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      11-01-2020, 11:25 PM   #23
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What a weekend!

Saturday morning I set out to get the calipers put back together. After some frustration I eventually realized that the piston boot on the rear caliper needed to be deformed with a punch and pulled out. With that figured out, they all went together rather easily.






Before getting to work on the car, I wanted to document the before state with regular 35is brakes.






It's all straight forward and something I've done many times on other cars, but despite previous experience, there's always the specific nuance of a new car that builds that frustration. I managed to get the drivers side brakes and suspension finished by the end of Saturday.








Started early today decided to get a few more pictures of the differences between the stock setup and the new parts I was installing.

35is front calipers are much larger than 35i, but a lot the size is superfluous.


The rears look and may in fact be basically the same, except that the caliper brackets are obviously a bit different to accommodate the larger rotors.


And as can be seen the rotors are both a bit larger in diameter, but are also thicker




Also compared the rear springs. ST -> H&R -> Stock


And front springs. ST -> H&R -> Stock


Although the the ST front's are taller than the H&R, the spring perch on the strut is considerably lower.


Although I must say I'm a bit upset that the shock isn't located lower in the strut body. This is usually done on aftermarket lowering springs to keep lowered cars in the shock sweet spot. sigh.


So today I finished up the passenger side install, which went much faster. Unfortunately found that the 513M wheels are now rubbing on the coil seat! Haha, it's never ending. Oh well, now at least I have an excuse to buy the new wheels and tires.






Still need to get the ride height figured out and the brakes bled. I bought speed bleeders to make the bleeding easy, but I've done quick bleeds twice now and still have air in the lines.

Thats all for now.
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      11-02-2020, 01:05 AM   #24
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Sweet. well done on the brake and coilover install. How did you get the rear spring in? I struggled with that.
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      11-02-2020, 12:48 PM   #25
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Sweet. well done on the brake and coilover install. How did you get the rear spring in? I struggled with that.
Got a crowbar into the lower control arm and leveraged it down and had a friend slip the spring in there. It's the one part of the job that really requires 2 people.
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      11-05-2020, 04:35 PM   #26
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Following.

Picked up a 2011, 3.0, really to use as a Turo car, but I'm in the same boat, without a screen.

If you don't mind, how much did your Hifimaxnavi run you out the door ? Trying to decide if it's worth it. Probably so, if just for the rear camera option.

Beautiful car, BTW. Mine is Titanium, with the M-sport, and the red interior. These cars are really curvy, and I've always loved them. Can't wait.

Thanks,

Shawn

***more I look a pics of your car, the more I'm wishing I had chosen black. Texas summers, though...***

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      11-06-2020, 05:41 PM   #27
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Thanks!

I think I paid like $800 shipped for my screen. You can get them cheaper but can't speak to quality of those units.
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      11-29-2020, 07:36 PM   #28
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Couple little updates...

Washed the lady and couldnt help but take a few pics. Pulling her out of the driveway the sun was making the red of the seats and the calipers pop


Then a bit later in the day grabbed a bit more from a similar angle


And then with this new beautiful picture, I couldn't help but photoshop my desired wheels on the car


I also cut off the mufflers to start on a new exhaust. I realize that a larger exhaust from the downpipes back won't add much in terms of power, but I wanted a little more sound, more aggressive tips, and of course already had the perfect mufflers sitting in my garage waiting for a place to live.


Stock setup that we're all aware of


and test fit muffler




Coolest part is that the tips are a separate piece that can be turned and telescoped in/out, so have a ton of adjustability on where they set and how they're rotated after install.

Plan on taking it to an exhaust shop tomorrow to get them installed. Usually I do this kind of work on my own, but I'm so sick of laying on my back to mock things up and welding in tight spaces. Or even worse, taking the smart route and pulling it all off to finish weld, and having to lug my welder out to the workshop in the back yard. Anyways, will hopefully have updates later this week.
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      12-06-2020, 09:59 PM   #29
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Aaaaand hotter heads have prevailed...
On Cyber Monday, with the Volk photoshop freshly top of mind, I decided that for shits and giggles I'd just SEE if they even had a spec that would fit what I had in my head. After a few minutes of searching found Volk TE73 Ultra M-Spec 19x8.5 +36 and 19x10 +30 in Blast Bronze. Pit two retailers against eachother for best price and ended up with something that didn't make me want to absolutely throw up. And by 5pm that day, had the last setup in that size being shipped my way from Japan. What have I done!?


Anyways. Also dug a bit more into the exhaust situation this week. Was planning to go to a reputable shop in the area that many community members had suggested. Ended up making an appointment to get the work done, got to the shop only to realize I didn't have the exhaust rubber isolators and apparently he doesn't stock them, and the work ended up not getting done. Honestly I'm pretty happy about this, because from the moment I got there we didn't seem to get along. So as a result, I spend part of yesterday and today doing the install myself, despite swearing I wouldn't.

The passenger side has less room to work with so I decided to start there. I'd purchased 2.5" vbands as I was hoping to make the stock and aftermarket mufflers interchangeable, and figured it would help the transition from the 2.36" stock piping to the 2.67" muffler piping. Once again positioned the muffler in place and got it sitting how I wanted it.


Then slipped the vband between the piping and muffler, and tacked it all together.




The other nice feature of the vband, is that with everything tacked in place, I can now pull the muffler off and weld it outside of the car, and have much easier access to welding the exhaust side as well.




The muffler side was obviously straight forward and took all of a minute, but the exhaust side was a PITA. Space is super limited and getting the right angle, especially on top, was going to be damn near impossible. Until I realized I could just weld from the inside.


Now I would like to apologize for these welds, but lets get real. This was done kneeling in my driveway with the part sitting on the ground with a Eastwood 120v welder.

And by the time I "finished" the passenger side it was pretty dark, but still needed to get a picture.
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      12-07-2020, 09:33 PM   #30
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And I just had to finish her up today. Took a couple hours between work meetings and since I'd already learned the process on the passenger side and the drivers side has much more space, quickly got it done... and this time with better documentation

First lets start off with our results from last night, not looking to shabby.


And what we have to work with...




Wrapped the vband in tape to protect from welding slag, and tacked it to muffler.


Put the muffler/vband combo on the transmission jack and turned her up to the correct height and slide the other end of the vband over the stock exhaust pipe exit


Moved the trans jack forward to the front edge of the muffler and adjusted as necessary to center it in the bumper cutout.


Once all was in place, I got back under and tacked the vband to the stock piping.


Pulled the tape, loosened the vband clamp, and pulled the muffler out for finish welding.


As I rolled out from under the car, I happened upon this beautiful sight, and had to snap a quick pic


Then went back under the car and finish welded the vband on the exhaust side, from the inside.


Put it all back up into position, tightened the vband clamp, and put her back down on the ground to step back and admire.




Looking pretty good, the drivers side sits just slightly higher than the passenger... maybe 1/8". It's all good, I still need to fabricate points on the muffler to connect to each stock mounting point at the bumper, at which time I can try to work out the difference. Of course had to take her for a drive and I must say she sounds quite nice!








As noted previously, these are Varex mufflers with internal valves that you can open and close to make loud or quiet. Still need to run the wiring and mount the switch in the interior.
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      12-07-2020, 11:30 PM   #31
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Thanks for sharing your build. I am enjoying following along.
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      12-21-2020, 01:01 AM   #32
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Well the diamond floor covers I ordered 7 weeks ago finally showed up today. Didn't realize it was going to be that long, but for the price I probably should have. My main reason for this purchase is that I hate how difficult it can be to clean carpet. Well I'll admit, they're pretty decent. Fit well and super easy to install, too like 3 minutes per side. We'll see how the cleaning goes, but it seems like a decent purchase already.








Also met up with a buddy of mine for a quick race. He's had his ESS supercharged Z4M for about a year and a half now and is about to sell it, so we decided we should probably line up just so see where the cars stand. The freeway was busier than we'd have liked, so we decided on a 3rd gear roll at 60. He honked it off and honestly I left a bit early, but pulled ~2 cars by the top of 3rd at 100mph. We raced once more after this, with me doing the three-honk and this time I left a bit late, to make up for the first race. He pulled about a fender on me before I reeled him in and put about on before once again letting off at the top of 3rd. I'm not too upset with the showing!

After the race we took a few pics of the cars together, for posterity's sake.




We then went to look at his newly purchased 2011 135i. A clean example for sure, but he took me for a ride and now I'm pissed! It came with Solo Werks coilovers and these things ride SO MUCH NICER than my ST's! Just an absolute dream! WTF!
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      12-22-2020, 06:50 PM   #33
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New floor mats look very good. What material are they made out of?
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