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  1. #126
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Mc View Post
    fallguy: much appreciated!
    I posted up some pics in my build. The AC clears but lines will be really tight, frame will need to be dented in or notched out.

  2. #127
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    fallguy: Hmmm. Thanks a bunch for the images. It is such a nice setup and available all new GM. Will be interested in your solution to the frame rail conflict.

  3. #128
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    More parts arrived...

    One key component that looks like a work of art (or mind numbing 3D puzzle).

    Images to follow when I get a moment!

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    I second the notion for FiTech; Ultimate LS Kit

    I procured FiTech Ultimate LS Kit to pair with my E36-LS2-LS3-MN12-blah build this year.
    My first go around with BMW/LS-hybrid... and fired right up.
    Sheetmetal Intake only netted 14wrtq loss - but added 27rwhp at 7krpm.
    Overall power up on ave over OE-Type Intake Mani.
    I too built/ing up a BMW for my kids (ages 4 and 6)...
    ... but those are other BMWs - maybe Ill start a post.

    Kuddos for the sell to the Mrs that your effort/cost in this project is a family-based need!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lloydjoe View Post
    If your thinking of aftermarket efi systems check out FItech. They have a decently priced system, comes with injectors, rails, throttlebody, harness, metal intake, map sensor And a few other goodies. It was designed to fit in the car applications so it is a low profile intake. In the F.A.Q. section on their website there is lots of info that people have asked about. Would probably be cheaper buying that system and not having to source out everything else that it comes with.

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  5. #130
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    Quote Originally Posted by Team FMS View Post
    I procured FiTech Ultimate LS Kit to pair with my E36-LS2-LS3-MN12-blah build this year.
    My first go around with BMW/LS-hybrid... and fired right up

    looks clean. i should paint my bay after i get all of this sorted

  6. #131
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    Team FMS: Extremely slick powerplant! I will have to review the FITECH product. I still favor the Holley HP and LS6 intake setup...nothing exciting, but something I'm familiar with. Love the kiddo shot-I just tell my assistant, "Think of it as a big Lego Technic set." :-)

    Finally, visited the real dyno - quarter mile dragstrip...year round Bradenton Dragway.

    3 Runs netted a smoking 15.40 @ 92 mph. I was surprised at the pace...but 224,000 miles likely has some impact. Don't believe the auto trans has a functional performance mode. Shifted consistently at 6400 rpm and 60 foot of 2.5.

    Should be able to improve that ET by ~3 seconds!

    17 12 07 M3 Drag Visit Lanes Front Angle

    17 12 07 M3 Drag Winner's Circle

    Quite fortunate with a strip 40 minutes away and all the runs for $20.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Transmission choice: Pick will be a new T56 Magnum with an OEM LS7 clutch package.

    Question is close ratio or wide ratio. We will be updating to a 3.91 rear gear.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Tim Mc; 12-08-2017 at 11:04 PM.

  7. #132
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    Finally some time to check out the new parts:

    Big Mishimotor radiator...took advantage of the Black Monday sale:

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/EcNMTj]

    And long awaited Chuck's SS Super Tubes in 1 7/8 primary size (room for growth):

    Set outside:

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/21fipPL]

    Set inside:

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/21fiq6N]

    Hi tech collector merge with nice quality V-band:

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/21fiqrY]

    Hi tech collector spike merge:

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/21fiqS7]

    Only mod the car will require is a reduced diameter steering shaft. No steering column movement or brake booster conflict. Seems to be the best solution to include the OEM BMW rubber isolator mounts. Looking forward to putting everything together.

    Can't say enough about Chuck - works of art and delivered right on time...amazing for a custom part. Kudos to him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Mc View Post
    Transmission choice: Pick will be a new T56 Magnum with an OEM LS7 clutch package.

    Question is close ratio or wide ratio. We will be updating to a 3.91 rear gear.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks.
    Mine is a t56 magnum with the ratio that has 6th gear at 0.5:1, I really enjoy it. I bought that one because I didn't want to do "mach chicken" down the highway just to be in 6th gear and not lug the engine lol. The down side is first gear is a bit shorter. Had problems with it not wanting to do high rpm hard shifts, did some searching online and tried Royal Purple Syncromesh ATF fluid. A world of a difference. I can now shift at 7,000+ rpm and hardly any resistance going into the gears. Haven't ground a gear since.

    Since I built the car I have changed the diff out and went with 4.10 ratio. Now 115 kph is about 1800-1900 rpm from what I remember. 200 kph is around 3200-3300 rpm.

    At the drag strip I noticed I definitely need stickier tires, spinning through all of first and most of second (trying not to spin) but being able to chirp the tires into 3rd and into 4th gear.

    I am not familiar with the LS7 clutch, but I installed a twin disc McLeod clutch. Hardly any pedal pressure, damn near feels stock. Never had an issue with it slipping even with doing 2nd gear burnouts outs on a hot day.

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  9. #134
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    lloydjoe: Appreciate the feedback. 2.97 first gear is pretty short. I have another car that has a 2.87 first gear with a similar sized rear tire...although 4.11 ratio. It is indeed short, but it works pretty darn well at the strip for launches and driving on the street. Seems easier to launch. I do like the double overdrive aspect of 50%. Fuel mileage!

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