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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Mon, Aug-28-2017, 06:42:02 PM   #21
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Default Re: Camerons '97 Boston Green Build Thread

solid pick up and great work so far! looking forward to seeing this build progress.
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Finally got the new steering wheel today -

Might not be everyones cup of tea (especially since I already had a nicely rewrapped euro wheel) but I like it and it feels way better to drive with. I'll try and get some better quality photos soon.





In comparison to the old euro wheel:


Anyways, before I touch the suspension I'm going to autocross this labor day to get a "before" feel and get a feel for what I'd like to change. My current opinion is that the car doesn't have enough front traction, and pushes/understeers too much.
I tried to remedy this a little bit already by reducing negative camber in the rear as much as i could, but it doesn't matter much until I get front camber plates and can get more camber in the front. Then I can do something more aggressive, maybe -2.5f -2.25r. I also suspect that an aftermarket front sway bar and a square tire setup would help a lot with the understeer too.
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Old Tue, Aug-29-2017, 11:49:42 PM   #23
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Looks amazing, I have a serious soft spot for Boston. Keeping an eye on this build thread!

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There are a couple ways to deal with understeer depending on how hardcore you want to get. Judging by the wheel and seat I assume you're not against more mods lol Symmetrical wheel sizing on all 4 corners with good tires, increase front camber, reduce front damper compression, those are good basic starting points. Sway bars are more a personal preference, I like loose cars and I'm still trying to dial in my setup. There's some good info in here and on the other forum in the road racing sections.
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Old Wed, Aug-30-2017, 03:41:25 PM   #25
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I dig the steering wheel, did it help your driving position much? Some telescope of any kind on the steering column would be greatly appreciated.
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Went autocrossing this weekend and, as i suspected, it does push a lot.




Unfortunately not too long after this I got in a 1-2 mph fender bender...




Yikes. Insurance estimated 3k in damages but will only cover $1850.

My goal is to get this fixed for under $2k and I think its possible if I try and cut some corners and do most of the labor myself.

Currently my plan is to install an aftermarket CF hood.. the only one I've seen so far is the DTM fiberwerkz GT hood. I'd get full CF so I wouldn't have to paint it... and I'd have the option to paint it in the future when funds allow. This would mean I wouldn't have to pay for to paint a new OEM hood, and I wouldn't have to pay to have the fenders sanded and paint matched.

For the front upper bumper, I'd just get that painted to the color code and then install it and all of the trim myself. I think that keeps me under budget, possibly even under budget enough that I could get the lower front bumper sanded and painted as well. As you can see it's pretty chipped up.

oh yeah, and my sunroof interior panels headliner came loose today and my power steering is going out. woo. z3 rack swap maybe? I hate the progressive rack. I wonder how a z3 manual rack would feel in the e36.



Anyways I managed to pick up a rear DS2 for $20 and a set of 5mm spacers. I'm hoping to find another one before winter so that I can get a set of all seasons on the fronts and make the summer set square with the rears. These PSS's are a little squirrely in the rain.

Please let me know if you guys know any alternative options for a CF hood. Thanks!
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Bummer!
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That’s a bummer but I do not like your approach to the problem. Just do it correctly with OEM parts and get it painted. $2k is more than enough.
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That’s a bummer but I do not like your approach to the problem. Just do it correctly with OEM parts and get it painted. $2k is more than enough.
I wish it was more than enough. I was quoted $200 for the front bumper, $650 for the hood, $125 for the front grilles, and ~100 for the busted trim from BMW at the adjusted price. The shop quoted $350 for paint materials.

That's already almost $1600 after tax for just the parts/materials.

Body and finishing labor was quoted at around $1600 total. This is still under what my insurance estimate was.

Keep in mind if the hood is painted, the fenders would need to be sanded and blended to match the hood and door panels.
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OEM used parts are better fitting and cheaper than new aftermarket.
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