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Old Sun, Jul-05-2009, 05:27:22 AM   #1
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Talking 405 - Imola Red/Imola Red E46 M3 Build

Here is the modification list of my car so far:

Stock:
2002 M3 Imola Red/Imola Red
-SMG Transmission
-Xenon Headlights
-Premium Package
-Homelink
-Park Distance Control
-Sunroof
-Heated Seats
-Nappa Red Leather

Exterior:
-VCSL front bumper
-VCSL 1x1 carbon splitters
-Z-Shift 1x1 carbon diffuser
-//OM Scorza full carbon CSL trunk
-Auto-Tecnik 3x3 carbon mirrors
-Eurosport Design matte kidneys and side grilles
-DEPO smoked corners
-OEM 03.5+ LED taillights
-DEPO smoked side markers
-35% tint

Wheels/Tires:
-CCW C14 18x9.5 +35 (F) 18x10.5 +32 (R)
-Hankook R-S3 265/35/28 (F) 285/35/18 (R)
-+5mm ECS spacers (F)
-BimmerWorld Nickel Studs

Suspension/Brakes:
-KW Variant II Coilovers
-Rouge Engineering RSM
-AP Racing 6pot caliper w/ 355mm 2-piece rotors
-Rear ZCP brake rotors
-VS Motorsports alignment, corner balance
-Sub frame reinforcement with TMS plates
-Powerflex RTABS
-Powerflex sub frame bushings
-TMS FCABS

Interior:
-Recaro Pole Position SPG
-Recaro FIA Steel Side Mounts
-Recaro Sliders
-VAC Black Anodized Floor Mounts (Long)
-VAC Seat Belt Adapters
-Beemer Evolution Imola Red 3 piece dash trim
-Custom Rear Seat Delete
-OEM CSL Door Panels (Front and Rear)
-OEM CSL SMG knob
-OEM CSL Steering wheel
-OEM CSL E-Brake
-Beemer Evolution Imola Red SMG dome
-Scorza carbon center console w/ OEM CSL accessories

Engine:
-BMC drop in filter
-///M3AN ONE modified ceramic coated JVT catless headers
-1 AR25 resonator
-DIXIS Spirit 70mm titanium muffler
-EVOLVE-R Tune

I wanted to make a journal to document the build of my car.

About this time last summer i decided i was going to sell my heavily modified 240sx to get into M3's. There wasnt a single part on this car that wasnt touched i believe. It was fully tuned here in Chicago, AMS Performance.

It made great power, 650whp on pump gas.. It was powered by the RB26DETT from an R32 GT-R.








It was a solid car, but very VERY high maintainence, and i just didnt have the time or patience to deal with it at that time.


sold that last October i think it was and began my search for an M3.

I went through a few different color preferences. First i was looking for an alpine white w/ cinnamon interior, then moved to an LSB over black, and finally to Imola/Imola.

In December i finally found the car i was looking for.

It was 2002 Imola/Imola M3, SMG, Premium Package, PDC, 79k miles, HK sound system, Titanium Shadow trim, Bi-Xenons.

I first planned to get a set of BBS LM's last summer when i decided i was going to start the search.. but that was before i discovered what a CSL was not far into searching.

here is some pictures of when i first got it:

(blue corner bulbs have since been replaced by orange)






















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Old Sun, Jul-05-2009, 05:27:55 AM   #2
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My first mod was a eurotray from EAS, the long version.



carbon interior fabric trim:







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Old Sun, Jul-05-2009, 05:28:46 AM   #3
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After i did the trims i decided i wanted a slight drop for my car. i decided to go with the eibachs. the eibachs had the least amount of drop but it was just what i was looking for. install went smooth, bit longer than expected, but was worth it. these feel just like factory, i noticed no difference in ride quality, harshness, or bounciness.



Some pics the day after the Eibach install:





I wanted to order the new CSL reps in 19x8.5 +40 and 19x10 +25 in the super silver finish
wheels when they arrived:















this review was very helpful when searching for information on these tires:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=256037

i ordered the michelin pilot sport a/s plus from discounttire, final sizes were:
-245/35/19
-285/30/19

i then decided i want to get a set of spacers. i decided to go with the +10mm macht schnell kit from EAS. these pictures have the +10mm front spacer fitted.

here is some pictures with everything installed:



























playing with white balence:





im really happy with how the wheel/tire/spacer/drop setup turned out.

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Old Sun, Jul-05-2009, 05:36:12 AM   #4
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Looks good stock! Looking forward to reading this as it builds.
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Old Sun, Jul-05-2009, 06:17:17 AM   #5
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thank you!

my leather steering wheel has been driving me crazy because it was so shiney from use.
i recently found this thread:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=270389

my steering wheel has a nice matte finish to it along with everything else. and all of this stuff was REALLY shiney before hand. i did all of this with 1 sponge, but i should have just used 2 as it kept falling apart.

this stuff really does work great and i suggest you try it.

before..glossy:





after..matte:




thats all i have for now. next update should be the vcsl bumper installation/installed!

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Old Sun, Jul-05-2009, 08:23:44 AM   #6
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looks nice.

you should put rear LED tails.

car looks gorgeous as is.
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Old Sun, Jul-05-2009, 08:29:59 AM   #7
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Great read man. Look forward to your future mods.
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thanks for the good words guys.

ive read both of your threads countless times and youve motivated me to start my own. you guys both have one of my favorite cars on the forum and its nice to see your build with what you started out with, etc. im looking forward to looking back on my own and see how it has evolved as well.

LED tails are definatly up there on the list
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Imola Red is the best color. Looking forward to seeing what other mods you have planned.
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looking good man
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