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Old 12-14-2011, 02:33 AM   #541
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:07 AM   #542
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:57 AM   #543
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:38 PM   #544
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First sorry for my English ... and error to come

I recently had the misfortune to be hit by someone who has not complied with STOP indicator.
My car is an E46 convertible and want to do list for M3 parts:

front wings
wings back
front hood
side skirts
front bumper
rear bumper


I need some prices and some links would be ideal
It is NOT important that parts be new ... car will be fully painted ... and i want to change the color

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front wings
Im guessing you mean fenders, approx. 150 USD for both sides in the forums
wings back
if you want OEM, you are going to have to either cut or replace your entire rear quarter panels.
front hood
probably $200 for a used one here, you need new shocks as the non-M ones don't work, and you'll also need M fenders, or pull your Oem fenders a bit
side skirts
$200 new/used
front bumper
$150
rear bumper
$300 + you need either route your exhaust around your non-m spare wheel well, or cut it and then get an m3 exhaust. Without an M rear quarter panel, the bumper is going to have weird gaps.

hope this helps a bit, good luck!
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:08 AM   #545
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i was wodnering if this aplies to the wagons?

mainly the front end. im looking to put the m3 front end on a 323iT and the sideskirts. thanks
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:42 PM   #546
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i was wodnering if this aplies to the wagons?

mainly the front end. im looking to put the m3 front end on a 323iT and the sideskirts. thanks
Yes, in fact you're lucky that's all you want to do. Front bumper and side skirts are the same as sedan. Mirrors too.

The only real difference is the rear bumper area and hatch, all suspension mounts are the same and whatnot too.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:29 AM   #547
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:12 PM   #548
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Great information. Thanks for the assistance. :0)
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:47 PM   #549
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I want to fit m3 brakes onto my car what does it mean by custom carriers? Where would I get them? and why couldnt I just use the m3 carriers?

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- No modifications needed except for custom caliper carriers to support the bigger calipers and rotors.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:06 PM   #550
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I want to fit m3 brakes onto my car what does it mean by custom carriers? Where would I get them? and why couldnt I just use the m3 carriers?
You can use the M3 brake carriers if you machine them. The geometry of the knuckles are different between M and non-M, not sure why. Or you can just have custom brackets made. But if you're going through the trouble to make custom brackets, you might as well make them for a more 'sexy' looking caliper than OEM M3..
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You can use the M3 brake carriers if you machine them. The geometry of the knuckles are different between M and non-M, not sure why. Or you can just have custom brackets made. But if you're going through the trouble to make custom brackets, you might as well make them for a more 'sexy' looking caliper than OEM M3..
How much work would machining them be?
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:20 PM   #552
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How much work would machining them be?
Not a lot, you would just need to have exact specifications (someone posted a diagram with measurements a year or two ago) and a capable shop. Ideally the same place where the brakes are installed. It's a lot of work unless you have direct access to the correct tools/shop to do it all in one go.


It's also risky because it's a custom/trimmed stock setup.. it would compromise the integrity of the brackets a little bit, you really need to take exact amounts off so that your calipers don't rattle themselves off, and a lot of things can go bad between the first test fit and a lifetime of M3 caliper use on your car.

I debated going that route, but spent $1350 on the UUC fronts with red wilwood calipers and whatnot. Worth it..


edit: I see you have a 323. I would highly recommend getting a 330 setup and seeing how you like that. That's the best budget upgrade out there for your car for sure.. plus it's all bolt on
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Not a lot, you would just need to have exact specifications (someone posted a diagram with measurements a year or two ago) and a capable shop. Ideally the same place where the brakes are installed. It's a lot of work unless you have direct access to the correct tools/shop to do it all in one go.


It's also risky because it's a custom/trimmed stock setup.. it would compromise the integrity of the brackets a little bit, you really need to take exact amounts off so that your calipers don't rattle themselves off, and a lot of things can go bad between the first test fit and a lifetime of M3 caliper use on your car.

I debated going that route, but spent $1350 on the UUC fronts with red wilwood calipers and whatnot. Worth it..


edit: I see you have a 323. I would highly recommend getting a 330 setup and seeing how you like that. That's the best budget upgrade out there for your car for sure.. plus it's all bolt on
Thanks for the info I think I'll go the route of the 330 brakes.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:22 AM   #554
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Thanks for the info I think I'll go the route of the 330 brakes.
No problem. The 330 rears aren't 100% bolt-on FYI. Do some digging on that..
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:15 PM   #555
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Hey Folks, does anyone know if I can swap the cover on my sport steering wheel on my 2002 325i (part # 32306756514) for the M cover (part # 32347833355)? The base looks virtually the same in the diagram on realoem.com. Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:25 PM   #556
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Are you talking about the lower trim? It will fit but not 100% and look awkward with a gap at the bottom. Some people have done it and dealt with it though.
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Yeah man, just get an M3 wheel
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The cover on my sport wheel is a little scuffed and chipped and I need to replace it anyway. I don't want to spend about $500 on an all-out M steering wheel. Getting the M cover is about the same price, it seems.

Can you please explain the gap at the bottom? The base of these two steering wheels seem to be the same with that gap between the two bottom spokes. At least that's how it appears in the diagram.
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Your getting butt raped if you think a clean used m3 wheel is $500. You dont need anything except the wheel and trim. Your airbag will be a direct swap along with your wiring harness. I paid $220 shipped for mine off a salvaged car. And the gap is about as big as the search button, please use it.

Edit: Also, there is much more to an M wheel than just the trim. It's worth the coin.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:17 AM   #560
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Edit: Also, there is much more to an M wheel than just the trim. It's worth the coin.
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