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      02-22-2019, 11:35 AM   #177
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All buttoned up, with the bumper back on:



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ZHP steering rack, CSL Kingpins, and new wheel bearings are installed, and I'm back on the stock oil cooler.

The various projects took a couple lbs off the nose, so hopefully it's closer to an even 50:50 distro now.

I'm hoping to have time to corner balance the car this weekend (and code the MK60 for the new rack, and flush all the fluids), then take it to get aligned, then corner balance it again... and then I can finally form an opinion on this flat ride stuff
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I wasn't originally going to post about this, but the weight difference ended up being bigger than I expected. I noticed a while back that the CSL has a different aux coolant pump than the M3. This was probably to allow it to have more clearance to the airbox, but maybe not (since the stock on cleared). The CSL used the same one as the non M e46 (64118369805), so when I randomly stumbled upon one I grabbed it.

Dry weight between them is 1.22 lbs per realoem, but I suspect the actual weight difference is a little more since it fills with coolant.
CSL/e46 version: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/part...&q=64118369805
M3 version: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/part...&q=64118369807

Wiring was pretty easy-- the M3 version has two plugs, whereas the non M version has 1. One of the plugs from the M3 part connects to the non M version, so I used that, cut off the other and taped it into the harness, and all seems to work as expected.

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I fully understand that 1.5 lbs isn't much in isolation. Just working on pushing that weight distro back to 50:50.
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      02-27-2019, 01:09 PM   #179
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Side note: I'm corner balancing the car this weekend. I believe I've taken ~12 lbs off the nose this winter, between the aux coolant pump, (xenon) fog light delete (minus brake duct install), going back to the stock oil cooler, and removing some unused wiring.

Here's to hoping I get .1-.2% of the 50:50 distro bac
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      03-18-2019, 10:47 AM   #180
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I had the car on track this weekend with flat ride for the first time. Setup: 1.84hz front, 2.09hz rear, for a 1.13 bounce ratio, with a FRC of 68%. 3.25 front camber, 1.8 rear camber, square tire setup, square hot tire pressures.

The car DID settle down much faster, so I think I'm really going to enjoy flat ride, but... holy shit was it over steer city with that 68% FRC. It made it hard to think about anything else.

So, before my next event I'm debating the following options:
1) stock M3 rear sway. This would move me to a 69% FRC (1% change)... not overly significant change
2) remove the rear sway completely. This would give me a 76% FRC. Feels like this might be too significant of a change and make the car all understeer all the time.
3) remove the rear sway and change to stiffer rear springs. This would let me get any FRC I want, but make the rear of the car stiffer than I'd like
4) stiffer front sway. I'd rather not do this if possible.
5) increase rear bump travel/decrease rear droop travel. This will put the front into the bump stops before the rear, which should push the car into understeer more at the limit.

I'm pretty surprised how oversteery the car felt at 68%, given than the stock M3 is 68%! Maybe the oversteer/understeer limit feeling is more determined by the on bump stop FRC? In which case stock is 71.6%...

Anyway, I'm open to input as to which route to proceed with. I'm kinda sorta leaning towards stock M3 sway (moves me to 69%), but don't really want to spend another with the car wanting to spin on me every turn. I had quite a few pucker moments

Do we really think 75% is neutral? Seems like the stock M3 is biased towards understeer, and it's 68-72%...

I think I'm initially going to do a combination of 1 & 5, and see how she feels next event.
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      03-25-2019, 07:59 AM   #181
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I removed the rear sway (8 lbs of loss) and traded some rear droop for bump this weekend (the goal being to put the front into bump stops before the rear, putting the car into understeer if I run out of travel). The next day I took it out for some hard back roads driving. The car felt great, and I didn't remember till I got home that I had removed sway-- so it was certainly not ruined or made weird by the rear sway removal.

The limits are too high to judge the oversteer/understeer situation on the street, so I don't really have anything to report on that respect till the next event. Currently sitting at a 75.7 FRC.

The best way to describe the car now on back road bombing would be unflappable. The car was absurdly composed, no matter what I did with (to) it. Bumps were immediately absorbed, car never lost its set. I was actively driving in a style that would upset the car, and it just wasn't having it. I'm pretty sold on this flat ride concept! It also rides really well-- better than my 530i (came with not very good aftermarket springs) . IF the car ends up being too understeery with the new setup, I'll likely stiffen up the rear springs next.

Current setup:
1.84hz front, 2.09hz rear, 1.14 bounce ratio, 75.7% FRC.

Potential next setup, if the car is now too understeer biased:
1.84hz front, 2.20hz rear, 1.19 bounce ratio, 73.8% FRC

The steering is also not nearly as twitchy, with street camber/toe. I am surprised to say that the steering doesn't feel any heavier? This surprises me because I...
-reduced the power steering assist by 25%
-added caster via CSL kingpins, which should make it heavier
-add caster via camber/caster plates, which should make it heavier
-went to a faster ratio rack

This isn't really a complaint, as I didn't want it heavier-- I did the 25% less assist to reduce the pressure in the lines (make them stop sweating). Just surprising.
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4 track events coming up in the next 4 weeks! New tires (NT01s in 17x275 square), as well!

Just going to leave the car in track mode between events :P

Rear of the car is low because it's full of all my track stuff.



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Installed the SS heat shield on my section 2. That was a PITA with the section 2 on the car!

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Harnesses are Profi 3x2s. I like the 3" shoulder straps to minimize stretching over the distance I'm running them, if they should need to really be used (crash).

Sub straps are mounted under the seats using the BK R-9228/R-9229 sub strap mounts. When not in use, I tuck them under the cushion, out of sight-- but leave them installed.



I have (manual) sedan sliders in my car. This means they have an outboard lap belt mount point built into them from the factory. I make this into a clip in point using the clip in point in the BK R-9225.



For my inboard lap belt mounts I have harness attached to the factory 3 point receiver using the Schroth quick fit part built for this purpose. This has a number of benefits:
1) no seat belt light
2) lap belt pretensioner remains functional in a crash
3) quickly installs/removes if I need to, say, get gas mid day.





Lastly, my shoulder harnesses clip into the rear deck shoulder harness mount points created by the BK R-1246. In this picture, only the drivers side harnesses are installed-- so you can see the ring where one of the passenger harnesses would clip in if I had them installed:



In total, it takes me ~3 minutes to install or remove my harnesses per seat. Between events, the back seat remains 100% functional and I can use the factory 3 point belt as if I had a stock seat. There's also no danger in street (helmetless) driving like with a roll bar.

I completely understand that this setup is not as safe on track as a fully caged/fire suppressed/etc car, but it's significantly more safe than a stock, 3 point car. It also means I never think about holding myself in place, at all, while driving on track.

My goal was to make it as safe as possible on the track without compromising the safety or practicality on the street. I think this is about the ideal setup for that goal.
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The Avin really saved my ass this weekend. I don't know if it would have been from a ruined tire or a full on crash, but either way it would have ended my track weekend.

Friday was all day open track. ~1 hour in a siren went off in my car. I glanced at the nav screen, and a warning as displayed that my driver rear was low. I switched over to TPMS view and could watch the pressure ticking down at ~1 psi/5 seconds. As I pitted in it was down to 20 psi, by the time I was able to stop it was down to 10.

It looks like someone lost one of those brake line retaining clips on track.



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I caught it early enough that the tire didn't get ruined. So, I borrowed a street wheel from another e46 m3 owner, drove into town, had it patched, and was back on track ~1.5 hours later. Don't know if I would have been comfortable with the patch, if I didn't have the tire pressure monitoring running with audible siren!

Great weekend, overall. Got to meet a bunch of M3Fers, and pretty much no traffic issues. BMWCCA puts on a good, if pricey, event.
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How the car looks with the brake ducts installed:

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Back from Lime Rock. The track was okay, the surrounding area is completely awesome. Great scenery, amazing driving roads.

I sat in a 3 hour traffic jam on the way home, for a 6 hour long total drive, and can confirm the Nogaros remain comfortable
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SYT Shadow and his brother came down for the weekend, and we did rod bearings on the wagon's S54 and some projects on their F80 M3 CS.

The bearings only have 50,000-60,000 miles on them, and only one track event AFAIK, but oil analysis said they were due.





...And it looks like oil analysis did not lie.

These bearings were WPC treated. I haven't seen any cars with WPC treated bearings with even half this mileage, so I think it's possible (but in no way guaranteed) that this shorter life is a result of the WPC treatment.

I put in new, OE, untreated bearings with OE bolts.

Thanks again, Nick/Danny, for coming down!
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SYT Shadow and his brother came down for the weekend, and we did rod bearings on the wagon's S54 and some projects on their F80 M3 CS.

The bearings only have 50,000-60,000 miles on them, and only one track event AFAIK, but oil analysis said they were due.

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[IMG]https://i.ibb.co/wRg75Jr/IMG-2106.jpg[/IMG]

...And it looks like oil analysis did not lie.

These bearings were WPC treated. I haven't seen any cars with WPC treated bearings with even half this mileage, so I think it's possible (but in no way guaranteed) that this shorter life is a result of the WPC treatment.

I put in new, OE, untreated bearings with OE bolts.

Thanks again, Nick/Danny, for coming down!
Damn. My car received WPCs from Kaiv not long ago... I hope it goes way longer than that...🙀 I'll keep you posted after I test oil next up ... good info. Good post.
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I leatheriqued the car the other day for the first time in too long. I can always tell when I've waited too long between applications because the car sucks it all in as I'm applying it.

15 years into owning this car, there's few products I enjoy using on it more than leatherique. It's like have a new car interior after every application :agree:



^looks like I didn't get my driver's side seat pad fully reseated :P
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Also, I ordered the Avin wireless CarPlay dongle. Pretty excited for it!

I'm working on designing a 3D printable Qi charger iPhone holder for the door pocket to go with it.
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I just got back from a 30 minute test drive of the new Avin wireless car play module, and I couldn't be more enthused. This thing (not so much the unit as the concept-- everything on my phone in a simplified interface on my car screen, without having to take my phone out of my pocket... as well as police locations) is everything I have ever wanted out of ICE but never dared to dream would actually exist in the e46.



.... I think I'm going to have to order Avins for the M5 and M3 wagon, as well, now.

I'm working on integrating a Qi charger into the car to complement it, for longer drives. Though, Iím not expecting a ton of battery penalty from itó when I was using wireless carplay in the X3, it used 12% battery over a 50 minute drive. Not bad for a constant GPS connection, constant internet connection, and constant data linking to the car, on a 1.5 year old phone!
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Drove the car again... and again super enthused about wireless carplay.

I think what's great about this is you kind of get the best of both worlds (android/apple). By default the car boots into CarPlay, and you get the non distracting, seemless, intuitive Carplay interface. If the need for something weird comes along, it's one button press to quit out and, say, pull OBD2 engine codes, check tire pressure/temps, etc. All in a unit that looks quite stock.

I just couldn't be more enthused with the Avin, now that wireless carplay is up and running.
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That interior came out nicely.


Curious what you change over the next year or two. I always think there's nothing left for you to improve/change, and then you find something else to address.
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Curious what you change over the next year or two. I always think there's nothing left for you to improve/change, and then you find something else to address.
Next time I wear out a steering wheel, it'll be full alcantara. I think it's a little bit too much red since I swapped in the Imola center console.

... and I've been pondering different engines for it (S62, S65, and S85, depending on the day)....
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Been playing with the Qi charger design a bit. The final version will be black-- just using white because I don't like it, so use it for parts that'll end up in the trash :P

Charger I'm using: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Matching the shape of the charger test piece:



Installed in the actual shape, charger properly oriented:



Back plate cover with countersunk screw holes:



slot the phone goes into:



back cover attached at 2 of the 9 screw holes:



The entire thing will fit below the lip of the door card (towards the rear) on the e46, which means it'll be 100% invisible once installed unless you're hovering over the door card looking for it. The taller surface will mount against the outside of the door card, so you'll just slip you hand in and be able to touch most of the phone to remove it.

Net iteration is remove the front bottom, as I realize it serves no purpose in holding the phone and should make getting the phone out easier:

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