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Default waffles_bmw <> No Nonsense Drag Build <> 9 sec or Bust! - 07-29-2019, 07:53 PM

Hey everyone! My name is SJ and I thought it’s finally time to start a build thread here. Recently I decided to take this car to a whole nother level so why not share it with everyone! There is a ton of information I will be throwing at you so bear with me because it’s forever evolving. Hope you guys enjoy this thread as much I enjoy sharing it with everyone!

I will keep this thread updated as much as I can. Once the car is up and racing you can expect A TON more pics and videos on my Instagram account waffles_bmw (read waffles(underscore)bmw) so make sure to follow so you don't miss anything!

Link to the full album documenting the build (pics are in no particular order) is located here.

Now on to the good stuff!

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Post 1: Prelude
Post 2: Background
Post 3 and later: The “Meat and Potatoes”

Prelude:
A little bit of history. Bought a 2008 335i E90 automatic back in 2012 after giving up trying to find a good non-molested 6MT in the color scheme I wanted (black exterior black interior with the sport package). Immediately purchased a JB4 (G4 at the time) and ran just a tune until BMS came out with their meowless ********* (was a “beta” tester). Fast forward maybe 6 months, searching AutoTrader, and I came across the EXACT car I had but it was a 6MT with 50,000 miles. Let's just say I had the 6MT in my garage that evening. From there I went full bolt-on up until recently and loved every minute of it. As of today (7 years later) the car only has 66,000 miles.... Here is a pic shortly after I picked her up in 2012 and got her professionally detailed.



April 2018 is when I decided to take it the next step further and go single turbo. Now at this point I had no intention on this being a dedicated drag car. It was meant to see a track day every now and then but the original purpose was just to be a street monster. After researching several kits I finally settled on a DocRace with a 6466 and a few supporting mods like Spec stage 3+ clutch, Mfactory single mass lightweight flywheel, Precision Stage 3+ LPFP, and various maintenance items.



But before I could begin the swap I had to prepare my workspace! Now one month prior to deciding to go single turbo I had just moved in to a new house (March 2018) so everything was chaotic during this time period. I specifically wanted the new house to have a 3 car garage and wasn’t going to settle for anything less, and this is the reason why…..





I’ve always wanted my own car lift and I was finally able to get one with the new house. Installation was pretty straight forward and I did everything myself. What better way to break it in than with a single turbo swap!

Got the car up on the lift and started pulling her apart. The lift makes it so much easier to drop the sub-frame and transmission. This was one of the top 5 best purchases of my life that’s for sure. Was able to drop the sub-frame and get the turbos out fairly quickly.







I won’t bore you with the details of swapping out to a single turbo as that’s been documented very thoroughly by others on the forums and Youtube. However, as I was going through the swap I began to ask myself “why am I doing this? This car will be capable of 700 whp but where am I going to use all this new found power? Sure I can do pulls on the street but what am I really gaining from that experience?” Though contemplating life choices I was able to get the swap done. Here’s the kit all installed minus a few things that still needed buttoned up.



Now before I get into the details of why I created this thread, I will say I’ve always been a fan of 1320Video YouTube channel. For those of you who don’t know who 1320 is (do you live under a rock?), they are a group of car enthusiasts who travel around the world attending various car events and creating content on social media. Back in the day they were known for their videos of street racing, and they still are, but over the last few years or so they’ve been getting more involved in attending drag racing specific events (TX2k, Street Car Takeover, Rocky Mountain Race Week, etc.). This is when my interest started to peak even further (remember my comment earlier about pulls on the street?). Then one day I came across the Cleetus McFarland YouTube channel where he bought a salvage C5 Corvette, put an exo-cage on it, and the car known as Leroy was born. Following him through his journey of traveling across the country drag racing and having a blast, as cheesy as it sounds, was something I knew I wanted to experience for myself. It was at this point I knew bad financial investments were about to be made.

Sure enough, one phone call to a local shop named E-Fab Motorsports and ~16 hours later, this happened….





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Background
Now that you made it through the history of the car, here is a little background on what I’m doing. If the title didn’t give it away, I am in the process of building a dedicated drag racing car. In particular, an N54 6MT IRS drag racing car. This car has 3 purposes. 1) to have a blast with, obviously 2) to break into the 9’s, and 3) to show the N54 community what this car is capable of at the drag strip, and ultimately, get more people involved in drag racing.

There is a shop up in the Chicago suburbs called E-Fab Motorsports. Some of you may or may not have heard of this shop already. Before I go any further, I will say I am not sponsored by E-Fab, but I will promote his business because he does excellent work. This project is solely funded by myself at this point in time. With that said, sponsors are welcome haha. I came across E-Fab by another thread located here. After seeing the quality of work on that build I gave Eric at E-Fab a call and we discussed what I was looking to do with the car. This would be his first endeavor into the world of drag racing and needless to say was very interested in tackling this project. We talked on the phone for quite a while and I knew he was the right person for the job. A no BS “do it right the first time” guy….and that’s exactly what I was looking for.

Over the course of the next two weeks I began gutting the car at home. And by gutting I mean GUTTING. Anything that wasn’t needed in order to go in a straight line did/will get removed. Every interior component, sunroof, AC components, power steering, park brake….all of it gone. Once the car was prepped for E-Fab I loaded up the car into my newly acquired 28’ TAG race trailer and headed on up to E-Fab to start the build.







On my way up to the shop from Central Illinois I decided to pull off at one of the gas stations that had a *** scale and weigh the truck and trailer. Trailer was supposed to weigh 6000 lbs by itself and I pull it with a SRW F350 (needs to be a dually). I only had the car loaded in it for this trip….no tools, extra fuel, generator, golf cart, etc. Total weight came in at 17,600 lbs!



Arrived at E-Fab and go to see firsthand a badass time attack build.



Got the car unloaded, pulled it into the shop, and handed over the keys to E-Fab.



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“Meat and Potatoes”
If you made it through the prelude and background, I appreciate it! I condensed it as much as I could but left out quite a bit actually. If you chose to skip the two previous sections altogether, no hard feelings, hope you enjoy the rest of the thread. Without further ado, here is the “meat and potatoes” of the build!

Let’s start off by first going through the mod list. It’s quite extensive and it seems to grow every day. I’ll update this as things change but here’s the list so far:

Engine/Drivetrain
  • DocRace 6466
  • MFactory lightweight flywheel
  • MFactory 3.08 Helical LSD
  • Turner Motorsport solid diff mounts
  • Turner Motorsport solid engine mounts
  • Turner Motorsport solid transmission mounts
  • Spec stage 3+ clutch
  • Custom hood exhaust
  • PSP 900 intercooler with custom piping
  • Custom chargepipe with Turbosmart BOV
  • Precision Raceworks coils
  • Precision Raceworks stage 3+ LPFP
  • Helix 4x HPFP overdrive
  • MHD and BoostBox tuned on C16
  • VTT crank bolt capture
  • HVAC delete
  • Power steering delete
  • WOT Box
  • Drive shaft loop

Suspension/Brakes/Wheels
  • ASD hydraulic e-brake
  • Tilton 800 Series pedal box, Tilton clutch and brake master cylinders, brake bias adjuster
  • ABS delete
  • VTT 15” rear brake conversion
  • Turner Motorsport wheel studs
  • 17x8.5 ET40 OZ Alleggerita for the rear
  • Weld S77 17x5 2.2 inch back space front runners
  • Hoosier 28x10x17 bias ply rear
  • Hoosier 27.5x4.5x17 bias ply front runners
  • AR Design line lock
  • Turner Motorsport solid subframe mounts
  • BimmerWorld trailing arm bushings

Exterior
  • Headlight delete
  • Windshield wiper motor delete
  • Aerocatch hood pins
  • Pinch welds removed in front fenders to clear Hoosier front runners

Interior
  • Fully gutted
  • 10 point chromoly NHRA approved roll cage
  • Window net
  • Parachute handle
  • VAC seat mounts
  • Sparco steering wheel
  • Rennline quick release
  • OMP steering wheel hub adapter
  • Kirkey series 55 aluminum seat with cover
  • G-Force camlock 6 point harness
  • Hard Motorsport sunroof delete
  • Custom aluminum dash with tablet as main display running MHD
  • Rear firewall
  • Fire extinguisher

After I dropped the car off E-Fab got right to work. First things first, figure out where the driver (i.e. yours truly) needs to be positioned. So, we got the brackets mounted to the aluminum Kirkey seat.



After E-Fab and I was happy with the driver position I let him be and he got to work. Few days later he sends me some pics









Look how tight this cage is. He’s done this once or twice I’d say!



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Default 07-29-2019, 08:04 PM

Cage is done! Cage was built to NHRA spec certified down to 8.5 sec. We added a few more bars over what the requirement was just because it was easier to do it now (i.e. X in the door and bar connecting the main hoop and window sill).



X in the door. Not required but easy to install now.



Bar connecting the main hoop and window sill bar. Also not required but easy to install now. Went ahead and painted it black before the Hard Motorsport sunroof delete panel is installed. However, I think I'm going to paint the cage a different color besides black. More on that later....



Custom dash bar mount for the steering column. We will be using the OEM steering column for the time being until I see a reason to upgrade.



Few more pics of the completed cage. Turned out better than I imagine it would. True race car at this point!





That's it for now. A TON more updates in the near future!


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WOW awesome thread! Car is going to be badass! You also make it very easy to read all the posts I can tell youre very detailed. Sub'd
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WOW awesome thread! Car is going to be badass! You also make it very easy to read all the posts I can tell youre very detailed. Sub'd
Thanks! I try to make it as easy to follow as I can and disclose everything in case others are interested in taking a similar path.


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Thanks! I try to make it as easy to follow as I can and disclose everything in case others are interested in taking a similar path.
By the way, I too am a huge Cleetus McFarland fan! Let me know if you need someone to operate the nitrous bottle for you on the dyno when you're ready!
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By the way, I too am a huge Cleetus McFarland fan! Let me know if you need someone to operate the nitrous bottle for you on the dyno when you're ready!
Nitrous is likely in the near future so I'll keep that in mind haha


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Now help me get anti-lag sorted out so we can get this car into the 9's! (I'm the one that's been emailing you lol)


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Was that James L.'s old e90 prior?

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Nice build, Eric / E-Fab does nice work.



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Was that James L.'s old e90 prior?

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Nice build, Eric / E-Fab does nice work.
If James L was an older lady who I purchased the car from in 2012 then could be

Thanks! Yea, Eric has a great shop going. Great fabricator and all around knowledgeable when it comes to racing.


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I know


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Shop completed the rear firewall the other day. This completely seals off the passenger compartment with the trunk. Why am I doing this you ask? Well the plan is to go with a 5 gallon external fuel cell next year (likely sooner rather than later) and NHRA rules say if there is an external fuel cell and/or a relocated battery in the trunk then there must be a firewall. Since I have no rear seats a firewall needed to be fabricated. This turned out to be more of a pain that we originally expected but it turned out great!

Halfway through the install. Here you can see the horizontal bar that connects the two rear shock towers together. This was done for reinforcement purposes since so much material was removed.



Here she is all finished up (basically).



I'm a fan of doing things right the first time where I can. As stated my plan is to go external fuel cell next year. Also in future plan is a water tank for an air-to-water setup. Since we are doing all this fab work now it make sense to prep the trunk for the tanks before I paint the interior of the car. Took the opportunity to cut out the trunk floor, brace it underneath, and add the sheet metal flooring.



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Went up to the shop this weekend and hung out for a bit to confirm placement of the steering wheel, parachute handle, hydro-brake, and gauge cluster.

One thing I noticed while sitting in the driver's seat is the steering wheel makes it difficult to see the gauge cluster. Not that I'll be watching it much to begin with other than the shift light, but we decided it makes more sense to place it slightly to the right of the steering wheel were the Idrive was installed.

Obviously not exactly where my head is placed in relation to the steering wheel but visibility to the gauge cluster will be limited.



Also snapped a few pics of the VTT 15" rear brake conversion. Very nice kit. I for one need the extra brake capacity in the rear because I have a 4.5" front tire (i.e. I need a higher brake bias in the rear). This will accompanied by a bias adjuster. At some point in the future the front brakes will be replaced with a pieced together Wilwood kit as well.





Last but not least, here is a pic of how the car stands at this point.



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Getting about time to paint the roll cage! Follow this link to the thread where you can vote what color you want to see!


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Well, ABS is gone. Tilton pedal box and all new clutch and brake lines going in soon!



Engine bay looks so much cleaner stripped down. Now if I can just get rid of that DME and fugly coolant reservoir....



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