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Old Wed, Sep-19-2018, 04:10:06 PM   #1
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Default The Subtle M3 In Steel Grey

Lets start a new, more organized build thread.


The story, during my first year of college my fully built motor, big turbo, JDM STI transmission swapped WRX (2002 bugeye, WRB) blew-up, not a surprise. The thought of going onto my 3rd motor in the car was daunting, so naturally I had it rebuild and then I sold it to move onto what I now own, my M3.

I acquired the car completely bone stock, never been touched previously, just a genuine stock M3, It was perfect for what I wanted to do with it. Though I could clutter this thread with old pictures of the car, I'll just add a few to get a gist of what it looked like before things started to escalate.





Still in the early days of the car, coils, stock wheels no square set up, spacers. Just simple




Spec:
-2003
-Steel Grey
-Napa Black Interior
-Titan Shadow Trim
-6 Speed manual
-Bi-Xenon
-Headlight washers
-Cold weather package
-Navigation
-Rain sensors

Suspension / Handling
-OEM 18ís (square set up) 265/35/18ís (Sumitomo HTRZ III)
-Scale Coilovers (8k/12K spring) w/ camber plates
-Adjustable endlinks
-AKG Front Control Arm Bushings 75d
-AKG Motor Mounts 75D
-AKG Transmission Mounts 75D
-AKG Subframe Bushings 75D
-AKG Differential Bushings 75D
-UUC Rear Trailing Arm Bushings
-Vince Weld In Rear subframe Brace Kit
-PSD Designs Subframe Reinforcement Weld In plates
-HARD MOTORSPORTS Wheel Stud Conversion

Engine / Performance
-Built Vanos Unit, Beisan Oil Pump Disk / Beisan Seals (Stock Hub)
-WPC Treated Rod Bearings
-ARP Rod Bolts
-Valve Adjustment
-Megan Racing Cat-less Headers
-Agency Power Duel Resonated section 1
-Custom Muffler (Megan racing style)
-Mach Schnell Intake Elbow
-VAC SAP Delete
-RK Tuned (8200 RPM Red Line, SAP Delete, Shift lights, Limiter removed, standard e46 m3 tune)

Interior
-Colby Shift Boot Alcantara
-AKG Solid Mounted Chassis Shifter
-OEM M3 Floor mats
-OEM AUX Cord Kit

Exterior
-CSL Bumper (Shaved inlet hole)
-OEM Amber Corner Lights
-OEM Amber Side Markers
-20% tint
-10mm VAC rear spacer

Here are some more current photos of the car, I usually shoot with a cannon 5d mkii, however, it has broken so most of the pictures of the car are cell phone photos, but I hope to change this soon and get back into detailed photos of the car!







































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Old Wed, Sep-19-2018, 04:25:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: The Subtle M3 In Steel Grey

After much procrastination I bit the bullet and had some extensive work done, subframe, vanos, rod bearings, valve adjustment. Many bushings, diff seals, and many other little things were squared away on the car. Coyne Performance did all the work, and without hesitation I would recommend Matt to anyone, he really goes above and beyond for customer satisfaction, and is a true expert with the e46 m3 and s54. ( Sorry for the constant supply of iphone photos, my full frame DSLR is out of commission but ill be sure to up the quality of photos soon!)

Heres an image of the floor in the process of the reinforcement. There was some pretty substantial cracking going on with the floor, so to alleviate this, PSD plates in conjunction with a vince floor bar are holding it all together!











Overall I can't believe how well the car handles now. Since having basically a car with full AKG 75D bushings is a bit "aggressive", it really gives the feeling of driving a proper track prepped vehicle, needless to say I'm excited. Since having it done I haven't had a ton of time to experiment with it since there has been endless rain here, however, I got a chance to take it up to the mountains to watch roll racing which gave me an opportunity to take some average cell phone photos.







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Old Wed, Sep-19-2018, 04:28:54 PM   #3
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Gorgeous pictures. Sometimes I wish I kept my car to look OEM+ and not go crazy on modifications.
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Old Wed, Sep-19-2018, 05:53:40 PM   #4
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Nice, ambers look good on Steel Grey.
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Nice, ambers look good on Steel Grey.
Thank you! Hopefully I can acquire some amber LED taillights to complete the whole look
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Gorgeous pictures. Sometimes I wish I kept my car to look OEM+ and not go crazy on modifications.
I love the look of your car, plus you have the cinnamon too
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Old Sun, Sep-23-2018, 07:34:58 AM   #7
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Steel Grey Gang
goals af. . .
oem 18 square seems to go so well with steel grey
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Old Sun, Sep-23-2018, 01:52:22 PM   #8
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Love it. Minus the shifter.
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Beautiful. Interesting to see the inlet hole shaved on the CSL bumper

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Thanks man! I figured it was a bit different to do
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