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    Looking to compile a list of engine builders and comments from those whoíve had work done including work done, cost, quality and overall experience.

  • #2
    Subscribed. I had a race M30 build recently at LH Owen in Telford UK. Good experiences all round befitting their impeccable reputation. Very busy though so you need to allow a long lead time to have the work done, and a very good budget!!

    Have heard lots of good things re JC Racing in Yorkshire UK particularly for the S14.

    Keen to hear other opinions and options as will have a couple of race S14's needing work soon

    cheers

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    • #3
      I build my own so can't really help sorry. But location would help as shipping would be expensive if the builder was not local.

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      • #4
        Had my engine rebuilt at Top End Motorsports in North Hollywood, CA.
        Took some time to source some parts, but they kept me in the loops about everything.
        Its a no BS shop that told it like it was.
        Build time was a couple of months.
        End bill was $5,800 IIRC.

        They sent me a photo journal of the build as well:
        https://www.flickr.com/photos/tep_ic...7633627685459/

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        • #5
          Wow, $5800 seems on the low end of costs to build. When was your S14 rebuilt.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jwbavalon View Post
            Wow, $5800 seems on the low end of costs to build. When was your S14 rebuilt.
            its really not all that unreal.
            The internet myth that S14s cost $20K to rebuild is just that, internet myth.
            It costs less to rebuild an S14 than it does an S52
            If you are doing an actual "rebuild", meaning rings bearings, gaskets, valve job, maybe timing gear its pretty reasonable.

            Now if you start adding things "while you are in there" yeah costs go up.

            Can you build a DTM motor for $5800,,, no,,, but can you rebuild an S14 for that, yes.

            Its just an overhead cam 4 cylinder.
            jimmy p.
            87 E30 M3 Prodrive British Touring Car
            88 E30 M3 Zinnoberot - Street
            88 E30 M3 Lachsilber - Race (#98 SCCA SPU)
            92 E30 M Technic Cabrio - S14 POWERED!
            98 318Ti M44, Base - Morea Green
            04 Ford F350 - V10

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jimmy p. View Post
              Its just an overhead cam 4 cylinder.
              It's a MAGICAL overhead cam 4 cylinder engine. LOL.
              1990 M3

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              • #8
                Metric Mechanic charges 10995 for a basic rebuild. 11995 for a 2.5.. not including oil pump rebuild.

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                • #9
                  My engine was rebuilt in 2014.
                  The new Oil pump and chain rail guides took the longest to source.
                  But yes, it was a complete rebuild. New bearings, reground and nitrate hardened crank, new supertech valves and valve springs, new chain tensioner, JE Pistons, Pauter Rods, etc.
                  Couldn't afford new shrick cams, but they opted to resurface and reground the stock cams to 280/275 spec, or whatever the common cam swap is.
                  They reassured me that they have done this on numerous performance engines and it was totally safe.

                  They did give me a discount for allowing them to keep my old connecting rods.
                  They had an M10 motor for another track car, that they would be used in. Apparently its a common upgrade for that motor.

                  Again, the shop was great at communicating with me and was a pleasure to deal with if your into a no BS type that told it like it was.

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                  • #10
                    Can definitely (also) recommend JC Racing in Thirsk. John (the J' in JC Racing)....is so knowledgeable. They rebuilt my diff and gearbox

                    Can also definitely R Elsworth BMW Specialist...also in Thirsk. Both Robert (Bobby) and Leon are from JC Racing. They rebuilt my my entire car (pretty much) including the engine.

                    Their work ethic is excellent and their prices are very competitive......the engine rebuild (for example), was a few £k under what I was led to expect from my research.

                    Can also recommend Nigel Moseley at Moseley Motorsports.....Again, very knowledgeable.....he has also built up a massive parts collection over the years too.


                    For tuning.....

                    The guy to go to in the UK is Wayne Scofield at Chip Wizards. Even Porsche Racing go to him!!!! (He fixed their GT1 ECU). He has tuned mine (well twice now actually, again after the engine rebuild). Very hard to get hold of though......As one would expect, he is bonkers busy.


                    Hope that helps



                    David

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ///Mavrikno13764 View Post
                      My engine was rebuilt in 2014.
                      The new Oil pump and chain rail guides took the longest to source.
                      But yes, it was a complete rebuild. New bearings, reground and nitrate hardened crank, new supertech valves and valve springs, new chain tensioner, JE Pistons, Pauter Rods, etc.
                      Couldn't afford new shrick cams, but they opted to resurface and reground the stock cams to 280/275 spec, or whatever the common cam swap is.
                      They reassured me that they have done this on numerous performance engines and it was totally safe.

                      They did give me a discount for allowing them to keep my old connecting rods.
                      They had an M10 motor for another track car, that they would be used in. Apparently its a common upgrade for that motor.

                      Again, the shop was great at communicating with me and was a pleasure to deal with if your into a no BS type that told it like it was.
                      Steve at Top end is great. I purchase my S14 aftermarket parts off him. So how is the engine? Sounds like it would go well?

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                      • #12
                        So many different variables when building an engine. If itís just tired and needs machine work and rings bearings and such. Itís less. If you have to start replacing rods, pistons, cams than the price and climb. Best rule of thumb is do it once and do it right. Might cost more up front, but itís the long term investment into a properly sorted motor. I used Ron Checca for my build as he was local and one of the best in the business.
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                        • #13
                          Wow, that is a fine looking engine.

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                          • #14
                            While we are displaying our built motors...

                            2.5, Pauter rods, JE 11.4:1 forged pistons 95.5mm bore, oil squirters, new head, new Evo springs, all new timing components, schrick 284/276 cams.

                            Next winter I am going to fit a 29.5mm ported head, bump the compression up with a group a head gasket, and use supertech for all the valve train components including shim under bucket.

                            Built by yours truly , best in my town lol.

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                            • #15
                              They can definitely bring you to the poor house. I also opted for a new head, new block, valves , springs, pistons and so on. It was way more than i wanted to spend. But this thing is practically a NEW motor now.
                              Back to the post. I trust people like Ron checca, Don fields, Mario at VSR1, Just my 2cents. But donít go into a build thinking it will only cost XXX amount because it definitely will end up costing more.

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