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Forum: Member Photos and Videos Tue, Dec-11-2018, 01:37:33 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 262,157
Posted By Paulo M
Re: ******Strictly BBS CH Wheels Thread******

Geez this looks so good! You’ve managed to make yellow, blue, and cinnamon flow perfectly!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-10-2018, 03:41:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 455
Posted By Paulo M
Ecs one piece front lip fitment?

Csl bumper is not a front lip. Two totally different results with the two. Im totally for proper csl bumper on m3.

Oem bumper looks good by itself on clean aw...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-10-2018, 03:17:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 455
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Ecs one piece front lip fitment?

People still stuck in 2012 with these things. These stick on one piece lips look so cheap even if fitted properly. Makes front end look boxy and bulky.

To op, just send it back. Ecs is easy to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-08-2018, 06:30:45 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,716
Posted By Paulo M
Re: End to all speculation: The CSL Kingpin

Just goes to show how special the CSL is. BMW really went all out, down to the kingpin. It’s 2018 and we’re just finding out the benefit of this.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-08-2018, 04:59:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,762
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Throwinshapes's Review of Vince's RACP Weld in Kit

Our cars look dated as well. STI from the same era (2003-2006) have actually aged quite well. Their value has held up better than our cars and they have nice presence on the road (unlike the newer...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-08-2018, 03:35:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 574
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Wheel advice needed!! OEM CSL

Contemplating on buying oem csl fronts. Would require a smaller spacer to clear my brembos which is ideal for me.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-08-2018, 02:04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,083
Posted By Paulo M
Re: AR20 or Status Gruppe Rasp Eliminator Pipe

Lol wait, why would having two ar20 sound any different than one ar20 mated with factory resonator? Surely the difference is so small it’s negligible and you won’t be able to hear a difference....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Dec-07-2018, 08:59:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,374
Posted By Paulo M
Re: High mileage 6spd coupe

Seems like you want an e92. Go for e92.

You bought your m3 for $8k. Since then you’ve added more miles and an accident. It’s also a year older. $6k or maybe $7k is good for a car you got for $8k....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Dec-07-2018, 04:11:49 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,662
Posted By Paulo M
Re: OEM ZCP Rims Color, Best Powder Coat Match?

Outside of the enthusiast community, no one can tell the difference between our m3 and 325i lol. Pretty sure we try to go the extra mile, for the enthusiasts, such as ourselves.

But you’re right...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-06-2018, 12:40:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,206
Posted By Paulo M
Re: E46 CSL seats

Iíd easily pay $3k for oem csl seats. Great deal! One mod Iíd gladly change my interior color for.
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Thu, Dec-06-2018, 12:52:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,077
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Brembo GT 4 Piston 355x32MM BBK

Stoptech will work with the 355 fronts but not on the 345ís. Itíll fit if you modify the hats.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-06-2018, 12:49:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,083
Posted By Paulo M
Re: AR20 or Status Gruppe Rasp Eliminator Pipe

Ar20’s are faster to get and is guaranteed fitment if welded on by reputable welder. Oh and it’s cheap as hell, since you only really need one next to the factory resonator.
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Wed, Dec-05-2018, 06:35:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 643
Posted By Paulo M
Re: oe csl center console.

Wait, what? So which is it? Free bump
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-05-2018, 06:02:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,206
Posted By Paulo M
Re: E46 CSL seats

Agreed, but any respectable mod is crazy for our cars considering itís price and age. At this point, any quality mod you do is for the love of your car. Logic goes out the window lol

Also these...
Forum: Member Photos and Videos Tue, Dec-04-2018, 05:47:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 296
Posted By Paulo M
Re: E46 s65 v8 dct

Wtf nice work. Did you do all this yourself?
Forum: Member Journals Tue, Dec-04-2018, 03:49:26 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

I also bought new F.A.G. hub/bearings for my front passenger. I replaced my front hubs just last year, but the stupid Turner hub extenders forced me to damage them causing vibrations. Iíll pay a shop...
Forum: Member Journals Tue, Dec-04-2018, 03:46:54 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

Thanks man. I love a nice set of huge brembos, itís the first thing I notice on nice/exotic cars.


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Forum: Member Photos and Videos Mon, Dec-03-2018, 01:52:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By Paulo M
Re: White F430/BBS/Brembo/Scud Bumper/ Air Suspension

Not a fan of the air suspension, but the wheel and brake choice is perfect! Can’t wait to see finished product
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-03-2018, 01:30:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Paulo M
Re: How I vinyl wrapped my ZCP steering wheel plastic

Ouch, thatís more than I thought. I personally would still pay that, since they are pretty durable and will last forever if youíre not careless.

But I could totally understand if you go cheaper...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-03-2018, 12:51:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Paulo M
Re: How I vinyl wrapped my ZCP steering wheel plastic

How much are these trims new? I always thought they were cheap enough to replace. Mine still looks brand new after 170k Miles. Worth the $ to just get 100% match with new imo.

Nice work...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-03-2018, 12:36:27 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 5,905
Posted By Paulo M
Re: My 2nd e46 M3 stint is over

It’s the interior layout and windows etc. there is no cockpit feel, regardless of how low you make your seats or suspension. Our windows are huge and go extremely low. The dash, trim, and center...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-02-2018, 09:38:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 565
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Question on used Bilstein PSS10's

Raise the car from stock? I thought dinan lowers the car 1Ē all around.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-02-2018, 08:28:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 565
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Question on used Bilstein PSS10's

Nothing wrong with wanting lowering springs for looks. Look into Dinan springs, should ride real nice and look great.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-02-2018, 04:59:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 565
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Question on used Bilstein PSS10's

How the hell would he know they have roughly 8k miles on them lol. You’re taking the word of the owner who took the word of the owner before him. You’re putting trust in two people here on ...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-02-2018, 04:41:30 PM
Replies: 1,415
Views: 118,873
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Streamline & Dr M3an M3's CSL Airbox Development Journal Collaboration

Iíll make a video once spring weather comes. Itís the best sounding exhaust for our cars imo, from inside and outside the car. This is coming from someone that owned a Scorza and Miltek.

I can see...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-02-2018, 04:01:21 PM
Replies: 1,415
Views: 118,873
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Streamline & Dr M3an M3's CSL Airbox Development Journal Collaboration

So how much weight do you remove by going csl intake once it’s installed? I know just by going with cf valve cover I saved half the weight of a stock cover lol.

If I do get csl intake, it’d be...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-02-2018, 04:44:55 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,667
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Rasp

I did this, along with stock muffler. I wouldn’t say 80% reduction more like 20% less, for mine anyway. But it’s noticeably less raspy.

OP, I suggest just appreciating the rasp. Most exotics have...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-02-2018, 12:47:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,545
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Independent review of Streamline CSL replica bumper

Definitely no chipmunk cheeks, I wouldn’t have even cared about bumper fitment if the bumper had those god ugly chipmunk cheeks. .
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-01-2018, 10:18:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,545
Posted By Paulo M
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-01-2018, 09:31:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,374
Posted By Paulo M
Re: High mileage 6spd coupe

There’s plenty of 6mt e46 m3 with under 200k miles and no accident that are selling for $8k-$10k. Didn’t you buy yours for $8k prior to the accident?

If you’re aiming for $10k it may take some...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-01-2018, 02:36:56 PM
Replies: 1,415
Views: 118,873
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Streamline & Dr M3an M3's CSL Airbox Development Journal Collaboration

Stepped headers change the sound? May need to get in a csl intake equipped m3 again. Last time I was in one, I wasn’t all that impressed. Didn’t even know he had one until he opened his hood. Could...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-01-2018, 05:17:00 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 5,905
Posted By Paulo M
Re: My 2nd e46 M3 stint is over

Damn thatís high praise for our e46 m3

Everytime I sit in a true purpose built sports car, my m3 always feels like Iím sitting in a Camry. Big car with high sitting position lol. Has zero cockpit...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-01-2018, 04:36:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 465
Posted By Paulo M
People with p0lar brackets

Well I didnít bother telling him, I just ended up selling it years later. I used the rallyroad and that fit like a charm. Now have brembo gt kit and that too fit perfectly (as it should since itís...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-01-2018, 04:08:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 465
Posted By Paulo M
Re: People with p0lar brackets

My polar brackets didn’t line up, at all. As in, the slots do not line up, meaning no machining would do squat.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-30-2018, 03:10:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,079
Posted By Paulo M
Re: What would you do? S54 conundrum

This. And non of that part time community college while living with parents crap either. Did that for a year, itís a trap. Transfer/go to University for an in-demand major asap. Social/mental growth...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-29-2018, 07:24:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,545
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Independent review of Streamline CSL replica bumper

Idk I’ve seen vorsteiner csl bumpers look flawless on multiple occasion. Sharp edges and very tight seamless fit. Wish they never stopped making e46 parts
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-29-2018, 07:22:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,545
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Independent review of Streamline CSL replica bumper

Itís just with the Sgt as their flipper design is different from oem csl and vorsteiner
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-29-2018, 12:37:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,545
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Independent review of Streamline CSL replica bumper

I’ve seen SGT bumpers that fit better. I know I’d take my fitment over that, unfortunately. The streamline seems a bit too chunky, like it’s too big. Maybe a bit more time fitting it?

Thanks for...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-28-2018, 09:39:08 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,662
Posted By Paulo M
Re: OEM ZCP Rims Color, Best Powder Coat Match?

The problem is they end up looking cheap, like csl reps. You lose the amazing finish as well as the lines.

I have seen a csl that painted their wheels black, the stance and beautiful bbk behind...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-28-2018, 06:05:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,662
Posted By Paulo M
Re: OEM ZCP Rims Color, Best Powder Coat Match?

My logic is, I can sell my current set for decent price and just add $ to buy new set. Instead of using the $ for powdercoat, Iíll just add that to the $ I got from my old set.
Forum: Member Journals Tue, Nov-27-2018, 07:45:34 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

Much appreciated.

On a side note, I noticed I mod my car more than I actually drive it. Being way too OCD to get things dinged up etc. Plans for 2019 is to drive it more and mod less. There’s...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-27-2018, 05:36:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,662
Posted By Paulo M
Re: OEM ZCP Rims Color, Best Powder Coat Match?

Iím in Boone, but Prince isnít too far from you. I do know the base is powdercoated and the silver is lightly painted on in steps, just enough to have the base coat visible. They can go as dark or as...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-27-2018, 03:28:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,662
Posted By Paulo M
Re: OEM ZCP Rims Color, Best Powder Coat Match?

Yup, a shadow chrome is the same multi-step process as the zcp/csl silver. I do believe Prince powdercoating here in Carolina can do it as they perfected the shadow chrome finish. Iíve actually seen...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Nov-26-2018, 10:37:44 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,662
Posted By Paulo M
Re: OEM ZCP Rims Color, Best Powder Coat Match?

Unless the finish is a 100% match, I think you’re doing a disservice to your car (assuming you want the original csl/zcp finish). I’d buy a new set before I settle for a 90% match for these wheels....
Forum: Member Journals Mon, Nov-26-2018, 07:34:45 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

Spare Brembo gt caliper:

So, finally got my calipers powdercoated and installed on the car. Decided to try out speed bleeders,...stripped one of the bleeder holes lol. At first I didnít think it...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-25-2018, 02:41:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By Paulo M
Re: BMW performance pedals vs. Turner pedals

I have the bmw performance. I think they look the best for a factory look. Goes well with my brushed aluminum trim as well. Unfortunately the finish flakes off very easily.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-21-2018, 12:54:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Spongy brakes after rear brembo install

You guys are awesome! So non of you think my abs is actually in need of replacement? If so, the shop must’ve been trying to get my $.

I will say, I believe they did bleed my system including the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Nov-17-2018, 09:33:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By Paulo M
Spongy brakes after rear brembo install

So, got my brembos installed finally. Filled up the brake fluid and drove a block down to get my brakes bled at a local euro shop. Driving down the brakes were spongy, which is expected. Also I can...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-13-2018, 06:07:55 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,699
Posted By Paulo M
Re: First Look - Aston Martin DB9 BBK Retrofit Review

Are brake bias only relevant at the track?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-13-2018, 06:03:44 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,309
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Hard to let go of M3..

Can’t be that hard to let go, considering it’s the one car out of 5 you gave up. Plenty of other e46’s to choose from in the future if you ever want to go back.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Nov-10-2018, 03:29:00 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,213
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Favorite color schemes

I saw an LSB on Cinnamon the other day and I have to say, cinnamon interior works best primarily with neutral exterior colors. White, black, silver, and even close to black colors like OG/CB cinnamon...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-09-2018, 05:54:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,213
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Favorite color schemes

OG on Cinnamon, LSB on Black, or PY on Black in no particular order
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-09-2018, 02:13:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 832
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Turner Motorsport Experiences

The consent form was a warning to you, that you won’t have cats anymore since that sec1 only mates to their catless headers. You simply did not read everything in the description where it states it’s...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-08-2018, 08:21:51 PM
Replies: 512
Views: 27,624
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Any news on Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals?

Off topic but is there a thread out there concerning ttfs? Curious what’s going on, since I have their tune
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-07-2018, 04:20:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 832
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Turner Motorsport Experiences

Ecs went downhill for me. I’d still buy from them, but in much smaller doses
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Nov-05-2018, 12:40:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,247
Posted By Paulo M
Re: E46 M3 brakes: Sticky Comprehensive guide

Well maybe you should be more clear with your thread next time then champ

you’re thinking about buying budget Porsche or 135i brakes for your e46. Please explain your reasoning for wanting these...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-04-2018, 09:44:30 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,210
Posted By Paulo M
Re: On e46 M3 values: is the secret already out?

Smg vert with dove grey interior.....the dream
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Nov-03-2018, 11:53:20 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 8,670
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Street Faction Engineering Rear Seat Delete Pre-Order

If there’s a chance you have to transport a child, don’t even risk it. Custom seat belt brackets and aluminum covers...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Nov-03-2018, 06:00:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,247
Posted By Paulo M
Re: E46 M3 brakes: Sticky Comprehensive guide

Yea but that looks worse than stock :lolhit:

Part of the “look” are the bigger rotors...on top of calipers not looking like a kids plastic play toy.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-02-2018, 10:56:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,247
Posted By Paulo M
Re: E46 M3 brakes: Sticky Comprehensive guide

M3ís are also pointless for going to the grocery parking lot, but here we are. With that mindset, people that donít track cars would need nothing more than sentras and civics.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-02-2018, 09:41:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,247
Posted By Paulo M
Re: E46 M3 brakes: Sticky Comprehensive guide

He’s obviously doing it for looks. Majority of bbk owners buy for looks, which is perfectly fine. Same reason we buy csl exterior parts, bcs we like how they look. At best it makes swapping brake...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-02-2018, 09:35:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 936
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Buyer beware - GROM Audio

Update: GROM kindly accepted the exchange of my 6month old Grom for their updated version. Props to them for doing right, even tho my current one works perfectly fine (outside of static when music...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-02-2018, 07:42:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 643
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Wavespec Rotors

Looks funky. I guess if you like the look, you can give it a shot. Not sure how it’s an upgrade from standard performance/feel wise. Most modern sports cars don’t utilize that design.
Forum: Member Journals Fri, Nov-02-2018, 07:35:57 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

Front brakes put back on the car, canít wait to get the rears back!

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181102/e31722ab9cedbf82a2969347de5e9afd.jpg...
Forum: Member Journals Fri, Nov-02-2018, 07:35:01 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

I was certain this was original from brembo and wasnít touched by previous owner. But you may be right, no other explanation for it. Iím surprised it didnít rip off, I could easily remove chunks off...
Forum: Member Journals Fri, Nov-02-2018, 12:35:35 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

Well the rears I have are still new and are slotted. So I matched them up.


Also realized the drilled rotor cooling veins are facing the same way the drilled pattern are facing.

The slotted...
Forum: Member Journals Fri, Nov-02-2018, 12:31:19 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

Upon further review, Iím glad I replaced my rotors. Thereís deep cracks throughout the rotors. Canít be seen unless the rotor hats are removed.

...
Forum: Member Journals Wed, Oct-31-2018, 10:37:43 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

Got the rotor rings swapped out. Fairly easy procedure thanks to the DIY I found. Hereís some pics along with my old brembo drilled.

Old vs New...
Forum: Member Journals Wed, Oct-31-2018, 10:35:05 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

Thanks man




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Forum: Member Journals Tue, Oct-30-2018, 02:42:28 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,124
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Paulo M's JetBlack E46 M3

Brembo slotted 380x34 rotor rings:

Finally got the brembo rotor rings. On the pricey side, but heard they last a very long time so theyíre well worth it to me.
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-29-2018, 06:32:34 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 5,905
Posted By Paulo M
Re: My 2nd e46 M3 stint is over

If you get a gt4, do you think it’ll be a keeper? If so, definitely go for that. I feel like the M2 would just be another car you’ll get tired of real quick.

I have a few friends that bought an...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-28-2018, 06:38:24 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 5,905
Posted By Paulo M
Re: My 2nd e46 M3 stint is over

Lol donít think an intake would make up for a possible Porsche GT4. In terms of fun, those are in a totally different league. Good luck with your next car whichever you go with.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-28-2018, 01:42:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 446
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Things I learned from changing my Brembo 2-piece rotors.

Interesting timing, I’m doing this now. Although I went with Brembo rotors to be on the safe side in terms of fitment. My fasteners and bolts came off surprisingly easy, almost seems like they can be...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-25-2018, 11:23:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,293
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Armor Tech Powdercoating terrible work (advice)

I wasn’t whining, I wanted to see if it’d be smart if I let the same guy that texted me 3days ago that my calipers are looking good and for me to enjoy them, redo the work. Same guy that now changed...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-25-2018, 07:44:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,293
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Armor Tech Powdercoating terrible work (advice)

I believe so, they told me to leave them all in as they take proper care of them in their powder coat process.. My last set came back perfect. I don’t think they bake it hot enough to do any harm on...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-25-2018, 07:25:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,293
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Armor Tech Powdercoating terrible work (advice)

Haha sorry, just finished working out so my hands are pretty shaky (damn you pre-workout).

Phil (Armortech), apologized and offered to redo them and he’ll cover shipping. The hell, I waited...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-25-2018, 06:57:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,293
Posted By Paulo M
Armor Tech Powdercoating terrible work (advice)

Hey guys, just want to share my experience with Armortech powdercoating (highly recommended here and practically all other forums). I sent my calipers originally earlier this year, waited well over a...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Wed, Oct-24-2018, 02:48:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,906
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Scammer alert: maximz

What a little weasel. Haha dirty little low life weasel
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-24-2018, 03:38:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,350
Posted By Paulo M
Re: My experience with UPS recently

I like ups and fedex. USPS on the other hand, theyíre terrible. With their useless non-existent tracking# system. Slow delivery etc.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-24-2018, 02:52:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 936
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Buyer beware - GROM Audio - Updated with new version that fixes issue

Did they replace your old unit for free? Although Iím happy with mine, and only notice the static when no music is playing, Iíd like the version they thought was a ďfixĒ. Now Iím curious how much...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-23-2018, 05:47:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,090
Posted By Paulo M
Re: CSL SGT Bumper adjustment advice? (paging daytonaviolet or anyone else)

I actually had to buy new belly pan, and I did have to cut up the front a bit. I posted about it in my build thread as well
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-23-2018, 03:55:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,090
Posted By Paulo M
Re: CSL SGT Bumper adjustment advice? (paging daytonaviolet or anyone else)

Looks great man. I’d say that fitment is spot on tbh. My Sgt fits about the same as yours, but you closed your bumper-fender gap slightly better.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-22-2018, 11:26:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 456
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Stock tire sizes; why?

Well thatís not relevant to the mushy feel I had then. 245/35 on 8Ē wheels resulted in extremely beefy sidewalls.

245/35 on a 8.5Ē is much better. CSL uses 8.5Ē fronts and even they utilize a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-22-2018, 06:37:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 456
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Stock tire sizes; why?

Oem stretch feels great to me. I drove with the infamous 245/35 and 275/30 everyone raves about and my car felt mushy as hell.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-22-2018, 06:31:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Brembo 380x32 confirmation

Hey, thanks man. Itís actually 380x34, which sucks bcs itís $1,500 vs $1,100 for 380x32. Oh well.

Reason Iím swapping is bcs I noticed a noticeable lip on the edge of the rotors, and I read here...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-21-2018, 07:37:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,089
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Turner Polyurethane Shifter Arm Carrier Bushing

I installed this along with 30% AS ssk. Definitely feels more mechanical; much tighter and precise shifts with stock knob (don’t recommend the zhp knob with this and ssk as I felt very slight...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-20-2018, 07:37:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Brembo 380x32 confirmation

It’s all good thanks anyway. I’ll just buy the 380x34 to be safe

Also realized AFTER I took the rotors apart that they aren’t even that worn, looked worse when I saw on the car. I was able to look...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-20-2018, 05:59:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Brembo 380x32 confirmation

^thanks man

Unfortunately heís closed at the moment but I did email him. I plan to stick with brembo for my rotors however.

From doing more research outside this forum, I believe itís 380x34....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-20-2018, 02:13:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By Paulo M
Brembo 380x32 confirmation

I know, second thread concerning my brakes. But can someone confirm these are the replacement rotor rings for my front brembo 8piston gt 380mm rotors? Just realized itís my fronts that needs...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Oct-19-2018, 04:50:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 164
Posted By Paulo M
Brembo gt kit rear upsize rotor rings

Apologize for the noob question, but can I upsize from rear 345x28 to the equivalent 355mm rotor rings? Since I plan to swap for drilled anyway, I’d like to see if this is possible as just plug and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Oct-19-2018, 02:14:04 AM
Replies: 517
Views: 24,841
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3. Sold the E90 M3, picked up an F80 M3.

White looks off on the m2 bcs the car is cute looking. Black accents help, but looks a bit “try hard” with such harsh contrast on an otherwise cute looking car. I think that m2 blue color looks best...
Forum: Member Journals Thu, Oct-18-2018, 12:20:12 AM
Replies: 505
Views: 23,040
Posted By Paulo M
Re: My M3

So you meant, you don’t think there’s a car that’s worthwhile in the $25k-$100k range compared to an e46 in terms of bang for the buck. Original post wasn’t as clear, I thought in general in the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-17-2018, 11:29:45 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 8,440
Posted By Paulo M
Re: Streamline CSL bumper install experience and design thoughts

Wait, so what about the bumper? Lol splitters are cool and all but I’d be more curious with the bumper fitment.
Forum: Member Journals Wed, Oct-17-2018, 09:56:21 PM
Replies: 505
Views: 23,040
Posted By Paulo M
Re: My M3

You told me to list them, and I did. So I’ll assume you haven’t driven any of them.






Which part here am I misunderstanding? You will never leave the e46 chassis even tho you’ve already...
Forum: Member Journals Wed, Oct-17-2018, 09:13:35 PM
Replies: 505
Views: 23,040
Posted By Paulo M
Re: My M3

458
R8 6mt
F430 6mt
C7/6 Zo6
R35 GTR
991 911
GT4


I’ve driven some of these, and my m3 doesn’t stack up. And I believe my car is one of the better examples out there. From the cool factor...
Forum: Member Journals Wed, Oct-17-2018, 08:37:01 PM
Replies: 505
Views: 23,040
Posted By Paulo M
Re: My M3

Strong statement, what cars have you driven in the $100k+ range to think non are worthwhile? Have you driven a gt3, let alone a 997 gt3 RS?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-17-2018, 06:12:17 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 14,230
Posted By Paulo M
Re: BMW upset with E46 M3 enthusiasts

1. Didn’t get true M motor in US
2. Ugly interior (I’d say e30 has a more timeless layout)
3. Ugly exterior (imo)

The motor kills it for me. Imagine an e46 m3 without an s54 like in Europe...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-17-2018, 06:07:55 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 14,230
Posted By Paulo M
Re: BMW upset with E46 M3 enthusiasts

Everyone is coming out with their BC’’s lol. I think there should be another thread explaining the true value of these budget Taiwanese coilovers. Would be great to hear from members that owned both...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-17-2018, 02:12:18 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 14,230
Posted By Paulo M
Re: BMW upset with E46 M3 enthusiasts

That, as well as those with actual quality mods that looks like theyíre track ready, but never have or plan to. Hell, I have full brembo gt kit and donít plan to track my car :lolhit:

Trend went...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-16-2018, 11:24:27 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 14,230
Posted By Paulo M
Re: BMW upset with E46 M3 enthusiasts

The younger crowd that tends to ruin cars have moved on to e92 m3’s I think. That, and stance scene has officially been over about 3yrs ago. The cool thing now is to have a track ready “look”. It...
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