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      11-01-2018, 01:19 PM   #265
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Two of my friends and I got our own shop space a month or two ago. We were all running out of room in our own garages and were sick of doing projects/side-work at home without a lift. Found a big building with a lot of garage space and finished space. It was a mess and very dark/dirty. Here is just a fraction of the space before/after.





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This pack of 8 LED shop lights really helped brighten up the place. If I were to do it again, I would just go ahead and order the 12 pack. Great lights for the price, IMO. Still a ways to go as far as cleaning, improving and remodeling.

The plan is to do cash jobs to help foot the rent bill every month, that way we have a shop/lift/tire machine at our disposal for our own projects.
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Excellent! Although I was already envious of your oversized home garage!

You seem pretty good at vlog style videos. If I were you, I'd join the YouTube car movement and just start adding videos to your channel of repairs/mods you do on anything and everything at this place. I bet you could pay for that place off monetizing those videos over time.
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Wow that's an awesome setup! Man, I wish a place like this could be had in my area, the DC property market is not kind to wallets lol
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That's awesome. If the market there supports it, you could rent-out lift/garage space and the more complex tools (tire balancer and mounter, etc.) and run a DIY shop like you'd see in Europe, or like CCA does (but free) at dealers on weekends. I think Tavarish is starting something like that in Central Florida...

BTW, I love your YouTube videos. Awesome quality, awesome content (the 1'er).

Maybe do some N52/N51 gear in your store?
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Those Barrina lights are kick ass!
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Excellent! Although I was already envious of your oversized home garage!

You seem pretty good at vlog style videos. If I were you, I'd join the YouTube car movement and just start adding videos to your channel of repairs/mods you do on anything and everything at this place. I bet you could pay for that place off monetizing those videos over time.
Thanks man! That's the plan, for everything BMW related. Maybe my viewers would like some LS-based content, but I'm not too sure.

We just did an oil pan gasket/downpipe install last weekend. I didn't take video, but I took a ton of pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/_spyder/?

Hopefully in the future I'll be more prepared to do video, it just sucks up a lot of time to always film!

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Wow that's an awesome setup! Man, I wish a place like this could be had in my area, the DC property market is not kind to wallets lol
Yeah, I can only imagine lol. For how big this building is, I think we're getting a decent deal on it. Still not dirt cheap, though.

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That's awesome. If the market there supports it, you could rent-out lift/garage space and the more complex tools (tire balancer and mounter, etc.) and run a DIY shop like you'd see in Europe, or like CCA does (but free) at dealers on weekends. I think Tavarish is starting something like that in Central Florida...

BTW, I love your YouTube videos. Awesome quality, awesome content (the 1'er).

Maybe do some N52/N51 gear in your store?
The thought has crossed our minds, but we don't want to be liable or there 24/7 to monitor others working on their stuff.

I appreciate the support and kind words! I don't have a lot of time to design new shirts right now, but when I do, I'll try to work something in for the 128i/328i guys

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Those Barrina lights are kick ass!
Agreed, super impressed for the price!
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It's been a while since I uploaded a YouTube video, so I gave a brief update on everything about a week ago:



I also uploaded my step-by-step guide to flipping cars, if you're interested in that. It's on my channel as of yesterday!
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      01-10-2019, 09:40 AM   #273
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Very informative video! My family owns a small dealership and I have access to auctions both locally and nationwide. I may start trying to pick up 3-4 BMWs with N54s in them, just because I'm so familiar, and try to turn a profit for more mod money as you mention.

Looking forward to seeing more footage of the new shop space! Still jealous of your home garage though.
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Very informative video! My family owns a small dealership and I have access to auctions both locally and nationwide. I may start trying to pick up 3-4 BMWs with N54s in them, just because I'm so familiar, and try to turn a profit for more mod money as you mention.

Looking forward to seeing more footage of the new shop space! Still jealous of your home garage though.
Do it! That's awesome that you have a hookup like that.
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I finally got around to editing/uploading my track footage from Road America!

This was my first time doing anything like this and I didn't have an instructor so be easy on me

(Had some fun with an M4 at 11:38)

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Dude you and your buddies buying that garage.....you just lived the dream for a lot of us car guys. I talk about doing that with my friends all the time too. I'm just going to live vicariously through you.
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A quick 6 minute video of me installing a custom carbon fiber steering wheel. I'm not usually one for expensive aesthetic mods, especially for the interior, but I'm glad I pulled the trigger on this. I'd love to hear what you guys think!

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I've been itching to get some good photos of the 135i now that the weather has started to warm up. So I ran it through the wash and grabbed my camera. My girlfriend was looking gorgeous as always, so I had to jump in a few photos. Here is what I ended up with...



























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Lookin' sweet! Car's nice too...

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Welp, my Spec Stage 3+ clutch started to slip after only 5k miles at 750whp so I was forced to search for another new clutch. The Spec clutch was only rated at 671 tq, I thought it would be capable of holding more power. My search of 1000+ tq rated clutches led me to research twin disc options for the N54.

As some of you might be aware, there is a new twin disc clutch option for those of us with manual N54's. Xtreme Performance Clutch (or XClutch) is an Australian company that specializes in clutches for performance vehicles overseas. With the recent group buy, I decided to give their clutch a shot given the price is much cheaper than the Motiv or MFactory twin discs.

For more detailed information, check out my complete blog post about this topic. I also included a video at the bottom of this post that shows the noise and pedal engagement.

I ordered the ceramic version of the clutch, which is capable of holding more torque and is meant for track-driven cars. There is also an organic version for those of you who might not need the 1350 tq rating.

I received the clutch a few days after ordering and was very impressed with the quality! It includes the clutch & flywheel assemblies, metal throwout bearing, pilot bearing, flywheel bolts, machined alignment tool and locktite.









The recommended break-in mileage is 1000 kilometers (621 miles). I noticed that the driveability gets better and all noises quiet down a little after putting on some miles. It will never be as quiet or as smooth as a stock clutch... but it's much more capable than the stock clutch.

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If you install the metal throwout bearing that is included with the kit, it will produce a metallic whirring noise when the clutch is depressed. This does not bother me, but it might bother some of you who don't like noise. Please watch my video at the bottom of this post to hear the noise.

The metal throwout bearing included with the kit is recommended and more robust, but this is the OEM-style throwout bearing if you'd like to avoid the noise: https://bit.ly/2Hy6rX3

As with any SMFW or twin disc, you will have low RPM gearbox chatter. While idling and while driving at high load/low RPM, you can hear it. If this bothers you, you will have to stick with an OEM-style DMFW clutch setup. Otherwise, you can raise the idle via MHD to 900 RPMs or so to reduce the chattering.

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I knew the ceramic version of the clutch would be a little more difficult to drive than the organic version, so please take that into consideration when reading my review or purchasing the clutch.

The pedal is stiffer/heavier than stock, but not by much. It's effortless to depress, which is good. Engagement doesn't happen until the top of the pedal during release. My stock clutch and my Spec Stage 3+ clutch both engaged a lot closer to the floor, so this took some getting used to. Installing the clutch stop helped, but still has a large area of dead space in the pedal. Again, watch my video at the bottom of this post to see how much dead space there is.

Once the engagement starts, the window is fairly small. You don't have a lot of slipping area, and this can result in a shuttering take-off until you learn the clutch. I've heard that the organic version is a little more forgiving in this sense. The clutch itself is very grabby, just like it should be. I have no concerns about it holding any power I'm capable of making right now (750whp+).

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As I continue to work on my BMWs, I find myself constantly adding things to the garage to optimize my work space. Since buying the house four years ago, I transformed the 750 sq/ft garage into my ultimate hangout space. In my mind, the only thing missing was a lift. Until I found out about the MaxJax lift system. I have no affiliation with MaxJax, but everything about this lift as been great so far and I want to share my experience.



I had a tough time finding a 2-post lift that would fit in my garage with 8 ft. 7 in. (105″) garage ceilings. All of the 2-post options I found had a minimum column height of 9 ft. or 10 ft., which wouldn’t fit without modifying the ceiling. I didn’t want a scissor lift or a 4-post lift. Then I found the the MaxJax, which has short, portable columns.

In its highest position, the hydraulic cylinders rise up to 89″ with a lift height of 45″ (or 48″ with 3″ adapters)! This allows plenty of clearance between the columns and the ceiling, while offering 4 ft. of working space under the car. The only limitation is the height of whatever vehicle goes on the lift.



Standard MaxJax Features
  • Low ceiling height friendly
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  • 6,000 lb. lifting capacity
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Installation Guide & Video

The included installation guide is pretty comprehensive, but I made an in-depth video showing you how to install the lift in your home garage. I also demonstrate how to route the hoses off the ground to keep the mobile power cart out of the way.



4″ of good concrete is required to install this lift. I used the standard anchors that are included with the kit, but some people prefer the epoxy anchors instead. I mounted the columns 125″ apart from each other, measured from the inside edge. This width has allowed me to lift multiple vehicles with various jacking points.





This adjustable creeper is perfect for working under the MaxJax, since it doesn’t lift high enough for you to stand under it. This short oil drain tank comes in very handy when changing oil or other fluids. I’ve used these short tripod stands when doing suspension work or to help support the car. It is the perfect lift for the at-home DIYer.



I also have a more detailed write-up on my blog that explains the most efficient installation process, with links to all of the tools and accessories that you'll need. Read it here: https://my1series.com/2019/06/13/how...e-review-mods/

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments!
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Nice! I'm jealous but happy at the same time. Definitely something I'll look into in the future.
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Nice! I'm jealous but happy at the same time. Definitely something I'll look into in the future.
I've been eyeing it up forever, but finally pulled the trigger when it went on sale. Glad I did!
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I made it to the drag strip the other day and want to share the results! I am now one of four(?) manual N54-powered vehicles in the 10s... in the world!

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