October 12, 2012

Twins, Bazzle... Twins!

BME Time Attack STI Build Update

Ok, after that comment this may not exactly be what you were expecting to find. Although I promise that it is pretty damn sexy...

Helping to put the power to the ground in the STI is Competition Clutch's new twin disc clutch kit with hydraulic throw out bearing conversion. Of course, we couldn't just receive this gorgeous kit and leave it assembled... So we're going to take you through full disassembly to show you exactly what is included in this package.

Old rickety clutch fork assembly...
Shiny new hydraulic goodies...

To be continued...

A turbo that can inhale a small child...

BME Time Attack STI Build Update

"...this was ordered just about 7 months ago and was sitting around a shop for 5 months to be used in development of some parts ... 5 months of sitting around and no work done so here it finally is in my possession. The turbo is an FP HTA82 ... aka FP's version of the GTX3582. As you can see I opted for the Tial .82AR turbine housing. I actually had to pay more than I originally agreed to so that this Tial housing could be rushed out of back order ... little did I know the turbo would sit around doing nothing for 5 months. For people who don't know how big a 35R is, I felt the NOS can would be a good size reference. I am pretty excited to get this thing spinning and see what it can do, it should move plenty of air for what I want to do..." -BME_Pat from his IWSTI journal

We're excited to have this, to say the least. Even with the setbacks, we're confident that the build will turn out being even greater than previously planned. We're going to try and do something that not many people have done with the GR. Hell, maybe a BME low mount turbo kit could be released as a result.

*NOS Energy Drink was only used for size reference, in no way is BME affiliated with, or claiming to be affiliated with NOS Energy Drinks. Although, NOS, if you're reading this, we wouldn't mind a drink sponsorship ;) We could use the caffeine with the long nights that we have ahead of us!

Army-Navy Fittings, Ready for Battle!

BME Time Attack STI Update

It's been a little while since we've updated you on the status of our STI build. We've had some disappointing setbacks with shipping delays, and now it looks like the turbo and intercooler setup are going to be a full custom kit designed by Pat @ BME. We're thinking v-mount FMIC with a low mount turbo maybe? Although we're having some trouble finding a radiator company willing to make us a proper radiator with angled fins...

Anyway, Pat's been busy prepping all of the new AN fittings are getting them slapped on the motor. All parts used in this build are provided by Fragola. The quality of their products is really top-notch. Everything from their fittings to their hoses have been outstanding. We will also be using the high quality products of Fragola with our BME catch can kits, keep an eye out for that soon, too!

Here are some pictures to hold you over...

October 8, 2012

Suspension Revamp Planning - AutoX WRX

Hello Everyone!

Of course we're not dead, just busy! Between setting up some upcoming product releases, working out the kinks on our STI build, and planning a new suspension overhaul on the WRX, we haven't had a whole lot of time to post song of the day. We apologize, but we promise that we will be back to normalcy in the next few days.

Anyway... I thought that we would share with you the latest on the AutoX WRX's new suspension revamp planning.

The car just recently turned the ticker on 70k miles. To say the least, the current suspension has needed to be replaced for a looong time now. But last season a blown motor changed the upgrade progression. Now that we've made it through the 2012 season, we figured that this winter would be a great time to begin the overhaul. Once all of the pieces have been collected, I assume Pat and I will spend a 3 or 4 day weekend with a couple cases of good beer pulling everything apart and putting it back together. Chicago winters have been less than kind, and everything needs to be sanded, re-coated, re-greased, and re-assembled.

So far, here is the list of what is needed and what needs to be done...

AST 4100 Coilovers (8k/7k Swift Springs)
MSI Street Front Camber Plates
BME Solid Rear Top Mounts w/ Built in Negative Camber
Aluminum STI Control Arms
MSI Trailing Arms w/ TIC Bushings
Stoptech SS Brake Lines
Kartboy Toe Lock Bolts
ARP Extended Wheel Studs
Muteki SR48 Extended Lug Nuts
Kartboy Front Endlinks
Replacement Rear Subframe
Replacement Whiteline Ball Joints
Fresh Camber Bolts
Torque Solution Transmission Mount
Sand and paint all pieces that will be retained...

Now for some pictures of goodies... We received these last week, they were bought used off of Nasioc but the deal was too good to pass and the condition is outstanding. Budget is important, and at BME we're all about getting the best parts at the best prices. The same goes with the parts that we offer, with no disregard to quality and function, of course!