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Old 07-31-2008, 07:59 PM   #321
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Alec, not sure if you know but I'm getting ready to do my brakes on my 325i and I've got a buddy who is willing to practically give me his M3 parts since he's just upgrading everything. I was originally going to do the 330 upgrade but this would even be better and cheaper if it could work. Anyway, I know now the suspention isn't compatible but what about the brakes? If he gives me his full set of brakes including the carriers, will those bolt on fine? Also will the ebrake still work correctly or is that the part that's not compatible? Thanks for shedding any light on this subject.
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M3 and 330 brakes are the same diameter in front. You'd have to professionally machine off mm of metal to begin to get it to fit. Ask Alec what happens to a front caliper when there is something amiss in the fastening. You really don't want to mess with that way of getting it to fit. I've read of one guy years ago who said he did it. But never EVER anything as far as updates on how it turned out. So that makes me think it took a dump and he was embarrassed to admit it or worse. Rear parking brake is a PITA. Reason why many leave the rears alone. Is the saving of a few dollars worth having the brakes go out when you need them the most?
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:52 AM   #322
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:07 PM   #323
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Hi Guys, another new member from The UK here. Let me just start by saying that this is an excellent forum and this thread is extremely helpful. I am currently getting together the parts i need to do an M3 front end conversion. And before anyone says it i plan on filling the fender gills as i am not an m3 wannabe. I just love the styling of the M3. My car is a 1999 328ci which already has the Mtech2 bumper retrofitted as well as the rest of the Mtech kit. I have read this whole thread many times but am still a little unsure on which reinforcement bar i need to use for the front bumper? I will be fitting the M3 front fenders and i have the M3 bonnet and OEM front bumper. The M3 front bumper has the foam insert already in it. Can i use my existing rebar or do i need to get the c/f M3 rebar? I am confused here as i am fitting the OEM fenders too. Will i still need to shave the foam insert or cut down the existing rebar etc etc.
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:59 PM   #324
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Throwing an M3 or M-tech bumper of any kind on your car is not being a "wannabe". Plenty of enthusiasts go this route, in an effort to make their cars look less boring and stock, and more sporty. It's when you stick the fake side grills or M3 emblems all over that it becomes a "wannabe."

In addition, make sure you get an M3 REPLICA bumper, NOT the real M3 bumper. Although the M3 bumper will fit the coupe better than the sedan, it will not perfectly fit, and as a result, stick out and overhang a little. A replica bumper is an M3 bumper that is made to fit a car other than the M3. Plenty of vendors sell them.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:43 AM   #325
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In addition, make sure you get an M3 REPLICA bumper, NOT the real M3 bumper. Although the M3 bumper will fit the coupe better than the sedan, it will not perfectly fit, and as a result, stick out and overhang a little. A replica bumper is an M3 bumper that is made to fit a car other than the M3.
He said he also has M3 fenders and the M3 hood. So no way should he be doing a copy of the M3 bumper. It wouldn't line up with the wider and taller fenders or the M3 hood aligned to the fenders.
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:08 AM   #326
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Thanks for the replies. I already have the genuine M3 bumper and as Alex said i will also be using the genuine M3 fenders with the gills welded up. So with this set up do i still need to buy a genuine M3 c/f rebar? Or can i mod the existing one? Also as i mentioned above, the m3 bumper came with its foam insert
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:43 PM   #327
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:59 AM   #328
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Hi Alec,

great thread that I have enjoyed reading - thanks man! in post 235 a guy asks if he can use the front sway from an m3 - and in post 237 another guy says yes - could you confirm fitment to a 328 coupe from 99 (only interessted in the front because of the weight of the TS kit from ESS + cast iron block to take the punishment of added boost). I have a TMS setup for sways and it is just not cutting it for me - i need more stiffness in front.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:18 PM   #329
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Hi Alec,

great thread that I have enjoyed reading - thanks man! in post 235 a guy asks if he can use the front sway from an m3 - and in post 237 another guy says yes - could you confirm fitment to a 328 coupe from 99 (only interessted in the front because of the weight of the TS kit from ESS + cast iron block to take the punishment of added boost). I have a TMS setup for sways and it is just not cutting it for me - i need more stiffness in front.
Yep, OEM M3 front sway bar will fit fine. The only reason the rear doesn't is because the entire subframe/rear axle is different between M3 and non-M.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:02 AM   #330
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:35 PM   #331
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Hi Alec,

great thread that I have enjoyed reading - thanks man! in post 235 a guy asks if he can use the front sway from an m3 - and in post 237 another guy says yes - could you confirm fitment to a 328 coupe from 99 (only interessted in the front because of the weight of the TS kit from ESS + cast iron block to take the punishment of added boost). I have a TMS setup for sways and it is just not cutting it for me - i need more stiffness in front.
TMS/H&R use a 27mm front bar. The M3 uses a 26mm front bar. I'm not sure why you'd swap? Seems you may be going down depending on linkage points. The bushing will certainly be firmer with the TMS bar.

If you need more stiffness in the front that sounds like springs and/or dampeners.
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:19 PM   #332
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Had to put stiffer springs on rear to work. No scrub. but tight end not much bounce.
Ok, he did this without rolling the fenders and used stiffer rear springs. I have an '04 325Ci. Its my understanding that the '01+ coupes come standard with a sport suspension. My question is will '02 M3 wheels (18x8 and 18x8.5) fit on my car without MAJOR modifications? Thx
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:51 PM   #333
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Is it really that difficult to fit M3 wheels on a non M3 vehicle; for instance a 2005 330CI?
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Old 09-08-2008, 04:35 AM   #334
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Nah, you can just use spring spacers like i did.
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Lets say I want to install these rims on my car ('05 330Ci ZHP)...

http://www.wheeldude.com/catalog/pro...oducts_id=5646

What will I need to get to make them work? What size spacers (I have s-tech springs)? Fender rolling?
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:39 PM   #336
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they have non ///M (regular E46) staggered fitment - just buy the correct ones for your car (but you wont get the 10")
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:40 PM   #337
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yeah I guess you're right, I kind of just wanted an aggressive offset!
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Old 09-11-2008, 10:18 PM   #339
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look at mine - you can run the 9.5's with TIGHT fender rolling and pulling the fenders....although mine are the OEM BBS with 32et (not the 25et 10")
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Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and currently looking to buy a ZHP. Being a newb, I'm sorry if this question is answered elsewhere, but I have not been able to find it:

Why, exactly, do the LED tail lights not 'fit' the sedan? Is it a physical problem (the tails are simply shaped differently) and/or electrical? If it is only an electrical problem, couldn't something be done to make the LEDs work on the sedan?

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