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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 10-01-2013, 12:55 AM   #21
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Uhg...I can't see the pics.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:10 PM   #22
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Uhg...I can't see the pics.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:20 PM   #23
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Hey still any way we can get these pictures up? I went to pry the leather inserts out and it seemed like they were breaking
Sorry about that guys. Changed servers on my website and forgot these images were hosted there. I'll re-upload them tonight.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:32 PM   #24
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Sorry about that guys. Changed servers on my website and forgot these images were hosted there. I'll re-upload them tonight.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:06 PM   #25
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Great DIY! Does anyone have a lead on getting replacement leather pads only? I had one split and leak its mung out. I need to replace just one of them.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:50 PM   #26
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Great DIY! Does anyone have a lead on getting replacement leather pads only? I had one split and leak its mung out. I need to replace just one of them.
I haven't seen the separate pads for sale anywhere myself.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:16 AM   #27
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Halfway through this project right now. I am having my paint shop fill primer after the bondo so I can finish sand them before I have them do the paint. The knob is done and ready for final paint now. The plate and trim should be ready tonight. Here's some inprocess shots before primer and before final paint.





BTW I ended up buying a used SMG knob for $15 +shipping to get an extra couple leather pads. Between mine and the one I bought I have enough to finish it up. I also now have an extra clear sleeve which I will use with a machined knob to do something totally different.

Out of curiosity, what kind of glue did you use to glue the leather pieces back in?

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Out of curiosity, what kind of glue did you use to glue the leather pieces back in?
Looking great so far, nice work!

I used Gorilla Glue. It's what I had lying around. Strong bond, no problems yet; but be careful not to use too much, it expands.
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:20 PM   #29
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Pre fill primer on the trim pieces.



Did you do a DIY on the ashtray refinishing you did? It looks like you got rid of the rubberized coating door and added some cool stuff.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:37 PM   #30
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I did not do a DIY on that stuff. I have refinished the rubberized coating with truckbed liner spray, which gave a nice textured durable surface. There was already a DIY for that, here on E46F I believe. The ash tray is holding the display for a remote radar detector. I would have done a DIY but the model detector I purchased is crap. When I get around to installing a better one I may do that.
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:15 PM   #32
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:28 PM   #33
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That looks nice Impatient. Installed pics?
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Old 08-07-2014, 05:16 PM   #36
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Blends in very nicely, much better than the chrome.
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can the topSMG pattern decal be reused after removal?
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Id say no. When it separates parts of it stay on the knob so it messes it up
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Old 09-25-2014, 01:05 PM   #39
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can the topSMG pattern decal be reused after removal?
That depends on how easily it comes off. I've disassembled two shift knobs so far. One came off cleanly enough it may have been able to be reused. The other didn't. I'm a minimalist myself and outside of the first time I got in the car, had no use for instructions on how to use my shifter. I also don't find any redeeming value in having the ///M logo plastered all over the vehicle. Having said that, I opted not to refurbish the shifter leaving the clear top and decal intact. To each their own though.
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That depends on how easily it comes off. I've disassembled two shift knobs so far. One came off cleanly enough it may have been able to be reused. The other didn't. I'm a minimalist myself and outside of the first time I got in the car, had no use for instructions on how to use my shifter. I also don't find any redeeming value in having the ///M logo plastered all over the vehicle. Having said that, I opted not to refurbish the shifter leaving the clear top and decal intact. To each their own though.
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It is very likely that the decal will be destroyed when disassembling the shift knob. You might be able to be really careful and save it, but I wouldn't count on it.
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