AKG Solid Steering Coupler. This was a bit tricky - you need to punch or drill out the rivets on the OEM and bolt it up. I gave up trying to punch the rivets out and just drilled right through the head while trying my best to center it. Reconnect this before you bolt on the steering rack, the fit is very tight!


Reused the Hotchkis sway bar from my 330i. I'm not sure what the differences are, but the fit looks correct. Clearance to wheels is fine as well. Installed new PS line and reservoir.


New oil pan with pickup tubes, also replaced the oil separator line with the newer AN SS version (expensive!). Installed AKG 75D Engine Mounts.


Finally got a set of track wheels! Apex ARC-8 17x10 ET25, here they are with a set of 275 NT-01's squared.


I'm driving the car around this week to double check everything. Will be taking a short break while I'm in Europe for work (and Nurburgring!).

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Those tires look meaty, what specs are they?
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Old Wed, Aug-03-2016, 06:23:53 PM   #14
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Those tires look meaty, what specs are they?
275/40/17 NT-01 squared. They touch the front wheel liner when turned
I bought the car with the rear fenders rolled, I'm probably going to roll the fronts as well "just in case". So far it looks like these fit ok, but I still need to drop the rear ride height I think.
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hows the car feel with 17s? it looks awesome by the way!!
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hows the car feel with 17s? it looks awesome by the way!!
Thanks! Honestly, it feels more compliant then the 19's with all seasons that came with the car, despite the stiffer sidewalls of the NT-01's.
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Awesome build ! Someday I'll do the same with an E46
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Awesome build ! Someday I'll do the same with an E46
Merci Flow! Your pictures from the Spanish rally look amazing, very jealous. I love the south of France, need to visit again soon.
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What are your thoughts on the pulleys?
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What are your thoughts on the pulleys?
I'm not sure if I could notice any power difference because I installed at the same time that I got rid of a bunch of weight. The main reason for getting them was to under-drive the PS and water pump, since it'll stay in high RPM's on track. For $250-$300, I wouldn't put it as a must-have, but nice-to-have (and TMS was running a sale).

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