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      05-26-2016, 04:32 PM   #1
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My Rebuild Has Started

As many of you may know, I had a rod bearing spin and seize the engine about a month ago. I finally have most of the parts assembled to begin "Phase 1" of the rebuild. I secured a 25k mile donor engine that will get me back on the road while I rebuild the original block as a 4.4L stroker for "Phase 2".

While the engine is out I am taking advantage to do some upgrades (previously it was stock except for a ESS VT2-625).

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Bimmerworld Tri-Y headers (Thanks James!)
Bimmerworld X-pipe w/race cats
Bimmerworld P/S aluminum expansion tank
Bimmerworld solid subframe bushings
Bimmerworld stiffer engine mounts
Bimmerworld rod bearing update kit (WPC treated rod bearings & ARP rod bolts)
do88 Radiator
do88 DCT cooler kit
do88 PS cooler
do88 Oil cooler
Eibach F&R Sway Bars
PCars Multigauge w/Boost

I will be doing a full dyno and track test day after it is all together to detail results.


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      05-26-2016, 04:35 PM   #2
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Hell yeah what an awesome way to rebound from such a tragic event! Good luck with everything, and feed us all the details of your progress..

Pics are awesome as well... I love engine porn!!
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What a great rebound! Good luck and looking forward to hear about your progress.
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Why WPC rod bearings?

Are you going to do new mains or have them treated somehow too?

Looks like a fun project.

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      05-27-2016, 12:55 AM   #9
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Because BE bearings are out of stock until Aug, and I haven't heard of anyone with failed WPC bearings. Bimmerworld recommended them from their race cars and I trust James.
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Because BE bearings are out of stock until Aug, and I haven't heard of anyone with failed WPC bearings. Bimmerworld recommended them from their race cars and I trust James.
+1 for Bimmerworld and James.

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I am not sure, I have yet to see a dyno of these headers on a SC car, but I am hoping to pick up a bit of mid-range and make similar power but with a bit less boost. I will post a dyno as soon as the car is done.
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As many of you may know, I had a rod bearing spin and seize the engine about a month ago. I finally have most of the parts assembled to begin "Phase 1" of the rebuild. I secured a 25k mile donor engine that will get me back on the road while I rebuild the original block as a 4.4L stroker for "Phase 2".

While the engine is out I am taking advantage to do some upgrades (previously it was stock except for a ESS VT2-625).

Here is a run down:

Bimmerworld Tri-Y headers (Thanks James!)
Bimmerworld X-pipe w/race cats
Bimmerworld P/S aluminum expansion tank
Bimmerworld solid subframe bushings
Bimmerworld stiffer engine mounts
WPC treated rod bearings
ARP rod bolts
do88 Radiator
do88 DCT cooler kit
do88 PS cooler
do88 Oil cooler
Eibach F&R Sway Bars
PCars Multigauge w/Boost

I will be doing a full dyno and track test day after it is all together to detail results.


Big shout out to my local race shop DXDT Racing (https://www.facebook.com/dxdtracingllc/?fref=ts) for doing all the hard work.
Why didn't you go with BE bearing? Given the hype I thought everyone would be lining up for BE bearings when replacing stock!
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Why didn't you go with BE bearing? Given the hype I thought everyone would be lining up for BE bearings when replacing stock!
See post #9. Looks like he would have if they were available.
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Awesome! Excited to see results. I've always thought a stroker and supercharger would be a killer combo.
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Because BE bearings are out of stock until Aug, and I haven't heard of anyone with failed WPC bearings. Bimmerworld recommended them from their race cars and I trust James.
Sounds like you've already purchased the wpc but if not you should consider Vac's extra clearance kit. Reason I say this is because they're coated custom lead bearings, whereas the wpc bearings are treated non lead OEM's which make uoa's pretty useless and don't offer much, if any, extra clearance. I like the idea of being able to monitor the condition of the coating via lead levels which you can't do outside of vac or be.
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Sounds like you've already purchased the wpc but if not you should consider Vac's extra clearance kit. Reason I say this is because they're coated custom lead bearings, whereas the wpc bearings are treated non lead OEM's which make uoa's pretty useless and don't offer much, if any, extra clearance. I like the idea of being able to monitor the condition of the coating via lead levels which you can't do outside of vac or be.
Thanks for the tip, if this was a daily car for me and I wasn't going to be building a stroker, I would have even possibly waited. But the engine going back in for now will only be run for a year tops and then it will come out and be set aside as a spare. The stroker will get BE bearings.

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Can't wait to see what it does when you're finished!
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Here is why we really needed that rod bearing recall to happen. Check out the bearings on the 25k mile 2011 donor engine...
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Here is why we really needed that rod bearing recall to happen. Check out the bearings on the 25k mile 2011 donor engine...
Eek! Scary bearings for 25k miles.

Understand on the WPC bearings -- thanks for the info.

What about the mains? Are you going that deep into the engine or stopping at the rod bearings?
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I must have gotten one of the last sets of BE Bearings from Bimmerworld. Picking my car up tomorrow! What an awesome build!
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