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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Wed, Oct-25-2017, 11:29:37 AM   #51
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Default Re: 1999 Dakar M3 Coupe Build/Restoration Journal (Long and Picture Heavy)

Here I totally agree with Braymond.

In the past I've used so many products on the leather of my 328i I lost track. With various results, but never really good. OK at best.

When I bought the M3 with fairly low milage, first thing I noticed was how good the leather still was. It still had most of the chalky matte look to it. Rear seat and rear side panels practically as new.

The difference with the front doorcards was night and day, even though these looked good. But they did have some shine to them.

Same with the steering wheel.

Because of its condition, I planned on not using any leather product on the M3. The first 3 years, I left everything as-is.

But still some parts were too shiney and now after 4 years I had a go at attacking this.

I had a go at various pieces with only a good, non aggressive degreaser. The results were really amazing. Definitely better than any leather conditioner I used before. I use a super soft sponge that came with my furniture leaher cleaning kit (which in the past I also used on my leather couch).

Steering wheel. While still having the full factory grain, it was shiney as hell.
After, it was back to matte.





It also does wonders on cleaning the stitching. Back to new.





But it really worked like magic on my extended leather center console. Still can't believe it when I see the pictures. This was also shiney and had a deep black color. It went completely back to matte, chalky grey.




And this is the kind of gunk that come off. And this wasn't even the worst. You should have seen 'black water' that came out of the sponge.



After this result I cleaned the rest of the extended pieces with same results.

I was happy with my interior before, but now I'm really pleased with it.

Also managed to remove all the shiney off the doorcards.



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Old Wed, Oct-25-2017, 07:35:42 PM   #52
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Magic erasers can be abbrassive when used aggressively. When you use them softly they do more dirt extraction than cutting. They are a once in a few years thing that shouldn’t lead to any top coat destruction. Best used on flat areas too. Abbrassive aside, similar to the rules of wet sanding. They are however the best solution used aggressively on the E36 vinyl dash/panels when they start to white decay. You can make them look new again.

You have a fantastic collection there. I think you’re due for a Z8 next (either will do; Alpina 4.8 or S62)!
Will definitely give it a try. Thanks again for the tips
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Z8 is a fantastic choice, but I'm afraid I could never afford it. At the price these are going right now, not a chance. Despite what it looks like, I have acquired all my cars in various stages of disrepair at very bargain prices. I'm not rich and I don't have a big budget for my toys - with the exception of M6, all my cars were well under $10K cars when purchased.

Plus, I think at 5 cars, I have reached my limit. Garage space is an issue, proper maintenance is $$ (my friends joke about $500 oil changes, don't even get me started on tires), and to be honest, there is no time to drive them all on consistent basis. And I don't want to have them sit in the garage - this is not what i bought them for.

All that means that if i ever to purchase another car - one of the current ones have to go. And with my lineup, I would be hard pressed to find a suitable replacement for the current asking prices.

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Here I totally agree with Braymond....
Looks great. I will definitely give it a shot. Thanks!
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Old Wed, Oct-25-2017, 10:37:31 PM   #53
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Ok, back on topic. Once I made sure all maintenance was up to date, and there was no outstanding issues (like that’s a thing), I set out to completely refresh tired suspension. As I mentioned before, I wanted to keep the car as close to stock as possible, so the decision has been made to use only genuine BMW or OEM/+ parts on the suspension rebuild. Parts haul for the rebuild:

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Front suspension parts list:
• Shock mounts
• Reinforcement plates
• Shock bumpers
• Plastic protection tubes
• New mount nuts/washers
• New strut tops
• Sachs struts
• New upper/lower spring pads
• New collars/dust washers
• New sway bar links
• New sway bad bushings
• FCABs

Rear suspension parts list:
• Shock mounts from E46 M3 w/new gaskets
• Reinforcement plates (ECS Tuning)
• Sway bar links
• RTABs
• New upper/lower spring pads
• Shock bumpers
• Plastic protection tubes
• New collars/dust washers
• Sachs shocks

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr
Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr
Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr
Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr
Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr
Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

In addition, I replaced a bunch of small rubber bits, exhaust hangers, plastic wire bundlers, and other hardware/plastic bits that go brittle and simply disintegrate on old cars.

Finally, I got this cool RTAB press from Bavarian Autosport that I used to remove/press bushings in, which I highly recommend. Made the job much easier and quicker.

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr
Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

I started with the job that I thought would take the most time, which was RTABs. Thankfully, due to the great BavAuto tool, it was rather quick and uneventful.

24mm Gear wrench is a must for this! Pulling RTAB out:

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Aligning new RTAB preloaded in the tool on the trailing arm:

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Pressing RTAB in:

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

I have re-used the springs since they were in great shape. Trailing arms have been cleaned up from dirt and debris to make sure new spring pads sit right:

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

New pads mounted on the spring:

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Springs are in:

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Old rear shock out. The mounts were done – surprised they still held the shock in!

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

New shock pre-assembled and ready to go in:

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Rear shocks installed – repeat for the other side:

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr
Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Old rear susp. hardware out, some already in the trash looks like.

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

It was getting dark, so I moved the car into garage at this point to continue with the fronts. Old struts were VERY tired.

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Started assembling stuff:

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Completed strut assemblies ready to go in:

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Installed, still need to change sway bushes and hook up links.

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Another pile of trash. Notice that struts do not even extend back after being pushed in. Shot.

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

Also replaced couple missing jack pads:

Dakar M3 by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

At this point I was pretty spent so didn’t take pix of FCABs replacement, but it is very straightforward as you all know. I have buttoned everything up next day and had the car aligned at Texas Track Works (they are a race shop). Tech doing the alignment said it was really weird to have the car aligned to factory specs!

Untitled by Alex Kustov, on Flickr

More soon!

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Old Wed, Oct-25-2017, 10:48:20 PM   #54
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Jeez.... sooo clean. A car is only original 1 time...... like a wee virgin.
Please MORE more MORE...... please.
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Old Thu, Oct-26-2017, 01:14:14 AM   #55
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These ESC reinforcement plates look expensive. The OEM ones are pretty cheap.

Nice job on all that stuff.
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Old Thu, Oct-26-2017, 02:21:24 AM   #56
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Honestly amazed by the quick progress here Looks great!
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Jeez.... sooo clean. A car is only original 1 time...... like a wee virgin.
Please MORE more MORE...... please.
Haha, this one is definitely not a virgin!

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These ESC reinforcement plates look expensive. The OEM ones are pretty cheap.

Nice job on all that stuff.
Thanks. ECS plates are actually cheap. $29 for a pair:
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ecs-part...002478ecs01kt/

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Honestly amazed by the quick progress here Looks great!
Ha! Well, I bought the car back in July, and this thread is a result of several weekends of work since then...I just now have the time to assemble and post all of it. That's why it seems quick. The car is almost done as it sits in my garage - just couple small things left.
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Old Thu, Oct-26-2017, 07:30:35 AM   #58
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Beautiful M3 and ///M cars.
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Isn't your e46 m3 for sale?
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Isn't your e46 m3 for sale?
Not anymore
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