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    Project M3TA5IN

    This thread will catalog the build of the e36 M3 Track Car and just the build, everything I do and find out as far as the actual working of getting into racing and my racing challenges will be cataloged in the PROJ3CT DR3AM thread.

    So on to the good stuff...

    Car: 1999 e36 M3
    5 Speed Manual


    Interior
    Practically mint Mulberry Interior
    All interior lights replaced with LEDs
    Zhp shift knob
    AA tuning short shifter
    E38 Auto dim rearview mirror
    Hard wired Sirus
    Hard wired radar


    Exterior
    Depo headlights with HID 55w 6000k bulbs
    Upgraded the fogs to HID 35w 6000k bulbs
    Reiger GT front Lip
    Replica Ltw low rise
    OEM Contours

    Suspension
    Bilstein PSS9 Coilovers
    AA tuning strut bar
    X Brace
    Turner Front and rear sway bars
    Bimmerworld rear shock mounts

    Brakes
    Turner slotted rotors w/ upgraded pads
    Stainless steel lines

    Driveline
    UUC Poly tranny mounts

    Performance
    Super Sprint Headers
    Super Sprint Mid pipe
    AA tuning CAI


    Day 1, how the car set when I bought it


    Maintenance
    Passenger side buckle was replaced so no passenger side air bag light (rare in a e36 M)
    PSS9s swapped in at approx. 80k miles
    Brakes replaced at 90k miles
    Flex Guibo replaced at 95k miles
    Tranny fluid replaced with OEM MTF-LT2 95k miles
    Battery replaced 10/2010
    New ///M floor mats 10/2010

    Cooling System
    At 85k miles
    New thermostat
    Aluminum thermostat housing
    all new hoses
    Last edited by M3TA5IN; 08-15-2012 at 04:53 PM.
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    Detailed pictures of how the car set when I bought it:

    11/14/2011















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    Ok so the first order of business will be...

    I can not stand the spoiler. The car is flawless and the previous owner took exceptional car of it, but the one thing that has to go is that spoiler!

    So, new trunk getting ready for prep and paint..



    Also the first order of business will be wheels and tires. I am not a fan of contours and the tires are kinda dry a little on the outside. I will probably look for a set of DS 1s for right now and slap some street tires on them because even though its mainly going to be a garage queen, I want to drive it so bad right now!!! The 5 hrs back from the cape was not enough for me! The power makes my 330i look like a sissy and honestly I thought that car was pretty decent for what it was. Going from an inline 6 Jeep to 2 inline 6 BMWs it is amazing how different an engine can be.

    The other thing I have to figure out and start reading up on is camber. I come from lifted jeeps with my suspension knowledge and camber isnt a big issue. The car has some serious negative camber I need to figure out how to adjust or what the best set up is.

    So new trunk prepped and painted and swapped.
    New Tires and wheels.
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    Congrats budddy!!!

    I see a drink....in the ///M
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    Quote Originally Posted by danewilson77 View Post
    Congrats budddy!!!

    I see a drink....in the ///M
    That was a picture the previous owner took.

    You know I find it funny, everyone complains about the e90 cup holders. I love them. That cup holder in the M3 is in the worst possible place ever! I am just glad I could care less because it will be coming out
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    Exciting. The car looks great. The wing isnt bad imo (its a race car). I will be stopping to check it out- asap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audi 0000 View Post
    Exciting. The car looks great. The wing isnt bad imo (its a race car). I will be stopping to check it out- asap.
    It will be for sale soon and I know somebody else that has a e36 right down the road

    I actually have two wings... Ill show you when you stop by
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    Start stripping



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    congrats on the purchase. love the E36 //M
    --Wes--

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    Quote Originally Posted by M0nk3y View Post
    Start stripping

    lol I want to so bad. This is like a dream come true to me. The e36 M is the car that started my love for BMWs, I go out about every 30 mins and just stare at it.

    I just opened up the trunk and was like well I could start taking all this out, but I want to document everything good. I am going to go get it all weighed with me in it how it sits so I know total weight loss and everything. I'm itching so bad to just tear into it though.
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