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Old 01-22-2017, 04:53 PM   #1
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e46 325i DE/TT/WRL Build

I've been running at DEs and open lapping days for the last two years with this car. I've been feeling the itch to get a bit more competitive/serious with the car. The first step in my plan is make it a dedicated track car... Mainly addressing safety items and stiffening up all the components I didn't have the heart to when it was DD. From there I'm hoping to run TTE and eventually go W2W (WRL GP2 most likely).

I've been running the car more or less with the following mods:
- eBay headers
- aFe Stage 1 intake
- 225/45/17 Z2 Star Specs
- 17x8 IFG light weight forged wheels
- Koni FSD dampers
- Eibach Pro Kit springs
- Hawk DTC 70/60 pads
- Poly FCABs/RTABs
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Old 01-22-2017, 05:47 PM   #2
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I was able to get the car tucked away for the winter, and I started getting slowly getting to work.


I sold the AFE intake and swapped to a drop in filter to save the points.



Out came the washer tank and SAP.



Rear deck mostly stripped, along with the rear seats.






Here's where I'm at with weight mods so far.



Suspension mods are up next. I'm going with GC conversion kits on Koni yellows on the front and Rob43 adjustable shocks on the rear. This has been a super cost effective suspension setup, and will definitely be a step up from the FSDs/Pro-kit. Thanks to Rob43 for the consult.



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Old 01-26-2017, 08:51 PM   #3
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Hey Jordan! Where in IA are you? I'm in Sioux Falls, SD.
Car looks great man, if you still have any of the interior pieces or stock suspension id be intrested in taking them off your hands

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Old 01-26-2017, 09:33 PM   #4
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Thanks, man.

I'm in NE Iowa. My main track has been RPM since I've got family in the Des Moines area; that breaks up the trip nicely.

The Koni/Eibach combo is sold already, but I've got quite a bit of other things and almost the whole interior. Shoot me a PM and let me know what you're looking for.
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Old 02-03-2017, 07:14 PM   #5
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Suspension mods are up next. I'm going with GC conversion kits on Koni yellows on the front and Rob43 adjustable shocks on the rear. This has been a super cost effective suspension setup, and will definitely be a step up from the FSDs/Pro-kit. Thanks to Rob43 for the consult.
Great wright up so far, keep up the solid work. I also have a Rob built suspension, it's the greatest thing i ever did for my car. My suspension is more tailored to street driving and it does great at that, when i go to the track for the day i just turn up my shock settings in a minute and i'm ready for high performance driving. It's truly amazing how well my suspension works!

Please keep the forum up on your racing progress, im personally very interested on how things turn out.
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:32 PM   #6
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What spring rates did you go with?
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Old 02-05-2017, 10:23 PM   #7
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Great wright up so far, keep up to solid work. I also have a Rob built suspension, it's the greatest thing i ever did for my car. My suspension is more tailored to street driving and it does great at that, when i go to the track for the day i just turn up my shock settings in a minute and i'm ready for high performance driving. It's truly amazing how well my suspension works!

Please keep the forum up on your racing progress, im personally very interested on how things turn out.
Awesome to hear you're loving it. I'll be sure to keep this updated. I've got some work in progress that I'll load up here when I'm done.
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What spring rates did you go with?
I'll keep that under wraps for now since Rob gave me his advice on that. Feel free to shoot him a PM.
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:09 PM   #9
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I'll keep that under wraps for now since Rob gave me his advice on that. Feel free to shoot him a PM.
edit: I'll be more diplomatic... the camber plates are ones he recommended, too, right?
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:41 PM   #10
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edit: I'll be more diplomatic... the camber plates are ones he recommended, too, right?
I talk with him occasionally and i know he helps guys like you all the time, send him a pm or email. im sure he will help you.
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I wasn't trying to be snarky I know of the plates he recommends normally, I just wanted to see if this was the case.
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:55 PM   #12
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haha, no worries... Rob was a great help and I don't want to give away all of his tricks. These are the camber plates he recommended as well; however, they're not Cosmos.
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