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      03-02-2010, 02:02 AM   #1
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Arrow Project: AW///M3 - Photo Buildup

Hey guys,

Just picked up a 2010 E90 M3 AW on black interior. Went with the DCT tranny, all options except cold weather. Heated seats keep the wifey happy up in these hills . It's my first time on M3Post, but not a first timer in a 3-Series...they've always been great cars. And of course, I've also still got a bright red AP2 in the stable that will always catch my eye.

Just a bit about myself. I'm a 24/7 full-time photographer amongst other things so I figured I'd start a photo adventure of the build-up. I'm going full steam with this project in hopes to make it for MFest and WILL take the plunge on modding, so this should be fun. You'll catch me mainly running around the Diamond Bar / Pomona area so if there are any meets maybe I can catch one before the event?

Anyways, enjoy! BTW...I also happened to pick up an Akrapovic Evolution based on the quality and reviews I've seen, but I do have comments about the sound/increased power output. Pictures and review to follow.

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***building the photos, bear with me***

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Currently Installed:
-Akrapovic Evolution Full Ti - 5/5 Service from Pyspeed Eric!

Planned (way too many to list):
3/2/09 - thinking of suspension mods... spacers and some type of drop are most likely next.

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      03-02-2010, 02:30 AM   #2
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Nice, we are neighbors. Bought the same car little car a week ago. Getting my 1200 mile service done this week.
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      03-02-2010, 03:36 AM   #5
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Akrapovic Evolution Install (Part I)

So after the initial break-in period, it was time to actually mount up the Akrapovic and do a little comparo at the muffler shop. If you're near the OC area and need a reputable install shop, my buddies at OC Muffler are more than well equipped to handle the install, ask for Mike. I also knew that they would be alright with me documenting the process and completely didn't mind taking quick photo breaks. Ask for Mike and as always, they're customer service is top-notch...and an install without any hiccups is easily less than $200.

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-Stock, before going under the knife...


-Some serious muffler craftsmanship


-Full Ti Akrapovic system laid out


-Final words, final views...




-The signature Akrapovic tips we're all big fans of


-At some points there were times I knew the weight of the stock exhaust had to suck on the removal part.


-Probably the cleanest I'll ever get to see her undercarriage!


-And all of a sudden that much easier to hold up during installation






-Akra tip placement


-Thanks again to Mike for his patience on the tip placement.




-Full Akra Evolution in its entireity.


-Another final angle at it..

Overall the exhaust install experience went quick and painless. Took about an hour and a half since I went on a weekday (possibly a bit more with my picture-taking interruptions). I've had the system on for a few hundred miles and I'll definitely throw my input and review out there next.

I do want to give special thanks to Pyspeed/Eric for working with me on an an the entire Akra system. I even had it in the bag before I picked up the M and he was helpful every step of the way about providing pics, reviews, etc. I'll throw this in real quick though... the "drone" that people say isn't there, well it's there alright, but manageable compared to some of the vids I've studied. A more detailed review to follow.

And also, thanks Mike at OCMuffler! Sometimes it's worth the drive out for peace of mind during an install especially while I'm documenting...great customer service just can't be beat!

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      03-02-2010, 03:44 AM   #6
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Haha thanks man, so am I. I've got some work to do before MFest!

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Thanks for the warm welcome .

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Nice, we are neighbors. Bought the same car little car a week ago. Getting my 1200 mile service done this week.
Whereabouts? Finished that service about 1100 miles ago.

If any of you guys have any similar setups to start, I'm looking for some suggestions on reputable dyno shops to do some before and after and I do drive for customer service recommendations...I've heard great things about Gintani custom tunes too but all in due time...Van Nuys might be stretching it from where we come from! .
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      03-02-2010, 05:39 AM   #7
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best exhaust love mine everytime I drive her
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      03-02-2010, 06:01 AM   #8
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Is the full Akra system CARB legal?
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      03-02-2010, 06:52 AM   #9
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      03-02-2010, 09:42 AM   #10
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I'm on a low CARB, high protein diet at the moment. Not sure about my Akra? Its sounds pretty hungry most days LOL
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      03-02-2010, 10:17 AM   #11
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      03-02-2010, 10:20 AM   #12
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Congrats! Car is coming long nicely, good luck with the build!
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      03-02-2010, 10:55 AM   #13
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      03-02-2010, 12:49 PM   #14
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Welcome. That Akrapovic system is so beautiful.
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      03-02-2010, 01:32 PM   #15
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Very nice, sweet exhaust, awesome color combo as well
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      03-02-2010, 04:15 PM   #18
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sick.. love the e90, for sure going to be my next move once i finish remodeling. Sick pics too... enjoy the car!
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