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      11-15-2019, 11:12 AM   #1
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So it's time I made a thread and stopped putting little threads all over the place.
The knowledge on this forum has got me to where I am today. And will take my little e88 into the next 100k miles, hopefully big job free.

This is the day my RB "The Twos" ship. Ready to go I have Vrsf, inlets, outlets, lower chargepipe here. I also got a Bms occ, a 3.5 tmap sensor with adapter.
I will also pull my intake manifold and drill a new vacuum line from bov. Most of my vacuum lines are new but I will replace the ones I couldn't get to, while everything is out of the car
On my car already is a vrsf chargepipe and dp's, with a turbosmart bov and a bms dci and a cheapie ebay 5" stepped fmic. Which I will upgrade to 7" but figure I can wait until after the winter. Also have a bucketless stg2 fuel pump in the car and a bucket stg2 I just finished just in case.
Lots of little things on there as well. New boost solenoids, new vanos, Carbon fiber badge and roundelles. Smoked side markers, matte grilles, Vmr 703's. The tires are the imove. And they are terrible in the rain. They came with the car and I'm very soon buying new ones in the 235/265 A/S size. My vmr's are 9.5" on rear and 8.5" on front and the 225/245 tires are a little stretched.
Since this is a photo area and I don't have many pics and no good ones I'll throw up something. Keep my already long first post as short as possible I will put my cars past history in a next post.
The turbo install depends on shipping arrival. If they arrive by tuesday I'm starting this job this sunday. If they come after tues I will wait a week. Thanks for looking
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      11-15-2019, 11:24 AM   #2
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So when I bought my car I did not do a thorough inspection and I paid the price. Turns out I needed new shocks all around, bump stops a couple shock mounts, new sway bar and mounts, there were no belly pans on the car, all the pulleys and belts were replaced, the valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket, oil filter housing gasket, oil cooler gasket, plugs and coils and a much needed walnut blast.
I had someone turn my rod caps around and put them on the wrong way, so that was new rod bearings and bolts. Add on new control arms and several bushings. I went oem on all suspension, but I like the ride height and I wanted to start from scratch. Once I relocate in about a year I will start on the suspension again.
I just want to say again I love this car and I couldn't have done any of the jobs I did without the knowledge of this forum. Thank you
Oh btw turbos will be done in my garage on jackstands. It seems like a very big task, hope it all works out. Lots of pics coming soon
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      11-15-2019, 02:01 PM   #3
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Love the color! And congrats on the turbo purchase! I can't recall that I've seen someone swap turbos on an E88 before. Should be a unique build! Can't wait to see the results!
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      11-15-2019, 03:28 PM   #4
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Love the color! And congrats on the turbo purchase! I can't recall that I've seen someone swap turbos on an E88 before. Should be a unique build! Can't wait to see the results!
Thank you, if I finish this and still throw a 30ff code I might drive it into the ocean. But I'm 99% sure it's my wastegates.
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      11-19-2019, 08:14 PM   #5
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Started the turbo job. Biggest things that held me up were not having the right tool for the right job. Didnt have a tow hook in my car. Thought I did. Must be my other car I saw it. So had to wait for a tow hook to get delivered. Also fed ex put up my tracking info as a tuesday delivery and after I started doing this job, I checked where my turbos are and they changed delivery until wednesday. So I had to slow down a bit. So I pulled the intake manifold and drilled a 1/4" barbed for the bov line. My directions I received from RB said this is mandatory.
As it sits now got fan out, IC, suspension is down, steering rack down and subframe off. Downpipes out. Tomorrow I have to take water pump, thermo, and all the oil and coolant lines for turbos off, and drop them down and get them cleaned out and ready to fit on new turbos.
Problems I had so far?
1. Ends of steering rack bolts nearly killed me. Had to torch them and heat them up to get em off.
2. I'm too fat, needed to go get larger jackstands to get under car comfortably on a creeper.
All in all it's not so bad just alot of stuff to keep track of where it goes. See if I can get turbos up tomorrow.
First is a pic of my map sensor. O ring is broke. I just changed that couple weeks ago. Hope they are breaking when I pull it out and it wasn't in there like that. I oiled it too. Luckily I have a 3.5 bar coming and an awesome oring collection
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      11-21-2019, 11:06 AM   #6
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Another day. Turbos didnt come until late wed afternoon. I have to work the next few days
Got old turbos out, one had a definite rattle and play in the wastegate. And was leaking oil.
Seems I'm at a standstill anyway my one coolant line that has a heat shield wrapped around it was gouged on the rubber part. By the heat shield peeling back. Its usable but I don't want to take any chances so I ordered a new one.
Block is cleaned, all lines except new one are cleaned, new o rings and on new turbos. The inlet screws were a pain in the ass. I got this tiny tool in the pic below to get the screws out. Worked great for first one but other was too tight to break with this little tool. So I just cut it a little with my tiny hacksaw and broke it off the bracket and sliding the new inlet through was kind of a pain too. But I used the hook end of a long pry bar and pulled it through the bottom. All in all it's coming pretty well. If I had no setbacks I'd be done already. But it can wait until monday when my coolant line gets here. My back is 50 years old and doesn't like this no lift thing
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Nice work! Coming along nicely. Most of the turbo install threads I've seen mention that one or more of the lines end up not being reusable after uninstall. They either get damaged or bent it seems. Seems easier to just have new lines waiting to go in with the new turbos!
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Αμαξαρα!!!
Really digging the wheels, nice setup so far!
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Thank you both.
I didnt have much time today. But I wouldn't be able to relax unless I did something. So I worked until I got both turbos hung and torqued and all the oil and coolant lines done. I have one stubborn front turbo upper coolant line to pop in and screw down tomorrow. Then I'm buttoning up the coolant supply pipe and the bottom piece that connects the 2 heat shields.
Then it's time to put this all back together. Cant wait to press start. I haven't been taking too many pics, but I have been keeping track of things I did differently than alot of the diy's I read. I really wish my forearms were skinnier.
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So today whooped my ass. I been working on this hard for the last 2 days. Everything is done, except I can't figure out how to get the front inlet and the fan and the coolant line that runs across there to all fit. Right now I have the fan and inlet jammed in so tight its rubbing on the pulley. I haven't started the car yet but it's ready. Put oil but didnt fill coolant in case I have to take off a hose to make this work. I broke the fan shroud in a couple places. Just ordered a new one, but I can pull everything back out and jb weld this one tomorrow and try it again. Luckily you don't have to order the whole fan
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Things I did differently or screwed up:
1. Must put those top coolant lines in before installing the turbos. I had a hell of a time getting them secured and the screws in. But it is doable.
Also take upper coolant lines off turbo first and leave in the block when disassembling
2. I hate V band clamps. Especially the little ones for the outlets. Leave all the outlet connections loose then tighten after they are all in.
3. Don't believe everything you read. I followed a pretty thorough diy, which ended with the downpipes being re-installed. Then it said first bolt mount to block, then subframe to mounts, then subframe to chassis.
Not the correct order. I had to pull the downpipes back off to get the engine mount back on. Stupid mistake because you can see it. But I was following this thread.
3. Definitely do rear turbo first, the front has so much more access.
4. The coolant line bolts that are on the front of the subframe can easily be removed by pulling the fan. Either from a long extension from the top, or just by reaching in under the front.
The diys I read all said there was 3, but those were 335i's. My car only had 2.
5. Those fmic clips are crap i put some gasket seal in there, just around the upper part of the connection. So there is no way any gasket seal can get in the air flow.
I need to get a bigger IC and get rid of the oem connections.
Occ and pcv are new. I ordered a tune from motive. If they ever get back to me.
I'm praying for no oil leaks or coolant leaks. Tomorrow I start the car. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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Well I have both coolant and oil leaks. Lol. Coolant is from bottom of radiator. I saw someone had jb welded the fitting on it. I scraped it off and it looked new in perfect condition. So I just plugged it back in. Now it leaks. I should never have touched it. Oil leak is from top line on rear turbo. I guess I crushed an oring. Because I put all those lines on properly with the correct torque. So I'm bringing it to my local bmw guy. He said he will do it on the lift. I'm grateful, because I'm done on my back.
Oh that pesky inlet I fought with for 3 hours, my wife walks in the garage and says "why don't you put lube on it and pull it up with this" she hangs me a wire hanger. Worked in 5 min, popped right into place. Lol.
I'm flashing back to stg 0 mhd and adding the 3.5bar sensor. See how she runs until I hear from motive.
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You'll have the little bugs and kinks worked out in no time! Keep your head up! The end is near!

Can't wait to hear your first drive impression once you get the new tune on there.
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