Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017 ---Post Links 1st- this 2nd - More Parts! 3rd - Dyno Baseline 4th - FBO and Wastegate Rattle Fixed! 5th - WI Kit and stuff 6th - RHD WI install Part 1 7th - Walnut Blasting 8th - New 8mm Spacers, New Rear Pads, New Brake Rotors, Apex Stud Conversion Kit 9th - Brake Disc Cracked...... 10th - M3 Steering Rack, CD Changer Delete, Gauge Holder Thingy 11th - RHD WI Install Part 2 ---Short Summary of bits Upgraded--- MHD Stage 2+ OTS Map ER CP with Forge DV VRSF 7" HD Intercooler VRSF 3" Catless Downpipes BMS DCI+Catchcan RB Modded PCV Valve Poor Man's BMW Performance Exhaust Mod AST 5200 with Extended Reservoirs for Trunk Mount Turner Solid Subframe Bushings and Turner Solid Delrin Diff Bushings Superpro Super Alloy Front Control Arms with Motorsport Bushings Hard Race Rear Guide Rods/Camber/Toe Arms AP Radi-cal 5000R Front Calipers with AP 355mm J-Hook Discs PFC 08 Pads and Zimmerman Zinc Coated Rear Discs Apex PS-7 18" 9J ET31/9.5J ET35 wheels on Zestino 07RS 255/35/18 and 265/35/18 Apex Stud Conversion Kit DCS Module Coded to delay traction control kicking in, remove brake boosting, etc M3 Steering Rack Retrofit ---To Do List (Maybe)--- Used Howerton Engineering Twin Tank with Aquamist HFS-4 kit M3 Steering Servotronic Retrofit Pre Turbo + CP WMI Sunroof Delete with CF Insert Custom Dual Oil Cooler Setup/ER Competition Oil Coolers CSF Radiator Semi Slicks? Overkill for the street but most of my friends run them so... ECS Tuning Trailing Arm, Trailing Arm Bushings, Rear Control Arm Bushings LSD (WaveTrac/MFactory) OEM or Pure Stage 2 Turbos or ST if an affordable kit comes out for RHD --- My Background... 6 years of driving experience... E36 323 AT - Crashed and scrapped E36 328 MT - Drove it until piston rings gave out and everythings pissing oil JDM Subaru GC8 Type R STI - Destroyed 3 Engines due to different failures, sold it Renault Clio 172 - Crashed and scrapped --- Anyways... I bought the car a year ago because I couldn't think of anything else to get within my budget. Originally I was in the market for an AT one that I can do the Alpina B3 flash on but... my 6MT came up and the PO was willing to lower his asking price a bit as the turbos rattled so I ended up getting it. Since I don't need to drive the car on a daily basis I don't really mind NVH or harshness. I aim to bring this car to the track one day after I have all the suspension/drivetrain bits and cooling upgraded but its primary use will be for spirited drives and highway sprints. How I got the car... Bone Stock except for 19" Breyton Wheels with 225/255 Michelin PSS Since the wastegates were rattling, I optted for a MHD Stage 1 Flash to get rid of the rattles. I have lots of android phones lying around already so I got myself a cable for under 15USD and flashed away. Felt pretty good considering the price was pretty affordable. Throttle response and power improved significantly after the flash. I spent a month or so doing to get to know the car better. In stock form, the car understeers quite a bit. The front end doesn't give me confidence on turn in, the front and rear feels disconnected, the rear end has a mind of its own and wanders around especially when trying to accelerate after apex in high speed corners. The brakes stops stopping the car after a few 200-100km/h stops. Then... after two months, my shock dampers failed and started to leak. So... I got a set of somewhat custom AST 5200 from AST Netherlands, Turner Solid Subframe Bushings and Turner Solid Delrin Differential Bushings to see if I can at least cure some of the problems. So... a bunch of monies thrown at it and.... Ast- Suspension 5200 suspension, F450# R634# (converted to lb) springs custom quick disconnect hose to reservoir for trunk mount Turner Motorsport solid alu subframe + solid delrin diff bushing Alignment Specs: Front: -2.3 degrees Camber 0.1 degree Toe Out Rear: -1.9 degrees Camber 0.1 degree Toe In I was aiming for -2.5 degrees camber in front but the camber plates maxed out already but other than that, everything worked out fine. As I installed the subframe and diff bushings together, I couldn't make out which caused more NVH but I'd point my finger at the diff bushings. I can hear my differential when accelerating or decelerating and at highway speeds with windows up. Also, I can hear myself physically shifting/clunking now. I can live with it as it's not as bad as my previous cars with solid engine/gearbox mounts which I might eventually do on this car as well. The driving aspect of the car... I can't even describe with words how good the suspension is. The ability to soak up bumps on the road and dampening control is far better than anything I have tried (KW V3, PSS9/10, BC ER, etc). Although I still need to get to grips with how to setup the suspension for "spirited drives", it is already very good out of the box with all the settings in the middle. The bushings in the rear tightened up the car a lot and I can finally feel "in control". However, the front end still feels sloppy and not confidence inspiring. Although the car can carry a lot more speed into the corner, it still feels heavy and the brakes...are now fading even faster than before. The car still has a tendency to understeer during turn in so... more upgrades! 2016/11/06 Update Poor Man's BMW Performance Exhaust Mod Someone offered to do the poor man's BMW Performance Exhaust Mod for 500USD. Well, I wanted some more sound but not drone so I went ahead and did it. Honestly, for the price, it's OK. The exhaust is actually quieter than stock inside the car but it sounds better outside. Best part, it looks completely stock. Valve Cover Gasket/Oil Filter Housing started to leak so I took the chance to install the BMS DCI and RB PCV I had laying around. Also put some NGK plugs and gapped them as they came highly recommended. Just as I exited the garage, my chargepipe cracked and the stock DVs shot out of the pipe.... So I had to limp home and order myself a ER Chargepipe with Forge DVs. The pipe itself fit great but I had no idea how to hook up the DVs without hitting the side of the front shock tower. I gave up in the end and cut off part of the silicon pipe and got the DV on in the end. Also swapped to the harder spring for the DV as recommended. Throttle Response definitely improved after upgrading the DVs and no more half engine light! Finally...I can afford the get myself some wheels. I didn't want too much camber to clear the fenders so I ended up getting Apex PS-7 18" 9J ET31/9.5J ET35 wheels on Zestino 07RS 255/35/18 and 265/35/18 tires. I originally planned to use Bridgestone RE71R instead but the tire shop I went to didn't have the rear tires in stock and they didn't have any Federal 595RSRR front tires either. So I ended up trying this new brand, Zestino. China brand but developed in Japan by some pro drifter dude. Ended up paying 600USD for 4 tires which was very cheap but its something I still regret because the steering feedback is horrible. The stupid tire shop also ruined my set of Apex Studs by installing them the wrong way around and I had to get the nut welded to remove it in the end. The wheels didn't clear the adjustable endlink mount on my AST 5200 so I had to ask a friend to borrow a set of 10mm spacers so I could drive home.