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Old 01-23-2013, 01:58 PM   #21
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You know I would really like to drop in an M70 with like 2 1/2 turbos. And to make sure my sub frame does not fail on me, I am going to use an entire rear sub frame assembly from a Ram 1500 pick up truck. Anyone done this before? I need a DIY write up like now.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #22
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Not accurate. Several others have done complete sedan-S54 builds - of note, MITE46 and Cyberkaa. Rogue also did a touring-S54 build.
Are you saying that my post was not accurate? MITE46 was a sick build as well, however it wasn't a completely OEM like transformation. He had a facelift coupe front end, and with all due respect to him, the conversion that JeppeJ is 2nd to none, not even close...
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:09 PM   #23
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Are you saying that my post was not accurate? MITE46 was a sick build as well, however it wasn't a completely OEM like transformation. He had a facelift coupe front end, and with all due respect to him, the conversion that JeppeJ is 2nd to none, not even close...
Agreed! JeppeJ's build is pretty much what I would have envisioned coming out from the BMW factory.....I haven't seen anyone's come as close to his but there have been other very good builds though.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:27 PM   #24
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There are two types of people who want to do M3 conversions:
1) Capable people who want something that doesn't exist like an E46 M3 sedan or wagon.
2) People whose parents bought them a 323, but what they really want is an M3 because it's totally bad arse and all the kids at high school will be like damn yo is that an m3 you must be balling lol yolo
oh really, is that your expert opinion on this topic having been on the forum for a few years?
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Are you saying that my post was not accurate? MITE46 was a sick build as well, however it wasn't a completely OEM like transformation. He had a facelift coupe front end, and with all due respect to him, the conversion that JeppeJ is 2nd to none, not even close...
Please, MITE46 was one of the first of this project. Add that he didn't own a shop and did this himself makes him a pioneer. To top it off, it was done some 4 years before JeppeJ. Not saying JeppeJ's conversion wasn't great. Just the way had been paved already and issues and unknowns disclosed and documented in steps.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:36 PM   #25
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I want to convert my 323i sedan to an m3 and i want to know all the steps and things i need to do. I would really appreciatr it if somebody could get me answers. And the price for total thank you
If you were real serious you could ship car out to Impressive Auto in NY. They do the full M3 engine and transmissions swaps.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:24 AM   #26
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I'm in my one of a kind touring for about $14000 total. Followed JeppeJ thread closely to make it look like a bone stock ///M3t (with wheels and a drop)(no m logos). I still havent swapped motor/ trans and havent started interior yet. To be done is m seats, steering wheel, alcantara headliner and door inserts. I scored DEALS on the OEM m3 parts, did all the fab myself with the help of a few friends, and called in big favors for body and paintwork paint. I do have a flawless one of a kind car that I will keep and love much longer than i would an ///M3 because it is so different.

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:40 AM   #27
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My experience on this board is that about 1% actually deliver on an M3 conversion, if that. Kudos to the ones who do. And the ones who make/complete the journey immerse themselves in the project way before they fire off their first questions, as opposed to a clueless approach of "where do I begin?" or "is there a DIY for this?". No offense OP, and I will be the first to eat humble pie if you prove me wrong.

I followed Cyberkaa's and MITE46's builds. And my memory might be foggy, but I think it was MITE46 who did the project while going to school? Impressive if I am remembering that correctly.
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it's always a 323
You beat me to it.

While we are on the subject of delusional 323 owners:
What ever happened to the guy from NYC that was bragging about doing this a few months ago? I don't recall seeing him on here lately. I seem to remember that he was going to "show all the haters how it is done".

There was also the 323 owner who decided that everyone who added a turbo to their 323 was doing it wrong, and that he was going to get into the code, and crank out 500-600 HP from his. He just needed someone to explain the code to him. I believe he also went off on a tangent about building a titanium block, head, and pistons. I guess he has been busy in the machine shop.
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My experience on this board is that about 1% actually deliver on an M3 conversion, if that. Kudos to the ones who do. And the ones who make/complete the journey immerse themselves in the project way before they fire off their first questions, as opposed to a clueless approach of "where do I begin?" or "is there a DIY for this?". No offense OP, and I will be the first to eat humble pie if you prove me wrong.

I followed Cyberkaa's and MITE46's builds. And my memory might be foggy, but I think it was MITE46 who did the project while going to school? Impressive if I am remembering that correctly.
I saw his web site. That guy was a genius though. And he was not just going to school, he was going to MIT. I believe his build website is still up.
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I want to convert my 323i sedan to an m3 and i want to know all the steps and things i need to do. I would really appreciatr it if somebody could get me answers. And the price for total thank you
You want us to place all the orders for the parts, and come give you a kick in the a$$ to get you moving every morning too?
Try at least looking up some of this on your own. Why should we do all the work for your delusions? We don't get paid to do this, you know. It is more like we try to help those who have actually tried to do something, and get stuck.
I can predict how this will end too. You will tell us how you are going to show all us haters how wrong we were, and then disappear.
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it is scary expensive even doing 90% of the work yourself
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it is scary expensive even doing 90% of the work yourself
This and will take time and lots of money!
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I will advise & share my experience to my swap, do what makes you feel happy. Having an E46 m3 sedan is truly far and few, stay away from impressive. Pm me for more info...
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I'm in my one of a kind touring for about $14000 total. Followed JeppeJ thread closely to make it look like a bone stock ///M3t (with wheels and a drop)(no m logos). I still havent swapped motor/ trans and havent started interior yet. To be done is m seats, steering wheel, alcantara headliner and door inserts. I scored DEALS on the OEM m3 parts, did all the fab myself with the help of a few friends, and called in big favors for body and paintwork paint. I do have a flawless one of a kind car that I will keep and love much longer than i would an ///M3 because it is so different.

FYI, it appears I'm type 1. Haha
Yes you are. And your car looks awesome. Those capable both financially and knowledge wise don't start off by asking for a DIY. They just do it.
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Please, MITE46 was one of the first of this project. Add that he didn't own a shop and did this himself makes him a pioneer. To top it off, it was done some 4 years before JeppeJ. Not saying JeppeJ's conversion wasn't great. Just the way had been paved already and issues and unknowns disclosed and documented in steps.
watch your mouth young man...

MITE46's conversion was amazing, i will say that, but i was speaking in regards to how "OEM" the conversion is... JeppeJ is pretty much an OEM sedan
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instead of hating on someone guide him threw it. where all e46 fans the hatings gotta stop. its rediculous
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instead of hating on someone guide him threw it. where all e46 fans the hatings gotta stop. its rediculous
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