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Thread: E46 5.3 turbo 4l80 M3 rear introduction

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    I found a L33 and an 04 Explorer 3.55 differential/axles. Parts are coming in slowly but coming in indeed.

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    Still not anything worth taking pictures of, but I ordered a Jakes billet single disc converter last Friday. My next step is to get the trans built so when I bolt in the drivetrain, it can stay there. I'm trying to think "efficiently".

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    This little fella showed up today. The trans is at my buddy's place and going to get built soon. I have a project to finish for a friend of mine and after that's done, I can start to tear into the E46. Getting much excite now.

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    Nice!! What are the numbers?

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    Apex BW Billet S476/87 T4 1.10 a/r.

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    Things are kind of happening. I guess.

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    Gathering parts slowly but this is still on track. Have the oil pan here. Just ordered water pump so I can plan the accessories. I also ordered some universal poly bushing and trans mount pieces to get the mounting done. Today I am calling LJMS to get his Stage I turbo cam and BTR spring kit.

    Who knew kids would soak up all your extra time!??!? lol! bmwturbo.jpg

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    Lot's of parts coming in. I have all of the accessory brackets here from ICT. ARP head studs showed up along with so GM MLS gaskets. Motor mounts and trans mount are finally finished, just need to get them blasted and sent off to get powder coated.

    I'm contemplating selling this big ass turbo and going with a single S366. This project has turned into a daily driver car vs big power play car. So maybe a smaller turbo would fit my needs better.

    Now I need to get the engine buttoned up, get an intercooler, build wire harness, and build hot and cold side. after that the engine goes to a friends shop to get tested on his SuperFlow 902. pumped about that. This project is taking too long. time to step it up..

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    It's nice to see that this project is still alive!

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    I ordered a M3 style bumper from eBay and it showed up already! I'm impressed. I also ordered 16 refurbished rocker arms with Comp Cams trunnion upgrade installed. They are here as well. I setup my new parts washer the other day from Harbor Freight. Engine mounts are all powder coated and done. This weekend I hope to get the engine sealed back up with lapped exhaust valves, new seals, BTR double valve springs, BTR push rods, newish rockers, LJMS stage one turbo cam, ARP head studs, and Improved racing oil pan baffle.

    Engine will go back in for mocking up the turbo kit and turbo drain routing. I'll fit the bumper then decide what air to air intercooler will fit nicely and order that too. I'll get some pictures going soon.

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    I also have thought about using a M3 rear vs doing a custom 8.8. So I'll be trying to source one of those. I figure the M3 should easily handle 6-700whp.

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    Got one head cleaned up and springs installed. Just to do the other one and wait for my new timing set to come in. I should be able to get the engine done Monday when that happens.

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    Just purchased a full M3 rear axle/suspension drop out along with wheels and front brake assemblies.

    Cam is degreed and I'll torque the heads on tonight. Then engine goes back in and it's on to turbo kit. Progress!

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