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Project Areas – E30 LS1 Throttle cable setup

For the Ares, we used a universal Loctar Cable and cable mount. The mount then mounts to the Intake manifold. On the pedal side, we used stock e30 pedal and pedal lever. The lever hit the boosterless brake setup so we had to shorten it. We then added a few holes to be able to accommodate different motors we make test in the future to bring to the market. Remember, the theme with this car is modular.

So after that the loktar cable fits through the stock E30 throttle firewall hole. The firewall hole isnt really a hole though. Its a square. No big deal! We welded a washer to make it round. This made the cable fit perfectly.

Pictures coming soon!

Day 4 – 10 Day Build – E21 S54

Today was monumental. Got a whole lot done in 4hours!

Because the E30 parking brake cable did not fit into the E21 tunnel, I simply tacked it together. I’ll paint it later.


I welded the radiator mounts. Will be painted later. img_5101

So day 4 I got the S54 in the car. Lifted it by traditional means with a hoist. It wasn’t all that bad getting it in. I needed to cut the front radiator shroud area to get it fit. Please note that this is NOT the final resting place. it will get pushed back at least another 4-5 inches.

Below, I installed the front half of the driveshaft. I already got the rear half in and aligned to the E30 subframe. That already defined the center bearing location as shown in Day 2. Now that it’s sitting suspended as shown, I can place the engine and mate it to the driveshaft. Once mated, the engine is now in place.


It took no more than 45 minutes to get the engine in. It’s sitting much further forward than I’d like (aka the driveshaft and transmission are way off and the engine needs to sit further back).



As of today, the S54 is sitting on the subframe, unobstructed and the trans bracket is installed, but will need to move much further rearward to mate to the driveshaft.

I didn’t do too much with the subframe. Just grinded it down, but no welding today. Stay tuned for tomorrow! Garagistic has some pretty sweet 80A mounts that I plan to use that will allow it to sit exactly where it will live with minimal movement and minimal vibration transfer. img_5116

Got the exhaust setup ready to go. Days 6-8 will be reserved for welding of the downpipes, the muffler, and the midpipes. img_5113

I welded the exhaust hangers up a bit better today. I welded lips on the exhaust stem so that the hanger sits right in the center and doesn’t move side to side on harder cornering.


I also welded studs for the rear subframe lower poly hold-down brackets. I did this because the E30 subframe is wider and the subframe was actually hitting the bracket weld-nuts. So I removed the weld nuts from the brackets, I welded studs from the inside flush, and will now bolt the bracket on the OUTSIDE of the body. The only thing I need to do is elongate the subframe bolt.

Removed weld nuts in this pic…


Welded studs (countersink screws) from the backside pointing outward. img_5105

I need to clean these welds up, but the idea is that now the E30 subframe will not hit the body due to it being wider than the E21 subframe. img_5104

Thanks for reading. Standby for more work tomorrow as we set this drivetrain in it’s final resting spot!

Day 3 – 10 Day Build – E21 S54

Day 3, primarily reserved for Exhaust, Suspension, and radiator mounting.

Fuel filter stuff removed. I am going to a walbro 255 external pump for this assembly. I’m sticking with the same fuel filter (new), and fuel accumulator to keep fuel pressure up on starts.    img_5090


Front hubs cleaned up, installing new bearings and races. Then install onto GC struts.  img_5083

Mounted the E46 M3 exhaust – Had to cut out some of the piping to fit. I didn’t want to do a completely custom exhaust system, but it looks like that’s what may happen. Everything is custom.

Thus far, I’m going with 2 mounts for the muffler assembly itself. Then after I start welding the mid pipe, I’ll be adding a 3rd one in the same vicinity.

The top of the muffler is just at the top of the spare wheel well I cut out. Might need to figure out a new method of capping the wheel well. img_5065img_5088 img_5067

I decided to use the new exhaust cut outs to plug the old exhaust outlet. I maintain the same curvature, bend, and character line, so it’s seamless. img_5082


For now, I’d like to simply add weather stripping, but in the future outlook, we’ve got some cool Ares LS1 ideas for this exhaust.

The radiator mounting is being prototyped, but at the moment this works very well. Used some M12 bolts, 19mm head actually fits these poly bushings perfectly. img_5074

Clamp the bolts down – to be welded later. img_5076

Bushings slip right on top. Square off the head of the poly bushing so it accompanies the radiator and it’s not moving anywhere!img_5078img_5079

Out with the old!img_5080

In with the new, Let’s get that S54 in tomorrow!

St patricks day sale + Blog facelift!

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St Patricks day sale and newsletter!
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St patricks day sale + Blog is offically live!

Not only did we launch our new blog, we have also been busy making new parts! Be sure to see the new products and lots of specials going on for this weekend only. These items include: Complete poly suspension kit, e30 HD motor and trans bushings set, E36/E46 Poly RTABs, E30 is splitter sale, e30 to e36/e46 steering rack swap kit, Garagistic swag t-shirts, LED OBC sale, and more below!

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E30 complete poly bushings kit

Normal price = $245 Sale price = $200!
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E30 splitters are 40% off!

Normal price = $78 Sale price = $45!
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“Our partner, Macalent LLC, is proud to offer a 30% off discount on M30, M60, M62/S62 swap guides. Click below for convenient access to take advantage of this offer!”
Discounts not valid on past or pending orders. Not redeemable for credit. “shipped price is in USA only” Other restrictions apply. 

Spal 16″ puller fan 30101517

Spal 16″ puller fan 30101517

Garagistic carries the ideal bmw spal fan. This spal puller fan is the perfect size for your e30, e36 and e46. We use it on our very own ls1 and m60 swapped e30 cars!

These SPAL Electric FAN are 16″ Straight Blade 12Volts. This is the exact same model we use on our bmws .Popular for the m20, as well as the m30 swap, all DOHC e30 swaps and s54 swap inthe e46! Tested in E28, E21, E30, E36, E46. They are high quality and long life. Manufactured in Italy

16″ Straight Blade Low Profile Fan / 12V Puller From our low profile fan line this fan is ideal for use in today’s automobiles where space is a requirement. Can be used to replace the original OEM radiator fan intercooler fan or AC condenser fan. It features a fully sealed waterproof/dustproof motor. Each fan is individually balanced for long life.