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      07-19-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

Been in the car scene since 2007. Started off with a MazdaSpeed 3 and went nuts with the engine mods; built motor, big turbo, blah blah blah. Earlier this year, it was time to part ways with the Speed and move onto something my dad and I could enjoy.

Enter the 2008 135. Purchased it this January and immediately started working on it. The car is pretty far along and has been track worthy since May. Still have lots to do but it will have to wait until this winter in the off season.

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- 2008 BMW 135 /w 79,000 KMs (Canadian speak for 50K Miles)
- COBB Intercooler
- Diff lock down bracket /w Whiteline bushing inserts in rear subframe
- Seibon single sided carbon trunk.
- 18" Apex Arc8s /w Bridgestone 265/35/18s all around.
- 1M front end conversion /w 1M/135 hybrid sideskirts.
- ER CP /w HKS BOV (I need me that VTA rice).
- ER dual oil cooler setup
- MFactory TBD
- Sparco Pro Adv and Evo 2 seats
- M3 front suspension bits.
- JRZ RS1 dampers /w Swift springs.
- Rogue Engineering rear toe links. Need to swap in more of their gear out back.
- AFe axle back exhaust for teh loudz.
- Stoptech BBK all around.
- CSF radiator
- Custom 6pt cage and a whole lot of weight reduction.
- Sabelt 6pt harnesses
- 3M satin white pearl vinyl wrap done by my father and myself.

My dad and I built this together (mostly me. hah) but I brought the car to a local race shop to do the cage and most of the under car bits. The latter being a) i don't want to work underneath a car anymore and b) i don't want to do my own brakes as our lives are at stake and I don't trust myself.

Over the winter, I plan on gutting the dash, swapping in a carbon hood, doing some more weight reduction out back (battery, that 10kg ballast etc) and beefing up the suspension with more spherical bits.

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      07-19-2016, 02:45 PM   #2
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Can't forget the track shots!
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      07-19-2016, 07:01 PM   #3
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Nice build. Have you put the car on a scale yet?

My 128, with minor weight reduction within Street Touring Solo build, is 2928 lbs at race weight
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      07-20-2016, 02:04 AM   #4
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Yessir. Car weighs 3,130lbs without me in it and 1/4 tank. She's a porky one.
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      07-20-2016, 11:16 AM   #5
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VERY nice!

Looks like they did an awesome job on the cage.
I'd like to see more pics.
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      07-20-2016, 01:24 PM   #6
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VERY nice!

Looks like they did an awesome job on the cage.
I'd like to see more pics.
Thanks!

More pics.
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Dude get that 60 lb battery out of the back.

I went to a 17lb Braille and it's easy weight reduction
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      07-21-2016, 07:23 AM   #8
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Dude get that 60 lb battery out of the back.

I went to a 17lb Braille and it's easy weight reduction
Definitely in the works this winter :-)
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      07-21-2016, 08:56 PM   #9
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Dude get that 60 lb battery out of the back.

I went to a 17lb Braille and it's easy weight reduction
DD'able?
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      07-22-2016, 03:03 AM   #10
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Car looks fantastic. A thing of beauty!

I like the way the roll cage is welded to the rear chassis rail. That's how it should be done IMO. Others I've seen are welded near the shock mount.
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DD'able?
I run the 21lb battery (using a Big Crank brand, they're all the same and made by East Penn), and it is just fine for DD use.
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Nice build!

You might want to put some chicken wire or something similar on the lower openings of the bumper to help protect the radiator and oil coolers. Those big openings look prime for some rocks (at least on tracks around me they would be).
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Love the build, JRZ , where did you get those eyelids from for your headlights? They look great on your car.
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      07-22-2016, 01:08 PM   #14
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Car looks fantastic. A thing of beauty!

I like the way the roll cage is welded to the rear chassis rail. That's how it should be done IMO. Others I've seen are welded near the shock mount.
Thanks. You may notice that it is almost identical to Berk Technology's 135 cage. I essentially walked into the shop, handed them the photos of Berk's car and said "built it like this". Hah. Not that they didn't know what they were doing tho; just an alignment of expectations from both sides.

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Nice build!

You might want to put some chicken wire or something similar on the lower openings of the bumper to help protect the radiator and oil coolers. Those big openings look prime for some rocks (at least on tracks around me they would be).
Yeah. I'll likely buy the proper grilles for the bumper and pop them in this winter. I can see some decent nicks on the oil coolers already from flying debris.

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Love the build, JRZ , where did you get those eyelids from for your headlights? They look great on your car.
Right here: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/BMW-1-E81-E82...oAAOSw3mpXNFLr

Fitment isn't that great. But it's a racecar so no biggie. You can also find them in CF; don't know about fitment tho.
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Really nice looking car inside and out.
I like where you put the Fire Extinguisher cable.
I have an old fire extinguisher system that I've thought about putting in my car.
I might get a longer cable and put it in the same place.

Do you have a power disconnect switch?
I'm wondering how to do that.

Also, how did you paint the cage?
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I run the 21lb battery (using a Big Crank brand, they're all the same and made by East Penn), and it is just fine for DD use.
Will be considering.
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Really nice looking car inside and out.
I like where you put the Fire Extinguisher cable.
I have an old fire extinguisher system that I've thought about putting in my car.
I might get a longer cable and put it in the same place.

Do you have a power disconnect switch?
I'm wondering how to do that.

Also, how did you paint the cage?
Yeah. I had the shop mount the fire extinguisher. I really think I should have the other handle installed between myself and the passenger seat. In case the worst happens and the passenger is still capable of pulling the cord. (plan for the worst...)

I don't have a power disconnect switch (yet). Might integrate one into the harness this winter and will have to read up on how to do it.

Cage was rattle canned. Mask off the adjacent areas then spray very carefully. Some areas have overspray but overall not horrible.
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Fitment isn't that great. But it's a racecar so no biggie. You can also find them in CF; don't know about fitment tho.[/quote]

Not to get too off topic but how do they attach?
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Right here: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/BMW-1-E81-E82...oAAOSw3mpXNFLr

Fitment isn't that great. But it's a racecar so no biggie. You can also find them in CF; don't know about fitment tho.
Not to get too off topic but how do they attach?[/quote]

Just some double sided tape.
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I run the 21lb battery (using a Big Crank brand, they're all the same and made by East Penn), and it is just fine for DD use.
Do you bother with putting it on a tender overnight from time to time? Nice build, btw.
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No. I haven't had a need, but I do own one and probably will in winter.
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