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Old 09-30-2017, 09:40 AM   #41
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The sound is really great!!!!!!

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Old 10-09-2017, 10:49 PM   #42
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The sound is really great!!!!!!

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Thanks!
I was planning to install a supercharger but apparently it will be a project for next year..
Meanwhile my suspension needs attention.. all shocks are still original and the car is sagging on the right side plus I got a small play on my left control arm.. next project will be ZHP arms + bushings w/ OEM sport shocks, plus all other hardware needed + H&R springs, will be riding fresh again
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:36 PM   #43
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There we go, car behaves completely amazing now, definitely a well-spent upgrade.





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Old 10-22-2017, 11:57 PM   #44
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An upgrade my car needs!!!! Congrats man!!! Where did you get it from?

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Old 10-23-2017, 12:10 AM   #45
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An upgrade my car needs!!!! Congrats man!!! Where did you get it from?

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I got everything at http://www.rmeuropean.com/ -they have good prices, H&R springs at ECS tuning.

But look at your car struts and PNs before buying, there is sport/non-sport models plus more specific before or after Sep 2001.. I bought the ones that matched my OEM PNs.
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Old 10-29-2017, 02:32 PM   #46
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:54 AM   #47
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Love seeing threads like this. Excellent work!

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5star to Becker Performance, amazing quality and perfect fit, took less than a hour to install, sound is a BIG plus!
Where did you purchase this exhaust from? Looks/sounds great.
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:56 AM   #48
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How much was that amp?
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:43 PM   #49
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Love seeing threads like this. Excellent work!
Where did you purchase this exhaust from? Looks/sounds great.
Thanks! I tried to find the link for you but was unable.. I think they sold-out, I bought on Ebay by Becker Performance and paid around $400 w/ shipping.


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How much was that amp?
The amp is stock but I am not sure if non Harman Kardon's have it, the little blue thing is a line output converter.. check here:
https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1175497

I will get a good component system/AB amp/RCAs, door dampening etc soon, sound quality is far better than before but still far away from a real hifi system.. will post updates when I get to it.
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:53 PM   #50
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Old 11-03-2017, 10:15 AM   #51
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The amp is stock but I am not sure if non Harman Kardon's have it, the little blue thing is a line output converter.. check here:
https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1175497

I will get a good component system/AB amp/RCAs, door dampening etc soon, sound quality is far better than before but still far away from a real hifi system.. will post updates when I get to it.
Sounds good
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:02 PM   #52
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This is the fun I had replacing both rear wheel bearings with new hubs along with new rotors/pads/shoes two weeks ago.

Had a completely shot/noisy left and decided to replace both as they run $30 each. Also got new hubs so I would save time instead removing the inner races, Fcpeuro has then for $60 each so it isn't that bad.

You can rent a common wheel bearing removal kit and a slide hammer at autozone, a trick I recommend is using just the slide hammer (without the attachment flange) with washers that fit the center of the hub, not bearing inner race. Hold the hammer centered/parallel to the hub and hammer it from the center point, comes out like butter even as rusted as mine was. Plus you avoid damaging the lug nuts threads if reusing the hub.

Good to have the car quiet again and the hand brake properly adjusted/tight






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Old 03-31-2018, 10:39 PM   #53
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:45 PM   #54
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Next upgrade; OE RTABs w/ PU limiters + aftermarket camber arms from FCPEuro (SPC).

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Old 05-03-2018, 08:29 AM   #55
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This was the worst issue I have found on this car so far, completely let pass as it was driving "fine". So people, really check your RTABs!

Started by marking RTAB block position with car sitting, I just put the rear on ramps and raised the front/leveled so I could mark them. This is for later on when torquing the bolt (pre-load), I did this instead the 8mm rule as my car have H&R lowered springs. You should also mark the block to body position but you will need an alignment anyway.

The bushings were still "good" no cracks whatsoever, what happened is that the metal covering it basically disintegrated... I also didn't expected this amount of rust on the block/bolt itself otherwise I would have ordered new ones, but nothing a torch/metal brush can't solve and they are back on.

I also found the reason of why my rear camber wouldn't get to spec, the left arm was bent and I didn't noticed looking from the back as it is composed by two pieces.

It was also a good time to replace rear sway bar links and bushings. Part 2 will be rear ball joints and lower camber arms bushings.



























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Old 05-04-2018, 02:18 PM   #56
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Here is some other stuff I did this year and forgot to post;

-new radiator, it was bent below since I bought the car (see pics) wasn't leaking tough and I have seen other E46's with this issue, no idea what causes this..
-both front wheel bearings + new pads, these are a lot easier compared to the rear ones, front left was noisy too so I decided to replace both
-both differential axle seals + rear cover gasket + fresh fluid, had a small leak so decided to overhaul the whole thing













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Old 05-06-2018, 03:03 AM   #57
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Old 05-06-2018, 11:46 AM   #58
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Great! It must feel like new...... congrats.... i bet newer cars dont give you the same driving experience. Keep it for ever....

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Old 05-07-2018, 10:35 PM   #59
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Great! It must feel like new...... congrats.... i bet newer cars dont give you the same driving experience. Keep it for ever....

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Thanks jaga and true statement, I drove a bunch of 2008-2013 bimmers and most doesn't feel good/solid as this refreshed E46. Maintenance is key regardless year or mileage imo
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:58 PM   #60
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Even after covering that rear tab facing the clutch the oil pan was still leaking a few on the passenger side, so I decided to repair it properly and do some extras while in there.. replaced:
-both engine mounts
-4x sub-frame bolts
-oil level gasket
-new oil & filter
-turner motor-sports oil pump "upgraded" nut as she sees 7k constantly
btw, the original nut was perfectly torqued in there, not loose or anything.









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