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Old 06-07-2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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E36 325i AutoX & lapping build - Eurotrash Motorsports

Hey all,

I'm new to this forum, but I figured I'd introduce myself by showing you what I've been up to for the past year.

Last year I started racing my ex-daily driver - a 1992 325i - in the Motorsport Club of Ottawa's Autocross series. This was my first car, and I drove it on the street for 3 yerars before I decided to buy something a little more recent. I shamefully tried to sell it, and gladly it didn't go, so it became my track rat. Initially to help with costs, I split the car with one of my friends and we raced together, but last winter I bought him out to continue the project on my own.

To prep the car for the first event last year, I upgraded to HP+ brakes, and some interior weight reduction. I already had a CAI and front strut tower brace, and was running on all seasons. The goal was to start out on a budget and learn the car before starting to upgrade too much.

Well things kinda snowballed from there: next mod was a tire upgrade - I went for the Kumho Ecsta XS, and then shortly after that I got a good deal on used shocks and springs, so I picked up a set of Bilstein Tourings and an Eibach Sportline lowering kit.

The season went really well, and I had a chance to do some lapping too at Calabogie and at Shannonville. Needless to say, I'm now an addict

So last winter, the project really started unfolding. This was the first time I had ever worked on a car, so I learnt as a went, and tons of people helped me through the process.

Here's what I've done to the car so far:

-Weight reduction: removal of: interior, sunroof, A/C, heatercore
-Brakes: HP+ pads, ATE superblue, ABS delete, remade all hard lines with an in-line Summit Racing adjustable rear proportioning valve, UUC stainless steel brake line kit
-Suspension: Cosmo front strut tower brace, Eibach Sportline springs, Bilstein Touring shocks, Meyle HD rear strut mounts, UUC Swaybars, UUC FCABs, UUC RTABs, BW adjustable RCAs, extended lower strut bolts & washers for front camber
-Frame: X-brace, PF Black subframe bushings, BW subframe & RTA reinforcement plates
-Drivetrain: Cosmo CAI, cat delete, fan delete (SPAL electric fan installed), 80degC themostat, UUC Stage II flywheel & performance organic clutch, UUC race engine & tranny mounts, BW aluminum diff bushings, UUC EVO3 short shifter kit with DSSR, UUC stainless steel clutch line, Edge Motorworks ODB with Autometer Oil Temp, oil pressure, and water temp gauges
-Wheels & tires: 17x9 D-Force LTW5s, Dunlop Star Specs 255/40R17 (brand new), bolt-to-stud conversion, 15mm front spacer

I've been documenting the build and our racing progress on our team's website - www.eurotrashmotorsports.com. Feel free to read the build blog, or check out the gallery & video section.

Let me know what you think, and I hope to see you at the track!
Shawn
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:29 PM   #2
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Here's what the car looks like as of now. There's still a lot of wiring that I can get rid of, but that will be a project for next winter.

Shawn
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:36 PM   #3
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Well this summer's autoX season is over. For the last few events, I was having engine trouble and a compression test revealed low compression in cylinder 5 (150 vs. 195-210 for all the others).

After doing a bit of looking around, I found a solution: instead of rebuilding this engine, why not do an M52 swap and rebuild that?

I was able to pick up a complete M52 from a 98 328is (single VANOS). I also purchased a 413 red label ECU, an OBDI wiring harness, and I'll be using the manifold and TB from my M50 for the conversion. I'll be doing a complete tear down/refresh of the engine before putting it in.

Plans for this winter also include:
-S52 cams
-long tube headers
-single 3" exhaust
-3.5" MAF
-24# injectors
-Custom tune (by bmwconnect)
-sparco spring 5 racing seats with G-Force 5pt harnesses
-rear cage (seats back)
-m3 control arms
-new tie rods

Should be a busy winter!
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:12 PM   #4
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Take that rear swaybar out when you go lapping

How do you like the Sparco Sprint v?
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:15 PM   #5
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Take that rear swaybar out when you go lapping

How do you like the Sparco Sprint v?
I had the swaybar setup in all summer and it wasn't bad!

I noticed that I had a bit more understeer in AutoX than I would've liked (as well as a BIT of snap oversteer in certain situations), and some corner exit understeer when I was lapping at Calabogie.

Other than that, I love the balance of the car. I think adding front camber would solve my understeer issue - right now I'm at -2.8 front, and -2.5 rear. I'm going to try between -3.5 and -4 next year and see what happens.

As for the sparco, I just picked them up and will be installing them over the winter. They look and feel awesome, but I don't have any seat time (no pun intended ) with them yet.

I've got an update on the engine too: The bores were done on the M52 so it looks like I'm going to have to oversize the pistons which means lots of $$$. Not sure what route I'm going to go, but I'm leaning towards 86.4mm CP pistons with an 11.5 compression ratio . The overbore should turn my 2.8L into a 2.96L
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:47 PM   #6
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For those of you that are interested, I've continued this build thread in the Ottawa forums.
http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=138342

Just got the rotating assembly in the 3.0L M52
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