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Mon, Jul-02-2007, 11:52:09 PM
This is a list of modifications and picture gallery of the current status of the car.

I have documented my journey with this car since the first day of ownership, so if you want to find out more, take some time to read over the journal. Enjoy!

Gloss Black Vinyl Roof Overlay
Matte Black Kidney & Side Grills
Depo Smoked Corners & Smoked Side Markers
Quad TFX BiXenon Projector Retrofit / 55w Ballasts / 3000k Bulbs

TC Kline Single Adjustable 600/600 Suspension Kit
TC Kline Camber/Caster Plates
TC Kline Rear Shock Mounts
H&R Front Sway Bar
Turner Adjustable Endlinks
GC Weight Jackers / Articulating Spring Perches

Brakes & Misc.
BimmerWorld CF Brake Duct & Cooling Kit
Stop Tech Front ST40 Calipers (front only)
PFC 06/01 Pads
Turner Stud Kit 75mm
Turner Lug Nuts

APEX ARC-8 18x10 ET 25
Dunlop Direzza Star Specs 265/35/18

Enkei Nt03 18x10
Toyo R888 275/35/18

Recaro Sportster Seats - Black Vinyl Alcantara Centers
Macht Schnell Floor Mounts
Ultimate Pedals Extended Gas Pedal and matching pedals
OEM Rewrapped Black Alcantara Steering Wheel W/ Red Stitching
Black Alcantara Shift & Ebrake Boot W/ Red Stitching
OEM Sirius Interface
Passport Escort 8500 Radar
Full LED Lighting Conversion
Rogue Clutch Stop

Macht Schnell Panel Filter
Streamline Intake Arm
Supersprint Stepped Headers V1
Supersprint Section 1 w RT Cats Installed
Auto Solutions Short Shift Kit
Ground Control Rear Control Arms Rod-End
Powerflex Rear Trailing Arm Bushings
RE Transmission Bushings
Vorshlag Strut Brace - Painted TIAG
VAC Motorsports 4.10 differential
VAC Motorsports Aluminum Differential Mount Bushings

Data Aquistition:
Traqmate & GoPro HD

Track Videos




















Mon, Jul-02-2007, 11:55:25 PM
Original Post:

Took me awhile to find an M3 with Imola Red interior. The interior alone was a major selling point after constantly driving in my friends z4 (which had the red interior with the aluminum trim) which made me fall in love.... I sold my 05 STi for a few main reasons, one of them being it was too raw and rough of a car. Sure it could take alot of abuse, totally great on the track and local auto-x days, and make you crap your pants if your not used to the power, but overall it was too much for a daily driver. I found the M3 to be a perfect balance between a daily driver and a car that I could bring to the track. It's classy, smooth, and quiet, while the STi was raw, rugged, and rough. I feel as the M3 has timeless body lines, the E46 M3 is a classic and always will be. My search now began for the right M3......Im too picky to settle for just anything!

I knew I could find them for low 30's, but it seemed as if they were the ones with higher mileage or a few years old. I certainly didn't want to cheap out, but also didnt want to pay too much. My budget allowed me to look for cars in the high 30's- low 40"s. To my suprised I found a mint 2004 Titanium Silver M3 with Imola Red interior nearby. I had the car checked out after the test drive and everything came back like new. The car left no bad tastes in my mouth.... I ended up coming back a few days later on my birthday and drove it home! Ended up paying $38k for the car and it has 35k miles on the clock. Car still has the original warranty for another year or 15k miles...another huge reassurance and good selling point for me.

"We" always say we will leave the car stock, well we all know thats a just a dream. My STi was mildy modded, and all in the right areas to get the perfectly balanced car I always wanted...Perhaps I took it too far though? I knew the M3 wouldnt be stock for too long, but here are the pics when I first picked her up..




Here are some of the STi





I am a big DIY type person so I figured I would start by blacking out the grills and side vents...

Results were very impressive.... took me a few hours, and about $10 in materials, but well worth it :)








Mon, Jul-02-2007, 11:57:14 PM
My next mod was the ZHP shift and ebrake boots, and the ZHP knob. Its 3/4" lower and has a nice weight to it. This made for smoother shifting, and the alcantara is just pure sex!




Also hard-wired up the radar detector per madrussians m3 diy site!


Tue, Jul-03-2007, 12:00:58 AM
One of the things that was a problem on this car were the wheels. The original owner must have came too close to the curb a number of times. I knew these needed to be replaced, and also the rubber that came from the factory was a joke. I ordered the ZCP wheels as well as the potenza re-01r. Setup came a few days later and I was so happy! OEM ZCP...best choice I have made for sure! And the rubber sticks like crazy without being loud at all...huge upgrade over stock no doubt :)





Tue, Jul-03-2007, 12:03:01 AM
Here they are mounted on the car....

Everything looks great, except the car sits a tad high. Im happy I went with the 245/275 tire setup, its just so much visually appealing as well as functional...

I threw in the HOEN xenonmatch fog light bulbs & Depo smoked corners for a nice touch ;)











Tue, Jul-03-2007, 12:05:15 AM
I customize automotive lights for a living so I knew this needed to be done sooner or later. I gathered up all the info I needed for this project and got some spare inner brackets before I took the plunge to create this monster!

he following consists of Infiniti FX35 Projectors with a TSX lens swap. You ask why? Because the lenses that come on the FX35 projector are usually frosted, which completely diffuses the light output...and KILLS color. With the tsx clear lens swap I have created a hybrid projector, that is very wide, intense, sharp, and colorful as hell. No need to "upgrade" to 6000k for that color flicker boys! I added in fresh philips 85122+ bulbs (4300k) since bulbs wear out after time and significantly lose lumens. Osram bulbs arent good anyways (IHMO) and thats what came with the car from the factory....

I colormatched the shroud to my cars color (titanium silver) for added customization. I love the look of the chrome shroud, but when its deep inside a headlamp, all it does is reflects black, so it doesnt always appear chrome. Also the factory shrouds are sort of transparent, by painting them, no light gets out of the housing. The FX projectors are closed up anwyays...so thats a huge plus.

The color band is ridiculous. Its so evenly, and as you can see, even at large distances, the beam pattern is very sharp and wide. The auto leveling feature works perfectly, and all the stock adjustment knobs are fully functional.

I decided to only put an angel eye over the DRL/Flasher area since I would have had to trim some of the inner housing off so the auto level feature can do it's thing. I tried putting it in there and the space was just too tight since the TFX is mounted about 1/2 inch further out due to its size.

Heres about 10' away from the wall..



Moved a bit further back...about 30'




Now I parked 150+ feet. It must have been...I was alllll the way across the church parking lot, and the right side of the beam was going across 4 garage spaces. think of those as lanes....thats about 4-5 lanes of width on each side! You can see how well the output is, even over such a large distance.... You can see the blue color band above the cutoff line....I have never seen this on any projects I've done. As mentioned before, hands down possibly the best lighting that will ever fit in this car.









Tue, Jul-03-2007, 12:07:04 AM





Tue, Jul-03-2007, 12:08:51 AM
Next up is tint (not sure, it could be 35% or 50%) the TC Kline S/A (500/500) Suspension setup including the camber plates, rsm's, powerflex rtab's, and 15mm/10mm Rogue Engineering wheel spacers.

Also found a Vorsteiner CSL front bumper for sale, so I picked that up.

Stay tuned! Anyone have suggestions for a front sway bar? Should I do a rear too?

Tue, Jul-03-2007, 08:04:40 AM
nice do you have pics of the stock light for comparison.

Tue, Jul-03-2007, 08:05:10 AM
at night of course

Tue, Jul-03-2007, 02:12:54 PM
I sure will soon. Thats a major comparison I will not miss! Once its up you will see it in the main thread, if you havent seen it, hear it is...


Tue, Jul-03-2007, 08:37:31 PM
You have very nice taste, everything I would have done to the car. It's looking great so far, nice job :thumbsup:

Tue, Jul-03-2007, 08:48:53 PM
Thanks alot Sick ;)

Suspension came in today. I was just about to pull the trigger with Dan Law from DER Motorsports (great guy btw, very helpful, go to him for all your suspension needs) until I saw a used tck kit go up for sale. The kit only had 7,000 miles on it, and it came with everything I want. Its the Single Adjustable kit, and it came with the camber plates, rear shock mounts ,500/500 springs, and I got the rear trailing arm bushings from Dan to finish everything up. I figured if the spring rates were too soft I could easily upgrade, for now Im sure its a good place to start at. Here are some pics...









Wed, Jul-04-2007, 12:24:23 AM
Nice write up, car looks and is coming out great :thumbsup: That projector conversion is serious! I know I was considering it but that may be too much light for me, they shine as bright as a cops spot light, lol.

I didn't go coil-overs yet but I have Hotchkis' HSport bars set at full stiff and I love 'em. I would like to try out the GC bars that Bob@BPS has on his ///M but I would want to do the subframe reinforcement kit first! Ride around on the TCKs for a while, get them dialed-in and then decide on sways or which brand. :thumbsup:

Wed, Jul-04-2007, 02:54:31 AM
Thanks bro. Yes the lights are ridiculous, you should come by check them out. You can never have lights that are "too bright" I wish I could :)

I got a suprise coming at the end of the wheel, we will be looking almost like twins ;)

Fri, Jul-06-2007, 02:58:30 AM
Teaser os my suspension setup...

Review coming soon.

Waiting for some other goodies to arrive before a better shoot..




Fri, Jul-06-2007, 04:22:21 AM

Fri, Jul-06-2007, 05:24:35 AM
I KNOW what you have coming :)

Fri, Jul-06-2007, 11:29:55 AM
car looks amazing!

Fri, Jul-06-2007, 01:39:04 PM
Thanks boys....

Fri, Jul-06-2007, 07:34:57 PM
Damn the drop looks good! How does the ride feel so far? The mods are coming in left and right, lol.

Fri, Jul-06-2007, 08:29:05 PM
Ride feels amazing. Comfort is not deteriorated at all with the new setup, so happy with that. Honestly the comfort is the same or better :)

Im going to do a write up once everything is dialed on.

Sat, Jul-07-2007, 05:56:45 PM
Nice drop. The car looks sick bro.

Sat, Jul-07-2007, 06:04:52 PM
thanks, post some pics of your bryan...

Fri, Jul-13-2007, 08:14:34 PM

:bow: :bow: :bow:

Sat, Jul-14-2007, 03:12:44 AM
Coming along very well.
Great job thus far. :thumbsup:

Sat, Jul-14-2007, 02:16:06 PM
Thanks all! I do have some goodies coming shortly....

I still owe you guys a review of the suspension. Unfortunetly im waiting on bolt girdle since I snapped it during the install, then I need to drop in the RTAB's and then get an alignment :)

As far as exterior, im waiting on the V-CSL front bumper from the body shop, and then I need to relax a bit with the mods since this past month I went a bit crazy.

Sun, Jul-22-2007, 01:40:34 AM
Replacement shock and bolt girdle came, now I can really push the suspension harder. Feels so good... After the rtab install and alignment, I will post up a good review hopefully.

This weekend I worked on the V-CSL bumper. I removed mine off my car in about 20 mins by myself (very easy) and headed inside to figure things out.

I had read Fern's threads on this and must say its alot easier when you have everything in front of you so you can get an idea of what really needs to be done.

I opted not to go to the aluminum bar method since its a few hundred bucks. I figured I wouldnt need my oem bumper anyways so it would be pretty much sensless to not give the kevlar/foam install method a shot.

I did some measuring and went to lowes to pick up the clamps, blue tape, and epoxy. I got a high strength epoxy with an extended bonding time of 60 mins since I knew this is something I can't rush. After I got home I took all the measurements and outlined exactly where the foam carrier should fit V-CSL bumper. Now these measurements were from the original, I think the vorsteiner is a quality replica, but who knows if the measurements were good for it? We shall see when I go to to install it :) I also used the tow hole as a guideline.

I taped up the bumper a few times and padded the clamps with paper towels to make sure nothign would get messed up. I mixed up 4 packets of epoxy and brushed it onto the bumper. At this time my friend had come over because I knew I needed a second set of hands for this. We played with it until it sat evenly on both sides and sat exactly where I had marked off. This was really the crucial part of this project. Again, not sure if I got it right, I think its going to be damn close though.

I plan to attatch the weather stripping across the top and try to install it in the morning. Wish me luck!

Here is the bumper with just the vorsteiner sides put in (After speaking to Fern I realized I should have used the OEM sides) Notice how its bear with no indicators of where to install the foam bar.




Here is what I did today :)








Sun, Jul-22-2007, 11:17:43 AM
looks amazing mate. I will let you know when im coming over to the states so i can get my lights upgraded. Cheers.

Wed, Jul-25-2007, 02:03:54 AM
H! Where did you get the CSL Bumper painted? I'm on the market for one.

Wed, Jul-25-2007, 02:09:13 AM
I actually bought the bumper used and then had a local shop paint it for me. They did great work :)

Fri, Jul-27-2007, 04:11:57 PM
wow, looks simply stunning! i cant get over those lights, very impressive. ill trade you my mustang :)

Fri, Jul-27-2007, 09:13:52 PM
update us LightWerkz!
I think i will be joining you here soon ;)

Fri, Jul-27-2007, 09:18:48 PM
nice! have you picked out a car yet?

Im due for an update soon...

*As you can see member journals here arent as popular as iwsti.com

Sat, Jul-28-2007, 12:07:41 PM
Yea, i have picked out a car already. Still waiting for the buyer of my car to confirm and pick it up.
I can tell the member journal is not as active, but that's ok. I will be posting anyways as soon as i get my car :)

Good progress with the car so far, you are really moving ahead fast!

Sun, Jul-29-2007, 01:04:13 AM
Here are the updated pics with the V-CSL installed...






Sun, Jul-29-2007, 04:29:13 AM

Sun, Jul-29-2007, 05:22:06 AM
very nice

Sun, Jul-29-2007, 08:21:12 AM
looks good with the new fb

Sun, Jul-29-2007, 11:08:24 AM
thanks guys, definitely thinking about the CSL bootlid down the line to match up :)

Mon, Jul-30-2007, 02:47:22 AM
great looking bumper. your car is coming along nicely.

Wed, Aug-08-2007, 03:21:33 AM
any high res of the pics from that last posted shoot? that is one beautiful car..

Wed, Aug-08-2007, 03:57:02 PM
Your ///m is a stunner!

Thu, Aug-09-2007, 07:01:31 AM
hey. i finally picked up my 2003.5 AW M3!! 33000miles only with aftermarket extended warrenty

I MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE! I LOVE THIS CAR!!! Thank you for all your advice!

Thu, Aug-09-2007, 03:37:56 PM
sweet link me to your journal if you get a chance to make one!

Thu, Aug-09-2007, 06:14:30 PM
i sure will! haven't gone out to take pictures yet. I will soon though

Project E46M3
Tue, Aug-14-2007, 11:34:50 PM
damn man...seems like you did a lot in the first month of purchase...most of your pics had the temp sticker still in the window...hahahaha

im still looking for my m3 too..i just need the perfect one for a decent price that is somewhat local

Mon, Aug-20-2007, 06:44:06 PM
I need to post some pics of the 15mm spacers up front and the headrest decals!

Yes I did so much in the first 2 months of purchase that im relaxing a bit for now and just enjoying the car.

My next mods to complete exterior are the VCSL bootlid and diffuser, possibly a light tint too.

Tue, Aug-21-2007, 06:08:50 AM
car looks sick man. glad the bumper found a good home lol. great work man. do u have an suggestions where to get good xenons from for a 9005 and 9006
? pm me if u do

Sun, Sep-02-2007, 03:32:09 PM
Threw some 15mm spacers up on the front wheels as well as these headrest decals :)

Most of the pics are of the whole car but it was so nice out I wanted to get a nice photoshoot going...










Sun, Sep-02-2007, 03:59:16 PM
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

tom @ eas
Sun, Sep-02-2007, 05:08:54 PM
Great pictures - car is coming together nicely.

Ben Z.
Mon, Sep-03-2007, 08:56:55 PM
Hey your car is gorgeous!

Fri, Sep-07-2007, 01:50:36 AM
Where did you get the "headrest decals"?

Fri, Sep-07-2007, 03:50:36 AM
encore, sponsor on the site

Sun, Sep-09-2007, 07:27:29 AM
WOW....I just got my Tiag M a bit ago...and it seems Ive got alot to do

Sun, Sep-09-2007, 10:01:07 PM
As I lurked around the forums one night I saw that Bavarian Creations had a sale going for the full carbon fiber diffusers in the CSL style. At literally under a 1/3 of the cost of a Vorsteiner one I said why the hell not. Emailed John from Bavarian Creations, he was very quick to respond and I placed the order. The next day I received a tracking number :) and shortly (a day or two later) the diffuser had landed. At this point his service and prompt shipping was excellent! :hi:

I was a bit skeptical since the price point on these was so low, however I couldnt justify myself spending 3x the amount for just a replica. The overall look and quality of the piece I give it a 7.5/10 since it could use a bit of work. What I mean by use a bit of work was the top needed to be straightened out. Seemed like the mold was dead on however when the CF was layed on top some of the resin had gone over the edge making it not 100% perfect, again this was to be expected. I took a sander to the top and within a half hour I got it very nice and smooth! All the imperfections were smoothened out. This really wasnt needed however Im used to customizing things and making things work so it wasnt a big deal for me.

Another downside was the holes where not drilled however I brought out my drill with me and used a small drill bit as a pilot hole...once I got the rigth hole drilled I used the appropiate sized one. I got all the holes lined up nicely, and once installed the diffuser looked great!

For the price, you cannot expect 100% OEM fitment because its certainly not OEM, but I fixed all the imperfections and I would say it fits just about as good as the stock one, honestly.

Overall im satisifed with the product and im glad I didnt waste my money with the vorsteiner one because those are silly expensive. The service I recieved from John was excellent and I reccomend the product to anyone. Im about as picky as it gets to good fitment/quality so if you arent then more power to you because this piece is actually pretty nice, again for the price paid!

John can be reached at john@bavariancreations.com

If you have any other questions feel free to post them up in here, but for now here are the pics.








Mon, Sep-10-2007, 05:29:16 AM
Very Nice bro!

Tue, Sep-11-2007, 08:25:54 PM
Now my favorite TiAg on the boards! Bump for a good guy and a sick car.


Sun, Sep-16-2007, 12:02:31 AM
hey LW, what weave is that? 1x1 or 2x2?

Sun, Sep-16-2007, 12:05:44 AM
2x2, not tight like vcsl but for the price its great :)

Thu, Nov-01-2007, 08:01:07 PM
Like the build up man! Keep it going!

Wed, Nov-14-2007, 08:52:06 PM
car looks awesome mann...just get some 35% all around.....

Fri, Nov-16-2007, 10:27:24 PM
great mod progression, the csl bumper really makes the car!

Fri, Nov-16-2007, 10:37:24 PM
I got a few new goodies to install shortly!

Borla Midpipe + Oval tip axleback being installed tmrw and then later next week the VCSL bootlid will be installed once it gets painted.

Fri, Nov-16-2007, 10:37:49 PM
^we need pics and soundclips....

Sat, Nov-17-2007, 09:46:56 AM
Sweet let me know how the VCSL bootlid comes out. recently I been doing small things to my brakes, but bootlid will come next... hopefully. Did you ever though about tracking your car? I decide to try it next year, so I got myself of OEM 18's.

Thu, Nov-22-2007, 07:56:48 PM
Just finished up installing the Borla Version 2 Midpipe which consists of section 1 and 2 and I also got the oval tip borla muffler. At first I was a bit skeptical about the whole borla exhaust, I suppose mainly because this is a german car (my first one) and Ive had a pretty nice history with japanese cars and modifying them. When I think of borla I think of mustangs and camaros! This experience really changed my whole outlook on Borla...

I did a lot of research before I purchased this system. The one thing that drove me to buying it was the price. All the other exhausts where about double the price new, and after seeing how many people were happy with the exhaust, I decided to go for it. I read the material that the exhaust was made out of was the same as the other ones (t-304 stainless steel I believe) and since it was made in the US the price point was that much better. I am also a huge fan of the oval tips because it looks differerent then everyone elses system (mainly because most people HATE this oval tip look) but thats what its all about; being different :) Turner motorsports also claims this muffler made the most power, however I dont know how much truth there is to that.

The fitment of the system is great. Since the mufflers are seperate it took my friend and I a few times of loosening and tightening to get it to the right point, but in the end it worked out great. I think it would be a better idea to have both mufflers connected, however there must have been a reason why its not done like that. I also needed to replace the exhaust hangers since my original ones were torn.

The sound is phemonimal! It totally eliminated the silly rasp and turned the sound of this machine into a true beast. There is also ZERO drone while cruising, and I dont hear any rattles or anything. With the windows closed you can talk to someone and not have to scream for them to hear you. As soon as you lower the window that nice exhaust note comes out and you just smile :) I noticed that there is no more change in sound at 4k rpm any longer and something tells me that I picked up some mid-high range power, but who knows, it could be in my head.

I will have some nice pics when I got my diffuser and bootlid painted. For now I made this video with an old camera so its nothing spectacular!I hope to make a new (better) video soon....

Overall im VERY pleased with the exhaust. Ive heard other systems, and while this isnt the best, for the price you cant beat it!

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/Czar654321/th_Borla.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/Czar654321/?action=view&current=Borla.flv)

Thu, Nov-22-2007, 08:19:20 PM
Nice bro!

Thu, Nov-22-2007, 10:31:43 PM
looks good... ima need to do that soon....

Wed, Nov-28-2007, 02:01:27 AM
Wow man first thing I want to say is thanks for sharing your car story with us. Second thing is that car has come a long way from where it started looks great. The last thing i noticed in your video that you do not have an oval rearview mirror, I thought all M3s came with ovals or am I wrong?

Wed, Nov-28-2007, 02:22:12 AM
I think the ones with bmw assist dont come with oval but I may be mistaken!

Thanks for the positive comments.

Wed, Nov-28-2007, 08:36:00 PM
I knew the bug would bite you soon! Looks and sounds good Caesar. When are we going to race? :whistle:

Thu, Nov-29-2007, 02:45:25 AM
Carl! Long time no see....I saw your relatives Alpina out front the dealership today! Atleast thats what someone told me that it was inserras car!

And peter thanks for everything, the car looks great and I dont have any complaints.

No worries your lights will be modded before you know it!

Ill see ya soon!

Thu, Nov-29-2007, 03:46:16 AM
The car looks great, Caesar! Very tasteful, like always. Keep it up.

BTW, we need to get together soon ... it's been too long.

Thu, Nov-29-2007, 03:52:32 AM
Thanks alex, Extremely busy over on my end. Soon I promise!

Project E46M3
Thu, Nov-29-2007, 08:26:53 PM
borla sounds great but oval tip?? ehhhhhh either way...u stay havin the nice mods..lol...i need to catch up

Sat, Dec-01-2007, 01:28:06 AM

Sat, Dec-01-2007, 08:39:13 PM
To go along with my silver/black theme I always wanted the CSL CF roof however I just couldnt justify paying the amount of money for the piece and then installation. I thought about painting it black however it would probably lower the resale value of the car, if not just make it harder to sell it if I was to move along. Painting it still costs a few hundred dollars and its not reversible, like the CF.

I spoke to my tint guy about doing a vinyl overlay and he had explained he actually did a few on Subarus, Minis, and other cars and it was totally doable. The vinyl is inexpensive and easily removable if I was to change my mind later on. The vinyl is said to be of very high quality and its made to be used on the exterior of cars, but more so for signs and other things of that nature. I had him order enough to do two cars (talked my buddy preeth into it) and we setup a date.

Ive been going to Lee Berbs for tints for my last two cars and have sent many customers his way because of how good he is. Hes been in business for the last 15 years and can basically can get any job done flawlessly.

Today Preeth and I went for our appointment and Lee got to work. I removed the shark fin, sirius receiver, and side rails so lee could begin. The night before I also claybarred so there was no imperfections. The job took about an hour and a half for each car. The results are impressive! We both opted for the Matte Black....I personally think its a clean look.

If you would like to contact Lee, please send him a message, here is his email:

Applied Film Technologies
725 Fairfield Ave (rear garage)
Kenilworth, NJ 07033

Anyhow, here are the pics!










Sun, Dec-02-2007, 04:46:58 AM
mad hot britt

nice sig

Sun, Dec-02-2007, 05:32:21 PM
Looks good. I actually like how the oval tips look and it sounds like a perfect DD setup. Only suggestion would be to paint the diffuser to match the cars color and leave the part around the exhaust black. But now that you have the roof with vinyl overlay black it sort of flows better.

Mon, Dec-03-2007, 06:14:35 AM
Haha, yeah that is my Uncle's new whip. The M5 is still my favorite though! Anyway, I like the creativity and the roof looks great. The oval tips will take some getting used to because I always liked the quad tip look. Either way, it looks great! We should meet up when I am home for winter break. I want a ride in that beast. :thumbsup2:


Mon, Dec-03-2007, 01:29:48 PM
caeser is this the red wrx caesar from Nasioc?

this is bren wrx.

Mon, Dec-03-2007, 01:52:17 PM
Nope, had a black sti ;)

Straz M3
Mon, Dec-03-2007, 05:26:23 PM
Haha, yeah that is my Uncle's new whip. The M5 is still my favorite though! Anyway, I like the creativity and the roof looks great. The oval tips will take some getting used to because I always liked the quad tip look. Either way, it looks great! We should meet up when I am home for winter break. I want a ride in that beast. :thumbsup2:


Carl Inserra huh? What's up dude? You are on the M3 boards now huh? Thinking about trading in that EVO or what? Small world man. I feel like all car nuts from NJ know each other from these boards.

Ceaser when we gonna do a photoshoot with your boy Matt? You live 2 mins away from me. Car looks awesome...

Wed, Dec-05-2007, 04:12:52 AM
Carl Inserra huh? What's up dude? You are on the M3 boards now huh? Thinking about trading in that EVO or what? Small world man. I feel like all car nuts from NJ know each other from these boards.

Ceaser when we gonna do a photoshoot with your boy Matt? You live 2 mins away from me. Car looks awesome...

Haha, what's up Matt? I have been on the boards for a while and met Caesar a few years ago when he owned his RSX-S. I'm not trading in the EVO, I love the damn thing. Plus, I can turn up boost without worrying about blowing my fuel pump. (Kidding) I heard what happened to the 335, that sucks man. At least you got an upgrade out of it.


Fri, Dec-07-2007, 03:57:10 PM
Recently got lucky when an OEM CSL Diffuser popped up on the forums in my color! Of course....I just HAD to have it! :lolhit:

The fitment is like a glove as you would expect. The carbon fiber weave is absolutely flawless and perfect...overall amazing piece. Pricey...but amazing!

Here are some pics. Notice I also threw on the winter wheels since we are due for some snow today.

On a side note I dropped off the VCSL CF bootlid to get painted with the top of the lip exposed. Should be a nice look....be on the look out for the next photoshoot soon!





Fri, Dec-07-2007, 03:59:31 PM
Very Sexy car man! Good luck with the mods! The car is coming along nicely :D

Fri, Dec-07-2007, 04:00:05 PM
Thanks man, cant wait for the bootlid to complete the look.

Sun, Dec-09-2007, 11:45:07 PM
Diffuser looks much better painted like it is now, nice decision.

Wed, Dec-12-2007, 01:21:38 PM
Diffuser looks much better painted like it is now, nice decision.

More than just painted. Thats OEM CSL painted :thumbsup2::thumbsup2::thumbsup2:

Sat, Dec-15-2007, 06:55:28 AM
BEAUTIFUL, but i LOVE the 4 exhaust tips!

Sun, Dec-16-2007, 10:17:28 PM
sweet you painted it now....looks awesome...cant wait for the bootlid...

Sun, Dec-16-2007, 10:35:04 PM
Yes the oem csl diffuser came in my color :)

The roof is now redone in glossy black :)

Was going to get the 35% tint but I need to come back another time because he forgot one of his tools.

The bootlid looks great. Took about 4 hours to install. Was more time consuming then anything else. I had to play around with the adjustments a few times but I got it sitting really nicely. The top edge exposed in CF is really cool looking...cant wait to show you guys...

Im going back for the tints in about 2 weeks after he gets back from vacation. In the mean time I should have some pics soon....

Mon, Dec-17-2007, 09:41:58 PM
Your Car looks great. Any CSL Trunk PICS Yet?

Mon, Dec-17-2007, 11:51:08 PM


Tue, Dec-18-2007, 12:01:43 AM
Soon soon.....weather has been SH1T

Tue, Dec-18-2007, 02:38:37 AM
recaros = no fat people

Wed, Dec-19-2007, 10:51:12 PM
LightWerkz, you car is simply amazing :bow:. Nice done! Can't wait to see the CSL trunk pics.

Wed, Dec-19-2007, 10:54:45 PM
Thanks so much. Im really anxious to get the new pics up.

Problem is I want to wait for some nice weather so I can swap on the ZCP wheels and get a nice shoot going ;)

Thu, Dec-20-2007, 05:38:46 AM
Nice progression with the mods. Tasteful.

Tue, Dec-25-2007, 09:38:04 PM
KK here we go...

Take notice I got the roof redone in glossy black instead of the matte black that was on previously

I like it much better this way. I also painted the roof side rails in a gloss black so the roof looks more uniform..

First new big update is the VCSL bootlid. Got it in the single sided carbon fiber. Originally wanted to leave the license plate area exposed as well as the top of the tail. Ended up realizing the car will be "cleaner" without the license plate area exposed...so I went ahead and just left the top.

Dropped of the bootlid at JMK auto body (great place btw, highly reccomended) and they had it ready within a few days. I figured it would be a ***** to install but it wasnt all that bad IMHO. This one didnt need too much adjustments to make it fit right, thank god. I did it with a buddy in my garage within 4 hours. Just needed to dremel out the square for the tool kit screw, drill 2 screws to hold up the tool kit, and some light dremeling in the holes that hold up the plastic rivets to get the carpet sitting perfect. Overall...wasnt too bad and I would say anyone can install this piece.

Here are the pics!








Tue, Dec-25-2007, 09:40:41 PM
Car is coming along nice!! Very tasty modding.

Your diary of mods has turned me onto the xenon retrofit, and I am now researching it a bit more and then I plan to get a similar setup to what you are running..... Does it re-use your existing headlight assembly, or do you get an entire replacement?!? How does that pasrt of the retrofit work?

Up until this past fall, almost all of my time and budget has been put into my E30 M3, so I haven't done very much to the E46. Now that the E30 it mostly finished, I've been surfing and researching the E46 boards and I'm coming across several mods I want to do real soon, like your headlight swap!!

If you have any other pictures or info on the headlight setup, please shoot it to onutsguy at aol dot com. Thanks!!:thumbsup2:


Tue, Dec-25-2007, 09:40:49 PM
I was looking on Tischers site because I needed all the extras for the bootlid for installation (badges, wiring, etc) and decided I wanted to freshen up the car a little bit. Ordered new side sills, roundels for wheels, pedals, mats, luggage net and a few other little things. Here are some pics...btw tischer FTW!

Luggage net is awesome. Clips right on and very easily removable...

The OEM pedals are a must, I cant believe I waited this long for them! They came with templates to drill the holes and even shorter screws for the gas pedal since longer ones wont let you press the gas all the way down. Took about 45 mins to install and quality and fitment is 10/10 obviously!



Tue, Dec-25-2007, 09:42:09 PM
Did a photoshoot with two of my buddies today :)












Tue, Dec-25-2007, 09:44:11 PM
And some more of my car :)





Tue, Dec-25-2007, 09:50:37 PM
By the way, I meant to ask you, are you still super happy with your suspension setup?!?


Tue, Dec-25-2007, 09:54:00 PM
Super happy is the key word :)

I absolutely love it and wouldnt settle for anything else.

Everyone that rides in the car also admires how nice the ride it.

If you have any questions just ask.

Tue, Dec-25-2007, 10:39:16 PM
Heres the latest exhaust video


Straz M3
Wed, Dec-26-2007, 04:25:58 AM
Your car is seriously awesome...well done...clean modding FTW

Wed, Dec-26-2007, 02:15:52 PM
one word ... Killer! :D

Wed, Dec-26-2007, 03:14:55 PM
Alex youve been so good! Any mods coming?

Wed, Dec-26-2007, 06:32:34 PM
Your car is f**king :drool:

I really like the vinyl roof overlay. Does anybody know where I can get something similar done in the Chicagoland area? :clueless:

LightWerkz, would it be too much to ask you to maybe post the exact brand name, model, or part # of the glossy vinyl that was used on your car?
Also, how many layers?

I need details. I really really want to get this done! :thumbsup2:

EDIT: Also, since my car is AW, maybe I should use a darker film on the roof? BTW, I have no sunroof.

Wed, Dec-26-2007, 07:19:17 PM
Your car is f**king :drool:

I really like the vinyl roof overlay. Does anybody know where I can get something similar done in the Chicagoland area? :clueless:

LightWerkz, would it be too much to ask you to maybe post the exact brand name, model, or part # of the glossy vinyl that was used on your car?
Also, how many layers?

I need details. I really really want to get this done! :thumbsup2:

EDIT: Also, since my car is AW, maybe I should use a darker film on the roof? BTW, I have no sunroof.

Contact lee burbs, his contact info is a few pages back when I first made the post about the roof.

If im not mistaken, he still has enough left to do another car which im sure he can send you for the same price.

But im sorry I dont know what brand...he sure will though or will be able to get it for you.

On a car with no sunroof, this is going to look even better! The gloss black is black, its not see through or anything so I dont know how much darker its going to get.

I would say you can DIY, but I went to my trusted tinter....def worth it. Came out perfect!

Wed, Dec-26-2007, 07:29:26 PM
and the rails... they just pop out and can be painted once they are off the car, correct?

Wed, Dec-26-2007, 09:07:26 PM
Yes did those myself :)

you lift up the covers, slide the plastic, and they just pop off.

Wed, Dec-26-2007, 09:38:14 PM
LightWerkz FTW

Wed, Dec-26-2007, 09:53:45 PM
sweet video bro!

Thu, Dec-27-2007, 06:00:57 AM
man your tiag looks great, and sounds great.

Fri, Dec-28-2007, 06:36:28 PM
Nice pics ...i need a csl trunk!!

Mon, Jan-07-2008, 01:50:21 AM
Picked up some BBS LM's today and went out for a quick shoot tonight :)

nothing special, so Im sure there will be another one fairly soon :shiftdriv






Ben Z.
Mon, Jan-07-2008, 03:00:16 AM
Wow now that is beautiful! What about some red center caps to tie in with the imola?

Mon, Jan-07-2008, 03:12:12 AM
Everyones been telling me to do the red caps....seems popular these days!

but thats a good call, i forgot about my red interior, lol!

Mon, Jan-07-2008, 04:19:43 AM
caesar - looks dope! but how are you riding around on the winter streets in that thing - im in MA and my car hasnt left the garage.

Mon, Jan-07-2008, 08:23:07 AM
the lm's look good....whats next?

Mon, Jan-07-2008, 12:35:28 PM
Your car is now perfect!!!! I love the LM's man. Your car is exactly what I am aiming to have mine look like in the very near future. :)

Mon, Jan-07-2008, 02:21:35 PM
caesar - looks dope! but how are you riding around on the winter streets in that thing - im in MA and my car hasnt left the garage.

Im not :) Just threw the wheels on for a shoot since I was anxious. I rarely drive the car in the winter :thumbsup2:

Mon, Jan-07-2008, 02:22:48 PM
the lm's look good....whats next?

Good question.... BBK?

I ordered my Ebay header so that will go on soon. Possibly some software after that to get the most bankg for the buck out of the power mods.

I really want a Short Shift Kit as well....just a matter of time :)

Mon, Jan-07-2008, 02:23:25 PM
Your car is now perfect!!!! I love the LM's man. Your car is exactly what I am aiming to have mine look like in the very near future. :)

Glad to know, thanks a lot :thumbsup2:

Project E46M3
Mon, Jan-07-2008, 03:58:42 PM
what the fcuk man?? I cant believe you just got some LM's..lol..your car is looking sick not to mention you did everything is record time...sooo you wanna sell those ZCP wheels to me?? ;-)

Mon, Jan-07-2008, 04:23:26 PM
ZCP's are gone buddy, sorry :)

Yeah I know im quick to mod...stock is just so boring.

Ben Z.
Mon, Jan-07-2008, 09:15:13 PM
Everyones been telling me to do the red caps....seems popular these days!

but thats a good call, i forgot about my red interior, lol!

Yep, that plus a red bbk would look really nice.

Here's a link to IMO the cleanest CB M3 that was on the forums which had this set up.


Mon, Jan-07-2008, 10:05:58 PM
damn....yeah thats gorgeous!

Sun, Jan-13-2008, 01:12:39 AM
Lightwerkz, I just love those photoshots of ur car and ur buddies' cars!!!! they're :thumbsup2::woohoo::bugeye::takecover:bow: simply no words!!!! Awesome cars u've got there and nice scenery too. I've got to get me those CSL Rims!

Sun, Jan-13-2008, 01:17:53 AM
Thanks, all the pics were taken by myself with my canon XT :)

I bought the ZCp wheels for $1600 plus shipping, maybe they can send them to you?

Would love a bbk but no money for that at the moment.

Next up is the ebay header which I have already just needs to be put in. Possibly D/A race software, and definitely a SSK, either rogue or auto solutions for sure!

Sun, Jan-13-2008, 04:16:10 AM
some more pics of the lovely LMs (thanks preeth)








Sun, Jan-13-2008, 10:13:43 AM
why is ur car so beaut-A-Ful???? simply awesome. but i prefered it with csl rims.

Mon, Jan-14-2008, 10:20:01 PM
Great JOB!!!

Wed, Jan-16-2008, 04:48:20 AM

Wed, Jan-23-2008, 01:03:01 AM
First off big thanks to the people that helped out today - Peter (Jest) Preeth (PKumarm3) and Doug (Cntrvrsy) :thumbsup2::thumbsup2:

While it was mainly peter and myself doing all the back breaking working, everyone definitely gave a hand in the install. I would definitely reccomend a helping hand or two.

The whole process took us 10 hours from start to finish. As everyone said its NOT easy, and there are times when you want to give up, but you just got to keep going :)

Removing the factory headers is a long drawn out process but obviously needs to be done. We followed milkymu's DIY so I suggest you do the same if you want something to follow through on.

Some things I reccomend you have are extensions of all sizes and swivel joints to get to those hard to reach nuts on the headers. Without those you might as well not do it because it wont be possible. I reccomend a pry bar because the ebay header needed some movement before it could slip on the studs, not sure if this is the case with all of them, but this was the case with this particular one. Besides that I would say it went fairly smooth. Its a really time consuming process.

The header will hit the motor mount and its important to bend that shield out of the way (on top fof the mount) otherwise you will have rattles.

Another thing you need to do is remove both post cat 02 sensors, and put the pre car sensors in the post cat spot, otherwise the headers wont fit. You can zip tie them somewhere in the engine bay but we completely removed them. Also put the 02 sensors on before you mount up the header or you will be removing it a few times as we did today.

You need to remove your whole catback exhaust so its wise to have someone working on that while someoone else is working on the headers. Things like these are were time is saved, but if you do it alone be prepared to spend atleast a day or two on it because its easy to give up.

I dont have a single rattle and everything went in fairly smooth in the end.

This is by far the best bargain there is for this car, especially if you install it yourself. I bought the header for $100 shipped from a seller called "hookupdeals" you can find it on ebay. If you pay someone be sure to spend some big bucks but it will be worth it.

Since we all have M's I did a run with my buddy after I unloaded all the tools and stuff. The power difference can be felt right away, and its the whole power band. We did a 3rd gear pull and I instantly gained about a car length on my buddy. The car also sounds amazing with the borla catback.

So far no check engine light, then again its only been about 40-50 miles.

Overall I give this mod the "mod of the century" award because its so inexpensive, it provides noticable gains, and fits pretty damn well for an aftermarket $100 piece.

Again thank you for helping me out today guys :thumbsup2::thumbsup2:

Video Added:

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/Czar654321/BMW%20M3/th_borlaebay.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/Czar654321/BMW%20M3/?action=view&current=borlaebay.flv)

Straz M3
Wed, Jan-23-2008, 01:08:05 AM
sounds amazing Ceaser...

Wed, Jan-23-2008, 01:17:15 AM
sounds amazing Ceaser...

Thanks! Im looking forward to some more vids when time allows!

Wed, Jan-23-2008, 01:28:13 AM
LED Interior:

www.autolumination.com is where I purchased all of them

I swapped every single incandescent bulb on the interior of the car to LED. Its brighter and has a nice touch if you ask me. I used 5 LED 194/168 bulbs on the map lights and rear reading lights; 7 bulbs total and they run $7 a piece. What is awesome about them is that they have one LED facing outward, and then 4 on all corners so they really shine like crazy! The bad part (for some) is that I needed to dremel out all the pieces a bit so these bulbs could fit. Make sure when you do this you have a can of compressed air or an air compressor around since its really hard to get the shavings and dust out by just blowing on it.

The footwell, glovebox, trunk lights, and license plate lates I used the 39mm Festoon bulbs, and these use 9 LED's each. You aim them down in the direction you want and they slide right in. These also run $7 each and you need 2 for the license plate, 2 for the trunk, 2 for the footwells, and 1 for the glovebox. Also 7 LED bulbs.

After shipping this mod will run over $100, but it was well worth it IMHO!

Here are some pics...brightness didnt come out as much as I would have liked (need to mess with settings on manual mode) but still good none the less!








Now next up was the ZCP/CSL wheel. I have ALWAYS wanted this but finally the right deal came up and I snagged it. Now it matches with the oem alcantara ebrake and shift boot and feels amazing as well!


Last up is the CF Kidney grills. Friend of mine hooked me up with these and I am already loving them! Next up will be some CF side grills :)



Mon, Jan-28-2008, 01:01:30 AM
Today my buddy Preeth organized a Dyno Meet so we all headed up to ICS Performance in Stamford CT. Really nice people and they def know what they are doing. The owner and all assistants and sales people were very helpful and knowledgable about all types of cars. We had about 10 cars that did dyno runs which took up about half the day. Unfortunately on my pulls the something went wrong and TQ was not able to be measured.

Ran a best of 298.70 :)

Video on Dyno : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoslOuCTteA


I cleaned the MAF before I went and also updated the car with the shark injector software. This eliminated the CEL, made the powerband smoother, removed the top speed limited, and increased the rev limiter. The car feels great and pulls really hard. I ran my friend that has oem headers with oem section 1 and rogue section 2 and 3 and the gains are VERY noticable. Very happy with these headers once again, and the software is just icing on the cake. Happy modding :)



^^ My buddy ran about 10 WHP less on average when we got dyno'ed. Stay tuned for an updated, hes got the CSL headers coming!!

Mon, Jan-28-2008, 05:37:09 AM
Wicked! :D Car looks amazing bro :D

Tue, Jan-29-2008, 06:49:35 PM
Nice collection of mods

Fri, Feb-01-2008, 08:35:56 PM
Very nice, love your car and your IR interior look hot on that silver.
nice man..

Sat, Feb-02-2008, 10:46:05 PM
Peter (jest) hooked me up with his old kidney grills and side grills, never took pics of the side grills so here they are: (Yes im turning into a CF *****)




Doing a lot of research lead me to believe that the stock airbox is good enough and all I should do is put a new filter on. Ordered the Helene Performance Streamline filter through EAS (excellent service btw) and my first reaction was that this is a very high qaulity filter! When I removed the stock one my jaw dropped. A lot of debris and dirt/dust was stuck in the OEM one. It was definitely due for a change! Luckily it was on the side of the filter that it was meant to be on, but this lead me to believe the filter was super clogged and restricting airflow. Once I removed the OEM filter it was apparent that the stock filter was inferior to the new one. Im glad I replaced it. Its hard to tell in terms of gains since I got software only a week ago and headers 2 weeks before that, however Im sure there is some extra gains compared to OEM.




And just some random pics from today...





Sun, Feb-03-2008, 02:46:17 AM
Keeps getting better my man, please don't get rid of the LM's. You're car is drop dead sexy. I wish I could get some LM's, it'd complete mine.

Sun, Feb-03-2008, 02:52:05 AM
Thanks bro. We will see what I will do about the wheels...

Sun, Feb-03-2008, 05:00:31 AM



Sun, Feb-03-2008, 05:21:34 AM
Car Looks Beautiful mate. Keep it like that :D

Mon, Feb-11-2008, 10:16:40 PM
Was waiting quite some time for the guys over at EAS to come out with this kit. Finally got this trim kit installed over the weekend and now its time to show it off :)

Not that the 2x2 weave is bad or anything, the 1x1 plain weave is much more my style. The weave on this kit is honestly like OEM. Its so picture perfect, and I dont mind paying for quality when it comes to pieces like these. The clear coat finish is also very shiney and it looks perfect. The fitment of the kit is dead on as you would expect from EAS. Even their 2x2 CFtrim kits are rumored to be the best out there, and now I can truely say that this kit itself, has perfect fitment, finish, and weave!:thumbsup2:

The only modification I had to do was to dremel out the opening on the drivers side for the mirror switch so the plug could sneak through, thats it!

Lastly, the service at EAS is always the finest one can expect. They are very communicative, honest, and ship promptly with tracking information available as soon as the products ship out. A+ to them!

Stay tuned for alcantara arm rest pads, a VCSL CF 1x1 console, and Recaro Pole Positions with Imola Red centers in the future :)

And now on to the good stuff..









Mon, Feb-11-2008, 11:14:20 PM
looks delicious you CF *****!!!

stop tempting me! the csl gods won't allow me to do such a thing!

Tue, Feb-12-2008, 12:07:20 AM
Its crazy because I was just looking at your journal over at IWSTI, I wish I could have a journal as impressive. This summer I will have to put something together.

keep up the good work :) you are giving me a lot of ideas for the future.

Tue, Feb-12-2008, 05:46:04 AM
Caesar, I hate you. I just ordered a CF dash trim kit for my EVO because of you. :thumbsup2:

Lookin good as usual kid. We gotta catch-up when I come home this summer.


Sat, Feb-16-2008, 04:47:45 AM
Bought this console to further complete the CF scheme going on in the inside of the car. They discontinued this piece so I had to find it second hand. Searched for the 1x1 weave specifically since I just got the 1x1 CF interior trim kit by EAS.

You need to purchase the following items to make this work:

Door Lock/ Hazzard FRAME -CSL- 1 51167896362
Mirror Control FRAME - CSL- 1 51167896361
Foam / Alcantara INSERT -CSL- 1 51167896956
BLIND PLUG D=23MM 2 51711904843
BRACKET 1 51168235570
BODY NUT 4,2-1-ZNS qyt2 07129901644SHEET METAL SCREW ST4,2X19 qyt2 71111180290

I opted not to get the alcantara pad as I have some of my own coming in for the ebrake boot and door panel arm rests. You need to purchase the csl ebrake boot for this install, no way around it since they are different sizes. No one makes an alcantara version unless you first buy the csl one and then send it out, so thats what I plan to do.

I also got the alcantara CSL ebrake handle.

The console went in easy and it does shave off a few pounds easily. The only thing I didnt like about the console is that its really fragile! I put in two small stress cracks without even putting much pressure on the piece, so watch out when installing this!

It fits like other aftermarket parts; you need to modify them a bit, but nothing serious, just dremel work. All of the openings needed to be made larger in order to fit, but I rather have everything be a bit too small then too large, this way you can have a nice flush fit, even though is takes some work.

After seeing the quality of the weave I can honestly say EAS wins hands down. The VCSL weave is not as perfect as the EAS kit, and the lack of clear coat on this piece really bothered me. A local shop wanted over $100 to clear it so I opted to leave it how it was. Put a few coats of wax on it and moved on..

Overall Im definitely happy with this mod, certainly achieves the look I was going for. Its a bit pricey, but what isnt for these cars?






Sat, Feb-16-2008, 06:14:36 AM
WOW Very Very nice. I was speaking to VORST last night about having one made for myself :D

Sat, Feb-16-2008, 08:23:04 AM
definitely gooooood stuff!..another fan

Sun, Feb-17-2008, 12:03:48 AM
Picked up a new lens (Canon 10-22mm Wide Angle) and was curious what kind of shots it produced. The car was filthy so I washed it and headed out to find a new location. Got lucky with this one today, just kind of stumbled upon it and I loved it.

These were taken with a Canon Rebel XT, Canon 10mm-22mm Lens, and a polarizing filter. So far the lens lives up to all the great reviews Ive read...definitely glad I purchased it. It can distort a bit at full wide angle, but sometimes it can produce a desirable effect :thumbsup2:

Comments welcome :thumbsup2:

What do you think?










Wed, Feb-20-2008, 03:43:00 PM
email me at drockafella23@yahoo.com I need to get my lights done asap

souR d's
Fri, Feb-22-2008, 04:11:31 AM
i have a new wallpaper:thumbsup2:

Tue, Feb-26-2008, 02:35:25 AM
Yeah as some of you may know im a bit of an alcantara lover. I was at a local subaru meet the other weekend and there was a guy selling blankets and pillows with STi logos. I told him I would definitely be interested in an alcantara pillow and if he made one for me im sure others would be as well. We exchanged information and I kind of forgot about it.

He got back to me a few days later and said he could have it done no problem. He said he would make one for me and I could see how I liked it. When I got it I was amazed by the quality of the material (genuine alcantara) and how nicely the embroiderry work was done, and all the stitching and seems were very legit.

My main flaw (if you want to say) was that it was preforated alcantara which doesnt really match any of my oem alcantara bits, but he said no worries, if I give him the correct color he make them with any colors.

Once I found the color from gulf fabrics and confirmed it, I sent over my arm rests and shift boot to get wrapped in the material. I figured this would be a good time to order another pillow, basically just to sit around in my car.

Overall definitely happy. Price was $50, but its one of those cool things to have, especially in your car or your room if you are a m3 lover. The quality is exceptional so I dont mind paying for it :thumbsup2:

I havent recieved the one for my car yet but here is the one for my room :)




Tue, Feb-26-2008, 03:31:43 AM
Nice little addition, I saw those STi pillows over at IWSTI. Keep us informed on those other little pieces and the next pillow.

Sun, Mar-16-2008, 11:21:36 PM
Was pretty upset to find out BMW doesnt make an alcantara CSL ebrake boot, and definitely wanted it to match up with my steering wheel and shift boot.

I found a company that was willing to do the work with a very quick turn around time and very reasonable pricing. Since I was sending the CSL ebrake boot, I figured I would also send in the arm rests. Literally just yanked these off (dont need to remove panels or anything) and tossed them into the box along with the ebrake boot.

The boot cost me $60 and then $15 extra for the custom stitching. I was told this was the price for both ebrake boots and shift boots. The arm rests were $25 a piece. They used the OEM BMW alcantara which is color code #9002, and you can see that it matches perfectly against the genuine alcantara CSL ebrake handle.

I didnt get my shift boot done at the same time but Im planning to send it down this week for the custom stitching, just so it matches up with the ebrake boot. I think its a cool touch but it might be too much for some people.

Contact info for the company:

10th Street JDM
2310 Old Concord Rd.
Smyrna, GA 30082


Speak to Alex directly and tell him Caesar sent you if you do contact them. I know they can do steering wheels, dash boards, and other custom upholstrey at very reasonable pricing compared to the quality of service and products received.

Anyways here are the pics..








Mon, Mar-17-2008, 01:18:53 AM
looks great Caesario
i gotta send in a few items to them

Mon, Mar-17-2008, 04:11:07 AM
Hey Caesar:wave:. I'm loving what you are doing with the M3. It's just enough, but not too much. Very clean. I'm hoping to be one of the M3 guys in the near future. Still working out this G37 situation which keeps getting worse and worse. Keep it up.:thumbsup2:


Sat, Mar-29-2008, 07:44:27 PM
Sold the BBS LM's a few weeks ago to a member on the forums. From the start I kind of missed the CSL look, so I wanted to go back to it. Its basically like the cleanest, aggressive, oem type look there is, of course in my opinion...

Ended up going with the Morr VS7's.

Front:19x8.5 +32 (Running 10mm Rogue Spacer)
Rear: 19x9.5 +28 (Running 12mm Rogue Spacer)

19lbs Front / 20lbs Rear

Front Tires - Toyo T1R 245/35/19
Rear Tires - Toyo T1R 275/30/19










Sat, Mar-29-2008, 07:44:57 PM





Sat, Mar-29-2008, 09:26:27 PM
look great man! I'm always impressed with your car!

Sat, Mar-29-2008, 11:56:19 PM
the morrs look alright

Sun, Mar-30-2008, 01:14:13 AM
Wow! Looks Amazing!

Sun, Mar-30-2008, 10:42:53 PM
I'm really impress with the work you put into this car. It look fantastic. I wish my car look as nice.

Sun, Mar-30-2008, 10:45:37 PM
Thank you very much!

Mon, Mar-31-2008, 05:55:34 AM
Car looks great, i'm beginning to start my CSL whoredom soon, got a boot coming in a bit and then going to track down a front bumper somewhere. So whats next for you?

Mon, Mar-31-2008, 12:29:15 PM
Short shift kit is next up for me....thanks for the comments man :)

Mon, Mar-31-2008, 04:33:06 PM
Im so happy you went back to the CSL rims, your right the car looks so clean with them on.

Mon, Mar-31-2008, 10:51:44 PM
I can see this thread wil never end. hahah

Car was and is sick.

Fri, Apr-04-2008, 03:43:22 AM
The VS7s look great on your car!

Sun, Apr-06-2008, 06:44:26 AM
cars looks awesome....and the interior is coming out really good.

Sun, Apr-06-2008, 01:45:21 PM
Hey bro! Where did you get your roof done?

Sun, Apr-06-2008, 10:50:21 PM
Hey bro! Where did you get your roof done?

Roof? Just check in the journal, all the info is in here :)

To the rest of you thanks for the comments :thumbsup2:

Wed, Apr-09-2008, 10:01:16 PM
New goodies arrived :)

Originally was looking into a BBK (stoptech or alcon) but I just COULD NOT justify spending 5-7k on a big brake kit. Thats just an insane amount of money....would need to sell my kidney or something, lol. I hit the track about 3 times a year....just didnt think it would be wise to spend that much money and not see the performance benefits from them on a daily basis.

Then I thought about just getting the front, but then I would still need a set of some nice pads and lines for the rear. Also, it would just look unproportional....need that BBK all around or none at all.

I did a lot of research and came to the conclusion that the Performance Friction Rotor upgrade for the stock brakes is the way to go. They are true 2pc rotors. A bit costly, roughly $330 each, but supposedly the best money can buy. The nice part about it when they need to be replaced, replacing the disc is much cheaper then the original complete rotor itself, so thats nice!

The rear rotors were out of stock, and I will be considering swapping my oem rears out once they come back into stock.

Besides the rotors I got the bimmerworld stainless steel lines, and the ferodo ds2500 pads. The reason for the ferodo ds2500 pads was they they are the *most* dual purpose pad you can probably find. A bit aggressive, but they can hold up to light/medium track duty which is exactly what I needed. These pads, combined with the rotors and lines should give me a nice bite for when I got auto crossing and those few track days I attend each year.

The front rotors, ss lines, ferodo ds2500 pads, and ate superblue fluid ran $1050 shipped. I will write up a review when I get a chance, but I think its a bargain setup in terms of braking performance (from what I have read and researched) compared to dishing out 5k+ on BBK kit all around.

Being that I swap wheels for every autocross event, which is basically every weekend, you can imagine how many times I need to swap wheels. Its not fun by any means and the fact that we have lug bolts just makes it so much worse. I picked up the Vorshlag stud kit for $60. Said to be a bargain setup, but we shall see. Looks great so far, and I believe this will be a great mod since it makes mounting the wheels so much easier, and eliminates the need for 2 sets of lug bolts since I use spacers on my Morr wheels.




Wed, Apr-09-2008, 10:13:36 PM
Good stuff! You're going to love those studs, especially if you're using spacers!

Thu, Apr-10-2008, 06:53:18 AM
WOW that looks damn Sexy! Nice one buddy!

Mon, Apr-14-2008, 12:07:32 AM
Installed the stud kit, lines, pads, fluid, and front rotors today. Took roughly 2 hours, wasnt all that bad. My friend and I each tackled a side and got started so it went pretty quick.

Still need to bed in the pads before I give any feedback, but so far so good :)




Mon, Apr-14-2008, 12:50:51 AM
I can see this thread wil never end. hahah

Car was and is sick.

lol:agree: nice mods as usual!

Wed, Apr-16-2008, 02:52:09 PM
Car looks great :thumbsup2: nice taste in wheels ...

Wed, Apr-16-2008, 10:48:28 PM
Caesar, great choice on the PFC rotors and DS 2500 pads! :)

I'm glad you decided on the PFC rotors as we have discussed. Can't wait for an official review. If I didn't have my Alcon, I would be all over the PFC rotors. They are the best damn rotors for our car. In fact, very few realize this but the PFC rotors are actually better than the rotors that come with several popular BBKs.

Wed, Apr-16-2008, 10:55:03 PM
Caesar! The M looks amazing!!

Gotta say I gotta get my lazy arse and do the review on my modded headlamps!! :oops:

Wed, Apr-16-2008, 10:55:19 PM
I read your post about the ate usperblue fluid, I will try the motul next time around!

Im excited to see how they hold up at the track :)

So far the ferodo's make ZERO noise, I bed them in nicely and used anti squeel....then again its a bit soon to tell.

Thu, Apr-17-2008, 05:00:56 AM
+1 amazing car - you'll probably love the Autosolutions :) Coming up north to Montreal any time?

Fri, Apr-18-2008, 05:52:02 PM
very long and adventurous journey! looking good

Mon, Apr-21-2008, 12:16:16 AM
Some pics from the auto-x today..

This season is my first season with the M3. Its well prepped and ready to go.

Current Brake, Wheel, and Suspension Setup includes:

S/A TC Kline coilover
500/500 springs - probably going to go with something stiffer.
Rebound - half a turn from full stiff
caster setup at full positive
-3 camber front -2.2 camber rear
zero toe all around - switching to 1/8 toe out front, and 1/8 toe in rear

hoosier A6 racing tires
OEM square 18 setup
Vorshalg stud kit

Performance friction 2pc floating rotors front
Ferodo DS2500 Brake Pads
SS Lines
ATE Superblue brake fluid

The setup feels rock solid. Im definitely getting a front sway bar soon, Im suprised one hasnt been put on yet!

The 9.5" wheels up front with the 275 tires is an unbelieve wheel setup. Tires make the car stick like superglue, I have never felt something like it. You can really throw the car around and not have to worry as long as you know what you are doing. They heat up very fast, and are darn consistent. After I dialed in more negative camber, the tire started to grip even better. I seem to prefer the lower temperatures on them. Run 32 psi up front and 30 psi in the rear.

The brakes bite much better now. I can really have confidence in braking a bit later.

We have been going autocrossing for the hast few weekends now, this weekend happened to be with the porsche club. This event we only got 6 runs total. The event was packed with 138 people and it was pretty poorly organized, everything took way too long.

In the morning I didnt get any good runs in within 3 laps. In the afternoon I hit 50.4 seconds 3 times in a row. Considering the competition in this class filled with everthing in the food chain, I did pretty well.

Here are some pictures.

This was with the Porsche Club at Giants Stadium East Rutherford NJ

Preeths car

Forum Member Jest

My Setup - OEM Rear Sqaure Setup, Hoosier A6 Tires 275/35/18





badass porsche

Ida's Porsche




The Dough

Mon, Apr-21-2008, 12:32:36 AM
wheres my car huh??? not modded enough LMAO

Mon, Apr-21-2008, 01:09:48 AM
Pics from plafta



























Mon, Apr-21-2008, 01:12:08 AM
now thats more like it ;)

Mon, May-05-2008, 12:40:02 PM

Mon, May-05-2008, 12:45:42 PM
Very Sexy!

Mon, May-05-2008, 12:52:43 PM
Just pics for now. Once I get through some work I need to do this week I will update with vids from the pocono east track day and the auto-x with bmwcca @ commerce ball park in bridgewater NJ.

Also a review on the track day :)

Mon, May-05-2008, 01:52:17 PM
Great pics man! It looks like you had a blast! :thumbsup2:

Mon, May-05-2008, 03:04:50 PM
sweet pics on the track dude. your car looks its at home!

Mon, May-05-2008, 06:02:37 PM
man i need to get some track photos! those look sick

Sat, May-10-2008, 10:10:57 PM
P got new wheels, so we did a quick photoshoot!
















Sat, May-10-2008, 10:16:40 PM
nice pics!!

Sun, May-11-2008, 04:31:10 AM
Wow man! The pics came out great ... sweet location! :thumbsup2:

Fri, May-16-2008, 02:46:41 PM
The Vorshlag stud kit is nice, but the lugs were kind of weak. I shopped around for something unique, found these Project Kics R40 lug nuts. They are made in Japan, and I opted for the extended version.

Huge change in terms of looks, but im not quite sure if I like the final look. Maybe a matter of getting used too? Perhaps...we shall see over time..

What do you guys think?



Project Kics




Project E46M3
Fri, May-16-2008, 02:58:42 PM
i dont know man...those lugs stick out crazy far!!!! do they have a short version??? reminds me of some type of weapon from the Gladiator lol...u hit the button and knife edges come out..hahahaha

Fri, May-16-2008, 03:06:09 PM
Yeah they did have the shorter version. When I put them on I was like, wow, thats a new look...

They would fit wheels like rs110's better, something with a deeper central hub if you know what I mean.

Fri, May-16-2008, 03:34:27 PM
Hmm, Caesar not really sure how I feel about those. They would probably look great on the LM's where the lug area is recessed a bit as you said. For some reason with the shallow area the Morr's have it looks like the socket of a wrench got stuck to the stud. They don't look bad though.

Fri, May-16-2008, 03:49:06 PM
Haha, its cool, tell me they look like weird....Im thinking the same.

Fri, May-16-2008, 09:46:25 PM
Haha, its cool, tell me they look like weird....Im thinking the same.

No honestly I don't hate them, they do look a little odd though, I'm thinking of picking up some McGard black close ended lugs, you should check some out, I know those will look great.

Sat, May-17-2008, 11:56:31 PM
they look MUCH MUCH hotter in person! :thumbsup:

Wed, May-21-2008, 01:13:24 PM
those lugz are hot...bit JDMish but they are quality stuff.

by the way, Preeth's wheels are f-ing hot!

Wed, May-21-2008, 01:24:12 PM
Ive got to say the lugs grew on me a bit over the last few days, but your right, preeths wheels = sex

Sun, May-25-2008, 09:51:47 PM
Installed the Auto Solutions SSK and I am super pleased with it. These makes shifting so much easier, the shifts are direct and have no sloppyness to them. Heel toeing is a easier now as well, before the shifts werent as precise and consistent. Would reccomend this kit to anyone!

The install was fairly smooth. Preeth helped out a bit but as anyone who has installed these before knows, there is only room for one set of hands, so it was mostly me doing the PITA work. It was basically just extremely time consuming because of the fitment...

Also installed rogue transmission bushings while I was down there. We wrapped it up at around 4hours only to find out I put the selector rod upside down and couldnt get into reverse. This required removing the spring clips again and of course I was frustrated and already beat at this point so the uninstallation and switching took some time. I had my exhaust off so I removed the borla setup in hopes of something new in the future. I put the OEM exhaust on and was shocked at how quiet the car is now. Much more raspier, but some rasp pipes should fix that soon. I am thinking eisenmann race muffler as well..

Sun, May-25-2008, 09:57:56 PM
Fun time caesar

Mon, May-26-2008, 11:04:04 AM

That's a great shot!

I've grown to like the MORR VS7/VS8 wheels lately, would you know how much they weigh? Lighter than OEM 19" wheels? Keep up the fine modding.

Mon, May-26-2008, 12:38:29 PM
lighter then majority of 19"s out there. These weigh in at 19/20lbs.

Mon, Jun-02-2008, 11:02:19 PM
Hi LightWerkz

Wed, Jun-04-2008, 03:13:17 AM
here is a video from Pocono East Course. It was a really foggy day, but great day none the less. It was my first time on a track with this car, and I didnt have any complaints at all! Brakes, power, handling...everything!

Let me know what you think!


Wed, Jun-04-2008, 03:43:24 AM
Auto-X Video from a NJ Porsche Club Event

Got second fastest non porsche modified car...right after a turbo miata!


Sat, Jun-07-2008, 06:26:51 PM
Im actually embarassed it took me this long to install a sway bar in this car. im still auto-x'ing every weekend and this is a must have mod! Finally got around to ordering the H&R sway bar and endlinks from turner motorsports. The sway bar is a nice dark grey metallic color with 3 holes for adjustment. I put it on the stiffest setting, attatched the bushings and the new links, and installed on within an hour in the crazy heat!

The adjustable endlinks are key. They allow you to take all the preload off the sway bar.I followed DER Motorsports install video and did exactly as it said. Basically when you install the sway bar you have the car on jacks or on a lift. You put on the adjustable endlinks basically how they come right in the box, ready to go. Once its on, spread out the locking nuts all the way to the top and bottom, and now the center of the endlink can be turned to make it tighter or looser, at this point you just leave it there and reinstall everything. Once the wheels are on I lowered the car on ramps and came under to remove all the preload. Basically you go loosen it until it has little or no tension, but its not loose and sloppy either. This will put the least amount of stress on the stock enlinks under harsh conditions such as racing.

The car is much lower then stock so the stock links werent exactly ideal. Im glad I went with the new bar and new endlinks. Install was a breeze and it cost about $450 for everything. Will report back with some feedback. I dont expect the world to change since the coilovers remove most of the body roll, but I know I will be pleased with this mod..



H&R vs Stock


Sat, Jun-07-2008, 07:51:36 PM
Very Nice Bro, I went with the Eibach Antiroll kit..

Sat, Jun-07-2008, 11:38:25 PM
I have the same sway bar. You will like it for auto-x. I have mine in the middle setting right now.

Sun, Jun-08-2008, 02:55:10 PM
your car is stunning, i love those wheels. so aggressive looking

Mon, Jun-09-2008, 04:44:13 AM
So how's the M compare to the ol' STi when it comes to the Autocrossing, Ceaz?

Mon, Jun-09-2008, 01:10:19 PM
When prepped the M3 does really well with a good driver.

Out of the box its pretty shitty, unlike the STi where it actually does really well right out of the box. The STi is very forgiving, you basically turn the wheel and go...the AWD also masks a lot of driver mistakes. Basically I had to break some bad habits to be able to move forward with the M3 when regards to auto-xing.

IMHO, Overall you need more skill to drive the M3 to get the same times. It took me awhile to find the limits and adjust myself to this car specifically. The things that helped the most was the tires, suspension, and alignment.

Ive been to about ten events this season, have gotten 1st 3 times, 2nd twice, 3rd 3 times, 4th 2 times. Its my first real season with this car and I have it exactly where I want it. Its proven to be one of the faster cars out on the course every event and I love repping for the M3's.

Thu, Jun-12-2008, 04:29:20 PM
I was saving for new seats for quite some time now. My dilema was access to the rear because I usually load up my wheels and tires for auto-x and track. After my friend confirmed that he was able to fit all 4 wheels inside the car through the bootlid, I had ordered my seats. Its more of a PITA ths way, but it does work. I think the seats will be one of the best addition on the care, along with all my other mods :lolhit:

Another deciding factor was seat color and material. I believe on a car like the M3, you need a leather seat if you are at all concerned with looks. I wanted something that would match my interior nicely. All the aftermarket seats in red were too bright and they wouldnt match that well against the darker, richer, oem bmw imola red. With the Recaro pole positions, I can remove the seat cushions, and will be sending them out to get reupholstered in the imola red or oem dark gray alcantara to match the red of the goodies. Either way the red sitching and red logo really did it for me and I think overall its going to be a perfect match for a imola red interior.

These seats are extremely comfy for a fixed back seat. I was lusting over these ever since I helped a buddy of mine install them last year, and knew they would be in my future, even after all the denial at the moment.

I got everything at speedware motorsports. Great company to deal with, they gave me and excellent deal. I got their floor mounts and side mounts, recaro sliders, and the black full leather recaro pole positions with the double red stitching. All hardware included, lets hope it fits right! Also had to order the OEM BMW Seat occupancy sensor, which was another $100 :owned:They were shipped out immedaitely last friday and came yesterday! Only problem is the side mounts they sent are for the recaro SPG seats, replacements are coming tmrw so I should have some time to throw them in Friday.

Anyways onto the teasers...





Thu, Jun-12-2008, 05:09:58 PM
Will be installing tmrw prob. So if your free, swing through!

Thu, Jun-12-2008, 09:40:49 PM
The cars and lighting are amazing.

Thu, Jun-12-2008, 10:52:38 PM
Very Beautiful Seats! Exactly what i have wanted but with Black Alcantra Centers......... lets see them installed and show how to do the seatbelt buckle as well please.

Fri, Jun-13-2008, 03:34:00 AM
Thanks! These floor mounts already have the seat belt hinge/hole all ready to mount up, no drilling needed.

Fri, Jun-13-2008, 05:17:59 AM
Thanks! These floor mounts already have the seat belt hinge/hole all ready to mount up, no drilling needed.

Nice seats. :thumbsup2: Really like the custom stitchings you have. :thumbsup2:

I ordered a pair of Recaro PP, in leather/suede inserts from Simon few weeks ago, with VAC floor plates, Recaro side plates and sliders. Can't wait for those myself.

I was mulling between cloth and leather covers, and finally settled on leather, for the same reasoning you provided. :)

So, are those the Wedge Engineering seat brackets?

I actually saw that floor bracket at recent Bimmerfest 2008. Nice brackets. :goodluck:

BTW, you'll be hearing from me soon about the Projector upgrade (FTW) !!!

Fri, Jun-13-2008, 08:20:37 AM
Ok but isnt there some kinda wiring we have to mess with or something so we dont get AIR BAg lights?

Fri, Jun-13-2008, 01:00:42 PM
To get no air bag light, disconnect the battery, then undo the seats. Everything is plug and play. There is a plug for heating, movement (adjustment), seat belt and an airbag sensor. Remove the OEM seats from the car. Install the floor mounts. Then the sliders/seatmount/seat {The sidemounts Caesar is using is the Speedware Motorsport sidemounts, which have a hole for the seat belt female receptacle. Bolt the OEM seat belt receptacle on before you install the seats in.} Under the passenger seat cushions ONLY, place the airbag sensor (part # 65776921952) and attach it to the air bag sensor. You will not be using the heating plug or adjustment plug. Attach the seat belt receptacle wire to the oem female receptacle.

Electrical tape everything together and you can tuck it under the carpet, or tape it down to the carpet so there is no movement.

You should have connections for ... seatbelt and airbag. Heating/Adjustment should not have any plugs going into it. Its one big receptacle w/4 seperate connections (seatbelt,airbag,heating,adjustment) - 2 slots will be empty.

The driver side seat will not require an airbag sensor, since the car assumes that if you are in an accident that requires airbag, the driver side one will go off regardless. The airbag sensor senses if there is someone in the passenger seat - if so, the airbag goes off. If not, no airbag.

Sat, Jun-14-2008, 12:43:54 AM
Sorry, got too caught up with the assembly and forgot to take pics of the floor mounts.

Everything went smooth, we took a number of breaks and got it done in about 5-6 hours total from start to finish. Just allow yourself a good amount of time, its not just 1-2-3 unless you have fully assembled the seats correctly, meaning they have full adjustment from front to back and your seat belt recepticle isnt rubbing against anything causing friction.

Im lucky, they provided all the right hardware, the only trip I had to make was to autozone for 2 bolts. The way speedware designed the floor mounts makes it nearly impossible to put the inside corner 16mm bolt inside the bracket and into the floor. I got a shorter one and it was perfect. Size M10x1.5 30mm.

The recaro sliders and hardware worked perfect. Im glad the sliders can actually stay inside the car and they dont feel loose like my two friend's cars (eventually removed them)

My seats have 100% full adjustment (mainly because I used the proper hardware) and I can move it all the way forward and to the rear if needed. I can also move the seat enough to slide into the back if ever needed. My other friends have zero access to the rear, so this shows that it is possible, you just need to have hardware that has enough clearance to allow full adjustment of the sliders.

Big thanks to preeth for helping me assembling and installing. It was tedious, not exactly hard. Def a two person job, no doubt about it.

If you have any questions just ask. Not sure If I will be able to get pics of them installed, but I will try...

Sat, Jun-14-2008, 10:07:41 PM
Only had a point and shoot camera today... will save the rest for a good photoshoot

Driving Position:


Showing adjustment all the way to the rear:


All the way forward, yes you can get in the rear by slipping in:


Sat, Jun-14-2008, 10:15:44 PM
teasers of my eurosport design tips



Sat, Jun-14-2008, 11:04:43 PM



Sat, Jun-14-2008, 11:09:50 PM
looks SO official. i love the red panels and the black doors. Truly a great combination

Mon, Jun-16-2008, 09:25:07 PM
I customize automotive lights for a living so I knew this needed to be done sooner or later. I gathered up all the info I needed for this project and got some spare inner brackets before I took the plunge to create this monster!

he following consists of Infiniti FX35 Projectors with a TSX lens swap. You ask why? Because the lenses that come on the FX35 projector are usually frosted, which completely diffuses the light output...and KILLS color. With the tsx clear lens swap I have created a hybrid projector, that is very wide, intense, sharp, and colorful as hell. No need to "upgrade" to 6000k for that color flicker boys! I added in fresh philips 85122+ bulbs (4300k) since bulbs wear out after time and significantly lose lumens. Osram bulbs arent good anyways (IHMO) and thats what came with the car from the factory....

I colormatched the shroud to my cars color (titanium silver) for added customization. I love the look of the chrome shroud, but when its deep inside a headlamp, all it does is reflects black, so it doesnt always appear chrome. Also the factory shrouds are sort of transparent, by painting them, no light gets out of the housing. The FX projectors are closed up anwyays...so thats a huge plus.

The color band is ridiculous. Its so evenly, and as you can see, even at large distances, the beam pattern is very sharp and wide. The auto leveling feature works perfectly, and all the stock adjustment knobs are fully functional.

I decided to only put an angel eye over the DRL/Flasher area since I would have had to trim some of the inner housing off so the auto level feature can do it's thing. I tried putting it in there and the space was just too tight since the TFX is mounted about 1/2 inch further out due to its size.

Now I parked 150+ feet. It must have been...I was alllll the way across the church parking lot, and the right side of the beam was going across 4 garage spaces. think of those as lanes....thats about 4-5 lanes of width on each side! You can see how well the output is, even over such a large distance.... You can see the blue color band above the cutoff line....I have never seen this on any projects I've done. As mentioned before, hands down possibly the best lighting that will ever fit in this car.

What's cost like on this?

Tue, Jun-17-2008, 12:32:07 AM
some hot pics



Thu, Jun-19-2008, 07:29:20 PM
Can I ask why you ditched the Borla Muffler? I'm been leaning towards the same exhaust set up as you (ebay headers, borla midpipe v2, and oval muffler)... Did the combo get too loud eventually?

Thu, Jun-19-2008, 08:11:45 PM
It got too loud. After removing it I found the crack. While I had it I loved it.

I will have the borla v2 midpipe for sale, brand new warranty replacement. So if your looking for one let me know.

Thu, Jun-19-2008, 11:08:08 PM
pics from the Glen...event review and video coming soon!
















Fri, Jun-20-2008, 10:01:05 AM
great pics!

Fri, Jun-20-2008, 03:38:38 PM
Watkins Glen Review

Ive heard so much about how fabolous the Glen is so I wanted to give it a shot. I talked my friend into signing, little did we know we were signing up for the best thing thats come our way!

The drive took about 4 hours. The pole positions felt great and didnt annoy my back at all. These seats put you into the right position, and keep you there. You dont move one bit, its perfect for racing, and you can daily drive in them easily. The cars been fully prepped for this type of stuff for some time now, and I really couldnt wait to get out there. The only thing I didnt change for this track event was the tires. Being that it was my second event with this car, i wanted to learn the car more on street tires. Street tires give you better feedback, and will let you know before they give out. I have some hoosiers, but figured it would be a waste to bring them since im not trying to set any world records. We packed our cars with everything needed to do any type of work. Jack, stands, full tool set, fluids, etc, etc...We were ready for any type of situation!

We stayed at a hotel about 20 miles from the glen. This was pretty silly considering we could have stayed a few miles from the track, but none the less the trip wasnt bad. The roads leading to the track were all country roads that had 55mph speed limits, and with essentially no police in site, we were to and from the track within 15 mins.

We got to the Glen at 6am on monday. We wanted to be on the safe side...hehe...we were just about the first people there. We unloaded the cars and talked with some other guys around the area to get a feel for how the day would go. It had just rained that morning, but already the sun was coming out within a few hours. Once the drivers meeting had started, we got a packet filled with info including a free tshirt, our schedule for running groups, numbers for both sides of our car and other papers with info. I saw we had 3 class room sessions per day and was kind of annoyed. Ive been to a handful of track events and only did the classroom thing the first two times. I consider myself an intermediate driver that auto-x every weekend, go carts once a week, and someone that can put down pretty good times whereever I go.

This classroom session wasnt the typical thing I was used too. At a track like the glen, now I realize these sessions are extremely important. We basically talked about safety, communication on the track, learning the line, and other beginner things. Once I got out on the track my first session, I was pretty overwhlemed. The track is bigger then anything I have been on, and the turns and evelation changes were very large in comparison to lets say Pocono raceway. There is very little run off room on this track, basically no room for error. You can easily slide into the wall if you do something stupid like carry too much speed into a turn, lift off the gas on on a high speed turn, or early apex and just run off the track, etc... They stressed the safety aspect and Im glad they did. I didnt want to share a track with total beginners that had no clue about the first thing about driving, and yes there were people like that! Although I had heard all the safety topics about driving on the track, i was happy others were also following the rules since im sure everyone wanted to go home in one piece :)

The first day my instructor was focused on teaching me the proper line on this course, and just taking it easy until I felt comfortable and at ease with a higher pace of driving. I was letting people pass me and basically taking it easy. My instructor was an older man that had a bone stock rx8. I could tell he kind of felt uneasy with the power of the m3 and a driver that hadnt been to this track before. Before lunch I took a ride in his car, and was amazed when he told me he had a bone stock rx8. He was really beating on this thing! I picked up a lot more confidence in my 3rd and 4th sessions after seeing what a bone stock rx8 could do. The day ended great, but it left me wanting more.

I was happy to be back on day two. We came over much later the second day, basically right before the drivers meeting at 7:45am. The cars were fully ready from the day before, and we were ready to drive again! Tuesday was beautiful, no showers in the morning, just perfect. We hit up the classroom, watched a video showing us turn by turn how drivers were taking the turns and talked about where we could improve.

I had a new instructor the second day and I was anxious to meet him. When he finally hopped into the car I asked him what car he drove, he said same thing as you! I similed and was at ease. Every instructor has a different game plan and approach to their teaching. I felt alot more comfy the second day and already on my first session was taking the course at a much higher rate of speed. He told me I was doing great for the second day at this course, and that I could drive with him on the next session to see what the e46 m3 is capable of.

WOW is all I have to say. This car is a beast. He had some Toyo RA1 tires mounted on a square setup with ccw wheels and full suspension. He actually had stock brakes with some hawk pads, but man could he drive. He mentioned he had started to come to the glen about 8 years ago and it weas apparent. This man was an animal, passing all the other cars like they were standing still basically. I became so much more confident after the session with him. I immedaitely picked up a few seconds and approached the line a bit differently then they taught it at the school, more like how the faster cars and race cars would take it.

By my 3rd and 4th sessions I was braking much later, and passing many other cars that were all passing me the previous day. I was able to carry my speed through the Esses at about 100mph and by the end of the straight I hit 135mph before the chicane. Roughly 80mph through the carosuel...this turn really works in your favor! I was a bit concerned the first day of oversteering and spinning out, but if you know how to take it, it can be very rewarding. Into the toe of the boot I was braking much later then previously, and apexing later and coming into the turn wider, this gave me a better result. I was finally getting a hang of it. The turn I was most inconsistent on was turn number 1. Coming down the straight and the hard braking was a bit uneasy for me still. It was hard to find a perfect consistent point to brake at, and then carry speed through the 90 degree turn.

My thoughts after the 4th session on the second day was that this place leaves you with a new appreciation for the cars we drive. I learned more in these past two days then I ever did at other driving events. Confidence is key...if you arent comfortable and at ease with what you are doing, you wont be a good driver. I learned the line really well, and was taking it with more speed throughout the course. If I had to say one thing I really need to improve is my consistency throughout the turns. I was experimenting a bit at which line I liked most, some I felt slower, and other times I felt faster. Its going to take many MANY more events to even come close to putting down some of the times that the instructors put down at the Glen, but im ready for the challenge and think I will be there sooner rather then later.

My car held up great. Not a single mechenical problem, but none the less we were prepared for the worst with all the tools and extras we brought. Im happy I went on my street tires. They held up just fine, and they were great to learn on. My brakes, again, also very good for my skill level.

All in all, excellent time and I reccomend an event like this to everyone.

Fri, Jun-20-2008, 04:02:09 PM
Heres the incar video of me pulling a 2:29. Not bad for a first timer on the track...

I believe this was one of my faster laps because I didnt have much traffic/congestion. Obviously I wasnt focusing on how fast I could do it, but was curious so I went through the laps on the 3rd and 4th sessions.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/Czar654321/BMW%20M3/th_glen_0001.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/Czar654321/BMW%20M3/?action=view&current=glen_0001.flv)

The "pros" can do it 2:12-2:16 with the r-comps tires and bigger/better brakes. I'll get there one day...

Fri, Jun-20-2008, 06:51:57 PM
Stellar work Caesar