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Old Tue, Dec-15-2015, 06:59:19 PM   #1
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Default Rob's '02 Tiag Street/Track Build

After many months of searching I finally picked up an E46 M3 I'm very happy with. I've owned an E92 M3 for several years but always wanted an E46 to do a more street/track build. I live near Summit Point (update, now living in NYC!) and plan on getting this to the track at the first track day of 2016. Long term, maybe it evolves into a track only car.

It's a 2002 with 128k miles, 6spd with limited options. Well maintained and Body/Engine are in great shape. Lot's of small issues but nothing I can't fix myself (door lock broke, valve cover leaking, no cats, oil sensor not working, worn out interior, drooping pillars etc etc...).

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"Before" pic, day I picked it up:


Current build list Aug 2018

2017 S54 Rebuild

General Fixes & Maintenance
  • Window Seals
  • Valve Job, Plugs, Coils - Done
  • VANOS Rebuild - Done
  • Oil Level/Temp Gage - Done
  • Oil Change - Done
  • New Radiator - CSF Performance Triple Pass Radiator ordered
  • Electric Fan - SPAL 16" kit, aux fan delete

Suspension/Track
  • Rear Subframe Reinforce - Done
  • Full TC Kline DA Suspension - Done
  • New control arms - Done
  • Race seat - 2 Recaro SPG XLs - Done
  • Race harnesses - Done
  • RE 4 point cage - Done
  • Porsche Brembo Brakes, PFC08 Pads - Done

Phase 5 - Exterior
  • Paint correction
  • Black Grills/Gills - Done
  • Euro Front Bumper - Done
  • Hard Motorsports Brake Ducts- Done
  • OEM CSL Trunk - Done
  • F/R Splitter?
  • CF Roof - Long term

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Old Tue, Dec-15-2015, 07:37:28 PM   #2
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Started with something simple, fixing the door lock. Car came with 2 keys, one with a dead battery. Never actually checked if the manual drive side lock worked and found out the hard way it didn't... Long story short I lost the working battery key on a run and had to call the wife to bring the other key, then, crawl though the trunk to get it unlocked!

Started by ordering a kit off eBay



Got the lock and an took it apart:


Most of the internal lock parts were missing, but the kit had everything I needed. Got everything re-installed:


At first the lock wouldnt turn, so I rebuilt it again. Turns out it was just frozen and needed a lot of lube. Got it turning and reinstalled, works great!

Also ordered a new key from BMW Parts Store. Had to email over copies of my license and registration and they sent a new key. Programed it using this thread.
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Great find. It looks like you're off to a good start. I love the excitement of getting a new car and fixing all things wrong with it.
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Next on the list is the interior swap. I had picked up a nice set of Imola Red interior pieces from a local part out. Although this is a track focused build, it's going to be street for at least a few months. Also figure I can always resell the interior if I go full track build.



Seats were a little hard and one of the seams was starting to seperate:



So I found a local leather repair shop, Leather Medic, to get the seats reconditioned and dyed. Carlos the owner recommended replacing the leather on the driver side bolsters.

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Looks like a BMW salvage yard in the one shot. Keep it up, can't wait to see how it all comes out.
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Carlos did an awesome job on the seats and I got them back in over the weekend. Love Imola Red!! What a huge difference:




One issue I came across during the install was the original drivers side seat wouldn't move back an forth. This was fine for driving since the seat was already in the right position, but I couldn't get to the bolts to take it out... From the number of threads I found on this apparently it's pretty common for the black wire on the back/forth motor to get cut. Sure enough, that was my issue. After many attempts I finally got a jumper wire installed and got the seat to move, what a PETA!!!:

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Looks like a BMW salvage yard in the one shot. Keep it up, can't wait to see how it all comes out.
Yeah I love salvage yards!! Another big reason I wanted an E46M, loooots of salvage parts available.
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While I had the interior out I replaced some other stuff. The Imola interior also came with some gloss black trim, so I got that installed:



I'm going to experiment with the old trim and see if I can wrap it. I really like the trim in my E92M which is a carbon like fabric weave, maybe I can I Can recreate that.



Also installed a new "short" center console with new inserts, and a new radio bracket and glasses holder. Basically all of the stuff that ages really poorly and gets soft and scratched (nice work BMW...). Finished it off by conditioning the the shift and ebrake boots with Lethernique and installed a ZHP shift knob.








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Looking forward to this!

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If you end up liking the wrapped trim I call dibs on the gloss black pieces!
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