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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-18-2018, 05:26:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 537
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Clutch Pedal and Bushings

Good - I'll bite.

What, specifically, does the Mason pedal do for you, compared to a fresh OE pedal? How does it affect the engagement point? Where/how is the travel shortened? Does the resting...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-18-2018, 05:03:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 537
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Clutch Pedal and Bushings

Thanks for the input so far. Yeah, the Mason pedal seems cool but at $250 I'm not seeing the value as the stock pedal is great - you don't get out of this car and say "I need shorter travel".

For...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Feb-17-2018, 05:42:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 537
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Clutch Pedal and Bushings

Bronze or delrin?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Feb-17-2018, 05:08:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 537
Posted By EricSMG
Clutch Pedal and Bushings

Kaiv did a 6MT swap for me about 10k miles ago and I had him install brand new OE pedal and bushings. Everything is fine, but, even brand new the pedal exhibits a slight lateral play. I'd like to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-16-2018, 01:14:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,431
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Beisan Core Refund

Makes sense - that disk is pretty hammered.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-16-2018, 02:21:20 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,090
Posted By EricSMG
Re: The Official Bring a Trailer (BaT) Listing Thread - E46 M3

Really? I don't think that's low at all for a repainted, modified '03 in a not super popular color. 6 owners, funky wheels (sorry, but they don't work), cheap coils, interior looks meh, lives in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-15-2018, 04:19:35 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,090
Posted By EricSMG
Re: The Official Bring a Trailer (BaT) Listing Thread - E46 M3

OH definitely - I don't generally like white cars for precisely that reason - the body doesn't flow from panel to panel. Same thing with silver. This is partly why black (and darker colors) is the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-14-2018, 04:34:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,090
Posted By EricSMG
Re: The Official Bring a Trailer (BaT) Listing Thread - E46 M3

Agreed - by far one of the best combos. I wouldn't change a thing about that car.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-14-2018, 04:01:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Whatís the best way to reduce NVH?

Well if the actual subframe is coming down then you must (read: really, really should) replace the subframe bushes, diff bushes and inner/outer control arm bushes.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-13-2018, 03:21:11 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,483
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Still looking to add another, Anyone tried an m6 manual, v10?

Zero desire, one of the worst looking cars BMW ever built... the M6.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-12-2018, 06:51:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Whatís the best way to reduce NVH?

Oh yeah, 111k on all original suspension is going to feel pretty harsh and not ultra precise. Not saying you need to do a full rebuild BUT there things that flat don't last that long and those are...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-12-2018, 01:11:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Whatís the best way to reduce NVH?

I've always held the E46 interior in pretty high regard - it looks good, feels good, has a very over-engineered feeling to it (buttons, controls, surfaces, etc.) and, is bolted together very well....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-11-2018, 11:21:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Whatís the best way to reduce NVH?

It is more refined at first blush, yes, but once you get to really know it and drive it back to back on the same roads, it's only marginally more refined. It is not, in a million years, too refined -...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-11-2018, 06:52:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 556
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Not sure if this has been shared. E46/E39 review

The 46 sounds soooooo good in that video - people who say it sounds bad are on serious crack.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-11-2018, 06:31:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Whatís the best way to reduce NVH?

The E9X is only marginally better, actually. Not really enough to mention.

For steering, the number one culprit is guibo. Always start there - it's cheap and easy and will make a difference. Next...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Feb-10-2018, 10:46:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Whatís the best way to reduce NVH?

Is your car modified? What age/mileage are the following:

fcabs
rtabs
rear shock mounts
front shock mounts
spring pads
bumpstops
shocks
steering guibo
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Feb-10-2018, 04:00:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,628
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Is this M3 ZCP a good deal?

The high number of owners does suck but that's mostly an irrational argument.

In terms of the car's "issues", meh - seem pretty much what you'd expect for most of these cars. Paint chips/road rash...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-09-2018, 08:21:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,242
Posted By EricSMG
Re: 2006 m3 racp

Absolute wh0re on jack stands.:lolhit:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-09-2018, 01:37:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,242
Posted By EricSMG
Re: 2006 m3 racp

Yep, that's exactly what mine looked like. Welded up and been solid since. ^^

That said, with separation at the lip like that we should expect deeper separation, thus need a Vince/Mason/CMP bar...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-08-2018, 03:59:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 447
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Is there such a thing like clutch spindown time for manual transmission?

But yes, the the clutch does take time to spin down. This is what causes the thud when you first put the trans into first gear immediately after pushing in the clutch (synchro quickly stops the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-06-2018, 11:06:45 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,883
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Value of OEM wheels

All of those things matter in the greater context. You're argument is black and white: 19s are functionally worse.

That's a baseless argument without further qualifications, which you've provided...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-06-2018, 03:45:03 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 18,623
Posted By EricSMG
Re: CMP Auto Engineering subframe kit

I would like the basic rear bar kit + a simple bolt-in rear tower/X brace.

Possible?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-06-2018, 04:31:28 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,883
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Value of OEM wheels

Well, I'm highly skeptical they can actually make them look factory, which is what I want.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-06-2018, 04:15:21 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,883
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Value of OEM wheels

Uh huh. Feels faster, eh?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-06-2018, 04:03:39 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,883
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Value of OEM wheels

Wait, so a 20 lb 19" RGR is functionally worse than a 26 lb 18" OE wheel? I think what you really mean is that heavy wheels are functionally worse than light wheels.

In the case of the E46 M3...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-04-2018, 05:49:14 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,509
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Smg to 6mt??? Hurt or increase?

I agree that a 6MT conversion (not a swap) is technically more invasive than an interior swap as the it requires special tools/machining/coding and an astute attention to detail to do it right.
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Feb-03-2018, 09:04:04 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,481
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Introducing the VinceSkinz (subframe plates)

Oh, I like the simple/alternate Vincebar - it seems more directly in line with the load path - less bending/twisting.

Is this bar available for the 46M coupe in weld-in format? If not, do you have...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-02-2018, 12:59:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 746
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Tire question before I pull the trigger

All good - I'm interested in understanding why people run what they run, not trying to argue, either.

Yeah, diameter did come to mind with the 245/255 thought. And, I can see a 275 helping, maybe...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-02-2018, 05:46:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 746
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Tire question before I pull the trigger

Fair, but is there actually a gain between the 255 and 275 rear tires on the stock wheels? Is there more traction and if so where? Is the car faster? Easier to drive faster?

In my experience, the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-02-2018, 03:19:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,956
Posted By EricSMG
Re: To Buy or Walk Away

Perhaps I was too black and white. Of course you "can" but most people aren't doing full restores on these yet because there are too many still around.

It isn't practical to think you can buy a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-02-2018, 01:42:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,956
Posted By EricSMG
Re: To Buy or Walk Away

Color combo matters but not as much as getting a good/solid car. Do not let red flags slide just because good color combo, is the point.

You simply cannot make a shitty car nice. You must start...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-01-2018, 03:25:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 746
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Tire question before I pull the trigger

Agreed - I don't see a 9" wheel properly supporting a 275 tire - it won't have the lateral support it needs which means the contact patch won't be stable. Counterproductive.

Besides, the car hooks...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-01-2018, 03:50:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,956
Posted By EricSMG
Re: To Buy or Walk Away

Slammed on blown coils, rough condition, can't even be driven? No way, unless they can get it working and you can really drive it. But right out of the gate it's a massive turnoff.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-31-2018, 08:43:52 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Haha, you sure did!

I've been secretly wanting the SG back for a long time - it's been hers for over 2 years. It's a super nice example.

BUT - nothing can touch Jet Black on the sexy scale.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-31-2018, 08:28:14 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Driving impressions update.

E90 pros:

Solid chassis
Less road noise
More planted/stable chassis at speed
Better front grip/turn in
More powerful brakes
Better seating position - you sit...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-31-2018, 07:13:43 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,509
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Smg to 6mt??? Hurt or increase?

Honestly, who cares unless you've a super low mile/high value example?

Just swap it and have fun.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-28-2018, 06:13:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,349
Posted By EricSMG
Re: ► APEX - Letís Make APEX 19Ē SM-10 and FL-5ís a Reality.

I actually like the dished wheels in 19" but don't like them at all in 18. They would look killer in a hyperblack/dark chrome type of finish.

Curious why you guys dropped hyperblack a few years...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-27-2018, 07:28:54 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Well, the clutch pedal/assembly in the 46M is only about 10k miles old. The actual clutch/flywheel are original with 80k.



My car has EDC and honestly I could live without it. It works okay but...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-27-2018, 06:26:19 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Lol.... totally.

Maybe:) Like I said, not going anywhere. Very fun to have arguably the best two M3s ever built and drive them back to back.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-27-2018, 06:21:28 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Just took the SG out for a spin - this particular 46M has a very stout motor and there is no question that it has a bit more low/mid oomph than the stock E90M. At 3k rpm the 46M is potent - it...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-27-2018, 05:35:34 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

The only aftermarket damper offering (non-coilover) is Bilstein, period, from what I can see.

There is no direct Koni offering for the E9XM from what I can tell, and I find that strange.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-27-2018, 04:10:36 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Yeah, the interior layout is not quite as good as the 46 but overall the differences are minor. Once you're in the car and driving it's a non-issue. I can reach everything easily and everything is...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-27-2018, 05:12:40 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Well, to be fair I haven't gotten the E90 in the twisties nor have I jumped in the 46 since purchase so the size/weight may become more apparent in time. Around town they're very similar.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-27-2018, 03:07:54 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Okay - starting to get comfortable driving the E90M. The shifter is excellent, clutch is really good as well. Brakes are super powerful and "right there", just like the 46M.

The interior, as many...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-26-2018, 06:25:06 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Great points here. Yes, dead horse but nevertheless, relevant and still fun to discuss/debate. To me, the S54/S65/S85 are the ultimate motors. Responsive, precise and very high resolution. Turbo...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-26-2018, 03:11:33 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Haha, yes, both good points.

However - at 3k the S54 is providing most of it's peak torque and responds instantly to throttle input. It's much more about quality here then quantity, if that makes...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-26-2018, 02:52:32 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Yeah, the steering has two modes: normal and sport. Normal is pretty heavy, sport is super heavy. I thought I'd like sport but may actually prefer normal.

It could just be me getting used to the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-26-2018, 02:33:26 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Okay, already there I two things that could be better and one thing I can't stand.

Could be better:
- there is a tiny bit of brake dive/lift under throttle - the 46 is dead flat
- the steering,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-25-2018, 10:27:33 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Good stuff. Admittedly, I have very little seat time in the F80. That said, I found the motor to be very disconnected to the gas pedal. If you smash the throttle at 3k rpm there is notable lag with...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-25-2018, 09:30:30 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

I think the interior, mine anyway in all black, is very handsome in a non-flashy sort of way. You open the door and it looks high quality, to me.

You are right though about the leather..... it is...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-25-2018, 05:18:40 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Only in pictures. The E9X is not very photogenic. In the flesh it looks pretty aggressive.



Yep, agreed. It's not really "better". More or less a lateral move for something slightly different...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-25-2018, 03:51:46 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Oh yeah, you know I'll tell it like it is. I'll update this thread with more direct comparisons as I get to the know the E90.

So far, one day in, I am not prepared to say which one I like better....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-25-2018, 03:27:59 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

Interesting for sure. One thing I'll say about the E9XM - they vary quite a bit. Most of the ones I've test driven felt sluggish and old, while a few seemed to feel "right". You've got to find a good...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-25-2018, 01:34:47 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

I've had so many E46Ms that I was ready for a change. Plus, having two in the garage is a little boring. The JB car was a bit more "used" than the SG car and I bought it cheap so it was an...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-25-2018, 03:46:00 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,996
Posted By EricSMG
Sold the Jet Black, picked up an E90 M3

2008, 6MT, 30k miles, 2 owners, Jet Black/Black.

We sold the JB E46 and are keeping the SG E46. Link to E90M pics:

http://westcoastexoticcars.com/listings/2008-bmw-e92-m3-2/

Very cool car....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-24-2018, 03:16:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,201
Posted By EricSMG
Re: California Insurance doubled?

Mine is stable - about $1700/year for 2 M3 coupes and a 2004 HD pickup, full coverage on all, 5k-7500k miles each.

AAA = cheapest I've found.

Geico is a joke around here - total rip off - they...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-17-2018, 02:42:15 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,578
Posted By EricSMG
Re: OEM zcp or BBS CHs?

Yes, fair point. The CHs look an inch bigger than they are do to flush spoke design, sorta like OE 19s which alomost look like 20s. Lipped wheels look an inch smaller like OE 18s and RGRs
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-17-2018, 01:48:32 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,578
Posted By EricSMG
Re: OEM zcp or BBS CHs?

But only for the same wheel. There isn't always a choice. You cannot purchase 18" ZCPs. My point is to separate wheel diameter as the factor and instead focus on what does matter - weight.

You can...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-16-2018, 01:39:31 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,578
Posted By EricSMG
Re: OEM zcp or BBS CHs?

But I'm not saying take the "same" wheel. I'm saying take wheels/tires that weigh the same but are different diameter (wheel only).

I'd bet you a quarter there is no difference of any consequence,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-16-2018, 01:11:42 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,578
Posted By EricSMG
Re: OEM zcp or BBS CHs?

Sure, you and I calculated this once.

However, once you wrap a tire around the wheel, I'm betting there isn't any practical difference. Consider that the tire itself generally weighs as much/more...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-15-2018, 11:09:13 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,578
Posted By EricSMG
Re: OEM zcp or BBS CHs?

Same wheel/tire "unit" weight and same OD there is no discernable performance difference. There IS a notable comfort difference and a slight response difference.

For example, OEM 19s with factory...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-15-2018, 02:51:35 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,578
Posted By EricSMG
Re: OEM zcp or BBS CHs?

Oh I'm sure I'd feel that 8lbs per wheel, no doubt. Plus they look great and are very exclusive, as I noted.

And, other than comfort, just can't get on board with 18s as they date the car...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-15-2018, 04:06:21 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,578
Posted By EricSMG
Re: OEM zcp or BBS CHs?

Strength is a non-issue in my world with forged OEM 19s. Those babies are tough. But heavy:)

Figure the 19" RGR is 7-8lbs lighter per wheel, at least. That would be sweet, indeed. I do think about...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-15-2018, 02:51:18 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,578
Posted By EricSMG
Re: OEM zcp or BBS CHs?

The RGR is a beautiful wheel, no doubt, but you've really got to like lipped wheels. They look amazing in diamond black but sorta meh in silver. And the lips I'm not sure suit the 46M lines as well...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-13-2018, 04:11:14 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,578
Posted By EricSMG
Re: OEM zcp or BBS CHs?

Actually, the 19" ARC 8s on Paulo's car look really good from the side. Different yet classy. Wonder how they look from other angles - a key factor in wheel design. Seem like a nice, light...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-07-2018, 05:11:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 388
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Installing front lower control arm bushings

Well, be sure of two things before you start pressing:

1. You've got the L and R sides correct, and
2. You've got the actual bushing indexed properly to the control arm (there are wider slots in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-07-2018, 05:04:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 388
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Installing front lower control arm bushings

Pretty sure we're talking Fcabs here.

In that case, a little dishsoap and some firm pressure using only your hands will get them on easily. You just need to brace yourself under the car so you can...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-06-2018, 04:27:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By EricSMG
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Sat, Jan-06-2018, 03:06:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,952
Posted By EricSMG
Re: E46 M3 KW V2 coilover kit

The V1 has mickey mouse rear shocks with dainty shafts - these are not that.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-03-2018, 01:21:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,379
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Aftermarket head unit options!!!

I'm completely out of touch with this stuff, ironic given I'm an audiophile. I don't care so much about most of the 'features' but really want/need only the following:

1. OEM look/fit/finish
2....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-01-2018, 06:19:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,742
Posted By EricSMG
Re: If cost were no object..." (Pin the Tail on The Doogan)

Two suggestions, man to man:

1. Grown men don't talk about how much money they make. It shows a lack of etiquette.

2. Bragging about how much money you have has an inverse effect on how people...
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Sun, Dec-24-2017, 02:35:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By EricSMG
Re: 2004+ aw/ir m3

where is that car?^^
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Dec-22-2017, 08:53:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,434
Posted By EricSMG
Forum: Cars for Sale/Wanted Fri, Dec-22-2017, 02:16:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,709
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Spotted on CL- 06 AW/IMOLA ZCP 59k

Tons of top dollar mods but then shitty tires.

Classic.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-20-2017, 01:31:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 727
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Quick help please - PS4 tires in cold dry weather

I'm sure the Rover goes plenty fast. This is pure, mundane freeway driving on a cold day. Why take the M3 when you've a much better option?

I would not drive 120 in PS4S' in below freezing temps,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-20-2017, 01:26:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 727
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Quick help please - PS4 tires in cold dry weather

I can't believe you'd rather take an old rickety German 'vert on a 100 mile non-spirited-driving-type trip instead of a plush SUV in 29-degree weather. Not to mention the tires will feel like bricks...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-19-2017, 02:05:46 AM
Replies: 536
Views: 29,775
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Brembo Caliper/AP Racing Style Disc Kit -- Group-Buy Interest Thread

Excellent data point! However, are not the OE E9XM rotors semi floaters with alum hats thus limiting the weight saving potential? Or no?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-18-2017, 01:46:18 PM
Replies: 536
Views: 29,775
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Brembo Caliper/AP Racing Style Disc Kit -- Group-Buy Interest Thread

Excellent update, Anthony!

Let me see if I understand:

You considered the 345 disc but that would require steel brackets which is a compromise that you can't warranty, and, pushes bias rearward...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-18-2017, 04:17:52 AM
Replies: 536
Views: 29,775
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Brembo Caliper/AP Racing Style Disc Kit -- Group-Buy Interest Thread

Yes, all of that crossed my mind. You know your brakes - that's obvious.,I'm not nearly as well read on this topic and you seem too have little patience with that.

E31 is a hack. I want a zero...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-17-2017, 11:37:51 PM
Replies: 536
Views: 29,775
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Brembo Caliper/AP Racing Style Disc Kit -- Group-Buy Interest Thread

Link to existing kits?



That's all you had to say. I totally agree - a unique, lightweight BBK with easy to source replacement parts, low-ish running costs, wide pad variety and overall low-ish...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-17-2017, 10:19:40 PM
Replies: 536
Views: 29,775
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Brembo Caliper/AP Racing Style Disc Kit -- Group-Buy Interest Thread

Sorry but I don't understand your very rigid and narrow view point here. I was simply making an observation that led to a desire.

Observation:

There isn't a single, commercially available,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-17-2017, 07:42:41 PM
Replies: 536
Views: 29,775
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Brembo Caliper/AP Racing Style Disc Kit -- Group-Buy Interest Thread

Point taken - I didn't say it was reasonable, just what I "think" would be very popular and most accommodating.

That said, why can't 1/2 be identical save for the front brackets? Or, at the very...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-17-2017, 05:36:43 PM
Replies: 536
Views: 29,775
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Brembo Caliper/AP Racing Style Disc Kit -- Group-Buy Interest Thread

People have different needs/wants. Your position is that all of the benefit of a BBK comes strictly from the upgraded, larger, rotors and that doesn't compute to me. Caliper design also has its...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-17-2017, 04:45:08 PM
Replies: 536
Views: 29,775
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Brembo Caliper/AP Racing Style Disc Kit -- Group-Buy Interest Thread

I'm not saying there aren't caliper options, but there isn't a plug-n-play caliper "kit" that I know of. I'm way too busy to be dumpster diving in junk yards. I'd rather pay a little extra for...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-17-2017, 03:38:28 PM
Replies: 536
Views: 29,775
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Brembo Caliper/AP Racing Style Disc Kit -- Group-Buy Interest Thread

I haven't read the entire thread so maybe this has been stated, but I've always wondered why there isn't a single (to my knowledge) caliper-only upgrade kit for these cars. I think that would sell...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-17-2017, 02:18:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,294
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Michelin Pilot 4S

Yep, the Michelins in OEM sizes give an ultra beefy look with tall sidewalls and fat rim protectors.

I'm curious how the 4S rides compared to the PSS but I doubt anyone has run two fresh sets back...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-11-2017, 03:11:54 AM
Replies: 536
Views: 29,775
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Brembo Caliper/AP Racing Style Disc Kit -- Group-Buy Interest Thread

Amazing kit for the price, really interested to learn more about how this is possible. Presumably, the rear pricing would be comparable? And, noob question, but would the factory pads work? If not,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-10-2017, 04:25:57 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,916
Posted By EricSMG
Re: 4.10 gears are in.... finally....

My gut says that the car would be slower. Without doing the match id guess that the 444 essentially drops you a whole tranny ratio, turning it into a 5 spd. You'd get the same effect with stock gears...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-10-2017, 03:58:11 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,916
Posted By EricSMG
Re: 4.10 gears are in.... finally....

I couldn't do 410s again but the 391 does intrigue me. That with some boltons would be a killer street combo.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-09-2017, 03:17:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By EricSMG
Re: HELP! Good Price? JB/Cinnamon

Yeah, I don't get the common "buy it now!!" responses without seeing the car. This thing could be total shit show for all we know.

The hood and trunk turn me off big time without knowing more....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-09-2017, 03:18:20 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,433
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Thinking of buying father in laws m3. Input please

I'm with Wolfe here - dude likes verts so this will only be about a billion times better than his previous cars.

The only catch will be resale so you must'nt over pay. I think 12k is about right...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-09-2017, 01:51:04 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,916
Posted By EricSMG
Re: 4.10 gears are in.... finally....

Awesome and what an old thread bump!

I'm glad you like them. I loved them, too, at the time. They really "wake" the car up. That said, I've come to really appreciate the range that you get with...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-07-2017, 01:26:01 PM
Replies: 1,718
Views: 208,412
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Official Dyno Thread

Yes, pretty sure his numbers can't be compared to our standard rwhp numbers since a different scale/measuring system is used. I recall his baseline numbers not at all matching our standards for rwhp,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-06-2017, 12:31:09 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 9,797
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Hagerty Just Said It: Buy an E46-Chassis BMW M3 Now

Yes, shitty fit/finish but the 3rd/4th gen F-bodys were very competent handlers and really, really fun cars. SLA front suspension, low GCs, wide, torque arm/panhard solid axles, ultra torquey V8s =...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-05-2017, 02:18:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,632
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Backroads / 'Canyon carving' suspension

Yes, really astute observation that I totally agree with. I've been saying for years that a bone stock E46 M3 with PSS' and maxed front camber will rip your balls (virtual balls for the ladies) off...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-05-2017, 02:05:35 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,912
Posted By EricSMG
Re: 13.5F/13R & 19's - most comfortable suspension avail?

For true flat ride the front wheel rate should be softer than rear but by how much I don't know. This is because as the car hits a bump you want the rear to "settle" at the same time as the front....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-04-2017, 01:33:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,632
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Backroads / 'Canyon carving' suspension

Some people might love KWs and that's great. But there's no denying their rear ride height adjusters and front sway links are junk. Further, the V1s have Mickey Mouse rear dampers with very poor...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-03-2017, 02:55:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,632
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Backroads / 'Canyon carving' suspension

I don't recall but I think the PSS10 will go lower than 1" by a good bit, maybe half inch more. So, 1" probably isn't lowered all the way and should work pretty well for a 1" drop, all things...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-03-2017, 02:08:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,632
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Backroads / 'Canyon carving' suspension

Stiffness and ride quality are largely directly proportional, and, affected by both spring rate and valving.

For example, if you take a PSS10 and run them at full soft vs full stiff (talking...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-26-2017, 04:37:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,635
Posted By EricSMG
Re: Best FCABS for a Daily Driver

I can feel a notable difference in sharpness/response between a PF and OE but these minor pros are outweighed by the increase in sharp edge impact harshness.

Totally agreed on your second point,...
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