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      05-28-2014, 07:38 AM   #67
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M3 has been getting a little bit neglected, mod wise, because the m5 has been consuming all my time. Still have a cf roof waiting for install on the M3 when I have some time!

Disassembly complete. Waiting on a couple parts before beginning reassembly in full...















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      05-28-2014, 09:06 PM   #68
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sweet Jesus, you sir have truly done some amazing work on this beautiful e46, absolutely stunning, kudos to you sir, kudos
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      06-03-2014, 07:46 AM   #69
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Engine is starting to go back together. I'm thinking I'll have everything other than the intake manifold on tomorrow, and not that because I'm waiting for the fuel injectors to come back from rebuilding.

First startup is going to be a little scary due to the shear volume of things I've replaced/changed, but if everything goes well there I don't intend to be inside again for another 100,000-150,000 miles.

Current state, when I called it for the night:



One thing I did do while I was in there was delete the secondary air system piping. I had previously deleted the pump and used a block off plate on the piping, but this really nixes it as much as possible:

Pipe was turned into these:



Which look pretty stock and are as secure as stock (if not more so) when installed:

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      06-03-2014, 06:53 PM   #70
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Good progress today. Reassembled the chain system and vanos. Timing marks check out after cycling it, in full retard:







And it's starting to look assembled again...

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      07-15-2014, 10:11 PM   #71
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Ordered cams

Before the year is over, I should have the car lighter than an e36 M3 (and I still have full civility/back seats), and more power than an e9X M3 at every RPM.
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      07-15-2014, 10:29 PM   #72
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Saw this today as I drove past BMW of South Hampton, and had to pull in...















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      07-30-2014, 07:38 PM   #73
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Cams time

Got most of the disassembly done, hoping to get her back together tomorrow night.







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      07-30-2014, 10:05 PM   #74
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Good progress today. Reassembled the chain system and vanos. Timing marks check out after cycling it, in full retard


In all seriousness, though, nice work! And it's nice to see you're posting here as well as the other forum!
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      07-31-2014, 12:20 PM   #75
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I'm a little confused, which car is the S65 in?
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      07-31-2014, 06:20 PM   #76
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I'm a little confused, which car is the S65 in?
None? Did I say S65 somewhere?

V8 in the thread is my S62, in my M5...
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      07-31-2014, 06:21 PM   #77
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Today's update...

Was hunting for a proper length 32mm socket for the chain tensioner, and stumbled upon this at pep boys. Seemed more specific than my general use assembly lube I was going to use, so I got it.



Removed some cams







Moved the cam position sensor thing over. That thing is on there TIGHT!



Lubed up and reinstalled the cams. Also used the APR/TT cam bolts, even though they're probably completely unnecessary.



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      08-25-2014, 04:32 PM   #78
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Fits over the m5 and m3's bbk, same rolling diameter as the m5 and m3 rears (so won't fuck up the LSD), fits on the hubs of all three cars (with a hub centric ring on the e91 and e46). Pulled a BMW trunk jack and wrench out of my dad's car last year before he traded it in. Going to throw it in the trunk whenever going on a long trip in whatever car we're going in.

Surprisingly excited

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      10-28-2014, 12:35 PM   #79
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In the coming weeks, we should be getting what I believe is the best photoshoot ever of my car(s). I am VERY EXCITED.

Phil, who took and is editing these photos for me, claims this is one of the worst he's editing so far from the shoot (he's been torturing me with teasers as he edits them, so I haven't seen much more than this :banghead: )

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Exclamation Obioban's e46 M3, e39 M5, and some 'boats' (40MB warning)

Some photos Phil took of my car recently

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Some random extra stuff:














This cracks me up for some reason... :rofl3:









I promised Ian laser sharks for more excitement...







Thanks for looking. Happy Birthday Ian! :happybirthday:




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      03-19-2015, 05:38 PM   #81
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Quieting things down a bit. Went from vibratech to new stock engine mounts and ground control race to csl sways.



Went with the turner adjustable end links because they use the same (sealed) ball joints that bmw does on their links-- so should be quiet for a long time!



Also split a wideband 02 with some of my friends that can integrate with BMWlogger for road tuning.



I also in the final stages of preperation/part collection for the carbon fiber roof project. I'm kind of scared for that one :-/
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      03-19-2015, 05:43 PM   #82
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And, on the M5 front..

Replacing every bearing and/or rubber bit in the rear, and doing the Dinan diff mount reinforcement. And brake pads and taking off the snows (probably preemptively, but it's easy right now.

OE BMW everywhere except pads (I like the BMW pads better than the stoptech pads by a huge margin, but obviously not available in st40 fitment ).







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      03-19-2015, 05:44 PM   #83
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I accidentally the whole rear end.

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      03-24-2015, 05:17 PM   #84
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I picked up the M3 at the BMW performance center in South Carolina 10 years ago this month. Feeling old and sad the car isn't new anymore, but there's still nothing I'd rather be driving in the sub $150,000 range (and all of those come with compromises vs this)

First look:



These future winter beater wheels will never look this good again :P



Bling blau



The keys, give them to me



low miles are low



Well, might as well start modding. I'm going to need a hardwired iPod and V1 for the 10 hour drive home...



Park in from of the performance center






Then, two weeks later, first meet! Paint still looks stupidly good.










Here's to the next 50 years with it
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      03-30-2015, 12:41 AM   #85
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Hah! Love the delivery pics. It'll be 10 years for me too come April. Keep up the great work!

I'm really struggling to find a car that I like more than my E46. The E92 has been fun, but I predict only one of my two M3s will still be around for the next 10 years.
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Hah! Love the delivery pics. It'll be 10 years for me too come April. Keep up the great work!

I'm really struggling to find a car that I like more than my E46. The E92 has been fun, but I predict only one of my two M3s will still be around for the next 10 years.
Yeah, there is no substitute. The M5 may move on, the e46 is here till the end.
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M5 is reassembled and awaiting alignment.

A friend recorded this tonight as I pulled away after dropping him off. I realized I've never posted a video with the current setup, so here it is:

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Still get excited every time I toggle past the oil level display :P
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