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Old 02-23-2007, 11:31 AM   #101
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See sticky thread #2 at the top of this general forum

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=426625

"THE OFFICIAL: How to fit OEM M3 Parts on a Non-M Thread.. "


I wouldn't attempt it, but I'm not particularly adventurous. my 2c.
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Old 02-23-2007, 11:47 AM   #102
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Already have read it before i made this thread dude

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Old 02-23-2007, 01:24 PM   #103
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Anyone know how much work is involved to make an M3 limited slip differential in a E46 330?
a lot. whole rear carrier, diff, etc
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Old 02-23-2007, 01:59 PM   #104
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See sticky thread #2 at the top of this general forum
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=426625
"THE OFFICIAL: How to fit OEM M3 Parts on a Non-M Thread.. "
I wouldn't attempt it, but I'm not particularly adventurous. my 2c.
That thread is useless for DIY installs. It only gives a quick general overview what might fit. People have been answering questions with a link to that thread lately which does nothing to answer in any detail the question people are asking.
It's been done, but not really a DIY, cutting the spare tire well and fitting the M3 muffler is something you probably don't want to do. One of the members in NY with a silver coupe did it, but seems expensive. Euro-Spec is coming out with a replica rear M3 bumper.
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Old 02-23-2007, 02:22 PM   #105
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The hood fits OK without any modifications. The crack is just a bit tight towards the windshield and then there's about a 5mm gap towards the headlights. All you have to do is put the hood on and then make minor adjustments to the fenders if you want a 100% fit.
how are those minor adjustments done?
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:37 PM   #107
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how are those minor adjustments done?
by putting little washers or brackets or something between the fender and body to push the fenders out a few mm.
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will a coupe bumper fit a sedan without major modification cuz I found a deal on a painted one
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There is no DIY for it. It either requires heavy body work or the sides have to be squished in, which stretches/warps the bumper and looks like shit. As of right now, there are no DIY's for the M3 rear bumper or Muffler installs.
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by putting little washers or brackets or something between the fender and body to push the fenders out a few mm.
i talked to a guy at a body shop today that said nothing had to be done


we'll see tomorrow how much of "nothing" has to be done.
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i talked to a guy at a body shop today that said nothing had to be done

we'll see tomorrow how much of "nothing" has to be done.
haha

I mean, yeah the hood will fit fine and open and close and whatnot... but there will be some fairly substantial gaps that I know I couldn't live with. Let us know how it turns out.
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I mean, yeah the hood will fit fine and open and close and whatnot... but there will be some fairly substantial gaps that I know I couldn't live with. Let us know how it turns out.
turns out pretty damn horrible, actually.


i was at a VERY well known body shop in los angeles almost all day today. they are pretty much the premier shop for beverly hills bmw and mercedes body work.



they spent all afternoon trying to make mike's hood fit on my car, no matter how much they pulled my fenders out to try to get it to fit, it just wouldn't.

i had plenty of room up front, but the closer it got to the windsheild, there just wasn't enough room.


in order to get it to fit, they said they'd need an entire day and basically to take apart the entire front end to slide the hood in properly.


it sucked. no hood for me.






the only hope (for me) is that mike has had SO much custom body work done, that his hood has been matched to fit his custom fenders and other parts up front... which would make it hard, to nearly impossible, to fit on my non-m front end. other than that, the other shot is that my front end is just not at the same spec as most e46's right from the factory.
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turns out pretty damn horrible, actually.


i was at a VERY well known body shop in los angeles almost all day today. they are pretty much the premier shop for beverly hills bmw and mercedes body work.



they spent all afternoon trying to make mike's hood fit on my car, no matter how much they pulled my fenders out to try to get it to fit, it just wouldn't.

i had plenty of room up front, but the closer it got to the windsheild, there just wasn't enough room.


in order to get it to fit, they said they'd need an entire day and basically to take apart the entire front end to slide the hood in properly.


it sucked. no hood for me.






the only hope (for me) is that mike has had SO much custom body work done, that his hood has been matched to fit his custom fenders and other parts up front... which would make it hard, to nearly impossible, to fit on my non-m front end. other than that, the other shot is that my front end is just not at the same spec as most e46's right from the factory.
i guess yours is just weird, because i've seen two non-m's with stock fenders that the hood fits fine with said adjustments...

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that top one looks to fit a bit better than the lower pic.




mike benvo is going to talk to the shop and see if there was anything they didn't do that could have made it work out.


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turns out pretty damn horrible, actually.
i was at a VERY well known body shop in los angeles almost all day today. they are pretty much the premier shop for beverly hills bmw and mercedes body work.
they spent all afternoon trying to make mike's hood fit on my car, no matter how much they pulled my fenders out to try to get it to fit, it just wouldn't.
i had plenty of room up front, but the closer it got to the windsheild, there just wasn't enough room.
in order to get it to fit, they said they'd need an entire day and basically to take apart the entire front end to slide the hood in properly.
it sucked. no hood for me.
the only hope (for me) is that mike has had SO much custom body work done, that his hood has been matched to fit his custom fenders and other parts up front... which would make it hard, to nearly impossible, to fit on my non-m front end. other than that, the other shot is that my front end is just not at the same spec as most e46's right from the factory.
Did they notch the top fender bolt holes so it would move enough? Mike had M3 fenders on his car, surprised the shop didn't know what to do. Mine goes in Monday, this is not what I wanted to hear. Did you take any pictures of what was wrong?
That was the hood and shop that was going to do mine..glad to hear I didn't buy that one and use that shop(sorry for you though).
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Did they notch the top fender bolt holes so it would move enough? Mike had M3 fenders on his car, surprised the shop didn't know what to do. Mine goes in Monday, this is not what I wanted to hear. Did you take any pictures of what was wrong?
That was the hood and shop that was going to do mine..glad to hear I didn't buy that one and use that shop(sorry for you though).
you mean notch like increase the size of the bolt holes?


they said they didn't want to do a "micky mouse" job on my car and send me off driving home with some **** work and a possible dangerous mod job.
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you mean notch like increase the size of the bolt holes?
they said they didn't want to do a "micky mouse" job on my car and send me off driving home with some **** work and a possible dangerous mod job.
what they are suppose(i'm told) to do is elongate (one or two if needed)the fender's top bolt hole left-right so the fender can move some if it's too tight. i'm not sure how that would be a dangerous mod. shame you didn't take pictures. so it sounds like the shop wants you to come in again and charge you to put the hood on another day? or is the project scrapped? my hood goes on tomorrow. so you were there watching the whole process? pm me if you would please.
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