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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 Sun, Mar-12-2017, 01:01:39 AM   #71
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oil pan cleaned up and installed with a new oil pan gasket.


AKG Motor mounts cleaned back up and installed


The fresh subframe (reinforced of course) with powered coated control arms with fresh Meyle HD ball joints and AKG LCA black bushings.


Fresh X-Brace with all new hardware.


Some issues with the front brake lines from ECS for the front. They seem way too long and bind up badly. Removed them until I can figure out if they're correct or not.


Hopefully trailering the car to its new home tomorrow where I'll pull the trans and do the shift detents along with finish the rest of the painting in the tunnel. The trans will also be scrubbed as its really letting down the underside of the car currently!
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Sexy, love to see clean parts going on! The best part of a build IMHO.
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Sexy, love to see clean parts going on! The best part of a build IMHO.
its been a long time coming! honestly, cleaning and painting the underside has been the worst part of the job. laying on your back getting dirt dripping on your face is miserable. Next time i do it ill have a hoist and a power washer
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So fresh so clean!!


Ready to roll




New resting place.
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wow, really nice. I love the orange powder coat. maybe I can do something to my xbrace
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wow, really nice. I love the orange powder coat. maybe I can do something to my xbrace
i recommend it! Got to get some bling under there so its not boring black
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Some issues with the front brake lines from ECS for the front. They seem way too long and bind up badly. Removed them until I can figure out if they're correct or not.
Did you figure out the brake lines? I have the same lines I just installed. I think they are the right length but just really stiff.

Car is looking good! That orange is, well, really orange!
Very clean.
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Did you figure out the brake lines? I have the same lines I just installed. I think they are the right length but just really stiff.

Car is looking good! That orange is, well, really orange!
Very clean.
Hah! Thanks!! When I saw the metallic orange BMW M3 at the Detroit auto show next to estoril blue I fell in love lol

I didn't mess with the brake lines after they didn't fit perfectly and I just needed to get the car on the trailer. Will be pulling it back apart again soon to install the modified brake cooling ducts that didn't fit and figure out the brake lines. I'm just hoping it's not an issue with the strut housing being shortened. May have to call ground control and ECS to find out if I need a different length.
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Its been awhile since I've updated this thread and honestly I haven't had much chance to work on the car with house things going on along with family life and work. I've also started to wonder what to do about my engine situation. At first it was an S54 swap but i felt i would get bored with the power. Then it was turbo S52 with a BW S366 on a top mount. But now reading a lot of the LS swaps i'm starting to sway in that direction.

For now I just want to get the car on the road as I figure when I pull the motor for whatever I do I can clean up all the loose ends then.

First of all I cut the crappy achilles motorsports brake plates so they actually fit with stock calipers.





Then I pulled the transmission to fix the 5th gear detent issue and selector seal that has been leaking. Luckily the PO replaced the clutch and flywheel prior to my ownership so I won't be bothering with that. This job is hopefully an in and out job... as soon as i order the parts at least.





Thats it for now. I will be ordering up a bunch of stuff come the end of the week. Until then i'm going to start giving everything a scrub so it matches the shiny clean oil pan!
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That transmission insulation has to go!
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