• DCT Build Part XII - Build complete, pictures of final assembly, transmission cooler, and Viton seals

      Well, this has been a rather lengthy road to completion but the transmission is basically complete. The car was dropped off by SSP last month to Gintani who should have the motor in by the end of this week. The problem is SSP mounted their trans cooler in the location the heat exchanger for the supercharger needs to go so SSP will need to come to Gintani's facility to re-run their lines as the cooler will need to go in a different location. What took so long for this update? Well, we have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for SSP to send us details on the Viton seals that required 3 redesigns but never received the information on why these seals are superior to the stock units.

      So, I decided to do my own research and here is what I came up with. These are the stock BMW seals used in the DCT. What is wrong with them exactly? We do not know other than they apparently are not up to the task:










      Here are the Viton seals which delayed the project by 3 months. Viton is a synthetic rubber used for seals, O-rings, things of that sort. Viton was likely used as it is less susceptible to decay and already used in BMW applications such as in VANOS. Viton has much higher temperature and chemical resistance characteristics than the stock seals. Here is what they look like:










      This is the DCT cooler that was mounted by SSP up front. This needs to be moved somewhere else as the supercharger heat exchanger will need to go there. This means SSP will need to come out and run their lines again checking all their fluids and so forth before tuning can take place:














      This is the final assembly. So, the transmission is built but it took about a year longer than estimated. I believe I was as patient as possible and hopefully this will all be wrapped up in December with a built motor, built transmission, a YSI, and a ton of horsepower.





































      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 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Not usually but there are people doing work there most Saturdays "unofficially."
        Want us to DDoS their facebook page? Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        Want us to DDoS their facebook page? Click here to enlarge
        No, I would much prefer phone calls asking them when my car would be done and that people would like to see it.
      1. Torgus's Avatar
        Torgus -
        Phone number and person we should speak to?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Torgus Click here to enlarge
        Phone number and person we should speak to?
        Gintani
        14212 Oxnard Street
        Van Nuys, CA 91411
        818.787.8260

        Talk to anyone who answers.
      1. Mr.Squeeze's Avatar
        Mr.Squeeze -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Gintani
        14212 Oxnard Street
        Van Nuys, CA 91411
        818.787.8260

        Talk to anyone who answers.
        I am so tempted to dial that number
      1. oldgixxer's Avatar
        oldgixxer -
        This thread rocks!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Mr.Squeeze Click here to enlarge
        I am so tempted to dial that number
        Go right ahead.
      1. JRCART's Avatar
        JRCART -
        Is is this thing runnng yet or not? Week ends tomorrow.
      1. Black Sheep's Avatar
        Black Sheep -
        I'll call in a little bit Click here to enlarge
      1. JRCART's Avatar
        JRCART -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by oldgixxer Click here to enlarge
        This thread sucks!
        Fixed it for you
      1. Black Sheep's Avatar
        Black Sheep -
        @JRCART did you make your call yet? Click here to enlargeI'd love to hear that convo
      1. JRCART's Avatar
        JRCART -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Black Sheep Click here to enlarge
        I'll call in a little bit Click here to enlarge
        Do it man....record the $#@!ing call too. This will be EPIC!
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      1. JRCART's Avatar
        JRCART -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Black Sheep Click here to enlarge
        @JRCART did you make your call yet? Click here to enlargeI'd love to hear that convo
        If I call Sticky will never get his damn car back completed. I am a ruthless mother $#@!er and I will call those $#@!es at gintani out in a $#@!ing heartbeat. They might be able to pull the wool over Sticky's eyes but I have been around the block a couple more times than him. I bet his car does not go down a track for another three months.
      1. Black Sheep's Avatar
        Black Sheep -
        As long as this goes down in Chicago that's all I care about Click here to enlarge
      1. JRCART's Avatar
        JRCART -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Black Sheep Click here to enlarge
        As long as this goes down in Chicago that's all I care about Click here to enlarge
        Do you really think Sticky is going to drag his candy ass out to Chicago? If I had a dollar for every time somebody on one of these forums said they were going to come to Chicago to race me....I usually have to end up treking my $#@! across the country to get something to go down. My CLK has been at Weistec since early November and it is coming home in April, I can't help Sticky's car still is not done.
      1. Mr.Squeeze's Avatar
        Mr.Squeeze -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Go right ahead.

        I did the unicorn is real.

        I spoke to Matt there working on it now should start in another week.

        I wish you luck and hope that tranismisson works you have a nice long break in ahead of you.
      1. JRCART's Avatar
        JRCART -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Mr.Squeeze Click here to enlarge

        I spoke to Matt there working on it now should start in another week.


        LMAO!!!!!

        Another Week?????
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Wow...haven't been in this thread in awhile.

        It was started over two years ago...OUCH!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by JRCART Click here to enlarge
        Is is this thing runnng yet or not? Week ends tomorrow.
        Call and ask, I'm packing and leaving for Vegas.
      1. JRCART's Avatar
        JRCART -
        ...next Friday they will have another excuse and so on and so forth

        Look on the bright side Sticky, the longer they don;t have your junk heap done the longer you will be able to hold on to your $1000