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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-17-2018, 07:45:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,595
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Current Quality Carbon/CSL Roof Options

CF looks cheap on cars that weren't aesthetically designed to have it exposed. Made even more true by all the vinyl wraps these days. Better to paint it and keep the car looking OEM while removing...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-12-2018, 12:32:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 425
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Riding the Red Horse

I haven't read this yet - but keeping the tab open for later
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Aug-08-2018, 01:22:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,064
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Differential cooling

Just wanted to point out that diff coolers are often used because of flat-floor underbodies which significantly reduce the air-cooling effect from the diff-cover.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-30-2018, 12:27:18 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,224
Posted By mcfreid
Re: DIY Wrenchers Unite

Been wanting to do this for awhile - how did you not have all those chemicals and grime dripping on your face and eyes while you worked under there?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jul-28-2018, 12:34:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,193
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Bmw m performance lci shift knob

Found the guy who wears an Apple Watch!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-20-2018, 12:31:55 PM
Replies: 1,196
Views: 100,005
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Streamline & Dr M3an M3's CSL Airbox Development Journal Collaboration

Found it, thanks for pointing out where to look!

"You will also note the unique placement of the IAT sensor bung. This spot was chosen because it is easy access, it's behind the filtered section...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jul-19-2018, 08:15:36 PM
Replies: 1,196
Views: 100,005
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Streamline & Dr M3an M3's CSL Airbox Development Journal Collaboration

Would love to hear WHY Antony chose that location though... He must have had some reason.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jul-18-2018, 12:51:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,218
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Anyone know of a car that uses a Brembo/stoptech 355/32 rotor, stock?

Just FYI - you do have to pay for return shipping for oils. If you get a 5L jug, it's fairly easy to pour the used oil back in and seal it up. Costs about $15 to $20 to ship back for an oil change...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jul-18-2018, 12:47:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 843
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Idle jumps up and down after hot restart

Curious to see a video Texaz3. I'll try to get one of my issue as well, but also very intermittent. Sometimes it'll happen once a day, other times it can go for months without a hiccup. It...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jul-17-2018, 12:16:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 843
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Idle jumps up and down after hot restart

I have this occasionally and have been looking for an answer for years. It's not consistent enough for me to replicate, and because the issue goes away so quickly - I've stopped bothering at this...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-16-2018, 01:50:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,218
Posted By mcfreid
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jul-15-2018, 04:09:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,158
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Some Pro E46 M3 Porn from BMWCCA Oktoberfest

Yup, looks like air restrictors to reduce horsepower (balance of performance). Would be nice to see a series that races production / GT cars without BoP.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-13-2018, 11:42:24 PM
Replies: 438
Views: 33,798
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Best Daily Driver Suspension?

How does the Dinan/Koni combo compare to TC Klines coilovers?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-13-2018, 11:39:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,158
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Some Pro E46 M3 Porn from BMWCCA Oktoberfest

That z4m :jawdrop: - wish modern BMWs looked this sleek.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jul-12-2018, 08:58:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,284
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Peeling/sticky interior rubber coating annoyance

The nextzett stuff cleans much better than 303 and leaves a streak free matt sruface, but I do feel like the 303's protection lasts longer. Can always use both (nextzett to clean heavily soiled...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jul-12-2018, 08:40:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,284
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Peeling/sticky interior rubber coating annoyance

Yup, great stuff. Also like 303 Aerospace. Not sure if either one does anything for the soft-touch degredation though. Would require some longterm control testing.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jul-12-2018, 07:06:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,284
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Peeling/sticky interior rubber coating annoyance

Yeah that's the rub with cleaning products - hard to sift through whether they're helping or hurting!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jul-12-2018, 01:46:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,284
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Peeling/sticky interior rubber coating annoyance

Has anyone successfully made their plastic pieces last with UV cleaners/protectants like 303 aerospace?

Or, is this wear unrelated to UV damage? Maybe heat?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jul-11-2018, 12:27:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,261
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Luqui Moly engine oil

Been running LM 10W-60 for a couple years now - never have to add a single drop between oil changes.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jun-26-2018, 06:13:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 729
Posted By mcfreid
Re: VIR track day

Is summit point so bad that it's no longer worth the money? Asking because it is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than VIR.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-21-2018, 05:42:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 695
Posted By mcfreid
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jun-19-2018, 02:43:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,782
Posted By mcfreid
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-14-2018, 02:53:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 548
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Launching Over 4k RPM?

https://ih1.redbubble.net/image.549650001.3157/flat,550x550,075,f.u36.jpg
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Jun-02-2018, 03:47:19 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,982
Posted By mcfreid
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jun-01-2018, 03:13:23 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,982
Posted By mcfreid
Re: e46 M3 Only Meet - 6/2/18 NYC Area

Wunderground is showing clear: https://english.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Alpine%2C+NJ
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, May-25-2018, 07:13:56 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,982
Posted By mcfreid
Re: e46 M3 Only Meet - 6/2/18 NYC Area

Are you from the future?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, May-23-2018, 01:18:58 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 18,769
Posted By mcfreid
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Tue, May-15-2018, 12:10:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 9,264
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Winter Wheel/Tire Set

Having just moved from Williamsburg, VA - I wish I knew you were in the area! Surprised you felt the need to run winter wheels when the whole area shuts down for a half inch of snow anyway.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, May-15-2018, 12:07:39 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 18,769
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Streamline CSL Trunklid

:thumbsup2:

Probably time to write up a comprehensive return policy for future customers.
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Mon, Apr-30-2018, 06:53:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,857
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Random E46 M3 parts (OEM, AFE, TMS ..)

Is this the TMS subframe kit you're selling (https://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-91-e46-rear-chassissubframe-reinforcement-kit/)?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Apr-29-2018, 10:48:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,932
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Anyone else miss The Doogan?

Glad to have a glass of Fernet by my side to quench the gag reflex upon reading this...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Apr-28-2018, 01:31:44 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,932
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Anyone else miss The Doogan?

Steelcut > Rolled
all day, every day
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-26-2018, 04:46:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,932
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Anyone else miss The Doogan?

How does your day not include writing professional copy?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-24-2018, 10:17:26 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,673
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Never shopping with Turner Motorsport again!

No issues here and I'm not sure I even understand the issues you had.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-24-2018, 10:16:29 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,932
Posted By mcfreid
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Apr-20-2018, 04:52:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,653
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Status Gruppe Exhaust Review. Maximum salt.

Appreciate this post and will stay away.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Apr-20-2018, 01:24:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 966
Posted By mcfreid
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Apr-20-2018, 12:52:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 966
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Custom headers

Maybe by fun he wants to do burn rubber at stoplights. Low-end torque certainly makes that easier.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-19-2018, 12:44:21 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 18,769
Posted By mcfreid
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-17-2018, 04:30:24 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 18,769
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Streamline CSL Trunklid

Agreed - it would be nice if Brandon provides us with some more detailed pictures (paint defects and measurements of the trunklid) given the claims against your reputation.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Apr-17-2018, 04:17:38 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 18,769
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Streamline CSL Trunklid

Antony,

Can you comment on the paint defects Brandon mentioned?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-12-2018, 09:56:52 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,485
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Exhaust Opinions (thread #1,634,328)

:hattip: it was a joke :rofl3:
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-12-2018, 09:05:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,485
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Exhaust Opinions (thread #1,634,328)

Pretty sure he said he took the shroud off.
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Sat, Apr-07-2018, 01:43:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 3,642
Posted By mcfreid
FS H&R 10mm spacers + bolts

Pair of H&R hubcentric 10mm spacers with extended bolts (black) (http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-337909-hr-10mm-wheel-spacers-for-most-bmw-5-lug-pair/?pdk=AgE).

These are used and have some...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Sat, Apr-07-2018, 01:41:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,784
Posted By mcfreid
Smile WTB 15mm spacers + bolts

Interested in purchasing any reputable hubcentric 15mm spacers (pair) + bolts (will consider only the spacers).

I have a set of 10mm H&R spacers + bolts if interested in trading.
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Sat, Apr-07-2018, 01:37:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,641
Posted By mcfreid
Re: 15mm Spacers and Extended Bolts

Interested if still available - sent you a PM
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Apr-05-2018, 06:10:23 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,618
Posted By mcfreid
Re: I'm 3D printing a sub woofer enclosure using tough PLA.How thick should the walls

ITT a bunch of audiophiles talking past a lightweight addict
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-30-2018, 03:12:23 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 38,983
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Closed - Group buy VinceBar ("subframe" fix)

Likewise will be waiting for the updated kit
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-28-2018, 08:20:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Painting RAC RS110's a shade of ZCP

Those look fantastic Ian! Based on the shop's website, it looks like they powdercoat. Were you able to get your wheels painted without being baked?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-28-2018, 07:35:34 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,164
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Modify or buy a different platform?

Or go all the way and get an atom or caterham.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-28-2018, 07:07:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,768
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Subframe / Racp - Best Repair tips and tricks

Fantastic DIY / worknotes.

Convinced me to hire someone instead of handling it myself.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-28-2018, 06:58:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 540
Posted By mcfreid
Re: ZCP/CSL wheel finishing request

Found more pictures that I had taken a short while ago of the wheels and the defects that happen to be on mine.

You can view them all here: https://vgy.me/album/VKOi78gp

Hopefully they detail...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-28-2018, 06:35:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 540
Posted By mcfreid
Re: ZCP/CSL wheel finishing request

Pictures are below. The lighting wasn't the best and the wheels are 12 years old so much of what you might see as flakes could be dirt, etc.

Compared to the pictures you provided, I would...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-28-2018, 05:01:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 540
Posted By mcfreid
Re: ZCP/CSL wheel finishing request

I'll get you a picture shortly.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Mar-28-2018, 01:40:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Painting RAC RS110's a shade of ZCP

Though I do have a passion for the ZCP silver, your solution is far more reasonable.

'looking around my area currently for some local talent. The search leads mostly to powdercoating companies...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-27-2018, 11:23:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By mcfreid
painting RAC RS110's a shade of ZCP

Thanks to double_R, I have recently acquired a set of RAC RS110s (http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=577816).

I'll be replacing my OEM ZCP with these lightweight 18s (speaking of...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-27-2018, 12:07:27 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 90,245
Posted By mcfreid
Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

Neither, just misunderstood the form. Thought I was writing down how much oil I added after draining the pan.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-26-2018, 12:37:13 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 90,245
Posted By mcfreid
Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

Update with LiquiMoly 10W60 and Liquimoly Ceratec every other oil change. Looks like the slightly elevated copper and lead levels of the first analysis was likely from the above-average mileage on...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Sun, Mar-25-2018, 02:19:05 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,129
Posted By mcfreid
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-16-2018, 02:33:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 724
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Trans & Diff Fluids

I used Ravenol for my trans after not being able to find Castrol or Pentosin in my area or online. 'can't tell the differences from the OEM fluid in it before - I assume that's a good sign.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-20-2018, 12:17:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,900
Posted By mcfreid
Re: M Twin Power Turbo 10W60

That LiquiMoly result has me considering switching oils now....

To add another to the mix, anyone have experience with Motul's Sport 5w50 ester-based synthetic?...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-18-2018, 04:22:50 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,900
Posted By mcfreid
Re: M Twin Power Turbo 10W60

Pretty sure I bought LiquiMoly 10W-60 from them...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-12-2018, 12:26:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 263
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Rough Idle When Starting Warm Engine?

My 06 with 90k also does this and has been doing it for the last 15k miles-or-so. My guess, based on what I've read, is that it is a slightly gunked up idle control valve. As far as I can see,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Feb-10-2018, 08:48:35 PM
Replies: 1,141
Views: 76,944
Posted By mcfreid
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-07-2018, 04:42:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Is there such a thing like clutch spindown time for manual transmission?

Synchros alleviate the engine-to-transmission speed matching. 1st gear synchros can wear out quickly though, making it hard to shift into 1st without coming to a complete stop. If the other gears...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-25-2018, 02:55:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,134
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Best low key Exhaust??

low key and similar to stock?

Stick with stock.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-22-2018, 08:12:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 733
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Switching to 0w40 or 5w40 for -20 degree winters

Curious to know if anyone has experience with Motul's 5w-50 https://www.motul.com/us/en-US/products/sport-5w50

Might be a happy medium.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-01-2018, 08:14:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,658
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Curious as to people's thoughts: thinking about merging the Journals section with

I like the idea considering the journals subforum gets so little use that I almost never find myself there. 'would enjoy stumbling across some of the journals while I browse the main forum.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-23-2017, 11:37:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,649
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Suspension Setup Thread

Absolutely superb - 'learned a lot from this thread.

'curious - how does dampening and suspension geometry interplay with bounce frequency? Also, how is the bounce frequency understood in terms...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-20-2017, 12:20:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 764
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Quick help please - PS4 tires in cold dry weather

Pretty much what everyone else has already said... Entirely dependent on how you drive. Knowing you, you're probably better off with the rover. But if you think you can control yourself, you'll be...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-12-2017, 07:51:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,012
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Dropped Tools into Engine Bay

Truth in that but I actually went with the ECS Valeo unit and free shipping. The shipping took about 4-5 days (economy) and in the meantime I found a local shop to do the rebuild, and had it back in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-12-2017, 03:39:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,012
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Dropped Tools into Engine Bay

$250-300 for a new Valeo isn't cheap when a rebuild at a local shop costs about $100.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-30-2017, 10:05:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,258
Posted By mcfreid
Re: CSL wheel repair

Why not sell the wheels at a small loss because of the curb rash and then buy new CSL/ZCPs? Net loss might even be less than having them refinished, and you'll have OEM paint.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-22-2017, 10:31:44 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,007
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Designing a classy and timeless hood with functional heat reduction

The asymmetry of our engine layout got me thinking about the asymmetrical lights in BMW's motorbikes. For example:...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-21-2017, 11:29:13 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,007
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Designing a classy and timeless hood with functional heat reduction

Ah, my mistake! I was referring to the die weithje and seemed to have reflexively associated die weithje with CSl (obviously doing too much airbox reading!).

Thanks much for putting so much time...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-21-2017, 08:49:53 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,007
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Designing a classy and timeless hood with functional heat reduction

Aesthetically, none of the hood vents are particularly pleasing. But, if they are needed, the CSL's are my favorite.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-21-2017, 12:30:44 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,569
Posted By mcfreid
Re: E46 M3 changes over the years

Does anyone know the difference in spring rates between 01-04 cars and zcp/05-06/csl cars?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-21-2017, 12:28:24 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 12,721
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Post those Black Friday deals

I have this jack and it is not low enough to reach the center front jack point (it reaches the rear no problem). My car is stock height and I still have to drive onto planks before using the jack. ...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Nov-18-2017, 01:49:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 228
Posted By mcfreid
Re: New key wont fit all the way into the lock

Nothing your other M hasn't seen before.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-09-2017, 12:38:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 891
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Help on engine temps?

From your picture, my engine and coolant temps are the same, on any day below 75F without the ac running and coasting along on a highway.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-08-2017, 12:08:11 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,912
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Best sway bars?

Indeed, I think the key here is that we have, for our stock front suspension, a stock front sway bar that is under-sprung. One way to increase front grip would be a stiffer front sway bar (but not...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-07-2017, 01:20:27 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,912
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Best sway bars?

With all this focus on sway bars and body roll, we have to remember that body roll can be mostly negated by just running a stiffer suspension. Sway bars can further fine tune body roll in the front...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-05-2017, 08:36:09 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,912
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Best sway bars?

You have to be running stiff rear springs if you plan on decreasing your rear sway bar stiffness. If you're staying with stock springs, or around that point, a slightly stiffer rear combined with a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-05-2017, 03:09:48 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,912
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Best sway bars?

I'd go CSL or Hotchkis (both have fronts that are hollow for reduced weight).
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Nov-04-2017, 11:44:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 833
Posted By mcfreid
Re: This seems odd - multicolored Eibach Swaybars

'not an expert on this, but my understanding is that you want a stiffer front sway bar than rear for a rear wheel drive, front engine setup. The CSL sway bars increase the front stiffness and rear...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-03-2017, 12:36:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 779
Posted By mcfreid
Re: ZCP -> MF steering wheel swap

I have a ZCP with the alcantara wheel swapped out for the standard leather one (also swapped trim pieces as the ZCP trim doesn't look right with the black leather). None of the buttons work - the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-01-2017, 09:33:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 754
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Newbie doing first valve adjustment

I have the whole kit for rent if you're interested (though I imagine you already bought most of the tools necessary at this point). As for the angled feeler gauges, I doubt it would make a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-26-2017, 12:04:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,951
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Mileage vs Maintenance

The problem with maintenance is that it's usually difficult to tell a car's past. Unless you're buying from someone who kept exhaustive records AND you know what to look, you're better off mostly...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-26-2017, 11:54:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Alternator died, what do - SUCCESS

That's exactly what I ended up doing. 'was surprisingly difficult to find a shop that repaired our alternators in a reasonable time frame - but definitely worth it after now having gone that route. ...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-25-2017, 11:44:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Alternator died, what do

SUCCESS!

'just finished the job with the help of my gf and sitting down now with a celebratory gin & tonic. Getting the alternator back in was a royal pain in the ass - up their with pressing in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-24-2017, 04:21:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Alternator died, what do

Got the alternator off today without much hiccup. 'heading to an automotive shop this afternoon to see if they can get it rebuilt at a reasonable price.

Quick question: does anyone know the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-24-2017, 12:53:05 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 90,245
Posted By mcfreid
Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

I don't think anyone provides a 0w60 oil, Doogan - do you mean 10w60?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-23-2017, 02:06:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,460
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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-23-2017, 12:49:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Alternator died, what do

'will do. Not sure how old the battery is (at least 2 years) - but why would the battery failing cause the red battery light to come on during driving (and in particular during downshifts)?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-22-2017, 03:30:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By mcfreid
Alternator died, what do - SUCCESS

Red battery light flashed and then stayed on as I was driving home last Friday. Luckily made it without the car dieing. Everything I've read points this warning as a sign of a bad alternator. ...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Oct-16-2017, 03:55:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,002
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Is this oil ok to use?

Considering Motul has a 5w50, that's the one I would try (assuming this isn't a track car).
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Oct-14-2017, 05:46:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,629
Posted By mcfreid
Re: Convertible Crash Survivability / Fatality Rate

This is fairly consistent across all BMWss.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-04-2017, 04:16:25 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 90,245
Posted By mcfreid
Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

Interesting - using Ceratec (not MOS2) and I noticed my Boron levels skyrocket but not Sodium.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Sep-30-2017, 10:56:28 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 90,245
Posted By mcfreid
Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

That's not the impression I got from reading their note. It seems to me that Blackstone is suggesting perhaps you had some contamination in your last oil and that flushing may get rid of it. So you...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-29-2017, 09:59:53 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 90,245
Posted By mcfreid
Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

There aren't any oil additives that add copper and lead... It's definitely some type of wear and very likely rod bearings. They went down because your oil change interval was not even a thousand...
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