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Old 08-28-2012, 09:52 AM   #1
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DJ Syxx Steel Grey with AC Schnitzer and CSL styling. NEW UPDATE CINNAMON LEATHER!

Hi guys. Thought I'd post up my car and keep this as a build thread.

I used to own an E46 330 which I purchased back in June 2007 and not long after I joined this site. I owned it over 4 years before selling it in September 2011. It won twice in Total BMW Magazine car of the month and in Performance BMW magazine readers car of month respectively.




I have pictures of it where made a thread click link.
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So on to my car. I'm going to try and condense this down a bit as I have build threads on a few other forums.

Its a 2002 6 speed manual pre-facelift Steel Grey M3 with black leather, sunroof, HK system and gloss black window trim. I purchased the car approx 10 months ago.

Original intentions were to keep it as standard although that decision didn't last very long!

First things first. I wanted to get the car in for an inspection 2 to get the car fresh and ready to drive, so this was carried. Whilst the car was having this done, I had ordered a new Control Pressure Valve, Sump Plug and Gaskets as these do tend to go on these cars. Also I replaced the oil level sensor as well as a preventative measure as you are lucky to have them last any more than 10 years from factory.

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Old



First mod, angel eyes/corona rings. Was deciding between LED or CCFL angel rings and after looking at both pictures of them and in real life still prefer the CCFL's and liked them on my old coupe. I find the LED's are too bright for my liking! So on with fitting them.

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After:






Next had to sort my tracking alignment as it was out, so got it scanned and adjusted with a Hunter KDS machine.

Now the car feels exactly as it should, steers correctly and feels a lot more tighter now.



Bought new carbon fibre effect badges for boot and bonnet:

Old badges:



And new badges fitted:

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Old 08-28-2012, 09:52 AM   #2
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Next I bought Depo smoked indicators and side repeaters, gunsmoked Lamin-X, satin black bonnet/kidney grills and satin black wing vents.

Firstly the lamin-x. I whipped off the lights from the car and swapped them with a spare set from my old 330.

Outer lights were clean and didn't have any gunk but my inner boot lights which seems to be common on all E46's I've seen all have crud getting trapped inside the light.

I soaked them in soapy water but me being impatient I took them apart as I didn't get anywhere!


The lenses had some mud/dirt on them as well:


They got glued back together again and let it dry for a day.

Then got started with the Lamin-X so here's my lights before:



Got cutting to shape and using the squidgy and hairdyrer got as many air bubbles out as possible. There are few left but these disappear over time as its breathable:



And a comparison:


The finished product!



Satin black vent grill:

Before:


Disappeared!:


New (I have the monochrome M3 badges to fit on just waiting on delivery):


Side reps before and after with depo smoked:



Black grills:


Depo smoked indicators:


Wheels were next and there was only one set of wheels that I wanted on this car and nothing else and no way I would ever fit CSL's or CSL reps.

So after searching for a while I found what I was looking for.

They are AC Schnitzer Type 3 racing in staggered M3 fitment, 8.5x19 front ET43 and 9.5x19 rear ET21. They weigh a little less than OEM's. Fronts weigh 12kg and the rear 12.5kg.

Barrels were good but the lips needed doing as they were powdercoated so they were given to Dips at Custom Cars who stripped the powdercoat off which wasn't an easy task and split the wheels apart and centres were sent off for powdercoating. All back well and good and the lips polished which have come up nicely and look loads better.

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After:






I managed to find 7mm AC Schnitzer hubcentric spacers with longer bolts so fronts now ET36 and rear ET14 which bring them out nicely. Fitted them in time for a car show called DC12 and a few pics.







Next after seeing a load of E46's with white CCFL's on the web and on the roads, I decided to switch to yellow rings for a few reasons. What made me choose yellows is with the xenons you can't really make the rings on the outer whereas these because of the difference colour they stand out more and the white ones have become too common.

So after doing some searching I found a set of CCFL's in yellow from an Australian company called Euro Division which I think some of you are familiar with on ths forum. I saw a set fitted on E46fanatics and was impressed with them.

This is a comparison shot:


Now on:


With xenons:


Nightshot hard to capture but they look the part at night.
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Now onto the recent bit of work done on the car. I had purchased a set of Intrax springs a while back. Saw a few pictures of a CSL style diffuser colour coded with carbon so found a seller on ebay who does them by the name of "mrhappynbuyitnow". My tailpipes were also a little worse for wear so after seeing a few M3's with them on I bought the Eurostyle tail pipes or as I like to call them the "Euro Trash" tail pipes. These are slightly bigger than the originals and lot more shinier!
The springs suprised me quite a bit as the drop was instantly noticeable and weren't fully settled when I took the pics. Unfortunately I did get a little rubbing at the rear arch (fender) made worse with a full tank of petrol so will need to remove the 7mm spacer for now until I get a little roll at the back.

Overall really happy with the springs make the car look a lot better and sets off the wheels properly now. A little stiffer than oem but ride quality still decent.

Tail pipes off:


Tail pipes fitted. These are just pop rivetted on and the pipes are pre drilled ready to go on.


And diffuser fitted:


Got the car washed and waxed with Colinite 476 and took some pics:













My next update will be the brakes. Not doing a BBK but have sent off my calipers for shot blasting and powdercoating in black with new seals and pistons. I am also going to change my brake discs all round and have ordered Performance Fricition Z pads all round and will be fitting new braided brake lines with new fresh fluid.

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Old 08-28-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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that M looks clean, although she needs a nice drop. Nice work
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:39 PM   #5
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #6
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nice work! cleanly done! Nice work on the rear tails, they look flawless.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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nicely done! those acs wheels are classic
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:43 PM   #9
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nice job! I love the color and the smoked together.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:01 PM   #10
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Nicely done. Where did you source those exhaust tips?
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looking good, drop it a little. other then that...yep looks good brah
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that M looks clean, although she needs a nice drop. Nice work
Thank you

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You're my hero...steel grey FTMFW
Steel grey forever! lol

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nice work! cleanly done! Nice work on the rear tails, they look flawless.
Thanks mate

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nicely done! those acs wheels are classic
Cheers they certainly are

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Haha! Hello mate, been on here for sometime, was a lurker :lol:

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Nicely done. Where did you source those exhaust tips?
Thanks, the tail pipes I bought from a UK company called http://www.cmwheels.com/ These aren't the geniune article like these ones http://www.eurosportdesign.com/p-256...aust-tips.aspx but they are stainless steel and the holes were pre-drilled which was handy.

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looking good, drop it a little. other then that...yep looks good brah
Wish I could go a little lower bro but its as good as I will get with springs for now. Plus we have very bad roads here in the UK. You guys have better flat roads which we so badly need here! lol.
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NIce... car looks great will you drop the car a bit?
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NIce... car looks great will you drop the car a bit?
Thanks mate, would be nice but I would have to get coilovers. I'm going to have a front splitter added on to the bumper so I don't think I could go lower, even if I wanted as we have loads of speed humps where I live!
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:09 PM   #17
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Right update time and lots of pics! I had to take care of the brakes as I was getting a squeel from the front passenger and rear drivers. Copper grease didnt help so wasn't sure whether it was the disc, or the caliper at fault. So decided to change all of it once and for all and not having to worry about brakes for a long time. So took the car off road just after Gaydon.

Prepared the car first.




Caliper off



Disc off



Old brake fluid that hadn't been changed for a long time! I checked my book and the last time it had one was in 2006! It was very old and had a few sludge bits in it.


With rear calipers off, I bought a pair of front calipers with brackets off ebay to make life easier and I only have 2 axle stands.

So these were before brackets and calipers:




They were all sent off to Biggred a company who refurb nothing but calipers. They were re-done with the black polymer coating. Brand new seals, new pistons, new bleed nipples, new slider pins so literally like new.

So here is when they came back:










Bought new brake fluid:


Ordered braided brake hoses from a company called brake-lines.co.uk. Guys a heads up do not use this company. They don't respond back to your emails or answer your calls!

So a bit of a dilemma as I had everything ready so I found a company called CAM Auto who had Goodridge hoses in stock so popped down to St Albans to pick them up.


Rears ones you need to remove the bracket which was a bastard as it was rusted and wedged on. Luckily it came off with a bit of persuasion!




Then clipped in and secured:


Here's the old one:


I bought brand new discs all round. Rear ones I purchased off ECP with discount. Front ones I bought off from a Cutters member original ATE cheaper from BM's!

I also bought brand new Performance Friction Pads all round. Got them from Performance Prestige Centre via eBay reasonably priced.




With everything in place was a case of putting it back together:

So rears on:



Front was a real pain trying to take off these two 16mm bolts were incredibly tight so took a long while on both sides to remove them!


Found that my brake pad wear sensor at the front was not connected to the pad and was taped up!


New one fitted:


Old hose taken out:


New hose on and this simply slides in at the front.


Hoses on both sides:



And front put back together!




Brakes need bedding but so far are biting better as the car is driven more. No more squeeks or squeals. Was pretty expensive getting all the parts in but labour was free at least!

Big thanks to Voldik for helping with the brake bleeding.

Next will be getting my splitter painted and fitted.
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