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    Overlord475: 1988 SETA 2.7i Build Thread (Turbo Prep)

    OVERLORD475 BUILD THREAD

    Picked up my 7th E30 a couple of weeks ago.
    I had restored several throughout college to help pay for a semester here and there and actually did pretty well.
    It paid for 1/4 of my school any way!!!!

    Now that I'm out of school I picked up one more.

    Wanted an 88 SETA specifically to do a 2.7i swap and then Turbo. (8.5:1 CR perfection)
    I'll be keeping this one for myself........

    FULL PICTURE ALBUM LOCATED HERE: https://www.flickr.com/gp/64009513@N04/mc27m0

    State when Purchased:
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    HIDs
    IE Shorty Headers + Magnaflow fart can
    Mark D 2.7L Chip
    19lb Injectors (Mustang)
    Aeromotive Adj FPR
    Brembo Drilled and Slotted Rotors
    SS Brake Lines
    Bilstein Sport Shocks
    Eibach Prokit springs
    Solid Offset CABs
    Plastic Rear Bumper
    Borbet Type C's 15x7
    318is Vynal Sport Seats (Front PerlBeige and Rear Black)
    1988 2.7L Super ETA Motor w/ 6k Tach as proof

    Build Plans:
    Stage 1 -
    Replace Magniflow Fart Can (DONE : 8/16/13)
    5spd swap (DONE : 9/21/13)
    3.46 LSD (DONE : 9/21/13)
    Recover Front Seats (perf black) (DONE : 11/15/13)
    Super Eta 2.7i (e to i swap) (DONE: 4/5/14)
    SSSquid 2.7i SETA 17.5# 89 Oct. Chip (DONE: 4/5/14)
    16x8 4x100 ET20 RC Reps (DONE: 6/30/14)
    Rebuild Suspension (DONE : 4/24/15)
    Rebuild Brakes (DONE : 4/24/15)
    BaseLink 10" Sub (DONE : 7/2/15)

    Stage 2 -
    Re-paint (DONE : 11/10/15)

    Stage 3 -
    KAmotors Turbo Kit (3/4 Bar)
    Wasted Spark
    Sim-Sequential Injection
    GE Coilovers

    When I picked it up:



    As of 2/21/14:



    ..

    As of 4/5/14:



    As of 11/10/15 (Fresh Paint)

    Last edited by Overlord475; 12-15-2015, 11:27 AM.


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    #2
    Let me know how Euro bumps on an 88 go over, I wanted to do this but I was told it doesn't work on late models.
    1989 BMW 325is | 2019 Ford Ranger FX4
    willschnitz

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      #3
      Originally posted by Wschnitz View Post
      Let me know how Euro bumps on an 88 go over, I wanted to do this but I was told it doesn't work on late models.
      Will do, might run into the same conculsion once I start digging further into it myself. If not I like a well polished 88 bumper set up.

      Looks more old school then plastics, which I like...


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        #4
        Small update.

        5-spd swap complete with Z3 short shift kit from blunttech, 3.46 LSD, Stage 2 Grip Force Clutch Kit







        Last edited by Overlord475; 03-28-2014, 12:23 PM.


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          #5
          Coming soon.... 2.7i stroker with welded coolant passages, ARP Studs, Goetze HG, and SSSquid 2.7i 17.5# 89Oct. chip.
          Last edited by Overlord475; 03-20-2014, 12:47 PM.


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            #6
            Miller stinks if you plan to go boost, N/a it works well.

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              #7
              Small Update.... 2.7i swap to follow end of next month

              SSSquid Chip Installed : 2.7i / SETA / Stage 1 / 89 Oct / M50 17.5# Injectors -->









              Last edited by Overlord475; 03-28-2014, 12:28 PM.


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                #8
                :up: looking good!

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                  #9
                  Started cleaning up the head. At the shop now being checked, cleaned, and the coolant passages being welded:

                  Last edited by Overlord475; 03-28-2014, 12:31 PM.


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                    #10
                    Fixed a few rust spots and repainted. POR 15 is the stuff!

                    Also repainted the black strip around the bottom:

                    Last edited by Overlord475; 03-28-2014, 12:33 PM.


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                      #11
                      Just performed a leak down test, and all looks good.

                      Here are the results (cylinders in firing order):

                      1 - 13% (Rings)
                      5 - 10%
                      3 - 5%
                      6 - 13% (Rings)
                      2 - 10%
                      4 - 15% (Rings)

                      Leak percentage should be preferably between 10% and 15% or lower. But, technically it is acceptable to have leakage all the way to 40%, but.... questionable.
                      It is best if each cylinder is within 5 to 8% of each other.

                      It should be noted that the above test was performed on a "cold" engine.

                      If the engine is allowed to heat up prior to the test (preferred, I just don't like burning myself) then all the metal expands (rings specifically) and creates for better sealing. The leak percentages will be even small with a heated motor.

                      Most of the cylinders barely made it into the green "Low" section. Good sign!

                      A leak down should be performed prior to any major upper end (head) work to determine the general health of the engine. It would be dumb to put a new head on without rebuilding the block if the rings were bad.

                      Used the HF leak down gauge set:
                      Last edited by Overlord475; 03-01-2014, 08:37 PM.


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                        #12
                        2.7i Swap Info:

                        885 Head (Prof. Clean/Checked/Welded Coolant Passages/New Valve Guides/3 Angle Valve Job)
                        ARP Head Studs
                        173 ECU w/ SSSquid 2.7i Stage 1 Chip
                        Gates Race Timing Belt (BLUE!)
                        m50 17.5# Rebuilt Injectors (by MEPEH)
                        HiPerformance Silicon Vacuum Hose Kit
                        Silicon Coolant Hose Kit
                        M20B25 Intake Man., AFM, 7k Cluster, etc
                        Misc. Required Parts (PelicanParts)

                        Update (3/1/14):

                        Head back from cleaning and disassemble. Looks awesome!
                        Now out for Coolant Passage Welding



                        There's a bit of grease on the surface from an old HG that was laying on top of it for welding reference:

                        Last edited by Overlord475; 03-28-2014, 12:34 PM.


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                          #13
                          Looks squeaky! I know you're probably excited

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                            #14
                            It has begun!

                            Teardown day 1:



                            Last edited by Overlord475; 03-28-2014, 11:48 AM.


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                              #15
                              New wheels on the way:

                              16" x 8" / 4x100 / 20 ET / CB 73.1

                              Picked up a set of these from Black Forest to take care of the 73.1 to 57.1 CB issue:
                              http://store.blackforestindustries.c...eriexdi73.html

                              And these are the tires I'll wrapping them in:
                              http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...%2FPerformance



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