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hi all ive meaning to set my thread up for a while,just the small matter of updating you on how i got to the car being what it is today.
i bought the car just over two years ago with 58k on the clock 2 owners both being older gentlemen.full service for 7.5k.
after 6 months the bottom end went so i had it fixed and 6 weeks later it went again, gutted and to top it off the reputable garage had shut shop and moved to spain.
i then came across an engine brand new bottom end,crank pistons ext and recon top for 3k,
so as i was keeping it i decided this was my best long term option.i paid for the engine cash from down south. once fitted on the test drive the engine seized,turns out there was a bit of rag in an oil port and the head seized. cut a long story short i was 7k in on the engine work alone
 

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the next thousand miles were hell to bed the new engine in, i was a nervous wreck.
Then modifications began first up i did away with the chrome grills and went for the black ones and black and silver no. plates. it wasnt long till i got pulled for them and the old ones were back on,haha. oh and a fine.
then a wheel change estoril blue replica m5 alloys wasnt sure at first thought they were a bit street chav,then decided they were and had to go!
to this day i wish id not sold my origanal wheels they were in new condition gutted one of my big regrets.


if anybody knows how i ad pics so they are large not thumbnail id be very grateful.
 

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next up after a bit of research it was induction time and for the money and proof of increased performance i went for a dave f special cold air induction.just under two hundred and very easy to fit. cant say i noticed much improvement but sounds great.and an alloy strut brace also didnt notice much differance, both look good tho

next on the list were the alloys i picked up a set of rep schtnitzers with avon zz3 with 50 miles for £500,ebay bargain.some guy paid £800 his mrs drove to the shops got back and told him to get them off haha.with a set of jamex lowering springs the car was sitting a lot better.

 

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soon after a quick ebay fix id got a blueflame stainless backbox, i luv it. it looks totally standard little louder on normal driving but lets rip when the pedal hits the metal and with the dave-f there was only one thing left to finish off the final note,de-cat.


i looked at the decats on the market and were a bit pricey and no bargains on ebay so went to my local exhaust specialist jp's in macclesfield and they cut and flanged the cats for £120.not bad i just pop them back in for the mot.
one thing with this is the car does stink of fumes especialy having no roof in summer.
but the car sounds amazing and feels a little perkier.
 

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ive bin done before when i had some tweeked plates
i think the latest ones are quite reserved.when i got pulled the copper took pics of the plates for the dvla little did he realise i had snooper/laser jammers behind the grills haha
 

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next up were the brakes as i personaly think on the m3 are crap.i fitted brembo drilled and grooved discs,with redstuff pads and a lick of caliper paint. a few pennies lighter and there still crap haha, they look good tho.

after some more reading i decided to do away with the viscous fan and get an electric one. so i went on bimmerworld and ordered a spal electric fan and a set of evosport lightened pulleys.very cheap sight but dont forget you will get hammered for tax when they arrive in the uk the buggers]


i mounted the spal fan in the cowl for the viscous fan very neat and tidy and the pulleys were very easy,just remember its a reverse thread on the viscous fan. i use a cd workshop manual as much as i can for the work i do.as i would of broken something if you didnt know.
it felt a little better but its hard to tell as they are very little upgrades in the idea of more power 2-3bhp if your lucky.
 

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with the modball rally coming up i was worried about my car going up against an array of tuned motors so i looked in ton what tuning upgrades there was. in the end i decided to use ric wood motorsport and went with a dastek piggyback / unichip live remap.

i was a bit gutted about the results but after a bit more reearch i was getting bhp that people who had there cams done were getting and the torque was pretty close to a new m3. another £500 quid gone but i can prove my figures as loads of people just make them up rather than say i dont know.
 

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yep i still need to get the thread up to date. so yeh next up was modball 2009.
3000 miles in seven days.
london
luxembourg
france
switzerland
italy
stelvio pass
austria
slovakia

heres some pics and ill do a write up later tonight.





 

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just wanted to show you peoples what the m got up to last summer.had a fantastic time.120 cars took part and on the first night i had 5 teams come up to me in shock asking what the fook i was running, i said no roof and 340 bhp!!!!!!! highly recommended
i did all the driving myself 3000 miles in a week but loved every minute of it the roads abroad are just amazing and the only way i can compare the trip is to going to a show or santa pod and the blast getting there and back is as good as being there.but imagine a 100+ cars that are all up for it sound as fook and no knobheads blasting it across europe staying in top hotels and crazy clubs.
last night was in slovakia and my biggest regret is i didnt wake up at 9 and was late going to the nurburgh so decided to do a straight drive home and when the tom tom says its 14h to dunkirk (i think thats right) its bad times.oh yes and a hangover from hell.haha.
 

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still not uptodate so Ive also replaced most of my bushes,trailing arm, anti roll bar and wishbones with powerflex only a slight improvement.i had problems with the wishbone bushes as the inner sleeve kept sliding out of the outer sleeve which is held by the lollipop,i changed them back for standard new ones,happy days.
next up id managed to get my hands on some ac schtnitzer/bilstein coilovers second hand that were in great condition.


upon fitting the fronts my alloys rubbed so i had to get some three mm spacers the ride was a lot better and the stance was much better.they didn't go as low as i wanted as they only adjusted by the spring.

think im gonns try some 17"s soon and see how low i can go,you realy lose th feel of the car on 19"s.bbs type 5's with some stretched arches and rubber...mmmmn !!
id had these on for 8 months then came across bc racing on eBay and at £620 inc vat they seemed a bargain i put them through my business and when they turned up i was chuffed to bits.

really good quality,height adjustable,damper and spring buzzing how low can i go. so i fitted my front right guessed at my height and put the car back together and couldn't believe it my wheel was sat to far forward.


after much head scratching and checking that i had done everything right i came to the conclusion that the shock was not right for the car.

after many emails back and forth the coilovers were for an e36 m3 3.0l and the Chinese manufacturers didn't know about the revised suspension on the evo.so they put it to me that they would get to it and revise the adjustable top mounts.it all sounded long winded to me so i got a refund.
1 month later i receive an email that the new top mounts with castor and camber adjustment were in and do i want them with 15% discount.so with my vat off and discount at £400 i said yes and two days later they turned up.
they had sent me my set back haha thats were the discount came from,they had also sent both top mounts so i sold the caster adjustment ones for £80 bonus only paid £320 now .
i fitted the set and am realy happy with the ride and the stance.springs were squeky at first but bedded in now.


 

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god its a blagg trying to remember everything ive done to get the blogg upto date.
one of my big mods was swapping my diff for an e46 m3 diff.ive cut and pasted one of my other bloggs as there was quite a bit to write.
well were do i start,ha. what a ball ache. i took the e36 diff off no problems swapped the casing cover and the input flange.bobs your uncle ready to go in i thought. i then realised my speed sensor is not going to work with the new diff and the front mount is completley differant. not detered i fired it back in thinking i will fab something up when its in.on refitting the the drivers side output flange i realised the diff on that side had play in it and could be knackered.not wanting to go to all the effort of fabbing up the bracket ive temporarily fixed the diff to the carrier/subframe.i took it for a spin and its feels like it should of done when it was made.its got a lot more balls and snappy acceleration.
problem is i now have no speedo and the bracket is going to be a bit of a pig to sort out. is it worth it im not sure and if i cant sort the speedo out i might have to change back.





got my diff back . all the e46 internals have been fitted to my 210 e36 m3 diff case,that part is a success...the probs my diff man had were the speedo receptor its hard for me to describe but on the old diff there was a type of circlip fitment for it to fit into.on the e46 no fitment but same diameter shaft so was tacked in place.
so oil and fm booster put in, speedo receptor in place, record time fitting of 30 min==== sweat and blood== no speedo..........agghh. any idea how i can check the wiring so i dont have to remove the diff again,it should be right!!!!!!!!! help!!!! im starting to realise why a google search of this mod showed nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


yes!yes!yes! it works i took the m for a spin this morn to road test the diff and as i was blasting through third gear i looked down and realised the speedo was working,get in.
the night i refitted it i was only doing the figure of 8's in my yard to work the new oil in,and the speedo doesnt move!!its only after 10-15mph that my speedo comes to life,is this normal its something ive never took much notice of????????????
anyway its fantastic pulls realy hard and the wheels spun when i hit the powerband/vanos kicked in. cant wait to go out in the dry.its been a ball ache from the start but a very good upgrade and its only cost me £350 altoghether,thats the e46 m3 diff,castrol diff oil and fm booster and rebuild.not bad
 

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i know i am would of been a pain in the arse if it hadnt of worked, i just hope that people can read this and know it works as there is so much mis leading shite out there.
i cant wait to santa pod it and see what differance if any it makes.
probably rip my my diff carrier out!!! if it means a 13.0 1/4 mile ill be buzzing,haha..
 

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finaly got a saturday day off so took the beemer upto my workshop for a few bits to be done.
first up it takes me half an hour to get it on my two poster as its so low then the belts had come loose on the lift,ball ache.
oil and filter change and a new magnetic sump plug just catch any shite flying about.i change my oil and filter about every 2k, just puts my mind at rest that its being looked after.
while on the lift i noticed my back tyres and they are fubar



luckily i had two spares thank god for ebay bargains so off to ats to swap them over.sound lads only chareged me ae a tenner for both wheels and balanced.
next up is something ive been meaning to do for ages is remove the panel behind my rear seats and let the tunes through.






im buzzing its one of the besy cost free mods ive done,totaly transformed the sound.
good day
 

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looks like you've been busy and sorted any problems you've come across. only just read all your thread and car is looking great and going well by the sounds of it.

whats next on the books?
 
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