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Old Sat, Feb-20-2010, 05:37:50 AM   #1
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GruppeM titanium muffler
GruppeM kevlar airbox
Bimmerworld intake boot
Bimmerworld heat reflective foil
VAC Ultra Light race pulleys
HPF vented kevlar engine cover
BMW Motorsport 4.10 R&P


iForged TE10 - 19x8.5/10"
Continental SportContact5P - 245/35/19 & 275/30/19
Tein SS-P coilovers
Rogue Engineering RSM
Dixis titanium strut brace
Alcon BBK - 6 piston monoblock calipers/365x34mm j-slot discs
Bimmerworld 75mm wheel studs

Varis carbon front lip
M3 GT dry carbon canards
Flossmann 2004-05 GTR carbon hood
Flossmann M3-R carbon fenders
Straßentech carbon roof spoiler
Straßentech carbon trunk lip
BMW Motorsport WTCC rear wing
BMW Motorsport GTE mirrors

Slotted rear diffuser
3-element under diffuser
BMW Motorsport tow straps
Monochrome carbon roundels
Monochrome E92 M3 badge
Matte black grilles and side gills
Lamin-x protective film

Recaro SR4-Impact seats
Reshaped rear bench
Retrim in black suede with grey stitch
BMW Motorsport 'Golf ball' shift knob
Dixis titanium pedals
Extended SMG shifter
Carbon SMG paddles
Carbon Black interior trim
Wiechers Clubsport Cage
1.0kg Fire Extinguisher


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I’ve only recently started reading this section of the forum and have enjoyed seeing how far some members have progressed with their cars. With 2010 being the year I plan on finishing off my car I figured this would be a nice way to record my car to date. I’ve owned the car for nearly two years now so the first half of this thread will be backdated (or reposts) but there is no point in starting a story half way.

After the sale of my much-loved E36 318is I really wanted to step into something a little special. I had long wanted a car with more go or a bit of pedigree but more importantly it had to be something that I could reliably drive to university and work. I was really into the E36 scene and had fun on dtmpower for a while but age had caught up with the E36 and I’d had enough of it.











I considered a few replacements like the Z4 3.0Si (what was I thinking?!), Maserati 3200GT (a stunning car that I still lust after ), Lotus 111S (I nearly got burnt by a shifty dealer) but the M3 won out and after passing on a few rough examples I picked up this 2001 Carbon Black/Black with SMG2, 19s, PDC, comfort screen and PDC. It also came with an old school BMW/Motorola car phone kit in the console.







The previous owner had taken really good care of it and had the 03.5 LED tails and 16:9 screen retrofitted by a local dealer.
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06/08 – GruppeM titanium muffler

Loved the exhaust note and wanted more. I started looking into aftermarket mufflers and after considering Tubi I settled on GruppeM. A friend of mine ran one his NSX I had been a fan of their products from my E36 days.



I picked it up from the airport and the box was so light I found myself checking to make sure it wasn't empty. I had it installed at Bavariacars on the way home. With its titanium constructions it is one of the lighter mufflers available and weighs in at around 6kg, a long way from the 25kg OEM muffler.

I knew it was going to be loud but nothing would prepare me for the soundtrack this thing belted out. We fired it up and it was immediately louder emitting a very deep rumble at idle. At lower revs its very deep which I later found out translated to a lot of drone.

In the midrange it delivers this fantastic metallic shriek and screams all the way to redline. The bark on downshift is pure porn. Its certainly not for everyone but I wouldn’t swap it for anything else.
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07/08 - iForged TE10

As much as I loved the OEM 19s all four had some really deep kerb marks which annoyed me greatly. Rather than having them refinished I thought it would be a good excuse to look around for some new shoes.

iForged had just released their monoblock series and Vince@iForged had a great deal on a set of TE10s in anthracite with the new at the time black centre caps which was too good to pass up.





They measure 19x8.5” and 19x10” with a 2” lip up front and a 3.5” lip in the rear. They fronts weigh in at 22lb and rears are 24lb and also offer bbk clearance.

I had them wrapped in 245/35 and 275/30 Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tyres which are light years ahead of the original SportContact2s my car came fitted with. Being slightly wider and with a softer compound they offered higher levels of grip = more fun! They also ride softer and more silently than the CS2s which crashed over bumps.
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09/08 - Tein SS-P coilovers

It was time to look into some suspension and a local member offered me a set of Tein SS-P coilovers. I had never really considered Teins before but the price was right and I figured it was easy to swap them out if I didn’t like them.

They were a very complete kit for the money, offering height and 26 way dampening adjustment as well as adjustable end links and front camber plates. Unfortunately the seller forgot to send me the rear shock mounts so I ordered a pair of 12mm ones from Rogue Engineering.

Having put around 12,000km on them I have to say on the whole I’m still very pleased with them.

I do have them adjusted ride on the firm side but I don’t think they’re overly rough like some reviews I had read, its just the compromise you make. As to be expected the car sat much flatter through corners (especially in long sweepers) and the sharper turn in feel is excellent. In my opinion they absorb bumps in the road much better than standard suspension.

I believe that they are an underrated street coilover and contrary to what many people have experienced with them I’m very happy. Having put around 12,000km on them my only dislike is that the front spring rates are a little too soft for my liking and for this reason alone I probably wouldn’t buy them again.



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FINALLY! Took you a while to do this! Car looks so sexy and looked even sexier in person when i saw it in October
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12/08 - Hamann lip

With an upcoming show I thought I'd purchase a front lip to give the car a little extra something. I'd always been a fan of the Hamann lip so I settled for a replica in 2x2 carbon from Jason@EuroDivision.

I was relieved to find that fitment was perfect and installation was straight forward – 4 bolts on either side had it secured.




As far as carbon lips went it was cheap and being so low I pretty much beat the hell out of it. I ended up raising my car around ½” to a more purposeful height and I haven’t looked back.

A couple of months later I also painted my front grilles and and side gills anthractite to match my wheels.




Its a love it or hate it look but they are much darker, almost gunmetal in person. Monochrome M3 emblems were also added as well as a monochrome E92 M3 rear badge.
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01/09 - GruppeM Intake Project

I ran a GruppeM intake on my E36 and I knew that I had to have one on the M3 as I was extremely impressed with their build quality and sound. After waiting what seemed like forever a carbon kevlar GruppeM intake finally showed up at my door and I proceeded to install it with a couple of other goodies.

I didn't want to just fit it up so the whole setup was thoroughly washed and degreased. The K&N filter was cleaned and re-oiled, the ring clamps were polished and I painted the rather dull black metal adapter metallic anthracite to match the previously mentioned accents.



sneaky sneaky




The next step was to remove the whole intake system so that the intake manifold could be removed, cleaned and wrapped in some heat reflective gold foil I sourced from Brian@Bimmerworld.

This process was very tedious and after 2.5hrs, involved the removal of:

+ Half a dozen various hoses around and below the manifold
+ Disconnecting the SMG fluid reservoir (can be very messy)
+ Unclipping six ring clamps at the throttle bodies
+ Unscrewing of two bolts to free the manifold from its mounting bracket



I used 3 sheets to cover all sides of the intake. It was very tedious process and I only just had enough material. It is a self-adhesive film but unfortunately it doesn't cope with contours very well but I feel that I've wrapped it as best I could.

*bling* *bling*




The intake manifold nestled back into the engine bay. It was reinstalled with brand new clamps to seal it against the throttle bodies.



Day 2.. The intake manifold was reconnected and the SMG fluid was topped up with some fresh Pentosin 11S oil. I also re-installed the MAF sensor I had cleaned with CRC cleaner. The bottom half of the intake installed and connected to the OEM intake snorkel in the bumper.



Trimming the inner grille area to clear the intake section.


Intake install complete..




The Bimmerworld silicone intake boot finally showed up and was installed to complete the setup. At first I was a bit sceptical about this part but after reading so many reviews I thought it'd be worth a shot. In person it was clear that the elbow section was significantly wider than the OEM pipe and internally it was totally smooth




Initial driving impressions are that the car seemed to be pulling much stronger all the way to redline, especially from the mid range onwards. Throttle response was also noticeably improved. I'm sure it'll get better as the car adapts.

There isn't much of a difference in sound but I wasn't expecting there to be. It is slightly deeper in the lower rpm and the "bark" on down shifts is much more pronounced. Unfortunately I can't hear it over my exhaust when the revs are higher. It did however kill some drone so I guess the intake and muffler are a perfect match!

A few weeks later a friend invited me to tag along to a dyno day organised by a local JDM forum. The car managed 193rwkw or 260rwhp on a Dyno Dynamics. In comparison our standard European spec M3s are usually in the low 180rwkw or just over 240rwhp on the same machine.





GruppeM ftw!
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Awesome! :d
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09/09 - Varis front spoiler

After debating some of the more common lip options I decided that if I was going to change out the Hamann lip it had to be for something worthwhile. My search led me to Varis, a Japanese tuner I'd long been interested in. Their VRS parts for the M3 had been out for a while and I was led to believe the quality of their products was as good as it gets.

I got in touch with a local tuning store who had a buyer in Japan ordered a half carbon front spoiler. After waiting around 10 weeks it arrived in a massive box, I was secretly hoping they'd shipped me a diffuser by mistake!



Finally unwrapped





The 2x2 carbon was perfect, there were no weird weave directions like my old lip and its very deep and glossy.



The carbon section is actually three pieces of carbon woven together, I don't know why this was done, perhaps they think it'd be more repairable this way? I'm not disappointed but it is a little quirky



Varis logo embedded into the gelcoat



CF extends to the underside



Installation instructions included... in Japanese



Installation bolts, double sided tape and this logo decal made of real carbon fiber is also included.



Two days at the paint shop and my car returned with its new look..







Fitment was perfect and it was a relief to know that the wait and expense was worth it. I had also picked up an authentic Straßentech boot lip from a forum member a few weeks earlier.

It isn't the newer race version with the up-turned cf insert but I'm happy to have it all the same. Again, perfect fitment and the 4x4 directional carbon is the coolest I've seen.

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I love that boot spoiler!
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