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Old 02-15-2013, 02:40 PM   #21
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Well that really blows....i've been looking to buy that exhaust for weeks now but I just don't think i can live with it for now...more so my neighbors and wife can't.

Maybe, just maybe another resonator would do the trick so i'm looking forward to your experiment. My car doesn't have cats but has the RE rasp pipe.

Sorry for hijacking your thread! BTW my CF sunroof blank just arrived!
My housemate can hear me a clear 3 blocks away from the house. I'm planning to put in a 3.5" Vibrant resonator onto the exhaust.

I also have Fabspeed headers and CPI Euro200R though.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:20 PM   #22
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More weight update. More interior weight removal. 31.6 lbs of crap + 137.6 lbs of front seats = 169.2. Add that to the 116 from yesterday so I'm at 285.2 lbs. When I install the seats, hardware, and harnesses I'll be back down to 193 lbs of weight loss from just the interior alone.

I figure if I remove the stereo harness and install an aftermarket headunit, the wiring associated with that would save about 10 lbs. I can take out the front carpet...not yet...about another 10 lbs then los 4 of that for the VAC floor plates. So 6 net.

So to hit my goal of 225lbs from the interior...

193 - So far.
10 - stereo harness
6 - front carpet
5 - side and curtain airbags
1 - trunk floor

So I need to find 10 more lbs.

Glove box? 5lbs? I think I might be a little short on my goal...which is OK. I can get there easily if I lose the stereo but not sure I want to go there quite yet.

The spoils of buying a used car...



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Old 02-15-2013, 10:25 PM   #23
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Interior is done for now.







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Old 02-16-2013, 12:22 AM   #24
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Can't wait to get a ride in it soon!!!
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:20 AM   #25
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All in for this. OP, your 330ci was a beast, can't wait to follow this M
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Learned something new. My 330 ignition coils are the same as the M3 coils! I have spares!
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What about airbag and steering wheel for interior? Fixed back seats/harness and airbag I've heard are a bad mix.

Awesome project though.
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Keeping the front airbags. I'm using Schroth quick fits so they work with the OEM restraint systems. Although they are not specifically designed to be used with fixed back seats. But the issue is seat back strength and those seats are steel tube, not composite. Shouldn't be an issue. I'll take my chances with that until I can get a cage installed.
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Keeping the front airbags. I'm using Schroth quick fits so they work with the OEM restraint systems. Although they are not specifically designed to be used with fixed back seats. But the issue is seat back strength and those seats are steel tube, not composite. Shouldn't be an issue. I'll take my chances with that until I can get a cage installed.
gotcha. I actually had the quick fits in my M3
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:45 PM   #31
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Today...

Rolled the fender/test fit the track wheels.
Started on the brake ducts

This ain't no super model...rolled the fenders with a rubber mallet and built up anger! The trick is to not allow the front corner to curl in as you beat down the lip on the side. So you need to make some relief cuts on the back side to keep the corner straight. Otherwise it will cut your tire.





The magic of negative camber...it will fit!


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Old 02-16-2013, 11:48 PM   #32
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The cut on the backside of the front fender.



The beat it down.



The front part...make this cut.



Beat on it.



You have to make one more cut along the backside. Then beat it all flat with a mallet.



Its now a legit racecar!



Those wheels sure look nice on red.



Brake duct flange


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Old 02-17-2013, 08:08 PM   #33
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Very nice. I've always followed your work on your 330...

Your post over in FI makes me wonder if I should sell my ZHP and get an M3... the big issue is to get one in roughly equivalent condition to my ZHP with no sunroof (requirement) will cost in the low 20's...

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Thanks! Remember, there is no free lunch. Go cheap, you get cheap. That's a lesson I've learned more times than I wanted. S/c'ing a ZHP may be cheaper right now than an M3 but you'll find that the M3 will actually be cheaper in money and time.

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love builds like this. Cant wait to see more updates
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So more weight loss today in the interior. Last time, we were at 193 lbs. So I took out most of the stereo harness, front carpet, arm rest and center console. I will install some VAC floor plates which will net me a loss of 17.6 lbs. So I'm at 210.

3 - rest of carpet
5 - side and curtain airbags
1 - trunk floor

Looks like I'll be 6lbs short...NOT BAD!









Here is tomorrow's to do list...

1. Install driver's floor plate
2. Remove front carpet on pass side
3. Install pass floor plate
4. Remove curtain airbags
5. Remove washer resorvoir and lines
6. Install V1 hardwire (yes, still will drive this to the track)
7. Install a lightweight and removable radio

That is all of the weight loss for now.

Looking like I might be able to drive it on the track 2/3 Mar! Waiting on my 330 to run again (waiting on some small parts) so I can pull the front struts off. Then its a waiting game for Vorshlag to get their camber plates in and shipped. And here is what I will need to install next weekend...

1. Stoptech 355mm/4 wheel BBK and brake duct plates
2. TMS Rear control arms and RTAB limiters
3. Powerflex FCABs
4. Front struts w/ camber plates
5. Adjustable end links

The hold up will be the camber plates. I need them to install the struts...and then align and corner balance the car along with a tech inspection. Hopefully the front tires won't rub.

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cool project. Why diamondplate? Looks very ugly(IMO).
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I know. It's what VAC makes. I think I'll put a floor mat over it or anodize it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:59 AM   #40
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Why install rtab limiters when you could go to urethane ones which pretty much have limiters built in?

Will you be changing the sway bars? flywheel?

You could loose some weight by moving to a light weight battery.

I also went from a 330 to an M3. Before you go hard on the track make sure to reinforce your subframe and pull your valve cover to check the vanos bolts and hubs

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