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      09-01-2020, 01:12 AM   #45
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      09-02-2020, 08:55 AM   #46
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I have to say, one of the best threads in terms of all the cool stuff you did, totally pushed the boundaries (installing a trailer hitch on an E92 M3) and just how adept you are at doing any kind of mods.

I say forget the aerospace thing, you should have your own channel on some car blog, like Motor Trend or Car & Driver. Really fun to read and then see the stuff you did.

And by-the-by - if you want purists to really freak out, take the M3 to a cars & coffee and have the trailer hauling an engine. Ideally an S65, just so's you can tell people you always want to be prepared.

Keep updating - I think we all enjoy the posts!

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Thanks for all the kind words. I would really enjoy starting some kind of Youtube channel or blog page. Right now it's tough finding time to get out in the garage with my daughter being so young, let alone having time for editing pictures and posts, etc. But, the thought is always in the back of my mind!

PS - Once upon a time I had a snowmobile I wanted to sell, so I tossed it on the trailer and brought it to Buffalo Cars and Coffee for some free advertising.

Quick update - I dropped the car off at Autocouture Motoring in NJ to have the rod bearings serviced, and I'm glad I did. Matt and his team were courteous and efficient - I'm picking the car up this Friday and driving it back home.

Note: Mileage on these bearings is 64,000. I've owned the car for about 3,000 of those miles.





















In terms of future maintenance, I will continue to change the oil every 5,000 miles with Liqui-Moly 10W60. Since I have a clean slate now, I may even start using the Blackstone analysis as I plan on keeping the car long term.
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      09-13-2020, 01:11 PM   #47
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Weather is getting better so I took the cover off the M3 and went for a spin



Winter sunsets over Lake Erie are the best, I love living in Buffalo.



As I spend more time in the car familiarizing myself, I find that the test pipes and 4 pipe mod sounds amazing but tends to drone. With my daughter getting older I want to spend a lot of time traveling with her this summer, so I am thinking about reinstalling the stock exhaust and modifying it with some vacuum-actuated cutouts. I had a similar system on my Corvette and loved the response of the system. More to come there.
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Forgot to post this update - it actually occurred in June 2020.

The car originally came bone stock mechanically, and like many other enthusiasts I always felt the exhaust was a bit neutered. When a deal came up locally for an inexpensive 4 pipe OEM modded catback, I jumped on it. The only catch was that it had been welded directly to the prior owner's x-pipe and had no tips installed, so it needed some repair.

Step 1: Remove OEM stock catback




Comparing OEM stocker with modded 4 pipe (no tips)



Yup, that won't bolt up.



One-tack-at-a-time MIG welds indicating this had likely been done by a DIYer or an exhaust shop. I'm no better of a welder myself, until I pick up a TIG! Still cannot verify what's inside, but based on the LOUD volume with test pipes, it's the most aggressive variation.



I was happy to see that at least there were no soot patterns around the seams, so the welds were strong and leak free.



The biggest problem was the missing ball flanges, shown here on the OEM stock exhaust. The internet would have you believe these are bespoke German flanges, but I thought I had seen these somewhere before in my other builds...



Sure enough, I picked up a set of ball joint flanges from Summit Racing, and they were a direct fit. Doesn't get any closer than this.



Here's the part number for the male/female combination in case you need to replace any part of your midpipe to catback connection:

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-672325



Trimmed to fit my application:





No pics of the welded up finished product, but they looked pretty close to the stock exhaust.

Rather than trying to lift the heavy exhaust alone to get the hanger bolts started, I used a trick I learned a couple years ago...instead of bringing the exhaust to the car, bring the car to the exhaust.

Heave exhaust onto heavy duty cart:



Lower car onto exhaust, start hanger nuts, then simply lift the car back up



I also welded in new universal tips, 3.5" in diameter if I recall. Here they are just mocked up. I really need to get pictures and sound clips of the final setup.

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Great thread, thanks for sharing! I have the same car with the DCT rather than the manual. I just had the test pipes (AA) put on and am going to install the alpine tune this week. I love them! Looking forward to see what you do next to get ideas.
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Great thread! Nice to see that car get some love and also get used.
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Great thread, thanks for sharing! I have the same car with the DCT rather than the manual. I just had the test pipes (AA) put on and am going to install the alpine tune this week. I love them! Looking forward to see what you do next to get ideas.
Thanks! Next up is probably some more exhaust work. I love the tone but wish that I could modulate the volume as the setup is aggressive leaving the house at 7am or driving my young daughter around. I have some vacuum cutouts I will be installing this summer once I figure out where I want to tap the vacuum system (tricky on ITB car).

I am also tossing around the idea of fabricating some velocity stacks for the car, just for fun and to enjoy the sound. Not concerned with power gains.

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Great thread! Nice to see that car get some love and also get used.
Thanks! Gotta drive 'em, life is too short to let them sit.
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Over the weekend I took a quick trip along the lake to Cleveland with a friend and his E39 M5 to get away from the hectic pace of life. Put about 500 miles on the car (all Thruway there, all back roads via PA Allegheny State Forest on the way back). Averaged about 18-22mpg pushing the car and with a significant aerodynamic disadvantage...

Doing touristy things:













Tucked away underneath the hotel for the night.





The next morning we made a quick pit stop in Mentor Ohio to pick up a new toy. Covid-based demand for outdoor equipment has forced people to ask outrageous prices for used kayaks locally and they are unavailable locally new, so this was the closest location that had the model I wanted. Enter the M3 truck:



Aside from wind noise you wouldn't even know it was there, and rock solid even up to triple digit speeds.

We wound our way through the Ohio back roads and entered NW PA, crossing the Pymatuning Reservoir...



...and stopping for a quick break at the Kinzua Dam.









The car performed flawlessly; my only complaint was that the exhaust droned a bit at highway speeds. I really need to start that vacuum cutout project...
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Love seeing the M3 get used for fun adventures. Excited to see more build process! I have an interlagos E92 as well. I also came from the N54 world. Still got her going strong alongside the M3.

I wonder if the 4 pipe mod would still have drone without the test pipes. Thinking about doing that or the 2.5 mod soon until I can figure out what setup to go with (or an MPE pops up for cheap)
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For me from DC it's about 800 miles round trip, but I have always wanted to visit Cleveland for the R&R HOF and take in some culinary items specific to Cleveland such as Melt Bar and Grill

But I love the picture of your car with the Blue Angels plane! Where did you take that? I am looking to do some very small subtle updates to move my car slightly closer to a Blue Angels type theme without going overboard.


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The car performed flawlessly; my only complaint was that the exhaust droned a bit at highway speeds. I really need to start that vacuum cutout project...
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Love seeing the M3 get used for fun adventures. Excited to see more build process! I have an interlagos E92 as well. I also came from the N54 world. Still got her going strong alongside the M3.

I wonder if the 4 pipe mod would still have drone without the test pipes. Thinking about doing that or the 2.5 mod soon until I can figure out what setup to go with (or an MPE pops up for cheap)
Only one way to find out. You could always try out the 2.5 and if you don't like it, go further with the 4.
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For me from DC it's about 800 miles round trip, but I have always wanted to visit Cleveland for the R&R HOF and take in some culinary items specific to Cleveland such as Melt Bar and Grill

But I love the picture of your car with the Blue Angels plane! Where did you take that? I am looking to do some very small subtle updates to move my car slightly closer to a Blue Angels type theme without going overboard.
Right in downtown Cleveland.

41.511315408279124, -81.68762279054341

https://goo.gl/maps/fLwYr41VrWasGQb66

Great beer and food in Cleveland, and I'm tough to impress since I'm from Buffalo.
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Great car history and the interlagos blue looks incredible!
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Back in the day I had a set of M-Parallel replicas on my 6.0 E39. It is one of my favorite wheel designs of all time and looks at home on almost any BMW from the 80s to present. That setup was a 18x8F and 18x9.5R. Loved the lip on the 9.5s but the 8 was just a little weak looking.



Good shot showing the difference between the larger rear lip on the 9.5's.



Typical example photo on the manufacturer's website (Voxx)...



Knowing how awesome those 9.5s were with the lip, fast forward a couple years to my current E90 335xi, which was itching for a set of summer wheels. I purchased a square set of the 18x9.5s wrapped in 255/35/18s and bolted them up, no spacers involved. The result was epic.



So, that brings us to the present day, and I'm itching to put some kind of wheel on the M3. With some rough measurements on Willtheyfit.com, they seem to fit well in terms of offset without spacer, so I plan on tossing the M-Pars on the M3 and seeing how it looks. I'll leave you with a preview shot - it kept defaulting to a sedan rather than coupe, but you get the idea.

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Love me some M pars as well, should look great on the M3!
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i disagree and think they will look very bad
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