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Old 04-23-2010, 01:57 PM   #1
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eas | Silver Grey e46 M3 Progress/Buildup Journal

I picked up a 2004 Silver Grey e46 M3 in April 2009. This thread will serve as an ongoing journal of upcoming mods and informational basis for other things discovered along the way.

Color: Silver Grey
Interior: Speed Cloth/ Grey Trim
Packages: Xenon's, No Sunroof, No power seats
Mileage: 49,000
Transmission: 6MT

Ever since I was in High School, I have loved the performance and styling of the e46 M3. After browsing for over a year hoping to find one that I can call my own, I finally found this one in Costa Mesa, test drove it, got a Pre-Purchase Inspection done and took home the same day. The car came with some audio upgrades, Angel Eyes, smoked corners and painted reflectors, everything else was completely stock just like I wanted.

For the past year I have been focusing on the most important aspect of the car to me: Maintenance. I've had Inspection II done, replaced RTABs with Powerflex, put in Stainless Steel brake lines, threw in Cool Carbon brake pads, and replaced the worn tires with Hankook Ventus V12 K110.

The plans for this car will focus on Performance, Suspension, Braking, Interior pieces, with a hint of cosmetics. We will be doing DIY guides of installs along with maintenance work along the way.

Here are some photos of my car when I first brought it home:










Feedback, recommendations or questions are always welcomed in this thread.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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WOOT! Congrats on the M3 I want to upgrade one day as well...

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Old 04-23-2010, 02:02 PM   #3
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Silver grey is FTW! Nice!
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Old 04-23-2010, 02:12 PM   #4
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Macht Schnell E46 M3 Stage 1 intake charge kit
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...43&postcount=5

Rogue Engineering Octane SSK- CNC Edition
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...57&postcount=7

Rogue Engineering Clutch Stop
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showp...6&postcount=13

Outer LED Ring Modification
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...2&postcount=17

Arm Rest Delete, Reverting to OEM HK Stereo
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...2&postcount=19

Cool Carbon Brake Pads
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...5&postcount=24

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Old 04-23-2010, 02:14 PM   #5
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The very first mod I did to this car would be the Macht Schnell Stage 1 Intake Charge Kit.









After putting this in, the car is a lot more throatier at higher RPMs and I can feel the slight increase in power in the top end. Definitely the best bang for buck mod out there, and quite a simple install too!

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Old 04-23-2010, 02:34 PM   #6
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Yay another one! Keep us updated with the silver M3 too! Thanks for sharing
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:16 PM   #7
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The e46 M3 has definitely brought many smiles to my face, but that didn't mean that there were some letdowns after owning it.
One of the biggest disappointments when I got into the e46 M3 is the shifter. Every time I drive, I feel like I'm rowing a boat, and I knew I had to get this fixed.

I decided to go with the Rogue Engineering Octane Short Shift Kit- CNC Edition with the Weighted Selector Rod because of the many great reviews I have read for this kit.

Stock:




RE Octane SSK vs Stock. Look at the build quality!




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The short shift kit made a tremendous difference, my throws are much shorter and tighter than before. I cannot be any happier with this short shift kit, the shifts are not too notchy and the height of the shifter is perfect for the stock shift knob.
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is it me or is that shift know bubbling?
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nice, that shift knob has seen better days though..
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:38 PM   #10
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is it me or is that shift know bubbling?
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nice, that shift knob has seen better days though..
You both are absolutely correct, that is why I'll be replacing it soon
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Nice! Just needs a ZHP shift knob and the shifter's set.
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Great color for the e46, cant wait to see what you got in store for it.
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YES another one of these

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I never understood why the clutch pedal had so much dead space, and was not used to it since my previous car's clutch engagement point was right off the floor. This had to be addressed, and I decided to give Rogue Engineering's Clutch Stop a try.

This is what the stock one looks like under the clutch pedal:


Here are some comparison pictures:


Amazing how small and wimpy the stock Clutch Stop looks next to the Rogue Engineering part.

Here is the Rogue Engineering Clutch Stop installed.


With the clutch stop installed, there is about one inch off the ground before the clutch engages. Much better feel, and it makes it a lot easier to shift between the gears. I must say that this combined with the Rogue Engineering Short Shift Kit is the perfect combo, my driving experience is much better because of these parts. There is also a way to adjust the clutch stop, which I find very convenient.
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I've always thought it was odd that there is an outer LED ring on the taillights that did not light up when using the brakes. My peers have pointed this out in the past, and had me thinking that I had faulty brake lights. After searching the forum, I found this: http://homepage.mac.com/ianlindvig/adaptive.htm

Seemed simple enough, and we got to work. A few minutes later, one side was finished and we tested it.


This is how it is different from OEM:


All done!



One very inexpensive mod that makes the rear end more complete!

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Old 05-05-2010, 06:23 PM   #19
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With my goals with the car, there was not much use for the audio system that came with my car. The driver door speaker had to be replaced, so I took this time to remove the rest of the audio components and revert to the OEM HK stereo set up so that I can have my trunk space back.


While the interior panels were being removed, I decided to change out the center console for a new one without an arm rest. Simplicity is key
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pretty good job guys @ Eas! keep up the good work!
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