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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, Jul-12-2017, 09:08:30 PM   #131
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Nice dude! i'll go pick one up!
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Old Thu, Jul-13-2017, 02:01:55 PM   #132
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Interesting production data...did not know it existed.
Mine was an April 19th of 99 car.
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Old Sat, Jul-15-2017, 04:12:45 AM   #133
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Awesome thread, just finished reading it all the way through. Car is coming along nicely!!! Sub'd for further updates


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Old Wed, Jul-26-2017, 09:46:29 PM   #134
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What up y'allllll so I had a nice time yesterday at the Meguiar's HQ in Irvine... We went over a bunch of car care info and techniques for another article I'm doing, and together we gave my M3 a really solid once over. You guys. It looks SO much better now. Here's a few quick previews and a fast summary of what we did:

Side by side after a waterless wash and clay bar on the whole car, we used a tape line to show before and after using the polishing compound.


_D811188-Edit by Nate Hassler, on Flickr

We were able to reduce the swirl marks and fine scratches significantly, this can be done by hand but we used Meguiar's own Dual Action Polisher to save time. Of course we finished with a nice coat of wax, and a product called Ultimate Black for the plastic body trim.

Finished result. So shiny...


_D811496-Edit by Nate Hassler, on Flickr

Also, you guys will probably find this amusing but I forgot that European Bosch headlights don't fit out of the box with a Dinan intake. Since I'm stupid and straight up forgot this even though I read it 100 times, I pulled both headlights (and even fully installed the European light on the passenger side) before realizing the driver's side was a problem.

Since I didn't have all my tools, nor the time to ****s with it, we ended up doing a refresh of my original US headlights instead. Meguiar's has a very good headlight restoration kit for about $25 which includes everything you expect, plus a UV protecting coat to apply as the final step. This helps make sure your nicely refreshed headlights stay looking clean for a long time. If you don't have this final step of protection, your lights could be yellow and gross again after 1-3 months depending on the climate where you live. I live about 500 yards from the ocean so I need all the help I can get...

But on the subject of Euro lights... Who amongst us has fit the Bosch headlights in with the Dinan intake? I am thinking about trimming the filter mounting plate and the silicone connector, and moving the whole setup inboard just a bit to give clearance to the back of the headlight. I'd like to keep the intake pipe hard mounted to the body, and I don't want to trim the headlight itself, so this seems like the most painless way to get the clearance. Thoughts? Maybe there's an easy solution I'm missing.

Also on Brett's advice, I'm going to upgrade to a proper OEM connector as opposed to the generic pigtails I have right now.

Anyhow... Here's a quick look at the original headlights after refreshing. Significantly less hateful to look at than before.


_D811506-Edit by Nate Hassler, on Flickr

All said and done the car is much much cleaner now. Our goal was to take about 4-6 hours and do what any enthusiast could do in their own driveway, with common sense and knowhow and without professional grade tools. This is not a concours level detailing, but rather a simple (and fun) way to spend a weekend cleaning up your daily, or your baby. The dual action polisher tool costs a couple hundred bucks, that's the only slightly difficult pill to swallow about this whole process.

We did not do anything significant to the wheels because I'm replacing them soon, and we did not do much on the engine bay aside from a simple quick detailing. Same goes for the interior, we did just a simple cleaning since the interior condition is pretty good overall, with minimal cracking on the leather. I'll address the leather restoration some other time, I'm still on the fence about where I want to go with that. After the headlight connector pieces arrive and I figure out the best way to deal with the fitment issue, I'll be doing that stuff along with a small pile of other shit. Contemplating those red Motorsport belts...

Side note... I want to get back to the track more than anything, but I'm in a holding pattern on track wheels and tires for the moment.
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Please let me know who you're contemplating getting the belts from as I'm probably going to do the same.
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Old Thu, Jul-27-2017, 01:54:57 PM   #136
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Car looks great! I'd seriously do a full protective wrap if you're happy with how the paint looks. My paint has been taking a beating at the track.
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Old Thu, Jul-27-2017, 02:22:56 PM   #137
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Nice work and great rig. I used Meguiars #7 on my Dakar 1 (no clear) and it added some great depth.

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Please let me know who you're contemplating getting the belts from as I'm probably going to do the same.
For sure, I would order them from Schmiedmann. Might be able to find them elsewhere but this price looks good.

https://www.schmiedmann.com/en/produ...2-11-2-257-463

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Car looks great! I'd seriously do a full protective wrap if you're happy with how the paint looks. My paint has been taking a beating at the track.
Thanks! In all honesty, my paint is not so good that I feel it's worth a protective wrap at this point. "Someday" I will get around to paint & body, which will include pulling dents, replacing both bumpers, side skirts, trim, window trim, adding the rear wing and doing a full respray to make sure it all matches. That's so far in the future I can't even think about it though.

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Nice work and great rig. I used Meguiars #7 on my Dakar 1 (no clear) and it added some great depth.

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Nice, colors like Dakar and Hell Rot might not benefit AS MUCH from polishing as a black or purple would, but I'm very pleased with the results.
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Car looks great man!
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Old Sat, Jul-29-2017, 06:37:03 PM   #140
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Thanks! In all honesty, my paint is not so good that I feel it's worth a protective wrap at this point. "Someday" I will get around to paint & body, which will include pulling dents, replacing both bumpers, side skirts, trim, window trim, adding the rear wing and doing a full respray to make sure it all matches. That's so far in the future I can't even think about it though.
I'm not a paint expert but looks to me that it doesn't need any work at all from the detailed pictures, paint looks really good and shines nicely!!
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