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    New Old Member

    Hey everyone I'm Walter the founder of Valley Motorwerks and Kontrolle Engineering, the westcoast SpecE46 guys probably have heard of me. My love of the ZHP packaged cars started in 2004 when I bought a Black 2004 ZHP Coupe the year before starting Valley. Over the years I have owned, built, and raced many BMW's. Now that i have retired from the business (2015) working on cars is fun again lol. My current ride is a Grey 2004 ZHP sedan what I converted to cloth interior and 6 speed. She is near perfect as far what you'd want in a car... however I just bought a 2002 325iT and wondering what to do about it. Swap sub frames and drive lines, sell the ZHP and buy a wrecked M3 and swap that into the wagon.... just not sure.

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    Re-welcome! Whoa, M3 wagon sounds fun! But, tough to get rid of the ZHP.

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    Randeaux/Rando/John/jr - '06 Cic ZHP; Southern California
    "ZHP or not, I still like you"


    ZHP Performance Package, Cold Weather Package, Leather, Jet Black/Black/BlackCube, NAV
    ESS Stage 1 Twin Screw Supercharger, Sprint Booster, BMW Perf Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, Ground Control Coilovers, UCC Sway Bars, Apex EC-7 18x8.5 ET38
    Dynavin D99+, Hardwire V1 (w/V1 Connection), BSW Stage 1 Speakers, Kicker Amp/Subwoofer
    BMW Performance Strut Brace, Orion V2 Angel Eyes, No-holes License Plate, SMG Paddle Shift Mod, Besian VANOS, Gold DISA, Fan Delete, M3 Side Mirrors
    Note: Actual car no longer resembles signature picture

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    Agreed - a ZHPT would best fit my needs - then I could sell the shell for a SpecE46 project. I want more hp and I've had many S/C'd BMW's but in California it's tough to make it go. That's why the S54 is a good fit...

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    That's gorgeous, that's silbergraw for you, uber nice.
    I miss mine.
    325i, 2005, 5MT, Silvergrey, leatherette, Sport package; CDV delete, KONI STR-T & KYB Excel-G, Weisslichts, Stewart H2O pump

    328i, 2010, 6MT, Spacegrey, dakota leather, M-sport packages; all stock
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    Mmmm, Silbergrau sedans are beautiful

    Nice to have you aboard, I might pick your brain with a SpecE46 question or two at some point in the future.
    Emma - 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP 6MT Estorilblau Individual

    Sportline 8s 18x8.5F - 18x9.5R | APEX ARC-8 18x8.5 Square | aFe Intake | 135i Brembo F/R Calipers | 26mm Front/20mm Rear Sway Bars | Z4 Mirror
    M3 Dead Pedal | Lexus ES300 Yellow Fog Light Retrofit | Koni Yellows/H&R Springs | Llumar CTX 40% | Coby Tri-Stitch Wheel & Boots

    Awaiting Install: M3 Wing Mirrors

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    I am here to help - it is a great series and a natural after SpecE30 which I started on the west coast in 2006. Nice Husky - great breed - here's my Husky mix Luna - part of the reason to switch to a wagon.

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    Oh yeah we have a touring and the dogs love it. So much better than putting them in the back of a sedan.

    Does your sedan have the fold down rear seat? If not, then you have a crazy stiff chassis on your hands that would be perfect for a spec car.

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    Hey another Japanrot touring owner! Welcome!

    Since my ZHP died, I'm definitely doing a wagon ZHP conversion. I'm partial to the LS motor though. The S54 is ok, but it doesn't feel right to me to put it in the wagon.

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    -Corey

    2003 Blue ZHP Sedan @ 210k
    Dead due to damaged valve. We will save her soul for future use, but the body will go to car heaven...or another owner...who may or may not turn her into a race car...

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    @DeathTrap - not a fan of mixed breeds except for my puppy :P Living in California doesn't help either... it's hard enough getting a same make swap past smog.

    @ZHPizza she's a non fold but honestly after the cage is in it's a moot point... I prefer building out a folding seat car... my E46M3 GT car had the rear panel and package deck removed and replaced with tubing and aluminum "firewall" due to class rules.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TD Motorsports View Post
    I am here to help - it is a great series and a natural after SpecE30 which I started on the west coast in 2006. Nice Husky - great breed - here's my Husky mix Luna - part of the reason to switch to a wagon.
    Thanks, huskies are great arenít they? After a decade I canít imagine having another breed. I love Lunaís coatóthose hints of tan remind me of one of my dogís puppies.

    Once Iím closer to embarking on the club racing journey Iíll definitely be in touch. At this point Iím just praying my next HPDE doesnít get canceled because of the virus.
    Emma - 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP 6MT Estorilblau Individual

    Sportline 8s 18x8.5F - 18x9.5R | APEX ARC-8 18x8.5 Square | aFe Intake | 135i Brembo F/R Calipers | 26mm Front/20mm Rear Sway Bars | Z4 Mirror
    M3 Dead Pedal | Lexus ES300 Yellow Fog Light Retrofit | Koni Yellows/H&R Springs | Llumar CTX 40% | Coby Tri-Stitch Wheel & Boots

    Awaiting Install: M3 Wing Mirrors

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