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    Cool Last second TX2K17 build thread

    So in my ~15 years of modding cars I have never posted a build thread. Like most of you US peeps, the weather here blows so I thought I would start a thread outlining my plan of attack to getting my car ready for TX2K this year. But first, let's take a step back...

    As some of you know, I most recently had a 2008 335xi that I single turbo'd. I did the Doc Race kit, experimented with full E85 and eventually settled on direct port meth as it was my DD and I needed to be able to road trip the car. Even though I loved the car, I hated being held up by AWD and the automatic and the itch to turn up the boost was always there. So in November I sold it and the car went to it's new owner. The new owner was an awesome guy and promised to keep the car in great shape as I did, I hope he is on here reading this!

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    So now a couple weeks go by, I am kicking back and forth different ideas of what kind of car I want to get to replace my 335. I considered everything under $40k but the BMW kept calling my name. I thought about the E90 M3 (too slow), F30 335 (too slow), and ultimately decided to look for a cheap 07-08 335i in manual and RWD.

    I had to travel to Detroit for business and while I was stuck in the Detroit airport I decided to troll Seattle CL when I found my car. An 07 335i optioned all the way out like my old car, 126k but all maintenance records! I negotiated a deal with the seller, paypaled him $500 to hold the car and bought plane tickets for my and my GF to pick up the car that weekend. We spent the weekend with her family and 10 hours of driving later we were home.

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    Before I even made it back to Idaho I was already ordering parts. But because of the holidays I was only home for a couple days before I had to take off for a two week vacation. I had my friend house sit and when I came home, these are the goodies that were waiting for me. Don't mind the hood in the picture, it's for my Z06...more on that later.

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    Fast forward to last weekend. My GF and I were having dinner with my friend Jake and his GF. Jake owns a LS swapped 72 Chevelle that I tuned. While working on his car we became friends and during that time I introduced him to the awesomeness that is TX2K. Now I've been to TX2K 4 times but always with my Z06. My original plan was to get it ready for this year but the 1500 whp build is taking a little bit longer than I expected. Jake managed to secure us a 42' enclosed trailer in the mean time and during our conversation over dinner we decided $#@! it, lets do what it takes to get down there.

    Now there isn't much I can do to speed up the build on the Z06, but having been to TX2K before, I knew I would be in a tough spot with the car anyway. At around 1000 whp, you are way faster than most of the scrubs that show up there and way slower than the GTR and Lambo crowd. This makes it really tough to find a good race. My second time at TX2K, back in 2011 I went with only 700 whp and I had the time of my life. I was racing all sorts of similar powered cars and met a lot of great people. Why not take the 335i, I said? And that's when the plan was born..

    With about 70 days to go, it was time to put the plan into action. At this point I had a lot of the basic $#@! either in my house or on order: FMIC, wheels/tires, port injection, etc. The one thing missing was turbo. I kicked around a lot of ideas and reached out to a lot of vendors.

    First thing I did was email Doc Race. I explained my situation, asked if they could hook it up with another kit, etc. They apparently don't want anymore of my money and couldn't be bothered to email me back...thanks guys!

    Next up was JP Works. I know everyone on this forum hates him, but you can't deny that the price is right and his kits make power. Having been around as long as I have, I knew that to get one of his kits takes 2-3 months minimum so that idea was out.

    Next up was MMP. I really like Mauricio and really believe in his products. He has awesome communication but ultimately I decided that his Stage 3 offering was price too close to a single turbo kit once it's optioned out all the way and was limited in the amount of power it could make.

    So what about RB? He just dropped the prices on his turbos into a reasonable range, but not many people seem to be running his turbos anymore so I thought I would send him an email asking if the turbos were in stock, what kind of power they could support, etc. Rob, like Doc Race, also didn't want my money. I was ready to spend $4k+ and all he could write me was "Not in stock and have about a 10-15 day wait sorry."....cool story bro, no wonder no one is running your turbos anymore.

    Thought about VM, but the wait was too long. VTT was out of the question because I would rather burn my money than give it to Tony. Motiv would have been ideal but I'm not baller enough to afford their stuff. I briefly considered AD Engineering but when building my other 335 I remembered how $#@!ty their customer service was so they were out too.

    Time for plan B. I hit the forums and started looking to see what kind of used kits were out there. Ideally I wanted a single turbo kit for big power, but beggars can't be choosers and this ain't Chipotle so my options were some Hexons, VTT Stage 2+, and finally a set of rebuilt hi-flow Pure Stage 2's popped up. None of these were ideal, as hybrids can only make high 600's on a good day, but I am in a time crunch and don't have unlimited funding so I picked up the Pures because they are an awesome company and I really believe in their products.

    So that's where I am at for now...the plan is to go with as close to 700 whp as I can get the turbos to support, hopefully meet some cool N54 peeps, and have fun!

    More to come....

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Milan Click here to enlarge
    I thought about the E90 M3 (too slow)
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Milan Click here to enlarge
    First thing I did was email Doc Race. I explained my situation, asked if they could hook it up with another kit, etc. They apparently don't want anymore of my money and couldn't be bothered to email me back...thanks guys!
    Kind of surprised to hear this. @DOCRace what happened?

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    Next up was JP Works. I know everyone on this forum hates him, but you can't deny that the price is right and his kits make power. Having been around as long as I have, I knew that to get one of his kits takes 2-3 months minimum so that idea was out.
    It's more that people hate scammers. You can make power with any top mount practically and a big turbo. That doesn't mean it's a quality piece.

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Milan Click here to enlarge
    So that's where I am at for now...the plan is to go with as close to 700 whp as I can get the turbos to support, hopefully meet some cool N54 peeps, and have fun!
    I'm glad you found an option that works for you and Pure's stuff is great. Kind of a shame though you feel so many of the options you listed have bad customer service.

    You have some strong opinions on vendors but hey it's your money and your car. I hope you reach your 700 whp goal in the time allotted.

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    Strong opinions? Do you only own German cars? In my experience only the German car communities are this way. I don't know where the disconnect is but email anyone in the domestic or import world and they will take the time to email you back something intelligent.

    There are plenty of good vendors for this platform though, unfortunately none of them make turbos. Some great ones are Fuel It, Precision Raceworks, Evolution of Speed, and even though their products aren't always the highest quality, VRSF.

    I guess im just spoiled coming from the Corvette world....

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Milan Click here to enlarge
    Strong opinions?
    I find nothing wrong with them it just sort of reads like a list of who you don't like which is fine.

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    Do you only own German cars?
    For the most part, yes.

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    In my experience only the German car communities are this way.
    Strongly agree.

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    Well this is all recent. Imagine you are shopping for a new car and you are ready to buy and the sales people aren't answering your questions or taking you seriously.

    Maybe I'm just getting old, who knows

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Milan Click here to enlarge
    Imagine you are shopping for a new car and you are ready to buy and the sales people aren't answering your questions or taking you seriously.
    I understand. I'd get frustrated.

    Enough about that. More about you hitting 700 whp.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I understand. I'd get frustrated.

    Enough about that. More about you hitting 700 whp.
    Yep! Got quite a bit of stuff on the way. Now I just need this weather to warm up! I know this platform will have its quirks and I want to make sure I can have it all sorted by march.

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    Cool thread and glad to see a good story behind the build. Best of luck!

    P.S. I have a Doc Race 6266 Kit sitting here if you want it in case you still want to go single. I may put my plans on hold for a bit and have no problem helping you get some parts together for TX2K if you change routes
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    Holy $#@! thank god for this post, I totally forgot about tx2k... I'm tossing around the idea of trying to make it down there now and do some roll racing with my xi. I'm on break that whole week so it would just be a matter of making the 4.5 hour drive and signing up to do it so may wind up seeing you there. @TwistedTuning meet me there and make sure I don't blow up my car? hahahah
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    Holy $#@! just saw the list of cars participating in roll racing and not surprised but I thought there'd be at least some in my class hahahaha. I'll probably wind up coming down to watch then maybe friday night pay the $40 for the drag racing. Don't think it's worth the $270 to roll race when the average WHP is double mine
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by psmith95 Click here to enlarge
    Holy $#@! just saw the list of cars participating in roll racing and not surprised but I thought there'd be at least some in my class hahahaha. I'll probably wind up coming down to watch then maybe friday night pay the $40 for the drag racing. Don't think it's worth the $270 to roll race when the average WHP is double mine
    If you make the trip I can look at your logs for you...would be cool to meet people from this forum. Was half the point of the post!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Milan Click here to enlarge
    If you make the trip I can look at your logs for you...would be cool to meet people from this forum. Was half the point of the post!
    Sounds good would love to meet some of the guys as well. I'll let you know what I wind up doing but think i'm definitely going to end up making the trip. Been dying to go to tx2k for the longest time and now that i'm in Dallas it'd be stupid to pass it up
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by psmith95 Click here to enlarge
    Sounds good would love to meet some of the guys as well. I'll let you know what I wind up doing but think i'm definitely going to end up making the trip. Been dying to go to tx2k for the longest time and now that i'm in Dallas it'd be stupid to pass it up
    If we can get a few members committed we can all try to book the same hotel.

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    Nice build man! Looking forward to the outcome and the event. I wish I could make it out to one of those.
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    Nice build!

    I'll see you at tx2k!
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    Wow, looks like a lot of guys going out to TX2K17.

    It would be nice if there was a roll on event tailored specifically for BMW's. Lining up with a UGR $135105015103750 dollar Lambo build isn't exactly fun.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Wow, looks like a lot of guys going out to TX2K17.

    It would be nice if there was a roll on event tailored specifically for BMW's. Lining up with a UGR $135105015103750 dollar Lambo build isn't exactly fun.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    It would be nice if there was a roll on event tailored specifically for BMW's. Lining up with a UGR $135105015103750 dollar Lambo build isn't exactly fun.
    LOL. It's true though. For years, each time the event occurs the hp average has increased. Used to be 1000whp was a big deal. Now if you have 1500whp, you are just another guppy in the pond lol.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stucks Click here to enlarge
    LOL. It's true though. For years, each time the event occurs the hp average has increased. Used to be 1000whp was a big deal. Now if you have 1500whp, you are just another guppy in the pond lol.
    When I do events I'll structure them differently.

    A BMW invitational would be cool.

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    Very cool man.

    COMPLETELY off topic, but I thought you had said you lived in Colorado previously. Any comparison's/insights VS Idaho? My wife and I are throwing around the idea of moving to Boise. Housing prices in Colorado have gone through the roof and we are thinking about making a change.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stucks Click here to enlarge
    LOL. It's true though. For years, each time the event occurs the hp average has increased. Used to be 1000whp was a big deal. Now if you have 1500whp, you are just another guppy in the pond lol.
    So true...there hasn't been a RWD car that's been competitive there in years. At least us domestic guys are still kicking Lambo and GTR ass in the 1/4 and mile!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by I6+TT=FTW Click here to enlarge
    Very cool man.

    COMPLETELY off topic, but I thought you had said you lived in Colorado previously. Any comparison's/insights VS Idaho? My wife and I are throwing around the idea of moving to Boise. Housing prices in Colorado have gone through the roof and we are thinking about making a change.
    Can't say enough nice things about Boise! I love it here, and honestly the mountains are not further away if you are factoring in driving time.

    Have you considered SLC? It's everything I wanted when I moved to Colorado without the liberals, traffic, and crime. Only downside is if drinking and going out are a big part of your life, it's not for you.

    PM me if you have any specific questions, I would be happy to answer them! I lived downtown Denver, in Boulder, and in Broomfield so I know Colorado pretty well....I would never go back

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    Wtf is there to do in Idaho?

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    Couldve rolled with a on3 kit with a PTE6466 Ball bearing and tial wastegate. Sure their kits take about 5 days to come in. Its a single scroll manifold but im sure the option of single turbo still surpasses twins. Pure stage 2 is pretty good it seems and hopefully you can get it to handle the power reliably. What are you doing for fueling?

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