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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-18-2017, 04:59:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,393
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Anyone in Seattle with a TTFS/SMG tune?

Sorry guys, I tried to get this going for M Car Day and it just didn't work out. I had originally purchased the single ECU license for Martyn's tool and inquired about upgrading it to the unlimited...
Forum: Northwest Fri, Sep-08-2017, 03:27:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,532
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Griots Garage/BMW CCA ///M car day

RSVP'd, see you guys there.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Sep-06-2017, 06:31:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,393
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Anyone in Seattle with a TTFS/SMG tune?

I will have my laptop, cable & software but I am just now remembering I only paid for the single-license version of his tool. Does anyone have the multiple ECU license or know what it costs? I'll...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-05-2017, 08:42:20 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,083
Posted By IronJoe
Re: How do you drive your SMG??

Definitely do it. I am very happy with my car now that I have both the CSL engine DME & CSL SMG ecu tuned.

It's a pretty straightforward process and I noticed the difference immediately.
Forum: Faults, Fixes and DIY Fri, Sep-01-2017, 03:40:27 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 37,786
Posted By IronJoe
Re: DIY: The "Standup" SMG Resistor Mod

It's my first summer with this car, and I had bookmarked this thread in case of this issue coming up. I figured that living in the PNW I wouldn't ever see temperatures high enough to trip a cog...
Forum: E30 M3 (1986-1991) Tue, Aug-29-2017, 08:05:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,806
Posted By IronJoe
Re: New to the forum - my M3 story

Love your story, thanks for sharing! Looking forward to hearing more.
Forum: Member Journals Tue, Aug-29-2017, 03:31:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Not too exciting of an update, but I took the car to its first show last weekend. Just a small local all-make show that my father helped put on.

Unfortunately I got sick the night before and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-25-2017, 03:01:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,393
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Anyone in Seattle with a TTFS/SMG tune?

It did, I wasn't expecting much but there seems to be a hair less "lag" between the moment you initiate a shift and when you feel it engage - I feel like I can get back on the gas sooner. Also the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-24-2017, 11:57:40 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,393
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Anyone in Seattle with a TTFS/SMG tune?

I forgot to mention - I absolutely LOVE the way the car drives now! Well worth the very reasonable price of Martyn's tool. Anyone who'd like to compare in person is welcome to test drive my car...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-24-2017, 11:38:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,393
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Anyone in Seattle with a TTFS/SMG tune?

I just did mine last week with the MartynT tool. I already had the SMG ecu tune but just did the engine DME reflash on the recommendations from Dr M3an and others.

I'm in the Tacoma area but...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Thu, Aug-17-2017, 05:16:40 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 22,058
Posted By IronJoe
Forum: Member Journals Wed, Aug-16-2017, 04:30:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2, 235/40R18 front and 265/35R18 rear.

Pretty conservative widths as this is my daily driver, nothing too aggressive. I'm quite happy with the way it sits now.
Forum: Member Journals Tue, Aug-15-2017, 02:51:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

It's not that bad honestly, a little bit of practice on a scrap fender goes a long way. Prep is key, sanding down imperfections and making them smooth. I'm still learning a lot every time I paint. ...
Forum: Member Journals Mon, Aug-14-2017, 10:38:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Made a little more progress. I finished wet sanding the tow hook cover and reflector deletes and popped them in. Bled the brakes and now I can stop :D
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-10-2017, 06:40:24 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 9,179
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Designing an SMG Pump Relocation Kit

Great idea, subscribed!




Mine is a 02/2002 build date and also has the ABS unit in the drug bin. At what point in production did they move it?
Forum: Member Journals Thu, Aug-10-2017, 04:36:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Made some progress on the brakes. New rotors, calipers, pads, discs, and stainless steel braided lines from ECS.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4343/36437997006_c13285db41_b.jpg...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-10-2017, 02:48:58 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,529
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Paint respray or refresh

Here's my front bumper after sanding, primer, base coat, clear coat, then wetsanding imperfections with 1000-1500-2000-2500-3000 grit sandpaper, and finally a two stage polish.

Still have to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-04-2017, 10:15:44 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,529
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Paint respray or refresh

I prepped my bumper yesterday evening. Sanded down and sprayed primer, then worked out a few imperfections around the foglamp area. Sanded overall with 600 grit for a smooth application of color.
...
Forum: Member Journals Tue, Aug-01-2017, 04:36:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Minor update. I had been driving the car to work for the past few weeks and noticed the brakes had a slight pull to the right.

I pulled everything apart and found the left front caliper...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-28-2017, 09:16:27 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,529
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Paint respray or refresh

My Topaz Blue M3 is currently dismantled in the garage while I redo my brakes, seemed like a good time to get some paintwork done.

The items that needed it the most were the front bumper (poorly...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jul-13-2017, 08:32:50 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,410
Posted By IronJoe
Re: I attempted a M3 Swap and succeeded!

Wow, epic save. Excellent work OP and everyone who pitched in!

I have been at my wit's end so many times on my builds and the attitude of the community has made all the difference.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jul-12-2017, 08:53:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Clutch and trans adaptions in inpa Can't find it

It's under Special Tests, accessible from the main menu. It's not in the E46 menu.
Forum: Member Journals Tue, Jul-11-2017, 06:41:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Sorry, I can't give you a delta ride height change as I didn't measure beforehand, but here's the current measurements from floor to wheel arch:

Front: 25 1/4"
Rear: 25 1/2"

Hope that helps.
Forum: WTB - Want to Buy Fri, Jul-07-2017, 04:56:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,029
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Megan Racing Midpipes & Muffler (w/ Black Tips)

From a vendor or 2nd hand? Please share your source if you can. I am still looking.
Forum: Member Journals Thu, Jul-06-2017, 06:15:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Nope, a far worse fate unfortunately. I was rear-ended on the freeway by a distracted driver. I was minding my own business and traffic slowed to a stop, he didn't slow down at all. I never saw it...
Forum: Member Journals Thu, Jul-06-2017, 04:12:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Hey thanks! I'm having a great time learning about this platform, I don't know how these broken M cars keep following me home :rofl3: And no skills here, just trial and error (mostly error!)

...
Forum: Member Journals Wed, Jul-05-2017, 06:34:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Got a few things done over the holiday.

1) I *think* I fixed the oil leak near the front of the motor. It turns out that there's a bolt that holds a timing chain guide in place that is hidden...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jul-05-2017, 04:02:14 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,565
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Suspension - Koni Yellow (what springs & settings?) E46 M3

Yessir V703 in gunmetal. 18x8.5 et35 front 18x9.5 et22 rear. 235/40 and 265/35, respectively. Nothing too extreme for a daily.


To contribute to the thread: I set the Konis at full soft after...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jul-05-2017, 03:18:38 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,565
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Suspension - Koni Yellow (what springs & settings?) E46 M3

Finished my install. Here's Koni adjustables paired with Tein s-tech springs. I'm pretty happy with the ride, compliant for a daily while providing a nice drop. No rubbing anywhere.
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jun-25-2017, 05:12:37 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,393
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Anyone in Seattle with a TTFS/SMG tune?

Great info Dr Mean! My car starts in Auto mode and now I know why.

Which DME is responsible for the rev-matching on downshift?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jun-24-2017, 03:18:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,393
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Anyone in Seattle with a TTFS/SMG tune?

I purchased a SMG ecu from a friend that supposedly had some sort of "CSL" tune on it, but I have no idea if it is the OE CSL tune, "community" tune, or from a vendor. My car had a bad SMG ecu so...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-22-2017, 08:08:33 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,565
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Suspension - Koni Yellow (what springs & settings?) E46 M3

Awesome, thanks Tbone! I will most likely run them on full soft then. The Teins were cheap on craigslist and probably won't stay on the car long-term.

My car is a daily driver (~80m highway...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-22-2017, 04:35:34 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,565
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Suspension - Koni Yellow (what springs & settings?) E46 M3

Ah, love this forum.


My set of Koni yellows are in transit, and I've been thinking of what settings to run them. I have Tein springs which I believe are a bit lower than some other...
Forum: Member Journals Tue, Jun-20-2017, 03:15:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Yeah, I ran them on my E36 M3 and a few other projects over the years. They are fairly priced, adjustable based on your needs, and have a lifetime warranty.




In other news, looks like I've...
Forum: Member Journals Mon, Jun-19-2017, 04:00:06 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Small update, threw my Tein springs on the car, pretty happy with how they sit. Found a few blown shocks which didn't surprise me given how this car was treated, so I ordered a set of Koni yellows...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jun-09-2017, 06:09:37 PM
Replies: 965
Views: 518,839
Posted By IronJoe
Re: SMG troubleshooting FAQ

Sorry to read your troubles :( I can't help you with your specific issue, but if I were you I would look into the rebuilt-pump option. When I thought my pump was dying I had considered going that...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jun-09-2017, 03:59:47 PM
Replies: 312
Views: 37,698
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Closed - Group buy VinceBar ("subframe" fix)

Thanks for the reply Vince, incredibly helpful!



Yes, that's exactly why I'm looking into this. I've learned by reading this forum - Just because I haven't seen them doesn't mean they aren't...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jun-09-2017, 03:13:37 PM
Replies: 312
Views: 37,698
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Closed - Group buy VinceBar ("subframe" fix)

Question for the group, sorry in advance if it's already been asked and answered (I'm reading through all the subframe threads and it's making my head spin!)

With the installation of the Vincebar...
Forum: Member Journals Thu, Jun-08-2017, 06:56:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Wheels arrived yesterday (well, the front two. Still waiting on the rears to ship, don't ask).

Shopping for tires now, I think I've settled on the BFG g-force in

235/40R18 front

265/35R18...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Sun, Jun-04-2017, 04:54:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By IronJoe
Forum: Member Journals Fri, Jun-02-2017, 05:16:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Purchased wheels, I ended up going with the VMR V703 (CSL style) Gunmetal wheels in 18".

18x8.5 ET35 front, 18x9.5 ET22 rear. Not too aggressive, should pair well with daily driving with some...
Forum: Member Journals Thu, Jun-01-2017, 06:39:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Thanks all! The Megan Racing axle back I ordered is backordered with no ETA. I may end up waiting on exhaust and get some new wheels & tires instead.

I'll take your opinions on what would look...
Forum: WTB - Want to Buy Wed, May-31-2017, 04:34:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,029
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Megan Racing Midpipes & Muffler (w/ Black Tips)

Did you ever get any resolution on this? Who did you order from?

I just placed an order yesterday from THMotorsports and received a similar response. No ETA from the manufacturer.
...
Forum: Member Journals Tue, May-30-2017, 04:30:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

A few small updates. I worked on the front end a bit yesterday, there's still a noticeable divot in the hood but it is much less severe than it was to begin with (using a hot glue dent puller).

I...
Forum: Member Journals Wed, May-24-2017, 02:19:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Thanks for the comments, all! I have been driving it a little at a time since I finished buttoning it up on Sunday, it's an absolute thrill. It's a great complement to my current fleet. S14, S52,...
Forum: Member Journals Mon, May-22-2017, 05:13:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Addressing the unknown transmission problem:

I knew it only occasionally went into gear, so I braced myself for a pump replacement only to find out the pump was working well. But running INPA...
Forum: Member Journals Mon, May-22-2017, 05:12:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

With the interior pretty clean, I looked at the exterior. This car had some paintwork in its life, the front bumper had been resprayed poorly and has flaked badly, also there was some damage to the...
Forum: Member Journals Mon, May-22-2017, 05:11:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
Re: IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Brought it home and found all six throttle bodies to be seized up due to corrosion/age/sitting. I pulled the plenum and worked them loose by hand with PB blaster, got them going again. At that time...
Forum: Member Journals Mon, May-22-2017, 05:10:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,068
Posted By IronJoe
IronJoe's Topaz Blue Rescue Project

Hey all, I love reading project threads and I wanted to start one of my own for my 2002 Topaz Blue M3. This isn't a "build" per se but more of a rescue thread, this car has a ton of issues that I...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, May-15-2017, 06:57:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 965
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Remounted SMG switch-> manual style shifter

Agreed! This car had been neglected and has a thousand little issues... I literally pulled it out of the mud. It would have been parted if I hadn't saved it.
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-10-2017, 02:43:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 965
Posted By IronJoe
Re: Remounted SMG switch-> manual style shifter

Thanks for the comments all.

Moving the switch to the area up by the sport button seemed like a good idea but would have been a lot more involved. As you know, those switches are all together...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, May-09-2017, 02:28:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 965
Posted By IronJoe
Remounted SMG switch-> manual style shifter

This is just a quick DIY of a modification I made to my center console. I highly doubt I'm the first to do this but I wanted to share nonetheless. Before the day I bought my M3, I had never sat in,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-25-2017, 02:07:27 PM
Replies: 965
Views: 518,839
Posted By IronJoe
Re: SMG troubleshooting FAQ

It's on its way - I've only owned the car for a week!


I found my issue, it was wiring related as I'd suspected. Walking through the pinout I found online, combined with the wiring of the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Apr-24-2017, 05:23:09 PM
Replies: 965
Views: 518,839
Posted By IronJoe
Re: SMG troubleshooting FAQ

Update!


I've had a bit of success. I have been reading about the hydraulic pump (dreading its replacement cost of course) and started digging into how the pump is triggered to run. On a whim...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Apr-24-2017, 04:44:51 AM
Replies: 965
Views: 518,839
Posted By IronJoe
Re: SMG troubleshooting FAQ

Thank you all. This afternoon I pulled the PLCD sensor plug and tried to start the car, no change.

The car currently has no more pump sound, nor will it engage any gear. And all I've done is...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Apr-23-2017, 10:38:24 PM
Replies: 965
Views: 518,839
Posted By IronJoe
Re: SMG troubleshooting FAQ

Thank you both, that makes perfect sense. It's just a curiosity as to why my car was able to start and go in and out of gear and suddenly cannot after changing the relay. Could be coincidence...
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Apr-23-2017, 07:11:28 PM
Replies: 965
Views: 518,839
Posted By IronJoe
Re: SMG troubleshooting FAQ

Hi all, thanks for all the great info in this thread. I'm trying to troubleshoot my new-to-me 2002 Topaz Blue M3 which I purchased with a known transmission issue.

When I bought the car, it would...
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