Results 1 to 23 of 23

Thread: Undr8d Empire: Scarlet (#Project333Ti)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    4,142
    My Cars
    #Project333Ti & Z3 Coupe

    Undr8d Empire: Scarlet (#Project333Ti)

    WARNING! THIS IS A LONG READ!

    ALSO, NOT SURE WHY THE PICTURE QUALITY IS SO POOR… IMAGESHACK HAS BEEN DOING THIS RECENTLY...

    Before anything I want to thank all my sponsors for all the help they given me on this project, it wouldn't have happened without all of you! Sorry this took so long for me to do, it should've been done a long time ago!

    @CastroMotorsport - WWW.CASTROMOTORSPORT.COM
    @KingsAutoBodyShop - WWW.KINGSAUTOBODYSHOP.COM
    @Bimmerheads - WWW.BIMMERHEADS.COM
    @Excel_Motorsports
    @MateoMotorsports



    I've built a few cars over the years that have all been a bit different and that I enjoyed in different ways, but my favorite build to date was my old OBD1 S52 E30 named Scarlet. I built that car my freshmen year in college and enjoyed it for about 4 years as a daily driver, canyon carver, and overall fun car, and I've missed it since the day I sold it. It was such a great car because it was unique at the time, plenty of fun to drive, reliable as hell, and surprised everyone!





    I sold it after finding my dream car - my former E30 M3, that was built from the ground up with no expense spared. I couldn't afford to buy the M3 at the time, so I borrowed the money from my dad and promise him I would sell the Scarlet as quickly as possible. All in all it was worth it, as I got most of my money out of Scarlet, while being to enjoy her for so long and using the money to build my dream car. The M3 build was a long process and I always had a mediocre/boring car that I would drive as a daily driver in between the project. After enjoying the m3 with the s14 and then building it with the s54, it truly was the most impressive all around car I had built and driven to date. The problem was that it was always going to be just that fun weekend car, as I didn't want to put mileage on it, or put it at risk for an accident any more than I had to. I sold my M3 over 2 years back for great money to Frank Ocean for various reasons.










    Next I embarked to swap an LS6 into and e46 m3 rolling chassis I had purchased. Things took way too long and didn't end up working out, but I still wanted to build another fun car.



    Fast forward a bit and I saw my friend Nathan (m3mobbin) had posted his 318ti rolling chassis for sale. I immediately called him, as I knew the back story on the car, and wanted it to go to a good home. Nathan had the chassis painted, what he thought was Imola Red years back and the car sat under a cover in his garage since before I met him.



    He always talked about building it with a m/s/52, but was always preoccupied building his sedan. Any how everything was "there" for the interior and the car to be put together and on the road, minus a motor and trans. I had already been itching for another project car and decided I didn't want to build another non-M e30 (I've owned 6), but something more unique, that I hadn't owned before. I had A LOT of parts to build the car from years of hoarding, including motors, suspension, transmissions, wheels, etc. So I figured why not?! Then my favorite part of the build began - planning!


    All my friends know that I come up with tons of ideas and plans for project cars all the time. Mechanically I knew exactly what was going on the car, I wanted to simply make this a slightly better, Ti version of my old S52 E30. I had a spare s50 and another custom built motor m52 bottom end, a spare ZF trans, and a couple differentials to swap in, so the power plant and drive train were pretty straight forward. Here's the spec sheet on the motor and drivetrain:

    Engine + Power Mods:
    m52 block
    Custom 3.3L m50 diesel crank shaft (by a former race shop that RMS used in the late 90s)
    135mm s52 rods
    s52 bore 11:1 JE forged pistons
    0.080 - 1 step oversize MLS head gasket (to drop compression a bit for 91 octane)
    ARP2000 head studs
    Custom M50 non Vanos head by Bimmerheads: rebuilt, ported and polished and modified to accept a Vanos unit
    s52 camshafts
    All new engine gaskets, belts and timing components
    Stewart water pump
    New aluminum thermostat housing, with lower degree thermostat
    Mishimoto aluminum radiator
    Ported Schrick intake manifold
    OBD2 m3 throttle body
    Dinan 3.5" cold air intake
    s52 injectors
    Racleand long tube headers
    3" custom single exhaust - 2 resonators, and 1 Borla ProXS muffler
    Off there shelf RK-Tunes OBD1 s52 tune

    Drivetrain:
    ZF 320 5 speed trans
    RMS DSSR
    z3 2.8L shift lever
    F1 racing chromoly lightweight flywheel and stage 1 clutch
    New clutch master and slave cylinders
    2.93 LSD
    Z3 MCoupe axles

    Since this is an e36 chassis, I knew I wanted to swap in m3 front suspension with brakes. I initially put together some coil-overs that I ended up selling to another Ti guy, to fund the TC Klines that are currently on the car. At the time I had futureroadracer's former 5-lug E30 chassis, which I had snagged stupid cheap and initially planned to build before buying the Ti. The nice part was that his car had a full Z3 MCoupe 5-lug swap with all the polyurethane bushings already done! I thought about taking the full suspension and brakes off the E30, including the Ground Control coil overs that Ryan had on the E30. The problem was that the entire GC set-up was e30 specific, and the fronts wouldn't work on my Ti. Therefore I left the front suspension alone and decided to take only the complete rear suspension and brakes, and swap my Ti rear suspension onto the e30. Luckily I had front e36 M3 spindles, strut housings and brakes, and the Ti had new 96+ M3 control arms on it already. Castro Motorsport had various pairs of coil-over springs and lowering springs that I could use, the best option was 400# 7" fronts, and some progressive rate rear springs from an e36 m3 Bilstein PSS9 set-up. I had Chris order me new coil-over sleeves and adjusters from AKG and I got a great deal on some used Vorschlag camber/caster plates through my buddy. I already had a pair of brand new, full height KONI top adjustable struts that I bought on the forums, and then used some spare used Bilstein Sport E30 shocks for the rear. For brakes, I went ahead and ordered some new stainless steel brake lines for the car through Ireland Engineering. Then I got some Ate rotors and pads all around and Ate Super Blue brake fluid.

    Suspension & brakes:
    e36 m3 front subframe, suspension and brakes
    Z3 MCoupe rear subframe, trailing arms and brakes
    Vorschlag camber/castor plattes
    AKG front coilover sleeves and adjusters
    400# 7" Hyperco springs (front) / Bilstein PSS9 progressive rear springs
    New lemforder front 96+ M3 control arms with bushings
    Ireland Engineering polyurethane rear subframe and trailing arm bushings
    e36 m3 front sway bar / 318ti factory rear sway bar
    Ireland Engineering stainless steel brake lines
    Ate rotors and pads all around
    Ate Super Blue brake fluid

    Having owned an e36 m3 previously, dealing with various e36 builds at Castro Motorsport over the years, and being inspired by a few Ti builds online, I had a general idea of the look I would be going for. Also I hoarded quite a few sets of wheels over the years, most sets were low offset, which meant I had to go with wider fenders. I loved the subtle look of the Hard Motorsport rivet-on flares, and based on my research, they could accommodate decent wheels specs with a bit of work. I purchased a coupe set of flares that I was going to have modified, but shortly after Adam came out with the Ti version of the flares. I told him about my project and he gave me a great deal on a set of Ti specific flares. I hadn't seen another Ti with river on flares before, so that was one of the ways I planned to set my car apart from the rest. I definitely wanted to run an m3 front bumper and the car already came with an unpainted Mtech rear bumper. Nathan also included a brand new set of NLA Ti specific Mtech moldings with clips, which I had to have for this project. As for side skirts I was a bit torn. One of the things I ***** about the e36 for years were the m3 "twisty" side skirts! Reason being is that the skirts noticeably hang lower front and rear, than the m3 and Mtech bumpers! I really wanted some AC Schnitzer skirts after falling in love with whitecord's white Ti. Those are pretty much unobtanium, so I had to figure something else out. My friend had some Racing Dynamics skirts for cheap, so I decided those would be different and still give me the look I wanted. I also sourced a BNIB set of AC Schnitzer mirrors for $300 through a forum member, which I was really stoked about!

    For the front lip, I ***** how played out the LTW adjustable lip was, and I loved the Racing Dynamics adjustable lip that m3mobbin had on his sedan when we met. He later sold that lip to Alex at Castro Motorsport, and I loved it on his wide body coupe as well, so I had to find one for myself! I found one for $150 shipped a few weeks later and it was in pretty good shape. One thing I was adamant about was to put a spoiler on the hatch, to take away from how awkwardly square the bare rear of the Ti chassis look. The car came with a factory Mtech spoiler, which I liked, but wasn't in love with. If it came off the hatch at least an inch more I probably would've just stuck with that. I also loved the way that the AC Schnitzer 3 piece spoiler looked on whitecord's Ti (along with normal e36s). I found a Ti specific spoiler online for $100, and jumped on it. Since I wanted to set my Ti apart from the rest I'd seen, I spoke with Victor from Excel Motorsports (from Kings Auto Body Shop at the time) about extending the ACS wing at least 2 inches to make it look similar to an e30 Mtech 1 spoiler. Another thing I was excited about was that Nathan had the sunroof panel turned into a slick top! He also had a couple small details changed on the car - the rear windshield wiper, and the windshield washer nozzles on the hood, were all shaved and I loved the clean look. Finally, for lights, I sourced some used ZKW headlights, got some clear smoked corner lights and the car already came with euro spec clear tails that were mildly smoked. I added some 35W DDM 6000k HIDs for the low beams, and some fog light delete covers for the time being.

    Exterior & Lighting:
    e36 m3 front DDM bumper w/ luxury slats
    Ti specific Mtech rear bumper
    Racing Dynamics side skirts
    Racing Dynamics adjustable 2 piece front lip
    AC Schnitzer side view mirrors
    AC Schnitzer 3 piece rear spoiler
    Hard Motorsport Ti specific rivet on fender flares
    Fog light delete covers
    ZKW glass headlights
    35W DDM HIDs

    Being the wheel whore that I am, I had a few sets already put aside for future projects. The main wheels were going to be one of my favorites - staggered 17" AC Schnitzer Type 2 concave mono blocks, (8.5 et 13 front, 9.5 et 21.5 rear) wrapped in 235/40/17 front and 245/40/17 rear. The other sets included 17x9 BBS LMs, 18x9 Alpina Softlines and 18x9.5 AC Schnitzer Type 2 concave mono blocks. I also grabbed a Motorsport Hardware 90mm stud kit for good measure.

    Wheels & Tires:
    17" AC Schnitzer Type 2 concave mono blocks - 17x8.5 et 13 front (235/40/17 tire) /17x9.5 et 21.5 front (245/40/17 tire) - DAILY SET-UP
    18x9 et 24 Alpina Softlines (Square set)
    18x9.5 et 21.5 AC Schnitzer Type 2 concave mono blocks (Square set)
    Motorsport Hardware 90mm stud kit, with black acorn nuts & Neochrome tuner lugs

    For the interior, Nathan had parted a car with a complete "rare" Millpoint set-up, just missing the front seats. As much as I wanted a pair of fixed back bucket seats, I needed something foldable so I could access the back seats. This was going to be my everything car, so I had to make it as functional as possible for my needs. I found a pair of Bride Cuga replica seats for $700 shipped, which are a great value IMO! The quality is top notch, they fit me well, they're comfortable and they look awesome! Chris from Castro Motorsport modified factory brackets and sliders for me to have full adjustability with both seats. The car came without a headliner, but Nathan had a slick top headliner skin for me to have wrapped, which he included with the car. I hit up my buddy at Hiperion Interior and had him wrap the headliner in black microsuede, and the front A pillars in black vinyl for longevity and to match the look of the B and C pillars. I got new black leather shift and e-brake boots through a forum member, along with Bimmian brushed aluminum, illuminated shift and e-brake knobs. I have a nice steering wheel collection, but I wanted to run one of the less rare wheels I had for daily use, so I got a hub off Amazon and put my Momo Corse wheel on.

    Interior:
    Bride Cuga replica seats
    Black mill point interior
    Custom microsuede headliner by Hiperion Interiors
    Momo Corse steering wheel and hub (daily wheel)
    Other steering wheels: 4 spoke black leather BBS, 3 spoke Momo Hella edition, 3 spoke Alpina

    Last on the list was going to be the sound system, which I would take care of a bit further down the road. I haven't had a nice sound system in any of my cars since my S52 E30, and I really missed having good quality music in my daily driver! I had some pieces from various projects that I would incorporate, namely my 6.5" Hybrid Audio Technologies competition components up front, 5.25" Infinity Kappa Perfect components out back, and an Alpine 4 channel amp. I plan to go with a JL W7 12" with a custom box, and a nice amp to push that. For head unit, I haven't quite decided yet, but I'll get something good quality with nice features. I've always been an Alpine guy, so I may go back to an older unit with amber lighting. I plan to run all new wiring through the car, and run everything through my amps. I will also add Dynamat where it's needed.

    Sound System:
    Head unit - undecided
    6.5" Hybrid Audio Technologies competition component speakers with cross-overs (fronts)
    5.25" Infinity Kappa Perfect components with cross-overs (rears)
    Alpine 4 channel amp
    JL W7 12" sub in custom built box
    Probably a big JL amp to push the sub

    The project started it's life at Castro Motorsport, and the full suspension and brakes were first on the to do list. While that was being handled, I sent my cylinder head over to Shant at Bimmerheads for him to do the full rebuild and to port & polish it. I was already in contact with Adam from Hard Motorsport, awaiting the Ti specific version of his fender flares, as I no longer wanted to use the normal coupe flares I initially purchased. Once Castro Motorsport finished the car, I was going to drive it down to Kings Auto Body Shop to have the flares installed and the paint work completed.

    Here are some shots of the progress at Castro Motorsport. All the parts were thrown into the car when it was towed, so I had to clear it out first and see exactly what we had.




























    Next the rear suspension and brakes were removed to prepare for the complete Z3 M-Coupe rear end to be installed.
















    I stopped by Bimmerheads a few times to help document the amazing work that Shant had done on my cylinder head! I also dropped off the Schrick intake manifold and my Raceland headers to be ported and port matched to the head.





















    Tried to get some close ups of the awesome work Shant for Bimmerheads did on these ports!
















    And now with the valve train installed


















    Once the head was back from Bimmerheads, Castro Motorsport assembled the motor with all the new parts and got the car road worthy. Unfortunately I couldn’t be around for most of this process, but I got a few shots.








    Car fired up first try and performed great from the start! Since we hadn't installed the flares yet, Chris let me borrow 2 pairs of wheels with usable tire to get the car down to Ayed at Kings Auto Body Shop. The Ti felt stronger than any s52 e30 I had driven (including my old one) and reminded me of my s54 e30 m3 between 2-5k rpms! The 3.25 gears made it feel nice and torquey around town, and made it easier to slide! The 3" exhaust was a bit much (as expected) as we only had one resonator, the Borla muffler and no tips at the time, but it sounded really good! Because of the muffler position, the exhaust droned pretty bad into the cabin. Since I didn't have the right wheels and tires on the car, it was hard to gauge the car's handling, but the ride quality wasn't too bad. Now it was Ayed's turn to take this project to the next level!







    The Ti was dropped off at Kings' for the Hard Motorsport flares to be installed, as well as painting the bumpers, nose panel, hood and finishing the slick top/sunroof delete and painting the roof satin black. The flare install was pretty straight forward for the crew at Kings Auto Body Shop, as they had installed these flares on a few e36s in the past. Pretty much make the markings needed, cut, drill holes, weld the rear 2 ply back together, smooth the metal out front and rear, apply caulking and rivet on the flares.
















    I also decided to go with Bushwacker fender flare welting in between the flares and the panels, as well as black rivets. I’ve always loved this look on the 2002 Turbo, as well as the older Datsun Z cars that run rivet-on flares, so it was a must! The Hard Motorsport flares have a decent fender lip on them that we needed to completely remove if I wanted to get fairly flush wheel fitment.










    \



















    The color match on the paint work was spot on, even though this was not a normal color!












    The flares completely transformed the look of the Ti chassis.




















    The slick top turned out great as well!






    And the day I took it home and washed Scarlet for the first time!

    (Sorry for the poor quality cell pics, didn’t have my camera on me)









    Despite wanting another month at least to situate the car, I was rear ended in my E39 touring while the car was being painted, and I needed to make it as road worthy as possible FAST!






    The Ti became my daily driver in the middle of November 2014 and I was too busy, and ran out of funds to finalize it how I wanted to. Put some new tires on my staggered set of 17” AC Schnitzer Type 2s and started driving it as is.

    (Sorry, more cell phone pics)






    Fast forward to February 2015, I found an amazing deal on some TC Kline dual adjustable coil-overs from a Z3 M Coupe that I had to jump on. While the coil-overs I had handled and rode pretty well, the TC Klines were better in every respect. I luckily found a forum member with a 318Ti that wanted a suspension set-up for their car, so I pretty much broke even.




    Next up I talked to Adam from Hard Motorsport about a rear set of his wider V2 fender flares, as I had rubbing issues with my current V1s.






    In a week the flares came and I was in love! The extra inch width (the mock up obviously make them look even wider) was going to give me plenty of space for my current wheels, and allow me the freedom to run some more aggressive wheels as well! Also, the extra width was going to give the car an even more aggressive look!









    I dropped my car off with Victor from Excel Motorsports to make the flares look Ti specific, paint them, install them, modify my M-tech trim to fit, respray my nose panel and rear bumper, paint my luxury slats and install my Racing Dynamics front lip.

    A few progress pics of the flares from Victor’s cell:












    And a few shots from the day I came and picked up the car! I was so excited when I saw the car so close to my goals! Victor really did a great job preparing the car before Bimmerfest for me, with all the work he had scheduled!








    While the car was a lot closer to what I envisioned it to be, I still needed to figure out a wing for the hatch. I initially found an AC Schnitzer 3 piece spoiler that I’ve always been a fan of, but it wasn’t enough. I had planned to have Victor at extend the center section of the spoiler to have it kick outward and upward like an E30 Mtech 1 spoiler. I wanted to extend the square shaped of the hatch (something I’ve always ***** about the Ti chassis) and give the car a sportier look. A big inspiration for the wing style I wanted was Dominant Engineering’s Rocket Bunny spoiler that he put on his awesome Ti. However, before I dropped my car off with Victor, I had been in talks with Mateo from Mateo Motorsports about a custom drag wing for the Ti. I saw the teaser he posted on Instagram of the one he had designed for his coupe and a customer’s sedan, and I started some sketches for one specific to the Ti. After being happy with my sketches, he took my vision and turned it into reality! I still remember how excited I was when he sent me the teaser shots of my wing mounted on @bmwwatermelonti’s car, it was PERFECT! This one piece truly transformed the look of the Ti, and set my car apart from any other compact I’d seen. The drag wing showed up to my door the week before Bimmerfest. I went to Castro Motorsport a couple days later, and Chris and Aram helped me get the wing mounted up. The car looked so aggressive now, and was turning heads everywhere I went!









    The last thing to do before Bimmerfest was to get all my sponsor vinyl installed on the Ti. I decided to go with black for the body vinyl, and satin classic gold for the windows. Now I know most will think that the vinyl is too much, or looks bad, but this isn’t about you or your opinions. I proudly show off the names off all my friends and sponsors that made m,y car what it is. The morning of Bimmerfest felt so good! I rolled up to the Staples Center meet up in Downtown LA to caravan with some old E30 buddies and others to roll out to the event in at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Here are a few shots of Scarlet at the event.








    Last edited by e30polak; 11-02-2015 at 03:34 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Houston, Tx.
    Posts
    5,609
    My Cars
    '10 X5, '98 M3 - 302
    Cheese and rice, that's a long read and one hell of a build. Awesome work!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    397
    My Cars
    03 530i/5, e30 s52(Sold)
    So wait, why did you swap the built motor out? Fyi my 530i has never been able to feel the void of my e30 either. I'm definitely deciding what i want to swap this m52 and zf combo i have sitting around in. Its between a e28, another e30 and maybe a e34. The older i get the more i appreciate the classic cars, especially when theyre clean!
    Last edited by BigC986; 10-31-2015 at 10:33 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    4,142
    My Cars
    #Project333Ti & Z3 Coupe
    Quote Originally Posted by ponchiz318 View Post
    Cheese and rice, that's a long read and one hell of a build. Awesome work!
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by BigC986 View Post
    So wait, why did you swap the built motor out? Fyi my 530i has never been able to feel the void of my e30 either. I'm definitely deciding what i want to swap this m52 and zf combo i have sitting around in. Its between a e28, another e30 and maybe a e34. The older i get the more i appreciate the classic cars, especially when theyre clean!
    The modified crankshaft literally broke on the journal between the cylinders 5 & 6. It must have cracked initially after a hard powershift racing my buddy, and it also didn’t help that my lightweight flywheel and pressure plate went out of balance. I drove the car with an interesting vibration for about 2 months and then one day it finally let go.

    As for the m52, the e28 or e30 are better than the e34 from a perfomance stand point because of power to weight.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    4,142
    My Cars
    #Project333Ti & Z3 Coupe
    A few shots I had taken the day after Bimmerfest:


















  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    397
    My Cars
    03 530i/5, e30 s52(Sold)
    Wow. Is that because it was stroked too much? As far as the e28, i know they weigh around the same as an e36 m3 and can be found for dirt cheap. e30's are super common now which takes away from their cool factor too me. e28's you rarely see nowadays, especially ones that arent dented up and blowing out black smoke which is why im leaning towards one lol
    Last edited by BigC986; 11-04-2015 at 01:32 PM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    4,142
    My Cars
    #Project333Ti & Z3 Coupe
    Quote Originally Posted by BigC986 View Post
    Wow. Is that because it was stroked too much? As far as the e28, i know they weigh around the same as an e36 m3 and can be found for dirt cheap. e30's are super common now which takes away from their cool factor too me. e28's you rarely see nowadays, especially ones that arent dented up and blowing out black smoke which is why im leaning towards one lol
    I think it's because the crank was welded on and offset ground, probably ruined the structural integrity of it. As for the e28, it would be cool, but not nearly as fun, and not plug and play like an e30.
    Last edited by e30polak; 11-04-2015 at 03:32 PM.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    jacksonville, fl
    Posts
    2,229
    My Cars
    e36 m3 Ls2, 318I, 325is
    Love this little beast!!! And greatfull to be part of the build 😆

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Norristown PA
    Posts
    2,001
    My Cars
    330tti/e46m3t/01M5/Mcoup
    That's a pretty fly ti!
    www.prussianmotors.com '95 PT6262 330ti / '03 Maximum PSI M3t on e85 / '00 540 6spd / '01 M5 / '01 M Coupe

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Ormond Beach, FL
    Posts
    2
    My Cars
    1997 BMW 318ti
    Awesome build! I'm considering buying a 2002 Z3 3.0 donor car to swap engine/driveline into my ti. The Z3 has an auto trans where as my ti has a manual trans. I plan to keep the manual trans. Is the manual from my ti strong enough for the added torque/hp of 6cyl? Do you know if there will be fitment issues with the Z3 drivetrain in regards to the manual trans? And would the engine computer from the Z3 work properly w/o the auto trans? You appear to have extensive experience with engine / drivetrain swaps and I would greatly appreciate any info / advice you could offer. Thanks

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    4,142
    My Cars
    #Project333Ti & Z3 Coupe
    Quote Originally Posted by BMW97318ti View Post
    Awesome build! I'm considering buying a 2002 Z3 3.0 donor car to swap engine/driveline into my ti. The Z3 has an auto trans where as my ti has a manual trans. I plan to keep the manual trans. Is the manual from my ti strong enough for the added torque/hp of 6cyl? Do you know if there will be fitment issues with the Z3 drivetrain in regards to the manual trans? And would the engine computer from the Z3 work properly w/o the auto trans? You appear to have extensive experience with engine / drivetrain swaps and I would greatly appreciate any info / advice you could offer. Thanks
    The m54b30 from the z3 is a great swap as it's all aluminum and will keep a better weight balance for the front end compared to the iron block s52 I have. The m54 however requires a bit trickier wiring and requires much more ECU modification to work. While the Getrag 240 trans and small case diff you have in your Ti can handle the power, it really depends on the type of driving you do. Many e30 guys that do 24v swaps into 318s can break the factory 4 cylinder axles and the factory 5 speed can also fail from hard driving. A good option is to get the ZF 5 speed trans from a 96+ 328i/ e36 m3, and swap out your axles and differential for much stronger e30 6 cylinder parts. I'll PM you with more info.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Ormond Beach, FL
    Posts
    2
    My Cars
    1997 BMW 318ti
    Thanks, I think I'll hold off until I find a manual trans Z3 3.0 that way I should be able to swap everything I need. Thanks again for the great info!

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    1,757
    My Cars
    1998 e36
    #Project333Ti Horrible hack jobs

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    4,142
    My Cars
    #Project333Ti & Z3 Coupe
    Quote Originally Posted by hakentt View Post
    #Project333Ti Horrible hack jobs
    Can't take the heat on r3v, so you have to try to bash me here? LOL you're a joke. This car is a better quality build than any pile of garbage you've ever built and it was simply done on a low budget with spare parts.

    Does ESS know you stole their tunes and copied their EWS delete? May be I should let Roman know what happened? DesertHackedUpBMW

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    1,757
    My Cars
    1998 e36
    Quote Originally Posted by e30polak View Post
    Can't take the heat on r3v, so you have to try to bash me here? LOL you're a joke. This car is a better quality build than any pile of garbage you've ever built and it was simply done on a low budget with spare parts.

    Does ESS know you stole their tunes and copied their EWS delete? May be I should let Roman know what happened? DesertHackedUpBMW
    You just troll my posts calling me names, accusing me of things that are false. Your claim that I stole from ESS is baseless and slanderous. Your Project333Ti is a hack job, you cut off the wheel wells and riveted on some plastic crap to fit wider wheels why? Just for the looks? You put the whale wing, it looks ridiculous. At least my hack job looks bone stock on the outside and can smoke that TI any time, you are so jealous you are fuming.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    4,142
    My Cars
    #Project333Ti & Z3 Coupe
    Quote Originally Posted by hakentt View Post
    You just troll my posts calling me names, accusing me of things that are false. Your claim that I stole from ESS is baseless and slanderous. Your Project333Ti is a hack job, you cut off the wheel wells and riveted on some plastic crap to fit wider wheels why? Just for the looks? You put the whale wing, it looks ridiculous. At least my hack job looks bone stock on the outside and can smoke that TI any time, you are so jealous you are fuming.
    Troll your posts? You came into my thread and were doing exactly what you accused me of. You're too scared to post a reply on the thread on r3v where I called you out, and you think you're safe on here.

    There is no false claim, I PM'd you years back about your s54 EWS delete (after we had already figured it out) and you said you could do it and offered and ESS tune along with it. Hmmmm how did you get the ESS tune if you didn't copy one of their DMEs? Didn't bother keeping the PM in my inbox, but I wouldn't accuse you if it didn't happen.

    Also, I wouldn't be surprised if you used this DME that you were selling to get the tune:

    http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...ECU-ESS-tuning

    Also, I guess you're calling Hard Motorsport and all the guys (track/street/show) that all "hack" their cars up to be able to fit wider wheels and tires, hack jobs? Just because you chose to keep your car looking stock and have probably never built a car that has seen the track, or looked good enough to attend a meet or show, doesn't mean it doesn't serve a functional purpose. I put them on for both function and form, and they serve their purpose. I didn't build my car for your approval, or anyone elses. I will gladly meet you at Willow Springs or at an auto-x and run laps around that POS you call an e36. Just because your car may be faster in a straight line, doesn't mean it's an overall faster car.

    The wing is for looks, I designed it, Mateo built it. Again, your opinion has no substance here.

    Your hack job looks like a hack job, in every aspect. I built mine as a daily driver on a low budget. It handles well, performs well, and looks how I WANTED IT to.

    As for me being jealous of your e36, BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I wouldn't drive that death trap if you paid me!
    Last edited by e30polak; 01-15-2016 at 08:02 PM.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    1,757
    My Cars
    1998 e36
    Quote Originally Posted by e30polak View Post
    Troll your posts? You came into my thread and were doing exactly what you accused me of. You're too scared to post a reply on the thread on r3v where I called you out, and you think you're safe on here.!
    You quoted my post with slanderous attack without any provocation toward you. There is no reason to escalate thread to an off topic drama, moderation there is not fair.

    Quote Originally Posted by e30polak View Post
    There is no false claim, I PM'd you years back about your s54 EWS delete (after we had already figured it out) and you said you could do it and offered and ESS tune along with it. Hmmmm how did you get the ESS tune if you didn't copy one of their DMEs? Didn't bother keeping the PM in my inbox, but I wouldn't accuse you if it didn't happen.
    You guys did not figure anything out, you have no code disassemblers there, why did you PM me about it then, obviously you were looking to copy. My M3 came with ESS tune with a cable, I could do anything I want with it, I decided to sell the DME and the cable, and you use that as a proof that I ripped their work off, but they did not even have the EWS delete back than. This is the reason why you chose to attack me at every opportunity, I became a competitor and you could not sell your swap tunes for $1800 anymore.

    "hack" their cars up to be able to fit wider wheels and tires, hack jobs?
    Yes, because you can get some smaller but stickier tires that will fit within stock space and will do the same job.

    The wing is for looks, I designed it, Mateo built it. Again, your opinion has no substance here.
    You put that on a Supra and not on BMW, 318ti looks great stock, why ruin it

    Your hack job looks like a hack job, in every aspect. I built mine as a daily driver on a low budget. It handles well, performs well, and looks how I WANTED IT to.

    As for me being jealous of your e36, BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I wouldn't drive that death trap if you paid me!
    My N55 swap is not a hack job because I did not cut into the chassis at all. It is very reliable, starts every time and I can drive it on the street every day. I did hack up the interior, that's because my E36 did not have an interior anyway. You are jealous that I am the first person in the world who did N55 swap into E36 or for that matter first N55 into anything else. Your Castro motorsports can never claim that from me.
    If you agree not to thrash me at every opportunity you get, I would also agree not to do the same to you in the future.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    4,142
    My Cars
    #Project333Ti & Z3 Coupe
    Quote Originally Posted by hakentt View Post
    You quoted my post with slanderous attack without any provocation toward you. There is no reason to escalate thread to an off topic drama, moderation there is not fair.
    Because you called out Kassel for doing the same thing you did yourself. You don't get a break on r3v because everyone knows you and your reputation.

    Quote Originally Posted by hakentt View Post
    You guys did not figure anything out, you have no code disassemblers there, why did you PM me about it then, obviously you were looking to copy. My M3 came with ESS tune with a cable, I could do anything I want with it, I decided to sell the DME and the cable, and you use that as a proof that I ripped their work off, but they did not even have the EWS delete back than. This is the reason why you chose to attack me at every opportunity, I became a competitor and you could not sell your swap tunes for $1800 anymore.
    Call him a code disassembler or a tuner, but Osh from RMS figured it out and Dan Miller finalized it. We were offering it well before you without issue and had multiple cars running before you even tried your swap. I PM'd you to see if you were bluffing, and then you offered it with an ESS file, WHICH IS NOT YOUR OWN PROPERTY TO RESELL.



    Quote Originally Posted by hakentt View Post

    Yes, because you can get some smaller but stickier tires that will fit within stock space and will do the same job.
    I could have for my Ti, but I also did it to fit low offset wheels I already owned, as they finished the look I wanted. That being said, many of the cars running them have already maxed out their stock tire size with the best tires out there, so once again you are wrong.



    Quote Originally Posted by hakentt View Post
    You put that on a Supra and not on BMW, 318ti looks great stock, why ruin it
    Again your opinion. This was a base model 318Ti, it's not a rare car like my old e30 m3. Even then I still did modifications to my liking on my M3 that purists hated because, as stated before, it's MY CAR and I can do whatever I WANT to it. You don't have to like it.


    Quote Originally Posted by hakentt View Post

    My N55 swap is not a hack job because I did not cut into the chassis at all. It is very reliable, starts every time and I can drive it on the street every day. I did hack up the interior, that's because my E36 did not have an interior anyway. You are jealous that I am the first person in the world who did N55 swap into E36 or for that matter first N55 into anything else. Your Castro motorsports can never claim that from me.
    If you agree not to thrash me at every opportunity you get, I would also agree not to do the same to you in the future.
    I'm not jealous, as I hate the n55 engine. I would only do the n54 if I chose to do a factory turbo engine anyway. Your swap was impressive, but your attitude and your reputation takes away from it. I will never try to take that from, neither did I ever attempt to.

    You leave my thread alone and I won't continue, but that's up to you.
    Last edited by e30polak; 01-15-2016 at 08:41 PM.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    1,757
    My Cars
    1998 e36
    You leave my thread alone and I won't continue, but that's up to you.
    Ok then we are cool.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Norristown PA
    Posts
    2,001
    My Cars
    330tti/e46m3t/01M5/Mcoup
    Cool.
    www.prussianmotors.com '95 PT6262 330ti / '03 Maximum PSI M3t on e85 / '00 540 6spd / '01 M5 / '01 M Coupe

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    362
    My Cars
    1995 E36 M3 Coupe
    What front lip is that? How did you get your bumper to sit somewhat flush with the over fender (rear)?

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    4,142
    My Cars
    #Project333Ti & Z3 Coupe
    Quote Originally Posted by ewrjontan View Post
    What front lip is that? How did you get your bumper to sit somewhat flush with the over fender (rear)?
    Racing Dynamics front lip with adjustable splitter. And the rear bumper has a bracket that pushes it outward to meet with the flare.

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    362
    My Cars
    1995 E36 M3 Coupe
    The bracket that is attached to the vehicle? The bumper itself has a non-adjustable bracket correct?

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •