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    Project F80: Partnering with Ghassan and RB

    I am excited to announce that I am partnering with both Ghassan Autmotive and RB Turbo! Our goals? To put together a car that can run 9's one weekend and then do a road course the very next weekend. We are targeting 700whp on this 1k capable build.

    Like many of my stories, this one starts off with a little bit of frustration. While I knew the crank hub could be an issue, I was starting to wonder if it was a 1 in a million type of thing (only hear the bad on the internets) or was I destined for failure. Turns out, it is indeed a real thing. Click here to enlarge

    After running the car FBO w PI for about 2 years, on 11/26 my crank hub finally gave up the ghost. I was still a bit surprised at this because of a few factors.
    1: 2018 Comp DCT with 10k on the clock
    2: The kick down switch was NEVER used
    3: Auto mode has NEVER been used
    4: When this failed I was only doing a 3/4 throttle pull up a hill to pass traffic and when I came to a stop I got the dreaded vanos faults that would not clear (13E201 and 3F2012)

    So onward and upward!
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    Current drivetrain mods:
    JB4, MHD Full e85 BEF, Thor GTS Flashed, Fuel-it! PI with upgraded feed line kit using 750 injectors, BMS charge and J pipes, BMS intakes, Phoenix intercooler, VRSF DP's, and ACF exhaust.

    Upgrades being performed by Ghassan Automotive:
    Forged rods, pistons, APR studs, Max PSI pinned hub, full teardown and rebuild.

    RB Turbo will be supplying us with is first set of S55 hybrids (so happy to be working with Rob again)! Rob and I set the N54 twin turbo record a few years back with the first 10 second pass (also in partnership with Fuel It!). While this only lasted what seemed like a minute, I feel it was a big step in helping pushing the platform forward.


    Car was picked up on 12/5/19 and should be there on 12/7/19
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    Goal is to have the car back up and running in Febuary of 2020!

    I will be keeping this thread updated as Ghassan and his team make their way through the build.
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    First Update 12-7-19
    Car arrived at Ghassan!
    https://imgur.com/gallery/3fHjYHn

    Thanks again to Ghassan for taking the time to do a walk around and take photos to show that my girl made it there without issues.
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    Awesome - can’t wait. You always do amazing stuff!

    -Rich

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    Minor update for the build but major update for me.
    I knew my build was not going to start until after PRI in Indy this week and Ghassan invited me up to meet him and discuss the project. I have to say, I was impressed with how professional and polite he was with me and everyone he spoke with.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by trickcruiser Click here to enlarge
    PRI in Indy this week and Ghassan invited me up to meet him and discuss the project. I have to say, I was impressed with how professional and polite he was with me and everyone he spoke with.
    I need to do PRI at some point.

    Anyway, any update?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Anyway, any update?
    Actually yes, there is!

    We have added CSF to the team and they have given me a great deal on their heat exchanger!

    We are just about done collecting parts and should have the turbos late January - early February.
    The car is on the rack and Ghassan will he removing the engine in the next couple days.

    Parts list being installed:Mahle Pistons
    Ghassan 1200whp rods
    ARP bolt/studs
    MaxPSI crank hub
    King main bearings
    ACL rod bearings
    CSF Heat exchanger
    RB stage 2 turbos
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    Awesome project. We sold our F80 and parted it out after we finished our development. Still a few things left if you are looking for PI or the perfect race exhaust. Both with very few miles on them


    EOS Intake Manifold with top mount PI 550CC genuine DW injectors with lines $1200
    ACF Full aluminum Exhaust with custom Vibrant 3.5" resonator (this is BY FAR the best sounding S55 exhaust we have ever heard. Completely gets rid of the rasp, transforms the way the car sounds for the better while dropping like 60 lbs off the car) We modified this slightly to a SS section after the DP's then into the aluminum. $1000

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by trickcruiser Click here to enlarge
    We have added CSF to the team and they have given me a great deal on their heat exchanger!
    @CSF Cooling is great stuff and Ravi is a stand up guy. He helped me out a bunch as well.

    Trying to get him on BimmerBoost now that CSF is kicked off BimmerPost. Do me a favor and mention it to him Click here to enlarge
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    Todays update, the engine is out!
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Tony@VargasTurboTech Click here to enlarge
    Awesome project. We sold our F80 and parted it out after we finished our development. Still a few things left if you are looking for PI or the perfect race exhaust. Both with very few miles on them


    EOS Intake Manifold with top mount PI 550CC genuine DW injectors with lines $1200
    ACF Full aluminum Exhaust with custom Vibrant 3.5" resonator (this is BY FAR the best sounding S55 exhaust we have ever heard. Completely gets rid of the rasp, transforms the way the car sounds for the better while dropping like 60 lbs off the car) We modified this slightly to a SS section after the DP's then into the aluminum. $1000
    Thanks, I actually already have the ACF exhaust and fuel-it PI kit with 750's already on the car. Happen to have any photos of the Vibrant resonators installed on the exhaust? That could make a world of difference! I do still need to address the LPFP on the car if you have anything for that laying around.



    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    @CSF Cooling is great stuff and Ravi is a stand up guy. He helped me out a bunch as well.

    Trying to get him on BimmerBoost now that CSF is kicked off BimmerPost. Do me a favor and mention it to him Click here to enlarge
    I will pass it on man!
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    Awesome build! Glad to see RB expanding into other markets. I remember your 135i build well.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by blaster3500 Click here to enlarge
    Awesome build! Glad to see RB expanding into other markets. I remember your 135i build well.
    Yeah, I think RB really has some great plans for the platform!

    Actually just got off the phone with the owner of the old Evil1! He converted the car to a 6spd and beats the car almost daily in TX. Really was/is a great car!
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by trickcruiser Click here to enlarge
    Yeah, I think RB really has some great plans for the platform!

    Actually just got off the phone with the owner of the old Evil1! He converted the car to a 6spd and beats the car almost daily in TX. Really was/is a great car!
    It definitely is a great car now that the 6AT is out of the car. I'm hoping to hit a dyno with the Evil1 in the next couple of weeks. She's in good hands and can't wait to see the F80 when it's done!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by trickcruiser Click here to enlarge
    I will pass it on man!
    I appreciate that, thank you!
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by psixtc Click here to enlarge
    I'm hoping to hit a dyno with the Evil1 in the next couple of weeks.
    Make a thread and post the results up please...
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by trickcruiser Click here to enlarge
    Yeah, I think RB really has some great plans for the platform!
    Appreciate that sir! Very excited to finally get this S55 engine turbo upgrade (and several others) rolling, been far too long on the to-do list, and far too long for the S55 guys paying the dollars they have for all these years now.

    We have about 5 additional sets of these we are preparing, only prepared from OE Authentic cores of course (with only custom upgrade parts), and built by yours truly on cutting edge balancing equipment, if anyone is interested feel free to shoot over an email. We plan on having these machined and ready to build over the next week or two, with first and foremost emphasis on completing trickcruisers setup.

    Very much looking forward to this builds impressions, and of course getting some data/results as well!

    Thanks,
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    Update:
    Ghassan has the motor going back together and RB is at the machine shop. Timing for early February still looks feasible!

    more to come
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    Are the S55 turbos RB just posted yours?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Are the S55 turbos RB just posted yours?
    Yes sir that is indeed his set. We were able to CNC both the OE rear elbow and the OE front plastic inlet perfectly to match, which is what those pictures were trying to convey. So this offering will come with that as well, such that the customer has perfectly matching inlets to their turbos as standard. Will have another picture of the compressor housings to CHRA's assembled today, and ideally by Wednesday some more pics of the completed assemblies.

    Rob

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    Some teaser shots of the upcoming S55 RB Twos. Keep in mind these are not designed to be the end all be all setup, and we know 100% are not going to take down the competitions peak numbers, and this is 100% not our concern.

    These were designed to be the perfect all around setup, the jack of all trades if you will, for the customer who wants considerably more but really doesn't want to deal with all of the crap that comes with going too crazy modifying engines beyond their intended specs (we realize the OP built his motor but he also wants to mainly bulletproof it for track use and really wanted something that was still responsive as well).

    The big thing with these is that we really needed to make a custom spec'd turbine wheel, to allow for a perfect fitment into these S55 turbine housings, as such this is NOT a TD04L or TD04HL as neither fits the housing properly. This custom turbine wheel is somewhere in between those wheel sizes however is closer in size to the TD04L than the TD04HL, thus making them a better fit to be our S55 RB Twos.

    At some point later we will make a S55 RB Twos Plus, that will entail another custom larger (closer to TD04HL sizing) turbine that will likely create much more lag and it may not be for everyone, unfortunately this is always the trade off for bigger power. It also will use a considerably larger compressor that will certainly not work with the OE front plastic inlet anymore, so we will have to do something entirely custom for that. No big deal there as we've had solutions dreamt up for it for years now, but this is where we are starting out and we really like where it is going...

    All in all this setup has been designed to make what most people are going to want, authentic OE quality and hand built in the USA with premium top tier balancing equipment, 100+whp power potential yet retain as close to OE turbo transient response as possible, complete and packaged with port matched inlets, all at an insanely great price that is really going to shake up this platform.

    Anyway without further ado here are the pics attached.

    Thanks,
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    S55 RB Twos project completed and shipping today. Spent a lot of time diligently customizing, machining, and building these units; we expect one hell of a solid all around setup. Here are some more pics for you all to enjoy.
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