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Old 02-27-2013, 08:16 PM   #1
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Is your car stock or modded???

Some people buy their cars and choose to keep them stock, some dump their life savings into the cars. So lets see what fanatics did.

-post whether your stock or modded.

-post why you went stock or why you went modded

-if modded post the mods

....feel free to include pictures, i'll start...


Bought mine bone stock, virgin car with 23k on here, I have done some mods to it, and I most certainly plan to keep my car.

Current Mods
-Blacked out kidney grills
-Blacked out side grills
-Color matching bumper reflectors
-Aurora 60 led Angel Eyes
-Smoked Corners
-Smoked LED Depo taillights
-Smoke Side Markers
-Stealth Corner bulbs
-Color Matchin CSL diffuser
-CSL splitters
-ST coilovers
-20mm spacers in front
-12mm spacers in back
-35% tint

Newest Purchases
-Supersprint Non-resonated Section 1
-Supersprint resonated Section 2

Future Goals
-Supersprint Stepped headers
-Supersprint Race Muffler
-Evolove Tune
-aFe intake
-TMS underdrive pulleys
-Wheels....make ??????
-Color Matching CSL trunk

Heres some before and after shots



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Old 02-27-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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Bought it completely STOCK. Car was kept that way for past 2 years.
Then I just start and it never ends



Specs:
2006 e46m3 Coupe
CarbonSchwartz Metallic / Black leather interior
Manual gear box


Probably will do 2 more things. Light tint all around 50% and Evolve ECU.



- CSL trunk
- Vorsteiner CSL diffuser
- 330d Shifter
- Depo Smoked Corner lights
- Euro light smoke sidemarkers
- Painted bumper reflectoes
- AC Schnitzer rear roof spoiler
- H&R spacers 12mm front
- Iforged Senekas 3pc wheel 19x9 19x10 E46M3
- General tires 235/35 and 275/30
- Ultra high power angel eyes 6000k
- 55 Ballast with DS2 gas bulbs 6000k
- KW V1 suspention
- Agency Power V2 Race Headers
- Eisenmann Race Muffler 4x83 tips
- K&N air filter with oem box
- Newer CD navigation 2012
- Clutch Delay Valve - Delete (CDV)



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General Module:
- One click opens both doors
- Click and hold close windows and doors automatically
- Sunroof closes when it rains, rain sensor
- One touch close rear windows without holding them

Central Light Switch:
- DRL Dissabled
- Super high beams enabled (You can have the halogens, bi-xenons and fog lights on all at the same time. Obviousy this is not for around town, but it's very nice in the middle of nowhere in a forest, makes your headlights twice as bright)

Rearview mirror module:
- Tilt mirror memory programmed (so you can adjust the mirror after it tilts down for reverse)

Instrument Cluster:
- Cluster offset Adjusted to 4% (The instrument cluster reads high by about 7-8%, this can be adjusted, so it's closer to actual speed)

Airbag Control Module:
- Beeping dissabled


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Old 02-27-2013, 08:40 PM   #3
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Modified. Heavily.



if youd like to see how, click the build thread in my signature.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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Modded, RCR tails and clear corners and a DIY clutch stop to boot! It's totally legit.


Snow ZHP-2 by EverydayGetaway, on Flickr
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:37 PM   #5
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Bought my 330 completely stock and very clean. Did lots of little improvements but sold it before I went full retard on it.

Bought an very heavily modded M3. Went full retard on the mods for a daily drivable track car. 90/105 rate springs, solid bushings, recaros, PFC06 pads. Full interior and no cage though.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:41 PM   #6
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Modded, RCR tails and clear corners and a DIY clutch stop to boot! It's totally legit.


Snow ZHP-2 by EverydayGetaway, on Flickr
ZHP looks good - looks how it should look.

The more time I spend on this forum, the more I appreciate a clean, stock/mostly stock E46. It's baffling how quickly these cars are ruined with cheap, tacky, after-market modifications available for these cars.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:43 PM   #7
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ZHP looks good - looks how it should look.

The more time I spend on this forum, the more I appreciate a clean, stock/mostly stock E46. It's baffling how quickly these cars are ruined with cheap, tacky, after-market modifications available for these cars.
"OEM+"

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
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ZHP looks good - looks how it should look.

The more time I spend on this forum, the more I appreciate a clean, stock/mostly stock E46. It's baffling how quickly these cars are ruined with cheap, tacky, after-market modifications available for these cars.
Thanks! And, agreed
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:10 PM   #9
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Stock.

I retrofitted LED tails, and threw on a ZHP knob and aluminum wrap for the interior trim. But that's about it. The car is so good stock, I see no point in emptying out my wallet for the sake of making it different. I may get some wheels. But that'll be it.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:17 PM   #10
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Modded, RCR tails and clear corners and a DIY clutch stop to boot! It's totally legit.


Snow ZHP-2 by EverydayGetaway, on Flickr
Very nice car. I like how the snow build up around the door handles makes a smiley face.

As for my car:

Mods: subtle. People have commented on how my car appears stock but there's just something different about it (in real life) so they know it's me. I like it that way!

Suspension: bilstein sports/H&R sports
15mm rear spacers, 12.5mm front spacers (ecstuning) extremely nice spacers. they never stick or jam but fit ultra precisely.

performance: 3.38 differential from the automatic e46, custom dyno tune

headlights: zkw-r lenses, coded quad highs + fogs, custom "fabricated" projector hid fogs

tail lights: led (aftermarket of course) but want to go OE RCR soon.

side markers: generic clears (want to go OE soon)

steering wheel M3, shift knob zhp

other than that, all maintenance
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:42 PM   #11
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^Thank you, and I never noticed that before!

I'm surprised, I thought your car would be all stock aside from the suspension and turn signals! lol
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:51 PM   #12
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^Thank you, and I never noticed that before!

I'm surprised, I thought your car would be all stock aside from the suspension and turn signals! lol
I'd like to do more mods but really theres a few more things i'd like to do. diff bushings is one of them :/ I'm waiting a while to do that though. i really want to lay off the car stuff for a while. this forum is already a full time job as it is

As far as mods.. i want to do a convertible rear sway bar and OE M3 strut brace.. but i need to change my strut mounts first cause the Meyle mounts have bolts that are too short. so that will wait too.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:24 AM   #13
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I want to get spacers and an SSK eventually, but lately I've been spending more money on Camera gear
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:26 AM   #14
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From the wheels to the interior to the engine bay, completely stock. Other than the Bilstein Touring suspension I've kept everything down to the way it was when it left the factory. I bought the car because I loved everything about it (other than the total lack of maintenance) so I figured I'd keep it that way.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:28 AM   #15
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I want to get spacers and an SSK eventually, but lately I've been spending more money on Camera gear
Yep that's my other money eater. at one point i had 8k in gear. now i'm down to only 5k

believe it or not though i have most fun shooting with my phone
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:37 AM   #16
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I have kept it pretty modest and focused largely on maintenance, but my car handles better than most slammed e46s you'll see on coil overs:

Bilstein/Eibach B12 Pro Plus Suspension System (Eibach Pro Kit springs, Bilstein sport dampers, Eibach anti-roll kit), with reinforcement front & rear.

Dice Bluetooth Mediabridge

Genuine BMW Auxiliary Input

Hardwired Valentine One

Aftermarket RCR tail lamps & turn signals, Genuine clear side indicators, LED license plate lights and matte black kidney grilles.

M3 Steering Wheel

I'm also running these in my M-Tech I front bumper, color matched of course.

In the future I'd like to pick up a set of spacers and the grocery bag holder for the trunk. Otherwise she's perfect
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:00 AM   #17
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Almost totally stock currently, I have winter rims and tires on it currently, the stock rims are my summer rims, a DICE kit, and Koni STR.T shocks, but only because I killed the OEM ones at my first trackday. I do intend on making some mods, but nothing to the body outside of maybe clear turn signals up front, and I'm not totally sure on that. I intend on overhauling the entire suspension at some point this year, and there will be aftermarket parts going into that, coilovers, bushings etc. but I don't want a huge drop, in fact if I could get away with no drop I'd be happy, but I do want something adjustable so I can dial it in for track days but still be livable on the street.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:14 AM   #18
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UUC sways rear and front
18" staggered sportline cs.16 wheels. all under 20 pounds
michelin PSS tires 225 front 255 rear
Grom audio iphone adapter and controller
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LED "smoked" tail lights
clear side markers
clear corners (crap those broke. need to get some new ones)
Hawk hps brake pads
AFE intake.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:02 AM   #19
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Very nice car. I like how the snow build up around the door handles makes a smiley face.

As for my car:

Mods: subtle. People have commented on how my car appears stock but there's just something different about it (in real life) so they know it's me. I like it that way!

Suspension: bilstein sports/H&R sports
15mm rear spacers, 12.5mm front spacers (ecstuning) extremely nice spacers. they never stick or jam but fit ultra precisely.

performance: 3.38 differential from the automatic e46, custom dyno tune

headlights: zkw-r lenses, coded quad highs + fogs, custom "fabricated" projector hid fogs

tail lights: led (aftermarket of course) but want to go OE RCR soon.

side markers: generic clears (want to go OE soon)

steering wheel M3, shift knob zhp

other than that, all maintenance
Almost exactly want I want to do/have done to my car.
Installing H&r Sports tomorrow, and I plan on going Bilsteins once my new Zhp struts blow out. Also wanting new lenses for the head lights.
And I have clears all arounds, and Rcr tails.
License plate delete,
Have some ebay headers I'd like to install one of these days.
Besides that pretty much all stock,
I'm focusing on restoring/and Maintenance mostly first.
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