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Old 11-22-2014, 04:52 PM   #1
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Talking 2000 e46 coupe project

I bought a 2000 BMW e46 coupe 1.9 a good few months back but i have big plans for it change the look and get some more power this is it when i bought it and after i cleaned it
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Old 11-22-2014, 05:03 PM   #2
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All cleaned just after being bought

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Old 11-22-2014, 05:14 PM   #3
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Needs a change

I thought it needed a bit of a change on the exterior side of things I know some of you guys will say why didn't i just buy an m3 or something but i don't have the money as they are expensive here and tax is also pretty high . I bought an m3 bumper to change up the look of things . The fitment also seems pretty good.
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Old 11-22-2014, 05:18 PM   #4
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Spraying

I need the bumper sprayed so i decided to go and do it myself . After setting up a make shift booth and spraying it myself the bumper came out pretty good and colour match was excellent
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:58 AM   #5
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:47 PM   #6
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Thanks Modjo i try to do as much as i can myself
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Old 11-24-2014, 01:51 AM   #7
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I really need to learn how to paint myself. Are those paint guns expensive? Do you keep an eye on the humidity in your makeshift paint booth?

Nice car btw. Titanium Silver, right?
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Old 11-24-2014, 02:32 AM   #8
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My spraying

The gun i have is pretty good its middle of the market but still pretty good depending on what type of paint you can get your hands on (i.e. water base or 2pack)means the size of the needle you will then have to use with that paint . The gun itself was around i think 170 i also have a water catch which was 40 and a mini regulator which was 30 (prices are in euro ) Where i built the make shift booth was an airtight area as in proper windows and doors so humidity wasn't bad i also had the room heated so that it was pretty warm also any water from the compressor was caught in the catch and didn't spray out .Titanium Silver thats the colour i used some people say silver is a hard colour to spray but from once you have it preped right and the right primer down its just a matter of getting your technique right and going from there .. i also sprayed a friends bumper for an r34 skyline in black and you can see the results better with this colour ill post it below any more questions or advice on maybe to do something different is appreciated
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Old 11-24-2014, 07:22 PM   #9
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A few more pictures

Here are a few more pictures of the before of my friends bumper and products I used
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Old 11-24-2014, 07:56 PM   #10
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All was going well until :(

I had been drive around the car as my daily for the passed while with no problems at all. Until one day when i arrived home and i thought i heard a noise so i checked as i put the gas on i could hear a faint knocking sound .. we all know what that is and the one sound no one wants to hear. So I just tried to figure out what is was and cross out what it wasn't I started pulling one coil after the other and starting the engine when i got to cylinder 4 and removed the coil and started it the knocking was gone keep in mind it was running rough on 3 cylinder but i new then it was the connecting rod bearing in number 4 cylinder . I removed the sump the next day after about 2 hours of removing everything else such as engine mounts wishbones sway bar the lot . I checked all connecting rod bearing and i was right in thinking it was cylinder 4 i changed it in time other wise the crankshaft would have probably been damaged and the expenses a lot more while i was changing one shell bearing i changed them all . number 4 cylinder bearing had spun and started to wear which had made the knocking noise .I reinstalled the new bearing same brand as what came out and put it all back together again a few thousand miles down still running good
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:11 PM   #11
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Looks like a lot of work went into your prep for painting. Very nice work So prepping it is a lot easier than spraying, right? I want to have an CSL bumper for my car and I need to keep the price down so the least I can do is prepare it for paint and let a professional spray it.

That sucks about your motor. Did you do all this work on jack stands or did you have access to a car lift? I could only imagine how tight it must've been. It could have been a lot worse though. Good thing you didn't have to pull the engine. I hope I never have to pull my engine. If I ever do, I'm definitely doing a stroker kit!
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:25 PM   #12
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Thanks XKR ya for the skyline bumper there was a lot of prep due to it being a fibreglass bumper it had a lot of imperfections . But for the one for my 46 not so much as it was plastic . ya prep work isn't that hard just take your time with it and don't rush even from new it might take some sanding and some glaze just to get it ready for paint. Ya i did it all on jack stands it wasn't to bad few tight spaces but all good . As of next time i hope to have my own lift . I was hopping i wouldn't have to pull the engine and that i could do everything form underneath . I also have a 328i sitting at home as a donor car over christmas this year i hope to pull that and take it apart to see what the condition it is in although its running really well but my plan is to change to forged internals and do a turbo build and swap it out instead of the 1.9 but speaking of that it will probably be this time next year before i do it
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:26 PM   #13
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Chassis reinforcement

I noticed a loud squeaking noise coming from the rear of the car every time i would accelerate or brake .. I thought it might just be the new shoes i was after installing for the E brake . After a few days of driving the squeak didn't go away and i went to investigate. I looked online and found that for the year of the car it could be to do with the rear sub frame mounts which i did not want it to be .. but after checking it i realized it was the rear left side subframe mount which had ripped through the chassis .. i got it put on a lift at my local garage and they said it wasn't safe to drive and that they would fix it for 2000 euro .. which i didn't have to use to fix this problem .. I searched online to see if there had been any DIY on this problem . I drove it to my friends house where i was going to take on the challenge due to he was a pretty good welder . So after buying a sheet of 1.5mil steel a tube of tiger seal and a bottle of underseller all for 90 euro the problem was fixed after 2days we cut out the corner or inside the boot/trunk to access the mount and lowered the subframe enough to clean up and weld a new section of steel . after a few hundred miles and checking on the steel plate its all good nothing has moved and its still tight. I plan to reinforce the rest of the chassis when I'm doing the engine swap .. thats why i didn't do it now but it all went rather well other than an angle grinder exploding and catching fire in our face lol
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:45 PM   #14
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Few parts replaced

I also installed a few replacement parts i replaced the two front wish bones so that all ball joints are 100% the previous owner had installed coilovers but left out the sway bar he had also given me drop links which were shorter than original so he said there were for the job so i reinstalled the sway bar which made the car a lot tighter to drive but the drop links lasted a week before they broke so i ordered shortened drop link that were for my car and they work a lot better i also installed all new D bushings front and back as they were pretty worn . The ccvv (crank case vent valve) wasn't working properly so i also replaced that with a new one and also new brake discs in the front. So over all the car it running and handling pretty sweet
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:01 PM   #15
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New wheels

The new wheels i ordered finally came.
Front 19/8.5j +35
Rear 19/9.5j +35
Fitment it prefect for me i also have an arch roller so after removing the blank gunk Bmw have in there arch i rolled them and the coilers made it a lot more easy to adjust to suit
tyre fitment front is 245/30R19
Rear 265/30R19
Also bought a set of mcgard ultimate security wheel bolts with the rotating outside ring so that you can't ram a socket over it and take it off quality is just excellent
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:02 PM   #16
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Old 11-29-2014, 11:07 PM   #17
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:06 PM   #18
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Bumper and Wheels

Just after getting the Bumper and wheels on as didn't have time till now with work . Id also like to say a big thanks to KJS crash repair Moycullen Galway they fitted and sprayed two new front wings for me due to some rust new wings were the better option the finish on them is just top notch and rust precautions they took for the future such as sealant and wax sealer underneath the wing . My fog lights also finally arrived. And a pic of where I'm at now
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:12 PM   #19
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New Parts

Few new parts also came today
Black kidney grills for the front
Carbon fiber splitter quality looks A1
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:16 PM   #20
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I also had to replace the drivers side lock and window regulator after a while door became hard to open and having to really pull on the handle so had to be replaced and also cable snapped in the regulator replaced with genuine BMW parts from the main dealer something i didn't expect id have to replace
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