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: My ESS TS2+ w/ FI cams install

04-06-2007, 02:10 AM
Ok, it started out with me dropping the car off at the dealer to get the Schrick FI cams installed. This was March 13th. Then they call me back to tell me that the exhaust cam was damaged. There was a piece of metal that wasn't ground off in the finishing process. This metal was coming in contact with the bearing ledge. So the cam had to be sent back to Schrick. Two weeks later, March 27th, my car is done.

I immediately drive my car to my shop and rip out the DME to ship to ESS. Then a co-worker and I install the front mount cooler behind the bumper and the water pump for that cooler. Sorry, no pics of this because I forgot my camera...

That was Day 1.

Here's Day 2:
Car's in the bay ready for surgery.

Disconnected intake and fuel rail wiring.

Fuel rail disconnected and power steering reservoir installed.

Intake manifold disconnected. (this was a pain, you have to remove the DISA valve and throttle body first to get at a 16mm nut underneath the manifold that connects it to the block)

Now here's where I started to mess things up...

Stock manifold removed and ready to tape up wiring harness. (I went ahead and taped up the wires just how they laid in the original plastic box. Big NO NO... You'll see later...)

I had parts layed out all over my shop, on my desk, in my locker, and in my spare car...

Ok, ready for the Twin Screw supercharger... Right?

Supercharger's in and torqued down. Remeber those wires I taped all up?

Well, when I taped up all those wires how the originally laid, the lengths of the individual harnesses was too short. The ICV harness was pulled too tight and the throttle body harness was about 4 inches too short. Sooooo..... I got pissed and called it a night. Went to the store and got a 6-pack and finished it off at home.

Day 3.

Out with the supercharger.

While pulling it out, the gasket got hosed. Co-worker went to the back to start making me a new gasket.

Finally got smart and enlisted the help of a cherry picker to do the heavy lifting. Up to this point, we've been man handling the supercharger...

Here's how you should tape up the wires. Each connection should be taped up separately.

While I was at it, I lengthened the connections on the fuel rail harness. One is an air intake temperature sensor and the other is some other sensor.

With all that taken care of, supercharger goes back in and all the connections fit.

I go to intall the stock air box and this is what I find.

I would have to wait till the next day to trim that up.

Day 4

This day was just about trimming up the intake and making final connections. Those were the coolant lines running to the manifold and the PCV line.

And here's the final product.

Now I just have to wait for the DME to show up from ESS and start this baby up. It's Easter weekend right now so I will probably have to wait till some time next week for it to show up.

All these days (with the exception Day 2) I've been working have been after work for about 4pm till 8-9pm. Day 2 I worked for 8 hours. I hope all this work and pain (I have cuts and scars on my hands and arms now) was worth it.:D

04-06-2007, 11:33 AM
beautiful car. cool post. please post through until dyno!

04-13-2007, 11:23 AM

My DME showed up today around 5pm and I got it installed. Started the car up, no probs what-so-ever. Took her for a little drive and...

HOLY SH!T!!!!! :yikes: :yikes: :D

First gear is pretty much useless, and I've got the 2.93 rear end... I tried my hardest not to floor the thing through all the gears, I was kinda successful with that.:eeps:

I ended up driving about 50 miles today on mixed roads. I kept the speed below 100 on the autobahn (I was doing 97-99mph:p ). Hit the twisties in some of the small villages around here. The thing pulls like there's no tomorrow... Slipping tires 1st through 3rd gears... I KNOW I'm gonna need a LSD and a new clutch soon.

Tomorrow I'm gonna get the rest of the break in miles done and then Sunday it's off to the Nürburgring. I'll try to come up with some sort of trip report for that... And then Monday, back up to the Nürburgring! I love living in Germany!:D

04-22-2007, 10:52 AM
OK, I finally got a video camera and uploaded a video. Keep in mind, this is my first video camera and my first time using it. So, the video probably looks crappy compared to others. I'm using a JVC Everio GZ-MG555 camera on the default settings. If any one has any pointers on how to take better video, let me know.

Anyway, here's the video:

BMW MotorSport
05-16-2007, 12:00 AM
Nice write up man. What's the update on your set up? Get that LSD yet?

05-17-2007, 01:22 PM
Dirtboy Are you still using the recommended 5w-30 motor oil?