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Old 08-03-2010, 07:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Adventures in boost land.

Well, I figured I'd start to document my adventure as I'm starting to really get underway with the project.

Started with a stock 2 owner 1987 325is. She has 90k miles, and drives like a dream. But, I couldn't keep her stock for long.

Goal is about 300whp for now... which is the limit of the automatic transmission. Yup, shes an auto, and she's staying that way at least for the time being. I figure with that it'll have a better power to weight ratio than a c6 vette, which is plenty to ask for a car that is over 20 years old and still has working A/C and power everything.



Have to keep that completely dent-free paint protected!




A few pics before any mods at all:






Parts start arriving!








Knock-off tial 38mm external wastegate.




Megasquirt system I spent the better part of 20 hours soldering together and troubleshooting and programming.




Installation begins!

GT3582r, 3" downpipe/exhaust. Running cat free to a 3" flowmaster 40 series muffler.





More to come in about a week hopefully!
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Now that's a sweet project. Love the size of the intercooler...
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Doesn't it feel great when parts start to arrive? I personally enjoy those moments. Keep us posted on the build because it should be very badass indeed.
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finally loaded...looking cleaner and better put together than your last turbo project...id like to do this to the M50 but thats just not possible in CA...not leally
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Great project and really just in time.Received my first parts yesterday for my upgrade to a turbo.First I need to remove the 1.8 and then fit the L6 into the engine bay.I am hoping that it will slide in with no modifications needed.Thanks for the pics and please keep us posted,good luck on your build!
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finally loaded...looking cleaner and better put together than your last turbo project...id like to do this to the M50 but thats just not possible in CA...not leally
Oh god, you remember that beast? Haha that was a LONG time ago. Yes, I have learned a LOT since then.

I do miss those ATS Complite wheels off that old car though. Wish the still made them:

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Car is 90% assembled, ECU had to be sent out to be troubleshooted.. something just wasnt working right. Hopefully it'll be sorted out soon and the beast will be driving soon! Hopefully updating this in a day or two with new pics.
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She lives!

Still TONS of things to do, but at least she runs.

Now to start tuning the engine. Joy of joys.

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