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Old Mon, Jun-10-2019, 04:02:15 AM   #81
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Default Re: Project Imoly | E46 M3 | Ultimate Weekend Cruiser

I actually forgot to mention a key step before mounting the new wheels; wheel wax.

In order to keep the wheels clean and easy to remove brake dust in the near future, me & the wife took the time to put on a few coats of wheel wax on all the wheels (including the inner barrels). I also waxed the Brembo BBK as well.




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Old Mon, Jun-10-2019, 04:22:46 AM   #82
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I also went ahead and invested in the best stud conversion kit I could find. I wanted a kit that was really strong but also had solid aesthetics - I needed high gloss black to match the wheel set-up.

After some searching, online reviews, videos and opinions on the forum, I went with Motorsport Hardware bullet nose kit.

The fit & finish was awesome. I used the double-nut method for install + some locktite. I also took my time to torque everything down properly and mark the final position with a paint market to ensure they do not move/back out over time.

Look at that beautiful fitment!

It was important to me that the length was somewhat flush with the face of the wheel. I really was looking for something clean and not a ďtunerĒ look with the threads sticking out far.




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Old Tue, Jun-11-2019, 11:50:52 AM   #83
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Minor update/adjustment...

The radio antennae really looked worse for wear along with the OEM front hood vent so I decided to clean then both up.

I hit the solid aluminum aftermarket short antenna with the wire wheel to clean off the old & peeling paint.

Then I hit both pieces with SEM Trim Black. This spray works wonders and restores things back to new/OEM fresh luster.

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After the wire wheel:


Front hood vent trim, faded and in rough shape:






After a couple of coats:





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Old Fri, Jun-14-2019, 12:16:26 AM   #84
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Minor update: installed the smooth CNC aluminum oil filter housing cap that’s in the active group buy right now. Small change that to me makes a big impact aesthetically.




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Old Tue, Jun-18-2019, 03:12:08 PM   #85
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Went through both front calipers yesterday to chase down what I suspected was a brake fluid leak.

It looks like the lines at the back of the caliper came loose a bit on both sides. Unfortunately the brake fluid got on the wheels and left some slightly visible marks. Iím not happy about it.

Also, the front Rally Road kit isnít working well for me. The bolts holding things tight to the hub are not strong enough. They also are backing out a bit causing me to re-tighten them occasionally. Not a good set-up.




At least the fitment is on point tho




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Old Tue, Jun-18-2019, 03:25:37 PM   #86
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NNNNOOOOO!!! Not the wheels! At least you figured out the issue before major brake failure.


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Old Wed, Jun-19-2019, 08:13:27 PM   #87
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it's not horrible, but it def left some marks on the wheels. im not happy but sh!t happens.

im more annoyed with the RallyRoad kit just not being as solid as i thought it would be.

aesthetically the brakes are awesome, performance wise, i dont notice a big difference and the fact that i can feel them shifting in fwd/reverse transition makes me super uneasy.

i might take everything apart and reassemble soon.
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Old Sat, Jun-22-2019, 06:59:11 PM   #88
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Random update...swapped out my old (rarely used because SoCal) windshield wipers with Bosch replacements. Iíve always known Bosch to be really reliable but both sets Iíve bought for my Range Rover and now my M3 donít fit well. At the very end of the wiper, it doesnít conform to the windshield at all. Same issue in both vehicles. Anyone else seen this?

Maybe I shouldíve just gone to the stealership for an OEM set :/











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Old Sat, Jun-29-2019, 07:03:06 AM   #89
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wish i had the room to do the same. kudos to you working on your own vert.
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Old Sun, Jun-30-2019, 06:04:06 AM   #90
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wish i had the room to do the same. kudos to you working on your own vert.


Yea, Iím pretty lucky to have the garage set-up that allows me to dig in deep on projects. There were times when I had zero options and had to wrench at buddyís houses in the past. I donít take it for granted. Thanks for checking out the thread...


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