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Old 09-20-2016, 12:49 AM   #21
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Get rid of the k&n filter and put something else there.
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Old 09-20-2016, 01:00 AM   #22
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Get rid of the k&n filter and put something else there.
Cheers mate standard box? K&N panel ? Or standard filter?

Or updated box? Iv been looking for a AF Heat sheild but are quite expensive for what it is...

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Old 09-20-2016, 01:39 AM   #23
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Hi there , thanks for the feedback

Today I have wire brushed the rust from the bonnet catch stays, and lubed them up again , so hopefully that will protect them a bit .

I'm not a great fan of the cone filter if I'm honest, if I had it my way I would have gone for a K&N panel filter instead. As for the cable ties,I'm guessing it was either making a rattle , or maybe just to keep it secure, not the most appealing to look at I must admit..

I know the headlights are pointed at floor as much as possible but I will check if its blinding to other drivers when it gets dark.

The laquer peel on the bumper is the only place I can see on the car so I will get that touched up soon, along with a few other little things I hope to get all the little bits sorted as the rest of the car is in pretty good condition for its age.

In the past I have used some fine grit paste to clear some hazy headlights, should sort that out!

And yeah I noticed the chaffed looking pipe and thought that could do with replacing.
I did see on one of the receipts that came with the car that the rocker gasket had been replaced not too long ago, but I will mention when I take it into my friends garage ( very turstworthy family friend )

This car is going to be a work in progress so I think I need to make a bit of a snagging list, and prioritise . I'm no money bags but this car is going to be my little pet . I have a daily driver to use for work ( chucking tools and stuff in ) so might be that it gets taken apart soon
I want to paint the calipers blue also , as at the moment they are a greyish 'worn' colour.

Colour/color, we can all still get along

Thanks again !!

First of all, congratulations on the new car. All those ACS parts compliment the vehicle nicely.

In the way of maintenance, however, take advice from the other members who have posted above.

1. Priority - inspect your cooling system, as they are known to take a p*ss around 100K miles. Check for brittle hoses and a cracked expansion/overflow tank. If that explodes you'll be looking at overheating the car in a under a minute and hoping that a new headgasket is the least of your worries.

2. You're right about your intake - getting a heatshield for your cone intake or going to either an AFE or OEM air filter housing is important for your power output - that cone as it is is prone to tons of heat soak. With an OEM unit you could drop in an AFE Pro 5R filter if you wanted some sort of "performance" out of it.

3. Get rid of the current lights, or at the very least install a proper HID kit with projectors. This was stated by clabcon. Not only are you most likely blinding fellow drivers, but your light output is decreased from the stock lighting.

4. If your headlights are hazy, I would recommend buying new lenses, but am not sure how that works for the facelift model, which is what you have. Stray from the restoration kits, as they are only a temporary fix for maybe a year or so. IIRC, your headlight unit is sealed from the factory. Search around the forums and you'll find plenty of threads on lens replacement.

5. FYI - the brake calipers come stock as that "greyish worn" color. Most here frown upon painting them since we only have small, single-piston calipers, but it's your car and your taste. Just make sure you take care of maintenance before you worry with that.

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The guy in the garage told me it has been decatted to make it straight through? .. But a friend said he could see a cat near the manifold? Would this be correct? It has 2 months mot in it still so he said to bring it back in a month and they would mot it, I mentioned would it pass emissions with the decat and he said they would put it through, also a friend said he would put it through mot.
Additionally, yes, there are cats attached to the exhaust manifold/headers. The stock cats are considered by many a bottleneck, as the diameter of the collector pipe is smaller than it could be, so upgrading to performance cat-less headers is a profitable power mod. This comes with a plethora of pros/cons that I'm not going to get into though, such as passing emissions inspections.

Anyways, welcome on board! Looking forward to seeing more posts from you in the future.
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:59 AM   #24
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Cheers mate standard box? K&N panel ? Or standard filter?

Or updated box? Iv been looking for a AF Heat sheild but are quite expensive for what it is...

Thanks
I wanted to reply earlier, but I couldn't get onto the site.

It really depends on what you're after. You could always revert to a stock box, or you could get a BMW Performance intake ($$$$$) for the OEM+ feel.

If you want more fancy aftermarket, there's so many options for you since you're in Europe (unlike me, who resides in the place where you sent a whole lot of your convicts). I personally would love to get a Racing Dynamics one. They're located in Italy, and make a really nice one.

If you go down that route, make sure you get in contact with the Italian firm, NOT the US one, and do it via a phone call since they don't respond to email ever.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:15 PM   #25
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Hello . Sorry I am working in London at the moment and have been very busy!

I think I am going to look for standard box and get a panel filter . My priority is making sure the car is at 100% health. I want to look after this car and the first thing I thought when I saw the filter was that it might not be right.

Can't wait to get back to the car ( and the family ) and start tinkering with things. I checked the oil and coolant and noticed the top of the float in the expansion tank was broken so I am going to order a new expansion tank.
Thanks for the replys guys I will take some time when I get back home to work on the car and sort a few things out as I'm a bit worried about the cooling.

Thanks guys
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:22 PM   #26
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Hello . Sorry I am working in London at the moment and have been very busy!

I think I am going to look for standard box and get a panel filter . My priority is making sure the car is at 100% health. I want to look after this car and the first thing I thought when I saw the filter was that it might not be right.

Can't wait to get back to the car ( and the family ) and start tinkering with things. I checked the oil and coolant and noticed the top of the float in the expansion tank was broken so I am going to order a new expansion tank.
Thanks for the replys guys I will take some time when I get back home to work on the car and sort a few things out as I'm a bit worried about the cooling.

Thanks guys
Was the old float red or pink?

Get a new cap to go with the new tank too. Oh and some genuine BMW coolant.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:57 PM   #27
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Someone spent a lot of money on ACS parts for that car. You have a gem. I know cause the few ACS parts I bought for my 330 cost more than the car is now worth.
Here's what ACS offered for the e46:

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Old 09-22-2016, 03:22 PM   #28
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Someone spent a lot of money on ACS parts for that car. You have a gem. I know cause the few ACS parts I bought for my 330 cost more than the car is now worth.
Here's what ACS offered for the e46:
That's good to know! ...might be worth looking for the front splitter Aswell then , as I think it might be the only thing missing...

That's some good info on the ACS styling kit .
Do you have a picture of your car?
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Old 09-22-2016, 03:31 PM   #29
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Was the old float red or pink?

Get a new cap to go with the new tank too. Oh and some genuine BMW coolant.
I don't I could see any colour on the float ? Which is even more worrying.. It did say in the service book it had a service 1,000 miles ago, so I'd imagine there's nothing to worry about. But I need to take it to my garage to get a proper check over .

Genuine coolant? And genuine oil?

What is your thoughts on then HID'? Seems a shame to throw them in the bin.. They look nice and the don't seem to blind me as I stand in front of the car at nights?

I am taking all the advice, but I don't really understand why they are so bad?

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Old 09-22-2016, 03:41 PM   #30
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So, it was a clear/white float? Definitely not OEM then. I'd be wary about that coolant ET.

Genuine coolant is important - you don't want the wrong fluids corroding the aluminum alloys in the block. Nothing catastrophic, but the price of the OEM coolant is low enough to not justify a switch to a cheaper fluid. Go to your local stealership, or even better order it online. US $27 is what I paid for a gallon.

And the HID's, although they may not seem blinding (or maybe they aren't even) aren't providing you with optimal view of the road at night. Especially if your lamps are pointed at the ground. That's why we're advising on switching.
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Old 09-23-2016, 12:39 AM   #31
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So, it was a clear/white float? Definitely not OEM then. I'd be wary about that coolant ET.

Genuine coolant is important - you don't want the wrong fluids corroding the aluminum alloys in the block. Nothing catastrophic, but the price of the OEM coolant is low enough to not justify a switch to a cheaper fluid. Go to your local stealership, or even better order it online. US $27 is what I paid for a gallon.

And the HID's, although they may not seem blinding (or maybe they aren't even) aren't providing you with optimal view of the road at night. Especially if your lamps are pointed at the ground. That's why we're advising on switching.
Advice taken I am going to dump the hid's and get some official coolant.

. It was more like a beige colour? It looked like the top was snapped off? I made sure there was coolant inside ( made sure it was floating ) and didn't top it up as I didn't want to overfill.
... Iv had a small amount of time under the bonnet/I. The driving seat.. So this weekend I am going to be getting stuck in a bit more.

Air filter.
Coolant.
Hid's
Cleaning
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:09 AM   #32
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Awesome looking car! I've been keeping an eye out for other ACS3's as I haven't ever seen many on this forum. To me all your parts look like legit AC Schnitzer. I too bought an e46 with AC Schnitzer parts already on it. Glad I didn't have to spend the money myself but they look great and have held up excellent on my car.
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Old 09-23-2016, 05:11 AM   #33
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I've got the AC30 as mentioned previously, and I've got a different box for the filter and MAF pipe due to the charger being sat where the normal one was.... I shudder to think where to get the parts from especially since it is CF
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I will however a fairly decent standard airbox coming off one of my cars which is getting a cone filter, and before people shudder it is track car 325i which is being tubbied

You can have the airbox
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Old 09-26-2016, 04:46 AM   #35
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I will however a fairly decent standard airbox coming off one of my cars which is getting a cone filter, and before people shudder it is track car 325i which is being tubbied

You can have the airbox
! Nice! Where do you live? I will find out how much postage is
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Awesome looking car! I've been keeping an eye out for other ACS3's as I haven't ever seen many on this forum. To me all your parts look like legit AC Schnitzer. I too bought an e46 with AC Schnitzer parts already on it. Glad I didn't have to spend the money myself but they look great and have held up excellent on my car.
Nice m3! Did you have it resprayed? I am on the lookout for a front splitter but Iv seen them for 900! Maybe keep an eye on the forums but looks like quite a rare part :/

I had toe and camber corrected at the weekend and the steering wheel wasn't straight , I am getting the wheels balanced this week so that should make a difference; when it gets over 90mph I can feel it juddering a bit .
The garage said everything seems normal with cooling and oil but am getting it in for a proper look over this week also
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:22 PM   #37
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yes like you said get atleast a shield for that filter. the smell of oil likely a small valve cover leak. HIDS in a parabolic reflector lense is gonna blind people. you need atleast a cut-off from ellipsoid lenses.
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yes like you said get atleast a shield for that filter. the smell of oil likely a small valve cover leak. HIDS in a parabolic reflector lense is gonna blind people. you need atleast a cut-off from ellipsoid lenses.
Ok I think I might try and stick with the filter and make it work with a heat Shield.

what do you mean by a cut off? Like black the lenses out? Or partially?
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Ok I think I might try and stick with the filter and make it work with a heat Shield.

what do you mean by a cut off? Like black the lenses out? Or partially?
Thanks bud
basically the air when moving is going to be fresh. but you want it also direct and not bouncing around the engine bay. with a heat shield making a compartment around the cone filter you should be ok. although if you live in a heavy dusty area i would go back to the stock air box.

ellipsoids, or what people call "projectors or dome" light lenses they have a cut-off shield inside the lense infront of the bulbs. this cuts off the light that shines up and into driver's faces. makes a cut off on the horizontal plane. go to the Lighting Forum of this site and you'll see examples of it and how it works as a safety for driver's with HID system lights. when you put those bright lights/bulbs into a non-projector lens it scatters light all over and into oncoming traffic making it unsafe for others. making you "that guy" who blinds drivers.
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Old 09-29-2016, 03:36 PM   #40
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Expansion tank ordered

Hoping I can do this myself on the driveway , what is the 'best' coolant to buy? Any tips for fitting?
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