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Old 05-13-2012, 03:25 AM   #1
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My car's progress

So I thought I'd keep a journal of my car's progression. Bought in March 2011, a 2004 E46 M3 Jet Black with about 83,000kms. Stock except for colour matched front kidney grills. I don't know why the previous owner didn't change the side gills too.
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:27 AM   #2
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:32 AM   #3
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First real mod was the Evolve CSL style airbox with Alpha-N tune. Produces such an awesome sound
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holy fucck that's insane. I love that thing.
Really would love to have that when I make the jump to M3.
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First real mod was the Evolve CSL style airbox with Alpha-N tune. Produces such an awesome sound
Not a bad first mod!
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:36 AM   #6
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I then spent a lot of time looking through various wheels, in the end decided to go with BBS LMs. Yes, a very played out wheel so decided to get them in the less common 19x9.5 ET32 and 19x11 ET25 size.





I wanted to go for the stretched look (love it or hate it, though many hate it lol!). So decided to go with Falken FK452s in 235/35 and 275/30.



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I'm loving this thread.

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Old 05-13-2012, 03:40 AM   #8
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Next up was suspension. Once again, I did a lot of research on different types from KW, PSS9, TCK, Ground Control, BC Racing...etc. In the end I decided to go with KW v2s and Vorshlag Camber Plates. Being progressive springs, I know I will need a spacer to clear the front springs. I'll also need to dial in some front camber to fit the wheels - not sure if the madrussian mod would have been enough, so decided to get the camber plates anyway.
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Awesome.... very tasteful and effective mods


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Very nice mods so far Ating! Keep em coming!

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To fit the wheels I will need to at least roll my rear fenders. In preparation for this, I needed to get out that rubber/silicone stuff that's within the fender lip. The previous week I tried using just a stanley knife but that didn't work well. So just today my friend and I got to it using a wire wheel on a drill. It worked very well though I wish my drill was a little smaller - would make it easier to maneuver around the tight spaces.



Car with the rear wheels off.



It was pretty messy, but took 30min-1hr to get all the rubber/silicone out. Highly recommended method to anyone who wants to clean out their fender lips.

While the rear wheels were off, I decided to test fit the wheels to see if I could estimate how big a spacer I can use in the rear. As I am using a spacer at the front (probably a 12mm), the fronts will poke more than the rear so I wanted to match the rears by using a spacer.

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There's a huge gap in the rear, especially now that the tyres are stretched. Looks so crap haha! Anyway, will look better once the car is lowered. I want to lower it a fair bit so that about half the tyre is tucked.



View from the top. As it stands, the wheels/tyres do poke. But that should all camber in when it's lowered. I know other M3s running this same setup and they need to roll their rear fenders.



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That rear shot
Will look crazy once its lowered.
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:31 AM   #14
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Wow loving it!! Congrat's! How much did the CSL Airbox cost you if you don't mind me asking?
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Love LMs. But I am one of the haters, that stretch on the back looks ridiculous. Did you source the LMs from the US or from Australia?
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:07 AM   #17
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holy fucck that's insane. I love that thing.
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Thanks All! Still a work in progress.

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Love LMs. But I am one of the haters, that stretch on the back looks ridiculous. Did you source the LMs from the US or from Australia?
That's cool. I reckon 80% of ppl hate it, but I wanna try it I agree it looks like total ass at the moment. To pull it off it's gotta be flush/poked and low. I plan to tuck around half the rear tyre, so the stretch won't be that obvious. They were sourced from the US. I probably could have gone 285/30 but wanted to run 275/30 as most ppl ran this in the research I did. Also wanted to make sure they clear without running adjustable rear camber arms.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:08 AM   #19
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Mate those offsets are insane can't wait to see more of the progress.
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