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    E36-Ls1 from OZ

    Just thought i'd throw up a post of my E36-LS1 from Australia.
    Was a 325i 2dr. Been 9 months in the build. Designed all bits myself (mounts etc) as i couldn't find a 'kit' for RHD.

    Will hopefully be ready to drive within the next week.























    Only has mild mods, exhaust, MAFLESS tune, underdrive pulley, intake. I hope to do the cam/heads in the near future.

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    Looks good. Nice overflow reservoir.
    Rob
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    Very cool.

    I noticed that nobody puts that tubular cross member back. I know that it can't be put on in the same location due to trans, but there are extra set of tapped holes just couple of inches further back. Any reason not to put it back there?
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    Looks fantastic. Nice work

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    Quote Originally Posted by rao View Post
    Looks good. Nice overflow reservoir.
    Thank you. I was going to powdercoat or annodise all the alloy black to go for a more OEM look, but the fab work seems too nice to cover up like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by bimerok View Post
    Very cool.

    I noticed that nobody puts that tubular cross member back. I know that it can't be put on in the same location due to trans, but there are extra set of tapped holes just couple of inches further back. Any reason not to put it back there?
    I think it will foul on my pipes, i do plan to make a custom X brace once it is up and running.


    Quote Originally Posted by hefftone View Post
    Looks fantastic. Nice work
    Thank you

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    Very Clean Install, more picture !

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    What transmission is that? a TKO or T5 WC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lantz View Post
    Very Clean Install, more picture !
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by hefftone View Post
    What transmission is that? a TKO or T5 WC?
    Tremec T56






    Twin 3", into single 3 1/2" system, all stainless.







    Greabox crossmember-I wanted to keep the exhaust as high as possible to keep good ground clearance. This was later powder coated.





    Extractors before being ceramic coated







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    Was tight fitting 4-1 1 7/8 pipes/steering column and starter all on the RHS side









    Last edited by Glen75; 10-12-2009 at 01:59 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Beautiful. What did you use for Driveshart?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bimerok View Post
    Beautiful. What did you use for Driveshart?
    I had a 1 piece 3" shaft made up, with a custom rear to suit the BMW flange.

    I'm only running the BMW 6cyl diff atm, but plan to change over to something stronger once i have it running.

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    nice i saw this build somewere else nice work

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    wow, great work. everything looks awesome. what cats are those? they are nice and compact. waiting for some action videos
    By the way did you leave the original steering shaft or planning on using something more low profile?
    Last edited by boriksh; 10-12-2009 at 08:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boriksh View Post
    wow, great work. everything looks awesome. what cats are those? they are nice and compact.

    By the way did you leave the original steering shaft or planning on using something more low profile?
    Cats are 3" Magnaflows

    Original steering shaft, i have 10-15mm clearance all the way around, so no need to go smaller.


    Drove this up and down the driveway this afternoon
    It sounds pretty tough just sitting in the car, nothing like the old BMW 6.
    I still have a few more small jobs to do before i take it for a proper drive up the street (like wire up the ABS :w: ). Getting oh so close now.

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    what mufflers are those? anything thats available in the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goob86 View Post
    what mufflers are those? anything thats available in the US?
    They are 'Difillipos' which is a local drag racer that makes some exhaust parts. Nothing too special though, stainless 3 1/2" offset, stainless wool packed. I'm sure plenty of other places make the same thing.

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    Nice work, mate.



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    How did you do the headers?
    Did you modify a set of off-the-shelf long tubes or build them from scratch?

    Very inspiring work
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    Quote Originally Posted by garretvs View Post
    Nice work, mate.
    Thank you, i have always been a fan of your work/car!

    Quote Originally Posted by joon View Post
    How did you do the headers?
    Did you modify a set of off-the-shelf long tubes or build them from scratch?

    Very inspiring work
    Thank you. Headers were made from a kit, whihc came as 2x flanges, and a box of mandrel bends. So made from scratch effectively.

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    Sweet build. How is your air intake routed and where is the air filter? It looks like the tube is going behind and then under the radiator?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demon Speed View Post
    Sweet build. How is your air intake routed and where is the air filter? It looks like the tube is going behind and then under the radiator?
    Thanks. the intake pipe (4") winds its way under the RH chassis rail and into behind the air intake on the bumper. I have a small box built down there and a deflector, with a pod filter there. Should pick up plenty of cold air, and not be directly in the elements.

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    It's alive
    Small problem-Pulling out of the driveway i realised it has no brakes :O. Well very little in the way of retardation anyway, so just a small run up and down the street :knock:.
    I just gave it 3/4 throttle 1st-2nd-3rd. Has some serious grunt compared to before. :w:
    Now off to look at what is wrong with the brakes so i can give it a proper run

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    Congrants!
    Now We Need More Pix and Videos!
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    very nice work. Seems the brake boster has plenty of clearance on the RH drive. Was the ABS unit relocated or was it always where it is? I've never seen under the hood of a RH drive before.

    Also extra + for doing the headers yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bimerok View Post
    Very cool.

    I noticed that nobody puts that tubular cross member back. I know that it can't be put on in the same location due to trans, but there are extra set of tapped holes just couple of inches further back. Any reason not to put it back there?
    I see no reason not to.
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