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    Exclamation MSpired's M3 Diagnosis

    MSpired's M3 came to us a couple weeks ago. He asked us to install our stage 2.5 turbo kit on his M3 and utilize his existing motor from his prior VF stage 3 build. When we (John and ChrisK) disassembled the motor we found that the piston to wall clearance was too high and this was most likely the cause to his excessive oil burning problems. As a result, Mike had to source and ship us a new "used" block, which will be arriving here shortly for us to build.
    Many people have asked how his car is doing, so our techs documented everything they found along the way that will be cleaned up and fixed on assembly. Here's a complete list with pictures. I want to point out that our techs are very anal. In many cases there is nothing wrong with using an incorrect fastener but they make sure that all OEM fasteners go into their intended locations. I also want to point out that we do not know specifically who was responsible for these mistakes but they do exist on his car today and we will be fixing them all.
    Issues with car upon arrival
    1. Car consumes excessive oil
    2. Driver's seat loose, poorly mounted to bracket and the seat is torn at belt loop
    3. Modded air valve wiring
    4. Tranny mount supports are installed upside down
    5. C exhaust pipe has a hole in it - has been attempted to be fixed but still leaks
    6. B pipe exhaust support bushing is broken off causing it to hit the rear V brace
    7. Misc wiring secured to chassis with wood screws
    8. Very poor aftermarket sensor wiring
    9. Missing header/frame heat shield fasteners
    10. Wiring is ran from engine bay through both doors to electronics inside
    11. Front sway bar endlinks bind
    12. RTV on rear section to c pipe exhaust gaskets
    13. Both power steering lines are damaged
    14. Crank angle sensor is loose
    15. Headers rest against the motor mount
    16. Air temp sensor wiring is very poor and it's ziptied to brake duct bracket
    17. Moisture in both corner lights
    18. Very poor meth/nos wiring on passenger side of car
    19. Methanol pump is mounted to the windshield reservoir and wired very poorly
    20. Poor angel eye wiring
    21. Right rear wheel is curbed
    22. Front brake lines are ziptied to coilovers instead of their OE bracket
    23. Differential has a lot of "slop"
    24. Missing injector connector retainer 1, all fuel injector to rail clips and fuel rail to fee line clip
    25. Coolant rail o-rings are covered in RTV - no RTV should be here
    26. Coolant rail to head o-rings covered in RTV and rail - no RTV should be here
    27. Copper spray was on head gasket - no copper spray should be here
    28. Cam cap nuts lock-tighted on and shouldn't have been
    29. EGT harness damaged
    30. Oil filter housing gasket to block covered in RTV - no RTV should be here
    31. Cam caps installed incorrect in wrong positions
    32. Rocker arm rail plugs rtv to head - no RTV should be here
    33. Oil pan rtv to block
    34. Drivers side lower A arm boost is installed incorrectly
    35. Piston to Cylinder Wall Clearance is too wide causing excessive oil blowby

    Parts Ordered
    1. Missing fan shroud, fan, left and right deflectors and fasteners that connect the fan to the clutch.
    2. Missing all core support / coolant line clips
    3. Incorrect water pump fasteners
    4. Incorrect fuel rail fasteners
    5. LF fender liner missing. RF fender liner damaged, both are missing fasteners
    6. Incorrect drivers side ballast bracket and missing cover and fasteners
    7. Missing 1 RF wheel lug
    8. Incorrect front sway bar mounting fasteners - 4 nuts
    9. Incorrect charcoal canister cover fasteners - 3 nuts
    10. Power steering line has been cut, leaks and quick disconnect fittings have been broken
    11. Oil pan drain plug area damaged, beyond repairable
    12. Incorrect power steering line isolator
    13. Incorrect fasteners in center exhaust support - 3 bolts
    14. Incorrect fastener in driveline heat shield - 1 bolt
    15. Missing drivers rear sway bar mount fasteners - 2 allen bolts
    16. Passenger rear control arm bent
    17. All 3 rear section exhaust bushings need to be replaced
    18. 2 rear section exhaust bushing support brackets needed
    19. Incorrect rear section bushing fasteners to body - 6 nuts
    20. Incorrect rear section to bushing fasteners - 3 bolts, 3 washers
    21. Center section exhaust bushing missing - broken off of exhaust
    22. Missing bellhousing dust shield fastener - 1 bolt
    23. Missing bumper support fasteners - 1 nut, 4 self tapping screws
    24. Missing drip tray drain grommet
    25. PCV cap/line on engine cover broken
    26. Incorrect coil harness ground fastener
    27. Incorrect EGT/air pump nuts on head - 2 copper nuts
    28. Incorrect coolant reservoir mounting fasteners - 1 plastic insert and 1 self tapping screw
    29. Wire harness main fastener stripper
    30. Front right brake line is damaged
    31. Slip joint exhaust gasket bad
    32. Missing shifter bearing collars
    33. Incorrect IAC fasteners
    34. Incorrect throttle motor fasteners
    35. Power steering pump fasteners bent
    36. Power steering pump rear bracket modded beyond repair -- not available oe without purchase of pump
    37. Incorrect coolant rail fasteners, o-rings covered in RTV
    38. Oil dip stick missing washer, incorrect fastener
    39. Incorrect vanos line holder fastener
    40. Needs new thermostat and o-ring
    41. Coolant rail to head o-rings
    42. New water pump - covered in RTV
    43. New water pump gasket & o-ring
    44. Cam cap studs - 2 long, 2 short
    45. Constant oil pressure valve - covered in RTV
    46. Dowel pins for head to block
    47. Oil cooler hard line broken
    48. Power steering reservoir - pump line wrong
    49. Incorrect lower radiator hose clamp
    50. Missing rear head support bar fastener
    51. Rear lower pass ball joint
    52. New oil pump
    53. Incorrect oil pan fasteners
    54. Missing injector connector retainer - 1
    55. B pipe exhaust support bushing is broken off causing it to hit the rear V brace, will require modification to existing pipe to work properly

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    Customer Requests Clean up of Brace Welds
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    Missing Lug
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    Bent Muffler Brackets
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    Bent Right Lower Control Arm
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    Brake Line Damage
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    Broken Exhaust Gasket
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    Broken Exhaust Mount
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    Sealant on Constant Pressure Valve - This Is Supposed to Seal with an O-ring
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    Crank Position Sensor Not Secured - Oil Leaking Out
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    Cut and Leaking Power Steering Line
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    Cut Shock Tower Stud
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    Damaged Air Duct Brackets
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    Bent Power Steering Pump Fasteners
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    Damaged EGT Wiring
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    Damaged Fender Liners
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    Dent in Piston not caused by engine operation
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    End Link Damage
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    End Link Not Secure
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    Here's the block with the head off and copper spray removed
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    Excessive Loctite on Flywheel Fasteners
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    No sealant should be used on Oil Filter Housing - This uses an O-ring gasket
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    No Sealant Should be used on Thermostat Housing - This uses an O-ring gasket
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    Excessive Sealant on Vanos
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    Exhaust Damage
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    Fluid Residue On Steering Rack
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    Fluid Resting on Subframe
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    Unneccessary Sealant on Front Cover
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    Cylinder Head
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    Header Resting on Motor Mount
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    Head Gasket Sprayed with Copper Spray
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    Improperly Sealed Joints
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    Improper Oil Drain Plug
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    Incorrect Brace Fasteners
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    Incorrect Cam Cap Placement
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    Incorrect Coolant Tank Fastener
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    Incorrect Cover Fastener
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    Incorrect Fastener on Coolant Rail
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    Incorrect Header Fastener
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    Incorrect Heat Shield Fastener
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    Incorrect IAC fasteners
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    Incorrect Oil Dip Stick Fastener and missing washer
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    Incorrect Power Steering Line Isolator
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    Incorrect Vanos Line Holder Fastener
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    Incorrect Water Pump Pulley Fasteners
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    Loctite Should Not be used on Cam Cap Fasteners - Nut is stuck to stud
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    Loctite Should Not Be used in these locations
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    Missing Bell Housing Fastener
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    Missing Chassis Fastener Receiver
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    Missing Clips
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    Missing Block To Head Dowell Pins
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    Missing Drip Pan Gutter
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    Missing Injector Connector Retaining Clip
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    Missing Rear Sway Fasteners
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    Modified Power Steering Pump Brackets
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    Sealant Should Not Be Here
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    Oil Pump Screen Damaged and Has Debris in it
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    Poor Wiring
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    Motor Coming Out
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    Excessive Sealant and Loctite - Rear Main Seal
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    Rocker Rail Plugs - Sealant Should Not Be Here
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    Stripped Cam Cap Stud
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    Support Plate Not Secure
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    Unnecessary Sealant on Coolant Rail
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    Unnecessary Sealant On Return Pipe Orings
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    Unnecessary Sealant on Water Pump
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    Wow.... Im speechless.

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    Amazing attention to detail!

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    WOW - Mike your car is gonna be brand new once you get it back!! Poor thing has been hacked to bits! Sounds like its in good hands now... Whoever worked on it before really loved RTV, and Loctite, and hated doing the job correctly!!! Those welds are horrible...
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GT3 Click here to enlarge
    Wow.... Im speechless.
    I feel the same way... what do you even say after all that?

    I guess all I have to say is I'm glad it is where it needs be to get Mspired what he wants.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 503Alex Click here to enlarge
    Amazing attention to detail!
    I know! I don't mean any disrespect to any shops, but this is exactly the level of detail and documentation I expect as a customer.

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    woooooooooooow


    Epic post !

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    WOW, thats what i call service
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    guess i lost all my rep's... later bro's

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    After seeing them working on my car, I was amazed of the quality and detail of their work!!! HPF FTW!!!!

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    Oh man! More than I even knew about! lol

    I definitively take responsibility for some of those things Click here to enlarge

    So glad my car is at HPF, I have never been so confident that my car will come back to me better than it has ever been! Click here to enlarge

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    That is some serious attention to detail. I don't know of a better way to get peace of mind on a project like this.
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    :jaw drop:

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    Jesus.. I gotta give it to HPF. That is beyond A+ customer service...

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    Gdamn, HPF again taking customer service to a new level. Their attention to detail is second to none. Your car will be perfect when you receive it back!

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    that amazing... these guys really are top notch
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    Wow that is unbelievable! HPF rule! Cant wait to see your car finished bro. Your mechanical parts will be new when you get her back Click here to enlarge GL
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    wow!

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    WOW! ur car is gonna b done right man. Good stuff HPF!

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    I think the car will finally be in good hands! and soon ripping down the road.
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    looks like there were a lot of items that were not quite perfect. It is good to know that they are being extremely thorough. That is important when more than doubling stock power output. Best of luck to you.

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    Amazing post. Every shop should take note of this.

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    crazy amount of detail!

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    Thanks for the compliments everyone. We look forward to having Mike's car up and running as soon as we receive the new engine block from him. I'll publish the after shots shortly. Click here to enlarge
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