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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sat, Jun-01-2013, 04:03:45 PM   #41
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Default Re: 96 M3 Boston Green Coupe - Couldn't Resist

Xbrace makes a big difference for me. The front end just feels more solid/rigid over bumps (more like the 46), which is HUGE for me since I'm a chassis stiffness whoore. Don't expect it to transform the car, but it's a sublte yet worthwhile improvement IMO.

I'm about to add the Mason front/rear bars to my sedan and weld bars through the floor boards It all adds up.
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No offense, Edgy (owns nicest Fern I know). In general, Fern green is darker than Boston green.
Ha, just seeing this, disconnected on vacation. Boston isn't BAD, just not as good as Fern. And thanks for the plug. BTW, the WD-40 squirt onto the deflector pulley continues to prevent the engine whistle.

Awesome work being done on the car, you're a DIY inspiration. If you haven't solved the Depo issue yet, I've an ancient back issue of Bimmer that lays out a step-by-step process for going stock to HID. They used the E36 M3. This was back when they offered such articles.

With your skills, you could probably reverse engineer it. Let me know.
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Thanks Edgy. Perhaps later when I get this thing off jack-stands.

Saturday was day 14 with the new car. I put on the new Koni struts on the original springs. I do love those bottom 2 bolts on each strut. MAN... they are in there tight with red Loctite. As I was loosening a bottom strut bolt (18mm), I slipped and gave my right bicep a good bruise as it landed on the top of the right caliper. Ouch! Then I used an air gun on the spring compressors. Yeah. That's good living. So much faster.

Then on Sunday, I put the X-brace back on and put some proper OEM blank rotors on front. I'll save the drilled rotors for something else. Then I got the new FCABs on. I had a little trouble. When bopping the left FCAB on with a rubber mallet, it just wouldn't go. Turns out there was rust on the tip of the control arm post that was gripping the bushing. Some 320-grit and Scotch-Brite pad cleaned it up enough to bop and slide right over it.

Moving to the back, I decided to take off the rear rotors and look at the brake shoes. The left side looked almost new. The right side.....all broken up. That's fixed now with some shoes I had in the shed since 2008.

The wind started to kick up and cool air blew in so I called it a day early. 2 hour naps rule, followed by laundry and dishes before the woman got back from swimming and shopping.
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Old Mon, Jun-03-2013, 02:01:58 PM   #44
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Nice job with bringing this one back up to snuff.

I'll have to say the Boston Green is probably my second favorite color behind Alpine. If I would have found a nice BG sedan first, I probably would have bought it. Being somewhat color blind though, I always wonder how some of these colors look to other people.
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Old Mon, Jun-03-2013, 03:04:33 PM   #45
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Yeah, BG and Fern, are stunning in direct sunlight. They're very rich, deep colors. What I found, at least for me, is that these colors really need contrast. Chrome grills, light colored wheels, Dove interior, etc..... and they can look very classy.

I think Eric's car is going to be a real stunner.
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Old Mon, Jun-03-2013, 06:49:24 PM   #46
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I am a dove fan, but Boston would look best with Sand beige interior IMO.

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TwentySeven - you sellin' yet??
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IF he's selling, I'm first in line and giving him his offer. Called dibs like 2 years ago.
Between you guys and a few others offline, I smell a bidding war.

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Old Mon, Jun-03-2013, 08:13:05 PM   #47
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It's so nice to see another Boston being restored. Kudos, OP!


And twentyseven, Sand Beige looks great with BG! Although I *am* biased towards Magma...
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Nice pickup!
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Default Re: 96 M3 Boston Green Coupe - Couldn't Resist

Since Boston Green ended in Feb 98 and Sand Beige started sometime in 99, I would bet that factory combo does not exist. My first choice would be BG on Modena.
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My first choice would be BG on Modena.
I actually looked at a BG on Modena sedan a few years ago and if it had matching numbers, I probably would have bought it. It had a bunch of miles, but the interior was actually in pretty decent shape. The body was really rough and all the drivers side body panels were replacements and the rest of the repairs were really poorly done. From a distance it looked great though with the LTWs.
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