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      07-28-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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An amateur asking for some help on modding his E46 M3

Hi everyone!

I've just bought a 2004 M3 w/SMG at 50,000 miles. The only upgrade the car has is a Dinan software. I'm certainly aware that modding will decrease the lifespan of the car, but I feel like I need a little more power to mess around or atleast keep up with my relatives/friends newer model cars

So I need some recomendations on simple mods that won't wear out the engine/transmission as much?

Also being a big fan of the CSL, I'm looking to install a CSL body kit on my car in the near future. Already got the wheels but need bumber, sporiler etc. Do you guys know of anyone that can help me with this?

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      07-29-2010, 08:38 AM   #2
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safest bet in your case is drop the weight of the car to improve power to weight ratio. i say skip all the csl parts to save your money as they do nothing for you in acceleration.

I would start with lightweight battery, forged 18 rims, remove rear seats (if u don't need it), and replace front seats with recaro pole position. that alone save you 150-200lbs.

since you mention csl parts which mean you have the dough, i would go more extreme by replace sunroof with carbon fiber roof. that is another 50lbs drop at the most important place of the car.

the list goes on.....and it won't affect your trans/engine.

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Thanks for the reply mate.

How big of a work is switching the roof to CF?

As far as the CSL parts, I want it just for the looks actually or the exterior parts only. The E46 M3 was, is and most likely will be the best road car ever for me. This was the main reason why I bought this car at the first place. The CSL is just a dream to a European guy like me who lives in the states, so I want to have something as close as possible to it.

What are some simple mods that can be done to the engine without installing a turbo or a supercharher?
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your best bet is go here m3forum.net. this is the main e46 m3 forum. ton of modding info there for you.

i read somewhere the carbon roof cost about 1.5k, installation another 500=800 bucks.
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Make sure your maintenance is up to date, to ensure you have all the HP you should.
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