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Old 02-18-2019, 10:19 PM   #1
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2003 330i ZHP "Lightweight"

My plans for this car is to keep it OEM feeling while shedding some weight in areas that don't take away from the driving experience for me. Sound deadening will be getting removed but I plan on keeping full interior. This car is a DD right now so I will only be taking it to autocross events in my area. As much as I want to start with HPDE, I don't want to leave myself without a car because of an off roading excursion or engine complications. I'm not too concerned with autocross classing right now because I am still having fun. The flares already put me into DSP and the sunroof delete will put me into SM. I just don't have the funds to have a competitive DSP car. Eventual goal for this car is a car that is fun and capable on the track, but also very livable on the road for ~8k miles a year. I will be keeping things like A/C and power steering and would like to keep the complete stock interior. However, for my weight goal of 3,000 lb, I may have to pull the front seats as a lot of weight can be lost here. These things may change, but ultimately I want it to still be comfortable for day to day driving, hot or cold, rain or shine.

Current Mods:
Suspension and Brakes:
H&R Race Springs
Bilstein B8 Rear Shocks with ECS reinforcement plates
H&R Front Struts with BMW reinforcement plates
OEM M3 26mm front sway bar with eBay poly bushings and adjustable endlinks
OEM Non-m convertible 20mm rear sway bar with modified Whiteline poly bushings
SPC rear lower control arms
Apex ARC-8 17x9et30 with Falken Azenis RT615K+ 255-40/17; 20mm spacers in rear
Powerstop drilled and slotted rotors
Cool Carbon ST brake pads

Powertrain:
Bimmerbrakes Gen 3 headers
AFE cone air filter
Rogue engineering 6 speed short shifter
3.38 rear differential from LKQ
ECS tuning rear differential bushing

Weight Loss (lbs):
Sunroof delete - 33.5
rear seat rubber mat - 8.77
Apex ARC-8 with Falken Azenis 255/40-17 - 8
Trunk hard sound deadening - 5.5
SAP delete - 5.1
Armrest delete - 3.8
Spare tire plastic bowl - 2
Catless headers - 2
2nd ehaust brace - 1.6
ski bag - 1.5
Foglight delete - 1.4
Navigation module bracket chop - 1.2
Spare tire sound deadening - 1.2
Third headrest - 1
Grab handles - 1
Rear shock tower deadening - 0.9
Muffler heat shield - 0.9
Headlight washer - 0.77
Hood insulation - 0.63
Drug bin seals - 0.6
DVD cubby - 0.5
Shifter insulation - 0.4
Airbox lower rubber mount - 0.26
Over engine wire cover - 0.25
Roof rear sound deadening - 0.25
A,B,C pillar sound deadening - 0.23

I purchased this ZHP about a year ago and have slowly been working on it and performing all of the neglected maintenance. 5 owners over 120k miles is a bad recipe for this! I got it from a small dealer who had the car longer than he wanted. I was able to get it for a really good price, so I couldn't pass it up. One of the previous owners had a body shop install rear fender flares to mimic an M3. This included flares over the wheels, forming the flare into the rear door, and larger rear bumper spats to complete the look. Unfortunately it came on some heinous 19" chrome TSW wheels that HAD to go, so I promptly sold those on Craigslist and picked up some E39 style 89 from LKQ to keep me going for a while.


How she looked with the junkyard wheels.


First maintenance was oil filter housing gasket along with cooling system and drive belts. I also changed the power steering fluid once I opened that cap







Rear diff bushing was also shot when I bought the car. It would clunk badly during each shift. I opted for the ECS diff bushing at the time, but I think any poly bushing here would be suitable.



Next up was suspension. I knew the front shock towers were mushroomed and one of the front sway bar links was bad. The car had H&R front shocks which didn't leak and rebounded ok, so I left them. Rear shocks were dead so I opted for Bilstein B8s here. I found a set of H&R race springs here on the classifieds as well.





Shortly after my set of Apex ARC8s came in the mail, so I dropped those off at Discount Tire to get the 255/40-17 Falken Azenis mounted.





More recently, I've installed a second hand M3 front sway bar (26mm) and a non-M convertible rear sway bar (20mm) with upgraded poly bushings. I did this to keep with the budget theme of the entire car.





I found a Rogue short shifter, also used So that also went in. The shifts are notchy now, but very direct. I also did the shifter bushings along with selector rod joint while I was there. Make sure you do this when servicing your shifter bushings!



Over the christmas break I put on a set of Bimmerbrakes Gen3 headers on the car. I picked these up second hand from the forums with ceramic coating. It was very helpful to have a friend help take turn installing the header nuts. Getting the stock manifolds off was easier than the install.



Most recently, I installed a fiberglass sunroof delete from S2R tuning. I didn't use the sunroof much and this was a significant amount of weight. I snagged a non-sunroof headliner at the junkyard and rewrapped this with new headliner material sourced from a local upholstery shop for about $20. I used 1.5 cans of 3M headliner adhesive. I used 3/16" foam which was thicker than the recommended 1/8". In the tight bends, it was a little difficult to get it to follow the headliner contour, but it turned out good overall. If I had to do it again, I would wait and find some 1/8" headliner material.







Today, I popped the car on my scales to get a baseline weight number. This is with the spare tire, jack, and trunk hardboard and carpet removed. I had about 3/4 of a tank so in the next few days I will get another measurement just to see the number. 3/4 of a tank is roughly 11-12 gallons which equates to 66-72 lbs, so I'm expecting about 3150 with a completely empty tank.





I plan on updating this thread regularly with changes and updates as they happen. Also, as autocross season ramps up, I'll be posting up photos and results from that too!

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Old 02-19-2019, 10:26 AM   #2
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didn't see in your post, are you planning on auto crossing/track work with the car or just trying to loose weight as the goal itself to see what you can achieve?
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What bulbs are installed as map lights?

Thread is off to a good start! Love the look of a black ZHP..
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:38 AM   #4
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didn't see in your post, are you planning on auto crossing/track work with the car or just trying to loose weight as the goal itself to see what you can achieve?
Sorry about that! Currently car is a DD so I'm keeping it just to autocross to avoid any costly repair bills from accidental off road excursions. Down the road, I would like to move into more track driving. At this point, I don't care too much about being autocross class competitive since the flares put me in DSP and the sunroof delete will put me in SM. End goal for this car is a full interior with A/C and other creature comforts while being only 3,000 lbs. I want it to be a car that is fun on track, but also very livable on the street. I'll update the original post with this too!

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What bulbs are installed as map lights?

Thread is off to a good start! Love the look of a black ZHP..
Thanks! Bulbs are this style, but I got a few of them from a friend so I'm not sure if the ones I linked will actually work. With the lens, they direct the light very well. The passenger can have their map light on without much distraction to me while I'm driving at night.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/10x-T10-501....c100008.m2219
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:52 AM   #5
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Last week, I spent some time cutting down my washer fluid bottle (yes, crazy I know). I was able to shed about 230g of weight and I don't like running with extra fluid. a 5L capacity is huge! I used some epoxy to glue a 1/16" sheet of ABS to replace the top. With the SAP delete, I never liked how big the washer bottle looked.





Triad Sports Car Club had their first autocross event this past weekend as a Test N Tune weekend. Two days of driving and lots of runs. I participated only on Sunday since the weather was a bit nicer. Arrived around 8:30 with some light rain that stopped around 10am. First car was off around 10:30. I got 5 runs in wet/greasy conditions. It was first event in fun, so it was exciting and a learning experience, especially with some Falken Azenis down to the wear bars! In the afternoon, I was able to get 4 runs in mostly dry weather. Finished 44th out of 88 competitors. I was hoping to finish better, but I think the rainy conditions had me driving somewhat conservatively. I also forgot my camera mount as I like to review each run to see where I can pick up some time.

I've noticed a slight clunk every so often in the rear of the car recently. Last night I found some good/bad news. I have been planning on rear subframe panel reinforcements, but now I have a legitimate reason to weld them in! From watching videos on YouTube by Redish, it seems this particular spot on the floor is usually the first spot to crack. I'm not urgently going to fix it, but most likely in the next few months I will pull everything and weld some plates in. While I'm there I will do poly subframe bushings, new outer ball joints, new front diff bushings, and new brake lines. I have't seen too many ZHPs or late model E46s with cracks, but I bet there are many out there with this small crack on the floor. It is inboard of the rear left subframe mount, directly above the left sway bar bushing.

The first crack location in this video shows where my crack is.
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https://www.bimmercloth.com/product/...or-seat-cloth/
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:55 AM   #7
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Recently I found some lightly used rotors and pads on Craigslist for a price I couldn't pass up. As you can see below, the brakes on the car were in rough shape. The rotors were grooved pretty bad. They were ok for autocross, but even when coming off the interstate, they would sometimes vibrate under hard braking. Before any track driving, I was planning on replacing these. The rotors are drilled and slotted powerstop brand, most likely from RockAuto, and the pads are Cool Carbon. They had plenty of life left on them too. I used this opportunity to also replace the rubber caliper guides on all 4 corners. As others have mentioned, these can start to wear around 100k miles, and I think they were contributing to my mushy pedal feel. After the swap, the feel is much better. Also this rotor and pad combination is slightly noisier, but no pad squeal at all and the feel from the cool carbon pads is linear and consistent.

I did run into a slight problem when removing one of the rear calipers. I seemed to have bent the anti-rattle clip just enough when prying it off that it doesn't work anymore. Under prolonged sessions of light braking, like in stop and go traffic, a low pitch hum is heard when coming to a stop. I had to run to the junkyard and grabbed a clip from an X3 that worked like a charm.






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Old 04-24-2019, 11:43 AM   #8
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Nice ZHP!

What class do you run? OOps, saw it is DSP. I have 255 Hoosiers but rolled the fenders. I'm in North Wilkesboro if you want to compare notes.

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Old 04-30-2019, 09:48 AM   #9
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What cool setup and project. I have similar goals myself with my 330. When I stop spending money on house projects my daily/mountain carver will be a dedicated HPDE car.

End goal would be similar to a Spec E46 build for the street/weekend HPDE car.

How is the grip, responsiveness and road manners of the Falken RT's?

Hello from NC as well. I'm in the Hickory/Granite Falls area.
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:19 PM   #10
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What class do you run? OOps, saw it is DSP. I have 255 Hoosiers but rolled the fenders. I'm in North Wilkesboro if you want to compare notes.
With the sunroof delete panel, it's now technically SM. I'm still on 200TW tires, but would be interested to know what you've learned with full slicks on your car too.

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What cool setup and project. I have similar goals myself with my 330. When I stop spending money on house projects my daily/mountain carver will be a dedicated HPDE car.

End goal would be similar to a Spec E46 build for the street/weekend HPDE car.

How is the grip, responsiveness and road manners of the Falken RT's?

Hello from NC as well. I'm in the Hickory/Granite Falls area.
Great to hear from some fellow NCers!

The falkens wander a bit on the road during normal driving but are grippy right out of the gate. I haven't compared them to the class leader RE-71s, but I'm sure they aren't as fast. I've gotten amazing life out of them though. I got about 15k miles along with 6 autocross events on one set. I'm willing to take the 0.5-1.0s penalty to have a much more durable tire. They lack some feel at the limit too, which can become frustrating once you push them too far.

This past weekend Bimmer Performance Center in Raleigh hosted their annual sprig Dyno day. 2 runs for $40. My mods since the last run are Bimmerbrakes gen3 headers, slight VANOS tweaks, and a short tube cold air intake. I was hoping for a bit more, but I'm happy to break the 200 mark nonetheless. And then boost in torque feels great.



I also got around to finally making my adjustable endlinks up front to go with the M3 anti roll bar. I can confirm that the links bind at full steering lock. As a result, my links were slightly bent. I used my Meyle HD links which are 10mm OD to make these diy adjustable links. Materials were about 10 bucks for the two turn buckles and jam nuts.






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Old 05-08-2019, 06:19 PM   #11
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Yesterday I code my ABS module using NCSexpert to simulate M track mode since my car has the Bosch MK60 unit. I used this link from zhpmafia as a guide.

http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/archi...p/t-12642.html

More specifically, this is what I did.
- PRE_MSR to aktiv
- UEBERSTEUERN_MUE_0_2 wert_04 to wert_08
- UEBERSTEUERN_MUE_1_2 wert_03 to wert_09
- UNTERSTEUERN_MUE_0_2 wert_01 to wert_02
- UNTERSTEUERN_MUE_1_2 wert_01 to wert_02
- UNTERSTEUERSCHWELLE_2 wert_10 to wert_04

In NCSexpert, when you hover over a parameter, NCSdummy is able to translate some options for each value as shown below. I haven't been able to determine what the values represent, but the M track values as greater than stock. I'm not sure if it's a threshold difference in front vs. rear lateral acceleration (yaw acceleration) or what. The effect is definitely noticeable however. Rapidly steering left and right as if to warm up your tires would normally kick the DSC light on for me. Now it does not. Also, traction control is much less intrusive and the recovery time when it does come on is much quicker. Before it used to feel like hitting a brick wall, but now it is a slight cut to regain grip. I am eager to try this out in wet conditions. I have heard great things about the MK60 in damp and wet conditions.


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Old 05-22-2019, 08:36 PM   #12
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Great build. Good luck!
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:27 AM   #13
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For the past few months I have been noticing a clicking/clunking in the steering wheel when traveling over gravel roads or when wiggling the steering wheel back and forth. I had a chance to get under the car and found the u-joint lower assembly is slightly worn. I ordered a new one from FCP and my problem is fixed. I also had slight play which was quite noticeable when making adjustments cruising down the highway.

Install was pretty straightforward, I just had to be careful of the oil pan and transmission as it was still quite warm! I used blue loctite on the 2 Torx bolts.

I'm down in Georgia for summer work, so I've signed up for an HPDE at Road Atlanta on the 15th and 16th. If anyone else is planning on going, it'd be great to meet up.




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Since I lasted checked in, I've made it out to Road Atlanta twice. My first time was with NASA on June 15 and 16. This was my first ever track experience and I must say, the NASA SE organization runs a very good program. I leaned a lot in my two days, met some people, and enjoyed the BBQ dinner they catered on Saturday evening. There were no issues from the car either and it made it back home in one piece. Road Atlanta is a very fun track with the large elevation changes and semi-blinds corners. I think going into the esses is my favorite section.

I also had the experience of going off into 10a as a passenger in my instructor's E36. Since I have the Schroth quickfit pro, this made me invest in a Hans. I also picked up some gloves from Murray Motorsport.



This past weekend I drove at Road Atlanta with SCCA for their Track Night in America. This was really convenient for me as it was only an afternoon instead of a whole weekend. I had my phone set up for lap-timing this time around and managed a 1:49 on my only entire clean lap for the night. In hindsight, I think I should've signed up for intermediate instead of novice, but I figured it would be better to be in a group that is too slow instead of too fast.



Someone brought their Mclaren out too! I was shocked, but it was awesome to see someone using the car as intended.


This past week I also picked up a set of Brembos locally that were from the Brembo GT kit for 325s that used a 320x28mm rotor. It only came with the calipers and brackets, so I am figuring out what rotors I can run. I'm trying to avoid the Brembo rotors as they are over $200 a pop, but the alignment of the M3 rotor looks like the rotor face is spaced outward too much to fit the current bracket. I'm not sure what rotor Brembo used for the kit as the M3 rotor is only off by about 4mm. The 330 rotor will fit in the caliper but it is not centered. If I can't get these to work for cheap, I will probably clean them up and resell them.

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Heck ya, thanks for the update. Glad everything went well and performed at Road Atlanta.
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