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    Small update just to show how I ended-up mounting the ECU and IVM. It will be even neater once I'm done optimizing the wiring and zip-tying. I'll have a separate post on what I used for the wiring harness later.

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      I'm pleased with how the engine bay looks, it's come a long way from the wiring shit-show when I first had it running! This is using a Z4 harness. I highly recommend Z4 as the base harness because of the IVM, which replaces a tangle of plugs, fuse boxes and relays with one simple, svelte little box. It combines all the relays, fuses and plugs and makes things a lot easier.

      Now, the drivers side of the Z4 harness is too short to reach the glovebox, but the e90 harness is perfect, so I swapped all the wires on that side from Z4 to E90. It's simple, trust me, only takes an hour or two. On the passenger side, the Z4 harness is 2 1/2 ft too LONG, but there's not nearly as many wires and they're quite simple to shorten.

      Pictures with and without the M3 beauty cover.

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        with 288hp at 7500rpm,
        ok, that just got my attention.

        Especially given how much the N52 doesn't weigh...

        t
        now buying up wrecked E90's...
        now, sometimes I just mess with people. It's more entertaining that way. george graves

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          Originally posted by TobyB View Post

          ok, that just got my attention.

          Especially given how much the N52 doesn't weigh...

          t
          now buying up wrecked E90's...
          That's on a motor with stock internals! No Schrick cam, porting, pistons, etc.
          There's a bolt on mod for the N52 called MILV (Modified Intake Valve Lift) that increases max lift by 1mm by changing the shim on the eccentric shaft. Takes it from 9.7mm to 10.7mm.

          It's making that with 0.5mm less lift than a stock S52.

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            also looking at N55 rockers for the exhaust, should be a similar bump in lift on the exhaust cam (different rocker ratios). I have them on hand, going to stick them on a head and measure the change in lift directly.
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              Your bracket assembly for the DME and IVM is well executed. Thanks for posting it up.

              Engine bay looks clean too.... Very nice.

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                Originally posted by nando View Post
                also looking at N55 rockers for the exhaust, should be a similar bump in lift on the exhaust cam (different rocker ratios). I have them on hand, going to stick them on a head and measure the change in lift directly.
                So MILVs for the intake, and N55 exhaust rockers? Sounds rad.

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                  "Cause if you liked it than you should have put a MAF on it..."

                  or something like that.

                  Yes, the consensus was that I needed a MAF to go from engine model inferred airflow to measured airflow, and what a difference! Whereas before it was rough, hesitated, had flat spots and was no fun to drive around town, the MAF made it perfectly happy pulling from 1000rpm in 5th gear.

                  This is a 3.25" MAF to match the N54 throttle body.

                  HELP NEEDED. My intake temps are awful with my hot air intake. What are the cool kids with ABS doing for cold air?

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                    No that I've purchased, but you'd probably want something like this: https://castromotorsport.bigcartel.c...ce-air-box-e30
                    Which puts the filter almost above the ABS unit, and boxes it in there.

                    I'm sure you'd be able to make something similar like this guy: https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...34#post9817834

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                      Originally posted by hoveringuy View Post
                      This is a 3.25" MAF to match the N54 throttle body... What are the cool kids with ABS doing for cold air?
                      If you dont mind stepping down to 3" then it looks like the Kamotors intake kit would fit.

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                        MMMmmm, hot air intake! :p

                        I have a KAmotors intake on my M20. Ehhh.. we can figure out something better than that. But it at least shields the filter I guess. I think most people though, just run an open filter. Heck, amost 99% of N54/N55s I see with mods have the open filters right on top of the engine.

                        If you could get that elbow/filter a little higher and closer to the headlight, it wouldn't be too hard to form something with a sheet of ABS or something, at least to shield it from direct airflow off the radiator.
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                          The N54 manifold creates a challenge because of the angle of the throttle body:

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                          I think you need to turn up before you start moving forward so you get over the pump, even if that means moving the PS reservoir. This is another frankensteined engine combo with an n54 manifold, but I don't know what factory rubber piece that is on the N52 throttle body:


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                          That's from a recent post over here if no one else recognizes it: https://www.romraider.com/forum/view...p?f=60&t=16947

                          How much angle do you get out of the factory n52 plastic elbow? I bet you have one of those.

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                            I think I'll do an "all of the above" approach.

                            -6" spun aluminum venturi to replace my high beam
                            -With a 90 at the TB, 3.25" MAF tube, and then either a 45 or 60 (I ordered both...), I should be perfectly aligned to have the filter over the ABS
                            -I'll put a divider between the radiator outflow and the filter.

                            The N54 TB is bigger than N52, so the N52 intake stuff doesn't fit.

                            Like a lot of things, I think this will be my "rev 1" version as I discover what works and doesn't work.

                            I don't really get the Castro style box; once the corner is sealed-off, where's the air coming from?

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                              So what you need is like... an intake manifold that routes a little higher and fixes your 2000 rpm torque dip, right?

                              I've heard legend of such a device.

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                                Cool! I heard you were making progress. The second DME I sent to Steve (which I think is yours anyway) just needs the 3-stage mode enabled and the rev limiter tweaked. Probably will re-base that file when Steve revisits the dyno again.

                                There wasn't really a torque dip, it was a problem with the modeling in the no-MAF mode. It seems like it was switching between operating states suddenly at around 2krpm. So we switched to MAF based for now. I don't know if Steve will want to revisit the no-MAF mode again, it should be able to be just as smooth (if not smoother) but sorting out the model might not be easy and at some point, you just want to drive the car.. lol

                                And as much as I like the 3-stage, it basically makes it impossible to make more than about 240whp, because you can't rev it past 7krpm, even if the motor will easily spin to 8k on stock internals.
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