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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.


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Old Wed, Dec-11-2013, 04:30:32 PM   #1
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Default DIY People: Share your garage setup/tools

Big DIY guy here. My and family members' cars only go to garages for inspections. I do everything else

Here's what I got

PIT:


Perfectly designed so once car is driven above, I can walk under without ducking down. Width has also been carefully calculated so both sides of the car can be jacked up at the same. Best thing I put in my garage

OIL COLLECTOR:

Recent addition. Works much than using a oil pan sitting on the board under the car.

12 TON PRESS:

Recent addition

225 AMP ARC WELDER:


DRILL PRESS:


CHAIN HOIST:


Great for pulling engines out or holding engine when subframe needs to be dropped (i.e. removing oil pan on M3)

WORK BENCH:

Vice, table grinder, various large sockets, screwdrivers, larger wrenches, etc

PULLERS/SEPARATORS:

Used to disconnect control arms/BJ from knuckles without damaging boots
Brake caliper spreader on the left

FORKS/BALL JOINT PRESS:

More tools for ball joint fun
I am planning on expanding cup collection

AIR TOOLS:


IMPACT GUN:

Adjustable, max 350 ft-lb torque electric impact gun

VARIOUS HAND TOOLS:

Sawsall and drill being most important for auto repairs. When a bolt gets seized inside a bushing, nothing but sawsall will help

HUSKY TOOLSET:

What started it all. Best $50 I ever spent. None of the rachets or sockets have broke after 5-6 years of heavy use.

JACKS/PIPE WRENCHES:

Two jacks, 3 pipe wrenches and amazing Stanley pliers

VARIOUS FLUIDS/FILTERS:

Non-BMW Fluids

Also not pictured are 3/4" badass breaker bar, jackstands, 2nd electric impact gun, and bunch of smaller tools that aren't used often.

Now let me see what you have in your garage!

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Old Wed, Dec-11-2013, 04:42:24 PM   #2
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How about just a picture of my garage?



I'm most proud of the AMC logo. Unfortunately, the roundel came out looking like Atari.



I finally got tired of working on a concrete floor. Since a lift or a pit really wasn't an option, I tiled the floor. And it is *awesome*. Much brighter, so easy to clean, etc.

The downside, of course, is that the tile isn't as durable as concrete. If you drop a transmission on it, you're going to break a tile. Fortunately, they're easy to replace. Literally a matter of minutes. And I'm considering applying clear epoxy over the tiles, too, which will make them almost bulletproof.

As far as tools, I've got most of the stuff you pictured above. Don't have a shop press yet, but have thought about getting one. Wouldn't mind a larger compressor, better impact wrench, etc, but the stuff I have has been more than enough to do all the work on my vehicles for almost 20 years.
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Old Wed, Dec-11-2013, 05:21:50 PM   #3
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Love the PIT OP, i'm planning on doing that in my next house if i decide to build.
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Old Wed, Dec-11-2013, 06:08:33 PM   #4
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No pics as I'm posting from my BlackBerry

Until recently I'd do all car work at my brothers place

We had:

Full covered garage
2 post car lift
Garage heater to be able to work in winter
All kinds of tools and toys
It was pretty awesome

Now my brother has moved to NY with me so we do not even have an enclosed garage... car work will be 'few and far between'

I miss that garage every weekend
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Old Wed, Dec-11-2013, 06:19:44 PM   #5
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I'll see when I get home if I can find a pic of the giant ramps my brother built to do an Auto to Manual swap on his Nissan 240 Silvia. I'll snap a quick pic of my garage too, it's not much to look at but there's been hundreds of hours of car work done in it.
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Old Wed, Dec-11-2013, 06:45:28 PM   #6
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My setup is a little more "redneck" than y'all.

No pics, no tiles, no pit (im envious) no heater nor A/C, but I have:
large compressor (recently wired to put it on my back porch and get an even larger one)
host of air tools (impact, grinder, ratchet, tire filler, etc)
host of electric tools (skill, sawsall, drill, impact heat gun, etc)
workbench (unaccessable unless i move the motorcycles outside and move all my "stuff")
ramp/board/brick collection for when you need a quick shim to reach your center jack point
keg-o-rater (filled with budweiser and cold mugs in freezer)
6' tall poster of victoria silvstedt holding a 12 pack of killians
sockets
screwdrivers
wrenches
clamps
vise
radio
electic multi and obdii tools
puller
floor jack and scissor jack
jack stands
various fluids
hammer (multiple different options)
blow torch
rags
shelves are actually some leftover fence slats I didn't feel like taking back to lowes,
Various "special bmw tools" I have started to collect.
bucket of used oils that I store until I feel like taking to autozone.

Thats most of the cool stuff, I could get a more inclusive list, but you guys would just make fun of my stuff like pile of shoes for mowing the grass. Been looking at those presses at harbor freight. I wish I had a little more room. I will probably get a bigger tool chest first.
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I don't have an M3. But I have a garage that was done on the cheap and has a lot of space-saving ideas in it. I did all of the work myself, learning to tile, weld, set concrete and shop for used industrial cabinets along the way. Pretty much everything in it is repurposed, home-made or second-hand.









Benches fold down from the wall:







It looks nice cleaned up, but it's a working garage:



If you want to see a bench-by-bench tour of the place, it's got a website at:

http://www.12-gaugegarage.com

And there's a video where you get to see the lift in use:


And very occasionally my little E90 gets to stay there:

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I don't have an M3. But I have a garage that was done on the cheap and has a lot of space-saving ideas in it. I did all of the work myself, learning to tile, weld, set concrete and shop for used industrial cabinets along the way. Pretty much everything in it is repurposed, home-made or second-hand.
Love it!!! (and on that Wilton bullet vise hanging out there.. )

Glad to see I'm not the only one who really loves a sweet garage.

Here are a few I've posted, usual stuff I have plus some unique items:

Fractional part of the blasting cabinet, and a 24"x24"x3" surface inspection plate:


I built my own air compressor (finally completed) recently using a Quincy QT-7.5 compressor pump and a Leeson 7.5 HP TEFC 1ø electric motor. I can't stress enough how nice it is to have more air than you ever know what to do with. Everything runs better, longer, smoother and you're able to operate more serious tools in a fashion in which they were designed - it was worth every penny. Naturally, there's a partial of the blasting cabinet in this one as well.. also a very nice tool to have!



I admit it, I have a fixation on old vises.. here's a Yost I restored:



I'm working on a 125 lb. Reed 3C at the moment. It will be my crowning achievement when finished...
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Some very nice garage set up's here!!!! Mine is a plain 2 car, with an M3 and zx10r. LOL
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I don't have an M3. But I have a garage that was done on the cheap and has a lot of space-saving ideas in it. I did all of the work myself, learning to tile, weld, set concrete and shop for used industrial cabinets along the way. Pretty much everything in it is repurposed, home-made or second-hand.
Jack!! Great to see you in here!! Your garage has been a huge inspiration for me (although mine looks nothing like yours). Such impressive use of space and economical materials. Awesome work and a beautiful car, to boot.
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