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      06-13-2016, 08:57 AM   #1
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M3 Track/Street Build in Dubai

Being a forum member here for a number of years, I have finally decided to post a detailed thread about my car and it's modifications.

I am very thankful to many members in this community for making this happen. Even though I am in Dubai, most of the parts on my car are from members on this forums & vendors I got to know from here.

I started tracking my car 2 years back and have won many Time Attack & Auto X events. My goal is to modify the car to be used heavily on track but still street legal to drive to/from track events.

I have owned the car for 5 years now and its been nothing but a great experience so far.

Engine/Cooling:
ESS Stage II Tune
BPM DCT Tune
Gintani Catless X-pipe
Meisterschaft GT2 Axle-Back Exhaust
Do88 Engine Oil Cooler/Power Steering Cooler/DCT Cooler

Suspension:
KW Club sport 2-Way
Ground Control Rear Toe Link
Dinan Front Strut Tower Braces
Solid Bushings: Sub frame/Differential/Front Control Arm

Wheels/Tires:
Apex EC-7 18 x 10
H&R Spacers 15/12mm Front & Rear
Hankook Ventus TD Z221 285/30/18 – Square Set-up

Brakes:
Essex Designed AP Racing Competition Brake Kit (CP5060-Front)
Ferodo DS1.11 Brake Pads (Front & Rear)
SS Lines & Motul RBF660

Exterior:
GT4 Front Lip
GTS Rear Wing

Interior:
STÄTUS GT-X Ring Bucket Seats
Scroth Quick Fit Four-Point Harness
AE Power 4-Point Roll Cage
BMW Performance Steering Wheel
Turner Motorsports P3 Gauge

I will be updating this thread regularly as I add new mods & videos of track events I attend.

The pictures below are from a recent photo shoot, feel free to check the full feature on : http://carculture.ae/ahmed-gamals-m3/
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      06-13-2016, 09:13 AM   #2
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Dang, it's got the wrong shifter!

jkjk, beautiful car!
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      06-13-2016, 10:34 AM   #3
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well done! Tires got some meat.

Frozen black right ?
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      06-13-2016, 02:26 PM   #4
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well done! Tires got some meat.

Frozen black right ?
Yes, Frozen Black - Competition Package
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      06-13-2016, 03:05 PM   #5
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Damn looks mean.
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      06-13-2016, 03:49 PM   #6
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I'm headed to Dubai this Thursday...maybe I can track you down haha

Awesome build man!
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      06-13-2016, 04:05 PM   #7
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I'm headed to Dubai this Thursday...maybe I can track you down haha

Awesome build man!
Awesome man, hope you have fun.

There's a track day happening on the 24th in Dubai Autodrome, try to come down and watch.

Enjoy!
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      06-13-2016, 07:44 PM   #8
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Looks incredible!!!!! Nice ride man, can't wait to see some videos.
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      06-14-2016, 07:11 AM   #9
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A video of a recent Time Attack event I participated in at the Yas Marina F1 GP Circuit.

Was my first time on this circuit configuration and had heat cycled Hankooks (30+ sessions) so preferred to be on MDM mode.

Car on stock suspension with KW HAS & Camber Plates only during this event.

[u2b][/u2b]

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      06-14-2016, 08:01 AM   #10
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      06-15-2016, 02:58 PM   #11
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I like your car. I'm curious if you ran brake ducting to the GT4 lip since the auxiliary cooler is blocking the factory passenger duct.
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      06-15-2016, 03:19 PM   #12
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nice car, awesome build. sounds incredible. that looks like the track where IIRC chris harris tested the P1.

one question: almost sounds like a driveshaft vibration going on. is it noticeable in person in the car at high speeds?
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      06-16-2016, 04:34 AM   #13
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I like your car. I'm curious if you ran brake ducting to the GT4 lip since the auxiliary cooler is blocking the factory passenger duct.
I am yet to install brake ducts but I test fitted 2.5" hoses to the lip with no issues.

You need to do a bit of cutting in the under tray (ones on the side) for the hose to run from the lip to the brake duct.

I will post pictures once installed.

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      06-16-2016, 08:14 AM   #14
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nice car, awesome build. sounds incredible. that looks like the track where IIRC chris harris tested the P1.

one question: almost sounds like a driveshaft vibration going on. is it noticeable in person in the car at high speeds?
Thanks, it is the same track indeed.

The vibration came on during this last event for the first time, happening at speeds above 200 km/hr. I suspect it is the driveshaft but I have not had time to inspect the car and find out what the issue is exactly.

Did you have a similar experience before? It is kind of annoying to be honest.
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      06-16-2016, 09:55 AM   #15
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      06-16-2016, 12:49 PM   #16
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Thanks, it is the same track indeed.

The vibration came on during this last event for the first time, happening at speeds above 200 km/hr. I suspect it is the driveshaft but I have not had time to inspect the car and find out what the issue is exactly.

Did you have a similar experience before? It is kind of annoying to be honest.
i had it but worse in an f-body many years ago, would show up at high speeds, and had a more pronounced resonance curve (bigger Q). ended up getting a balanced LPE driveshaft for the f-bod and it 100% cleared it up.

my e90M also has a similar sound, but i don't track it, so it doesn't see those speeds very often. not certain it's the driveshaft in the M, but it sure does remind me of the f-body sound + feel. i noticed yours with the headphones. sounds exactly like my M does. not sure if someone offers a good balanced driveshaft option for the M or if it's maybe guibo related (haven't pulled apart a guibo so i dunno if an aging guibo is something that can cause an unbalanced state).

if you root cause it, please post up. i'm interested in knowing what it is.

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      07-02-2016, 08:12 AM   #17
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No track days for the next couple of months in Dubai so it was time for some maintenance to keep the car in shape for next season.

Car is currently at 90,000 KM so thought its time I do the rod bearings service. I Chang oil every 5-7K and never gave the car a hard time on cold starts, but changed them for a piece of mind especially with the car being used on track.

Ordered a set of Calico coated bearings (VAC) with ARP2000 bolts, along with other OEM parts I thought are worth replacing since the lower part of the engine will be open, list below:

Gasket ring, oil level sensor
Chain Tensioner
Spring Pocket
Compression Spring
Guide Rail
Engine oil pan gasket

In addition to some screws, o-rings, hex bolts and nuts the garage I had the job done in recommended to change while at it.












It made sense to run 5W-30 oil to break in the bearings before going back to 10W-60 again.

Carried out an engine compression test and all came out in the range of 168-176 PSI

Enjoy,
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      07-06-2016, 08:04 PM   #18
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Very nice!!!
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      07-07-2016, 08:20 PM   #19
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      07-08-2016, 09:36 AM   #20
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Looks good! Why did you decide to use the 15mm spacer up front? I felt the 18x10 ET25 was pretty aggresive up front already. Due to coil-over clearance?
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      07-08-2016, 11:41 AM   #21
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real nice build,
goodluck!
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      07-08-2016, 07:25 PM   #22
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Looks good! Why did you decide to use the 15mm spacer up front? I felt the 18x10 ET25 was pretty aggresive up front already. Due to coil-over clearance?
Thank you Vinc.

The car needed at least 10mm to have enough clearance between the tire and Coilover Spring.

Depending on the tire choice and size, 12mm would have worked with my 285 Hankooks but I only found 15mm when installing everything so went for them.

I got 12mm in the rear later to match the fronts but really didn't need to.

I have the ZCP 19" and m4 18" wheels and they don't need spacers to clear the Coilover Springs in front with OEM spec tires.

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