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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 04-16-2013, 11:47 PM   #41
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Thanks my friend, I will definitely check that out! I am hearing the UUC model is also really good?
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:52 AM   #42
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Ordered the smoked corner LED lenses (going with white instead of amber) and the blacked out gills and grills today! *Grin*
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:56 AM   #43
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Ordered the smoked corner LED lenses (going with white instead of amber) and the blacked out gills and grills today! *Grin*
I find amber blends with the side markers and tail lights but to each their own.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:58 AM   #44
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So the irony is that I just ordered amber now that I look at the email.. *laugh* forgot to update that field. DANG IT! Well I just emailed Khaolty to switch to white..
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:35 PM   #45
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a generic upgrade path would be thus:
1. get on top of maintenance
2. eliminate system bottlenecks (of which the m3 doesnt have many)
3. upgrade based on preferences

that way you don't waste money on an exhaust while your rear S/Frame remains unreinforced, and not trying to tune an engine that's down on power due to blocked injectors.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:24 PM   #46
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a generic upgrade path would be thus:
1. get on top of maintenance
2. eliminate system bottlenecks (of which the m3 doesnt have many)
3. upgrade based on preferences

that way you don't waste money on an exhaust while your rear S/Frame remains unreinforced, and not trying to tune an engine that's down on power due to blocked injectors.
So those are those reinforcement plates I have seen in a couple of other threads? Kinda oval plates from the Z4 I believe? I asked on those threads if that is a "must do" for reinforcement, but the reply was only if I see issues. (Granted I haven't checked yet)
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:13 AM   #47
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according to some websites, s/frame strengthening is highly recommended if the car is to be driven hard, and /or coilovers fitted.
as i see it, better to do this as a preventative measure, than doing it as part of a subframe repair (big $$$ i'm told)
read up on turner motorsports' website regarding this.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:52 PM   #48
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Holy WELDING batman! The parts are relatively cheap, but damn, way beyond my ability to do!
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:39 PM   #49
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lol, i can't weld for nuts either.
but, my plan will be to strip the rear down (can do), cut out the sheet panels in boot (can do) and get a mobile welder to come around and weld up what's required.
then, just prime and paint where its been welded and put everything back together again. do a wheel alignment, and you've saved yourself a few hundred $$.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:15 PM   #50
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Ok.. blacked out kidney grills and side gills installed (daaayaaam!) and smoked LED front markers go in tonight.

And yes.. the new white front bumper reflectors gotta go. They were a nice change from the egg yellow when the front markers are clear white, but now definitely gotta go. Is the only place to get matching painted reflectors Khoalty? Just ordered those other parts from them, but do NOT like the fact they haven't responded to me trying to contact them.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:28 PM   #51
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And yes.. the new white front bumper reflectors gotta go. They were a nice change from the egg yellow when the front markers are clear white, but now definitely gotta go. Is the only place to get matching painted reflectors Khoalty? Just ordered those other parts from them, but do NOT like the fact they haven't responded to me trying to contact them.
Find a local auto parts store that makes custom paint cans and have one made with the IR color code. Hit the clear ones with a couple coats of paint and you'll have painted reflectors for less than ordering them.

Alternatively you can smoke the reflectors. I have the smoked reflectors on my car ($10 on sale from one of the major vendors, I forget) and like them. I smoked my side markers and turn signals myself, $10 using a spray can.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:32 PM   #52
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Ordered Lamin-X film for the front reflectors, side markers and tail light lenses to all tie everything together..

She is really coming together, after 9 hours of detailing yesterday!

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Old 04-29-2013, 01:11 PM   #53
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hey man I saw you ordered the gills so didn't pm you back, my bad. How you like them? I think it works on the red!
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:14 PM   #54
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No worries at all and after looking over the matte, I decided to go for it instead of the piano, and am VERY glad at this point. Whole feeling of the car changed with the reduction of silver/shiny!
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:16 PM   #55
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I've begun my black out of my carbon black, finally was able to afford exhaust / rims etc. Will have a thread up in a week or so with the changes. Need to get paint matched front grills, but I love the subtle chrome on the gills so I'll leave that.

Big change to go from chrome fronts to paint matched or matte!
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:25 AM   #56
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Ok.. except for the front corner reflectors, the lamin-X is installed and looking great, covering front and rear badges and rear lenses. I still need to smoke front corner reflectors and side markers tonight, and will post up fresh pictures. My partner, who isn't really a "car" gal, even notices.. walked out in the garage and went WOAH.. The Demon is looking GREAT!

*grin*
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:10 PM   #57
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random thoughts for 60k and the obvious valve adjustment that I will have a shop do. Inspection 2 is due then too, and look to do most or all of it myself.


Additional thoughts on what I should do?
1. Transmission fluid change? (and CDV delete while I am there?)
2. Brake fluid flush?
3. Spark plugs and wires and/or coils?
4. Radiator flush?
5. Fuel filter change?

Changed air filter and cabin filter just recently so those wont be due then.

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Old 05-25-2013, 10:00 AM   #58
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Anyone know of an itemized maintenance list? I searched the forums, but am building out a list of everything I need to do for the future.. oil changes every 5k, valves at 60k, filters and so on. I am building an excel chart with all of the intervals to track and see what is coming. Vanos filter every 30k it says?
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Anyone know of an itemized maintenance list? I searched the forums, but am building out a list of everything I need to do for the future.. oil changes every 5k, valves at 60k, filters and so on. I am building an excel chart with all of the intervals to track and see what is coming. Vanos filter every 30k it says?
M3F has a sticky with all of this. Share the file after, I'd like a better way of keeping track than leaving myself mental notes
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:13 AM   #60
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M3F has a sticky with all of this. Share the file after, I'd like a better way of keeping track than leaving myself mental notes
So building an excel spreadsheet that I will likely end up sharing for validation as well. For example, after reviewing M3Fs list, it says service 1s include valve adjustments as well? Maybe that is the case, but that means every 30k they need a valve adjustment?! woah.
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