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Old Mon, Sep-26-2011, 10:49:23 PM   #1
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Default DOCTOR 3VIL's 02 Topaz Journal!

I think it's about time I had a journal about my car.
Like many of you I fell in love the first time I saw the E46 M3 on the street. It was a stock IR and I just stood there and did this...
It was love at first sight...none of this crap about "it grows on you".
I found mine in Autotrader. It's an 02 and had 25k miles.


The journey up to date is a long one so I'll be adding more pictures later...at work right now
One of the first things I did was get black out grills (hate the chrome OEM look) and ZCP wheels.

Also got these ///M sticker for the headrest...what a bunch of crap. Fell off the next day!

ZCP shift boot and knob

Oh yeah, forgot about these. Painted the ///M in white and wanted to see how it would look....no bueno!


First attempt of white lettering...just did the borders for some reason!

A failed attempt at night shot
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Old Mon, Sep-26-2011, 10:50:43 PM   #2
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Next mods: PSS10 with Modbargains CSL trunk and diffuser. Got lucky with the trunk. It was a pretty good fit. Once I removed the trunk springs it settled in and fitment was perfect.




Haven't seen this picture for a while...damn, it looks clean!



Then I bought these:

Loved the stitching of the seats but it looked too big for some reason.
Removed the rear seats before installing (I guess I was already leaning towards tracking the car)
These gave me much more support than the OEM seats but after a year of tracking I sold these got the Sparco Evo seats.



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Inspiration for future mods
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Old Mon, Sep-26-2011, 11:20:49 PM   #3
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Finally! Kinda funny to see your car in stock form BTW!
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Old Mon, Sep-26-2011, 11:22:32 PM   #4
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sweet. your car is one of my favorites .. looking forward to some updates
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Always have loved your car. Looking forward to seeing the journal entries from the beginning to where you are now.
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Old Tue, Sep-27-2011, 12:02:23 AM   #6
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Finally! Kinda funny to see your car in stock form BTW!
I know huh? Always wanted to do a journal but just got lazy.
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sweet. your car is one of my favorites .. looking forward to some updates
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Always have loved your car. Looking forward to seeing the journal entries from the beginning to where you are now.
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Old Tue, Sep-27-2011, 12:04:03 AM   #7
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It's about time! Looking forward to read through this journal once it's all done!
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Old Tue, Sep-27-2011, 12:24:14 AM   #8
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It's about time! Looking forward to read through this journal once it's all done!

Thought I would give this sticker a try:

Went a little overboard on CF (the hood vent CF is gone now; terrible fit!)


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Old Tue, Sep-27-2011, 12:52:12 AM   #9
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Nice write up, I've always loved your car and the way that you push the boundry with it. I need to follow your lead and make an after the fact journal of my own.
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Didn't like the raw look of the rear seating area so I made a DIY rear seat delete thingy!





Have taken it out since then because I installed autopower roll bar.
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