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      02-18-2015, 05:16 PM   #1
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Pushing Limits!!Monster one off widebody SC vert project_The First "real" Widebody M3

I will start slow and add pictures after the text..
This is the car right before going in for surgery:

The car is currently in the shop about half way done but I will start from the begining and make multiple posts with pictures as possible as it goes along.
Other ideas I had for the title of this thread:hoping not to offend anyone but speaking my mind was hard....
Slammed wide beast: The first "real widebody" E93 M3 project
F**k flares!... this is a real widebody M3


I Spent my tour in the Marines in Japan and fell in love with the styling, low/wide/agressive yet sexy looking cars......
I have always turned my cars into widebody's. I guess I'm addicted...

I don't understand how there aren't overfender/widebody options for our cars.( even some simple 50mm wide fiberglass fenders?? really! All these companies making kits and none for BMW's?)
I decided to have my own made to my liking and if it all goes well, we will be mass producing the kit.
Flares can look good, but $13-19k for a set of flares and some aero...is not my style.
The German widebody styling.....is sort of hideous: Vorsteiner looking kits=low boxy flares going around the entire car, sort of GT style.... not my thing...

My favorite and what I call "real widebody's are when the entire fender/quarter panel is widened, sort of gives it a more muscular look. Not just skirts/or pinched flares, or box flares or any sort of flare.. sure it allows for wider wheels but I like when the car it self looks flatter/wider then others from the shoulders down.

I did some of my widebody's myself, but for this one I wanted the best of the best, so I turned to my buddy and owner of
Rays Factory, Rainer Ramolette(Well known fabricator/Driver/competitor) He has built many show/race/drift and street cars. and his personal car has been featured on Superstreet. I have admired his style of builds for years now...
We have very similar vision when building cars, Low/fast sexy, sort of RC car looking, I want my car to look like the toy cars I always dreamed of having!
but he is a master at the craft I just enjoy coming up with the idea/design of the project.
I knew I was going to use him for some of the custom aero/canards/wing/flare etc, and it worked out to have him join my body shop in the entire build in a joint project.
The shop doing the body work/paint is
Mob Customs in Vegas/NV Boj the owner and (TJ)is their welder/fabricator is working hand in hand with Rainier on the body too.
They have done many show cars and custom work too.

now back to the begining of everything.....and Ill add to the thread as the build progresses.

The car started off as a completely stock E93 M3.

I immediately ordered a set of Fortune Auto Coilovers, and a set of upgraded springs from my buddy Leonard at Swift Springs. valved for much stiffer springs since the car would be sitting lower then your usual fan boi ...rofl... I know that ticks people off...



Did you say low? yess.. and The silver car is my girlfriend Janet's car, She loves low fast wide cars too and is slowly styling her own car after mine.

For the last many years I have been listening to Meisterschaft exhausts video clips and knew one day I would get my own.
I got the Titanium GT2 Race, I my cars loud and with a sexy hi pitch scream.

Other aftermarket suspension arms were also installed/tweaked and tuned for the right ride setup. Camber/sway bar end links/ etc..


I was still on the stock rims though and I have an itch for wide rims and I had a set of Ordens sitting in my garage for a couple years now, they were too wide for the M3 stock body:

so I shipped them to Wheelflip.com in Cali, to my buddy Alex, to get them Machined for BMW sizes/Re-lipped and new hardware.
18's step lipped to 19x10.5 and 12.5 I wanted to go half inch wider then the most agressive setup I had seen so far on an E9X chassis.


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Ok, here we are, Tj made some lines in case we would have to slice the fender into multiple pieces to reconstruct it wider.I had already decided to completely cut the fender up but he was hesitant to cut into an expensive car without all measurements being made.lol. I knew from the day I decided I wanted an M that I would eb hacking it up into a beast.



Fist cut for tubs to verify how high we can go with it... I wanted to go all the way to the body line, so I can go high speed without worrying about bottoming out. but it was pointless because on the E92's the gas hose is sitting inside the wheel well on the right side..literally.. so dangerous...



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Here is the first time we are mocking up the new metal fender replacements.

I wanted to focus on the "easy side"(no gas cap), so things will go smooth and then if we run into issues on the gas cap side I could either do a fuel cell/relocate the gas door or extend it.
We lightly trimmed the mounting brackets and created a couple mounting tabs to space it out to the desired width.
The Ordens in the picture are mounted using 3-4, 26mm spacers stacked over each other...
overall I want each side to be about 5 inches wider.We will still be doing a wide metal flare over the fenders so nothing is permanent yet.. just going with the flow.

I really wanted the top of the fender where it meets the window to be significantly wider the OEM.

But from this angle you can sort of see that we would be running into problems with the body lines and the downward angle that the top edge of the fender has, the "mocked up" fender would sit higher then the downward angle of the top of the OEM fender....
So we needed a new plan.



Keep in mind, there were just minor tack welds, nothing is permanent yet, the tubs weren't done yet..
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Over this past weekend both quarterpanels are permanently mounted so ill post up some better pictures soon...forgive me for the tiny pictures...
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Thanks for the pics, excited to see the final result!
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following as well. can't wait to see how it comes along and the finished product.
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following as well. can't wait to see how it comes along and the finished product.
Ditto. Looking good so far!
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Gracias! more updates to come!
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So we realized I am going to need to run one of those sparco race gas doors.
so we are welding the oem one shut and going to space out the sparco one when it gets in.




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Hope this doesn't blow anyones mind haha.. this is a quick render Rai("Rei) did in 10 minutes just to have an idea of what I am looking for in this build...
I wanted very wide front and rear/very agressive sideskirts/tapered in rear quarters/and custom aero diffuser and canards and a down pointing/shaped wing..like the lamborghini's
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Tubs, looking nice!


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Lower shots, its all sealed under and I want the quarter panels to be wider then the side skirts and rear bumper.


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Alright, here is the real good stuff...
finally permanently attached.




Up close of the top welds.

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Close ups of the widened rear tailight portion.
At first I wasn't a fan of this because I haven't seen this style on BMW's before.. but it grew on me.
I keep picturing the effect it will have when looking at the car from the rear.

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After the fender was permanently attached, I still wasn't happy with the overall width, remember, I wanted to push limits and 3.3 inches wider on each side is barely Liberty Walk territory.
We still were planning on extending the OEM flare and this is where we had planned on having it extended to:

I wanted it even wider so I had the guys cut it completely off and mount is farther away:
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So we realized I am going to need to run one of those sparco race gas doors.
so we are welding the oem one shut and going to space out the sparco one when it gets in.
Are you getting the locking unit or the non-locking?

http://www.injectedperformance.com/s...capdoorset.htm
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Are you getting the locking unit or the non-locking?

http://www.injectedperformance.com/s...capdoorset.htm
locking, I just purchased it last night, i dont like the silver look so will prob spray it.
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locking, I just purchased it last night, i dont like the silver look so will prob spray it.
Powdercoating might stand up to the key a little bit better. My truck has one of those kinds of gas caps as OEM equipment, and it's been powdered for a few years now and still looks fresh. Just my $.02, take it FWIW
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Go hard or go home... Damn. Massive cajones. This thing is going to be a beast...

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