Trans support is held in place by 1 bolt on the passenger side and resituated the tie down so that it securely holds the support but out of the way of the driveshaft and guibo so I can drive my car to a local shop to have a custom trans support fabricated.
Getting close!It's getting there isn't it!
Thank you for sharing your project!
Thank youThis is looking very good!
Yea, that was my original thought and then I was getting feedback from others who "limped" their car around with a strap supporting the trans, not ideal but possible. I was going to entertain that but last night when I was under the wagon I noticed one of the trans support holes I marked with a sharpie was slightly off center due to the tie down pulling and pivoting the support forward. Consequently there would be some compromise to the working angle of the first 1/2 of the driveshaft so I agree it would be best to have it towed.What about towing it on a flatbed tow truck to the shop for the trans mount? Would there be chance or concern of tweaking something without the trans mount fully bolted down?
For some reason I can't edit that particular post but the pics were not terribly exciting anyway.How about that!!! This is awesome! Good for you, Evan. Excellent work. I know this has been a long time coming. I bet this felt really good to get it back on the ground.
This build shows that with some determination and small deposits of time over time, most anything can be accomplished.
Now you just have to get your transmission mount and headlights squared away. :thumbup:
Looks like there are a couple of pics that just show the image code and not the pic itself.
My shifter feel as of now is notchy but direct, I would prefer for it to be slicker but I don't think that is in the cards with these BMW shifters and MTs. I had a UUC SSK with the DSSR on my old E39 M5 and feel was similar notchy, mechanical, but direct. My E61 shifter isn't as direct but I still need to get more time with it. I might raise it and will at some point add a heavier shift knob.Yeah, I agree. That mount is all simplicity and business.
Very very sick. It makes me wish BMW made a RWD 535i E61 in the US. Congratulations!
So how was the drive there to the fab shop? ;-)
How was the drive after? :banana::drive:
I am curious about that short shifter you've installed, been contemplating getting that for my 6MT.
How would you describe the feel of it? Is it smooth and short or more mechanical feeling? I've had 2 different short shifters in a mid 90's Ford Taurus SHO and one was a shorter smoother throw, the other was even shorter and was very metallic and mechanical feeling.
My best guess is the Cylinder 3 detonated due to a misfire and slow reaction of my supplemental throttle body injection system.As a soon to be 535ix Touring owner, your build threads, updates and car are an inspiration. Keep it coming. Not new to modifying, but new to bmw so for me, very helpful. Very interested in picking your brain about your exhaust.
May have missed it, but how/why did your engine blow?
I installed the front upper, front lower, and rear lower braces all at the same time so I can't comment on the improvements offered by just one brace but I did find them to be very helpful, There is less chassis twisting when going up driveways and uneven surfaces. I find the wagon to be much more "solid" than before. They are a definite upgrade.Great build! What do you think of that UR lower brace? Any noticeable change in driving dynamics?