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Suspenceful's 135i Epic Build Thread

Discussion in 'N54' started by suspenceful, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. zmon1300

    zmon1300 Corporal

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    Keep going! 600whp is so much fun when it works right! Ive been thru 3 sets of blown turbos before I got my Pures on. Its def an emotional rollercoaster and does take a toll, but man, when you start gapping cars, it makes it all worth it :D
     
  2. suspenceful

    suspenceful Sergeant

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    That's true. Thanks for the motivation guys. It doesn't help that I have a 335i now for a daily driver.

    I'm not sure if I've posted anything about it, but I had my white 2010 328i as a daily driver. I got an offer I couldn't refuse and sold it. Then I bought a silver 2007 335i and again sold it for a nice profit. Now I have a gray 2007 335i that I lowered on wheels, installed LEDs, etc. It's a fun every-day car. No performance mods.

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  3. fmorelli

    fmorelli Lieutenant

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    Been here got this t-shirt. It feels like taking a step backwards. Not motivating at all. My experience - you have to push through, but you have to get a feel when the time is right to make the push. When I blew my motor, I had to wait 4 months before I could consider doing it. I was not in the right frame of mind. Good luck!

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  4. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

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    Yes, it can take a while to convince yourself to make bad investments :sob:
     
  5. suspenceful

    suspenceful Sergeant

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    My buddy came over and finished pulling the motor on Friday night. I removed the twin turbos on Saturday morning to be shipped to their new owner. Sad, because they had less than 500 miles on them.

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  6. DAVE

    DAVE Specialist

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    I'm so glad to see this.

    Looking forward to seeing your updates.
     
  7. Swedishpowah

    Swedishpowah Private

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    What swayed you to single turbo vs the twins? I'm curious since you already had the twins and they're capable of the ~700whp goal.
     
  8. suspenceful

    suspenceful Sergeant

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    A few things. Mostly, I don't ever want to have to do all the work I'm doing ever again. Meaning, if one of the twins took a shit, I don't want to have to drop the subframe to R&R. Now it'll be right on top and I have 50% less of a chance that turbo(s) will shit the bed. The upgraded twins also pile in torque down low. While it feels awesome, it's tough on the motor. I don't want to replace another motor.

    I wasn't "wowed" by the twins. They were definitely faster, but it wasn't "OMG CRAZY". I know I'll be sacrificing some lag, but when the boost hits it's going to feel great. If you're after linear power with modest goals, I think twins are a good choice. But I don't want to be pushing twins to their limit just to achieve high horsepower. I'd rather put a larger single on for less stress.
     
  9. Swedishpowah

    Swedishpowah Private

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    Gotcha, thanks for the feedback. I'm running on MMP S3s and on e85 I was wowed. Of course, I've never pushed my stock twins as much as you did on your car and I've never been in an n54 running a big single - so my reference point is a bit different.

    Keep up the good work - I love following along.
     
  10. suspenceful

    suspenceful Sergeant

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    Thanks! I'm glad you're happy with them. I had no complaints about the turbos themselves, I would still recommend them.

    Like you said, I was at 450+whp and 500+wtq with stock twins. The jump from those to the MMPs was definitely noticeable, but I think I was expecting something crazy. To be fair, I never had a perfect tune or great ignition timing, but I'm happy with my choice to go single turbo now.
     
  11. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

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    Whoops! Good luck on the install
     
  12. suspenceful

    suspenceful Sergeant

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    Something was left on my doorstep today! I'm honestly blown away by the quality and craftsmanship of this kit. The attention-to-detail is crazy. I've dealt with a lot of vendors on this platform and this was probably the nicest overall experience I've had. It shipped on time, came complete, and was packaged VERY nicely. I can't say the same about my previous expensive purchases. Super excited to get this installed for spring!

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  13. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

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    @DOC_Race does some good work, looks good!
     
  14. cloud9blue

    cloud9blue Corporal

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    looks like they changed the O2 bungs to a better design than the original, which is nice
     
  15. suspenceful

    suspenceful Sergeant

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    Can you explain? I'm curious how they're different. They look the same as on their website pictures to me.
     
  16. cloud9blue

    cloud9blue Corporal

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    their older manifold has a shorter O2 bungs. [​IMG]
    yours look like they have lengthen the O2 bung to pull the sensor out of the direct flow of the exhaust, so your sensors will last a bit longer. most of other legit kits (Motiv, VM/ACF, AD-E) use similar designs, unlike the budget ones from on-3 and jp.
     
  17. STE92

    STE92 Corporal

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    O2 sensor going bad you hardly hear of it anymore, I personally think it was more because of the tuning options back then. Still a nice improvement.
     
  18. cloud9blue

    cloud9blue Corporal

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    Also because ppl figured out how to run the bosch adv and ntk sensors.
     
  19. STE92

    STE92 Corporal

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    Maybe... I'm still running OEM 150k and counting, watch them go bad on my drive home lol still wouldn't be mad
     
  20. doublespaces

    doublespaces Administrator

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    Nice catch
     
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