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Old 01-06-2014, 09:30 PM   #141
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:32 PM   #142
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Thoroughly enjoyed this thread, Thanks a bunch for all the effort put into the thread mate! hopefully your ///M rewards you with all the love you give her. Wishing Nothing but the best for you & , The Car & The Financè.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:56 PM   #143
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:03 PM   #144
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Someone on another forum asked me to compare the 1M to the M3. Here is what I posted.

Character:
1M is very friendly to drive as a daily driver, which is what I use it for. Also it does great on long road trips. However hit the M button and you now have a car that is like a kid jacked up on too much sugar. While she is controllable, you can tell it has a short wheelbase and wants to just maul every corner you throw at it.

My M3 in its current configuration feels tame and docile compared to the adjudicated 1M. This by no means I am saying it is a slouch. The M3 feels more like an extension of what you are thinking. In addition, when you hit sport and the intake flap start opening sooner it is like a angry beast shouting "MOOOOVVEEEEEE" at everyone. In the corners, it feels more composed with the only complaint is the DSC kicks in a little too soon.

Spirit

Both are M cars and at least to me have the motorsport heritage. The 1M definitely was BMW saying to the enthusiasts crowd, "Yes we can still make these cars, so shut it". As one of my buddies who drove it said, this is what the current E9X M3 should have felt like. (He had 2 by the way).

The M3 you can tell was BMW giving the US a car that was equal to what was in Europe. You can feel the translation of all the little quirks into the car the race developers had. I am E46 M3 bias but it feel the car has a lot more soul than modern cars accept the 1M. That car has one as well.

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1M is a boosted car and with a little tweaking, you get 450hp easy. The car does not need more power unless you are our drag racing other cars. The power it has for the track and street is more than enough to melt tires and have a grin from ear to ear.

In order to get my M3 to the same level as the 1M it took money. A stock E46 M3 to me seems tame and restrained. Almost like BMW said "down simba" as it whipped the lion into shape. Probably why they made the CSL to let the lion out to go maul a few Audi's and Porsche's. With all the changes I have done I feel the car is what it should have been from the factory. While not as fast in a straight as the 1M it does have no issue in the twisty back roads.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:29 PM   #145
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With my current M3 reaching the end of what I want to do with it in regards to upgrades. The last major upgrades will be going in the next month or two.

I had to turn my attentions to the next project car which arrived this last Saturday. This car I hope to have done by the 15 years event in 2016. It is worth noting that this car has been on the forums since day 1 and has made the trek from PA to CA.

NOTE: Car was plasti dipped and only some of it has been pealed off.

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Old 02-18-2014, 09:44 PM   #146
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With my current M3 reaching the end of what I want to do with it in regards to upgrades. The last major upgrades will be going in the next month or two.

I had to turn my attentions to the next project car which arrived this last Saturday. This car I hope to have done by the 15 years event in 2016. It is worth noting that this car has been on the forums since day 1 and has made the trek from PA to CA.

NOTE: Car was plasti dipped and only some of it has been pealed off.

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Old 02-18-2014, 09:45 PM   #147
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LOL of course the TECH post in a TECHY way HAHA.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:46 PM   #148
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:45 PM   #149
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So i'm definitely gonna stop by once this starts taking place
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:08 AM   #150
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Very cool thread. I enjoyed the detailed chronology and documentation.
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:53 AM   #151
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So i'm definitely gonna stop by once this starts taking place
If you stop by you are being put to work LOL
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:42 PM   #152
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If you stop by you are being put to work LOL
You make it sound like thats a bad thing Working on a project E46 sounds like the perfect sunday! haha
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You make it sound like thats a bad thing Working on a project E46 sounds like the perfect sunday! haha
Let me rephrase, you thought you had a choice LOL.
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:42 PM   #154
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So to answer the question what is next as posed by people on other forums. To let the car out of the bag, I am building a replica GTR Street version. I am currently sourcing a E9X M3 to be the donor car. The S65 is loosely based on the motor in the real ones which is a 4.0L V8. My goal is to have this done by the 2016 event I am planning to celebrate 15 years of E46 M3 goodness.







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Old 02-20-2014, 06:10 PM   #155
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:29 PM   #156
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:08 PM   #157
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Some recent updates over the last week.

At the end of April, I lead a day drive to Napa to enjoy the great weather we have been having. Some of the gang here were in attendance. The car is running so much better with the intake flap functioning. I have yet to get the tune back on but just the stock CSL setup is pretty darn amazing.

You know the car runs good when you are being chanced by a McLaren 12C and the owner has no complaints about how fast you are going through the twisties =)
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I saw a thread from APEX about needing a E46 to test a set of wheels. So I pinged them and they wanted me to bring my car down. My car was to be a genie pig to test a new setup they offer. What they wanted to test is to see if a square 285 setup would work. Well as from the crap cell phone pics below, it does work LOL. APEX guys were a hoot to hang out with and I am looking forward to buying a set of wheels from them in the near future. Not sure when but they will have a write up and official photos at some point of my visit there. Also meet a few M3 members in the AM and one had a clean Laguna Seca Blue =)









Teaser image of what just arrived today. Since it seems people are only interested in this build thread when I spend money LOL. I have a few more updates later this week.

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Old 03-04-2014, 10:54 AM   #159
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Morning Update:

After last year’s Bimmerfest I meat one of the BMW magazine publishers who was there doing a story on that days festivities. I started talking to the representative there about doing an article on my car to share all the work done. After emails, one very cool photo shoot and almost a year the article comes out.

I would have not posted the article for a few months but there is one major issue with it, which was kind of a serious let down. Wait all this time and when it arrives you are like WOOHHOOO.. oh mannn that sucks.

I will give you a hint, the issue is on the first page. The issue might not be that obvious to most but to those who are the forums a lot you will see it fast. There also is a technical issue, on the last page. I will let you guys see if you can see them.













I will post parts received tomorrow =) for the CSL. But here is a part for the 1M.

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Very nice article! Oh and those downpipes are gonna make your 1M amazing!

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