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Old 04-23-2012, 04:25 PM   #181
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:31 PM   #182
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Perfect! thank you What did you have to do to get that camber? I'm not sure how much camber you can get with a stock set up
Thats about how much you can get being this low on factory adjustments.


I just moved the front strut towers in which gives you about an extra -.5 degrees. just lowering the car itself will change the geometry of the suspension and increase the Negative Camber.



I do plan on getting Mtech II front and rear bumpers. This is just the begining guys. Dont worry, I have plenty of things in store for this car
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I do plan on getting Mtech II front and rear bumpers. This is just the begining guys. Dont worry, I have plenty of things in store for this car
Thank god, all you need is a mtech II front and your car is done. Your car/progress reminds me of Pswirley and HIS sedan was pure
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:48 PM   #184
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Thank god, all you need is a mtech II front and your car is done. Your car/progress reminds me of Pswirley and HIS sedan was pure
That guy's e46 is amongst my favorites.....


If OP's looks even remotely similar, he will get 2 thumbs up from me.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:05 PM   #185
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Thats about how much you can get being this low on factory adjustments.


I just moved the front strut towers in which gives you about an extra -.5 degrees. just lowering the car itself will change the geometry of the suspension and increase the Negative Camber.
kk thanks, that's perfect
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That guy's e46 is amongst my favorites.....


If OP's looks even remotely similar, he will get 2 thumbs up from me.
YESSSSS. 100% my favorite sedan on the forums period. I'm tellin you man, search pswirley and take notes
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I'm going to be honest with you, I despise the whole stance look/scene and seeing it on a BMW makes me die a little bit.

However, I will say you seem like a great guy that loves his car and that is something that should be admired no matter what car style they are in to, having and sharing the knowledge is fantastic and I would hope and encourage you to keep that up.
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I'm going to be honest with you, I despise the whole stance look/scene and seeing it on a BMW makes me die a little bit.

However, I will say you seem like a great guy that loves his car and that is something that should be admired no matter what car style they are in to, having and sharing the knowledge is fantastic and I would hope and encourage you to keep that up.

Well I certainly appreciate your honesty. I love the roots of BMW and I am quite familiar with the history and heritage BMW has. The "Stance" scene is one that has a lot of variety. Unfortunatly, you don't see much care taken with a car as you do with other die hard enthusiasts.

The stance scene is kinda largely divided up into people with money and people without. As someone stated before. Doing things right doesnt require a ton of money. It requires patience, research, and knowledge.

I'm glad that I am able to share my car and what it means to me with all you guys! I really appreciate all the feedback and I thank you again for your honesty!

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Well I certainly appreciate your honesty. I love the roots of BMW and I am quite familiar with the history and heritage BMW has. The "Stance" scene is one that has a lot of variety. Unfortunatly, you don't see much care taken with a car as you do with other die hard enthusiasts.

The stance scene is kinda largely divided up into people with money and people without. As someone stated before. Doing things right doesnt require a ton of money. It requires patience, research, and knowledge.

I'm glad that I am able to share my car and what it means to me with all you guys! I really appreciate all the feedback and I thank you again for your honesty!

More to come!
Couldn't agree with this sentence any more. I've owned my car for 3 years now and haven't done anything "mod" wise. I was actually about to buy an M3 right before last christmas as a gift to myself until some lady rammed into my passenger side of my car. After that happened, it made me appreciate my car even more than I do and I finally came to the conclusion to keep my car and ordering a bulk of parts this weekend. I've had 3 YEARS to research and see what everyone else has been doing to their cars so trust me, I'm very patient, and VERY prepared

Good advice to the new guys on here for sure. If you enjoy your car, make it how YOU want. I decided to go with the lightweight/track theme, some people are stanced, some people are all about speed. This is why the BMW community is so diverse and I love it
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Check out our tire machine. It has a built in cheetah and it literally does everything. you just have to push buttons and push pedals to operate all the hydraulic arms. It even takes the wheel off the machine for you. So you can get it over to the balancer.


Holy wow. I was looking into automotive tools, and I came across a similar machine here.. http://www.automotivetoolsonline.com...e_p_20648.html

$8930.25, and they want that $0.25

Can you let me know what types of tools you keep around in your own garage? I'm looking into expanding my toolkit.
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Once u stripped the tar/gunk from inside the arch to get a thinner roll on it, what did you paint the bare metal with to protect it from the elements?
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Holy wow. I was looking into automotive tools, and I came across a similar machine here.. http://www.automotivetoolsonline.com...e_p_20648.html

$8930.25, and they want that $0.25

Can you let me know what types of tools you keep around in your own garage? I'm looking into expanding my toolkit.
You know he works at a dealership right?
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I do know that (read from post #1), but I want to know what tools our OP keeps at home.
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Once u stripped the tar/gunk from inside the arch to get a thinner roll on it, what did you paint the bare metal with to protect it from the elements?
I have not decided yet, Going to pick up a smalll can of bedliner coating and just paint it on with a small brush I think. I plan to post pics when I do it!



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I do know that (read from post #1), but I want to know what tools our OP keeps at home.
I will take some pictures of my tools I use at work and at home, I dont have double of everything so if I need to I just bring tools from work home.

- 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 short and long sockets from 4mm to 36mm.
- Flex head long 3/8th's and 1/2in ratchets
- Various sizes extensions for each size driver
- Long and short torx sockets from T8 to T60
- E-Torx sizes T5-T18.
- Hex sockets and Stubby 2mm-14mm (Allen)
- Ratcheting Flex Head Wrenches 8mm-19mm
- Stubby and Long Wrenches 6mm - 24mm
- Universal Swivel Sockets
- Drive Adaptor Sockets

I have plenty more but more random or specialty tools.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE MAKITA'S

-Makita LCT203W

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-LCT203W...486520&sr=1-21

-Makita LXT211 18-Volt LXT

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-LXT211-...5486520&sr=1-2

-Makita BTW450Z High Torque Impact Wrench

http://www.amazon.com/Bare-Tool-Maki...486520&sr=1-24


These Makita's will cut the time it take to do any job in half! They are Fantastic! I can not say it enough. I put them through hell. I've had them for almost 9 months and I use them 24/7.

I recommend for anyone expanding their tool set to get some electric tools like these. They help sooooo much.

Depending on what sockets you have already, slowly add to your tool buying the next thing that you need the most. I'll grab some pics tomorrow.
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I have not decided yet, Going to pick up a smalll can of bedliner coating and just paint it on with a small brush I think. I plan to post pics when I do it!
Are you able to get all of it painted? Isnt the lip folded back on itself?
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Thanks for that info! I am really enjoying your thread. A quick question about these Makitas. Will all of the impact drivers you listed be able to drive sockets? Or only the last one (BTW450Z)?
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Thanks for that info! I am really enjoying your thread. A quick question about these Makitas. Will all of the impact drivers you listed be able to drive sockets? Or only the last one (BTW450Z)?
Yeah They have interchangable chucks, so you can put 1/4, 3/8, or 1/2 on the first 2 guns. The first smaller kit comes with a screw gun and a impact. That little impact cranks out 66ft-lb's of torque all week long. Thats me using it every day. The bigger kit comes with a hammer drill/screw gun and the impact. The impact cranks 110 ft-lb's of torque all week on a single charge. It charges in 30 min and boom its ready again. The last one is just a big ol 1/2 in impact that shares batteries with the LXT kit. It has 325 ft-lbs of torque. It is nice and portable. I've removed heads, motors, transmissions, valve covers, subframes, and all that with these guys, they are great! If you go a couple pages back you can see me using them in some of the pics during my short throw install. THey usually have them on display at home depot as well if you have one near you.

Thanks I'm glad you are in enjoying it! I got more updates to come!
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Holy wow. I was looking into automotive tools, and I came across a similar machine here.. http://www.automotivetoolsonline.com...e_p_20648.html

$8930.25, and they want that $0.25

Can you let me know what types of tools you keep around in your own garage? I'm looking into expanding my toolkit.
i have a similar machine in my shop. we got it for around $11,000. its a corghi(sp?)...most of the machines made in the USA are designed after corghi's... best machine out there!
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Had some extra time today so I was able to get the alignment done on my car. I love the alignment racks at my work!

Iphone pics sorry!





Let me explain Alignment... 1 degree = 60 minutes. or .60. So for example. -1.45 degrees of camber is actually -105 minutes or -1.75 degrees of camber if you counted it in % or out of 100 make sense? -1.45 = negative one and three quarters degree. I hope that makes sense!

This is all with factory adjustments. I dont have camber plates or different control arms.... yet!

Front:

Camber: -2.45 (-2.75)

Toe: .0.06 Toe Out (0.10)

Rear:

Camber: -3.36 (-3.60)

Toe: .08 Toe In (0.13)



Lol Sorry If thats confusing! So happy, it makes such a big difference having the proper alignment! My car tracks dead straight and my tires will last hell of a lot longer!

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