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    KhanArt's Jet Black /// Cinnamon 6spd E46 M3 Build Thread

    I figured I make a journal since I plan on keeping this car for a while and have a lot of planned. Let me begin by saying I have always loved anything with wheels and an engine. I can always talk about cars and the subject always has my full attention. Below are my previous cars in the order I had them.


    First car was a 90 Celica GT which was a hand me down, this is where the mod bug began.
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    Second car was a 00 Accord sedan which I bought new.. not sure why I bought this car but I donít regret it. Most reliable car ever. I still have it today (174k) and it is my daily driver/beater. It's back to stock now other than tint and an intake. I kept this car as my daily and bought and sold project cars over the time I had it.


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    Third car was a 79 Trans Am ďSmokey and The BanditĒ I always wanted this car and this is the only car I regret letting go. I love muscle cars as well as other styles. I just didnít have the time and money to restore it so I sold it to a better home. I did do some maintenance on it before I sold it. It was a beast! I would like to buy the Burt Reynolds Edition Trans Am one day in the future.


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    Last car I had was a 05 G35 coupe 6spd with nav. This was a really nice car and I wasnít ready to let her go but I was getting married and buying a house so I needed to save money. It is no M in performance but was still a fun car. I loved how this car sounded especially after the few mods I did to it.


    Build thread for the G35:
    http://g35driver.com/forums/national...on-thread.html




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    Finally, Iím happy to say I'm a new M3 owner. I was able to pick the car up that I wanted on (4/24/12) and didn't have to settle. I got about everything that I wanted but nav. I believe the car came with almost every option including the ski bag. Super clean 04 Jet Black/Cinnamon 6spd with 45,9xx miles. It came with angel eyes (not sure which brand), light tint, Dice Media bridge, and the OEM 19's powder coated black. Other than that all stock. It looks like she was very well taken care of. All 4 brake pads were new and also 2 new rear Pilot Sport tires came with the car.
    I baby this car and keep her clean. She is garage kept and is not driven in the rain/snow. Rear seat is not used and I donít have plans on tracking her at the moment.
    Here are some pics of her at the dealership and some pics of her when I first brought her home.


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    Daily driver and M3


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    Took the headlight apart to fix a broken clip on one of the angel eyes.


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    Came with the Dice Mediabridge


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    First mods were black grills/gills, smoked corners/sidemarkers, and painted reflectors. I thought the chrome, clear corners, and amber reflectors looked mixed matched to me. I think it flows better now, who knows I might change it up later.


    Matte black gills and smoked sidemarkers


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    Matte black grills, smoked corners, and painted reflectors


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    Blacked out with the M banner in the garage


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    Put led bulbs for the rear plate lights (new vs. old bulb)


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    M3 plate frame


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    M valve stem caps


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    BMW all weather floor mats


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    Clutch stop mod


    Thread for clutch stop mod:
    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=108849


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    Zhp shift knob


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    Plugged the license plate holes with really small plugs from Home Depot


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    M key chain


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    I also have added many tools and detailing supplies to my current selection. I plan to DIY as much as I can


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    I plan on going through the maintenance first:
    Oil/filter change
    Air filter
    Cabin Air filter
    Vanos filter
    Trans fluid
    Diff fluid
    Spark plugs
    Fuel filter
    CDV delete
    I also want to update some interior trim pieces and other parts. My goal is to keep her up to date with maintenance and restoring her to her original shape. I do plan on lowering the car, upgrading the exhaust for a little power and sound, and more. I know this isnít the most exciting journal but I will update it as I go and do a better job of taking pictures.


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    Update (8/11/2012) MAF Sensor Cleaned


    Cleaned MAF Sensor. Ten minute job max.


    Thread for MAF Sensor cleaning DIY
    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showp...6&postcount=22


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    Update (8/15/2012) Oil change/Filter changes (Oil, air, cabin, vanos)


    Packages arrived in the mail today.


    Oil
    Oil filter
    Drain plug/o rings/crush washer
    Air filter
    Cabin air filter
    Vanos filter kit
    I'm going to clean the MAF sensor again while I'm in there


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    I will complete this probably on the weekend if not before. I guess next would be trans and diff fluid change.


    Some DIY's for reference


    Vanos filter:



    Oil Change:


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    Update (8/27/2012) Lowering springs


    Got these in the mail today...Tein S Tech. A detour from maintenance. Not sure when I will have them installed but I will have before and after pics.




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    Update (10/2/2012) Steering wheel stitching cleaned


    I cleaned the stitching on my steering wheel. I saw this thread and thought I give it a try. So for the purpose of documentation..


    Thread on cleaning the stitching:
    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=374018


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    I also have cleaned and conditioned the seats and leather with Gliptone cleaner and conditioner a few times since I bought the car.


    Not sure what is better Gliptone or Leatherique but I plan on trying both.


    Thread on the 2 different products:
    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=399837

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    Not really any updates I just spent some quality time with the car today.
    I washed, vacuumed, polished exhaust tips, filled her up and took some pics. I also hit 49k miles this week.




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    Update (10/27/2012) LED reverse bulbs and M stripes


    I received my CREE LED reverse bulbs and M stripes in the mail last week.


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    I have not installed the stripes yet. Thanks to member rovert for the stripes.


    Thread for the stripes:
    http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=418855


    I ordered the reverse bulbs after seeing them on (IB//M3) journal and seeing many great reviews on them. Really bright!


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    Finally I got under the car and checked my subframe for cracks. I didn't see anything but that doesn't mean anything. I still plan on getting the sub frame reinforced in the future.

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    Update (11/3/2012) Lowering springs installed


    I finally got around to getting these Tein S Tech springs installed that were laying around in my garage. First impressions, I am very happy with the drop considering that these are springs. As of now I don't think I would want to go any lower but we will see if I change my mind in the future. It drives and handles well, not bouncy and I don't hear any out of the ordinary sounds. I am in bad need of spacers now that my wheels have sunk in under the fenders. Probably next on my list. On to the pics..


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    Update (11/21/2012) Front/rear spacers


    Installed ECS Tuning 20mm front 15mm rear spacers. I'm running a 225/40 front and 255/35 rear tire on OEM 19's. Rears rub slightly sometimes during turning, big dips, and hard acceleration. I plan to get my fenders rolled in the rear, hopefully that will eliminate the rubbing.


    I am very happy with the spacers. Car is planted and looks aggressive. James at ECS also helped me with a small issue I had.


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    Update (12/1/2012) Rear fenders rolled


    Rear fenders rolled. Sorry I did not take any pictures of the process. So far no rubbing, I have rode alone and with one passenger and so far so good. I think this may have eliminated the rubbing. I will try to add some pictures of the finished product tomorrow.


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    Update (12/19/2012) Diff fluid change


    Very easy DIY, you just need the right tools. The diff fluid stinks!


    DIY thread for Diff fluid change:
    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...&highlight=DIY


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    Update (1/26/13) CPI RTX Rasp Terminator (section 1)




    http://www.custom-performance.net/pr...rt/pc/home.asp


    CPI RTX Thread:


    http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=432648




    Let me begin by thanking Jack from CPI (Custom Performance Innovations) and Frank Smith from Tuning Tech Frank Smith for allowing me to work with them on this product.


    The main purpose of this part was to eliminate the rasp on a stock M3 and I can say it has achieved that! The rasp is completely gone and sounds clean now. I will post better videos of the sound hopefully tomorrow. I also want to add that this piece is slightly angled up at the resonators to help with clearance.


    During the before dyno runs on my car today it was putting down great numbers..over 300whp so Frank couldn't believe it and said he had to take my car 2 bays down to another dyno to make sure. My car at the second dyno again made over 300whp. He said there is now way this car can be stock so we checked the DME and as he suspected the car had a tune. He believes it is a Active Autowerks tune from the maps.


    All runs were 4th gear pulls.


    Conditions:
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    Before dyno at the other shop:



    Before dyno graph from the other dyno, the 287 was a misread:


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    Before dyno graph from Frank's dyno:
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    After CPI RTX Installed dyno graph:
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    Before and after on the same graph:


    This is the icing on the cake! Not only did it remove the rasp it showed 2-4 whp and ft/lb torque gains throughout the mid range power band. 306.9whp before, 307.9whp after. 250ft/lb torque before, 253ft/lb torque after. They only change made to the car from the before and after dyno runs was the CPI RTX.


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    Now here are some final pics of it installed. Notice how the piece angles up when it nears the resonators. It is tucked in there pretty good for lowered cars like mine.


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    Here is a video of the start up and take off:





    I am very happy with the product.

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    Update (2/2/2013) Spark plugs, Cleaned MAF sensor, and replaced wipers.


    After seeing what a difference spark plugs did to Dave's (Dafoes) dyno numbers. I decided that would be the next maintenance item on my list. Member Drew (boomersooner523) provided me a link to great deal on some NGK Iridiums.


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    Pieces cleaned ready to go back on
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    Old spark plugs
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    Spark plug DIY threads and video:
    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...&highlight=DIY
    http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=902734







    My wife picked me up some wipers from Costco :thumbsup2: I like this new style of wiper. I was going to get the Bosch Icon but I will try these out.


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    Gave my MAF sensor a quick spray down. 4-10 hp to the wheels, lol!
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    Thread for MAF Sensor cleaning DIY:
    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showp...6&postcount=22


    I went to check my battery since I never inspected it and did not know what I had back there. Pleasantly surprised again it was changed with a Optima Red Top battery. A little weight saving over stock.
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    Update (2/6/2013) Driver side mirror


    My driver side mirror was showing it's age so I purchased one from ECS.


    DIY thread for mirrors:
    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=264809


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    Mirror
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    The mirror did NOT come with the wire extension. I had to tweak the wire to make it work (pull and shift it to the right side).


    During with the wires moved to the right side
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    I'm not going to lie.. I broke the mirror while taking it off. It was stuck on there good and I was impatient.
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    Update (2/16/2013) Angel eye ballast/inverter replacement


    A few weeks ago both angel eye rings on my drivers side went out at the same time. I did some research and determined it was the ballast/inverter. I contacted a good amount of vendors and they all said they do not carry these any more. I then went on Ebay and found a inverter. It took some time since it was coming from Hong Kong but it arrived a day ago. I purchased butt connectors as well for the install.


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    After inspecting the inverter I realized that the connections were the opposite of what I needed so instead of giving up I did a lot of wire cutting, stripping, and crimping and used the old inverters connections for a ghetto fix.


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    Not sure how long this will work for especially since it clearly stated not to extend or shorten the wires.. but it worked! I got all my angel eyes working again. :thumbsup2:


    Edit: I read these catch fire sometimes..may have to upgrade to LED.


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    Update (6/11/2012) Loose mirror repair and 3rd brake light cleaning


    I did these DIY's soon after I bought the car but did not take any pictures and actually forgot about it. So for my record keeping purposes and possibly to help someone else out I have included some links I used. :thumbsup:


    I don't remember if it was my drivers or passengers side mirror that was loose but it bothered me. I followed this easy DIY and it made a noticeable difference.


    http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=362013


    Also another thing that bothered me when I first bought my car was the dead bugs in my 3rd brake light housing. I followed this DIY and removed the housing, cleaned it, and took the bugs out. Put it back together and much better!


    http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=747373

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    Update (3/2/2013) CDV Delete


    I wanted to work on the car so I figured I do the CDV delete which I never got to. I wanted to wait until I did my trans fluid and fuel filter so I could do all 3 at once but I couldn't wait.


    DIY link for CDV delete:


    http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_cdv.shtml


    My workspace


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    Under panels removed


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    CDV


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    Panels cleaned and ready to go back on


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    Done

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    I can say there is a noticeable difference. Especially shifting from first to second. The wife will like this mod as well as me. I love how it changes gears smoothly now. This paired with the clutch stop mod and ZHP shift knob :thumbsup:

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    Update (3/16/2013) Plasti dipped center console/Magic erased e-brake handle and steering wheel/Cleaned steering wheel stitching/M hat


    I recently have been hearing a lot of fuss about plasti dip and people trying it on there interior trim. My center console was beginning to show it's age so I went ahead and tried it. Results weren't bad but some areas were clumpy and you could notice the texture of the plasti dip. I am only using this as a temporary fix as I already have my mind set on a new short style center console with armrest delete.


    Plasti Dip thread:
    http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=432557


    Sorry all pictures were taken from a iphone so you can't notice the finer details.


    Parts removed and cleaned.


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    I saw this thread on Magic eraser so I wanted to give it a shot. I plan to get a Coby wheel in the future so this is just for the time being. I also cleaned the stitching on the steering wheel using another thread I found. Love how the wheel feels now. It is not shiny anymore and the colors pop on the stitching.


    Magic erase thread:
    http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=270389


    Steering wheel stitching cleaning thread:
    http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=374018


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    Steering wheel and stitching after shots.


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    ///M hat I got recently as a birthday gift


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    Update (3/17/2013) Aluminum M pedals

    Saw these pedals online and I thought they would look great on my black car. Haven't seen anyone with black ones and the price was fair so I purchased them. DIY wasn't bad but I would stress to be careful not to scratch the pedals.


    DIY threads for install:
    http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_uuc_pedals.shtml
    http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=569332


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    Update (3/23/2013) Few detailing supplies from Detailers Domain


    Detailers Domain was having a spring sale so I picked up a few items I needed. I already have a good amount of detailing products that I picked up from local parts stores over the years but slowly want to upgrade to better quality products. I heard good things about Griot's Garage and Adams for the price. I will continue to upgrade as I run out of my current products.


    Hope to have a DA polisher soon so I can do my first paint correction.


    Ran out of wheel cleaner so I picked up Sonax Full Effect wheel cleaner, heard this is one of the better wheel cleaners out there.


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    It was taking me for ever to dry my cars currently and I read good stuff about this Uber Super Drying Microfiber towel. Drys the whole car in one shot without wringing (huge towel). This will save me a lot of time and I can blot instead of wipe the car down.


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    Finally the 2 bucket method can't be done right without a Grit Guard. Had to pick one up.


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    Can't wait for the weather to get better so I can start detailing.

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    Update (3/24/2013) CPI RTX Section 1 videos


    Jack from CPI will have these section 1 rasp terminators for sale soon so I went out and made a few videos.


    Sorry for the poor quality iphone videos but you will get an idea how the RTX will make a stock E46 M3 sound. Basically no rasp and all motor.


    *The sound you hear in the in cabin video during hard acceleration is the rear passenger tire rubbing against the inner fender. During hard acceleration especially with a passenger in the car it rubs. May switch to smaller spacers in the rear or just wait until I have coilovers and lift the back up a tad.*




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    Update (3/30/2013) CPI X-Stream section 2, CPI high flow drop in filter, heat gun.




    I picked up a CPI X-Stream section 2 from Jack today and will be tested on my car with the RTX section 1. Hopefully will have dyno results next weekend. Lighter than stock section 2, SS replica.


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    I also picked up a CPI high flow filter from Jack. I will try to put this on the last dyno run to see if it makes any gains. I do not have a intake elbow yet.


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    Finally I had a Habor Freight gift card so I picked up this heat gun, probably. will need it later.


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    Looking forward to the dyno day!

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    Update (4/6/2013) CPI X Stream Section 2, CPI high flow drop in filter, dyno testing


    Was able to test the CPI X Stream section 2 today at a local dyno day held by Frank Smith along with the the CPI RTX I already have. I also tested a new CPI drop in filter I put in the last few runs.


    Just as jack told me there should be gains in hp and tq in the upper RPMs, there was. But there was also a small gain in hp/tq in the mid range. I have included my last dyno with the RTX and the new dyno from today on the same graph. At the top end it is identical. I made 307.9whp before and I made 307.8whp today but you see the gains in hp/tq in the mid and upper RPMs on the graph.


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    Then on the last few runs I threw on the CPI drop in high flow filter and the car made gains in the upper RPMs. A gain of 7whp! I was not expecting that much from a filter. I am now highly considering getting a intake elbow.


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    I was expecting the sound of the car with the X Stream section 2 to increase but it really didn't. It may have increased slightly but very hard to notice. Still a very clean sound with no rasp. Also I noticed the car was slightly more peppy and I had a fun drive home but it's not a drastic difference plus I also had the help of a new CPI drop in high flow filter.


    All in all I am very happy with how my car is running and sounding right now. Lighter than stock, hp/tq gains, good fitment.


    Video of one the runs:


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    Hey good to see you here bro. Good work on the ///M
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    Talk about a detailed thread! Repped good sir, well done!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
    Hey good to see you here bro. Good work on the ///M
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    Talk about a detailed thread! Repped good sir, well done!
    Thanks Sticky, I am working my way up, this is not the current state of the car.. I will keep updating the thread when I have time.

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    Great thread, and car looks good.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by vladi627 Click here to enlarge
    Great thread, and car looks good.
    Thanks!

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    Update (4/24/2013) OEM 18 wheels with tires/DA Polisher/Camera


    My front tires were in bad shape on my OEM 19's and I was planning on buying 2 Pilot Super Sports to replace them but a forum member offered me a set of OEM 18's with tires for a price I couldn't refuse. Wheels are in pretty good shape, slight curbage nothing serious. Tires have a lot of life but are on the cheap side. Doesn't matter got a great deal and I have 2 set of wheels now.


    These wheels/tires have a smoother ride than my 19's, I assume because of the larger side wall. Also I do not rub with these wheels/tires, my previous set up rubbed on the passenger rear during hard acceleration.


    On to the pics, haven't been cleaned yet. I plan to hit them with Sonax and some clay.


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    I also picked up a Griot's Garage 6" Random Orbital with some pads, compound, polish, MF towels. Don't know when I will have time for a detail/paint correction but will post before/after and 50/50 pics. Very excited to see the results!


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    Finally I picked up a Nikon DSLR camera so I can take some real pics. Hopefully this will be the last of the iphone pics. I need to get up to speed fast so I can start doing some photoshoots :thumbsup2:


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    Update (5/4/2013) Paint Correction/Detail


    I finally had some time this weekend to get to detailing my car and use the new Griot's 6" DA Polisher I bought. Let me say that this was the most time and effort I put into cleaning a car but the results are great! I still see some imperfections but I didn't use the most aggressive pad and polish since this is the first time I am doing a paint correction, next time I will step it up a notch.
    I couldn't really get any good 50/50 shots since the lighting situation in my garage but let me tell you there was a difference.


    Shout out to Phil and Detailers Domain for supplying some of my products. :hattip:



    Exterior


    Wheels cleaned and clayed
    Tires cleaned and dressed
    Exhaust tips polished
    Engine bay cleaned and dressed
    Exterior trim dressed
    Washed
    Clayed (windows and wheels also)
    Washed again
    Dried
    Polished
    Waxed


    Interior


    Vacuumed
    Trim cleaned
    Leather cleaned and conditioned
    Interior windows cleaned


    Products used


    Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
    Off brand bug and tar remover
    Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner
    Meguiar's Quik Detailer Spray
    Meguiar's Clay Bar
    Meguiar's Mirror Glaze 205 Ultra Finishing Polish
    Meguiar's Ulitmate Liquid Wax
    Meguiar's Ulitmate Quik Wax
    Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer
    Gliptone Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
    Mothers Back To Black
    Zaino Perfect Tire Gloss
    Rain X Glass Cleaner




    Tools used


    Griot's Garage 6" DA Polisher
    Craftsman 5hp 12 gallon shop vac (vacuuming and blow drying)
    Uber Super Drying Microfiber Towel
    Grit Guard
    Craftsman roller seat
    Various brushes
    3M and Frog Painters Tape
    Meguiar's microfiber towels
    Lake County foam pads




    Before


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    Craftsman Roller Seat and Shop Vac.. made life much easier

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    Uber Super Drying towel... also a must

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    Update (4/14/2013) Tuning Tech Frank Smith Custom Tune


    I have had my car dyno'd by Frank Smith from my first baseline to after each performance mod done on my car. It was during dyno'ing we discovered that my car had a tune by the previous owner, Frank believes it is a Active Autowerke's tune. Anyways I had some CPI performance parts added to the car and dyno'd after each but never had the opportunity to have Frank tune my car.


    Well that changed today...


    In short car has:


    CPI drop in filter
    CPI RTX section 1
    CPI X Stream section 2
    Active Autowerkes tune (previous)
    Tuning Tech Frank Smith custom tune (As of today)




    I highly recommend Frank, he is a stand up guy. Even before today it was great talking and having my car dyno'd by him.


    Here is my before graph from 2 weeks ago.


    http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...psc45ac995.jpg


    This is today with no change in parts just tuned by Frank Smith. The bottom line is the baseline today before the custom tune, the top line is after the tune... Gains all though out the RPMs!


    http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/...ps87d7de2d.jpg
    Very solid gains

    That said, who's Dyno Dynamics is this? It's reading high or set to read a bit higher probably because people hate low numbers.

    Stage 2 or 2.5 E9X M3 S65 V8 supercharger kit for sale
    : http://www.boostaddict.com/showthrea...r-kit-for-sale

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    Very solid gains

    That said, who's Dyno Dynamics is this? It's reading high or set to read a bit higher probably because people hate low numbers.
    Frank's old dyno dynamics. It is set to read the same as dyno jet in SAE. Their was a huge debate about my numbers in another forum so I chose not to update it here until I got a independent dyno. I'm updating this thread now. This is from a while ago. In short I have dyno'd on a few dyno's now and it is consistent. It is high we all agree but the car must be strong or have cams and I don't know it.

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    Update (5/7/2013) Detailing continued


    I did the exterior trim (Gills/Grills) and engine bay with Mothers Back to Black today. Took all about 15 minutes.


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    Update (5/18/2013) Valve adjustment


    Had member Dafoe (Dave) come by this morning for my valve adjustment. I had 18 out of 24 valves out of spec... I was a little surprised. They were slightly out of spec but still.. Dave said he believes this is the first time my car has had it's valves adjusted.


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    Now to the bad news... not happy at all. Broken hub! :thumbsdown:Click here to enlarge
    It could have been much worse I know but still not very happy right now. We believe the broken tab is still lodged in there.. see pics. I already started buying some parts,


    OEM hub from member Coinage (Matt) thanks man hope this one doesn't break.
    Beisan Systems S54 Vanos Oil Pump Disk
    Beisan Systems S54 Vanos Sealing Plate Repair Kit
    Vanos Gasket


    Hope Dave can get this squared away for me next week. I think he is going to start a more detail thread on this..


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    Update (5/20/2013) Vanos Repair Parts


    Almost all parts for the fix have came in.. Just waiting on my Dr. Vanos updated cam bolts.


    Valve Cover Gasket - Tisher and Vanos Gasket - BMW of Fairfax


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    Vanos Sealing Plate Repair Kit - Beisan Systems


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    Hub - OEM


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    Update (5/25/2013) Broken Exhaust Hub Fixed


    I had Dave come back today to finish up my broken hub. Parts that were changed:


    OEM Exhuast Hub
    Beisan Systems S54 Vanos Oil Pump Disk
    Beisan Systems S54 Vanos Sealing Plate Repair Kit
    Dr. Vanos Cam Bolts
    Valve Cover Gasket
    Vanos Gasket


    That broken tab was stuck in there pretty good, still can't believe how my engine didn't blow... Really lucky.


    Damaged OEM Oil Pump Disk


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    Broken Hub.. tab is in the bottom left next to the chain


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    Broken Tab Closer View


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    I stopped taking pics of the fix after that. Dave has a detailed thread that he will update on the fix later. Link:


    http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=444494






    But I did do a mini photo shoot..


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    Link to the photo shoot thread:


    http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthrea...post1066163233

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    Update (6/16/2013) T-Shirt Time!


    Technically this is my first father's day. The wife surprised me and bought me a few T's. She knows I love detailing and the M.


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    Update (7/25/2013) Recaro Baby Seat


    Finally got a Recaro, baby seat that is. However I think this will go in the daily driver or wife's car... not sure if I am ready to put it in the M.


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    Update (8/4/2013) Wash and Pics


    The wife and I are expecting our first baby this week so I figured I give the M a good wash, take her for a spin, and take some pics. Not sure when I will get the next opportunity. It was great weather here today so that helped.


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    Update (8/24/2013) Vanos Relearn


    Had my vanos relearned via Autologic tool and then driving on the interstate a shredded tire took out my passenger side fog light cover :banghead:


    If anyone has one let me know.. otherwise it's cheap and I'll order one.


    Also looking for a set of OEM headers with good cats locally if someone is willing to part with them.


    Thanks

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    Update (8/30/2013) Misc Parts & Detailing Supplies


    Ordered some misc parts that I needed or wanted off my list. Ordered the "Short" style center console with armrest delete and euro tray. My console now was showing it's age so I plasti dipped it but wasn't satisfied with the results so this was perfect and also will eliminate the armrest in the process.


    I also purchased some OEM 18's not too long ago that were in decent shape but the center caps could use some help so I bought the new updated center caps.


    Finally I lost my passenger side fog light cover on the interstate when a piece of a shredded tire that I couldn't avoid took it out. I think that was the extent of the damage. Picked up a replacement.


    Hopefully I can find some time soon to slap all these on. I will post before and after pics once installed.


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    I also picked up some more detailing supplies. I'm trying to move away slowly from off the shelf products to slightly better quality products. Excited to try the 1Z Cockpit cleaner, Wolfgang paint sealant, and the S100 wax which is basically the same thing as P21s. Thanks to Drew "Boomersooner523" for the tips. I will make a detailed post whenever I get a chance to do a full detail/correction.


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    Update (9/2/2013) Short Center Console/Armrest Delete with Euro Tray, Updated Center Caps, and new Fog Light Cover


    Installed the short center console/armrest delete with euro tray that I received this past week. I love the clean look and added room. Next for the interior will probably be Alcantara shift and E-brake boots.


    Old vs. New


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    I installed my updated BMW center caps. Much cleaner now.


    Old vs. New


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    Finally installed passenger side fog light cover. I lost my previous one on the interstate by road debris, luckily that was the only damage.


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    Update (9/8/2013) Detail/Paint Correction


    I ordered some new supplies taking the suggestions I got from Drew and other members on M3F. (Dawn, Wolfgang, S100, prewax cleaner, ect..)


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    And I finally had some time this weekend to get to detailing/correcting my car and use the new products I bought.




    Exterior


    Wheels cleaned
    Tires cleaned and dressed
    Exhaust tips polished
    Washed
    Clayed
    Washed again
    Dried
    Compound (machine)
    Sealant (machine)
    Wax (hand)


    Interior


    Vacuumed
    Trim cleaned




    Products used


    Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
    Griot's Garage Green Wheel Cleaner
    Dawn Hand Soap
    Griot's Garage Bug and Smudge Remover
    Meguiar's Quik Detailer Spray
    Meguiar's Clay Bar
    Meguiar's Mirror Glaze 105 Ultra Cut Compound
    Griot's Garage Pre Wax Cleaner
    Wolf Gang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0
    S100 Paste Wax
    1Z Cockpit
    Zaino Perfect Tire Gloss
    Rain X Glass Cleaner




    Tools used


    Griot's Garage 6" DA Polisher
    Craftsman 5hp 12 gallon shop vac
    Uber Super Drying Microfiber Towel
    Grit Guard
    Craftsman roller seat
    Various brushes
    Meguiar's microfiber towels
    Lake County foam pads




    Sorry no pics right now... :taser: I was working on and off the whole weekend on this and now it is too dark for pictures. I still need to vacuum and finish waxing. Hopefully I will all be done soon and edit this post with after pictures. The before wasn't bad at all. This is prep for hopefully making it to next weekend's Mpact show.


    Edit: Finally some pics from this weekends Mpact show, aren't the best but you get an idea of the detail job.


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    Update (10/19/2013) Trans Fluid and Header Install :clap:


    Had access to a lift so I wanted to get my trans fluid out of the way while doing other work. I'm kicking myself for not getting a fuel filter in time. Used the BMW MTF LT2. Very easy job if you have a lift and breaker bar.


    MTF Fluid Change DIY:
    http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_rp_tranny_fluid.shtml


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    Drain and Fill plugs Removed Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics, left the DSLR in the car that was up on the lift Click here to enlarge
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    I got myself a set of Active Autowerke CSL rep headers. These things are beautiful! Recessed flanged, great fitment, clearances, and good sound. I had a very quiet exhaust setup before but this added some tone and bought some rasp back. I had no rasp at all before. I gained a good amount of hp and tq on the low end. Big thanks as always to Dave for helping me with the headers... actually he did all the work Click here to enlarge: I just assisted. And of course big thanks for Frank for always going the extra mile making sure my tune is right and the crack chicken.


    Will take some videos of the sound when I get a chance.




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    Thanks :thumbsup:

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    Update (12/20/2013) Misc Parts/Items


    This thread needs an update...


    Bought some parts/items and hope to knock all if not most of this out this weekend.


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    Oil, oil filter, drain plug, o rings, vanos filter kit, SAP block off plate


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    CPV O rings from member Mpower22, M stripes from member Rovert, fuel filter, headlight lens


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    Not sure if I will do the SAP delete, CPV O ring, and M stripes this weekend but would like to get the rest done.

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    Update (12/21/2013) Oil Change, Vanos Filter, MAF Sensor Cleaned


    I found a little time this weekend to get started on the parts/items I had stacking up.


    I was able to complete:


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    Hopefully on my next day off I can do the fuel filter and put my new headlight lenses in.

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