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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 04-02-2012, 05:08 PM   #361
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Dude... please delete your post. You don't understand how old and annoying that gets.

1) I'm not new to cars or performance.
2) I'm extremely athletic (6-7% body fat)
3) Even if I was heavier, an over all, less weight, well balanced car will still perform better than a full weight car.

If you haven't realized, this thread has gone on for Over 300 posts... I wouldn't be this far a long if being super extremely fat or uneducated on performance cars would have been an issue.

EDIT: and tell me how dropping 400 lbs+ would equal to someone dieting? Again, I'm no where near overweight, but let's pay attention to what's happening here. I'm not looking to drop 50-100 lbs... if you would have read the thread, I'm looking to get to 2800 lbs; 600 lbs under the stock weight.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:12 PM   #362
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Dropped 16.4 lbs today.

EVAP -5.6 lbs
EVAP cover 2.4 lbs
Trunk liner w/ left tray 4.6 lbs
Rear carpet 5.8 lbs

Totaling 18.4 lbs, but added 2 lbs of rubber spray in the trunk to help with sound and prevent scratches.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:45 PM   #363
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So, with my search for making the car lighter, the next step (for me) is something cheap/free and that's going to be me managing all the wires I'm not using. Before I get started, I need to know what the hell I'm doing, haha. So a few quick question.

What are these wires and the red cable?



I know the BIG red cable is the cars battery cable... duh. But what about the small one? what is that doing?

Then all those 2 fuses (red arrows), what are those for? I thought all the fuses were up in the front, so I'm confused as to what those 2 do. They run back to the front somewhere, but I did delete quite a bit, so I'm think I might be able to delete all that, plus the wires. The other red cable (red arrow) is another one that would drop some good weight, IF, it went to something I already deleted.

Anyone have any input?
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:14 PM   #364
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Any updates on the car?
Were you able to install your heads and coilovers?

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Old 06-02-2012, 11:52 AM   #365
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Work has delayed me, like always. But I plan on getting the tune from evolve next week, for the headers. Then I'll be taking in the SS v1 headers and matching section 1 to get coated.

Now... After that, who knows when it will get installed, lol.

Coilovers will wait, as I have to reinforce the rear trunk/upper subframe area. That's where its starts to get expensive again.

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Old 06-20-2012, 09:30 PM   #366
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Going to install the coilovers tomorrow, finally.

Weighed my car, officially, finally.

And... still waiting to see when I will take the headers in to get coated; got set back this week as one of the axle bearings had to be replaced.

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Car weight, a few items inside (no more than 10 lbs) and full tank: 3030 lbs

Front to rear weight distribution: 52.47% / 47.52%

Left to right distribution: 50.82% / 49.17%

Diagonal front left to right rear: 51.48%

Diagonal front right to right left: 48.51%

Corner weights:
830 lbs | 760 lbs
710 lbs | 730 lbs
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:26 PM   #367
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:28 PM   #368
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:59 AM   #369
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Awesome update bro! Your car will be REALLY transformed after you throw in those coilovers.

On another note...look what I found...Notice the rear lower quarter panel
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:39 PM   #370
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Awesome update bro! Your car will be REALLY transformed after you throw in those coilovers.

On another note...look what I found...Notice the rear lower quarter panel
Oh nice, that gives me hope that I can eventually go through with it!

Well... I installed the coilovers today... more of a pain that I thought, the E36 M3 was WAY easier, in the front anyways. But, it's done. Still need any alignment too. Unfortunately, I wasn't sure how much neg camber I needed to add... so I just pushed it all the way over for now. I wanted to make sure the front wheels fit, haha. Even though it just has a "garage" alignment, it feels amazing!

So.. on to the pics!

Before:



And now!








I have no idea what the specs are, but the height it just under 13" in the front and right around 12 7/8 inches in the rear.

I'll be going for 13.25 in the front and 12 to 12.25 in the rear.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:30 AM   #371
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WOW!! It looks so much better when it's dropped. The best part is that those Intrax dampers actually perform well when they're low!

Great update man!

Sadly because of my new work place, I can't drive around too low. I have to raise my car to about 14" all around now to clear a brutal ramp in the garage entrance at work.

Time to fabricate custom rear upper control arms to save more weight since you no longer have to place a spring back there!
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:25 PM   #372
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WOW!! It looks so much better when it's dropped. The best part is that those Intrax dampers actually perform well when they're low!

Great update man!

Sadly because of my new work place, I can't drive around too low. I have to raise my car to about 14" all around now to clear a brutal ramp in the garage entrance at work.

Time to fabricate custom rear upper control arms to save more weight since you no longer have to place a spring back there!
Those coilovers are damn stiff, but I'm not complaining! Car feels great. Rear upper control arms are definitely in the future, along with a few more suspension bits to maximize the potential. But that will probably be next year

Here are the alignment specs:
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:44 PM   #373
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Doors are finally coated!

Check it out:

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Old 06-30-2012, 04:00 PM   #374
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Latest stance setup. 13.5" front/ 12" rear. Rake is about .5".

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That looks absolutely nuts.

Are you measuring the rake from the ground to the bottom of your sideskirt?
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:51 PM   #376
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That looks absolutely nuts.

Are you measuring the rake from the ground to the bottom of your sideskirt?
I sure am! handles nice, on the street anyways.

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Old 07-01-2012, 06:59 PM   #377
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Well... aluminum radiator is on, cf fenders are on and the li-ion battery is installed. Enough talk.. here are the pics:





I need to drill holes for the side markers and the other thingy



Li-ion battery cradled in the foam it comes with. This is the 404 CCA, 4.2 lbs battery.


I removed the stock battery mounting hardware


And here are the weights:
Stock fenders 6.4 lbs (each) (actual savings 7.2 lbs)
OEM radiator shroud 1.8 lbs
Clutch Fan 4 lbs
Battery mount hardware 3 lbs
Difference between Deka and Li-ion 16.8 lbs

total weight dropped: 32.8 lbs

Now, the OEM radiator came in at 11.5 lbs, roughly. I forgot to weight the Zionsville radiator, but it was very, very light. It it was either around the same weight or a couple lbs lighter. I'm leaving that out of my numbers, since I don't know for sure.

Theoretically, if my math is all accurate i should be at 3007 lbs now!

how is it working out for you in the summer heat.
Did you do a thread on this?
if not can you provide a list of parts and links to them... and a brief writeup on how u did it?
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how is it working out for you in the summer heat.
Did you do a thread on this?
if not can you provide a list of parts and links to them... and a brief writeup on how u did it?
Please.
Works perfectly fine where I'm at, mostly near the ocean. Not write up for the radiator, as I took it in to get that done. Battery is pretty straight forwards, not write up though. And the fenders, the same, except I was stopped... a bolt was so tight I stripped it. So I took it in to just get done. I was being lazy, haha.

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Little update on ride height. I went 13.5" up front and 12" out back. Rake is about .5", that is measured from the bottom of the side skirt to the ground. You can tell how "flat" the car looks now. Handles very nice... Just need stickier tires now!

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Weighed the stock suspension today... the Intrax coilovers are 10 lbs lighter!
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Picked up my SS V1 Headers and matching section 1 from Electro Tech Power Coating (in San Marcos, Ca). Price was great to get it all coated, right around $300 for both the headers and section 1 pieces. I got the Titanium High Temp Ceramic Coating from them (http://www.electrotechcoatings.com/c...ptitanium.html)... it looks awesome (as you can see below). That is the highest temp range coating they offer, it can handle up to 1800 degrees! Let's move onto the pictures, shall we!

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Section 1 with Vibrant Resonator (installed by Custom Performance):






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I had purchased the proper tune for Evolve, already. Basically these parts are just waiting for me to install them... I can't wait. With that said, any good DIY that you all recommend for the header install would be great. I've seen a few, I just want to make sure I'm following some of the better DIYs out there.
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