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Old 02-20-2018, 07:58 PM
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This was a shizz year for me financially. I got shut down on all my side projects.

I'm on my way back to comfortable so I decided to go forward:

Car is getting some body damage repaied and as soon as that's done, I'll be able to proceed.

I'm driving back down to Anaheim C.A. to see M5Jed again.

Before the trip I'll be re-doing the exhaust from Jed's Headers back. Adding extruded bungs for the pre-cat O2 sensors to 2.5" stainless piping, an x-pipe to 2 magnaflow 4" mufflers cut and welded together at one end at a 45 angle to act like a resonator, out to dual-quad tips (unless anyone wants to give me their 4.6is exhaust tips for free...?.?.?

After that, I'm off to DUDMD's house of Vroom to find my missing 20hp and tune the engine to squeeze the shizz out of these headers and see what kind of real-world gains are possible.

The suspension was refreshed recently so L.A.'s freeways won't destroy my car driving.

Should be a fun few weeks.

I hope to have answers to all our questions before March 11th, when I get back.

Side note:

I know this thread died quickly with no answers but after swapping engines, forking out $ for headers and suspension, I was pretty tapped out.

I detail boats for a living. Sometimes even I prioritize. In this case, my employees and the business got all my attention this last year.

I've been embarrassed to post anything because I didn't have much to contribute.

Still have the 4.6is e53 but now ready to sell it. Now that everything was replaced under the hood.

Don't give up on me, I haven't.
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:05 PM
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You do you Plattus. Priorities are priorities and there are much more important things than updating a project on a car forum.
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Old 02-22-2018, 01:41 AM
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I appreciate the understanding. I promise to have something to add here shortly (within the Month of March)
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We're done. I just drove home... The kid in me looooovveeess the noise. The adult I'm trying to act like around the authorities and my neighbors is cringing just a bit.

I can almost play with the sound like it's a musical instrument, that much control is what I'm feeling with throttle and its amazing. It is also going to get me pulled over, again and again. LoL live and learn. I don't have time to swap mufflers out before my trip so I'll be coasting past every cop I see through 3 states.

Sound clip in the a.m. I'm beat. It was 34F in his shop. We started at 10 and finished up around 6:30.

"Dave's" Ellensburg exhaust" in Ellensburg, WA.

He did everything. I was there because he wanted to make sure everything "looked" good to me before he made it semi permanent. He was helpful, ingenious and friendly (not an uncommon theme amongst the forum members I've met).

SLIGHT modification to the spare well. lol



Always quickly finding solutions to m-sport wagons with headers and dual exhaust problems. There was possibly 10' of "trial" pipe (2.5" stainless) leaning against the wall by the time he was done.



Neat guy with a racing history (local dirt, funny and now drag) If you go, do not judge this book by it's cover-alls. He's amazing and didn't charge the moon. He's wanted to help with this build since I first thought about the swap. He's basically been waiting on me to get my shizz together. He's not alone. This is a good step in the right direction. Now, if I can tune the engine we'll finally have some frigg'n numbers to play with!

Update- (next evening) We couldn't find the extended bungs for the O2 sensors we wanted to use tonight and after a few local shops that were still open after work had nothing. WagonsHo (bimmerforums member) got dragged into it. He showed us recent pics of his beautiful roots style S/C setup for an m62 - mind blown-

I also got to see his latest of I think 4 e39 wagons. An auction buy of his that I think he got for less than a grand, heroine needles and all, with under 90k on the clock. In less than a month, gorgeous little sled and it feels fresh on Seattle's testing grounds for tank suspensions, I mean streets. Now I feel even more lethargic. He didn't have any on him which if you've met him, you might just suppose that he had 1 of every part. Because, in many cases, he would. If I knew a fraction of what he knows how to do with a car...

DUDMD is booked up and time is slipping away. I might only get the car to run on it's current tune. No hooning it up till there's some math that agrees in that computer.

Tomorrow, bungs (sourced some) possibly a muffler swap (doubtful but I'll try)
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I'll be heading South Sunday, tomorrow. We got the O2's in new bungs last night. No tune/dyno yet. Might have to wait until I'm down there to play but Jed will be there so he can point me in the right "local" direction.


Safer than it looks.


All tidied up and cleared the O2.
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