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    Ah Yes, Yet Another ST Build

    Hey everyone, thought it was about time to introduce myself. Been lurking on here for probably 5 years now, watching the platform progress and monitoring the various single turbo builds. I debated whether or not I wanted to invest the time and money into this platform. I was torn between a GT-R, MKIII/MKIV Supra, or the 335. I had a MKIII Supra back in the day and loved it, an MKIV Supra is my dream car (like many others), and a GT-R is well a GT-R. Decided I wanted to do something different (at least for now) and pulled the trigger on a DocRace 6466 kit.

    Little bit of history....bought a 2008 335i E90 Automatic back in 2012 after giving up trying to find a good non-molested 6MT in the color scheme I wanted (black exterior black interior with the sport package). Immediately purchased a JB4 (G4 at the time) and ran just a tune until BMS came out with their catless downpipes (purchased one from his first batch). Fast forward maybe 6 months, searching AutoTrader, and I came across the EXACT car I had but it was a 6MT with 50,000 miles. Let's just say I had the 6MT in my garage that evening. From there I went full bolt-on up until recently. Car only has 66,000 miles on it now....

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    AR Design line lock (to be purchased)

    I fully intend (AND WILL) drive this thing like I stole it. This is my weekend toy so if things break, things break. It'll be a frequent visitor to the drag strip and half mile events so stay tuned!

    Now on to the good stuff, the pics. Cars still in progress but finally got her running today!

    First and foremost, bought a house back in April and the first purchase was a car lift because why not.

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    Here's a pic right before starting to tear her apart. Rear has 265/40/18 Mickey Thompson ET Streets.

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    On the lift ready to be torn apart.

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    DocRace kit packaged so nicely!

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    And here was my dining room table a few weeks ago....

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    Had DocRace polish the compressor housing. Soooo purdy!

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    I hated wrapping the manifold as it's a work of art, seriously. Side note.....wrapping this thing SUCKED.

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    Test fitting the turbo. Everything is so freaking tight. I definitely need Jesus after that install....

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    Turbo is all installed and fired her up for the first time today. No leaks woot woot! Need to clean up some of the vacuum lines and figure out how the OCC needs to be plumbed.

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    Test fitting the Hoosier's. It's a tight, tight fit. The wheels are ET40 and the tire barely clears the rear subframe pushrods with a 3 mm spacer. We'll see. I may have to roll and pull the fenders and put a little bigger spacer on. If all else fails I'll get a custom pushrod machined.

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    Before I can start tuning I still need to install the clutch, flywheel, LSD, port injection, AIC split second, LPFP's, FlexFuel, and do a walnut blast. So, quite a bit yet. There is a test and tune Aug 3rd I'm trying to meet but there's still a lot to do, and well, I have a life too. September 23 is Import Face Off in Joliet, IL.....I will most definitely be there!
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    Well... Holy $#@!. What a build.

    Jealous of the lift.

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    Not messing around! Awesome man, keep us posted with your overall impressions....and if you're from Joliet, IL, say hello to Jake and Elwood for me

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky2 Click here to enlarge
    Well... Holy $#@!. What a build.

    Jealous of the lift.
    Worth every penny. No idea how people do this on jack stands.

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nikitino25 Click here to enlarge
    Not messing around! Awesome man, keep us posted with your overall impressions....and if you're from Joliet, IL, say hello to Jake and Elwood for me
    Thanks! Looking forward to treating this thing like a rental!
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    Nice to see you on here, man! I thought the build looked familiar.

    May I ask how tall that lift is? I'd like one for my garage but don't have tall ceilings. Do you have a link?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by suspenceful Click here to enlarge
    Nice to see you on here, man! I thought the build looked familiar.

    May I ask how tall that lift is? I'd like one for my garage but don't have tall ceilings. Do you have a link?
    If you have a low garage like me your best bet is going to be a scissor lift.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky2 Click here to enlarge
    If you have a low garage like me your best bet is going to be a scissor lift.
    But I'd like access to the underside of the car, lol. Exhaust, etc.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by suspenceful Click here to enlarge
    Nice to see you on here, man! I thought the build looked familiar.

    May I ask how tall that lift is? I'd like one for my garage but don't have tall ceilings. Do you have a link?
    I have fairly short ceilings as well. I was looking at another lift that was taller and was going to place the lift such that it fits in-between the rafters. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a lift with a width that would fit between the rafters (or at least one that wasn't uber expensive). Then I came across this guy. I have about 2 to 3 inches of clearance between the post and the ceiling. I can't raise the car all the way up but it's enough to comfortably sit on one of those roller seats underneath. It's about $150 cheaper than advertised if you pick it up yourself. They have a store in Indianapolis.

    Just make sure you have at least 4" of concrete and you'll be fine.

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    This is as high as I can go. Plenty of room.

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    Worked on getting the stock diff out tonight. It wasn't that bad TBH. Obviously the lift and transmission jack make things a bit easier Click here to enlarge

    This nut was practically off and the other one was hand tight....good thing the mounts in the diff is threaded so the bolts were still pretty snug.

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    Also found the headlight level sensor (I believe) completely disconnected....hmmm Click here to enlarge. I bet this explains why one of my xenon headlights is completely out (it's not the culprit but one can wish right?).

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    Pretty easy with the right tools and a BFL (Big F&#%ing Lever). Yes, I know I have the jack supporting the driveshaft. I had no idea how light it was, leave me alone....

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    Annnnnnnnd she's out. I really need to get a tire rack and mount on the wall. Getting a little cramped in the garage.

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    Picked up an LSD/pumpkin from ECS tuning as I don't have any respectable shops near me other than IND and I can imagine they will charge me an arm and a leg. Nor do I have a desire to learn how to shim it. Just need to send my stock one back as a core. Debating on keeping it though and research other final drive options. I feel first gear with the 3.08 is short as it is, idk.

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    Also picked up some solid diff mounts from Turner Motorsport bcracecar. Diff whine here I come lol

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    Great build and thread! looking forward to seeing more.

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    Wow, awesome build. Myself and few others got a few 600+ 335s in the Naperville, Schamburg area. We should do a meetup sometime with all the N54s in the area. would be a dope shootout to see what cars are the fastest in the area! good luck with the build!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by zmon1300 Click here to enlarge
    Wow, awesome build. Myself and few others got a few 600+ 335s in the Naperville, Schamburg area. We should do a meetup sometime with all the N54s in the area. would be a dope shootout to see what cars are the fastest in the area! good luck with the build!

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    Yea, for sure. I lived in Joliet a few years back before moving down around Peoria. I'll be up to Route 66 Raceway in Joliet Sept 23 for IFO. Come on down!
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    Sweet - an LSD is on my to-do list...
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    Been reading up on the LSD while I'm at work today (shhhh).....apparently you have to code out the "E-Diff". Basically it uses the ABS system to act like a poor mans LSD. Hard pressing the DTC button doesn't completely turn it off. Sounds like E-Diff and an LSD will fight each other. I'm trying to see if it's tied to a specific software release but haven't had much luck finding a credible source.

    This guy seems to know a thing or two but haven't dug into the details yet.

    http://www.onelapx1.com/blog/how-to-...w-actually-fun

    I'll probably just risk it for the biscuit and see if it gives me troubles.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SJ_1989 Click here to enlarge
    Picked up an LSD/pumpkin from ECS tuning
    ECS is usually pretty competitive on pricing so you made the right choice.

    Speaking of cost, how much does that lift cost?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SJ_1989 Click here to enlarge
    Been reading up on the LSD while I'm at work today (shhhh).....apparently you have to code out the "E-Diff". Basically it uses the ABS system to act like a poor mans LSD. Hard pressing the DTC button doesn't completely turn it off. Sounds like E-Diff and an LSD will fight each other. I'm trying to see if it's tied to a specific software release but haven't had much luck finding a credible source.

    This guy seems to know a thing or two but haven't dug into the details yet.

    http://www.onelapx1.com/blog/how-to-...w-actually-fun

    I'll probably just risk it for the biscuit and see if it gives me troubles.
    I think this has all your answers? https://www.bimmerboost.com/showthre...-diff-disable)

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    Nice thread! Great pics OP, love the garage and lift.

    Look forward to build updates - and more importantly, 1/4 times with the Hoosiers! Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    ECS is usually pretty competitive on pricing so you made the right choice.

    Speaking of cost, how much does that lift cost?
    The cost was $1550 including the oil since I picked it up in person at their facility. The cost on the website includes shipping. I'm happy with it and it's perfect for a DIY'er. There's no need in my opinion to spend money on a BendPak or something similar.

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    Thanks! Weird, I didn't come across this when I searched earlier....must have missed it.

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    Nice thread! Great pics OP, love the garage and lift.

    Look forward to build updates - and more importantly, 1/4 times with the Hoosiers! Click here to enlarge
    Thanks! I plan on posting everything....the good, the bad, and the ugly just to share my experiences. I don't drag race that often so there will be a learning period with this car but this something I've wanted to get into for quite some time.
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    Slow progress is better than no progress....work has been nucking futs the past few weeks and has really put a damper on things.

    Started removing the OEM diff bushings today and had to make a homemade tool. Rented a control arm bushing tool from Advanced Auto but it was junk. A 2" pipe works great for the front two bushings and came out no problem.

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    The rear diff busing is being a pain in the arse and won't budge. Maybe it's my ghetto tool I pieced together from Menards lol, dunno. I'm using a 3" PVC coupler (i.e. fits around a 3" PVC pipe) and some random brackets I found while wandering Menards. I may have to get a hole saw and cut it out.

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    Gave up on the rear diff bushing for the day until I figure out something different and pulled out the trans. Thank goodness for the trans and car lift because that suuuuucked by myself. Started out by placing a board inbetween the sway bar and oil pan to keep the motor from tipping forward when the trans was removed.

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    Looks like the rear main seal has been leaking a little bit for awhile. Look around the bottom half, you can see some dirt stuck to the seal.

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    I have already replaced the valve cover gasket, but you can see it was leaking pretty good in the back. Most of those bolts were barely hand tight.

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    You can't tell in the picture below, but there was some oil around the freeze plug that was installed with the Doc Race kit. Not sure what's going on there or where it's coming from. I've only ran the car for about 10 min so far, guess I'll keep an eye on it.

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    And here's how she's sitting at the moment. I need to get this thing DONE and start having some fun! Don't mind the pipe wrench, that's what I'm using to keep the threaded rod from spinning on the rear diff bushing tool.

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    I was tossing around the idea of doing my diff bushings as I'll be reinstalling my diff soon, but your difficulty has me second guessing whether I want to go down that hole Click here to enlarge

    Great pics and update.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LessIsMore Click here to enlarge
    I was tossing around the idea of doing my diff bushings as I'll be reinstalling my diff soon, but your difficulty has me second guessing whether I want to go down that hole Click here to enlarge

    Great pics and update.
    I don't know, I didn't think it would turn into a pain in the arse. I've done ball joints on my 230,000 mile 2010 Super Duty that's spent it's entire life in the harsh winters of Illinois. It was terrible lol so thought this would be cake.

    And thanks. I enjoy reading other people's build so just want to share my own experiences.
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    Continued to tackle the rear diff mounts today in 95 degree temps. I was able to get the rear mount out with my battery brushless impact, but barely. I should have used an air impact but I don't have the air compressor wired up yet in the new house :/

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    Here's the rear diff bushing pulled through the subframe. PVC FTW!

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    Aftermath of my random plates and washers. I had to double up and triple up on washers because they all kept bending.... I'd recommend using some square tubing or at least a 1/4" plate instead of my random plates from Menards.

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    Once the bushings are removed you'll need to clean out the holes in the subframe in order to get rid of old material and make it a smooth surface. I picked up these two below. 80 grit was the finest I could find at my local farm store. The one on the right fits perfectly into the two front holes. I'm having some difficulty installing the front bushings (will explain more later) so looking back I should have spent more time cleaning the holes to remove the all the paint within the hole. Once the hole is clean spray some brake cleaner on a rag and run it through the holes.

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    I placed the mounts in the beer fridge to hopefully assist with installation since the bushings need to be pressed in.

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    I was able to get one of the front bushings in halfway and then this happened..... I was using the OEM bolt to press the bushing in. Not sure what's going on as the bushing was going in straight and was doing OK up until this point. I'm going to see if I can find stronger bolts and go from there. If I can't get it in with the bolt method I guess I'll have to drop the subframe, go to Harbor Freight and buy a hydraulic press strong enough to press a square peg in a round hole, and go to town. If I'm dropping the subframe then I might as well to those bushings as well.... If any of you DIY'ers have suggestions let me know and I'll send you a 12 pack of your favorite beer if it works lol.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SJ_1989 Click here to enlarge
    If any of you DIY'ers have suggestions let me know and I'll send you a 12 pack of your favorite beer if it works lo
    I wish I had a suggestion for you as that's a nice offer right there...

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    harbor freight ball joint press and the right flat part/base included in the kit. (for the fronts)

    The delrin stuff you can just whack with a hammer and a block of wood, might be able to do that with the AL ones too.

    They are just like the ones from all of the e3/46 stuff.

    OMW for 12 pack.
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