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    Big things in store! Good luck Brad.
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      Thanks Rob.. almost picked up that heated seat kit you you had on eBay for my IX... then I realized I had a couple of heated seats in the attic lol.

      I pinged the bimmerheads guys for advice on tuning my 'stage 1' ITB setup (just the dbilas, keep AFM or switch to MAF and reuse it later...). Don't want to plunk for $350 for a dbilas chip when I know I'm gonna do MS... Just not sure I want to go MS right away. I'd like to drive this car in the summer, not have it taken apart..
      I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

      HOWTOs:
      DB vert plastic bumpers
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      88 ix Lach/Card
      91 ic Calypso 3.1
      86 Cosmo 2.7

      OEM+ or bust!


      reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
      TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
      e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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        Originally posted by e30m3s54turbo View Post
        Tight fit.:up:
        yeah but I really don't want to cut the heater core pipe. gonna brainstorm a bit and see what I come up with. once everything's all set I'll pull it all apart and go over everything cosmetically. can't stand rusty stud bolts on my ITBs, and have an unhealthy zinc chromate fastener fetish.

        this is a 29 year old, 1987 68k mile M20. that's what I want my engine bay looking like.
        Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 10:17 PM.
        I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

        HOWTOs:
        DB vert plastic bumpers
        OEM Keys
        MTech1 docs

        88 ix Lach/Card
        91 ic Calypso 3.1
        86 Cosmo 2.7

        OEM+ or bust!


        reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
        TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
        e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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          My dbilas setup came with some $500+ worth of sweet upgrades, but I can't use them until I stroke out the motor and switch to MS. So I swapped in the OEM fuel rail, injectors and TPS and put the upgraded bits aside for future use.

          Not crazy about the braided lines and color anodized bits anyway - it's got to be OEM+ man!

          M30 TPS (6 wire connector, clicks at WOT).


          nuke fuel rail with mustang injectors


          aeromotive adjustable FPR (seriously pricey bit!)


          Using standard m20 injectors may limit my options short term, but that's ok. when I get MS going I'll have the mustang injectors to go with. Crazy thing is the caps off two of my injectors were gone when I pulled the manifold! they must have fallen off somehow, and been burned off. Freaked me right out. I had some extra injector rebuild parts so all's well.

          As to the core dbilas bits, the AFM side of the intake boot is too large...


          It's part number 13-71-1-707-767, realoem shows it's for an E34/E32 M30. Didn't think I was gonna need to swap the AFM.. Obviously I don't plan to keep it but I'm at a bit of a loss here. Don't want to just do a MAF conversion either if I'm not going to need it with the supercharger. After checking out r3v classifieds, if I can find a tune that will work with an M30 AFM I'll probably just do that.
          Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 10:21 PM.
          I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

          HOWTOs:
          DB vert plastic bumpers
          OEM Keys
          MTech1 docs

          88 ix Lach/Card
          91 ic Calypso 3.1
          86 Cosmo 2.7

          OEM+ or bust!


          reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
          TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
          e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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            Still sorting through the supposedly easy install instructions. I put an order in with dbilas for the loose bits that were missing, shown in their pic here


            pretty sure the long hose on the right is for the ICV, and there's a vacuum fitting on the bottom of the plenum, but the hose end is too big for it. bracket on the lower right is for the dipstick. cable at the bottom extends the tps connector harness.

            Here's the itb setup with OEM bits installed.


            The hose arrangement and valve underneath are from the previous build and will be replaced by whatever I end up doing with the booster and carbon canister valve hoses.. The dbilas instructions tell you to remove the booster hose, but then don't tell you to put it back in lol. They do explain where to reconnect the carbon canister "pulse valve" hose. Maybe I need to keep a hose arrangement like the previous build's shown above to act as a manifold for the 3 pairs of throttle bodies? we'll see


            Here's the fitting on the bottom of the plenum


            The other thing is the cruise control - there's no provision for it. Seems like the cleanest way to add it is to position another cable reel on the throttle mechanism and modify the mounting bracket the cable goes through. Alternatively some sort of 2:1 cable arrangement with either the throttle or cruise cables pulling the reel. I will ask dbilas - these things have been around for more than 10 years... someone must have figured this out by now!

            holding up the oem bracket - it sits flat of course and the ITB throttle cable mechanism sits vertical.
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            the fuel injector harness also needs to be routed under the center ITB or it will rub


            that's why a 2nd cable spool mounted to the same armature is probably the best option.
            Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 10:49 PM.
            I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

            HOWTOs:
            DB vert plastic bumpers
            OEM Keys
            MTech1 docs

            88 ix Lach/Card
            91 ic Calypso 3.1
            86 Cosmo 2.7

            OEM+ or bust!


            reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
            TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
            e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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              as she sits
              Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 10:51 PM.
              I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

              HOWTOs:
              DB vert plastic bumpers
              OEM Keys
              MTech1 docs

              88 ix Lach/Card
              91 ic Calypso 3.1
              86 Cosmo 2.7

              OEM+ or bust!


              reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
              TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
              e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                I love a good jig saw puzzle.
                Deck Lid and soft top Shocks on hand

                Seat shocks on hand for immediate shipment
                https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...86#post4944786
                Alice the Time Capsule
                http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=360504
                87 Zinno Cabrio barn find 98k and still smells like a barn. Build thread http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/show...20#post3455220

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                  haha indeed. just make sure you solve it before you get on the road right?

                  just snagged a rebuilt M30 AFM and an M20B25 tune for it. We'll see if it works. If not I'll put it back up for sale.
                  I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                  HOWTOs:
                  DB vert plastic bumpers
                  OEM Keys
                  MTech1 docs

                  88 ix Lach/Card
                  91 ic Calypso 3.1
                  86 Cosmo 2.7

                  OEM+ or bust!


                  reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                  TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                  e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                    I just cut the pipes for heater back and rerouted the heater hoses to make it work. I never got any leaks and I never swaged the lip. I did fit some hose that was quite tight and double clamped it
                    Last edited by digger; 03-15-2016, 02:55 AM.
                    89 E30 325is Lachs Silber - currently M20B31, M20B33 in the works, stroked to the hilt...

                    new build thread http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=317505

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                      Originally posted by bradnic View Post


                      Is that seriously the quality of the casting on runners 3&4?

                      Was it cast by a monkey using the local playground sandpit? Yikes, I would have expected better.

                      besides that, cool project :)
                      88 325is. S54, CSL airbox, Motec M800, Motec C127, Motec PDM15, Stoptech STR, MCS 2 way coilovers, Forgeline wheels, Recaro SPA, Eisenmann, Personal, lots of custom.

                      90 318is. As new OEM+, BBS LM, AST 4210 2 way coilovers, Wilwood SL6R/SL4R, Dynaudio, Recaro Experts

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                        Originally posted by burkey001 View Post
                        Is that seriously the quality of the casting on runners 3&4?

                        Was it cast by a monkey using the local playground sandpit? Yikes, I would have expected better.
                        haha nah.. it's just an old part that oxidized over the years and was resprayed without proper prep. most of the paint has bubbled off there. I'll take it apart and sand blast the housings at some point, assuming I'm confident I can get it back together and align/tune everything properly.

                        Originally posted by burkey001 View Post
                        besides that, cool project :)
                        thanks! Aussies and ITBs just go perfectly together. As soon as they RHD boys have a plenum ready I'll be taking a look :-)
                        I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                        HOWTOs:
                        DB vert plastic bumpers
                        OEM Keys
                        MTech1 docs

                        88 ix Lach/Card
                        91 ic Calypso 3.1
                        86 Cosmo 2.7

                        OEM+ or bust!


                        reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                        TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                        e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                          Originally posted by digger View Post
                          I just cut the hoses for heater pipe back and rerouted the heater hoses to make it work. I never got any leaks and I never swaged the lip. I did fit some hose that was quite tight and double clamped it
                          sounds good digger. those hoses are all new so I'll try to find some used ones off one of the cars to hack up haha...

                          glad you stopped by man! I've had read way too many of your posts lol. I'll be reviewing everything again once I start the stroker phase of this project.
                          I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                          HOWTOs:
                          DB vert plastic bumpers
                          OEM Keys
                          MTech1 docs

                          88 ix Lach/Card
                          91 ic Calypso 3.1
                          86 Cosmo 2.7

                          OEM+ or bust!


                          reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                          TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                          e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                            Gonna try working with Jesse and the sssquid.com folks on this stage of the project.
                            http://sssquid.com/v2/shop/bmw/e30/e...-with-m30-afm/
                            I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                            HOWTOs:
                            DB vert plastic bumpers
                            OEM Keys
                            MTech1 docs

                            88 ix Lach/Card
                            91 ic Calypso 3.1
                            86 Cosmo 2.7

                            OEM+ or bust!


                            reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                            TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                            e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                              Originally posted by bradnic View Post
                              M30 TPS (6 wire connector, clicks at WOT).
                              per http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=347961, this is an automatic transmission TPS. apparently the manual M30 setup uses a 3 wire TPS, so I should be good with the M20 TPS I retrofitted.

                              @blackjackT7 had a rebuilt M30 AFM and an sssquid M30AFM/m20b25 tune. Unfortunately it was for a 153 DME but he made me a great deal. THANKS Jack!

                              I also went ahead and ordered a stage 1 M30 AFM flash upgrade from Jesse @ squid. He suggested I go with the mustang injectors so we're doing that. Also sticking to stage 1 and not stage 2 b/c I don't have the headers in yet. When the chip gets here I'll send it out for reflash and we should have something workable.
                              Last edited by bradnic; 09-02-2017, 10:52 PM.
                              I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                              HOWTOs:
                              DB vert plastic bumpers
                              OEM Keys
                              MTech1 docs

                              88 ix Lach/Card
                              91 ic Calypso 3.1
                              86 Cosmo 2.7

                              OEM+ or bust!


                              reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                              TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                              e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                                WANT.. Frank had 2 of the new Racing Dynamics long tube hearders left last year and I passed. I'm on the list for the next batch of 6.
                                Note his old dbilas plenum on the top of the pic :-)



                                re the inevitable midrange torque drop, i'm thinking the SC + MS combo will allow me to completely flatten and raise the torque curve. We'll see next year.
                                Last edited by bradnic; 03-17-2016, 07:37 PM.
                                I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                                HOWTOs:
                                DB vert plastic bumpers
                                OEM Keys
                                MTech1 docs

                                88 ix Lach/Card
                                91 ic Calypso 3.1
                                86 Cosmo 2.7

                                OEM+ or bust!


                                reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                                TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                                e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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