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    ▀▄ eas | Silver Grey e46 M3 Progress/Buildup Journal

    I picked up a 2004 Silver Grey e46 M3 in April 2009. This thread will serve as an ongoing journal of upcoming mods and informational basis for other things discovered along the way.

    Color: Silver Grey
    Interior: Speed Cloth/ Grey Trim
    Packages: Xenon's, No Sunroof, No power seats
    Mileage: 49,000
    Transmission: 6MT

    Ever since I was in High School, I have loved the performance and styling of the e46 M3. After browsing for over a year hoping to find one that I can call my own, I finally found this one in Costa Mesa, test drove it, got a Pre-Purchase Inspection done and took home the same day. The car came with some audio upgrades, Angel Eyes, smoked corners and painted reflectors, everything else was completely stock just like I wanted.

    For the past year I have been focusing on the most important aspect of the car to me: Maintenance. I've had Inspection II done, replaced RTABs with Powerflex, put in Stainless Steel brake lines, threw in Cool Carbon brake pads, and replaced the worn tires with Hankook Ventus V12 K110.

    The plans for this car will focus on Performance, Suspension, Braking, Interior pieces, with a hint of cosmetics. We will be doing DIY guides of installs along with maintenance work along the way.

    Here are some photos of my car when I first brought it home:
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    Feedback, recommendations or questions are always welcomed in this thread.

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    The build threads EAS posts are extremely high quality so I look forward to this.

    Congrats on the E46(yes I know, 2009, congrats still Click here to enlarge ) and I am looking forward to seeing what you do.

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    Macht Schnell E46 M3 Stage 1 intake charge kit
    http://www.bimmerboost.com/showthrea...5692#post15692

    Rogue Engineering Octane SSK- CNC Edition

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    The very first mod I did to this car would be the Macht Schnell Stage 1 Intake Charge Kit.

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    After putting this in, the car is a lot more throatier at higher RPMs and I can feel the slight increase in power in the top end. Definitely the best bang for buck mod out there, and quite a simple install too!
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    The e46 M3 has definitely brought many smiles to my face, but that didn't mean that there were some letdowns after owning it.
    One of the biggest disappointments when I got into the e46 M3 is the shifter. Every time I drive, I feel like I'm rowing a boat, and I knew I had to get this fixed.

    I decided to go with the Rogue Engineering Octane Short Shift Kit- CNC Edition with the Weighted Selector Rod because of the many great reviews I have read for this kit.

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    RE Octane SSK vs Stock. Look at the build quality!
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    The short shift kit made a tremendous difference, my throws are much shorter and tighter than before. I cannot be any happier with this short shift kit, the shifts are not too notchy and the height of the shifter is perfect for the stock shift knob.

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    I never understood why the clutch pedal had so much dead space, and was not used to it since my previous car's clutch engagement point was right off the floor. This had to be addressed, and I decided to give Rogue Engineering's Clutch Stop a try.

    This is what the stock one looks like under the clutch pedal:
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    Here are some comparison pictures:
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    Amazing how small and wimpy the stock Clutch Stop looks next to the Rogue Engineering part.

    Here is the Rogue Engineering Clutch Stop installed.
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    With the clutch stop installed, there is about one inch off the ground before the clutch engages. Much better feel, and it makes it a lot easier to shift between the gears. I must say that this combined with the Rogue Engineering Short Shift Kit is the perfect combo, my driving experience is much better because of these parts. There is also a way to adjust the clutch stop, which I find very convenient.

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    I've always thought it was odd that there is an outer LED ring on the taillights that did not light up when using the brakes. My peers have pointed this out in the past, and had me thinking that I had faulty brake lights. After searching the forum, I found this: http://homepage.mac.com/ianlindvig/adaptive.htm

    Seemed simple enough, and we got to work. A few minutes later, one side was finished and we tested it.
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    This is how it is different from OEM:
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    All done!
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    One very inexpensive mod that makes the rear end more complete!

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    just fyi david, that outter ring does work when the brakes are applied but only when you mash hard, i guess like an emergency stop when you slam the brakes. dont know why they engineered it that way but thats how that outter ring works...lol

    I like the modified one you did,it looks alot better, I think i might do this on our cars too. Lookin good man keep up the good work!
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    I bang the chickens on my farm 60-130 times a day.
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    We talked about this before applying the mod - only problem is the only people that would know about Adaptive Braking and the outer rings used in a panic stop would only be...............other M3s.

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    right...lol I think the modded light looks awesome, i just didnt want him thinking something was wrong with the car.
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    I bang the chickens on my farm 60-130 times a day.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Funkboy316 Click here to enlarge
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    right...lol I think the modded light looks awesome, i just didnt want him thinking something was wrong with the car.
    Thanks, though I figured out that it was adaptive braking after reading the site for the mod Click here to enlarge

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    dang that your car is coming along very nice, lov the mods so far!
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    With my goals with the car, there was not much use for the audio system that came with my car. The driver door speaker had to be replaced, so I took this time to remove the rest of the audio components and revert to the OEM HK stereo set up so that I can have my trunk space back.
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    While the interior panels were being removed, I decided to change out the center console for a new one without an arm rest. Simplicity is key Click here to enlarge
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    is whoever was/is sitting in the drivers seat overweight? I have the same seats & want to avoid those creases wrinkles
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ispeed Click here to enlarge
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    is whoever was/is sitting in the drivers seat overweight? I have the same seats & want to avoid those creases wrinkles
    All the E46 M3 seats I have seen have that problem, regardless of driver size.

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    A little teaser of a small change on my car Click here to enlarge
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    My brake pads were gone, so it was time for me to replace them with Cool Carbon Brake Pads. The box that they come in is very nice for brake pads, and the quality of the pads themselves is amazing!

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    Here is a comparison of my old rears and the Cool Carbons next to each other.

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    I've gone through the first round of bedding, and my brakes have definitely improved from the previous pads. The brake squealing is now gone, and the stopping power is amazing!

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    Is bedding the brakes important? Is that what is necessary to stop sequel?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
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    Is bedding the brakes important? Is that what is necessary to stop sequel?
    According to Cool Carbon's Website it is suggested: http://coolcarbonperformance.com/bedding.html

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    One of the features that was neat about the M3 is the ability to roll down the windows with my remote key fob, but I never understood why you can't roll it back up with it. I decided to have this coded so that I can roll up my windows with the key fob as well.

    When I purchased my car, it did not come with an alarm and my lights didn't blink when I locked/unlocked the car. I wanted this feature so I can be assured that my doors have been locked, and upon browsing the forums I also have read that there is a rumor of activating the alarm light (clown nose) to blink like it would if I had the OEM alarm. Some people say it can be done, while most people say that it is impossible. We decided to take on the project and see if we can make it happen.

    Here is a video of all three things coded onto the car:



    The clown nose blinking activation was a success!

    We offer in-house coding for these things, so contact us if you're local and interested in getting coding for your car!

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    You can roll up the windows with the key fob now too? That is pretty cool. This will definitely be something I will get from you guys.

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    The CCFL Angel Eyes that came with my car blew out on the passenger side, so I knew it was a sign for me to upgrade to Aurora LED Angel Eyes. While I took off my old headlamp lenses, I saw the horrible condition of my stock ones and replaced them with new Bosch Headlight lenses.

    Here is the beginning of replacing the CCFLs with Auroras:
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    You can see the poor quality of the CCFL Angel Eyes causing the clip to break off causing the ring to dangle:
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    Auroras are clipped on!
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    Comparison of the old and new Bosch Headlamp Lenses (Old one on top)
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    Comparison of Auroras and CCFL (Auroras on the left, CCFL on the right):
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    Finished!
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    I'm glad the CCFLs went out, because these Auroras look incredible in comparison! The new headlamp lenses gives the front end a new look, and it looks much better than it did before! Click here to enlarge

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    A few shots of my car:

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    Very nice, you are an alum from where?

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    very clean! i see you're reppin the Mfest sticker too!
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
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    New update for my car: DICE MediaBridge Multimedia Hub with all of the accessories installed.

    MediaBridge for BMW - Features at a glance
    Connect: iPod, USB, SIRIUS, AUX, Bluetooth. The highly anticipated MediaBridge for BMW has arrived with all of its great features- ALL of them in one kit:

    - Balanced Audio Output
    - Digital USB Audio
    - End-user Downloadable Firmware Updates
    - Integrated Controls
    - Text Display
    - iPod-like Browsing for iPod or USB Flash Drive
    - Charges iPod/iPhone
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    - SIRIUS Satellite Radio Connectivity

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    I have been very happy with the DICE MediaBridge unit as it fulfills all of my audio needs and Bluetooth is a nice addition since I don't have the OEM Bluetooth in my car.

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