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    Just another n54 engine build thread

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    To make my long story short, younger brother ended up blowing my motor by throwing the trans into 2nd instead of 4th. As a result the timing chain had snapped and a few pistons seem to have kissed a few valves. Still in the process of tearing everything down but it isn't looking too good for the n54 here, new head will be needed I am told by my shop as well as a few new pistons. I could sit here cry, whine and most importantly make my brother wash the car every week for the next 2 years of his life but instead I choose to take a breath, and take advantage of this opportunity. As soon as the tear down is done and we have a full picture of everything, I will be ordering CP forged 9;5;1 pistons from vac and possibly getting the head machined to flow better by a local shop( Suggestions Needed ). I have pm'd tony for stg3 turbos, RB about his (which he has in-stock). Tony says 1 month for the stg3 but the RB are already proving to provide a ton of power for the money. It all depends if VT can finish up the stg3 turbos in a month or two I would be willing to give them a go if not then RBs it is. I also want to say that I did contact vishnu and waiting to hear back from them as well. Car is going from procede and dci to fully built with upgraded turbos, suggestions are welcome. Stay tooned.
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    Sorry to hear about the unfortunate money shift. However, nice use of the tow hook haha Click here to enlarge
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    535?

    location?

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    Why drop the cr? I'd keep it stockish compression if I were building.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Blaizon Click here to enlarge
    Why drop the cr? I'd keep it stockish compression if I were building.
    Word, I'm in the same boat. Nice engine build, but not necessarily the same route I would've taken. If you like it, though, that's all that matters!

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    If you're gonna order CP pistons (and prob the Carillo rods) from VAC, why not have them do the cylinder head as well?? Sure you'd get a better deal if you do it all thru them
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    I had emailed their sales dept, seems like they are a bit too busy Click here to enlarge, have got no response from them yet.

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    I would call them....they are very knowledgable and could give you suggestions on the build I'm sure
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by boosted5 Click here to enlarge
    I had emailed their sales dept, seems like they are a bit too busy Click here to enlarge, have got no response from them yet.
    They're def busy -- I've called the past couple days about buying MS109 since they're a VP Racing Fuel retailer and it took a couple tries to get someone on the phone. Of course I completely forget that December isn't exactly "race season" in the Northeast and they don't have MS109 in stock Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
    535?

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    Yeap, 535i in Chicago

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by boosted5 Click here to enlarge
    To make my long story short, younger brother ended up blowing my motor by throwing the trans into 2nd instead of 4th.
    Is he contributing any cash at all? Will you ever let him drive your car again?

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    Hmm what did you discover about the stock pistons in your car? Forged or cast?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nitehawk Click here to enlarge
    Hmm what did you discover about the stock pistons in your car? Forged or cast?
    Good question.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nitehawk Click here to enlarge
    Hmm what did you discover about the stock pistons in your car? Forged or cast?
    They are not out yet, what's off the car is oil Pan and valve cover. As stuff comes apart I will be able to answer this question .

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Blaizon Click here to enlarge
    Why drop the cr? I'd keep it stockish compression if I were building.
    less CR = more boost/timing = more power.. more reliable/safe to tune too

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzy89 Click here to enlarge
    If you're gonna order CP pistons (and prob the Carillo rods) from VAC, why not have them do the cylinder head as well?? Sure you'd get a better deal if you do it all thru them
    their cylinder head builds are INSANELY overpriced. for what you get at least..

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by boosted5 Click here to enlarge
    I had emailed their sales dept, seems like they are a bit too busy Click here to enlarge, have got no response from them yet.
    email tony@vac, i've been talking to him for the last 2 days, he's VERY quick at replying.. and super helpful Click here to enlarge



    I look VERY forward to seeing this go Click here to enlarge, it's kinda funny to me that pretty much straight after dzenno had his head done, LOTS of people start popping up with builds like this... i was hoping to be the first to be fully built like this too, boo (N) hahaha. at least i'll have some solid results to go off soon thanks to people like you Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by boosted5 Click here to enlarge
    Yeap, 535i in Chicago
    535 build nice.. Step it up a bit, like 500+ hp 535.... is it an xi?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Flinchy Click here to enlarge
    less CR = more boost/timing = more power.. more reliable/safe to tune too

    It can also make the car more sluggish. One of the advantages of DI is the ability to run a higher static cr. It should still be fun regardless though!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Blaizon Click here to enlarge
    It can also make the car more sluggish. One of the advantages of DI is the ability to run a higher static cr. It should still be fun regardless though!
    it shouldn't be too noticable on boost (over 2000rpm?), supras/skylines/evos at 8.5-9.0:1 aren't horrible to drive, unless you have a giant GT45 on an 8.5:1 2jz, which really doesn't wake up for a long time lol... and well, non twin scroll evo's as they don't get boost for a while either.. biggish turbo on a small motor, totally different.. the alpina at 9.4:1 isn't horrible? Click here to enlarge

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    My opinion is to keep stock CR with RBs, but the higher flow of a single or stage3 twins you can drop CR. With stockish air volume you can't make up the mechanical loss with air mass in the top end.

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    Cool to see a 535 build. I'll subscribe. Share more about the car please Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Blaizon Click here to enlarge
    It can also make the car more sluggish. One of the advantages of DI is the ability to run a higher static cr. It should still be fun regardless though!
    This is true. But it means that hell get more power with the compression than another car with the same compression. I'd be worried about keeping the ems happy when mucking about with compression. Guess well find out next year Click here to enlarge
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    Sorry to hear about the unfortunate shift. On the bright side, its an excuse to rip open the N54 and build it up right!
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    Lower CR will help when running turbos larger than RBs. You won't NEED meth or e85 to run the higher boost. I'd also look into springs and retainers if you're looking to go big turbo. Revving this car to 9k with a GTX35r on it or 2 GTX2876 would just be sick!
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    The money shift cost of the build should go to your bro! Just sayin Good luck and looking towards your progress..

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Cn555ic Click here to enlarge
    The money shift cost of the build should go to your bro! Just sayin Good luck and looking towards your progress..
    Honestly the build was coming sooner or later, now it is being done much earlier. I probably would have left the head alone but dzenno has shown us what gains there are to be had with a properly flowing head.

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