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      08-14-2012, 02:28 PM   #45
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      08-14-2012, 03:17 PM   #46
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Very nice Alex, cant wait to see your car tomorrow
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nice! if any wheel would arouse a man... it should be those. lol
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      08-21-2012, 01:41 PM   #48
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      08-21-2012, 02:20 PM   #50
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looks good!
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An uber lightweight Verstraße 12mm spacer was just ordered. Next up will be to drop the car and get the signature VS Motorsports Corner Balance and Alignment.
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      09-08-2012, 03:44 PM   #51
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Beautiful weather today in Michigan, so I decided to snap some quick pics. I wish I was more familiar with the area, since I didn't have much time to actually scout around for some visually pleasing backdrops. Stay tuned for more photos in the near future.














As some may notice, I lowered the car ever so slightly. Visually it might not look as pleasing or aggressive as others, but I am trying to remind myself of practicality and functionality. It must be noted that this wide angle lens that I'm using and lighting really makes it look higher than it does in person, haha. I also threw on some Volk stickers! I actually drove around with naked Volks for awhile and loved the look. If these ever start to peal off, I am just going to leave them off. They look much cleaner and "OEM" without the shameless plug.
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      09-17-2012, 08:12 AM   #52
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Great looking car and some serious work done !
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      09-26-2012, 01:05 PM   #53
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      09-28-2012, 10:24 AM   #54
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very nice!
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      01-19-2013, 01:21 PM   #55
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The parts continue to pile up...
Over the next few months, I will slowly be crossing off things from my to-do list...finally! My goal is by Spring time to have covered a lot of maintenance and overhaul!

Here are a few photos of parts I mentioned earlier.

RC Engineering Rebuilt OE Fuel Injectors


Beisan Systems Sealing Plate O-Rings



Beisan Systems Solenoid Coil Pack
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      01-19-2013, 01:52 PM   #56
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you are one crazy mofo! I don't know how you find the time to do all this with work and your studies...
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great car Alex, the one thing that always amazes me is how clean you keep that black car! You must spend hours on that!! well done
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      01-24-2013, 08:20 AM   #58
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Good job man and thanks for sharing your story. Looks great and surely it must run even better. Quite the change from day one eh?
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      02-15-2013, 11:04 PM   #59
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Haha...it ends up being a good study break. Helps me reset the mind

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great car Alex, the one thing that always amazes me is how clean you keep that black car! You must spend hours on that!! well done
Thanks man! Ugh, the car is absolutely filthy right now

I am actually thinking about getting it professionally detailed this time around to take the paint to the next level of correction!

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Good job man and thanks for sharing your story. Looks great and surely it must run even better. Quite the change from day one eh?
It's been fun to share with you all! Hopefully many enjoy the progress. It has been quite the journey.
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      02-15-2013, 11:05 PM   #60
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Blackstone Laboratories Oil Analysis
I finally sent out my very first sample of oil to Blackstone Laboratories! Having seen a handful of members coming up with less than desirable results, I was a bit nervous. I did have the Rod Bearing Recall nearly a decade ago conducted by my local BMW dealer. Despite that, some race shops have told me that they are not permanent fixes. In the end, I am rather thankful that my results came out perfectly clean!

Over the 11 years of ownership, I have always done oil changes every 7500 miles. It was only the past year or so when I started changing oil every 5000 miles. To the say the least, I am very pleased with the results. I was actually preparing to do an rod bearing upgrade, but I may postpone those plans a bit further.

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      02-24-2013, 12:09 PM   #61
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As I mentioned many times over the past few months, I have been collecting quite the pile of parts. I am slowly getting things together and now just twiddling my thumbs until I can find a few free days to start the wrenching process.

VANOS Parts
Part | Part Number | Quantity
VANOS ISA Screw with Washer | 7129905554 | 3
VANOS ISA Screw with Washer| 7129905537 | 2
VANOS Filter | 11361401971 | 1
VANOS Gasket | 11367831938 | 1
EGR Valve Washer | 11727505259 | 1
Beisan Systems Solenoid Pack
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Center Support Bearing | 26122282495 | 1
Flex Disk | 26112226527 | 1
Flex Disk Bolt | 26112283795 | 6
Flex Disk Nut | 7129900047 | 6
CV Joint | 26117841003 | 1
CV Joint Cover Lid | 26117540778 | 1
CV Joint Flat Gasket | 26111229078 | 1
CV Joint Torx Screw | 33217571990 | 6
CV Joint Reinforcement | 33207572717 | 3
CV Joint Muffler Clamp | 26117542264 | 1
CV Joint Washer Gasket | 26111229503 | 1
CV Joint Snap Ring | 26111225017 | 1



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Part | Part Number | Quantity
Diff Front Mount Bolt | 33177840535 | 1
Diff Mount Bolts | 23001222891 | 2
AKG Motorsports Diff Mount/Bushings



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Part | Part Number | Quantity
Valve Cover Gasket | 11127832034 | 1
Spark Plug Gasket | 11127831271 | 6
Cam Bolt | 11311407013 | 2
Impulse Sending Wheel (E) | 11317832199 | 1
Impulse Sending Wheel (I) | 11317832200 | 1



Gear Shifter Parts
Par | Part Number | Quantity
Shifter Bearing Pin | 25117529079 | 1
Shifter Arm Bearing | 25111222015 | 1
Shifter Ball Bushing | 25111220600 | 1
Plastic Washer | 25111220439 | 4
Shifter Lever Circle Clip | 25117571899 | 2
Shifter Rod Joint | 25117580281 | 1
Selector Shaft Seal | 23127501580 | 1



Exhaust Parts
Part | Part Number | Quantity
Section 1-2 Hex Nut | 11621744323 | 6
Section 1-2 Hex Bolt | 7119902901 | 6
Section 1-2 Flat Gasket | 18307830674 | 2
Section 2-3 Gasket Ring | 18111723379 | 1
Section 2-3 Square Nut | 11621741172 | 4
Section 2-3 Gasket Ring Asbestos Free | 18101405737 | 1
Section 2-3 Flange | 18111719417 | 1
Section 2-3 Bolt | 7119904533 | 4
Section 2 Hanger | 18207832991 | 2
Section 2 Hanger Nut | 7143413174 | 4
Section 2 Center Support | 18211436309 | 2
Section 2 Center Support Bolt | 7119905529 | 8



Misc Parts
Part | Part Number | Quantity
Drain Plug Cover | 51717893279 | 1
Front Hood Emblem | 51148132375 | 1
Bosch Coil Packs | 12131712219 | 6
Fuel Injectors | 13647830975 | 6
High Temperature CPV O-Ring



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      02-27-2013, 03:46 PM   #62
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Finally crossing things off the to-do list...
I had some free time this morning to do some quick and easy installs...

Beisan Systems Solenoid Coil Pack and O-Rings
Install was very straight forward. I ran into some silly hiccups that kind of prolonged the install. After a bit of frustration, everything was bolted up with perfect idle and drivability.

Genuine BMW OE Hardware


Beisan Systems Hardware


Old vs New VANOS Solenoid Bolts. Sturdy Torx vs Prone-to-strip Hex.


AKG Motorsport RSM and RSM Reinforcement Plate
Very quick swap coming from the RE RSM. Ignore the double nut on the RSM, I will be replacing this with a Genuine BMW OE locking nut.



...more AKG Motorsport parts
I didn't have time to quickly swap out my RTABs with the AKG Motorsport 90As. I also picked up the AKG Motorsport Delrin Brake Pedal Bushing and Shifter Housing Bushing.

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      03-15-2013, 07:07 PM   #63
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I got a very fun package from Evolve Automotive the other day....

A nice box with the special Evolve Automotive tape...


...wait what?!...just a silly air filter?!...


NO WAY!!!!


Schrick 288/280 Standard Lift Camshafts
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