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    Derek's E90: ///M3 Sedan Journal

    2011 E90 M3
    nickname: Beluga Whale
    Post last updated: 2019-07-21

    Build Date: 05/2010
    Exterior: Alpine White
    Interior: Black Novillo Leather
    Transmission: 6spd Manual
    Options: ZTP, ZPP, 302, 465, 494, 507, 6FL
    Modifications: (Last Updated: 2019-02-19)
    ## Exterior
    • BMW ECE tail lights
    • BMW OE Performance kidney grilles
    • BMW OE Performance spoiler
    • BMW OE IND painted reflectors
    • BMW OE 3M gloss black wrapped side gilles
    • BMW OE gloss black painted M3 rear emblem

    ## Interior
    • BMW ECE rear fog button
    • BMW OE F10 M5 illuminated shift knob
    • BMW OE spectacle tray
    • CIC navigation HDD=>SSD conversion
    • Venoxy gauge cluster replacement faces
    • Tune2Air Bluetooth streaming adapter

    ## Engine/Drivetrain
    • BMW OE Exhaust 4-pipe mod
    • BMW OE F650GS reservoir power steering ventilation mod
    • AFE carbon fiber intake
    • AlpineMSS DME tune

    ## Suspension/Chassis
    • Bimmerworld end-links
    • Ground Control rear articulating spring perches
    • MCS 2WNR Dampeners
    • Eibach front 400lb/in 175lb/in helper spring | rear 700lb/in spring rates
    • Powerflex rear shock mounts
    • Vorshlag camber plates

    ## Wheels/Brakes
    • ApexRaceParts wheel studs
    • ApexRaceParts 18/20mm wheel spacers
    • Bimmerworld SS brake lines
    • BBS Motorsport RE1535 "E92 M3 GT4" 18x10 ET40
    • Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 275/35/18
    • Motorsport Hardware extended lug nuts
    • PFC 08 brake pads

    ## Misc
    • BMW ECE emergency triangle
    • BMW OE carbon fiber license frame
    • BMW OE first aid kit
    • BMW OE flashlight
    • BMW OE spare oil bag

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    Hello everyone! I purchased my M3 in the fall of 2017 but first, a little background of my history. My first BMW was a 2004 330i Performance Package 6MT, Black Sapphire/Cloth interior that I bought in 2009. Originally it was my daily driver but it evolved into more of a weekend/HPDE car. I threw a "few" (Stoptech ST40 BBK, GC Coilovers, M3 rear subframe/LSD/Brakes and a few more items) mods on there and setup was perfect as a comfortable street trackable car. But the car eventually reached a point where I was itching for more power but did not want to deal with an S54 swap or forced induction. I made the decision to sell it and look for an E90M3. I will forever miss this car!

    #The Hunt
    It was only natural that an E90M3 replace my E46 ZHP sedan as it was the next generation's best sedan option. I was fortunate enough to sell my car in August and the hunt started! I figured that I should get what I want so I had a fairly strict set of must-have options:

    6MT (Absolutely must-have)
    LCI E90 (ideally 2011.5 for the bluetooth Combox but okay with early 2011 as well)
    Black interior and exterior ideally should be Space gray, Alpine white, or Jerez black in that order.

    It wasn't until the search started to become serious where I realized the production numbers for 6MT LCI E90s were a mere 1055 units in North America. ZCP would've been great, but there were only 355 of those! I truly believed I would be searching for months if not years. A month into my hunt (Sept 2017), I found a no-picture ad that had a VIN of a single-owner LCI E90 6MT Alpine white with 52k miles. I immediately hunted for the dealership's phone number and got a hold of the salesman. Long story short, I am a proud owner of an E90M3 2011 Slicktop!

    September 2017:
    Original shot after detail in

    October 2017:
    After the trailer dropped off the car from Rhode Island to my place in California. Since the car is a pre-COMBOX car, I bought a WMA3000b for Bluetooth streaming music. This solution is decent enough for me as remote controls on the steering wheel still works. I'm happy with the pricepoint of this "mod."

    November 2017:
    I got an OEM exhaust mod done by Todd at Exhaust works in Belmont, CA. One of the best mods to date. I really like the noise it makes without adding drone during highway cruising.
    The car parked next to my fiance's E30 shows how large the E90 has come since the early 90s!
    Sometime during the month as well, I ended up updating my Navigation maps to 2018-1 even though I don't really use it much. 8 years of updates is kinda of nice to have, just in case.
    The final pic of the month was during a few drives through local wineries. I have to say I have grown to love the E90M LCI rear end!

    December 2017:
    There were a few updates this month! I remove the matte black grilles that came with the car and replaced them with OE gloss black ones.
    I addressed the squeak seals with teflon tape right before a nice cruise with a friend with a nice alpine white ZHP. An OE euro triangle and first aid kit finishes up the new pieces.
    At the end of the month, I dropped off the car at Performance Technic to do WPC Bearings/ARP rod bolts. Motor mounts were also replaced at the same time. As usual, Courtney from Performance Technic did an amazing job with the photos!


    January 2018:
    I finally took the car out of hibernation and went on a breakfast cruise with a few friends. The list was a fully stacked one. 996TT, 997.1GT3, WRXSTi, Ftype, F82, and my brother on a GSXR.

    February 2018:
    I ended up finding a great deal on the special BBS GT4RE 18x10 squared set locally from AlekShop. Comparison of the GT4 next to my brother's Msport 335d EC7s. It is hard to notice in the picture, but the spoke sharpness at the middle of the Y is slightly different. It's very subtle and Apex did a really good job getting it pretty damn close. I basically have Apex EC7s with BBS wheels. :

    And that's where we end for now.

    Thanks for reading this very long post! I look forward to enjoying this car for a very long time and continue to update my adventures with it! I hope to build a CS inspired E90. Everyday suitability but race optimized.
    Last edited by derbo; 07-21-2019 at 07:56 PM. Reason: Updating List

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