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08-12-2005, 12:18 PM
Removal of the old 325i M50 engine (FOR SALE)

Installation of the race built 328i engine

Installation of the 328i clutch with lightweight flywheel

All the work has been done by me and Bimmer325, with minimum tools. The painting is done by a friend of mine. I will post more pictures soon.

Race car spec so far:
- 2.8 vanos race prepared engine with titanium retainers and M3 cams
- Z3 2.8 Aluminum block
- UUC underdrive pulleys
- OBDI conversion with vanos
- SS clutch line
- lightweight flywheel
- Ireland engineering headers
- 328i clutch + M3 slave
- M3 short shifter + new shifter linkage
- IE urethane engine and transmission mounts
- custom CAI
- Cat removal and O2 relocation
- Custom roll cage 6 points
- 5 points harness
- 2 x racing seats
- Ground control coilover suspension
- M3 sway bars (FOR SALE)
- M3 control arms + solid offset delrin control arm bushings
- Custom strut brace
- BMW X brace
- M3 front spindle and brakes
- Mintex full race compound brake pads
- Rear adjustable control arms for negative camber
- 17" rims with R compound tires

Parts to be installed:
- Borla Stainless steel racing exhaust
- Complete M3 rear axle
- M3 3.23 LSD differential
- Urethane trailing arms bushings
- Stiffening of the rear subframe mounts and sway bar mounts
- Solid subframe bushings
- UUC sway bars front and rear
- M3 bodykit and paint job
- Steering wheel with momo hub and quick disconnect.
- ARP DTM wing

- 3.46 70% LS Differential: 1500US
- Make the car race ready with extinguisher, battery shut off switch...
- Install gauge panel: 200US

08-12-2005, 01:16 PM
*mw* race ready bmw e36 *mw* nice ride man...i'm excited, can' wait to see it all finished *th-up*

btw outta curiosity why the 328 swap into the 325 body? was it jsut because you had a clean 325 body on hand or was this planned :confused:

cool track car regardless...

08-12-2005, 01:35 PM
I should have the car ready for the shannonville track day the 28th.

I want to stay in BMW club race class "J prepared" and to be in that class you need a 2.5 or a 2.8 engine, if you get an M3 engine you get into a higher class.

My headgasket blew up on the 2.5l engine so I decided to get two used engine and send them to Motek to get them rebuilt (amazing job he did). Everything is brand new except the pistons, crank, connecting rods and cams.
The car fired up the 1st time (after installing a working DME). And it idles loud (no muffler yet) and smooth.

The car should be rolling this week end and will be painted in two weeks.

08-12-2005, 05:41 PM
that motor is purty :P

08-12-2005, 05:58 PM
Always build a car with a class in mind.

08-12-2005, 06:35 PM
pics of interior?

Where'd you get the UUC sways, gauge cluster, and M3 body kit?

08-12-2005, 11:11 PM
UUC sway have been installed tonight along with the ground control suspension.
I bought the sways from someone on Maxbimmer, the gauge cluster I didn't buy it yet.
Bimmer325 sold me a front and rear bumper replica, the front bumper is perfect for the race car. I will be able to remove it to drive the car on the trailer.

08-14-2005, 12:14 AM
Hey Bruno, found your trailer yet? I didnt even install my roll cage yet, but got my license last month. See you in the T CLASS next year...

08-14-2005, 02:04 AM
Yes the trailer is in the picture. I am planning on runing J prepared next year.
This year I will do Shanonville, Mosport and maybe Mid Ohio to setup the car.

The roll cage is a big item. Cost me quite a lot.

08-14-2005, 03:55 AM
Bruno chk ur pm :)

08-15-2005, 03:19 AM
Looks good bruno *th-up*

Will this be a full time track car, or will it be street-legal as well?

08-15-2005, 07:31 AM
The car will be a full time track car, I don't want to cops to be all over me as the car is going to be loud and the brakes will squeal.

Like that I can keep my setup harsh and low all year long.

08-15-2005, 05:30 PM
Hey bruno, who did the conversion to OBDI?
Was it hard to do? I want to make the same conversion.

08-15-2005, 10:35 PM
I did the OBDI conversion, there is some tricks and some sensors have to either be changed or modified. But it isn't too hard.

I thought that since the OBDII software can be changed the swap wasn't really required?