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Old Fri, Sep-23-2011, 02:23:11 PM   #1
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Default Paul's Form Follows Function Journal - 2002 E46 M3 Carbon Black

Bought my car in September of 2010. Its a 2002 M3 Carbon Black with 28,300 miles. Car was bought from a middle aged gentlemen that thought that the "Sport" button added power and pushing the "DSC" button would destroy the car. All work on the car was down by a dealership.



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Suspension: AST 4100 GTS Suspension, Vorshlag camber plates, Reinforced rear subframe, Powerflex bushings, Mason front strut bar
Engine: Evolve R Software, Status Gruppe SCZA exhaust
Exterior: Status Gruppe front valance
Brakes: Bimmerworld brake stiffener kit, Bimmerworld SS lines, Motul RBF600
Interior: Recaro SPG XL seats, Kirk roll bar, Scrotch harnesses, Jaffster Delrin shifter knob, 22lb battery. Removed rear seats, emergency kit, sunroof, armrest and airbags
Wheels: Apex ARC-8 18x9.5" W/ Dunlop Star Spec tires 275/35/18
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Old Fri, Sep-23-2011, 02:23:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Paul's Form Follows Function Journal - 2002 E46 M3 Carbon Black

Just to be on the safe side, I did the rear subframe reinforcement.








Bought new tires, all new bushings(subframe, FCAB, RTAB), Turner RTAB limiters, ZCP brakes, stainless steel lines, Vorshlag camber plates and KW V2 coilovers.











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Suspension: AST 4100 GTS Suspension, Vorshlag camber plates, Reinforced rear subframe, Powerflex bushings, Mason front strut bar
Engine: Evolve R Software, Status Gruppe SCZA exhaust
Exterior: Status Gruppe front valance
Brakes: Bimmerworld brake stiffener kit, Bimmerworld SS lines, Motul RBF600
Interior: Recaro SPG XL seats, Kirk roll bar, Scrotch harnesses, Jaffster Delrin shifter knob, 22lb battery. Removed rear seats, emergency kit, sunroof, armrest and airbags
Wheels: Apex ARC-8 18x9.5" W/ Dunlop Star Spec tires 275/35/18
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Old Fri, Sep-23-2011, 02:26:41 PM   #3
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Default Re: Paul's Form Follows Function Journal - 2002 E46 M3 Carbon Black

I did have 2 problems. One being that the front tires lightly rub the springs. I will get 5mm spacers to fix that.

Second is the one that I am worried about. The nut that bolts the suspension from the top doesnt bolt all the way down. The picture shows the nut. It is tightened completely.

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Engine: Evolve R Software, Status Gruppe SCZA exhaust
Exterior: Status Gruppe front valance
Brakes: Bimmerworld brake stiffener kit, Bimmerworld SS lines, Motul RBF600
Interior: Recaro SPG XL seats, Kirk roll bar, Scrotch harnesses, Jaffster Delrin shifter knob, 22lb battery. Removed rear seats, emergency kit, sunroof, armrest and airbags
Wheels: Apex ARC-8 18x9.5" W/ Dunlop Star Spec tires 275/35/18
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Old Fri, Sep-23-2011, 02:29:02 PM   #4
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Default Re: Paul's Form Follows Function Journal - 2002 E46 M3 Carbon Black

From my run at Tail of the Dragon. Next upgrade includes; new suspension, square setup, sway bars. The KW V2 coil overs are just to soft for my style of driving. On hard banked corners my car bottoms out and already ate through the top of my fender liner.



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Suspension: AST 4100 GTS Suspension, Vorshlag camber plates, Reinforced rear subframe, Powerflex bushings, Mason front strut bar
Engine: Evolve R Software, Status Gruppe SCZA exhaust
Exterior: Status Gruppe front valance
Brakes: Bimmerworld brake stiffener kit, Bimmerworld SS lines, Motul RBF600
Interior: Recaro SPG XL seats, Kirk roll bar, Scrotch harnesses, Jaffster Delrin shifter knob, 22lb battery. Removed rear seats, emergency kit, sunroof, armrest and airbags
Wheels: Apex ARC-8 18x9.5" W/ Dunlop Star Spec tires 275/35/18
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Default Re: Paul's Form Follows Function Journal - 2002 E46 M3 Carbon Black

simply amazing man. I wish i had the mechanical know how to do all that to my car
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Old Fri, Sep-23-2011, 03:32:20 PM   #6
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Default Re: Paul's Form Follows Function Journal - 2002 E46 M3 Carbon Black

Nice and so clean ///M example you got there..
Great mods so far....
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Old Fri, Sep-23-2011, 04:27:34 PM   #7
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Default Re: Paul's Form Follows Function Journal - 2002 E46 M3 Carbon Black

Such a great Journal when so many things are DIY!

Love that you were able to do the subframe reinforcement in your garage!
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Old Fri, Sep-23-2011, 06:10:58 PM   #8
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Default Re: Paul's Form Follows Function Journal - 2002 E46 M3 Carbon Black

My new suspension came in today. Ordered them Wednesday and received them today, thanks Vorshlag! To bad my car is at the detailer. Should have everything installed and ready for the dragon(tail of the dragon) by next weekend. Its a AST 4100 GTS kit with 550lbs front and 650lbs rear springs.

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Suspension: AST 4100 GTS Suspension, Vorshlag camber plates, Reinforced rear subframe, Powerflex bushings, Mason front strut bar
Engine: Evolve R Software, Status Gruppe SCZA exhaust
Exterior: Status Gruppe front valance
Brakes: Bimmerworld brake stiffener kit, Bimmerworld SS lines, Motul RBF600
Interior: Recaro SPG XL seats, Kirk roll bar, Scrotch harnesses, Jaffster Delrin shifter knob, 22lb battery. Removed rear seats, emergency kit, sunroof, armrest and airbags
Wheels: Apex ARC-8 18x9.5" W/ Dunlop Star Spec tires 275/35/18
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Old Fri, Sep-23-2011, 08:52:37 PM   #9
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Default Re: Paul's Form Follows Function Journal - 2002 E46 M3 Carbon Black

holy crap.

nice job so far, man. looking forward to what you've got on tap.
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Old Fri, Sep-23-2011, 09:17:05 PM   #10
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great journal so far!
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