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Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Wed, Nov-29-2017, 12:38:22 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

Thanks for the input. Your experience is what I would anticipate I think. I ran the front bar on medium with the 550/650 springs to avoid understeer and the car felt good. I'm thinking with 600/750...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Wed, Nov-29-2017, 12:28:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

Jason,meant to ask you about the 650/750 set up on the phone the other day when I ordered the 600/750 springs but forgot. Do you think the 650 front springs are worth a try before the 600 fronts? I...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sat, Nov-25-2017, 04:02:38 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

After a full season of track and autocross with the MCS 2WNR suspension and discussion with Lex Carson of MCS I decided to try stiffer springs,moving up from the 550f/650r Hypercos I've run on AST...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-14-2017, 03:33:03 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,683
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: 13.5F/13R & 19's - most comfortable suspension avail?

I'll follow up to Bimmerman325i's post above. I have MCS 2WNRs with 550f/650r springs and in the six months I've run them I've done nine track days,multiple autocross events and approx.1500 street...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Oct-12-2017, 09:16:45 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

I now have nine track days,several autocross events and about 1500 street miles on the MCS 2WNR suspension and though I'd update my impressions so far. I'm running 550f/650r springs with Vorshlag...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Wed, Oct-11-2017, 07:01:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,960
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Bridgestone Re71r wear issues and overheating

I've thought about that as well and will try lower next time out. I run a good bit lower for autocross,sometimes as low as 31f 29r with good results.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Wed, Oct-11-2017, 04:09:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,960
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Bridgestone Re71r wear issues and overheating

No,I've only run Gateway so far. And,yes,the banked oval is definitely the major contributing factor in the right side tire wear pattern. As you noted,the right rear is heavily loaded and it gains...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-10-2017, 03:03:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,260
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Hit a deer with my DD this moring.

I just completed a track weekend with an M2 in my run group and was impressed by how well it seems to work on track in bone stock form. My car with MCS 2WNRs and a square wheel/tire set up was a bit...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Oct-10-2017, 01:37:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,960
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Bridgestone Re71r wear issues and overheating

I need to do that,heard good things about it from multiple people at Gateway this weekend.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Oct-10-2017, 01:04:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,960
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Bridgestone Re71r wear issues and overheating

The Z3 Star Spec is already available in Japan I believe and is supposed to be available here in Jan or Feb,or at least that was per Tire Rack awhile back. I intend to try them if they become...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Oct-09-2017, 11:33:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,960
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Bridgestone Re71r wear issues and overheating

Hyperco 550f 650r. Tires are 275/35 18s. Ride height is 13.5f and 13.2r,raised rear slightly from 13.0 due to right rear rubbing in banked oval. Didn't notice much difference.

I know I could run...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Oct-09-2017, 04:35:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,960
Posted By SG/IRM3
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Oct-09-2017, 03:57:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,960
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Bridgestone Re71r wear issues and overheating

All true although I feel like more negative camber begins to affect braking somewhat. In terms of grip these are fantastic tires and would probably be great for time trials. They do get greasy after...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Oct-09-2017, 03:29:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,960
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Bridgestone Re71r wear issues and overheating

I've posted several times in the other RE-71 thread but this one is a little more recent. I just finished a three day track weekend with 14 sessions on a counterclockwise course that includes a...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Wed, Oct-04-2017, 01:12:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,235
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Those Running RE71R on a E46 M3: Pressures?

I've been starting at 30psi and ending up at 36-37psi. My car weighs 3500 lbs. with driver so probably in line with above post.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-29-2017, 03:24:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 403
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Vorshlag camber plate adjustment to stock settings

With my Vorshlag camber plates the range of camber at 13.5in. ride height is -1.6 to -3.8. At a higher ride height you should be able to get a little less negative camber,maybe -1.5 or -1.4. Don't...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-25-2017, 07:56:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,063
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Suspension setup and sudden snap oversteer

More rear toe will help calm the rear end down somewhat,you didn't specify if your rear toe is total or per side but 1/4" total rear toe may help. I've run that for years and have no tire wear issues.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-05-2017, 03:42:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 552
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: OE+ Transmission mount upgrades

Right at 40k miles,still seem to be fine. So similar mileage it sounds like.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-04-2017, 09:21:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 552
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: OE+ Transmission mount upgrades

Installed the Rogue mounts nine years ago along with the Autosolutions SSK. Both still solid as a rock and far better than OE. The Rogues aren't much harder than the stock mounts with no added NVH....
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Aug-10-2017, 02:07:42 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 31,927
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R - any feedback?

The center rib wear you describe seems to be pretty common regardless of pressure or type of car. Virtually everyone I autox with has experienced it regardless of car type or driving style. It does...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jun-21-2017, 03:53:07 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,000
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: What color E46 M3 did you purchase and why?

Ordered my 2005 in Silver Grey w/Imola Red interior. No regrets as it remains one of my favorite combinations. Always liked LSB but it wasn't an option in 2005.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Jun-05-2017, 03:58:44 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 31,927
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R - any feedback?

Follow up to above post. After another three day DE (six days total) these tires are done. Despite -3.3 camber in front and -2.0 in the rear the outer tread block is gone on the right side running...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-25-2017, 08:19:09 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,595
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Just got my AS SSK Installed...damn

I would say mine took 500-1000mi. to get significantly smoother. After nine years and 40,000mi. it is still as precise and smooth as it was after break in. It might even be better. The effort is no...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, May-22-2017, 03:19:22 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 31,927
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R - any feedback?

There are a couple other threads about these tires but thought I would update this one after my first track weekend on them. The event was a three day DE with PCA as part of a PCA club race event....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, May-21-2017, 03:00:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,593
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: well... this is turning into a nightmare

I had the same issue with the coolant leak. The water pipe just pushes into the side of the water pump and has an o-ring on it. If the o-ring is still good you should be able to just push it back in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-18-2017, 04:12:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,605
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: vorshlag vs turner motorspots camber plates?

Absolutely Vorshlag. In my eighth season with mine and they were still rock solid after seven seasons of street,track and autocross use. I had Vorshlag rebuild them this spring when I bought MCS...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Apr-29-2017, 08:52:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 638
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Thought on E92 For Sale.

They do,I have a friend who lost an engine due to rod bearing failure. Less than 50k miles if I remember correctly,or right at that matk. 51k maybe. 2011 ZCP I think. BMW goodwilled a new...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Apr-29-2017, 07:17:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,199
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Piston lock nut backed off top of strut

My AST 4100s didn't use a nylon lock nut and were fine for several years without issue. My current MCS 2WNR use a double nut set up. No issues so far but only been on the car a month. Vorshlag camber...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Apr-11-2017, 07:38:09 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

I think the spherical RSMs play a huge role in transmitting the noise as well. Add the spherical bearing at the shock bottom and probably a double whammy. I have my Rogues just in case.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Apr-11-2017, 07:34:15 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

I'm coming from AST 4100s with the dampers and RSMs being the only change. IMO it's worth the upgrade because the handling has gone to another level even at MCS's recommended settings. I haven't...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Apr-11-2017, 07:15:04 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

^ Evidently we're not alone,Vorshlag said they have several customers with the issue although not everyone. I,too,wondered about the spherical bearing at the bottom of the shock but mine seems tight...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sun, Apr-09-2017, 06:46:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

Just to follow up a little,I played with rebound settings in the rear this morning and found that going from 6 clicks to 8 clicks in the rear reduced the noise significantly and only the sharpest...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sat, Apr-08-2017, 10:28:47 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

^ Thanks. That tracks with what Vorshlag said,that some people experience the noise and others don't and that sometimes the noise disappears. Makes me wonder if spring rate or possibly rebound...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sat, Apr-08-2017, 04:25:08 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

I recently installed MCS 2WNR suspension on my E46 M3,replacing the AST 4100s I ran for several years. I kept my Vorshlag camber plates (had them rebuilt by Vorshlag) and 550f/650r Hyperco springs....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-29-2017, 03:44:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,486
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Koni strut install gone terribly wrong.

What Nick and Ian said. May take repeated attempts but once aligned it should slide in easily. It can look aligned but be very slightly off and prevent the strut from seating fuuly in the knuckle.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Mar-21-2017, 04:33:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: MCS Install Question

Confirmed with Jason McDaniel at Vorshlag that no washer required on rear lower shock bolt.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Mar-21-2017, 03:52:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: MCS Install Question

Will do - thanks.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Mar-21-2017, 03:02:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: MCS Install Question

Finished the install with the only remaining item being the lower rear shock bolt. Does it require a washer? The stock shock doesn't require one since it has a built in plate on the lower mount and...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Tue, Mar-21-2017, 02:55:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,549
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: SA2015 helmets? (Bell)

I was in same situation as OP, needing to replace my SA2005 Bell M4 that I really liked. After months of watching websites I was able to get a Bell M8 (replaced M4) from OG Racing in a size medium...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sat, Mar-18-2017, 04:11:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: MCS Install Question

After looking at them an impact should be no problem. Need to source a thin wrench tomorrow so I can get them installed. Your method sounds good. These things look almost too good to put in the wheel...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Fri, Mar-17-2017, 09:23:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,359
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: SCCA F Street - the beginning

245/40/18 and 275/35/18 works fine on the OE wheels. Ran them for two years with no problems at all. Very common.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Fri, Mar-17-2017, 04:02:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: MCS Install Question

Thanks for the reply! I'll follow your recommendations and was wondering what size thin wrench I would need.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Fri, Mar-17-2017, 03:41:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By SG/IRM3
MCS Install Question

My MCS 2WNR are being delivered today and I took a look at their website's install instructions. They warn not to use an impact tool to tighten the first top nut which sits against the brass nut on...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Mar-16-2017, 05:39:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,359
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: SCCA F Street - the beginning

Your front wheels aren't legal for SCCA FS. There was no stock option of 8.5 in.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Mar-12-2017, 07:48:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 485
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Large price variation for TPS sensors...

Bought one from them last month. IRRC ECS Tuning was double for the same thing.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Mar-05-2017, 04:55:11 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 12,503
Posted By SG/IRM3
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Mar-02-2017, 12:23:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,048
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Ordered AKG solid subframe mounts and they emailed me back......

Vorshlag Motorsports only recommends solid subframe bushings when used in conjunction with a cage.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Feb-25-2017, 03:53:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 514
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: end of BIMMER mag

Agree. Roundel has become pretty useless. I used to read most of it but it has very few topics of interest to me anymore. I could care less about the endless coverage of hybrids,electric cars,SUVs...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-21-2017, 08:05:08 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,071
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Auto solutions SSK vs. 330 D lever

As I recall it was just a few hundred miles to feel completely smooth which is what Ronald told me to expect. That was almost nine years and 30,000mi. ago and it is still very smooth and precise. The...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-17-2017, 03:08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Removing stripped screws: tps sensor

Just about to do this today or tomorrow. Anyone have a torque setting when reinstalling the new TPS?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-16-2017, 03:55:26 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,494
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Vanos Tab

Actually,that's not necessarily the case. I know of two instances where one tab broke and made it's way (fortunately) to the oil pan. So there's no guarantee that one broken tab will stay captured in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-10-2017, 03:23:32 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,420
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: To VANOS or not to VANOS?

No VANOS rattle,just a faint,barely audible whirring noise at 47k miles. Pulled valve cover and VANOS to find five broken exhaust cam bolts with the sixth one backed partially out and cut almost in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-05-2017, 03:34:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,102
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: OEM BMW SSK or Autosolutions

I've had my AS kit for almost ten years and it remains the best single mod I've made to the car. At that time,the percentage of reduction was not an advertised option and I believe was a standard 30%...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-03-2017, 07:29:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,065
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Apex or TMS Wheel Stud Kit?????

I have run TMS studs and lug nuts for years and have never seen a speck of rust on them despite removing and replacing wheels dozens of times.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-23-2017, 04:07:49 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,759
Posted By SG/IRM3
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-19-2017, 03:12:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,960
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: ZCP by the cnumbers

I find it hard to believe any E46 M3s are going to be considered rare given the production numbers with the CSL being the exception. IMO the ZCP option has always been more about marketing than...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-17-2017, 03:36:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,504
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: New DD: 2002 540i Sport Package

Nice find. Not a 540 but my 1999 528i I bought new is still a great car and solid as a rock at 125k miles. The e39 might be the best all around car BMW has ever built.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-16-2017, 07:51:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 719
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Any1 have USAA for the insurance?

All of this. Been a USAA member for forty years and wouldn't consider any other company.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Thu, Jan-12-2017, 03:44:32 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

Thanks,valid point and kinda what I was thinking. Definitely agree about preload.
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sun, Jan-08-2017, 04:04:29 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,277
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Looking for feedback on MCS suspension

Reviving an old thread here but just ordered MCS 2WNRs from Vorshlag and have a question about front sway bar end links which was discussed previously in this thread. Jason (Vorshlag) said I would...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-24-2016, 07:50:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Sheared Intake Cam Bolt Removal Tips?

I had five broken intake cam bolts with the remaining one cut almost in half and backed half way out. Yea,dodged a huge bullet. Four of the broken bolts remaining in the hub came out easily with a...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sat, Dec-17-2016, 07:07:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,236
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Affordable, track-worthy coilover kit options?

This thread is timely since it's the off season and I'm experiencing the usual paralysis by analysis as I contemplate possible suspension updating/upgrading of my AST 4100s. I run Vorshlag camber...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-27-2016, 01:36:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: other "subframe plates repair"

I don't know about the kit in the link but I did learn about another option in addition to the Turner and Redish subframe reinforcement kits. I spoke at length with Jason McDaniel,lead engineer at...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-26-2016, 02:48:13 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,071
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Auto solutions SSK vs. 330 D lever

Just to be clear,I have the Autosolutions SSK. Should have been more clear on that. Sorry for any confusion that may have been created by my post above.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-26-2016, 02:39:24 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,071
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Auto solutions SSK vs. 330 D lever

I've had mine for nine years and 40k miles. Best thing I've done to the car. Still very precise,no play or slop and very smooth. It's reputation is well deserved.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-15-2016, 03:13:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: TMS tracksport suspension

Per Turner's website,kit has fixed valving dampers,ride height adjustability with progressive 400f/650r springs. Described as their firmest street suspension. Probably pretty decent for track use but...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-20-2016, 07:56:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 394
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Dirty Brake Fluid

I don't know about Motul RBF660 but the 600 is much darker than OE fluid. The BMW tech who did my last pre-HPDE inspection mentioned that the brake fluid appeared to be pretty dirty even though the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-14-2016, 05:31:24 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,877
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: 46M vs E92M ZCP vs 'Stang GT w/PP

Good post OP. I would also consider both of those if I had to replace my E46 M3 which I have no plans to do at the moment. I've considered an E92 M3 but the price is still up there for nice examples...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-07-2016, 07:07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Got a chance to weigh my car yesterday

The only time I weighed mine the total was 3326# distributed as follows (I was not in the car):

LF 837 RF 876

LR 805 RR 808

XWT 49.4%
Total 3326

Compared to yours...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Mon, Jul-18-2016, 11:26:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 554
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: AST 4100 Adjustment

Rebound setting for the street will depend on spring rates among other things. I have 550f/650r on my E46 M3 and full soft feels underdamped. I typically run 3 clicks from full soft front and 4...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jun-28-2016, 12:37:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Found some cheap wheels but worth it for autocross (8.5" wide squared)?

Since you've never autocrossed before,don't spend money on a set of dedicated rims and just put some decent tires on your OE 19's. They aren't going to be damaged by autocrossing. Do the DIY camber...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jun-14-2016, 01:56:02 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,730
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: been thinking of getting an M2, but...

And R&T picked the 228i...honest!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jun-13-2016, 08:26:37 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 6,730
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: been thinking of getting an M2, but...

I chair the St Louis SCCA region autocross novice school and had the chance to do some instructional runs from the passenger seat in a new M2. Didn't drive it but thought I'd share some...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-09-2016, 02:58:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,337
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Another S54 'weird noise' thread

I couldn't tell much from the video but several months ago I noticed a low pitched "whirring" noise as I slowed to a stop and just off idle. Really didn't think it was a big deal but for peace of...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, May-06-2016, 08:49:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 947
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Rear Shock Mounts - Compare

I've had my Rogue RSMs in for over six years with my AST 4100s and they are still fine,quiet and no added NVH. This is after 30,000 street miles,hundreds of autocross runs and about twenty track...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-04-2016, 04:32:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 699
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Solutions to access rear shock towers to adjust damping?

I do the same,works just fine and no damage to the liners.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-30-2016, 03:06:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,479
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Vanos Rattle: Splined Shaft Bearing

No,used Lang Racing witb medium blue Loctite.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-29-2016, 06:54:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,479
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Vanos Rattle: Splined Shaft Bearing

I checked out the VANOS on my car at 47k miles when I noticed a subtle change in engine sound at idle and just above idle when I came to a stop - car was running fine. I was pretty surprised to find...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-16-2016, 07:08:18 PM
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Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: What is stock ride height forM3 coupe?

FWIW,my 07/05 build M3 measured 14.5 in. at all four corners. With that build date it has the ZCP suspension which seemed to have a slightly higher ride height in most cases,especially in the rear....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-16-2016, 04:19:22 PM
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Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: VANOS problems fact or over hyped?

I think Raj's post summed it up perfectly. I was one of those few who had no rattling noise to alert me to broken intake cam bolts with the only indication being a low pitched whirring noise aubible...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-28-2016, 01:27:15 PM
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Views: 301
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: VANOS code that's been killing me for a month; help!

Don't have it in front of me but I believe the proper table is 1b,not 16. Easy to confuse.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-19-2016, 03:10:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

Thanks! The fact you were successful with the magnet motivated me to give it a try but after lengthy attempts with three different extendable magnets I decided to punt. Glad to have the car back up...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-19-2016, 01:47:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

^^ Thanks,guys. It's good to get the VANOS upgrade taken care of and be confident it should be good for a long time. Can't say enough about Beisan's products and instructions which provide options to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-18-2016, 09:05:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 636
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Coolant Leak after Removing VANOS Chain Guide

Just to close the loop on this, just reseated the pipe and o-ring and the leak appears to have been stopped after finally getting the car back on the road. Also,if you run into this,just loosening...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-18-2016, 08:48:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

After unsuccessfully trying to retrieve the the cam bolt from the top I had the car flatbedded to the dealer to have the oil pan dropped. The tech tried to get to it through the hole for the oil...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-16-2016, 03:52:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Musings on Broken Cam Bolts

I agree that's the most likely cause. I was wondering about the incidence of more intake valves being out of spec when compared to exhaust valves on two consecutive adjustments as much as anything....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-12-2016, 05:38:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Posted By SG/IRM3
Musings on Broken Cam Bolts

As posted in an earlier thread,I found five broken cam bolts when I took apart my car to do the Beisan upgrades. The remaining bolt was backed halfway out and cut almost in half. After reassembly I...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-04-2016, 09:37:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

Do you know what brand/model magnetic tool you used? I've looked at several online but not finding anything locally that looks narrow enough to get through the timing cover/chain spaces.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-04-2016, 03:04:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

I might try that although I've reinstalled the VANOS and timed everything. Guess just removing the VANOS wouldn't require disturbing the timing but that's really pretty tight down in there so I'm not...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-04-2016, 03:26:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

I definitely dodged a major bullet so will proceed cautiously with this since there's no hurry. There are a couple shops I will talk to and my dealer is actually a trusted resource since I do track...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-03-2016, 10:34:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

I was thinking about that option as a possibility. Thanks.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-03-2016, 10:25:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

I was under the impression there were too many obstacles in the oil pan to use a magnet to get it to the drain plug. I think SYT Shadow's DIY stated that. Worth looking into though.

If I do have a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-03-2016, 09:49:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

Are there any ledges or crevices the bolt head could lay on and then vibrate off and into the chain once the engine was started? Probably wishful thinking but the round bolt head would seem to make...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-03-2016, 04:30:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

I know there's a screen on the oil pump pickup and agree it's unlikely to get pulled in there. Wondering if there are any moving parts it could interfere with though.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jan-03-2016, 03:56:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By SG/IRM3
Broken Cam Bolt in Oil Pan - Start Engine?

I documented my car's five broken cam bolts in another thread and the fact that one of the bolts (head plus part of the threads) fell into the engine despite the many blue shop towels stuffed into...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jan-02-2016, 01:34:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,257
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolts - Another One

In a flip flop worthy of a political candidate I replaced the Lang hub bolts with the stock ones before I put the VANOS unit on. Thought about what Ian said and decided to go with a proven part. No...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-01-2016, 03:59:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,257
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolts - Another One

Definitely appreciate your perspective!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-01-2016, 03:20:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,257
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolts - Another One

Understand what you're saying but thought maybe the Lang supplied hub bolts were "fresh" and had never been torqued. I agree that the old bolts are probably fine but don't see a problem with either?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-01-2016, 02:45:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 636
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Coolant Leak after Removing VANOS Chain Guide

Just an update,I accessed the pipe where it inserts into the side of the water pump by removing the water pump pulley. The water pipe appears to be fine and is not currently leaking but I think I...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-31-2015, 06:45:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,257
Posted By SG/IRM3
Re: Broken Cam Bolts - Another One

I would definitely recommend doing the cam bolts while you're that far into the repair. I don't think the hub bolts have been a problem but since I used the Lang Racing cam bolts I also used the hub...
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