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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 03-15-2013, 07:41 PM   #61
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Car is up and running now, so I should be looking deeper into this in the near future.

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Old 03-16-2013, 02:27 PM   #62
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Looking sweet so far! Good luck with the screen fitment!
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:55 PM   #63
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Ok guys... I need some help. As you may have seen rom the last video, I cannot get the X3 nav bezel to fit the M3 dash. I think it would be a shame to cut this thing up, and honestly, I think it won't look right either.

So here is what I am looking for. I need something OEM looking to install for a screen. I have a 7" screen I want to use, so even if I find a Z4 nav pod, I do NOT need the electronics board, or the actual screen. I have the X3 one as trade if someone needs it, I'll even throw in all the electronics, etc with it.

I am looking for any ideas, short of buying a garmin 7200 and just attaching it to the dash. I want this to look great. Any help is appreciated, and if you find the solution, I might have something to give out. that being said, I would love a Z4 bezel in trade for my X3.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:16 PM   #64
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I can give you a higher resolution touch screen in the near future maybe help you develop a very user friendly interface with alot more features. I have a company working and have already developed OLED displays that have 4k+ resolution and I could get a 7" screen for very very cheap plus is super thin and very efficient.
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Nice. Not sure how I could utilize the touch screen to be honest, and more to that point, higher resolution would not do much for the camera display. It only outputs 320x240.

Now for this...



Sure, it would help tremendously.
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Interesting.
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Thanks for checking it out. I should be getting closer to a full demo in car, and then the installation.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:04 AM   #68
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Update: So, today was the day. We finally found the spare time to get this camera installed and working properly in the M3. I took some pictures of the installation, and I'll have a video or two to show after this. Here goes nothing.

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We started with some simple brackets made of steel. We bent them to accommodate the opening under the bumper, and to use as a solid base to attach the camera to. The cadillac mount would never even remotely fit in the M3, so we weeded a better solution. These two brackets are around 12.5" in length and are bent at 2" from the bottom. When attaching these arms to the back of the bumper, and the bottoms to the service panel, you get a very secure and strong location. Here are some pics of the installation location.

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We realized that the camera body would impact the bumper and prohibit it to go on, so we knew we had to space it out towards the pusher fan to get it to fit. While there is room in there, there is not a lot of room. Here is what the rig looks like with spacers.

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With more money and time, we could have done something slightly different, but this works really well, and the rubber bushings dampen vibration from bumps, so it all worked out great.

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Can you see our wiring? All wiring for this setup from camera to the firewall grommet was wrapped in OEM cloth wrap tape. It blends perfectly. This tape we bought is designed for coil wiring, and other under the hood wires, we just had no idea the M3 was electrical tape, not cloth like other BMWs. Oh well, it still looks great.

After modifying the existing bumper mesh (cheap front bumper the PO put on) this is where is sits.

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As I said, we need to move it up about a 1/2 an inch, and maybe space it back a little, but it is not going anywhere.

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Hop e you enjoyed the install. I shot a quick video that I'll upload here shortly, and hopefully make the required adjustments soon, so I can shoot a real demo of this in action.

Thanks for looking!
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