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    • DCT Build Part IX - SSP billet DCT fluid/oil pan - major part of cooling system upgrade

      As promised in the previous update on the DCT build, we are bringing you details on the cooling system. What you see here is the SSP billet pan and this has been the major hold-up in the completion of the cooling system having undergone multiple designs. What this pan offers is an additional 2 liters of fluid capacity, cooling fins to dissipate heat, additional cooling through an external source, and better access for fluid changes.

      With more material on the bottom as well as cooling fins this will act as a giant heat sink of sorts similar to the cooling system upgrades SSP offers for the GTR. One of the main obstacles for the DCT is heat build up and the idea is to get as much fluid out as quickly as possible. Even if the hardware is upgraded if you can not cool it is just a waste as it will be burned up just as easily as the stock hardware.

      The pan will be able to connect to an external upgraded cooling source where the additional fluid can be pumped to. It will also offer easier access to change the DCT fluid when necessary. This billet pan forms the major portion of the cooling system upgrade which will retail for somewhere in between $2300-$3000 and will be compatible with all current BMW DCT transmission.












      This article was originally published in forum thread: M3 DCT Build Journal - World's First BMW DCT Build started by Sticky View original post
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      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        The long rod idea is very interesting. So are you going to use a spacer of some kind? Wouldn't this create issues with the rings when it crosses from the stock cylinder walls onto the spacer? Or would the gap between the top of the piston and the rings not require the rings to cross this threshold? Or perhaps a different shaped piston top...
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        Wouldn't this create issues with the rings when it crosses from the stock cylinder walls onto the spacer? Or would the gap between the top of the piston and the rings not require the rings to cross this threshold?
        Elongated sleeves will compensate for the "spacer", so the pistons + rings will never travel across a disruption
      1. DFM's Avatar
        DFM -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by JRCART Click here to enlarge
        Sticky, you keep hiding behind the DCT excuse, GT-R's have a more complext DCT than your car and people have been building GT-R for years. Audi R8's have a DCT and tuners have been building some sick R8s for years. $#@!ing NASA put a man on the moon in less time than this build took....and a DCT is not rocket sciene.
        As of the 2013 model they do...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        sorry sticky, but this was funny.
        Laugh at whatever you want to man.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzy89 Click here to enlarge
        Elongated sleeves will compensate for the "spacer", so the pistons + rings will never travel across a disruption
        Smart man.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DFM Click here to enlarge
        As of the 2013 model they do...
        Thank you, they just got it and these haven't even hit showrooms.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        It's fine man, the feeling is mutual. It's a long list of people, trust me.
        Ok, I'm back to feeling for you for the missing of your car..
        I can see raising the deck highth of the block having all sort of delaying implications.
        I'll be try to be more patient...again.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Ok, I'm back to feeling for you for the missing of your car..
        I can see raising the deck highth of the block having all sort of delaying implications.
        I'll be try to be more patient...again.
        I haven't said what was done really. I'll go into it all eventually, I promise. I'm not the kind of guy not to.
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DFM Click here to enlarge
        As of the 2013 model they do...
        But I thought you mentioned that it wouldn't be necessary to 'sleeve' the block? So I had assumed this would be done without any sleeving work.
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        But I thought you mentioned that it wouldn't be necessary to 'sleeve' the block? So I had assumed this would be done without any sleeving work.
        I'm gonna assume you meant to quote me since I previously quoted you about the sleeves being elongated to pass through the spacer. All Gintani Stage 3 builds get sleeved blocks. The problem is that when you strap a Vortech YSI blower on, the S65 alusil block has flex issues. The iron spacer is there to give the block additional rigidity (and in turn, fight off the block flex).
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzy89 Click here to enlarge
        I'm gonna assume you meant to quote me since I previously quoted you about the sleeves being elongated to pass through the spacer. All Gintani Stage 3 builds get sleeved blocks. The problem is that when you strap a Vortech YSI blower on, the S65 alusil block has flex issues. The iron spacer is there to give the block additional rigidity (and in turn, fight off the block flex).
        No I meant to quote sticky as it was his comment I was referencing. But I recalled wrong, he said he wasn't going to do flanged sleeves. Thats where my confusion came from as I thought he said no sleeves period.
      1. JRCART's Avatar
        JRCART -
        Sticky claims he is running the Sunday Shift Sector event in 4 weeks.....Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I intend to be there, we'll see.
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I intend to be there, we'll see.
        Tuning alone will eat up a good portion of these 4 weeks with unpaved territory, no?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        Tuning alone will eat up a good portion of these 4 weeks with unpaved territory, no?
        No.
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        No.
        Mkay. Have they made the sleeves/rods yet?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        Mkay. Have they made the sleeves/rods yet?
        Yes.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Good news, car should be started this week. There's going to be hell to pay.
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Good news, car should be started this week. There's going to be hell to pay.
        Well that explains a little bit! Hope to have a start up video? Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        Well that explains a little bit! Hope to have a start up video? Click here to enlarge
        I'll get you one as soon as they start it.