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Old Thu, Mar-07-2019, 02:04:35 PM   #41
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Took the car to the dealer for my airbag recall. I wasn't quite sure what to expect and thought they would consider my car ruined. As it turns out, the Service Adviser was a huge E46 fan and loved the car. At one point it had several techs/advisers looking in the engine bay, which made me feel pretty proud of my work! They not only loved the car, but also gave it a clean bill of health. Also made a new friend while I was there that is in the process of doing a ZHP swap on his own wagon. Overall, great dealer experience, which is rare these days.



Also, I can't imagine getting to work in this nice air conditioned shop compared to my two car garage. All of the space and available tools must make for a pretty awesome work environment.



Next up, finally put a muffler on the car. Looked at options and there really weren't that many. I contacted Stromung and went with their S54 swap muffler based on the good things I read about it in Kaiv's thread. Fitment was spot on and I was able to bolt it on without drama. I've put over 1000 "no muffler" miles on this car, so this is an interesting change. I can't tell if it's too quiet or just loud enough. The exhaust note is nice though, and it makes the car feel much nicer to drive when you aren't constantly listening to drone and obnoxious exhaust at anything above 2k rpms.



I'm also torn on this dealer badge. I normally remove them as soon as home, but this one has made it 18 years on the car and looks a lot like a M badge. Can't figure out if I want to remove it or put some replacement M3 badge stripes on it

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Old Thu, Mar-07-2019, 02:12:10 PM   #42
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I mean, I suppose the Stromung is quiet compared to no muffler at all
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For the most part I like how the Stromung sounds on mine, but it's got a lot of drone.
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There is only so much muffling a single chamber muffler like that will do, but the build quality and sound is very good from what I have seen on another wagon build.

OP, are you looking at wheel options or sticking with the VMR style wheels? A used set of RGRs in 18 or 17, silver or hyper black, would look amazing and low key on the wagon. As for the badge, it looks pretty tired and I prefer no badges at this point. Also, it's a swap, so no real badge fits the bill other than 332i. Best to keep them guessing, especially now that every BMW comes from the factory riddled with M badges and rear badges with 5 or more characters.
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I went with an e36 m3 muffler (muffler portion is the same as the euro cars, which had 7600rpm/321 hp stock, so should flow sufficiently):



It finds extra space by going downwards (which mine is painted black, to minimize the visual impact of.





In exchange, you get stock like quiet!
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Absolutely killing it. I've been taking my time looking for e46 m3 coupe or e39 m5 and then you, and obioban, just have to go and do this crap and further muddy the water that is my desire... just stop already.

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Beautiful. Love how quickly you got it all together. Nicely done!
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I mean, I suppose the Stromung is quiet compared to no muffler at all
That is definitely true. I really don't find this muffler to be loud at all, just a nice overall sound.

I put together some sound clips of a cold start, normal cruise and a quick run with the muffler installed.



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For the most part I like how the Stromung sounds on mine, but it's got a lot of drone.
Maybe I am partially deaf from playing guitar in the past, but I really haven't noticed drone with this setup. Do you have the factory cats and midpipe with yours? I am thinking if I end up doing headers it will end up a lot louder but curious about what is causing your drone. Before the muffler the car would almost give me a headache on the highway at 3-3.5k rpms, it was terrible.

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There is only so much muffling a single chamber muffler like that will do, but the build quality and sound is very good from what I have seen on another wagon build.

OP, are you looking at wheel options or sticking with the VMR style wheels? A used set of RGRs in 18 or 17, silver or hyper black, would look amazing and low key on the wagon. As for the badge, it looks pretty tired and I prefer no badges at this point. Also, it's a swap, so no real badge fits the bill other than 332i. Best to keep them guessing, especially now that every BMW comes from the factory riddled with M badges and rear badges with 5 or more characters.
I am not sure on wheels. I picked up these TSW wheels as a temp setup, but I kind of like them. The only thing I don't like is that 18s look pretty big on the standard E46, feel like 17s would fit the car better if I end up keeping the stock body. You're right on the badge, probably needs removed

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I went with an e36 m3 muffler (muffler portion is the same as the euro cars, which had 7600rpm/321 hp stock, so should flow sufficiently):


In exchange, you get stock like quiet!
Any idea on the weight of the E36 M3 muffler? I never noticed how low they hang down on the body, good call painting that section!

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Absolutely killing it. I've been taking my time looking for e46 m3 coupe or e39 m5 and then you, and obioban, just have to go and do this crap and further muddy the water that is my desire... just stop already.

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Beautiful. Love how quickly you got it all together. Nicely done!
Thank you. It's amazing how quickly you can work when your significant other is out of the country for a few weeks
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Any idea on the weight of the E36 M3 muffler? I never noticed how low they hang down on the body, good call painting that section!
It's heavier than the Stromung for sure (I had the Stromung originally, but the drone was ruining the car for me).

It's a bit tricky to directly compare, as the e36 muffler includes some of what is the section 2 on the e46 m3 (if you look at the pic above, I have mine set up so it includes some of the e46 M3 section 2-- so it just bolts up to the M3 section 1 with stock hardware/gaskets).



But, per BMW the e36 muffler/mid pipe/heat shield weigh in at 22.1kg = 48.7 lbs.

The black hides it pretty well-- you don't see the muffler if you're no looking for it.

It's most noticeable angle:

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They did a nice job on your E36 rear section install. Is the car mostly silent inside now? Personally, not something I want with mine, but I can understand as exhaust setups really come down to personal taste. Now I'm wondering if my muffler will get louder with time, or if it should stay like this. Personally, I hope it gains a little volume but we'll see. If not, then a header (headers?) will do the trick
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