#projectE46M3 Milestone: She's finally off jackstands! I've completed all of her major maintenances and performance/track oriented installs on my own. Working from my garage on weekends, sometimes after work and waiting on parts to be delivered, it definitely took a while to wrench through it all. It was worth it though. Besides saving money, it gave me an opportunity to reverse engineer, understand and appreciate the car. It has also been a good stress reliever. However there were some arduous times. When I first discovered a VANOS issue, my heart sank. It would be my first time rebuilding it, not to mention ever seeing it, and inherent extra costs and time. When I lost absolute sync between the crank (piston stroke positioning) and cam shafts (intake/exhaust valve positioning), ironically while trying to set cam timing, I was pretty close to losing my shit fearing that I could possibly bend a valve or worse. Thanks to Von #momentumgt for validating my recovery plan.
Yesterday I had the chance to have some fun driving her around town, stretching her legs and going through her gears in the rain. I can hear/feel the results of all of that work, a significant improvement, a healthier car.
For the work thats beyond my ability, requiring the meticulous attention of a pro and better to be done on a lift with the proper tools/facility, I dropped her off at JMP. @jmp_autowerkz +1 for specialists/shops with grassroot motorsports credibility. -front/rear subframe reinforcement
-front/rear control arm upgrade/refresh
-front/rear bushing/sus upgrade/refresh
-abs module bleed
I'm excited to see how it will all turn out. Hopeful for longevity and countless therapy sessions. ...now, time to put in work on the Evo