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El Señor Cooper.

I'm posting this as a sort of timeline of my car, this will be a slow and arduous process. I don't like to cut corners so I take my time. That and I'm poor. In that I have no money after buying parts. Yey.

This is my daily driver and future Autocross/HPDE car.

2005 R53 With the 6 speed

Here are some pics When I first got it.

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And yes I know the intake isin't the best. But it came with the car.
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So my low Brake pad light was on. The previous owner informed me that I needed new brakes.

I did.

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That's not even the worst.

This one is.

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You can see the groove on the backing plate the rotor made.

I don't have any pics of the new hardware but they were: New stainless braided hoses, brass caliper guide pin bushings, Centric NON-Cryo blank rotors from Tirerack and Hawk HP+ Brake pads.
I also needed a new right rear caliper as the boot was torn, didn't want to deal with rebuilding it.

These Brakes are fantastic for my application.

I could care less about Brake Noise Or dust, Especially during a Panic stop. I'll turn up my Harmon/Kardon Stereo if the noise is too much. (Or until the AMP blows up)
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I've had this clunk every time I changed gear, and If I had any wheel spin (And I do considering the weight of the car and open diff) The drive-train would shake violently and bang around.

Culprit: Lower engine mount.

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I replaced it with this BSH Mount.

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However the Upper Hydraulic mount was leaking so I replaced it with this Vibra-Technics Poly upper mount. I chose this because I don't want another failure-prone hydraulic mount and I want a stiffer drive train.
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Those two along with a Powerflex Black series Poly Gearbox Bushing insert translates to a good time .

The ONLY time I notice more vibration is when I'm taking off. That's it.

I've read reviews on how the vibration is so bad that sinkholes will appear and take you to Narnia.

Bull. The driving feel is more connected, but not NEARLY uncomfortable. But hey. That's just me. I guess I have a High tolerance for this stuff.

Oh. And I changed the Gearbox fluid to Redline MTL.
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So in my paranoia infused preventative maintenance state. I replaced the Failure prone Harmonic Balancer with an ATI +2 percent overdrive Harmonic balancer, As I did not want to be stranded with a failed unit.

I also got it with the optional Titanium Hardware. Why? BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST TITANIUM ANYTHING I'VE EVER OWNED, AND NOBODY CAN TAKE THAT FEELING FROM ME.

.....anyways. On to the pics.

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So purdy.

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I also changed the tensioner and added an Alta tensioner stop. Although i'll upgrade to an adjustable one later on.
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I took it to a Dyno Day. Yay.
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The only performance mods were a Hot air intake and the 2% Overdrive pulley. Everything else is stock. Including the ignition system.
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Until now.

I put in some new Denso Iridium Power Sparkplugs, Magnecore ignition cables and a Screemin Demon Coil Pack.

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(I had the plugs and cables on first, which is why they are on with the old coil.)
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I serviced my Supercharger. Time Consuming but very straightforward.

I noticed the car was quicker after everything was done, probably due to boost leaks that were fixed by changing all the seals and dried out hoses. Neat. I also installed a Detroit tuned Bypass valve while I serviced my supercharger. I feel a more immediate power delivery, it was well worth it.

I also Replaced the Water Pump behind the Supercharger, Replaced the leaking plastic thermostat housing with an aluminum one and a 180 degree thermostat, new forge REDDDDDDDD (Because theY were CONSIDERABLY cheaper than Black) Silicone Coolant hoses and a CSF Aluminum Radiator. Which looks AWESOME.



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I'm a "While I'm in there" Kind of person.

The previous owner already replaced the Oil filter housing gasket and Crank sensor o-Ring so they do not leak.

However...Being as anal as I am, that wasn't good enough. So I took out the Crank sensor o-ring and replaced it with one made from Viton so make sure it won't leak for a LOOONG time. And if it does, it's a Good thing I bought two .

While I was in there I replaced the Leaking oil pan Gasket.

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Not bad. But wait there's more.

While I was in there with the pan removed, I installed this...

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RMW Baffled oil pickup. Extra insurance through the corners.

I was going to use this with the SneedSpeed Windage tray but it would not fit, Oh well, the tray will wait for now.

I'll be using this next oil service. Currently running Rotella T6.

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Update pic under the hood, You can see the shameless rice stickers on the front bumper to alert dudes on what Junk I have cooling my other Junk . I will get it cleaned again in the next wash and hopefully add a stainless IC Dirverter from DDM and change out those poopy looking IC Screws.
I have some other gaskets and O-rings in the mail, and brakes for the.....other car.

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My evaporator is leaking so I have to figure out on how to change that, expecting the worst since it's pretty much a BMW.
At least the part's cheap, unlike the heater core for a Miata.
Although with this the A/C System will be brand new since I replaced the compressor awhile back
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I'm rebuilding the front Subframe while I do the Clutch and LSD. Everything is pretty much going to be replaced. Powerflex Black series Front sway bar bushings and steering rack bushing. Alta PSRS FCAB's, new inner and outer tie rods. Ball joint spacers. Ect. Than I'll rebuild the rear suspension with the new R56 Aluminum Rear trailing arms and Powerflex COMPLETE (Not just the inserts) Black series RTAB's and some adjustable rear trailing arm bars. And then FINALLY coilovers. Still don't know which ones.
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