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    • Can an entire E46 M3 S54 motor be pulled by HPF's service manager Jon before HPF's owner Chris pulls an N54 turbo manifold?

      Here is an interesting video courtesy of Horsepower Freaks put out to announce the launch of their blog. The shop service manager Jon bet the owner of Horsepower Freaks Chris that he could pull an S54 motor out of an E46 M3 faster than Chris would be able to remove HPF's N54 exhaust manifold. Jon opted to eat his slice of pizza before beginning giving Chris a decent head start. In defense of Chris, Jon pulls these motors pretty regularly while Chris is usually sitting in front of a computer screen. No shame in that.

      Watch the video below to see what happens. All we have to say is we would never race Jon when it comes to working on an E46 M3. And it also looks like Chris has some tools to replace.



      This article was originally published in forum thread: CHECK OUT "The BET" on HPF's new BLOG! started by HPF Kirk View original post
      Comments 24 Comments
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        Nice vid, I need a new day job...
      1. Forced Air's Avatar
        Forced Air -
        Hahahaha wow. Freaking N54.
      1. Dinan S3 1 series's Avatar
        Dinan S3 1 series -
        very nice and funny
      1. black bnr32's Avatar
        black bnr32 -
        max psi releases a new hardware package, 2 other companies announce e46 m3 turbo plans, and this is front page news?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by black bnr32 Click here to enlarge
        max psi releases a new hardware package, 2 other companies announce e46 m3 turbo plans, and this is front page news?
        Were those items posted here? I can't read every board.
      1. Commanderwiggin's Avatar
        Commanderwiggin -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by black bnr32 Click here to enlarge
        max psi releases a new hardware package, 2 other companies announce e46 m3 turbo plans, and this is front page news?
        Links to this?

        I see that Max Psi has a new intake manifold design via facebook but...what other two companies have e46 s54 turbo plans?
      1. Trojan4evr's Avatar
        Trojan4evr -
        Time for some $#@!en Surf&Turf. No Subway yo...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Commanderwiggin Click here to enlarge
        Links to this?

        I see that Max Psi has a new intake manifold design via facebook but...what other two companies have e46 s54 turbo plans?
        Same, show me.

        @black bnr32 post the details here, create the appropriate threads for the S54 turbo plans please.
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        HHahaha that was an awesome bet and video. Great work guys.
      1. black bnr32's Avatar
        black bnr32 -
        castro motorsports
        technica tuning

        phone em up
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by black bnr32 Click here to enlarge
        castro motorsports
        technica tuning

        phone em up
        Come on man, I'm not going to go call them. If you have any details to post please do.
      1. dreikraft's Avatar
        dreikraft -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by black bnr32 Click here to enlarge
        castro motorsports
        technica tuning

        phone em up
        those are just the ones bfc heads know of.
      1. 335i guy's Avatar
        335i guy -
        Yes probably
      1. jonny_blaze's Avatar
        jonny_blaze -
        HPF is an amazing company (as I've done an HPF car at work), and Jon is definitely not a n00b...but all you did was unbolt the subframe and transmission carrier all 1 piece. If you pulled the motor....just the motor through the engine bay and dropped the transmission it'd be a more cool time lapse to watch rather than the video. Of course if you haven't ever done this type of thing then pulling "a whole motor" sounds like a lot.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jonny_blaze Click here to enlarge
        HPF is an amazing company (as I've done an HPF car at work), and Jon is definitely not a n00b...but all you did was unbolt the subframe and transmission carrier all 1 piece. If you pulled the motor....just the motor through the engine bay and dropped the transmission it'd be a more cool time lapse to watch rather than the video. Of course if you haven't ever done this type of thing then pulling "a whole motor" sounds like a lot.
        Well let's see a video of you doing it.
      1. Commanderwiggin's Avatar
        Commanderwiggin -
        Read thread title...gain understanding...profit!
      1. ZooyorQ's Avatar
        ZooyorQ -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jonny_blaze Click here to enlarge
        HPF is an amazing company (as I've done an HPF car at work), and Jon is definitely not a n00b...but all you did was unbolt the subframe and transmission carrier all 1 piece. If you pulled the motor....just the motor through the engine bay and dropped the transmission it'd be a more cool time lapse to watch rather than the video. Of course if you haven't ever done this type of thing then pulling "a whole motor" sounds like a lot.
        While not necessarily unique to just HPF the carrier that john uses to pull the motor and subframe out from underneath was conceived from a $15,000 tool he saw at an Audi dealership. He then made something that accomplished the same task for less than $500 in parts and has probably "pulled" more than 50 motors using it. There are also plenty of things you need to do before unbolting an entire subframe.. and John likely has those steps memorized.. keep in mind he was going up against Chris who was 'simply unbolting a manifold' ..

        PS: I've heard stories of John dropping the motors in from the front with nothing on the block in the morning to that same car on the dyno that afternoon. Without a single hiccup.. He is an incredible tech. Much respect to him.
      1. PEI330Ci's Avatar
        PEI330Ci -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ZooyorQ Click here to enlarge
        PS: I've heard stories of John dropping the motors in from the front with nothing on the block in the morning to that same car on the dyno that afternoon. Without a single hiccup.. He is an incredible tech. Much respect to him.
        I like to believe that I'm fairly comfortable working on E46s...but John has a confidence in motion that makes me feel like an amateur. Much respect from me as well.
      1. EDM92's Avatar
        EDM92 -
        All I have to say is, bad ass!
      1. jonny_blaze's Avatar
        jonny_blaze -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Well let's see a video of you doing it.
        Ask the guys at Active they know me well.

        ZooyorQ,

        Like mentioned no disrespect to the guys at HPF. I work for one of the biggest BMW FI installers in my province so I know what is involved with these E46s (having built my own M3 too). I was just saying, I was expecting to see the engine being disconnected from the tranny, electronics on the motor side disconnected, front rad support still on and motor being pulled out with an engine crane. Which would make for a real interesting, challanging race.

        The single manifold design is going to be VERY tight, doing the turbo replacement on a 335i with original turbos is tight on its own. Chris definitely had the harder job in my (and my techs opinion). As soon as reading the title me and the guys did watch the video, but being factory trained techs and doing all the FI we do our expectations were I guess different than those who don't do this everyday. That's all. No disrespect at all intended to anyone. For guys like Chris or John, I bet they could have pulled the E46 drive train while eating the pizza just as quickly.