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Old 01-10-2015, 08:51 PM   #1
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My Ride: 02 325i/13' FRS
Project: B**er Garage, Clean Daily Driver build

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91 325i

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02 325i
13' FRS + Turbo

I name all my cars stripper names, when I asked my girlfriend what I should name this one, she yelled "b*ner garage!" and now thats unfortunately her name.

By day I am a technician at a speed shop that specializes in building fast Subarus and GTR's. I am the FRS/BRZ specialist at the shop as well. However, my love and passion for cars started with BMW's and that will always stay. I currently drive 60 miles each way to work and am tired of the e30 and racking up miles on the FRS. Its a ways, but I don't mind because I like driving and I get an hour or so to myself each way to contemplate and listen to music

I was cruising craigslist a couple weeks ago and found a seemingly clean e46 for sale from a local german repair shop with the title "mechanic special". Perfect! I called them up on my lunch break, and went to check out the car after work. I saw the car, loved it and made an offer. Talked them down about $1000 and picked the car up that weekend.

Car is a 2 owner 109k 02 325i Orient Blue/Natural Brown(my favorite) Auto(must have for my DD) Car has has full maintenance history and is a previous BMW CPO. No fancy packages or anything. The shop claimed the car NEEDED, a full cooling system and front and rear brakes. It turns out it was just a cracked expansion tank and front brakes. Since I have quite a bit of experience with BMW's, and parts at cost, I went ahead and replaced the entire cooling system as a preventative along with new brakes.

Since this car is supposed to be my nice comfy DD, and my FRS is highly modified, I said I would not mod this car

Well, its my career to mod cars, so naturally, 3 weeks after I bought the car, I scored a set of style 32's for free, from a friend parting out a 540i. I then found two more fronts(17x8's) on ebay and sold the two rear (17x9's) to a local guy that drifts his e36. I want to run a square setup so I can rotate tires.

Then of course, I would need suspension to fit the wheels properly, and since its an e46, some subframe precautions, and so on. Naturally, an order to ECS was put in, and I should have a nice box of parts on my doorstep next week.

Anyways, Im going to make this car into a nice looking little thing and drive it around until I get bored, or let my GF drive it instead of her i3 if she wants.

Ill keep this updated as I move along.

Got by pretty well with my basic "at home" set of tools. Haha

Im not currently running the wheels, but I wanted to test fit them for fun on the stock suspension.

And the weekend car. FRS with SBD turbo kit. Currently on 91oct and 10psi making just under 300whp.


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Old 01-10-2015, 10:02 PM   #2
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:57 PM   #3
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:31 PM   #4
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nice rides youve had. nice work on the frs. not a fan of those tail lights though. whats the plans for the bimmer besides wheels and suspension?

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Old 01-11-2015, 09:29 PM   #5
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Old 01-12-2015, 03:41 PM   #6
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nice rides youve had. nice work on the frs. not a fan of those tail lights though. whats the plans for the bimmer besides wheels and suspension?
Thanks! Those tails were a very very poor attempt at a red-out job. I just couldn't bring myself to shell out $500 for some Tom's tails at the time.

Bimmer is going to get wheels, suspension, some audio and interior and definitely some clears. For now.
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