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#121 Russell

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:49 AM

It's the cover car in this months Performance BMW in the shops Thursday.

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Well done mate. B)

#122 Loui

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:50 AM

It's the cover car in this months Performance BMW in the shops Thursday.

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Nice cover Blair!!!

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:04 AM

Looks awesome fella!
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 Blair, on 13 December 2011 - 06:30 AM, said:

Traction control???? Wash your mouth out with soap!!!!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 03:20 PM

Go you :D

I keep looking at RX8 and LS1 now and its ur bloody fault last time i stand at bar getting drunk with you

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:34 PM

Haha go on Ollie. Give in to temptation ;)
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 Blair, on 13 December 2011 - 06:30 AM, said:

Traction control???? Wash your mouth out with soap!!!!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:42 PM

Come on Ollie man up!!
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:32 PM

So after what seems like forever but in reality is only 6 weeks or so the car is back up & running and better than ever to boot! So why has she been off the road? Well I've had a little change in my work & I'm now working from DynoTorque's workshop full time doing wiring DynoTorque & Driftworks being my main customers, being here full time gives me more time to mess with my own motor....so... The gearbox hasn't been playing ball shifting gears when revving the engine hard hasn't been possible and over time shifting has become an unpleasant experience good job I've got plenty of torque, my quick shifter keeps coming loose, the rear seal is leaking and the diff input seal is leaking to.
So gearbox out & stripped
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Lots of parts are ordered even tho only spring washer for 1st gear was broken much of the box was slightly worn so we replaced as needed & fitted some upgraded shifter pads & filled it with some Redline oil. Craig noticed I'd bottomed out the quick shifter bolts which is why it kept coming loose..
While it was in bits I was offered some BBS LM reps for almost no money so I had to have them, they weren't in perfect condition & the polished rims were a bit to bling for me so I had them powder coated silver & binned the fake chrome pretend bolts & tapped the holes out & put some stainless steel bolts in.
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Tried them on the car & they wouldn't clear the brakes so with Craig on the lathe some spacers were turned down so the wheels sit perfectly.
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Something that's bugged me for a while is the MPG needle it's the final bit of the cluster that won't do as its told! And I really wanted an oil pressure gauge but noway will an aftermarket gauge be getting fitted into my car so I stripped an aftermarket gauge & removed the mpg needle workings from the cluster
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Craig fitted a sender unit to the engine for me, unfortunately it didn't seem to work so doubting myself I pulled out the cluster & fitted a Mazda gauge only to have the same issue, after checking the sender unit it seems I've ordered the wrong one (NC at rest instead of NO) so a bit more creativity from Craig and a spare sender unit fitted & my mpg needle is now an oil pressure gauge :) I've ordered a new sender & gauge so I can do it again with better quality components.
Another part which I've not been 100% satisfied with is the air intake even tho it has a large Pipercross filter by the N/S fog light the intake was creating a slight vacuum so I ordered some 90mm tube & bends for Craig to make me a new intake, what I thought would be a quick job was a lot more involved than I thought & after much cutting & welding the filter now sits perfectly behind the N/S air intake & is no longer restricting the car. I've made a couple of other very minor changes the silver trim has been painted black and suits the car much better.
I've done a 100 or so miles in it now & the gearbox is superb, the shift is very positive & will shift as easily at WOT as at tickover :) it might be cause I haven't driven it for a few weeks but it really seems to rev faster too, corners keep throwing themselves at me! I'm still loving the car & making more & more like a factory car.
A friend of DynoTorque 'Lippy' called down the other day by day he works in car design & has driven way to many new cars and being a massive petrol head & nervously handed him the keys!
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After working yesterday morning, and the previous day trash talking about monster V8's on FB went to see Craig's progress with his monster 7 litre twin turbo Mazda. Great fun shooting the breeze with old mates laughing at old pic's of us racing SM. Then Blair slid me the keys to his LS1 5.7 E46 BMW coupe and said....”Take it out for a spin, tell me what you think...”Out the door faster than Usain Bolt, sliding into the drivers seat it feels just like my old E46 Coupe, until you turn the key and get the unmistakable crobba,crob thunder rumble of a big bore V8. There are many superlatives I could use to describe the almost OEM like ride comfort (really well chosen dampers and springs, firm, and precise but never jarring),lovely steering feel, superbly judged brakes etc, etc...but the engine is the dominant factor, but only in a good way. The whole car makes a stock M3 feel like an effete limp wristed barbie chariot. It really is that good, pick a gear, (any gear from the 6 available!) and you have major boost on tap, revs (ala stock M3) are good but torque is what we really want. The LS gives it in spades, and yet still revs like a crazed spinning top too. This car is like having yer cake and eating it...I could woffle endlessly about it, but I'm picking two words only....F*cking Sweet!!I am currently in negotiation with Mrs L, we both have spare kidneys, if I can convince her to sell her spare one too, maybe I can get Craig to build me one “just like Blair's”I would have offered my soul to the Devil but apparently I lost that several years ago in a tequila fuelled dice game in Germany....

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:33 AM

A micro update by my standards!
The strut brace & new air intake were a bit to shiny/blingy for me so I had them powdercoated black to make them less in your face.
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Apart from that most of the interior is back in after I removed everything searching for a few rattles & clunks just 2 are eluding me at the moment but I will silence them!
And then I think the car is finished!! Duno what I'm going to do with myself.... Oh that is apart from the audio install....
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 10:53 PM

One of the few original BMW parts failed
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After falling over at the cost of BMW exhaust hanger I put on my best sad face until Craig took pity on me & made me a bespoke one so why he did his thing I went next door to driftworks & got one of their blue mounts
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Cheers Craig :) the reason I (Craig) spotted it was broken was while trying to track down one of the last few noises, I'd heard and read about about M3's suffering diff noise and requiring oil with a Friction Modifier in but I kinda dismissed it as rubbish, how wrong could I have been all noises now gone :)
I've started fitting the audio system nothing flash but hopefully it'll sound better than the awful standard stuff.....
Amps mounted so they can be adjusted through the cubby box
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Playing hide and seek
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Modified the standard BMW fuse holder & added a 40amp fuse
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#130 Blair

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 02:10 PM

Had a bit of an incident.... All my own doing.
Lost quite a bit oil with a leaking crank seal and messing with oil pressure sensors but I overlooked topping it up or even checking it, what an idiot!!!! I wasn't sure if I should make it public or not but if my stupidity makes someone else check their oil then that can only be a good thing?
I pulled the sump off to check the damage shells one of which had spun damaging the crank, the damage is pretty minor considering how low on oil it was.
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Engine out and Craig stripped it. He also managed to source a crank & shells for me overnight!!!
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And back in
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#131 pbmwBen

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 01:41 PM

See you at DC then Blair?

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:02 PM

That's the plan
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:07 AM

Simply fantastic !

What a creation!
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#134 Blair

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:19 PM

New wheels?Craig machining my 9j Style 32's
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Test fit with ballon size 255/35/18 pzero rosso
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:32 PM

Well my ongoing wheel saga continues I know have my own Style 32 mountain....
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While messing with the wheels I've spent some time looking at the front suspension I've had an irritating noise at parking speeds and over speeds humps which I've traced to the HSD drop links, they are rose jointed which is great for track but not for our pot holed roads and winters.
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The problem is tho that they are shorter than standard BMW ones
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Well by now you all must know that means Craig is going to have create again :) I ordered some replacements cut them in two fitted them to the car & clamped them together so Craig could weld them for me.
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And all clunk free, the really keen amongst you will notice I've upgraded to E46 M3 discs too.
Apart from replacing a leaking oil filter that's all that's been happening apart from using it everyday it's done about 6000miles now.
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:26 AM

Didnt realise you have almost killed the engine, lol.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:32 AM

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Didnt realise you have almost killed the engine, lol.


Keep up at the back :P When you off to the ring again?
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:45 PM

Keep up at the back :P When you off to the ring again?


Hopefully around May next year, if its still open by then. That is of course unless i get a nice bonus sometime later this year, i which case i will try get a weekend in at some point.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:33 AM

Looks good Blair. I have some similar clunking at the back of mine, thought it would disappear with my new M3 axle but no luck :(

I feel a visit to DynoTorque coming soon...

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:13 PM

So today finally I got to fit my new AP 6 pot calipers and DS3000 brake pads, Phil from Dritworks sorted me out a deal on some performance friction 356 x 32mm discs.

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Bolted them up

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And ET viola

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