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Old Thu, May-26-2016, 04:25:28 PM   #1
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I wanted to share my track M3 build. I've been tracking my dd 330i for the past couple years, and it was time to build a dedicated track car that is still street legal.



Modification list

Drivetrain
Catless Headers
Manzo oversized Section 1
Supersprint Unresonated Section 2 X-Pipe
Manzo SS exhaust
AKG Motorsport 75D engine mounts
AKG Motorsport 75D transmission mounts
AKG Motorsport 75D differential mounts
SS clutch line
RTD Shifter
AKG DSSR
Turner Underdrive Pulleys
BW High Pressure VANOS line
Macht Schnell Intake Elbow
SPAL Electric fan, aux fan delete
WPC Treated Rod bearings
CSF Oil Cooler
Mishimoto Compact Catch Can

Suspension
TC Kline D/A
Hyperco 6''/60mm/700 front
Eibach 120mm/60mm/800 rear
TC Kline camber plates
RE Monoball RSM
RE Rear Articulating Spring Perches
Hotchkis front/rear swaybar
BW front adjustable swaybar links
Hotchkis rear adjustable swaybar links
Bimmerworld Spherical RTABs
AKG Motorsport 75D Front Control Arm Bushings
AKG Motorsport 75D rear subframe mounts
AKG Solid steering coupler
Turner Motorsport rear subframe reinforcement
Dinan strut brace
SPC rear camber arms

Brakes
Hawk DTC-60's
Turner CF Backing Plates
Hard Motorsport Brake Duct Inlets
Coleman rings with PFC DD hats, PFC DD rear rotors
Stoptech Stainless steel braided lines
BW Brass guide pin bushings

Interior
Full Interior delete
Kirk rollbar
Sparco Ergo seats
Brey-Krause seat mounts
Schroth Profi II/Clubsport harness
Rogue Engineering clutch stop
Radio delete panel
Halotron Fire Extinguisher 2.5lbs center console mounted with quick release
Ecliptech Shift P2
Shorai lightweight battery

Exterior
AKG tow hooks
Lexan sunroof delete panel

Wheels
APEX ARC-8 17x10 ET25
Nitto NT01 275/40/17
BW Race studs 82mm

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Old Thu, May-26-2016, 04:25:48 PM   #2
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How I picked it up:
2001 M3, 115k miles, 6-speed, headers, short shifter, software. Of course, the throw out bearing went one month into ownership!



First up after some basic maintenance was the rear end. Small hairline fractures on the front passenger side mounting point. Will need to be welded and fixed.

Harbor Freight transmission jack - makes it easy to drop the whole rear end as one piece:


Everything out ready to be disassembled:


Prepping the mounting points:


Front passenger side mount, a little dent and three cracks stemming from it:


Front passenger mount welded, reinforcement plates epoxied in, all bushings (AKG 75D), bearings, ball joints, etc have been replaced. The whole rear end is ready to be put back in - just waiting on AKG to send back a new differential bushing (first one I was able to press in by hand).

In the meantime, I'm stripping the interior. Up next is removing the whole rear shelf, rear seat belts, rear window motors, trunk lining, amplifier, and all sound deadening. Dash needs to come out so I can remove the front part of the carpet.

Waiting on HMS Motorsports to ship over Schroth belts, and I got some Brey Krause seat mounts on the way. If you haven't seen these, these might be the best solution for mounting a seat in an E46. They remove the need for a floor mount and are 6-7 lbs per side:
http://www.bkauto.com/R_9250_Driver_...m_p/r-9250.htm

The Koch tool makes it easy to remove all subframe bushings:


Using the Koch tool with some hardware store copper pipping to remove and replace all ball joints:


Subframe cracks cut out then welded:


Seats, door cards, all trim and rear carpet removed:


Pillars, headliner, and sunroof cassette removed. I'm putting in a Hard Motorsports Lexan delete panel (not pictured).

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Old Thu, May-26-2016, 06:02:02 PM   #3
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wasting no time with weight reduction I see
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Old Tue, May-31-2016, 03:07:08 AM   #4
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wasting no time with weight reduction I see
For sure, some down time between putting the rear end back together turned into a whole new project. Simplify, then add lightness

A bit more progress. Pulled out the dash, got the carpet and sound deadening out (using both dry ice and heat gun). Test fitted seat, the Brey-Krause mounts are awesome. Mount up to seat, put seat in car, position as needed. The seat is dead center and I feel like I'm way too low (I'm used to head rubbing on the headliner).

Crushed dry ice and isopropyl alcohol, works well on panels that are not over any seam sealer. Let it cool the panel and then chisel out the pieces.


Dashboard out, carpet out, ready for paint on floor.


Painted with some rustoleum (footprints on the flat black are going to drive me insane)


Dashboard back, door card speakers removed, seat test mounted.

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Old Wed, Jul-13-2016, 07:35:16 PM   #5
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Some more pics. I got the rear end wrapped up including a new clutch kit and a Manzo muffler (cheap, loud and it's 25lbs vs stock 50+).

Working on front end now: WPC Treated rod bearings, AKG 75D motor mounts and FCAB's, new PS reservoir + lines, SPAL electric fan, Hotchkis sway bar, BW sway bar links, SS brake lines + brass bushings, and putting on the TC Kline's.

Rear end coming back together:


TC Klines, Stoptech lines, BW brass caliper guide bushings:


AKG Quickshift. Probably the best part of the car so far:


A shot of the Brey-Krause mounts. These are probably the best way to mount a seat in an E46 at the moment:


Clearance to the door seat is Sparco Ergo Large:


Getting the front subframe out of the way to drop the oil pan:


Bottom end:


Rod bearings, old vs new WPC Treated. 75k+ miles on old, they don't look too bad. It's good to start tracking with fresh bearings though!


I had it down off the stands last week, putting some miles on the new clutch and double checking everything. It's stupid loud and the shifter is a lot of fun.

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Old Wed, Jul-13-2016, 09:23:32 PM   #6
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Default Re: CrookedCommie's Track/Street Build

This build thread is awesome, Ive been following it on insta. Very jealous of your subframe reinforcement
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Old Thu, Jul-14-2016, 03:35:32 AM   #7
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I like what I see!

I'll be following this build. Keep it up
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Old Thu, Jul-14-2016, 05:00:23 PM   #8
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Nice work! Subscribed!
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Awesome build so far. Subscribed as well.
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Old Thu, Jul-14-2016, 05:48:22 PM   #10
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Any idea how much weight you've saved so far?
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