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      07-02-2019, 08:47 PM   #89
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Very nice!
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How are the coil overs? Wow on doing that and then posting it for sale. Gorgeous build!
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How are the coil overs? Wow on doing that and then posting it for sale. Gorgeous build!
Coil overs are awesome - and as posted, the car is for sale in the sense that I'm only willing to accept "the right price" - at which point I'd go right to a 718. Otherwise, I'm perfectly content with the 340i for the long haul 😎

I have a much bigger write up on all the mods coming, hopefully tomorrow!! The car is just so awesome.
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      08-04-2019, 01:50 PM   #92
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Alright... it's time for a little bit of a longer term review now that I've spent some time in the car after its last trip to GMP Performance... quick recap, here's where she stands on the performance mod side:
  • MPPSK
  • Eventuri carbon intake
  • M Performance LSD
  • Dinan sway bars
  • Hotchkis end links
  • M3 lower control arms
  • Ohlins Road & Track coilovers
  • Ground Control camber plates
  • Apex EC-7 wheels (18x9.5 & 18x9)
  • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (265/35 & 245/40)
  • StopTech stainless brake lines (running Castrol SRF fluid)
  • StopTech slotted rotors
  • G Loc R8 front pads
  • G Loc GS1 rear pads
  • UUC short shifter

Cosmetic stuff includes:
  • M Performance carbon/alcantera steering wheel; shifter boot; arm rest; emergency brake; carbon trunk spoiler
  • Black Forest Industries alcantera shift knob
  • Schroth 4 point harness
  • Vorsteiner front lip spoiler

Most of this was done at the most recent trip down to GMP... shortly after the spring trip in which I did a number of maintenance items, sway bars and the intake, I knew I needed more. My goal with this car is to have it be primed for track use... and we are definitely there now.

After the coilovers settled in I got the alignment dialed and had a local body shop professionally roll my fender liners (the sheet metal wasn't touched!)... I'm currently running:

-3.0 camber up front
0.2 total toe up front
7.5 castor up front (due to M lower control arms)

-2.0 camber out back
0.4 total toe out back

No rubbing whatsoever in this combination... however the ride height is very low and the rubber "weather" guards inside of the wheel wells will hit the ground through high speed compression.

So the past 3 weeks have been very awesome since having everything finalized and dialed in... the turn in is absolutely phenomenal, and the car is the most stable and composed vehicle I've ever driven. I have the Ohlins dampers set to #8 of 30 (which is firm as f*ck)... and the sway bars are set to their firmest setting as well. The good news is that even with all the stiffness of the suspension, I still have a hard time getting the back end out - or - it is much more predictable. The tires are helping a ton as the Sport Cup's are so sticky when they're warm.

Since we put the Ground Control plates in, we removed some of the upper engine bay cover and the noise from the intake is screaming in through the cabin which is also quite awesome. It was very very muffled previously, now it's even more addicting!

The brakes have provided me with an insane amount of stopping power... probably a combination of the pads and lines mostly... and while they are pretty loud, they stop the car on a dime. Not quite at the point where they're activating ABS, but pretty close.

All in all... we're there. I've been heading out for 100 mile drives on a weekly basis and it's been a blast. The MPPSK gives the B58 enough power and torque to really take advantage of all the suspension and brake upgrades, and it is without a doubt now the weakest link the system... but... it's not that weak!!!

Plan for now is to keep this thing clean, lubricated and well driven... I am so happy with the outcome of everything, I think it's going to be a car to enjoy for a long time!

I'm heading up to MPACT at Pocono next weekend... hope to see some of you there!
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Thanks for the report!

What do you think have been the best pieces to improve driver engagement? What has been the best bang for the buck upgrade?
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Thanks for the report!

What do you think have been the best pieces to improve driver engagement? What has been the best bang for the buck upgrade?
Best bang for buck upgrade is by far the MPPSK. At the least, the axle back exhaust on this car is a must. It makes it sound amazing (AWE or BMW are both solid choices)... and the added power from the MPPSK is perfect.

Best upgrade that improves driver engagement... tough call... the LSD makes this RWD car handle & deliver power so much better, but if you're in an x-drive then I'd bet springs would be the biggest difference maker.

The stock suspension on the 340 is definitely the weak link IMO... the B58 puts the stock suspension hardware to the limit from mile 0. Once you get the exhaust (because it's by far the best upgrade from the start!) then go for springs and sway bars, or coil-overs!
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Thanks again. I am getting RWD so the LSD is my first priority. Had a ZHP 15 years ago and the open diff was terrible . I think exhaust will be up next but do want to drive it more to make sure I can live with the suspension.

Kick ass build!
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Thanks again. I am getting RWD so the LSD is my first priority. Had a ZHP 15 years ago and the open diff was terrible . I think exhaust will be up next but do want to drive it more to make sure I can live with the suspension.

Kick ass build!
You won't be disappointed at all with that plan ... keep us posted!
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I was fortunate enough to get the M performance LSD on my A8 335i and it really changed the car. This car was going to be something I was only going to keep for so long but i'm slowing modifying the car similar to the OP. Its really Turing into something special.

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Thanks again. I am getting RWD so the LSD is my first priority. Had a ZHP 15 years ago and the open diff was terrible . I think exhaust will be up next but do want to drive it more to make sure I can live with the suspension.

Kick ass build!
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275/35 !!! It fits !!!

This is a Proxes R888R on an Apex EC-7 18x9.5 et43.

Im running -2.0 degrees of camber in the back.

I stuck with 245/40 up front on the Apex EC-7 18x9 et31... still -3.0 degrees of front camber.

These are gonna be great track tires.
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