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      11-18-2010, 03:22 PM   #1
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▀▄ eas | Jerez Black e90 M3 Mini-Makeover

It's not uncommon to see highly modified M3s on the forum; from aftermarket wheels, to elaborate suspension set-ups, to complete body kits. We sometimes forget that a few mild upgrades can really transform the look of an M3.

Here's a good example of a completely stock 2008 M3 that can be transformed within a matter of a couple hours and a relatively low cost.

Items installed:
- Macht Schnell 18mm Spacers (Front)
- Macht Schnell 15mm Spacers (Rear)
- B&G Lowering Springs
- Matte Black Kidney Grills
- Matte Black Fender Gills
- BlackOut Roundel Package
- BlackOut M3 Badge
- AngeliBright LED Angel Eyes
- Macht Schnell Performance Air Filter
- City Light Coding

Here is the car when it first arrived at our shop. You can see that it is mostly stock except for some matte black kidney grills, which the customer wanted replaced due to some over spray from the previous owner.





(Click on any photo to view a larger size.)





Because we were installing a set of B&G lowering springs, we decided to take some detailed measurement pictures for before and after comparisons.







This photo shows how the stock wheels are slightly tucked, a problem that is easily solved with a set of Macht Schnell spacers.





B&G springs being installed:







Macht Schnell 18mm spacers in the front, 15mm in the rear (front shown):





Macht Schnell Performance Air Filter:





For a more modern appearance, we replaced the yellow halogen bulbs with AngeliBrights (LED). Since this was a dark colored car, coding out the city lights was next on the list for an overall clean appearance- removing any traces of amber from the vehicle.




(Click on this picture to view a before and after comparison animation.)



Here is the new ride height with the new springs.









BlackOut BMW roundels and matte black accents were installed for a more aggressive look:









With spacers installed the M3 has a much more planted and aggressive appearance. Combined with the springs, the sedan looks especially good with this set-up.










As an end result, we have an approximate 1" drop, over 1" of additional track width and an overall aggressive appearance for relatively little money.

Enjoy!
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      11-18-2010, 03:37 PM   #2
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A few minor changes really makes a HUGE difference!

Another job well done.
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spacers make a big difference, looks clean!
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Small changes making a big difference!
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      11-18-2010, 04:34 PM   #5
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It's my car and I must say that EAS is a pleasure to do business. Thanks guys for everything yesterday.... I appreciate it.
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As always great work guys!
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So with pushing the wheels out further and reducing the ride height you don't get any rubbing under aggressive cornering?
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Love the stance. My dream car!
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I want my jerez looking like that eventually. How much was all of this btw?
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+1!

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So with pushing the wheels out further and reducing the ride height you don't get any rubbing under aggressive cornering?
This morning I pushed the car hard in some corners and the only thing I noticed was the increased grip of the footprint. No rubbing at all.
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This morning I pushed the car hard in some corners and the only thing I noticed was the increased grip of the footprint. No rubbing at all.
I'm not sure how the foot print is increased? The amount of rubber touching the pavement is the same. I understand the stance is wider, but the "footprint" is not increased.

In any event, car looks good.
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I'm not sure how the foot print is increased? The amount of rubber touching the pavement is the same. I understand the stance is wider, but the "footprint" is not increased.

In any event, car looks good.
Your right. Stance is what I meant to say. But the increased stance does give the car added balance for sure.
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nice subtle mods make such a HUGE diff!
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This morning I pushed the car hard in some corners and the only thing I noticed was the increased grip of the footprint. No rubbing at all.
Thatís good to hear, Iíll want to do that when I get an M3. I put half inch wider wheels with a lower offset on my STI and had terrible rubbing in the back, had to roll and pull the rear fenders.
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car looks good with those mod`s
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I'm really liking that drop!
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how do those springs ride compared to stock? edc?
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