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      This car belongs to user bluejeansonfire. The car is an E46 330ci with an M54 that has been custom built. It features 8.5:1 wiseco pistons, eagle rods, and a JBR valvetrain including the heads, springs, and retainers. Schrick 252/256 cams are used with a hta3582r turbo feeding a 3.5 inch exhaust. It is nice to see a built M54 turbo application but this is only putting up slightly higher numbers than the Technique Tuning Stage 2 setup does on the stock internals. We look forward to seeing what this can do with the boost turned up!








      This article was originally published in forum thread: Custom built motor E46 330 M54 turbo completed and tuned by Nick G - 414 whp at 10.5 psi started by Sticky View original post
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      1. bluejeansonfire's Avatar
        bluejeansonfire -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Wouldn't this meet your qualifications of a success story of the DSS driveshaft's on a BMW? http://www.bimmerboost.com/showthrea...&highlight=dss

        Also, why something you know you will need to replace? Why not something very strong you won't break to begin with not just something that will last a bit longer?



        When are you planning to do this and what is the high-boost goal? How much more time would you say is involved before this will be completed?
        As with HPF cars, I don't think I'll find myself regularly replacing e46M diff components (read: halfshafts, axle stubs) nearly as frequently as e46nonM components. The halfshafts eventually do go, not from breaking, but simply worn cv joints, that'll be true on dss cv joints as well.

        As far as a positive review from DSS, I'm looking for a success story with a DRIVESHAFT, or at least someone who has managed to get a refund without having to backcharge their cc. There have been plenty of positive reviews for their halfshafts everywhere. And that's not a part I really think has any issue from dss. The driveshafts are the common issue from that shop, as is the way the shop deals with the customers that purchase them. But from being in a shop with a few upstage built-motor HPF cars, the stock half-shafts do last a good while, and while the cv joints get a bit loose, they dont break. We've replaced 1! And there's a stage 3 that's never replaced one and hasn't run anything other than r-comp DOT hoosiers or drag radials.

        I think this setup will be very strong and I wont have to really replace anything other than the occasional halfshaft after intense abuse, never approaching the total investment of $1k in axles.

        The parts I'm using now are much stronger. The axle stubs aren't hollow, and beyond that, they're also much larger, girth ftw. The halfshafts look a good bit beefier. The weak point in my setup is the low-lockup diff. I want something closer to 60%, which I'll build later.

        My timetables are as follows: get the e46 back on the streets. Wait for my wiring guy to finish wiring, or take it to Tyler to finish wiring. Sort out the boost controller/meth system. By this point I'll be running 15psish on pump. And drive it around a bit while i get my e36 sorted to make it a bit more liveable. Then take it to Nick and have it done before March. Then hit the strip.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bluejeansonfire Click here to enlarge
        As far as a positive review from DSS, I'm looking for a success story with a DRIVESHAFT,
        Why is the driveshaft experience so much different from the halfshafts?

        Seems customer service is a bigger issue than the parts from what you are alluding to.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bluejeansonfire Click here to enlarge
        My timetables are as follows: get the e46 back on the streets. Wait for my wiring guy to finish wiring, or take it to Tyler to finish wiring. Sort out the boost controller/meth system. By this point I'll be running 15psish on pump. And drive it around a bit while i get my e36 sorted to make it a bit more liveable. Then take it to Nick and have it done before March. Then hit the strip.
        Sounds like a solid plan and I'm most looking forward to what it does on the strip. Keep us in the loop please.
      1. bluejeansonfire's Avatar
        bluejeansonfire -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Why is the driveshaft experience so much different from the halfshafts?

        Seems customer service is a bigger issue than the parts from what you are alluding to.



        Sounds like a solid plan and I'm most looking forward to what it does on the strip. Keep us in the loop please.
        Regarding the DSS halfshafts and my perspective, you couldn't be more correct. I try to support companies that seem to have good customer service. So, for now, I'm avoiding DSS until I really need it. I think that DSS's issues with driveshafts is due to it being one-piece, but I'm not sure, certainly all reviews are of severe vibration.

        I really like where this website is going, I must commend you- this is really getting some traction! I'll definetly be here.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bluejeansonfire Click here to enlarge
        Regarding the DSS halfshafts and my perspective, you couldn't be more correct. I try to support companies that seem to have good customer service. So, for now, I'm avoiding DSS until I really need it.
        I can respect that.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bluejeansonfire Click here to enlarge
        I really like where this website is going, I must commend you- this is really getting some traction!
        I appreciate it, has really been a tooth and nail struggle to get this far so always nice for people to notice the effort. Still a ton of work to do and we still do not get any respect from the "big" guys but that is ok, just one step at a time.

        Could really use interaction from members like yourself as well as spreading the word to others! Still many of the more hardcore guys who don't know we exist.
      1. PEI330Ci's Avatar
        PEI330Ci -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bluejeansonfire Click here to enlarge
        Regarding the DSS halfshafts and my perspective, you couldn't be more correct. I try to support companies that seem to have good customer service. So, for now, I'm avoiding DSS until I really need it. I think that DSS's issues with driveshafts is due to it being one-piece, but I'm not sure, certainly all reviews are of severe vibration.
        I've had issues with DSS trying to get parts made for the 330Ci in 2008 and 2009. This followed a direct introduction from a race team that was having them build halfshafts and other drivetrain parts 10 pieces at a time. Their parts were good, the team however was going nuts because of their service. I gave up on having them build halfshafts or a driveshaft for the 330ci after months of emails that were either not replied to at all, or extremely late. Phone calls to the shop resulted in "the run around". I was a customer with cash in hand, basically no budget limit, and they couldn't get their act together.

        The bad reviews of the DSS driveshafts and their customer service on Bfc for the most part came AFTER my experience above.

        Like Julio, I tend to support those that support me and my friends. I don't mind paying more for good service, or a better product. (I pay up to 100% more where I live for many products because I chose to support my local speed shop)

        I look forward to Julio's solution.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by PEI330Ci Click here to enlarge
        Like Julio, I tend to support those that support me and my friends. I don't mind paying more for good service, or a better product. (I pay up to 100% more where I live for many products because I chose to support my local speed shop)
        Agreed and I am the same way, wish more people were like this.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by PEI330Ci Click here to enlarge
        I've had issues with DSS trying to get parts made for the 330Ci in 2008 and 2009. This followed a direct introduction from a race team that was having them build halfshafts and other drivetrain parts 10 pieces at a time. Their parts were good, the team however was going nuts because of their service. I gave up on having them build halfshafts or a driveshaft for the 330ci after months of emails that were either not replied to at all, or extremely late. Phone calls to the shop resulted in "the run around". I was a customer with cash in hand, basically no budget limit, and they couldn't get their act together.
        I'm glad you posted this as this is the first I have heard of issues with DSS customer service. Sounds like they need to get their act together in this area and I hope they have.
      1. PEI330Ci's Avatar
        PEI330Ci -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I'm glad you posted this as this is the first I have heard of issues with DSS customer service. Sounds like they need to get their act together in this area and I hope they have.
        I'm just one person, and that's been my experience. There are definitely good experiences with DSS, but I think they fall under the category of pieces that they already make, not "new" pieces. Also, things may have changed since 2009...but I tend to move on fairly quickly with poor customer service.

        Just to give you an idea on how I support my local speed shop:

        Nitrous jets from NX via their web site: $4.67 each

        Nitrous jets from NX via my local speed shop: $10 each

        Sorry to sidetrack this thread about Julio's Custom Turbo build on an M54. I'm certain he'll have something cool to share early in the new year with both the engine and drivetrain.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by PEI330Ci Click here to enlarge
        Sorry to sidetrack this thread about Julio's Custom Turbo build on an M54. I'm certain he'll have something cool to share early in the new year with both the engine and drivetrain.
        No need to apologize, it is all relevant to the platform and it is tidbits like this that make for additional quality information to pick up. Sometimes interesting things pop up that may not necessarily have been the OP's intention but that isn't a bad thing.
      1. PEI330Ci's Avatar
        PEI330Ci -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        No need to apologize, it is all relevant to the platform and it is tidbits like this that make for additional quality information to pick up. Sometimes interesting things pop up that may not necessarily have been the OP's intention but that isn't a bad thing.
        Well...I try to stay on topic when I can, especially when it's someone elses thread. Click here to enlarge

        I'll probably be starting a couple of new threads shortly to cover some of my projects. (Both Turbo and Nitrous)
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by PEI330Ci Click here to enlarge
        I'll probably be starting a couple of new threads shortly to cover some of my projects. (Both Turbo and Nitrous)
        I'm particularly interested in the nitrous as I have already read some of your work on the matter and I liked what I saw. Feel free to start as many threads as you want.
      1. bluejeansonfire's Avatar
        bluejeansonfire -
        yay, Sticky, your board resizes. Completely unedited 5mpx iphone dump:
        Click here to enlarge
        Click here to enlarge

        wish i had the axle stubs out to be able to compare size, it's, significant

        these were on a friend's iphone, they're a couple of weeks old
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bluejeansonfire Click here to enlarge
        yay, Sticky, your board resizes. Completely unedited 5mpx iphone dump:
        Yep, as long as you click insert attachment. Also resizes linked images and auto-embeds vids Click here to enlarge Pretty high-tech over here...
      1. McSpeed's Avatar
        McSpeed -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bluejeansonfire Click here to enlarge
        wish i had the axle stubs out to be able to compare size, it's, significant

        these were on a friend's iphone, they're a couple of weeks old
        does that thing just pop into an M3 subframe or does some finessing have to be done?
      1. GG///M3's Avatar
        GG///M3 -
        The m54 is going to be what the m50 based motors are to the e36, but in the e46 . RAPE.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GG///M3 Click here to enlarge
        The m54 is going to be what the m50 based motors are to the e36, but in the e46 . RAPE.
        That is quite a compliment. I am looking forward to seeing the M54 really taken to the next level and in particular how it stacks up to the M50/M52.
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        ah the E32 diff Click here to enlarge

        We use these in our aging E28 5 series as upgrades. I can fit one of those bad boys no problem, and like you said, they are cheap...$250ish and abundant.

        I have one sitting in the garage for the last year. Its a bit of a neccessity for anyone running a lot of hp in these old cars, as the diffs and the halfshafts dont particularly appreciate it too much.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        ^ Seems that diff is a popular swap in the E36 world as well. Very good point!
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        ^ Seems that diff is a popular swap in the E36 world as well. Very good point!

        I will put it to use behind the torque monster...400ft/lbs at 1800rpm will put it to the test.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Matt@Camber-Toe Click here to enlarge
        I will put it to use behind the torque monster...400ft/lbs at 1800rpm will put it to the test.
        I'm looking forward to that, need to create a thread on what you are planning to do. Wait, didn't you have an E28 thread? Post in there and let's get some discussion going!
      1. GG///M3's Avatar
        GG///M3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        That is quite a compliment. I am looking forward to seeing the M54 really taken to the next level and in particular how it stacks up to the M50/M52.
        It sure is going to be, and it can be tuned via the dme no piggy backs needed. Easier to pass emissions. Cheap, and fast. Still not at the pricing of e36's but they are dropping fast. I wouldnt mind picking up a zhp 330, and having a TT kit installed with a gt35r or gt40r turbo. Built bottomend, and begin the rape.