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Old 04-13-2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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Hey guys, My name is Gordon. Pretty New to this forum so i thought I'd share what i have been doing to my 1999 E46 323i 5 speed. I have owned it since 2010. since then it's completely changed... Here's the story. Enjoy!

Purchased the car in 2010


Not too long after that i took it a nearby racetrack for some open lapping. the amount of body roll was hilarious!


I decided to go with the Turner Motorsport tracksport PLUS coilover kit (H&R and Bilstein) The kit also came with Turner sway bars, adjustable rear end links and aluminum rear shock tower mounts





When i finished it was around 1am. I then spent a few hours breaking them in then waking up for work at 8 that morning haha.
after a day they had settled to this level


This was causing some rubbing issues, so after adjusting them i went to get the car aligned and corner balanced then took it to the track again!



The car at this point still had the stock exhaust (way too quiet and restrictive) and the stock brakes were absolute s***
So i went with a custom 2 into one collector into a 2.5 straight pipe into a magnaflow single in single out muffler... much better



A few months later i upgraded my brakes from the tiny 323i ones to 330 calipers and rotors.

new 330 calipers.

Painted black.

Much better rotor size. They are the Centric slotted rotors.

out with the old...


In with the new! The stopping power was incredible with Stop Techs pads front + rear and stoptech stainless lines.
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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After those mods i spent the rest of the summer tracking the car in open lapping events and Ontario time attack.







Since the car was becoming more and more of a track car i decided to tackle some of the bigger issues for the following season. Myself and a few friends pulled the motor a week later!

first i took off her glasses

then her face!




More updates to come!
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:36 PM   #3
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pictures don't seem to be working?
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:10 PM   #4
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pics dont work. Would like to hear the sound of your exhaust. and some more specific specs?
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:18 PM   #5
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:41 PM   #6
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pics dont work. Would like to hear the sound of your exhaust. and some more specific specs?
thanks for notifying me about the pics. Here's an older video of the exhaust at that point. the go pro audio quality isn't the greatest but it gives you an example of what it sounded like.



Also, what spec's would you like to know? sorry if I'm being a bit vague. I'm new to this whole process lol.
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wouldn't taking the dead body out of your trunk give you about a 190lb weight reduction??
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:48 AM   #8
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My plan for my BMW is Targa Newfoundland in September 2014. I threw together a small team of good friends to be apart of this adventure with me. My friend/navigator is taking care of the truck and trailer business for getting the car out there. This leaves me with creating a reliable, quick and safe race car that can not only be competitive but last the grueling week long event. here's the up to date progress.




I removed pretty much everything. Dash, All the airbags, Front + rear portions of the carpet, etc.
Then it came time for the fun part. Sound deadening removal...
after being inside the car with a heat gun and a scraper for 5 hours i got rid of most of the sound deadening.


I put the dash back in with just the front 4 nuts + the stock wheel. At this point it was good to go to the shop for some roll cage action!

The car was picked up by Pat Cyr of Cyrious Garageworks.

After reading through the very very short and brief roll cage section in the targa rule book i decided to go with something a lot better and safer then their minimum cage requirement.

When it comes to rally courses. There are no run off's or tire walls. instead there are cliffs, houses, ditches and tree's! Long story short, I ended up going with a Full Rally spec cage. the tubing is 1.3/4 inch tubing with a .95 wall.
here are some of the progress pictures.



like i said. Very very safe.

Once the cage was complete i had to prep it for paint! (fun process)


Anyways, once i got it back home. I painted the dash black with a vinyl paint and chopped a few pieces off here and there so it would fit around the A- pillar bars. then threw my seat, Harnesses and wheels back in and took a few pictures.







I'll post about what I've been doing to the engine tomorrow. Thanks for taking the time to check out my build so far!
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that is a heavy duty cage.

nice build thread
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:03 AM   #10
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:48 AM   #11
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Here's the engine. M52TU 2.5L inline 6 that we all know and love. over the years of abuse and not getting the proper attention from the previous owner i knew i had a lot to accomplish. i have been picking away at it over the off season but its finally at a good level.

-I removed the whole A/C system,
-replaced the oil filter housing gasket, painted the oil filter housing with por 15 engine enamel
-removed the Vanos solenoid and replaced the vanos seals + gasket. then painted the solenoid with por 15.
-degreased the block, painted it with por 15 engine enamel
-New oil line with washers from the vanos unit to the oil filter housing
-removed oil pan, replaced gasket, cleaned and painted oil pan.
-new cooling system pipe (intake side of block)
-Hvac pipe (intake side of block)
-new Valve cover + gaskets
-new NGK plugs
-block off plate for the EGR
-degreased and painted motor mount brackets
-painted tranny and tranny bracket with por 15
-Installed new headers wrapped with DEI heat wrap, new studs, nuts and gaskets


Thats all i can think of right now lol its been a big list.

Items on the way include the TMS power pulley kit, New thermostat and composite water pump, new rad and hoses. M3 motor mounts, tranny mounts, guibos and power steering lines.

I took apart the entire intake manifold too, just waiting on some ccv stuff, cleaned injectors and throttle body. the intake manifold will be the cherry on top when its placed back in the engine bay!

Once the engine is back in i have the AFE intake to go on and the Shark injector chip to put in.

The whole goal of this was to make something reliable, responsive and quick. i think i have accomplished that!

it will still be recieving some parts over the next year including lightweight flywheel and clutch + LSD but i have spent quite a bit on it this winter so i'm just going to enjoy it until i have the money for those parts.
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Where in Ontario are you located? Do you have your own shop?

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I'm in york region. Used to work at a BMW restoration shop. Did half the work on my car at the shop after hours and the rest in my garage at home.
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I'm in toronto. It really looks like you enjoy what you do.where is the shop?I wouldn't mind taking my car to your place for service.

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Old 04-15-2013, 05:15 PM   #18
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Thanks guys! Much appreciated!
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:05 PM   #19
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Took a few pictures yesterday. new motor and tranny mounts are on the way. just need new PS lines and i'll be able to drop the motor back in! in the meantime im making aluminum door cards at my school for all 4 doors. pics to come.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:43 AM   #20
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Subscribed! Awesome build thread man! It is nice to see someone building up a 323. I got mine back in July and its a great car stock....doing maintenance stuff first since the previous owner didn't do much then mod.

It's refreshing to see the m52tu being refreshed with a few simple mods and focusing on cutting weight. Curious to see the results. Long live the 323 and m52tu! And big ups to you and guys like mostrac and iceman.

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