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      12-28-2013, 05:16 AM   #1
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Pete's 1er build (Ohlins / Quaife / HARTGE)

17-06-2014 - UPDATE!



Thanks to:
Andrew @ SouthernBM for all his advice, patience and hard work over the past year. He performed almost all of the labour to my car and it has returned flawless each time.
Harold @ HP Autosport again for his advice, patience and supplying some of the best components available to international customers.
Stu @ BMR for all the lovely M3 suspension components and carbon bits (among other things)
Mike @ VAC Motorsports for the lovely diff cover

Mod List:
Brakes
BMW Performance rotors front slotted / cross drilled 338X26
BMW Performance rotors rear slotted / dimpled 324X22
Cool carbon brake pads front and rear
Hard Braking front titanium shims
*Coming soon - StopTech ST60/ST40 BBK *

Drivetrain
Burger Motor Sports - Clutch delay valve
Burger Motor Sports - Clutch stop
Quaife 3.08 mechanical LSD
VAC Finned differential cover clear anodised
Dimple magnetic tranny plug x2

Electrical
PY21W 12V 21W - Philips silver vision indicator globes
T10 W5W Amber chrome side indicator globes
Precision LED full LED replacement kit
LUX H8 V4 LED angel eyes
DVD in motion

Engine
BMW Performance Power Kit 2
JB4 N55 ISO Tune
Burger Motor Sports - Oil catch can
Evolution Raceworks black anodised charge pipe
AFE magnum force stage 2 N55 intake
ETS 5" FMIC w/ lower charge pipe
Dimple magnetic sump plug

Exhaust
AR Design N55 Catted downpipe w/ ceramic coating & bolt kit
Maddad Midpipes
HARTGE quad outlet exhaust

Exterior
BMW Performance front grille in black
BMW Performance exterior mirror caps, carbon
BMW Performance rear spoiler, carbon
HARTGE dual outlet exhaust diffusor PU-RIM painted in gloss black
BMW blackline LCI tailights
Carbon emblem decals
Final Inspection rejuvenation detail + Full Metal Jacket

Interior
BMW Performance aluminium pedals
BMW Performance alcantara streeing wheel yellow stripe
BMW Performance gear knob with alcantara boot
BMW Performance handbrake with alcantara boot
Alcantara cluster binnacle cover
Burger Motor Sports - Cigarette lighter
P3 V3 vent guage
Window tint 35%

Suspension
BMW E9x M3 strut tower brace
BMW E92 M3 front sway bar
BMW E92 M3 rear sway bar
BMW E92 M3 front upper and lower control arms
BMW E92 M3 rear upper control arms
BMW E9x M3 rear lower camber link kit
BMW E9x M3 rear subframe bushings
Ohlins Road and Track
F - E82 135i, 7" Swift Springs 60N/mm w/ Swift thrust sheets
R - E82 1M, 9" Swift Springs 120N/mm w/ Swift thrust sheets
Vorshalag Camber Plates
Dinan racing adjustable rear toe arms

Wheels & Tyres
APEX wheel stud conversion
Project KICS open ended lug nuts
APEX ARC-8 Hyper Black
F - 8.5x18 ET45
R - 9.5x18 ET62
Hankook Ventus RS-3
F - 235/40/18
R - 265/35/18

Miscellaneous
Burger Motor Sports - Jack pad

Pictures
Stock...yuk!



Recent pics!









Hardware impressions
Ohlins Road & Track
Spent quite a bit of time researching what suspension I wanted to pick up for the vehicle. Having pre-purchased the M3 rear lower camber link hit from HP Autowerkes, I set off looking for a 135i / 1M mix-match kit. To my content the Ohlins kit was available in this configuration. My other options were Motons / Koni Yellows and AST's, but they all seemed to have some negatives which I was not sold on. Some slammed the car too much and others were too track focused with crazy things like inverted struts etc. The car is daily driven currently, but I plan to attack Philip Island and other local track days in my home town of Melbourne in 2014.

The ride stiffness is currently set to 50% front and rear and I have to say that the dampening in these shocks are absolutely sublime. Going over speed bumps the car feels very stiff so for daily driving I may dial it all back a click or two. Considering I am currently running 19" wheels @ 40PSI all round, it feels fantastic.

Summary:
- Ride quality is great. Firmer than stock for sure. It soaks up the big bumps really well and you can feel all the really little bumps through the steering wheel: plenty of feedback.
- Ride height is spot on.
- Braking is improved and far sharper. The car does not duck under braking like it did before.

Thank you to Harold from HP Autowerkes for suggesting I have the front spring shortened to 7" in order to allow for more clearance of the tyre. I think I asked Harold about 30 questions about the kit before committing to the buy. I could not be happier. For me being in Australia to have such excellent service speaks for itself. All you guys over in CA are very lucky! Andrew from SouthernBM installed the kit for me and said that it all bolted right on with zero clearance issues or any other fuss.

M3 Suspension components + Quaife
As many people have already performed such modifications before, I don't think it would be worth while covering off each piece. It would also prove hard to do so as I completed a full conversion and a LSD all at once.

Summary:
- Turn in much more direct and the car feels quicker to me given that the suspension loads up more rapidly.
- The LSD just puts the power down without the e-Diff having a field day - easily the most notable change when driving the car back home for the first time. Save your pennies for this one, It's by far my favorite component of the build thus far.
- No more bouncing effect in the rear when powering a bit out of an uneven turn or at high speed.
- Significantly reduced body roll.
- Neutral handling characteristics from what I have observed thus far.
- Zero clunks from the camber plates - very impressed.

VAC Diff Cover
Drain plug, fill plug, 50% more fluid, finned for additional cooling, potential oil can etc integration and machined from billet aluminium. What's there not to like? It looks great, fits perfectly and lets me look after my new Quaife with relative ease. Mike and Amanda at VAC Motorsports assisted me in this purchase. Thanks guys!

JB4 tune + exhaust
This took me quite a while to organize and set-up correctly. The VAC diff cover fowled the HARTGE exhaust so I had to get it custom modified at a place local to me called TrakART. Andrew did a fantastic job and was a fun experience. Took the car over to him at 2am on a Wednesday morning and we smashed it out over 3 hours. His tigg welds and material knowledge is fantastic. He does heaps of custom work on shitload of euros. Check his business out here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Track...695933?fref=ts

Nevertheless, JB4 installed, AR catted downpipes installed, Maddad midpipes installed. Exhaust sounds great. Doesn't sound like a tractor, doesn't drone and no rasp. Still gargles like a beast. I'm working on a better video using my GoPro as its quite hard to capture a good exhaust note.



JB4 is a great unit (despite me doubting it for so long) I am not having any running issues at all. No rough idle, no hiccups in city traffic and no errors. Map 2 blew me away...then I put in ethanol and stuck it on Map 5. If any of you are having doubts about the JB4, dont. Go buy it, stick it in ISO mode and flash it to the latest firmware. You won't be sorry. And, even if you somehow don't like it. Unplug the thing and sell it off.

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      12-28-2013, 08:05 AM   #2
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Hi all,

My names Pete and I'm just posting up some pics for you guys to enjoy. Continuing on from this Sneak Peak...a bit of a summary.

I Purchased my vehicle new in late December 2012. Been slowly modifying bits and pieces along the way and have promised a majority of the vendors / people who helped me out a bit of a review of the product and service. So here it is!

First, I'd like to thank the following people -
Andrew @ SouthernBM for all his advise, patience and hard work over the past year. He performed almost all of the labour to my car and it has returned flawless each time.
Harold @ HP Autosport again for his advise, patience and supplying some of the best components available to international customers.
Stu @ BMR for all the lovely M3 suspension components and M3 carbon bits (among other things)
Mike @ VAC Motorsports for the lovely diff cover



Mod List:
Brakes
BMW Performance rotors front slotted / cross drilled 338X26
BMW Performance rotors rear slotted / dimpled 324X22
Cool carbon brake pads front and rear
Hard Braking front titanium shims

Drivetrain
Burger Motor Sports - Clutch delay valve
Burger Motor Sports - Clutch stop
Quaife 3.08 mechanical LSD
VAC Finned differential cover clear anodised

Electrical
PY21W 12V 21W - Philips silver vision indicator globes
T10 W5W Amber chrome side indicator globes
Precision LED full LED replacement kit
LUX H8 V4 LED angel eyes
DVD in motion

Engine
BMW Performance Power Kit 2
Burger Motor Sports - Oil catch can
Evolution Raceworks black anodised charge pipe
AFE magnum force stage 2 N55 intake

Exhaust
BMW Performance exhaust

Exterior
BMW Performance front grille in black
BMW Performance exterior mirror caps, carbon
BMW Performance diffuser for M aerodynamic kit, carbon
BMW Performance rear spoiler, carbon
BMW blackline LCI tailights
Final Inspection rejuvenation detail + Full Metal Jacket
Carbon emblem decals
Personalised plates

Interior
BMW Performance aluminium pedals
BMW Performance alcantara streeing wheel yellow stripe
BMW Performance gear knob with alcantara boot
BMW Performance handbrake with alcantara boot
Alcantara cluster binnacle cover
Burger Motor Sports - Cigarette lighter
P3 V3 vent guage
Window tint 35%

Suspension
BMW E9x M3 strut tower brace
BMW E92 M3 front sway bar
BMW E92 M3 rear sway bar
BMW E92 M3 front upper and lower control arms
BMW E92 M3 rear upper control arms
BMW E9x M3 rear lower camber link kit
BMW E9x M3 rear subframe bushings
Ohlins Road and Track
F - E82 135i, 7" Swift Springs 60N/mm w/ Swift thrust sheets
R - E82 1M, 9" Swift Springs 120N/mm w/ Swift thrust sheets
Vorshalag Camber Plates
Dinan racing adjustable rear toe arms

Wheels & Tyres
Rays G25 Mercury Silver Wheels
F - 8x19 ET48
R - 9x19 ET50
Goodyear Eagle F1 Assymetric 2 tyres
F - 225/35/19
R - 255/30/19

Miscellaneous
Burger Motor Sports - Jack pad
Burger Motor Sports - Wheel alignment pin

Pictures






That pretty much covers it. If any of you guys want more pictures or have any targeted questions I am happy to .

Cheers!
P
Looking good pete! Why only PPK with all those other mods though?

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Absolutely stunning mate.

(PS: Curare86 did you have to quote the entire post? )
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I'm satisfied with the power. I'm just hanging out for Cobb support for now. I prefer the ease of flashing and the PTF tunes that are available for it.

Thanks Harl

Agree with Angus, as if quote the whole post! lol

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Very nice! I'm jealous of the white, and even more jealous of the LSD.. I want so bad
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Absolutely stunning mate.

(PS: Curare86 did you have to quote the entire post? )
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I'm satisfied with the power. I'm just hanging out for Cobb support for now. I prefer the ease of flashing and the PTF tunes that are available for it.

Agree with Angus, as if quote the whole post! lol
Okay okaaay fixed :P
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That's one hot looking car and so perfectly done.
Well done, I love it.
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Looks awesome Pete! Love the diff cover
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Sensational... well constructed build IMO

Love the wheels especially
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Beautiful Build!!!!!
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Very nice! I'm jealous of the white, and even more jealous of the LSD.. I want so bad
Thanks buddy. Save them pennies, its the most noticeable change of the work done recently.

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That's one hot looking car and so perfectly done.
Well done, I love it.
Thanks mate! Few little bits and pieces left, but I need to do a bit more research re: wheels / brakes.

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Looks awesome Pete! Love the diff cover
Cheers Alex. Loving your yellow dogs balls build as well I'm sure we'll chat on whatsapp some more :P

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Sensational... well constructed build IMO

Love the wheels especially
Thanks Ian, glad you like! My alignment isn't aggressive as yours yet the car just...sticks. I can only imagine what yours is like with the wider rubber

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Alcantara gauge hood looks great still mate.
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Almost there Pete. Almost there. Great write up too.
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Nice write up, glad we could work together on this project of yours, talk soon,
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Great work so far. I like that you've gone with proper additions instead of the cheapest equivalent mod possible. Subbed.
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Alcantara gauge hood looks great still mate.
Must have been made really well :P You should post up pics of your car, I've barely seen any apart from that one off full alcantara interior pic you sent me!

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Almost there Pete. Almost there. Great write up too.
Thanks. Your Haroops look pretty boss under the TE-37's. How'd you fit a 381mm rotor under an 18" wheel?

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Nice write up, glad we could work together on this project of yours, talk soon.
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Great work so far. I like that you've gone with proper additions instead of the cheapest equivalent mod possible. Subbed.
It's mostly just a matter of putting quality / fitment above chasing the magic (often theoretical) performance numbers. That and working hard to feed the obsession.
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Just read your mod list - amazing suspension set up. you really didnt cut any corners. Keep us updated
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Just read your mod list - amazing suspension set up. you really didnt cut any corners. Keep us updated
What a sleeper! I love it!
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Just read your mod list - amazing suspension set up. you really didnt cut any corners. Keep us updated
Thanks buddy glad you like it. I'm doing things opposite to most (handling before power). I'm sure once the real tunes come around for it, the chassis will be up to the challenge.

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What a sleeper! I love it!
Thanks Zombie. My favorite bit that draws the eye on the road is the diff cover. Glad I went the clear anodized over the black.
Here's a slightly better pic:

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Thanks buddy glad you like it. I'm doing things opposite to most (handling before power). I'm sure once the real tunes come around for it, the chassis will be up to the challenge.
Looking back on my build route, I wish I did the same. Our cars stock lack more in suspension and cooling than power.
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Some photos have been uploaded of the build process by SoutherBM here:
http://southernbm.com.au/sbm-gallery...m=1&gallery=68

as well as on their facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/SouthernBM.com.au

One of my favorites:


[EDIT] - Those damn rusty hubs and rear rotor hats are annoying me...time to save up for those StopTechs!
#Neverendingobsession
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