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Old Thu, Mar-10-2016, 11:00:37 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I bought myself an '02 M3 back in December of 2015. While owning an M3 was a great accomplishment, the fact that I paid for it myself in cash was an even greater achievement. As a 19 y/o college student I don't have much experience with cars in a mechanical sense. Most of my previous experience is from watching YouTube DIY's and forum walkthroughs and it's worked out fairly well so far.

Previously, I've owned an '01 330Ci and before that a '98 328i. What can I say, I'm a fan of BMW . The E36 I kept stock because I didn't want to invest much in a 15 y/o car at the time. My mod-mindset and impulsive buying habits started with the 330Ci, with an OBX catback exhaust, K&N CAI, JOM coilovers, and a few cans of plastidip. Inexpensive parts for the most part, and working on that car was a great experience. One thing to note is that I never messed with mechanics myself. For me, moving parts were a no-no for fear of screwing up. I would always pay a shop to work on my car (brakes, bearings, even an oil change). It was then when I realized that the labor costs were bending my wallet over without lube.

Once I sold the 330Ci, I started look at RX-8's which in retrospect wasn't the smartest decision. I then ditched the hunt for a rotary demon and started looking at M3's. After about a week of searching, meeting, and disappointment, I found the one: 2002 M3, 6-speed, Convertible, 98,000 miles, brand new tires, $13,500. I knew the price was too good to be true but sure enough I looked at the car and took it home for $11,300. Now before you all start roasting me for not getting a PPI done, I know that I should have gotten it inspected and all that jazz. But hey, I own it and I'm happy.

Unfortunately about 2-and-a-half weeks after buying it (Christmas Eve to be exact), I was rear ended buy a guy with a lazy eye and minimal coverage. The fires of hell hadst no fury like mine that day. The whole process of getting my car back in my possession from the body shop took about two months but alas she's back.

If you've made it this far, this is the part where I tell you what I plan on doing. I got the idea to make a build thread because I really don't have much else to do. And it'll serve as a journal for me with my accomplishments as well as my struggles. I will try to take pictures along the way and document my progress with the project. In the next post, I will put a list of things to be done and mark completed tasks.

TL;DR: I'm a 19 y/o kid who's learning how to work on cars and what better car than my 2002 M3.

Here's a pic of my 330Ci:




Here's some pics of the M3:







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TO DO LIST (Priority L/M/H/Acquired):
-- Suspension Bits
- [H] Alignment
- [H] Firestone FireHawk Indy 500 Tires, 255/40/18 x4
- [M] Eibach F+R Sway Bars
- [M] AKG 95A Polyurethane FCABs
- [M] Adjustable Rear Lower Control Arms
- [L] Front Control Arm Refresh
- [L] Rogue Engineering Race Brace
-- Cooling System Refresh (~160k mi)
- [L] Expansion Tank Hose
- [L] Coolant Expansion Tank
- [L] Mishimoto Full Aluminum Radiator
- [L] Silicone Coolant Piping
- [L] Electric Fan Conversion (maybe)
- [L] Exact-fit Water Pipe Connecting Line
-- Clutch and Rod Bearing Project
- [A] XTR Stage 2 Clutch w/ Lightened Single-Mass Flywheel
- [A] Stainless Steel Clutch Line
- [A] Garagistic 80A Polyurethane Transmission Mounts
- [A] Brass Clutch Pivot Pin
- [H] Vibra-technics Motor Mounts
- [M] Vibra-technics Transmission Mounts/Brace
- [A] CDV Delete
- [A] WPC Treated Rod Bearings
- [A] Rear Main Seal
-- All the Rest
- [M] AKG DSSR
- [L] Alcantara Steering Wheel
- [L] Jack Pad Refresh
- [L] A different exhaust setup
- [M] US Millworks or RaceSeng License Plate Mount
- [L] Escort Redline Radar Detector
- [L] Dash cam (maybe)
- [L] Timing Chain Refresh (maybe)
- [M] Wheel Bearing Refresh
- [L] YCW Carbon Fiber Driveshaft
- [M] TMS Power Pulleys
- [L] ZHP Steering Rack or Z3 Steering Rack
- [M] ECS S54 Baffled Oil Catch Can System


Completed Mods:
[X] Euro-plate (2/22/16)
[X] Powerflex Polyurethane RTABs (3/12/16)
[X] Kenwood Headunit (3/29/16)
[X] MTX Speaker Upgrade (3/29/16)
[X] Paint Calipers (5/10/16)
[X] OEM e60 Shifter (6/4/16)
[X] UUC Transmission Mount Enforcers (6/4/16)
[X] Ziza Yellow Fog Lights (6/17/16)
[X] Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector (7/1/16)
[X] ECS Stud Conversion Kit with Mishimoto Lug Nuts (8/27/16)
[X] LED License Plate Lights (9/21/16)
[X] eBay Smoked LED Side Markers (12/26/16)
[X] Ziza LED Interior Lights (12/26/16)
[X] eBay Gloss Black Vents (1/2/17)
[X] eBay Painted CSL Diffuser (1/4/17)
[X] ECS Smoked Reflectors (1/6/17)
[X] DEPO Smoked Corner Light Assembly (1/6/17)
[X] Alla Lighting LED Amber Corner Lights (1/6/17)
[X] Bought 4 Apex EC-7s w/ Tires (1/9/17)
[X] LED Reverse Lights (1/20/17)
[X] AKG 95A Polyurethane Subframe Bushings (1/21/17)
[X] ECS Polyurethane Differential Bushings (1/22/17)
[X] BMW Updated Diff Bolts (1/22/17)
[X] MFactory Coilovers (2/11/17)
[X] eBay LED Angel Eyes (2/12/17)
[X] ECU Coding via NCS Expert (2/20/17)
[X] SuperStart Platinum AGM Battery (2/20/17)
[X] ECS Gloss Black Kidneys (3/9/17)
[X] Tow Hook License Plate Mount (3/9/17)
[X] Front Stoptech 355 4-pot BBK (7/29/17)
[X] "Rear Seat Delete" (8/5/17)
[X] DINAN Cold Air Intake (8/18/17)
[X] DINAN Stage 3 Tune (9/27/17)
[X] OEM 18x9" Square Daily Setup (9/27/17)
[X] ECS Billet Oil Dipstick (11/18/17)
[X] CPV O-Ring Fix (11/20/17)
[X] BMW Performance Shift Knob w/ Alcantara Boot (12/1/2017)


Replaced Mods:
[X] eBay CCFL Angel Eyes (2/21/16)
[X] F2 Coilovers (3/19/16)
[X] Varrstoen ES2's with Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2's (4/12/16)
[X] DEPO Smoked LED Corner Lights (8/31/16)
[X] eBay Gloss Black Grills (12/27/16)
[X] eBay Tow Hook License Plate Mount (3/19/16)


Maintenance:
03/15/16 - Replaced 2 Tensioner Pulleys - ~100k mi
03/16/16 - Replaced Main and A/C Belts - ~100k mi
03/18/16 - Fixed Oil Leak (Collar Screw) - ~100k mi
03/18/16 - Oil Change - ~100k mi
03/18/16 - Replaced Water Pump and Thermostat - ~100k mi
03/18/16 - Coolant Flush - ~100k mi
04/07/16 - Replaced Alternator - 101,076 mi
04/19/16 - Replaced Rear Right Bearing - 102,531 mi
05/28/16 - Replaced Diff Input Seal - 106,XXX mi
06/04/16 - Shifter Bushing Refresh - 106,XXX mi
06/17/16 - Inspection II - 106,XXX mi
08/04/16 - Replaced 2 Throttle Position Sensors - 108,453 mi
08/04/16 - Clean ITBs - 108,453 mi
08/06/16 - Clean ICV - 108,453 mi
08/08/16 - Beisan Vanos Lockdown w/ Lang Racing Bolts - 108,453 mi
08/27/16 - Replaced Trunk Struts - 109,XXX mi
09/27/16 - Oil Change - 111,740 mi
12/24/16 - Replaced Passenger Headlight Weather Strip - 116,945 mi
12/24/16 - Replaced Missing Valve Cover Nut - 116,945 mi
12/24/16 - Oil Change - 116,945 mi
01/22/17 - Replaced Front Diff Bolt - 117,877 mi
01/22/17 - Reapplied Anti-seize to RTABs - 117,877 mi
01/29/17 - Redish Subframe Reinforcement - 117,877 mi
02/02/17 - Replace Rear Left Upper Control Arm - 117,877 mi
02/05/17 - New Windshield Cowl - 117,877 mi
02/06/17 - Structural Foam Reinforcement - 117,877 mi
02/06/17 - Replaced Rear Right Upper Control Arm - 117,877 mi
02/11/17 - Replaced Exhaust Hanger - 117,877 mi
02/12/17 - Clean Headlight Lenses - 117,877 mi
02/13/17 - Mount/Balance 4 New Tires (Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2) - 117,883 mi
03/15/17 - Replace 2 Throttle Position Sensors - 118,XXX mi
03/15/17 - Cleaned Air Filter - 118,XXX mi
05/07/17 - Oil Change - 122,920 mi
05/07/17 - Cleaned Air Filter - 122,920 mi
06/21/17 - Airbag Recall (BMW of SF) - 126,257 mi
07/29/17 - Inspection I - 128,570 mi
09/17/17 - Replaced Headlight Bulbs - 131,XXX mi
09/27/17 - Replaced DINAN Filter - 132,XXX mi
10/28/17 - Oil Change - 134, 429 mi
11/18/17 - Replaced Headlight Lenses - 135,XXX mi
11/19/17 - Valve Adjustment - 135,437 mi
11/20/17 - Replaced Shifter Rod Joint - 135,437 mi
11/21/17 - Replaced Charcoal Canister - 135,437 mi
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Old Thu, Mar-10-2016, 11:03:59 PM   #3
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Pics aren't working, try using photobucket. The "to-do list" never ends, so that's something to keep in mind. I've easily saved over $5k (estimate) in labor by diy'ing. There's so much knowledge out there to use that it doesn't make sense not to.
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March 6, 2016:

Day one was Sunday the 6th of March. I jacked up the car on jack stands and took off the wheels. After a day of playing car musical chairs, I decided that that was enough work for one day. Here's a picture of the car hovercrafting in my garage. As you can see, I have an oil leak to tend to. In order to get to the suspected source of the leak, I have to remove the thermostat housing. I will be replacing the water pump and the thermostat at the same time.

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March 7, 2016:

Day 2 was a little on the sad side. I had started out to remove my right RTAB. With so many obstacles encountered, It took me hours just to get to the point where I could begin removing the bushing, then an hour of trying to remove it with a mallet and screwdriver = no luck. All in all it was an uneventful day with a lot of wasted time. Sorry, I don't have any pictures of the project from that day... or the frustration.
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March 8, 2016:

Thanks to Josh AKA Est0r1lM3 for letting me borrow the bushing removal tool. It made the process SOOO much easier. I had taken out the right RTAB and test fitted the strut and spring. To be completely honest, I had no idea how to install the spring. The parts were slightly different from the progressive springs I got from JOM. At that point I called it a night to continue the next day. Things accomplished: removed and replaced right RTAB with polyurethane bushing, horribly test fitted right spring (too tired and dirty for pics lol), installed F2 strut.
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March 10, 2016:

Now we're seeing some progress! I got a call from the shop where I bought my wheels from and they're ready to ship. The guy said that the wheels came from different batches so two are glossier than the other two. That's no biggie though, because when I throw my spoke decals on I'll blast them with some clear coat to protect the stickers and glossify the rims. Also, I was out with some friends until around 11, so I had only a couple hours to work on this naughty girl. I started work on the left side, first by removing the RTAB and replacing it with the PowerFlex bushing. This time I took pics.

Old bushing still in bracket, note the travel space on the right side due to the metal tube being cracked off the rubber:



Bushing removed:



New bushing sitting beautifully on a throne of copper anti-seize:



I also figured out the proper way to install the springs. You actually have to bolt the adjustable base to the upper control arm and then use the stock rubber pad up top. This pic is sagging hard so keep that in mind. Under the pressure of the car, the spring sits nicely on the adjustable base. What's left to do for the rear driver side is the shock. I have to start the car to charge the battery so i can get the top up enough to reach the strut bolts. I'm not tryna piss off my neighbors by starting it at 1AM.

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March 11, 2016:

On Friday, I finished installing the rear struts and springs. For the most part, the rear is done. Eventually, I'm going to repaint the calipers because the previous owner painted them blue and I think it's hideous. Here's some pics:



Moving on to the front of the car, I installed the front right coilover. I think I'm going to install SS brake lines because after all the rubbing and stress I'm not sure if I want to roll the dice. I still need to correct the front struts but they're in so adjustment shouldn't be too hard. I'm also painting the Cusco strut brace from blue bases to red bases using high temp paint.





Probably won't be an update for tonight because I'm heading into The City to party it up with some friends. Until next time!
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March 13, 2016:

I started working on the water pump and thermostat. I was pretty surprised at how easy this process was with the proper tools. After I got the thermostat housing off, I looked to the the suspected collar screw that was leaking oil and it wasn't even hand tight. So I tightened it up and used some Brakleen to clean around the area (as seen in the 3rd pic, dark area directly left of the shiny return pipe). The amount of oil sludge that leaked and caked onto the engine is atrocious; I'll try to clean it up a little to make the engine look somewhat decent. Tonight I'm going to pick up a couple OEM tensioner pulleys because the bearings on mine are worn and wobbly. I will update the To Do list with the newest info.



Thermostat housing off:



Water pump off:



The mess I've made:




Stay tuned for more updates and If you have any suggestions/concerns, please let me know!
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March 15, 2016:

Today was a slow yet slightly productive day. I played the Division until about midnight and then I headed into the garage. I installed the new water pump, thermostat, and brand new belts.

I also found this part just laying around under my car and I can't seem to figure out where it came from. If anyone knows or might have an idea, please let me know. The hat on top spins.

Edit: The garage door guy dropped a roller and didn't think to pick it up.

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