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Old Wed, Apr-24-2019, 06:03:47 AM   #41
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Default Re: Project Imoly | E46 M3 Vert | Ultimate Weekend Cruiser Build

now, this is where i ran into some serious issues with the BBK upgrade.

first, i dealt with some issues on two of the calipers having cross-thread problems where the brake lines connect. i think the previous owner of the calipers forced the lines in during old installs or maintenance. it was a real pain in the butt to get the new lines to simply screw in cleanly.

i was able to re-tap one of the calipers successfully with my tap & die set. unfortunately, one of the rears was beyond repair with my novice skill level.

i had to take them to a specialist to be reseated...a large and unexpected expense.

i also ruined a set of stainless steel brake lines in the process...compounding the money wasted on these silly mistakes.

at a certain point in time....i even thought i had the wrong thread pitch on the stainless lines...but i was able to confirm i had the right parts....just bad threads on the calipers.







here's what $100 gets you at a machine shop to re-seat the threads...


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Old Wed, Apr-24-2019, 06:14:54 AM   #42
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the second big issue with the install was also related to the brake lines. even after ruining a set of stainless lines with the thread issue...i noticed that the rear set was far too short to connect from the calipers, through the wheel/rear axel assembly and into the hard lines.






turns out that i purchased the wrong SS lines...i needed to order some with a 90 degree elbow near the connection. i grew impatient with this portion of the install and just went to a local shop and had some custom lines created to finalize things exactly the way i needed them....





test fit with the initial set from the custom fabricator....dialing the length in just-right.




final result...



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Old Wed, Apr-24-2019, 06:32:54 AM   #43
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on the front calipers i bought all-new hardware (clips, pins, etc) but on the rear calipers i simply cleaned everything up with my wire wheel + a couple coats of satin black caliper paint to complete the look










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Old Wed, Apr-24-2019, 06:37:23 AM   #44
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went with Akebono low-dust brake pads front & rear...







finally, everything all installed in the rear...








i went with RoadRunner front caliper brackets and Stoptech SS lines and all new Brembo hardware...





if you look closely at this pic....you can see something i found lurking in the driver's side wheel well that let me know an additional repair/upgrade was very necessary before i put the car back on the road. more to come on that later...
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Old Wed, Apr-24-2019, 06:43:41 AM   #45
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last item on the list was to bleed the system. however, given that when i bought the car...i didn't receive any maintenance records, it wasn't enough to simply bleed the system....i decided to flush the entire system with my power bleeder and put in all new brake fluid.

Went with Pentosin Dot 4 fluid.










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Old Thu, Apr-25-2019, 07:25:13 PM   #46
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Driver's side mirror was pretty bad...not sure why this happens over time but it was a noticeable eyesore so i decided to pick up some new glass.

In retrospect, i wish i would've paid the extra money for OEM Euro spec glass with the two stage magnification.





Bought this one off eBay and it gets the job done though...




side by side comparison:






fitment and installation was easy...looks much better!

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Old Sun, Apr-28-2019, 05:00:53 PM   #47
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A few more cosmetic updates...the rear of the car needed some TLC. The previous owner updated the outer taillights to OEM LED tails...however, it looks like the inner taillights were still original sine 2002. They were yellowed and sun damaged. I went with OEM replacements for a clean fresh update.






old vs new...








i also updated the fading and peeling OEM rear ///M3 badge as well with a gloss black one. here's everyone all buttoned back up.



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Old Mon, Apr-29-2019, 02:12:33 PM   #48
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Hey I also need to replace my side mirrors. Are those cheap ebay ones are safe to buy and look the same as OEM?
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Old Mon, Apr-29-2019, 06:17:49 PM   #49
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Hey I also need to replace my side mirrors. Are those cheap ebay ones are safe to buy and look the same as OEM?
they were inexpensive, but not super cheap. i think that one was like $50 or so. the quality is really nice....i just wish i had bought the OEM Euro ones with the concave outer mirror where the line separates the two. it would've been very helpful. these look great though, just no magnification of the image.
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Old Mon, Apr-29-2019, 06:25:08 PM   #50
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This is where the entire project took a left turn. Up through this point, it was really focused on cleaning the car up, updating a few items here and there and getting all the maintenance in proper order. However, one morning i was pulling out of the driveway and halfway down the block, i heard the driveshaft slapping against the undercarriage.

I knew that something had popped loose and would need to be addressed immediately. Beyond that, I knew I had a leaky rear differential and was occasionally topping off the fluid levels (while making a mess of my driveway) but I was putting that major maintenance off for another day.

Well, that day had finally come. I knew the car would have to be put on stands for a while as I addressed everything underneath I could via a "while I'm in there" type of approach.

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