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      08-27-2008, 12:03 PM   #89
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Cool!!!

I tried to remove these a few times now. I pinch, pull, grip and rip...still cannot get those phuckers out! LOL. What's the trick?
Pinch the gill closest to the fender and pull, keeping note of the mounting tabs in my previous picture.
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      08-27-2008, 02:09 PM   #90
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I will try again. I saw the tabs on various other pics too...guess I need to try it again.
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      08-28-2008, 12:48 AM   #91
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Backtrack a bit , as seems I skipped over one of our first mods.

Those that have experience with us know about our heavy involvement in integrated devices such as video/reverse camera and iPod integration. The same path is planed for this vehicle as our current e46 - with the intention of presenting vehicle options that are both convenient and non-obtrusive to the driver, as if they were offered from BMW.

One of the first mods upon delivery was the remoteKEY convenience module.

A while back we were able to release a convertible top module for the e93 Convertibles that allowed for key FOB-controlled access to the convertible top and windows, as well as one-touch and operation while the vehicle was in motion. Button commands are received and translated by remoteKEY to other factory commands in order to utilize the new features when desired.

On the e46, folding mirrors was an euro-only option that required an expensive upgrade for US vehicles since the motors were not available separately. thankfully, BMW fitted the US models with the folding mirror option in Premium package-equipped models so we can enjoy the same options as the euro models.

remoteKEY Product Features:

- Remote window control: One-Touch operation of the windows and sunroof with the original remote on all models (US and Euro)
- Automatic door unlocking when ignition is turned off. Avoid having to pull the door handles twice to get out
- Comfort windows: All windows can be closed One-Touch with the wide "All-Windows" button in the driver's door.
- User programmable: The module can be individually enabled or disabled. All settings are retained even if the car battery is disconnected.
- Remote Fold-in Mirrors (if equipped). remoteKEY will fold in your mirrors on alarm activation. Optional autofold or manual fold (double button press) are among your available options.
- Shop/Diagnose mode: If activated the module is completely passive, as if it was not installed at all. It becomes invisible to diagnostic tools.

Installation is as follows:

Open glovebox to access fuse panel/CAN wiring:


Access panel removed exposing fuses/wiring harness:


Harness pulled for easier access, CANBUS wires are twisted pair in green & orange color:


remoteKEY installed - simple 4 wire tap. Green LED confirms proper install & CAN activity:


That's it. Tuck module away and close govebox door to prepare for programming.

Programming:

All programming is done by using the blinker stalk and the two green turn signal/indicator arrows on your gauge display. Functions are indicated by the left arrow and their settings are indicated by the right arrow. Navigation is done by pushing the stalk down (next function) or pushing it up to move to the next available setting. After selecting the last function or function setting, the setup automatically jumps back to the first function/lowest setting. Each time either a new function is selected or a function's setting is changed, the blinker arrows will indicate the new status by first blinking the function (left arrow) and then the current setting (right arrow).

To enter programming mode, you will tap the UNLOCK button on the remote fob, then push and hold the blinker stalk DOWN (only into the first position, not all the way!) until the left arrow blinks once to indicate function 1. Now let go of the stalk. From this point on you can navigate through the functions by pushing the stalk down and once the arrows are finished indicating the function and setting, change the setting by pushing it up. The new settings are active immediately.

To end programming mode, either wait for 30 sec. or insert the key into the ignition lock. End of programming mode is indicated by both arrows lighting up simultaneously for 1 second.

Programming Options:

Function 1 - Module Mode (0=OFF / 1=REMOTE / 2=REMOTE+UNLOCK)
When disabled (setting 0), the module becomes completely inactive and behaves as if it was not installed. This is especially useful when the vehicle is taken into the dealership for inspection/repairs. The module can not even be seen by and does not interfere with BMWs GT1/OPS programmer, nor our Autologic terminal.

- Setting 1 allows remote operation of the windows and the sunroof by using the original factory remote fob: Press and hold UNLOCK for 2 seconds: Open all windows
- Press and hold LOCK for 2 seconds: Close all windows
- Press and hold UNLOCK for 5 seconds: Open windows and sunroof
- Press and hold LOCK for 5 seconds: Close windows and sunroof

My personal favorite in addition to the remote operations, setting 2 allows automatic unlocking of the doors when the ignition is turned off. This removes the requirement to pull the door handles twice to get out of the car.

Function 2 - Compatibility (0=Sedan / 1=Coupe)
This function allows setting of different compatibility modes for the module. If switched OFF, the module uses a programming sequence known to be "more compatible" but activation of the windows and sunroof may take a couple of seconds after the remote button is released. Setting 1 allows for a quicker reaction and simultaneous closing of sunroof and windows but may only raise the front windows half-way on Sedan models.

Function 3 - Folding mirrors (0=OFF / 1=AUTO / 2=MANUAL)
This function allows remote control of the motorized mirrors (if equipped). Setting 1 (auto) will fold the mirrors automatically upon locking/unlocking the car by remote. Setting 2 (manual) allows manual folding/unfolding of the mirrors by remote by double-tapping the LOCK button on the remote.

Here are some videos of the module in action:



While it's a bit hard to see in the video - the sunroof is fully operational as well. More info on remoteKEY can be found on our site:

remoteKEY window Control for 3-series (e9X) Coupe & Sedan
http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...oducts_id=1796

remoteKEY does not interfere with BMWs equipped with Comfort Access. As stated earlier, the module features are intended to be used and not seen with seamless integration as if it were originally offered by BMW.

Project is coming together nicely. More to come.
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      08-28-2008, 07:54 AM   #92
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      11-01-2008, 10:08 PM   #93
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bump for updates!!
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bump for updates!!
We have a few surprises we'll be releasing shortly after SEMA. Stay tuned.
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Next on the list was exhaust. There are quite a few exhaust choices for the e9X m3 already and we will be working with a few of these companies during the course of our building - including our own.

The stock exhaust setup on the M3 is very good from the headers back to the mufflers, but can benefit a bit on aesthetics from the rear since the stock muffler seems to protrude a bit from beneath the rear bumper. For our first choice, we went with the Remus Sport since this provided a stylish tip and shed about 10lbs from the stock muffler.

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Needless to say, we're pretty happy with the new setup

Needless to say, we're pretty happy with the new setup

With the Remus exhaust; do you know how far you have to saw off the originals? Thanks
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They say the first thing a woman notices is your shoes. The same applies to vehicles as they make the biggest statement. Now that the drop was dialed in, exhaust installed - we needed to get some new wheels bolted up.

We have a very close relationship with the vendors we choose to work with, VMR not being any bit of the exception. We decided to debut the V710s from VMR ain early June when fitments were being verified:



For reference, these are the General UHPs in 245/35-19 in front and 275/30-19 in rear. Vehicle is on stock suspension, a lot has changed since then.

We have a very unique planned for this M3, meaning all chrome or silver items are out the window. Since the fender gills and kidneys were always swapped for Matte Black - we wanted the wheels to match.

Wheels are the new V710 in Matte Black, which we will be releasing in early October. Specs are as follows:

Finish:
Matte Black

Bolt Pattern:
5x120mm

Center Bore:
72.6mm

Size:
19"x8.5" +25mm Matte Black
19"x9.5" +22mm Matte Black

Weight:
Wheel: 25.0lbs Front
Wheel: 25.5lbs Rear

Tire Size:
255/35-19 Front Bridgestone Potenza RE050A
285/30-19 Rear Bridgestone Potenza RE050A


Rubber is a bit more aggressive as well and we choose the Bridgestone Potenza RE050As in 255/35-19 up front and 285/30-19 in rear. New wheels were installed and debuted at SoCal Euro last Sunday.

On with the pics:































At SoCal Euro on 8/10/08:



Our new BMW Performance Steering Wheel has arrived and just installed in time for SoCal Euro, we've documented the install and will be posting our experience shortly:



It's been a busy month.

Next stage is to be displaying in VMRs booth at AutoCrave in Long Beach on August 16, then the real fun starts as we enter into the carbon fibre phase.
When you installed the BMW performance steering; do you have to recode the car at all? Reason being, BMW told me that I have to recode the car with the install. Thanks.
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wow,your car looks amazing!
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I love the wheels..would there be anyway to change the emblem/logo in the middle to BMW though?
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When you installed the BMW performance steering; do you have to recode the car at all? Reason being, BMW told me that I have to recode the car with the install. Thanks.
That's false - coding is not necessary.

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With the Remus exhaust; do you know how far you have to saw off the originals? Thanks
Approximately 3-4 inches from where the muffler starts.
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wow,your car looks amazing!
Thank you sir!

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I love the wheels..would there be anyway to change the emblem/logo in the middle to BMW though?
Sure, we just felt the VMR caps looked better.
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When will the black and gunmetal v710's be available??
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When will the black and gunmetal v710's be available??
In about 2-3 weeks, very soon.
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Any word on the gunmetal V710 pre-order and fitment details? Nothing on the website yet.
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Any word on the gunmetal V710 pre-order and fitment details? Nothing on the website yet.
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Carbon Fibre

Quite a few things have happened since our last entry - we'll be jumping around a bit and getting back on track later.

Fibre was completed today. Those with e46M3s know how heavily we were involved in the carbon fibre process - with the same intentions for our e92. Since the new M3s come equipped with an optional 1x1 carbon roof, all pieces need to match in order to really make this project come alive.

Here's some teasers in the meantime:

e9X Seat trim covers in 1x1 weave:



e9X Seat Unlocking Receptacle in 1x1 weave:



e9X M3 Mirror Caps in 1x1 weave:



And of course, the holy grail - M3 intake:



The intake is simply beautiful and will make an already impressive underhood scenery even better.

The seat fibre pieces will not be installed on this vehicle, with more on this in our next journal entry. Those that have met us at the last couple of meets or have dropped by will know exactly why.

We have a big day planned for this beast tomorrow. More to come shortly.
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Hmm can't wait to see what Santa has brought you guys for Xmas! LOL
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You know I wonder how it would look if the insides of the headlights were painted black/Sparkling Graphite
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ooo i am liking the carbon parts!
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