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Old 08-12-2008, 03:50 PM   #1
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Question about maintenance for all you more knowledgable types...

My 328Ci is at 92,500 miles. Everything is running great, really, and I just refreshed the entire suspension, brakes, and wheels/tires (see sig). However, before I start my next stage of modding (power/looks), I really want to make sure everything is in tip-top shape mechanically, as there's no point in adding "power" mods if I'm down power anyway. At 79,950 miles, the subframe tore, and was repaired via BMW NA at the best body-shop here in Cincinnati (my car was sitting next to a custom wide(-er)body 996 GT2, a twin-turbo Gallardo, and a Ferrari 360 modified with OEM parts to be an exact replica of a 360 Challenge race car). There are zero cracks, tears, or hints of subframe damage returning, so it's solid, but it WILL get TMS's kit before being supercharged.

Here's what I've done/had-done in the last 5k miles (14 months, car was stored for 7 of those):
- New waterpump
- New coolant expansion tank
- New thermostat and housing
- New radiator/coolant lines
- New expansion tank and radiator caps
- New electric fan (the one behind the radiator)
- Coolant flush and fill (plus Redline Water-Wetter)
- New fuel filter
- New oil and filter (OEM Mobil1 5W-30 and OEM filter)
- New air filter
- New cabin air filter
- New belts
- New tensioners
- Latest software reflash

In the last 1k miles:
- New springs and dampers (Suspension Techniques V1 coil-overs)
- New rear shock mounts (Rogue Engineering)
- New front shock mounts (OEM)
- New front-right brake caliper (OEM)
- New front control arms (Meyle HD)
- New front control arm bushings & housings (PowerFlex, upgraded to 66mm)
- New rear trailing toe arm bushings (PowerFlex)
- New transmission mounts (Rogue Engineering "Race"-series)
- New brake rotors (Powerslot slotted)
- New brake pads (Axxis Ultimates)
- New brake lines (StopTech stainless steel)
- Brake fluid flush and fill with Motul RBF600
- New brake wear sensors
- New wheels (18x8.5f/r DPE R07 Variant-S)
- New tires (Fuzion ZRi 225/40R18 F and Pirelli P-Zero Nero 235/40R18 R)
- ZHP 5-speed shift knob

I'm pretty sure that's it. Take into mind, if you would, that this car will be supercharged (ESS TSE 3 or 4) and used at the track 4-10x/year. Here's what I was thinking of having done:
- Transmission flush and fill (Redline)
- Change oil to Royal Purple 5W-30
- New NGK spark plugs
- Power steering flush and fill (Redline)
- Differential flush and fill (Redline)
- New differential mounts (OEM or should I go with steel?)
- New subframe mounts (OEM)
- Beisian (or w/e) VANOS fix-kit
- New guibo/flex-disc (OEM)
- Turner Motorsports Subframe Reinforcement Kit
- New motor mounts (Rogue Engineering or OEM?)


That's all I can think of. If you have any other suggestions/ideas, based on the mileage and most recent maintenance, please let me know. FYI, the clutch feels fine, but do to the forthcoming FI, it will be changed out to a ceramic clutch and 12.5lb aluminum flywheel. That is not of concern at this time.

I'm so anal I've budgeted the next 36 months of modding based on cost and income, lol.
The next set of mods (all within next 12-16 months) are as follows:
- UUC EVO3 SSK w/ DSSR
- Sway Bars (Hotchkis, UUC, or TMS???)
- Strut Bars F/R (any brand with solid mounts that's cheap, really)
- "eBay" headers (multiple-coat ceramic coating, local guy does great work)
- UUC TSE3 (yes, I KNOW how loud they are together, but my mechanic has found a way to add resonators at certain spots that should have the volume down by 40% when combined with hi-flow cats; he's done it to two other cars, and they sound amazing!)
- Hi-Flow Catalytic Converters (Random Technology, Round, Metal-Matrix)
- aFe Intake
- Conforti Shark Software
- Underdrive/Lightweight Pulleys
- M-Tech II front w/ CF CS Splitters
- M-Tech II rear w/ CF Diffuser OR SRS-rear w/ CF Diffuser
- Carbon-Fiber GTR Sideskirts
- M3 mirrors
- CF CSL Trunk
- CF Hood (M3-style or GTR; undecided)
- 6000k headlights (already have Xenons, so just new bulbs)
- New angel-eyes to match
- LED tailights
- Clear turn signal lamps and F/R reflectors
- 15% tint on everything but windshield/sunroof
- In-Dash Pioneer AVIC head-unit
- Interior "xenon" lighting (possibly)
- Footwell lights
- M3-style cluster (carbon-fiber trim, with silver rings)

Within next 24-30 months:
- ESS Twin-Screw Supercharger (hopefully stage3 or 4, but whatever is the highest released at the time) at ~14-16psi
- "Meth" injection
- Intercooler
- Oil-Cooler
- Schrick Cams
- New valves/valve-springs
- Mahle Pistons
- 6-Speed Transmission-Swap
- Ceramic clutch and 12.5lb aluminum flywheel
- Diffsonline 3.15 Limited Slip Differential
- Custom widened front/rear fenders (split, pulled, and then metal added) for +1 inch F and +1.5inch rear
- Custom-sized and lightended drive-shaft (CF would be great, but would throw off my budget... hardcore)
- "Racing" front seats, driver and passenger, in blue/black to match the car (Recaro or Sparco; tilting seats)
- Remove rear seats and have custom divider built and upholstered to match
- Carbon-Fiber interior trim
- M3 steering wheel w/ airbag
- BSW Stage1 speakers w/ single 10" sub w/ enclosure
- Suede shift/E-brake boots
- Fluidyne radiator
- 6000k foglights

Within 36+ months:
- Full lower-end rebuild
- Big Brake Kit 15"F 6-Piston and 13.8"R 4-Piston (StopTech or AP Racing; best deals, Brembo is good but overpriced)
- Swap to KW V3 coil-overs (by this point, will be for race/show/street, so I'll NEED the adjustable dampening/rebound, although I <3 my ST's)
- Adjustable Front Camber Plates
- Adjustable Rear Control Arms (aluminum)
- Further front/rear frame reinforcements (bracing/welding, but no roll cage)
- Whatever-the-hell-else strikes my fancy

After that, I can't see there being much more to do. I need the car to kick butt at autocross, kick butt at shows, and still drive me around with relative reliability and comfort (...relative). I think I've planned the right "style" of mods to allow that to happen. I don't want it to look like "overkill", but it needs to certainly stand-out. I'm aiming for at least 450rwhp.
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:30 PM   #2
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I don't have any advice for you, but that is such a comprehensive list that I am going to copy it and use it!
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:44 PM   #3
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wow thats quite the list. I need to do a lot to mine too so i'm going to use your list as a reference lol
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:24 PM   #4
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the pulleys and conforti software will be useless once you fo FI.

save money there.

if they already repaired the subframe failure.. the tms kit isnt required... the tms kit install will be very expensive.(requires welding) and taking off the whole rear.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:03 PM   #5
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Haha thanks guys.

MachRc: I do realize that the pullies/software won't be usable after the car is supercharged, but I am not purchasing an ESS TSE-unit until I can get the TSE4 (14.5psi); anything less seems, well, not as good! I have no idea how long that wait might be, but I have a feeling it will be a couple years at least. The M52TUB28 isn't the most common of the BMW engines, that's for sure! So, in the meantime, I want to get as much bolt-on goodness as I can. The pulleys can always be re-sold, and the software, well, oh well. Maybe I could send it back to Conforti, they could delete my car out of it, and then they could use it for something else. I have driven cars with intake/headers/exhaust/hi-flow-cats, and ones with intake/headers/exhaust/hi-flow-cats/software.... And the latter is FAR superior. I mean, a BIG difference.
It's not a for-sure thing, though, for the reason you mentioned, but based on the expected wait for a TSE4 for my car, it might make the wait a bit less painful.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:05 PM   #6
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I hope you plan on keeping that car forever. You'll never get out of it what you are going to put in it, I know, my car is the same way. Great list, can't wait to see the finished product
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the pulleys and conforti software will be useless once you fo FI.

save money there.

if they already repaired the subframe failure.. the tms kit isnt required... the tms kit install will be very expensive.(requires welding) and taking off the whole rear.
TMS kit is still a good idea. The subframe failure is fixed by welding a new rear floor which will eventually probably have the same issue in a number of years.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:27 AM   #9
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smolck: Yes, this car I bought (in cash) at a young age, all on my own, and will stay with me until one of us dies (although if my baby dies, that just means engine-swap... one that has to be in the "V-" configuration... *hint*). I'm getting a 2001 540i6 Sport in a couple of days, so I'll be able to keep the "non-fun" miles off my E46 and haul myself around in the E39 (sticking with coil-overs, rims, intake/chip/headers/exhaust on that one). If I planned to sell this car, I'd NEVER mod it; just keep a flawless folder of maintenance receipts, and make sure everything is done ON TIME. But, that's not the case!

Arsevader: (nice name..lol) That is exactly what I'm worried about. It certainly looks stronger than it did "stock", but all they really do is just weld the crap out of the area. It does the job, and it does it for relatively cheap, but I can see it being a problem once my car is pushing 3x the power it is now.

kpeng: I have actually read all your links, and I'm a huge fan of your car. I also respect you for all the time you put-in here, so the rest of us can benefit. The reason I started another thread, though, (and maybe I wasn't clear enough) is because I wanted to know what I should/shouldn't do based on the planned modifications ANNNNDDD if anyone had anything to add BASED ON those modifications.
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nleksan, that's cool dude. I wasn't trying to discourage you from making your thread. I guess I'm tired and didn't feel like writing out a response, but I figured I would just tell you to go to the maintenance thread I made as a reference point. I didn't mean for it to come across like I was being mean or anything, sorry. I appreciate the kind words.
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