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Old Thu, Aug-09-2012, 03:38:06 AM   #1
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Default KhanArt's Jet Black///Cinnamon 6spd E46 M3 looong term journal

Current Stat's as of 11/18/19

2004 Jet Black/Cinnamon M3 coupe
-Cold Weather Package
-Premium Package
-Harmon Kardon Audio
-Bi Xenons
-Adjustable Lumbar Support
-Adjustable Side Bolstering
-Ski Pass Bag

Engine/Performance/Under the Hood
-TTFS Custom Tune
-TTFS E85 Conversion
-TTFS IAT Sensor Relocate
-Eventuri CF Intake with Scoop and updated Eventuri Air Filter
-Active Autowerkes Catless Headers
-Active Autowerkes Gen 6 Muffler
-Custom Performance Innovations RTX Section 1
-Custom Performance Innovations X Stream Section 2
-Turner Motorsport Underdrive Pulleys
-Radium Engineering Catch Can
-Rogue Engineering Vanos Line
-PSDesigns Carbon Fibre Ram Intake Scoop
-OEM E9X Engine Mounts
-MP Racing Oil Filter Housing Cap
-ECS Polished Dip Stick
-Polished Vanos
-Polished OEM strut bar
-Custom vented OEM beauty cover

-Eibach Pro Street S Coilovers
-Turner Motorsports Monoball FCAB's
-Fall-Line Motorsports Monoball RTAB's
-ECS Tuning Monoball RSM's with reinforcement plates
-Rogue Engineering Transmission Mounts
-Rear Fenders Rolled
-BMW Front strut reinforcement plates
-DMG Autosport Front Strut Bar

-Stock for now

-18” Apex Arc8 HyperBlack 9.5 ET35 Front, 10.5 ET27 Rear
-245/40/18 Front, 275/35/18 Rear Michelin Pilot Super Sports
-H&R 5mm Spacers Front, 10mm Spacers Rear
-MonoChrome BMW Wheel Center Caps

-18” OEM M3 Style 67 Staggered Fitment
225/40/18 Front, 255/35/18 Rear Michelin Pilot Super Sports
-ECS Tuning 20mm Spacers Front, 15mm Spacers Rear
-Updated BMW Wheel Center Caps

-Project Kics R26 Black Chrome Lug Nuts/Locks
-Apex Race Parts 75mm Stud Kit
-BMW //M Valve Stem Caps

-Angel Eyes
-Morimoto XB LED Fog Lights
-Smoke Depo Corner Lights
-Smoke Side Markers
-OEM Amber Corner Lights (On car currently)
-Oem Amber Side Marker (On car currently)
-OEM Clear Corner Lights
-Oem Clear Side Marker
-CREE LED Reverse Lights
-LED License Plate Lights
-Amber Film on Rear Tail Lights

-Gloss Black Kidney Grills
-Gloss Black Side Gills
-Paint Matched Reflectors
-50% Tint
-Black BMW M3 License Plate Frame
-Tow hook front license plate holder (for road trips)

-Custom Coby Black Alcantara Wrapped Steering Wheel with Cinnamon 12 O'clock Stripe, M Tri Stitch, Perforated Sides
-Coby Black Alcantara Wrapped Shift Boot with M Tri Stitch
-Coby Black Alcantara Wrapped Ebrake Boot with M Tri Stitch
-OEM ZHP Shift Knob
-OEM Short Center Console with Armrest Delete
-OEM Eurotray
-OEM Auxiliary Input Retrofit Kit
-OEM BMW USB Adapter
-Bluetooth Adapter
-Ultimate Cup Holder
-Turner Motorsports Black Anodized Pedals
-OEM BMW All Weather Floor Matts
-DIY Clutch Stop Mod

-PS Designs/Redish Motorsports Sub Frame Kit (To be installed)
-20% Auto Solution SSK
-AEM Fuel Pump
-Beisan Systems S54 Vanos Oil Pump Disk
-Beisan Systems S54 Vanos Sealing Plate Repair Kit
-DR Vanos Cam Bolts
-Motion Motorsport Aluminum Underpanel
-MP Racing Exhaust Hanger Plate
-OEM Timing Chain Tensioner Guide
-CDV Delete
-Fan Shroud Delete
-DIY Clutch Stop Mod
-OEM M Key Chain
-OEM M Driving Gloves
-Ton of Maintenance (Valve adjustment, Oil/Differential/Transmission fluids replaced with OEM fluids, spark plugs, air/cabin/fuel/vanos filters, ect)
-Catch can hoses and AN fittings replaced and upgraded
-Oil cap replaced with OEM "M" oil cap
-Trunk badge replaced with OEM M3 badge
-Valve cover badge replaced with OEM M badge
-Headlight lenses replaced with new OEM lenses
-Drive mirror glass replaced with OEM mirror
-Shifter trim replaced with OEM Titan Shadow trim
-Hood cowl grille replaced with OEM
-Missing jack pad replaced with OEM Jack pad
-Rear license plate light covers replaced with OEM replacements
-Fog light covers replaced with OEM replacements
-Cabin filter housing cover replaced with OEM
-Custom Render of my car by Motive Artworks

I figured I make a journal since I plan on keeping this car for a while and have a lot of planned. Let me begin by saying I have always loved anything with wheels and an engine. I can always talk about cars and the subject always has my full attention. Below are my previous cars in the order I had them.

First car was a 90 Celica GT which was a hand me down, this is where the mod bug began.

Second car was a 00 Accord sedan which I bought new.. not sure why I bought this car but I don’t regret it. Most reliable car ever. I still have it today (174k) and it is my daily driver/beater. It's back to stock now other than tint and an intake. I kept this car as my daily and bought and sold project cars over the time I had it.

Third car was a 79 Trans Am “Smokey and The Bandit” I always wanted this car and this is the only car I regret letting go. I love muscle cars as well as other styles. I just didn’t have the time and money to restore it so I sold it to a better home. I did do some maintenance on it before I sold it. It was a beast! I would like to buy the Burt Reynolds Edition Trans Am one day in the future.

Last car I had was a 05 G35 coupe 6spd with nav. This was a really nice car and I wasn’t ready to let her go but I was getting married and buying a house so I needed to save money. It is no M in performance but was still a fun car. I loved how this car sounded especially after the few mods I did to it.

Build thread for the G35:

Finally, I’m happy to say I'm a new M3 owner. I was able to pick the car up that I wanted on (4/24/12) and didn't have to settle. I got about everything that I wanted but nav. I believe the car came with almost every option including the ski bag. Super clean 04 Jet Black/Cinnamon 6spd with 45,9xx miles. It came with angel eyes (not sure which brand), light tint, Dice Media bridge, and the OEM 19's powder coated black. Other than that all stock. It looks like she was very well taken care of. All 4 brake pads were new and also 2 new rear Pilot Sport tires came with the car.
I baby this car and keep her clean. She is garage kept and is not driven in the rain/snow. Rear seat is not used and I don’t have plans on tracking her at the moment.
Here are some pics of her at the dealership and some pics of her when I first brought her home.

Daily driver and M3

Took the headlight apart to fix a broken clip on one of the angel eyes.

Came with the Dice Mediabridge

First mods were black grills/gills, smoked corners/sidemarkers, and painted reflectors. I thought the chrome, clear corners, and amber reflectors looked mixed matched to me. I think it flows better now, who knows I might change it up later.

Matte black gills and smoked sidemarkers

Matte black grills, smoked corners, and painted reflectors

Blacked out with the M banner in the garage

Put led bulbs for the rear plate lights (new vs. old bulb)

M3 plate frame

M valve stem caps

BMW all weather floor mats

Clutch stop mod

Thread for clutch stop mod:

Zhp shift knob

Plugged the license plate holes with really small plugs from Home Depot

M key chain

I also have added many tools and detailing supplies to my current selection. I plan to DIY as much as I can

I plan on going through the maintenance first:
Oil/filter change
Air filter
Cabin Air filter
Vanos filter
Trans fluid
Diff fluid
Spark plugs
Fuel filter
CDV delete
I also want to update some interior trim pieces and other parts. My goal is to keep her up to date with maintenance and restoring her to her original shape. I do plan on lowering the car, upgrading the exhaust for a little power and sound, and more. I know this isn’t the most exciting journal but I will update it as I go and do a better job of taking pictures.
2004 Jet Black/Cinnamon 6spd ///M3
IG: @Khan_Art_

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