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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 01-07-2013, 05:34 AM   #21
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Here is the list of items that i am currently considering buying now. What is your guys thoughts. Do you have any items that you would recommend in place of these items? The site i am looking at is Modbargains due to price but I am willing to buy from other vendors if i get negative responses. I refuse to place junk on any of my rides so trying to knock out the research first.
K&N 57-Series and 63-Series Intake BMW E46 3 Series and M3
Carbon Fiber SMG Paddles for BMW E46 M3
Smoked BMW E46 M3 Side Markers
Kidney Grills : Matte Black
E46 M3 Side Grills
and VMR 710 Matte Black wheels ( Dont know what size would be best though)
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:24 AM   #22
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Paint correction, good wax. How many miles are on the car and has it had an inspection 2? You might find that little bit of cash burning a hole in your pocket is about to disappear if it's due for one.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:12 AM   #23
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Headers were probably my favorite mod I've done to the car and I have done quite a few!
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:51 PM   #24
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Paint correction, good wax. How many miles are on the car and has it had an inspection 2? You might find that little bit of cash burning a hole in your pocket is about to disappear if it's due for one.
It has just gone through inspection and everything has been blessed off on. The car has 27k Mi. on her.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:59 AM   #25
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Here is the list of items that i am currently considering buying now. What is your guys thoughts. Do you have any items that you would recommend in place of these items? The site i am looking at is Modbargains due to price but I am willing to buy from other vendors if i get negative responses. I refuse to place junk on any of my rides so trying to knock out the research first.
K&N 57-Series and 63-Series Intake BMW E46 3 Series and M3
Carbon Fiber SMG Paddles for BMW E46 M3
Smoked BMW E46 M3 Side Markers
Kidney Grills : Matte Black
E46 M3 Side Grills
and VMR 710 Matte Black wheels ( Dont know what size would be best though)
I have mattle black wheels, take a look at my photos...youll get an idea, even though my car isnt the same colour.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:54 PM   #26
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Second that. I would make sure all the major maintenance are up to to date -- water pump, cooling, transmission/diff fluid, steering fluid, fuel filter, spark plugs, RTAB ...

Then get a Mason rear strut tower bar to stiffen up the rear so you can add better either coilovers or lower springs as the stock chassis may flex under hard corner loads. I plan get get the Mason myself because my after market springs probably pushes the stock chassis more than I would like.

After that it's all up to you.
Rear shock tower braces don't do much at all because of the rear suspension design. Definitely a wasteful upgrade for a lightly modded M3. Get your subframe reinforced way before getting a rear shock tower brace.

Check it out (last post is good): http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...p?p=1064577629
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:52 PM   #27
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Here is the list of items that i am currently considering buying now. What is your guys thoughts. Do you have any items that you would recommend in place of these items? The site i am looking at is Modbargains due to price but I am willing to buy from other vendors if i get negative responses. I refuse to place junk on any of my rides so trying to knock out the research first.
K&N 57-Series and 63-Series Intake BMW E46 3 Series and M3
Carbon Fiber SMG Paddles for BMW E46 M3
Smoked BMW E46 M3 Side Markers
Kidney Grills : Matte Black
E46 M3 Side Grills
and VMR 710 Matte Black wheels ( Dont know what size would be best though)
I have heard that the cold air intakes don't do much for our cars. If you search around some folks have had problems with the K&N. Though it does appear to change the note of the car's roar.

I know the desire to mod ones car...but ultimately what is your end goal? For example, one day I plan to put a turbo on my car. With that said, its kind of pointless to buy headers or a CAI because those would all have to go. I don't want to buy things twice or buy something and then a year later sell it because it won't be needed on the "end" product.

Since you are also a SMG owner, I would say go get the CSL SMG tune. Much smoother IMO.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:35 PM   #28
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I have heard that the cold air intakes don't do much for our cars. If you search around some folks have had problems with the K&N. Though it does appear to change the note of the car's roar.

I know the desire to mod ones car...but ultimately what is your end goal? For example, one day I plan to put a turbo on my car. With that said, its kind of pointless to buy headers or a CAI because those would all have to go. I don't want to buy things twice or buy something and then a year later sell it because it won't be needed on the "end" product.

Since you are also a SMG owner, I would say go get the CSL SMG tune. Much smoother IMO.
The intake would be pointless but not the headers neccessarily. If you turbocharge it then yes the turbo manifold replaces it. But if you go with AA or ess and have a procharged setup then the headers are still usefull since they dont run from exhaust but pulleys.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:15 PM   #29
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Here is the list of items that i am currently considering buying now. What is your guys thoughts. Do you have any items that you would recommend in place of these items? The site i am looking at is Modbargains due to price but I am willing to buy from other vendors if i get negative responses. I refuse to place junk on any of my rides so trying to knock out the research first.
K&N 57-Series and 63-Series Intake BMW E46 3 Series and M3
Carbon Fiber SMG Paddles for BMW E46 M3
Smoked BMW E46 M3 Side Markers
Kidney Grills : Matte Black
E46 M3 Side Grills
and VMR 710 Matte Black wheels ( Dont know what size would be best though)
-The cold air intake isnt worth the extra $$, a K&N drop in filter will suffice
-I personally prefer the aluminum smg paddles. I have them on my car. Although carbon fiber looks ok
-Modbargains is definitely a good place to get all of these items. Ive ordered from them before and have never had a problem. Also check out Bimmian.com

and definitely look into a paint correction if your car has alot of swirl marks. I did one on my car about a week ago and my car looks like glass.

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The intake would be pointless but not the headers neccessarily. If you turbocharge it then yes the turbo manifold replaces it. But if you go with AA or ess and have a procharged setup then the headers are still usefull since they dont run from exhaust but pulleys.
+1 OP if you do decide to put headers whatever you do don't buy Agency Power. Their design is flawed since they have a flap in the inside that restricts the flow at high rpm causing the car to choke and not make as much power as other headers like CSL or even AA. Ive tested them on the dyno.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:06 AM   #30
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How did you correct the paint?
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:34 AM   #31
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How did you correct the paint?
Its the process of using compounds and polish to remove swirls in the paint by removing part of the clear coat. If youve never done this type of work before, I dont recommend you to try it at all. Hire a professional if you want it done

This photo pretty much sums up the process:
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:04 AM   #32
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Paint correction can be safely done at home with a DA. It does take experience to get good results and a fair bit of patience. The trick is knowing what pad/compound combo you need to cut just what's needed to get rid of imperfections. That takes experience.

Now paint correction with a traditional buffer is NOT safe to do at home without experience unless you have a large set of testicles. It's much faster, but you run a risk of burning through.

I believe autopia has a primer on paint correction.

Regardless if you do it yourself or pay someone else to do it, it's one of the best "mods" you can do to your car.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:06 PM   #33
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@ChiefM3, I'd consider coilovers and wheels first. I have a K&N drop in filter and I love it. Other than that, smoked corner lights and smoked fogs are simple things I did. I'd really look at the suspension and wheels though, the performance is awesome stock and the stock exhaust is pure secks...Nice car!

I also drive a 67' Mustang Fastback with a stroker motor. So, yeah, I drive a Mustang, it's cool...

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