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      08-22-2014, 09:52 AM   #265
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Head tear down and removal part 2

Not a pretty sight to see her in so many parts and pieces =(

















All boxed up and ready to go to LA.

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Head back now and now the rebuilding can begin WOOTTT.

Took about two weeks for all the head work to be completed and another two to have it reinstalled along with all the other work.






























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CSL Cabin filter goes in to save a WHOPING 8LB...











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Last set of images of the brackets that were fabricated to make the CSL door panels and seat delete fit correctly. Amazing work was done to get it all tight and locked down.































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Last update for the day. I picked up the car and fired her up and notice that she has a slight growl now, almost V8-esk. This is not bad but as it has been a while the only thing I can think of is it might be the valves giving it more GRRRR. Driving the whole 15 miles home the car felt very dialed in, very responsive and just happy. Now keep in mind I still have no tune installed and am running all CSL software. When I accelerated on to the freeway the car on the freeway just kept going like a freight train as I hit 80 and then slowed down.

I am leading a drive up HWY 1 on Sunday so I will report back the impressions of the head work, valves if the sound is still there, and CSL king pins being installed.

Now that the CSL is effectively done the way I want it I can now enjoy driving the car for miles of fun. The new focus right now is on the GTR project to have it done by 2016 for the E46 M3 event have planned.

Once that car is done I will focus on my new DAD car I picked up over the weekend:



See here journey home here:
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CSL Valves:

As we all know the CSL had different exhaust valves. What I have noticed after putting on about 280 miles is the car has a deeper idle note. As mentioned in m build thread, almost has a V8 tone to the exhaust now. This of course could all be in my head but that is what it sounds like. As for performance I could not tell you a difference as the car goes like a scolded cat. On the drive the car pulled hard out of the corners and was not lacking in power. One of the cars behind me was a 1M and I could keep a good lead on him out of the corners.

Conclusion: increase in power is unknown but the sound note has a definite change.

CSL King Pins (Front Spindles)

As I am not sure what the major differences are between the CSL and non CSL kingpins are I canít comment how the setup changed. What I can say is the feel and track of the car through the corners is definitely sharper. I will do my best to explain.

Track: This might be all mental / subjective but the front of the car feels wider. By this I mean you can feel the front wheels through the steering wheel as if you have a wider track. On the very tight section I could feel where the edge of the wheel was and know that it would GRIP where I put it. I should note by wider we may be talking MM but if MM is all is needed than dang.

DSC was not upset at all with the change. Even though I have the older DSC and CSL steering rack, DSC was not any more invasive as it normally is.

Conclusion: car has more feel on what the front wheels are doing and front grip seems to have increased slightly. I will note this could be all perception but the change was worth it from what I can tell.
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Recent updates.

Beginning of September I arranged for those who wanted to get into the capitol air show and showcase their car. After the show ended we could go and get images with the planes. While at the show I noticed I had smoke coming from around the secondary air pump. As I just got the car back this was a HELL NO! More in a minute after images.





Took the car back to the shop and found out the smoke was caused by a missing gasket on the head that was dripping oil. Fixed the seal and at the same time my SMG position sensor and DSC sensors both went out. UG, when it rains it poors. Got those both fixed and then a bank 1 o2 went out. Serious, got to love modding.

After all that the latest issues now are airbag light which i have to trace down to see which one is mad, and the rear o2 went out. Even with the 02 issue and airbag lights the car was ready to go on the Mammoth / Yosemite trip I had planned for the month.

This weekend was about 600 miles of fun roads and sigh seeing. The drive sections were a lot of the road I lead people on for Lake Tahoe. All I can say is WOW this car is amazing. Now keep in mind I have yet to put a tune on the car and all I have is stock CSL everything.

Turn after turn all I could do was smile as the car just flew across the road. I have always loved this car but after this trip I could not stop thinking about when I could do a drive again. For fun one of the friend on the trip had is fully option and lighted (less super charger) Dinan E39 M5 do a little head to head race. We did a 4th gear pull and we were dead even till he had to shift. After that I was still going and then kept going. Now if I had a tune I might have been able to pull a little.

Now the next steps are to clear all the little faults and do all the finishing touches. This trip also made me fall out of love in doing the GTR project. I already post about this in the thread.

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