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      08-20-2019, 08:07 PM   #1
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Jet Black Single Hump Journal

Hello all and welcome to my build thread!

If you would like to follow me on another platform my instagram is @Tylerr_Russo I follow back my e9x brothers

Some background on the car:
2011 JB Stripper E92 M3
30k Miles
No Nav
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Carbon roof
Black leather w/ Pad. silver inserts
No heated seats/no power seats
No EDC
No accidents

Now, I had been looking for a very particular car for quite some time and to be frank.. black wouldn't have been my first choice! This car popped up via the forum and I would've beat myself up if I didn't at least take a look at it. Long story short - This was pretty much the only low mileage 6 spd single hump I could find that was a fair price (IMO) so I pulled the trigger and we start here!

I bought the car with 29k miles, bone stock + a 4.5 year warranty! The car had its share of imperfections and the paint was honestly a solid 4/10. Looked as if the car was cleaned with a cement block and dried with a sandy beach towel. Otherwise, I can happily say the interior looked to be near a 9/10 from the start. To my surprise the trunk was resprayed which I later found out when putting the license plate on, whoever sprayed it painted the vin tag on the trunk as well but I digress

heres a few pictures from the day of bringing her home - June 12, 2019

*build will be continued in following posts*
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      08-20-2019, 09:09 PM   #2
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Step 2:

REVIVE THE PAINT!

As I stated, this paint was absolutely atrocious to my standard. The car is always garage kept under my ownership now lol. I brought the car to my good friend AJ over at Supreme Shine located in deer park, NY - he did a full paint correction + ceramic pro silver to add so much more depth as well as protection to the paint.. man did it come out good! I'd give the paint about an 8.6/10 when all is said and done due to minor imperfections.

I also felt in this time it would be nice to swap out the old and very worn down inner tail lights with fresh OEM inners + genuine GTS door sills.

Pics continued: before and afters
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      08-20-2019, 09:31 PM   #3
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I wanted to do this build right as I learned the hard way with my previous e46 m3's..

Step 3: PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Decided to go ahead and contact the best of the best in the tri state area - AutoCouture! I need to add, these guys are 10/10 in how they run ALL operations over there. I'm very pleased to be working with such an outstanding group of guys in this build, true enthusiasts and very down to earth. customer service is on point and turn around times are beyond efficient.

Went ahead and got a full fluid flush + rod bearings completed for peace of mind. had some warranty work done as well to make sure everything was 100%
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Anddddddd onto the good stuff..

Step 4: Car parts

Parts ordered:

CAE Ultra shifter anodized black w/ white delrin knob
iND matte black trunk emblem
iND black out side markers
AutoTecknic carbon mirror caps
iND painted front reflectors
Genuine M Performance spoiler
Ohlins R&T coilovers + Vorshlag camber plates
BBS RE1598 AKA BMW M235iR wheels 18x10 et 24 Sourced by the BBS wheel god himself slicer
Bridgestone RE71-R 275/35/18 square
Pedal Haus black aluminum set
Metak rear diffuser
Fresh oem floor mats
gts door sills
Future classic spacers front and rear
POM performance GTS1 front lip

The car will be undergoing a big transformation this week at AutoCouture!
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car looks great!
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car looks great!
Really appreciate it! Very excited to get the wheels and suspension dialed in.
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Damn!! You went off!!

Can't wait to see the car after everything is installed!
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Damn!! You went off!!

Can't wait to see the car after everything is installed!
Thanks man!! have a few of the exterior cosmetic bits on - when the car comes back from acm i'll fit the front lip/diffuser/pedals. i'll keep this posting pic heavy
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I'd keep it stock-ish given the miles and spec but that's just me. Congrats on the unicorn and enjoy.
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�� congrats on the find. Looking great
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Brought it back to life. Good job!
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I'd keep it stock-ish given the miles and spec but that's just me. Congrats on the unicorn and enjoy.
Definitely understand your view point and thanks!
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Brought it back to life. Good job!
Took a lot of work but she's on her way! Thanks man
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Photos taken by Matt at ACM.

Parts Installed Thus Far:
- BBS M235iR Wheels 18x10 et 24 square
- Bridgestone RE71R's 275/35/18 square
- Future classic spacers front & rear
- Ohlins R&T coilovers + Vorshlag camber plates
- M performance trunk spoiler
- iND trunk emblem
- iND black out side markers
- iND painted front reflectors
- Carbon mirrors
- GTS door sills
- Fresh oem inner tails

To Be Installed:
- Metak diffuser
- POM GTS1 lip
- Pedal Haus aluminum set
- Fresh OEM floor mats
- CAE shifter (Still waiting for arrival on part)

For those wondering - I do plan to keep this build N/A! Exhaust/manifold/tune will come in the future along with sway bars and a BBK.. certainly plan to re-fresh the interior to my taste as well. My bank account currently hates me so this build will continue slowly
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oh mannnn! I feel like our cars could be ying and yang almost lol

On each of your pictures, you see on the lower right, there is a right arrow, click that to share, and use the BBcode link and copy that into your post.
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oh mannnn! I feel like our cars could be ying and yang almost lol

On each of your pictures, you see on the lower right, there is a right arrow, click that to share, and use the BBcode link and copy that into your post.
hahah we really are! I have to do the overlays on the cluster like you soon, thanks man I appreciate your help - that did the trick!
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Thanks to derbo here's the raw pics

Hope you guys enjoy, let me know what you think!

E92 M3 by tyler russo, on Flickr

E92 M3 by tyler russo, on Flickr

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E92 M3 by tyler russo, on Flickr
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Thanks for the kind words Tyler! The car is coming together nicely! Looking forward to building this with you exactly how you want it!
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How do you like the ohlins?

Great looking car!
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How do you like the ohlins?

Great looking car!
Unfortunately, I personally can't comment on the ohlins as I haven't picked up my car yet. Still have a few hundred miles left of break in for the rod bearings so I'll get back to you in both aspects - ie. ride quality & handling compared to stock.

Thanks for the love!
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