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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-23-2019, 07:17:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,129
Posted By usdmej
Re: How to get a hold of Paul Claude Tuning?

i've had what i consider to be really bad luck trying to get tuning from 3 very well known tuners/vendors on this board and eventually realized they were either in flux or too busy to offer me...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-23-2019, 03:42:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 177
Posted By usdmej
Re: OE Rear Diff Mounts w/o cover?

when i switched diffs i went this route as well. did some research, got grumpy about the whole situation, then saw the price and just bought the whole thing :raspberry:
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Mon, Apr-22-2019, 09:01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By usdmej
Re: BNIB - OE E46 Kidney Grills with Black Slats (Set)

wow i didn't know these existed as an OE option!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-18-2019, 11:04:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 579
Posted By usdmej
Re: Alpine Double Din Install

Looks good, I don't think the aftermarket look is worse than OE, but coming from the civic world I'm overly paranoid about getting robbed
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-18-2019, 10:50:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 293
Posted By usdmej
Re: Turner Monoball FCAB/RTAB Impressions

was there a noticeable improvement in steering feel but you couldn't justify the extra nvh?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-17-2019, 07:50:22 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,415
Posted By usdmej
Re: Thoughts on the CSL Market

substantial weight reduction to it's own detriment however. with the racing buckets and rear seat delete they essentially turned it into a GT3 competitor, which it never compared well against. the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-17-2019, 05:53:24 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,415
Posted By usdmej
Re: Thoughts on the CSL Market

i agree with this, a lot of bespoke parts were made for the CSL to achieve significant gains while keeping with the ethos of an M car. all of the special editions after that have had had either...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-17-2019, 02:57:31 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 11,139
Posted By usdmej
Re: Cobra Nogaro picture thread!

are you a part of or in cahoots with Brey Krause? you seem to have parts that aren't available to the public :shifty:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-16-2019, 05:13:05 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,415
Posted By usdmej
Re: Thoughts on the CSL Market

i think he's arguing your notion that it's relatively easy to drop enough weight from a standard E46 M3 to get it to feel like a CSL
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Apr-15-2019, 09:09:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,296
Posted By usdmej
Re: APEX Forged Wheels. It's Finally Happening...

this is the main reason i am against teaser announcements. Ultimately, the primary reason behind them is to prevent the consumer from buying a competitor's product.


there's a popular saying...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Apr-13-2019, 07:09:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 662
Posted By usdmej
Re: anyone else have a hole in their wheelwell?

i've been trying to find pics online of this area but haven't found much. some research does indicate there are holes/plugs in this area on other E46s

here's a screenshot of a vid i found of an...
Forum: Pacific Fri, Apr-12-2019, 09:13:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 115
Posted By usdmej
any IB owners want to convert to PDC?

i'm in the process of removing the PDC harness and module off my car (adding a rearview cam).

if anybody local has an IB car without PDC and would like to swap bumpers let me know.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Apr-12-2019, 09:11:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 343
Posted By usdmej
Re: Any experience with repainting PDC sensors or using aftermarket PDC sensors?

i thought PDC uses simple radio waves to gauge distance, nothing a coat of paint over the sensors would be effected by
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-11-2019, 06:05:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 662
Posted By usdmej
Re: anyone else have a hole in their wheelwell?

bummer, previous owner did have PDR done. seems pretty invasive
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-11-2019, 05:30:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 662
Posted By usdmej
anyone else have a hole in their wheelwell?

just noticed this hole in the passenger side rear wheel well that is open to almost the interior of the vehicle. anybody else have it? i'm wondering if it's ok to seal it with some butyl rubber
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-10-2019, 06:17:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 305
Posted By usdmej
Re: TC Kline Rear Spring Perch Bolt

a local race shop told me it's not necessary to run a set screw there. the adjusters aren't going to budge under load and you're only risking marring your threads. i've kept an eye on the adjusters...
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Apr-09-2019, 04:54:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,888
Posted By usdmej
Re: e46 m3 -> Evo 8/9 MR?

Looks good! is that a cf roof?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-09-2019, 04:02:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,767
Posted By usdmej
Re: Karbonius CSL airbox sounds UNREAL

switching to MAP sensor (as well as running cats) dramatically increases street driveability. you could make the argument that no one could tell the difference, but playing that game, outside of the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Apr-08-2019, 03:14:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 516
Posted By usdmej
Re: How is your Vibra Technics motor mounts holding up?

does the engine also rotate in that direction as well under acceleration?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-03-2019, 07:21:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,309
Posted By usdmej
Re: E46 4:10 gearing Mod

tbh if you have a loud sec 3 then a 3.91 or higher would help alleviate the drone you're likely to suffer from since you can more easily avoid the RPM range that it occurs in (2500-3000 rpm)
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-03-2019, 04:30:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,309
Posted By usdmej
Re: E46 4:10 gearing Mod

3.91 was too short for me personally, good for canyon carving but i do the occasional road trip and just sitting around watching the car constantly so close to 4k rpm irked me
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-03-2019, 04:19:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,512
Posted By usdmej
Re: Californians: Shop FCP before they adjust their system

what part(s) did you buy? FCP is consistently slightly more expensive than ECS for me, small price to pay for their lifetime warranty though
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Tue, Apr-02-2019, 06:15:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,166
Posted By usdmej
Re: E46 M3 Custom Audio System, Giubo, Fire Extinguisher, Wheel Locks, Headrests, Mis

interested in your speakers and amp if you decide to separate
Forum: Member Journals Mon, Apr-01-2019, 08:23:39 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 74,496
Posted By usdmej
Re: 808elise Build II

suede dash :drool:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Apr-01-2019, 06:02:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 954
Posted By usdmej
Re: Vorsteiner CSL trunk installed.

fitment looks very good!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Mar-28-2019, 07:11:20 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,269
Posted By usdmej
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Mar-28-2019, 06:23:18 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,396
Posted By usdmej
Re: Gruppe m or eventuri?

i wouldn't recommending going down that rabbithole unless you have

- a separate daily driver
- a lot of time
- a lot of patience
- are either very handy with wiring/coding and are in cahoots...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Mar-28-2019, 05:41:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,269
Posted By usdmej
Re: Review: Brey Krause Seat Mounts For OE BMW E46 Sliders

the difference between oe and aftermarket is so significant with these switches :screwy:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-26-2019, 05:56:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 984
Posted By usdmej
Re: Should I track my stock low miles m3?

decide if you want a low mileage, babied, garage queen or if you want a good experience at the cost of some wear and tear on your car


there's nothing wrong with having either but you can't have...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-22-2019, 06:37:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 382
Posted By usdmej
Re: Double Din install kit

to be fair they are significantly more expensive than Avin/chinese units! and these aftermarket puts you on thieves radars as well. for our platform the media units out there are really a pick your...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-22-2019, 04:27:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 382
Posted By usdmej
Re: Double Din install kit

i dunno, i'm installing an Avin Avant 3 right now and, while the unit itself is nicely integrated into the dash, the screen glare is pretty horrific. not sure how it'll be in day to day use but we'll...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-22-2019, 04:14:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 382
Posted By usdmej
Re: Double Din install kit

cost is my guess, it's one thing to make a fitment kit for a universal double din media unit, but unless the make and model is super popular (like a jeep wrangler) i don't think any company is going...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-22-2019, 03:46:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,069
Posted By usdmej
Re: Do people want aftermarket fixed brake caliper?

seems like you want a nice car on paper and aren't too concerned how it functions on the road. kids these days call those instagram builds
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-22-2019, 03:43:14 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,069
Posted By usdmej
Re: Do people want aftermarket fixed brake caliper?

they charge ~10% more than competitors. with that math if less than 1 out of 10 buyers take advantage of the warranty they come out on top.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-22-2019, 05:30:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 382
Posted By usdmej
Re: Double Din install kit

i've heard alpine UK makes an E46 specific 7" double din unit
https://www.alpine.co.uk/p/Products/SingleView/iLX-702E46

their ILX-309 is also a good looking option too
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Mar-21-2019, 04:13:53 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,793
Posted By usdmej
Re: Deciding on a new battery

that is nowhere near the capacity of the one braille sells. i understand the desire to go with a lighter option but you can't ignore sacrifices when you make them
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-20-2019, 07:32:17 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,793
Posted By usdmej
Re: Deciding on a new battery

if you guys have money to burn Braille now makes a Lithium battery that's essentially OE spec in capacity and fitment now

https://www.braillebattery.com/index.php/braille/product_batteries/i34x
...
Forum: Member Journals Wed, Mar-20-2019, 07:07:53 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 22,423
Posted By usdmej
Re: 2006 Jet Black ZCP Journal

exceedingly clean would be a good way to describe your car!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-19-2019, 01:54:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By usdmej
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-18-2019, 03:15:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By usdmej
help identifying this connector in the trunk

in the process of removing my HK navi harness. there's this connector with two wires (blue wire with yellow stripe and a yellow wire with blue stripe) that comes off the navi harness and clips into a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Mar-17-2019, 06:27:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,793
Posted By usdmej
Re: Deciding on a new battery

Optima makes both a smaller than oe size battery and a bolt in H6 size as well. They're both slightly heavier than comparably sized batteries. Since you have extra electronics I'd go with those...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-12-2019, 12:34:39 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,372
Posted By usdmej
Re: Eliminate rasp....the OEM way!

OP should definitely amend the thread title!
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Mon, Mar-11-2019, 05:13:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
Posted By usdmej
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-06-2019, 07:41:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,793
Posted By usdmej
Re: Call me a ricer kid but...

i was low key bummed when i got my first M3 and realized it didnt come with this gauge
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-05-2019, 10:59:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,105
Posted By usdmej
Re: CSL/non M e46 aux coolant pump retrofit

so does that mean the CSL runs warmer and/or they decided the difference was negligible :hmm:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-05-2019, 05:43:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,105
Posted By usdmej
Re: CSL/non M e46 aux coolant pump retrofit

is there any evidence it works passively without having to use a button (ie. if you turn your car off and turn the HVAC on the pump will activate on it's own)?

Terraphantm mentioned there's coding...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-05-2019, 03:35:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,105
Posted By usdmej
Re: CSL/non M e46 aux coolant pump retrofit

it looks like the pump's purpose is to keep the HVAC functional when the engine is not running? weird luxury feature to add to the M3
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-04-2019, 04:18:07 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 10,195
Posted By usdmej
Re: Outstanding money from Status Gruppe, advice

ahh frp trunks, i had an FRP trunk from modbargains and it didn't fit well either, to the point where coworkers who couldn't know less about cars would ask about the panel gaps. it might be an issue...
Forum: Member Journals Mon, Mar-04-2019, 04:14:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,279
Posted By usdmej
Re: blown daily to n/a weekend grocery getter

great call on the black carpet despite the effort needed to get them in!

will you be changing your username from fattycharged to slimsucked :shifty:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-04-2019, 03:21:55 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 10,195
Posted By usdmej
Re: Outstanding money from Status Gruppe, advice

to be fair, their carbon fiber trunk fit pretty well when i ran it. not OE fitment but nothing a layman would notice as being off. imo a cf CSL trunk is still a viable option these days for the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Mar-02-2019, 06:51:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,237
Posted By usdmej
Re: Review: CMP bushings (awesome) installed by A&L Auto Body in Chicago (awesome)

you're looking pretty close to stock ride height, i thought these subframe bushings were intended to correct the geometry of aggressively lowered cars?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-28-2019, 09:06:37 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,158
Posted By usdmej
Re: Japanese CSL owner converts to manual

an unfortunate part of growing up and getting to drive cars you've read about is realizing that car publications live and die off cheeky sound bites that don't necessarily have to be accurate
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-25-2019, 06:32:27 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,677
Posted By usdmej
Re: Interior Disaster

this x1000

my last apartment the landlord insisted i have the carpet professionally cleaned even though I cleaned it with a consumer grade cleaner. the carpet without a doubt smelled and looked...
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Feb-22-2019, 06:21:00 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,598
Posted By usdmej
Re: Anyone own a real csl in here? Need help!

i just don't get how/why he thinks a CSL owner will compromise their relationship with BMW to somehow source him an oe airbox for less than retail

just because he's offering them cash


seems...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Feb-21-2019, 09:59:43 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,598
Posted By usdmej
Re: Anyone own a real csl in here? Need help!

is it illegal to just own it though? i thought it was just illegal to register/use it on public roads. i've been to a lot of shops with relatively new imports and i figured they were just biding...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Feb-21-2019, 09:19:02 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,598
Posted By usdmej
Re: Anyone own a real csl in here? Need help!

weird flex in a thread asking for help but ok
Forum: Pacific Thu, Feb-21-2019, 05:22:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By usdmej
Re: Smog with non OEM CAI?

The fines are very heavy for Star stations caught letting cars through the cracks. If anything the guy did him a solid by letting him change the elbow on the spot. Technically that's a fail and...
Forum: Off Topic Tue, Feb-19-2019, 04:27:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 577
Posted By usdmej
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-15-2019, 06:06:06 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,869
Posted By usdmej
Re: Anyone go from an E46 M3 to a 996?

i never considered interior plastics to be wear and tear items until i owned a bmw


nice wing on your e46 m3!
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Feb-15-2019, 05:57:35 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 3,240
Posted By usdmej
Re: 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments

someday i hope to understand how it is that incredibly rich people have convinced relatively poor people into thinking that really poor people are the reason we can't have nice things
Forum: Off Topic Fri, Feb-15-2019, 12:55:23 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 3,240
Posted By usdmej
Re: 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments

did you buy your house in cash? if not i'm assuming you've signed an agreement to essentially pay the balance of your house's worth in interest alone over the course of your loan


imagine how...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Feb-14-2019, 09:29:01 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 3,240
Posted By usdmej
Re: 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments

i'm making an assumption and I could be wrong, but you have a lot more in common with "stupid" "idiots" than the people handing out these predatory loans


people who have the power to get away...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Feb-14-2019, 07:46:50 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 3,240
Posted By usdmej
Re: 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments

banks now will loan you the most you can afford period. the number you got is them assuming your only priority is to pay off your property. which i think is fair considering you're under no...
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Feb-14-2019, 07:31:36 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 3,240
Posted By usdmej
Re: 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments

clowning on your peers
complaining about the system
humble bragging

those are hallmarks of the millennial mindset!
Forum: Off Topic Thu, Feb-14-2019, 05:42:27 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 3,240
Posted By usdmej
Re: 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments

this is the quintessential millennial post
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-14-2019, 03:50:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,296
Posted By usdmej
Re: APEX Forged Wheels. It's Finally Happening...

Apex is so well respected and known now, did they really a need to do a lame teaser video?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-13-2019, 08:43:19 PM
Replies: 9,868
Views: 659,701
Posted By usdmej
Re: What did you do to/for your ///M today?

i got this battery from costco as well. weighed it and was surprised to see it come in at only 37lbs. did some research and it's a size smaller (H6) than what is recommended for our cars (H7)
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Wed, Feb-13-2019, 03:41:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
Posted By usdmej
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-12-2019, 05:37:37 AM
Replies: 648
Views: 36,676
Posted By usdmej
Re: The Official Bring a Trailer (BaT) Listing Thread - E46 M3

Conservatively that owner spent ~$5k/trackday on that car!!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-08-2019, 05:35:54 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,430
Posted By usdmej
Re: Finished my Recaro Sportster CS seat install with custom floor mounts

you're tilting a fixed back bucket up into your roof. there isn't that much room to move it up and out of the way (as evidenced by all the marked up CSL seatbacks out there)


if you're sliding a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-08-2019, 05:26:17 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,430
Posted By usdmej
Re: Finished my Recaro Sportster CS seat install with custom floor mounts

agreed on this point. having all that access at the flip of a lever is fantastic






can't say i agree with this, imo it's more like 20% of the bolstering, a slight improvement over stock
Forum: Pacific Wed, Feb-06-2019, 06:38:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 368
Posted By usdmej
Re: SF/Peninsula Car Audio Recommendations

if you're willing to go down south look up Simplicity in Sound in Milpitas. haven't used them but their work looks good
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-05-2019, 07:14:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 889
Posted By usdmej
Re: Gloss or Matte Black Kidneys/Grilles on E46 M3

Still keeping my fingers crossed for an affordable shadow chrome option!
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Tue, Feb-05-2019, 03:08:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
Posted By usdmej
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-03-2019, 01:13:03 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

The dinan sec3 is around 12 pounds lighter than stock iirc
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-01-2019, 09:11:11 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,830
Posted By usdmej
Re: E46 M3 2005 Illuminated M Fender Badge

exactly which generation is being ridiculed with this statement? children that had no say in what they were receiving or their parents that came up with the idea?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-01-2019, 06:15:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 776
Posted By usdmej
Re: Faded rear parcel shelf (E46 M3)

Windshields can filter out most harmful uv rays, side and rear glass not so much
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-31-2019, 07:05:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 776
Posted By usdmej
Re: Faded rear parcel shelf (E46 M3)

generally 70-90% light transmission will look like no tint. you'll get the uv protection and meaningful heat rejection too!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-31-2019, 05:32:20 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,869
Posted By usdmej
Re: Anyone go from an E46 M3 to a 996?

aren't these statements contradicting?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-31-2019, 04:24:23 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,869
Posted By usdmej
Re: Anyone go from an E46 M3 to a 996?

i know this is an M3 based (biased?) forum but i've found this to be true for anyone who has test driven both extensively, myself included.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-30-2019, 03:04:37 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

i was trying to point out that just like there are biased cops out there, there are car owners trying to skirt the law. so it's pointless to have each side out on the streets brandishing their own...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-29-2019, 10:32:46 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

you seem to think there are biased officers out there. so it's not that much of a stretch to assume that there might be biased motor vehicle operators out there (ie. how can you be trusted to test...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-29-2019, 07:34:31 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

agreed, Dinan is way closer to stock than SS race in terms of volume. I'd say on this list it'd be 3-4. It gets loud when you modify the rest of your exhaust however.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-29-2019, 05:26:11 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

it will a little, but the main volume control is done with your sec3.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-29-2019, 05:24:07 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

you get pulled over for a loud exhaust and you offer to self test your car with your own sound equipment on the spot. that scenario is one of many reasons the govt has deferred official testing to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-28-2019, 09:58:02 PM
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Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

an SS race on an otherwise stock exhaust is definitely capable of being obnoxiously loud. i wouldn't bet on you going under 95db with that section 3
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-28-2019, 09:54:19 PM
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Views: 3,161
Posted By usdmej
Re: What would it take for you to sell your E46 M3?

i tried to sell my previous e46 m3 and the experience was not pleasant. i know you're supposed to just ignore the dreamers and lowballers, but it's disturbing how many are out there and how...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-27-2019, 09:35:53 PM
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Views: 539
Posted By usdmej
Re: Thoughts after my smg to manual conversion

Kaiv did this swap for me, and to this day it amazes me how issue free it's been considering the work involved
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-20-2019, 08:51:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By usdmej
Re: PPF clear bra removal tips?

ahh sorry, the pic is there, i just didn't want to assume that was what ended up working for you
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-18-2019, 09:10:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By usdmej
Re: PPF clear bra removal tips?

a lot of options were suggested, which combination of products ended up working for you?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-18-2019, 08:59:27 PM
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Posted By usdmej
Re: SpeedAcademy VANOS Rebuild on their M3 Vert

Speed Academy is one of the few youtube car channels that are enthusiast driven but have yet to shift towards being "content creators"

if you have time watch their ASS2000 build followed by their...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-10-2019, 10:07:52 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

so it's an immediate $193 fine and not $1000. and if you get a "certificate of compliance" from a BAR station (not sure if that's the same as a state ref or if a complete inspection is done) that...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-10-2019, 04:08:29 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-10-2019, 03:54:47 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

to offer the counter to your point, lets say we all agree that running an excessively loud car should be illegal. you don't want selective enforcement, so I assume the the only other option is 100%...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-10-2019, 02:26:44 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

at this point you're debating just so you can be right about something
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-09-2019, 06:24:51 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

not saying there isn't routine traffic enforcement. but california does has a program that pools neighboring counties together in one spot if there is an uptick in either incidents or resident...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-09-2019, 06:19:45 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

i was just letting you know selective enforcement isn't only a money making scheme
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-09-2019, 06:04:14 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

in California, traffic enforcement is ramped up in areas that have seen an increase in either traffic incidents or resident complaints. I don't know how it works where you live but you shouldn't...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-09-2019, 05:39:04 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

that's me being overly optimistic about the enforcement of it. a worst case scenario would be what others here are fearing. officers pulling over whoever they feel like and handing out fines with...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-09-2019, 05:15:40 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,975
Posted By usdmej
Re: Every CA guy trying to get stock exhaust

what videos are you talking about? the law just went into effect so i'm curious how the anecdotal cases will play out. i currently support the law even though my car has no business being near a...
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