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KhanArt 08-11-2012 10:30 PM

KhanArt's Jet Black///Cinnamon 6spd E46 M3 looong term build thread
 
I figured I make a build thread since I plan on keeping this car for a while and have a lot of planned. Let me begin by saying I have always loved anything with wheels and an engine. I can always talk about cars and the subject always has my full attention. Below are my previous cars in the order I had them.

First car was a 90 Celica GT which was a hand me down, this is where the mod bug began.
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/.../M3/photo2.jpg

Second car was a 00 Accord sedan which I bought new.. not sure why I bought this car but I don't regret it. Most reliable car ever. I still have it today (174k) and it is my daily driver/beater. It's back to stock now other than tint and an intake. I kept this car as my daily and bought and sold project cars over the time I had it.

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...3/photo1-2.jpg

Third car was a 79 Trans Am "Smokey and The Bandit" I always wanted this car and this is the only car I regret letting go. I love muscle cars as well as other styles. I just didn't have the time and money to restore it so I sold it to a better home. I did do some maintenance on it before I sold it. It was a beast! I would like to buy the Burt Reynolds Edition Trans Am one day in the future.

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/.../M3/photo5.jpg
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/.../M3/photo3.jpg

Last car I had was a 05 G35 coupe 6spd with nav. This was a really nice car and I wasn't ready to let her go but I was getting married and buying a house so I needed to save money. It is no M in performance but was still a fun car. I loved how this car sounded especially after the few mods I did to it.

Build thread for the G35:
http://g35driver.com/forums/national...on-thread.html


http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/.../M3/photo4.jpg
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...Drive09142.jpg
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...Dropped004.jpg

Finally, I'm happy to say I'm a new M3 owner. I was able to pick the car up that I wanted on (4/24/12) and didn't have to settle. I got about everything that I wanted but nav. I believe the car came with almost every option including the ski bag. Super clean 04 Jet Black/Cinnamon 6spd with 45,9xx miles. It came with angel eyes (not sure which brand), light tint, Dice Media bridge, and the OEM 19's powder coated black. Other than that all stock. It looks like she was very well taken care of. All 4 brake pads were new and also 2 new rear Pilot Sport tires came with the car.
I baby this car and keep her clean. She is garage kept and is not driven in the rain/snow. Rear seat is not used and I don't have plans on tracking her at the moment but I do have some fun spirited drives here and there with the DSC off of course.
Here are some pics of her at the dealership and some pics of her when I first brought her home.

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo13.jpg
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo14.jpg
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo52.jpg

Daily driver and M3

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/.../photo33-1.jpg

Took the headlight apart to fix a broken clip on one of the angel eyes.

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo42.jpg

Came with the Dice Mediabridge

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...3/photo3-2.jpg

First mods were black grills/gills, smoked corners/sidemarkers, and painted reflectors. I thought the chrome, clear corners, and amber reflectors looked mixed matched to me. I think it flows better now, who knows I might change it up later.

Matte black gills and smoked sidemarkers

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...ods/photo1.jpg

Matte black grills, smoked corners, and painted reflectors

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...ods/photo4.jpg

Blacked out with the M banner in the garage

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo32.jpg
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo53.jpg

Put led bulbs for the rear plate lights (new vs. old bulb)

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo34.jpg

M3 plate frame

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...m/photo5-2.jpg

M valve stem caps

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...s/photo2-1.jpg

BMW all weather floor mats

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...ds/photo32.jpg

Clutch stop mod

Thread for clutch stop mod:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=108849

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...3/photo2-1.jpg
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo54.jpg

Zhp shift knob

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...ds/photo12.jpg

Plugged the license plate holes with really small plugs from Home Depot

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...ods/photo3.jpg

M key chain

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo44.jpg

I also have added many tools and detailing supplies to my current selection. I plan to DIY as much as I can

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo35.jpg
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo26.jpg

I plan on going through the maintenance first:
Oil/filter change
Air filter
Cabin Air filter
Vanos filter
Trans fluid
Diff fluid
Spark plugs
Fuel filter
CDV delete
I also want to update some interior trim pieces and other parts. My goal is to keep her up to date with maintenance and restoring her to her original shape. I do plan on lowering the car, upgrading the exhaust for a little power and sound, and more. I know this isn't the most exciting journal but I will update it as I go and do a better job of taking pictures.

KhanArt 08-11-2012 10:31 PM

Update (8/11/2012)

Cleaned MAF Sensor. Ten minute job max.

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showp...6&postcount=22

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...e/M3/photo.jpg

djnekkon 08-11-2012 10:33 PM

nice thread bro. keep it up!

BBBoy323i 08-12-2012 02:11 AM

Nice car history and can't wait to see all the progress

SYL 08-12-2012 02:25 AM

Nice Blacked out car.

MarcusLSB 08-12-2012 03:46 AM

Off to a good start man!

KhanArt 08-12-2012 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by djnekkon (Post 14646024)
nice thread bro. keep it up!

Quote:

Originally Posted by BBBoy323i (Post 14646280)
Nice car history and can't wait to see all the progress

Quote:

Originally Posted by SYL (Post 14646289)
Nice Blacked out car.

Quote:

Originally Posted by MarcusLSB (Post 14646349)
Off to a good start man!

Thanks everyone. I wish I had more money and free time but I will update every time I get a chance to do something new.

Sadly its only going to be basic maintenance for now before I start to mod. I have to get that done first.

DropTopKingM3 08-12-2012 12:46 PM

Off to a perfect start. Im glad your purchased the necessary tools and jacks before starting any of the work. Looks like you've got an exciting build underway. I loved the difference I felt when I cleaned my MAF sensor for the first time. The car idled so much smoother. Whenever I clean my MAF I always change the filter and run Chevron Techron in my tank as well. It will make a world of a difference!

Good luck.

KhanArt 08-12-2012 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DropTopKingM3 (Post 14646800)
Off to a perfect start. Im glad your purchased the necessary tools and jacks before starting any of the work. Looks like you've got an exciting build underway. I loved the difference I felt when I cleaned my MAF sensor for the first time. The car idled so much smoother. Whenever I clean my MAF I always change the filter and run Chevron Techron in my tank as well. It will make a world of a difference!

Good luck.

Thanks, I agree the car idles so much smoother after cleaning the MAF. I was impatient and did it before I got my new air filter but from now on every time I change the air filter I will clean it.

I plan on knocking all these out in one shot. Hopefully this month.

Oil/oil filter change
vanos filter
air filter
cabin air filter.

Shouldn't take long at all and should cost too much either.

monkeyjuice5150 08-12-2012 01:03 PM

Very nice combo, and off to a good start so far.

323i2011Y 08-12-2012 01:21 PM

Where are you located in virginia?

alwaysbored786 08-12-2012 01:40 PM

Well hello there, i can attest to how clean this car is, drives very smoothly too! Keep us updated man!

DropTopKingM3 08-12-2012 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KhanArt (Post 14646809)
Thanks, I agree the car idles so much smoother after cleaning the MAF. I was impatient and did it before I got my new air filter but from now on every time I change the air filter I will clean it.

I plan on knocking all these out in one shot. Hopefully this month.

Oil/oil filter change
vanos filter
air filter
cabin air filter.

Shouldn't take long at all and should cost too much either.

Shouldnt take long for the oil, air, and cabin air filter change.. The vanos filter might be the most time consuming but Im sure it isnt that hard. Youre off to a great start, I like where this is going.

I can recommend TheBMWPartstore.com as they've so far offered the cheapest prices for all of these replacement parts. Also the shipping is free if its over $100 :thumbup:

KhanArt 08-12-2012 10:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by monkeyjuice5150 (Post 14646821)
Very nice combo, and off to a good start so far.

Thank you

Quote:

Originally Posted by 323i2011Y (Post 14646851)
Where are you located in virginia?

Woodbridge

Quote:

Originally Posted by alwaysbored786 (Post 14646883)
Well hello there, i can attest to how clean this car is, drives very smoothly too! Keep us updated man!

What's up bro? Are you going to the Baltimore Grand Prix?

Quote:

Originally Posted by DropTopKingM3 (Post 14647186)
Shouldnt take long for the oil, air, and cabin air filter change.. The vanos filter might be the most time consuming but Im sure it isnt that hard. Youre off to a great start, I like where this is going.

I can recommend TheBMWPartstore.com as they've so far offered the cheapest prices for all of these replacement parts. Also the shipping is free if its over $100 :thumbup:

I'll check them out. I think I got my zhp knob from them, I also have bought from ECS tuning.

KhanArt 08-15-2012 11:00 PM

Update (8/15/2012)
Packages arrived in the mail today.

Oil
Oil filter
Drain plug/o rings/crush washer
Air filter
Cabin air filter
Vanos filter kit
I'm going to clean the MAF sensor again while I'm in there

http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo18.jpg
http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...M3/photo27.jpg

I will complete this probably on the weekend if not before. I guess next would be trans and diff fluid change.

Some DIY's for reference

Vanos filter:
ECS Tuning: DIY - Vanos Filter Change (Level 1) - YouTube

Oil Change:
HOW TO: BMW E46 M3 Oil Change (Easy DIY) - YouTube

Pottsy 08-16-2012 01:53 AM

Love the color combo, are you going to m fest this year?

Sent from my DROID3 using Bimmer App

KhanArt 08-17-2012 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pottsy (Post 14656359)
Love the color combo, are you going to m fest this year?

Sent from my DROID3 using Bimmer App

Not sure but I plan on being at the Baltimore Grand Prix

nlav26 08-17-2012 02:38 PM

off to a great start! keep it up

ImSoFreaknWhite 08-17-2012 02:49 PM

Looking good, keep it coming

alwaysbored786 08-18-2012 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KhanArt (Post 14659720)
Not sure but I plan on being at the Baltimore Grand Prix

I might go, depends if its worth it (a few people who went last year said it was alright). Ill be at bimmerfest east and mpact east though!


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