BMW M3 Forum
BMW M3 Forum BMW M3 Gallery BMW M3 Reviews BMW M3 Social Groups BMW M3 Chat M3Forum Sponsors >>
Loading


Mobile M3forum
Go Back   BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X) > BMW M3 Discussions > E46 M3 (2001-2006)
Tire Rack Buy Winter Tires Now!
Not a member? Register Now!
Register Gallery All Albums Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Calendar FAQ

E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Mon, Mar-05-2018, 09:56:15 PM   #11
M3 dude
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 404
Reputation: 0 M3 dude is on a distinguished road

Australia




Default Re: Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod?

i'd recommend:
a good set of fast road pads
shocks and springs or even coilovers.
rtab limiters
alignment to suit your driving style

and have fun!
Jump to top M3 dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Register now and remove these ads
Old Mon, Mar-05-2018, 10:20:09 PM   #12
rpearl555
So Shiny So Chrome
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 672
Reputation: 0 rpearl555 has disabled reputation
Location: Florida

United States




Default Re: Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Obioban View Post
What aspect of the car would you like to improve? Really any area of this car can be change/tweaked/improved.

If power, headers/cats/tune are your low hanging fruit.

If sound, CSL (or replica) airbox

If handling, some coilovers can be fairly transformation (but can ruin the car if the wrong set is selected). I'd skip camber plates if not tracking it. Some high quality monball RTABs can really improve the car without much NHV tradeoff-- e.g. Fall Line, Dinan, etc.

If light output, stock looking aftermarket projectors can put to shame anything that ever came stock on any car.



Stock gears are the best gears, imo!
Any recommendations for headlights? I just assumed based on nothing that the oe xenons were hard to beat!
Jump to top rpearl555 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Mon, Mar-05-2018, 11:58:13 PM   #13
Obioban
Moderator
 
Obioban's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 36,634
In the garage:
Reputation: 54 Obioban has a spectacular aura about
Location: SE PA

United States




Default Re: Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod?

Lol. The OE headlights suck :P
__________________

Current Cars: 2005 IR/IR M3, 2001 LMB/blk M5, 03 530i, 04 M3 wagon, and some boring stuff
Past cars: 04 M3, 96 M3, S50B32 e36 M3 CM race car
Jump to top Obioban is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Tue, Mar-06-2018, 01:22:45 AM   #14
maw1124
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 111
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 maw1124 is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod?

Quote:
Originally Posted by amglol View Post
I'm leaning toward handling for now, honestly.

Power is always tempting, but the club drives are on roads that don't leave much room for opening past what BMW provided from the factory.

I also need to have some body work done, along with a respray, but I care more about the driving feel right now. I think I might get the body/paint work done over next winter.
New rear shocks on my ‘05 (70k Miles) really smartened things up in the handling department, without “changing” anything. If you want it lower and stiffer, then by all means change it. Like the gearing, I think stock suspension is the best suspension, unless you’re tracking it or are into the aesthetic. On a Cabrio (where I’m guessing you’re not tracking it OR into that aesthetic) definitely go for a tune and rasp eliminator, so you can hear the sound out the back with the top down, and get back some of the midrange that the extra Cabrio weight brings. I’d also recommend an SMG tune for the same reason — noise out the back.

I also did stereo (for top down listening), and sound deafening while I was at it (for top up sanity). But that’s more because I like loud, clear music and the Cabrio HK system sucked arse with the top down at speed.

GL, and have fun.

Cheers,

maw
Jump to top maw1124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Tue, Mar-06-2018, 01:34:04 AM   #15
oceansize
Kwisatz Haderach
 
oceansize's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 376
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 oceansize is on a distinguished road
Location: TN

United States




Default Re: Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod?

Exhaust and Rasp Pipe. Nothing better than enhanced sounds with the top down. Makes me smile every single time.

Love my Rogue Engineering, not over the top, just the right amount of vroom.
__________________
2003 M3 Convertible SMG w/Hardtop | GC Coilovers and Camber Plates 500/600 | ESS VT1-475 Gen 3 Supercharger | Stoptech Brakes
Apex ARC-8 19" Hypersilver | TTFS SMG Tune | Rogue Eng. Diablo Exhaust w/ SS Tips | Rogue Eng. Rasp Pipe
Redish Reinforcement Plates | Polyurethane Rear Subframe Bushings | Polyurethane Differential Bushings | Beisan Oil Pump Disk
Jump to top oceansize is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Tue, Mar-06-2018, 03:36:41 AM   #16
rpearl555
So Shiny So Chrome
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 672
Reputation: 0 rpearl555 has disabled reputation
Location: Florida

United States




Default Re: Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod?

Quote:
Originally Posted by maw1124 View Post
New rear shocks on my ‘05 (70k Miles) really smartened things up in the handling department, without “changing” anything. If you want it lower and stiffer, then by all means change it. Like the gearing, I think stock suspension is the best suspension, unless you’re tracking it or are into the aesthetic. On a Cabrio (where I’m guessing you’re not tracking it OR into that aesthetic) definitely go for a tune and rasp eliminator, so you can hear the sound out the back with the top down, and get back some of the midrange that the extra Cabrio weight brings. I’d also recommend an SMG tune for the same reason — noise out the back.

I also did stereo (for top down listening), and sound deafening while I was at it (for top up sanity). But that’s more because I like loud, clear music and the Cabrio HK system sucked arse with the top down at speed.

GL, and have fun.

Cheers,

maw

What did you go with as far as an aftermarket system?
Jump to top rpearl555 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Tue, Mar-06-2018, 12:21:29 PM   #17
amglol
Registered User
 
amglol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 59
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 amglol is on a distinguished road
Location: Keller

United States




Default Re: Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod?

Quote:
Originally Posted by maw1124 View Post
New rear shocks on my ‘05 (70k Miles) really smartened things up in the handling department, without “changing” anything. If you want it lower and stiffer, then by all means change it. Like the gearing, I think stock suspension is the best suspension, unless you’re tracking it or are into the aesthetic. On a Cabrio (where I’m guessing you’re not tracking it OR into that aesthetic) definitely go for a tune and rasp eliminator, so you can hear the sound out the back with the top down, and get back some of the midrange that the extra Cabrio weight brings. I’d also recommend an SMG tune for the same reason — noise out the back.

I also did stereo (for top down listening), and sound deafening while I was at it (for top up sanity). But that’s more because I like loud, clear music and the Cabrio HK system sucked arse with the top down at speed.

GL, and have fun.

Cheers,

maw
Not too interested in lowering for aesthetics, you're right on that. The stance is already pretty solid as it sits. I guess my decision is really whether I want a tuneable setup for more control when I'm just driving around town, taking the kids for a fun ride or on a club tour where I'd want a bit stiffer setup.

SMG tune might be weird on my 6MT (unless that's a normal thing that I've never read about). What are everyone's thoughts on the Shark software, though? If it's not worth it, is there another easy plug and play tune?

For the rasp eliminator, I'm honestly conflicted. I like the rasp, and it's the only reason that I can't say outright that the e9X has the best exhaust note of the M3 family... I've listened to some comparisons on YouTube, but I'm not sold as of now.
__________________
/// 2005 E46 M3 Vert :: Silbergrau Metallic :: Black Nappa Leather :: 19" M Double Spoke
Basics: 6MT | 126k (Feb 2018)
Engine/Drivetrain : aFE Stage 2 Intake | Dinan SSK
Handling/Suspension: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S - 245/275 | Koni Yellow
Interior/Audio: EONON G7150A | Euro Console | F10 M5 Shift Knob
Exterior/Body:

Previous M Cars
/// 2011 E90 M3 :: Alpine White :: Novillo Black / Carbon Leather :: Competition :: Premium :: Convenience :: MDCT :: EPS [Sold 2013]
Jump to top amglol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Tue, Mar-06-2018, 12:25:45 PM   #18
amglol
Registered User
 
amglol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 59
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 amglol is on a distinguished road
Location: Keller

United States




Default Re: Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod?

Quote:
Originally Posted by oceansize View Post
Exhaust and Rasp Pipe. Nothing better than enhanced sounds with the top down. Makes me smile every single time.

Love my Rogue Engineering, not over the top, just the right amount of vroom.
Exhaust is definitely on my list, but I will probably overhaul the whole system at the same time. I feel like I'll probably get more out of suspension for now, from an enjoyment standpoint.

I did go listen to a few clips of that one, though. Not bad. As I mentioned in my last post, I'm hesitant to reduce the rasp. That said, it still sounds great.
__________________
/// 2005 E46 M3 Vert :: Silbergrau Metallic :: Black Nappa Leather :: 19" M Double Spoke
Basics: 6MT | 126k (Feb 2018)
Engine/Drivetrain : aFE Stage 2 Intake | Dinan SSK
Handling/Suspension: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S - 245/275 | Koni Yellow
Interior/Audio: EONON G7150A | Euro Console | F10 M5 Shift Knob
Exterior/Body:

Previous M Cars
/// 2011 E90 M3 :: Alpine White :: Novillo Black / Carbon Leather :: Competition :: Premium :: Convenience :: MDCT :: EPS [Sold 2013]
Jump to top amglol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Tue, Mar-06-2018, 12:31:54 PM   #19
Obioban
Moderator
 
Obioban's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 36,634
In the garage:
Reputation: 54 Obioban has a spectacular aura about
Location: SE PA

United States




Default Re: Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod?

Exhaust on this car always sounds a bit ricey to me. I'd go with the airbox, if you want to make it sound better.

Quote:
Originally Posted by amglol View Post
I'm leaning toward handling for now, honestly.

Power is always tempting, but the club drives are on roads that don't leave much room for opening past what BMW provided from the factory.

I also need to have some body work done, along with a respray, but I care more about the driving feel right now. I think I might get the body/paint work done over next winter.
What are you looking to change about the way the car handles?

What bushings have you replaced so far, what did you replace them with?

Are your current shocks original?

Do you want/need to lower the car, or is stock ride height acceptable?

Will it ever be tracked, or purely a street car?
__________________

Current Cars: 2005 IR/IR M3, 2001 LMB/blk M5, 03 530i, 04 M3 wagon, and some boring stuff
Past cars: 04 M3, 96 M3, S50B32 e36 M3 CM race car
Jump to top Obioban is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Tue, Mar-06-2018, 12:39:23 PM   #20
amglol
Registered User
 
amglol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 59
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 amglol is on a distinguished road
Location: Keller

United States




Default Re: Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Obioban View Post
Exhaust on this car always sounds a bit ricey to me. I'd go with the airbox, if you want to make it sound better.



What are you looking to change about the way the car handles?

What bushings have you replaced so far, what did you replace them with?

Are your current shocks original?

Do you want/need to lower the car, or is stock ride height acceptable?

Will it ever be tracked, or purely a street car?
Ok, so I omitted that when I said I had done all possible maintenance last year. I have not, as of yet, dug into the bushings or suspension. I'm going to guess that most parts are original, given the little creaks here and there. Driving/handling isn't bothersome, so I don't think I have any parts that are completely worn out, but I'm sure once I get in there some items will be close to their end of life.

I'm ok with stock ride height. I'm ok with slightly lower than that as well. The car won't ever see the track, or if it does it'll be for a "street skills" event and not actual racing.
__________________
/// 2005 E46 M3 Vert :: Silbergrau Metallic :: Black Nappa Leather :: 19" M Double Spoke
Basics: 6MT | 126k (Feb 2018)
Engine/Drivetrain : aFE Stage 2 Intake | Dinan SSK
Handling/Suspension: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S - 245/275 | Koni Yellow
Interior/Audio: EONON G7150A | Euro Console | F10 M5 Shift Knob
Exterior/Body:

Previous M Cars
/// 2011 E90 M3 :: Alpine White :: Novillo Black / Carbon Leather :: Competition :: Premium :: Convenience :: MDCT :: EPS [Sold 2013]
Jump to top amglol is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 10:10:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
M3Forum.com and M3forum.net is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated by or with BMW NA / BMW AG or any of it's subsidiaries or vendors.
BMW and M3 (E90 M3 | E92 M3 | E93 M3 | E46 M3 | E36 M3 | E30 M3) are registered trademarks of BMW AG.
M3Forum Terms of Service
Copyright ©1999-2017 M3Forum.com
Discussing Spring/Summer M3 Convertible - What to mod? in the E46 M3 (2001-2006) Forum - Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006. at BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X)