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      06-11-2016, 06:03 PM   #111
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Valve train continues to look awesomely clean at 144,000 miles. No valve clearances needed adjustment :roll:



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      07-23-2016, 10:20 AM   #113
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Awwww yeaaah.

My new track wheels, and forth set of RACs. RS-110's in 9.5 et35 square



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      07-23-2016, 01:10 PM   #114
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      07-24-2016, 09:55 AM   #115
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This is actually the second time I've had a set. I kind of wonder if they're actually the same set, since there's not that many total sets out there, and even less in gun metal.

Previous set, with 285 square mounted up:





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      08-19-2016, 08:50 AM   #116
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Did this garage mod last night. Should make rebuild the M5 a more pleasant experience (not that I've heard back yet if it's totaled or not).








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      08-27-2016, 07:23 PM   #117
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Nice! Good stuff
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      03-05-2017, 01:29 PM   #118
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I got a copy of Paffy's awesome MSSMapper software.

For those that don't know, MSSMapper lets you load up to 8 tunes on to your ECU and the switch between them on the fly using your steering wheel cruise control buttons (when cruise control is off-- when its on, cruise control functions as normal). It then indicates which tune your on by the tach needle briefly going to 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, or 7 (to indicate tune 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7).

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Screen shot of the software interface:



My tune plan is:
0: 87 octane map
1: 91 octane map
2: 93 octane with 7800 rpm rev limiter map (going to use this for drifting to lower what it's bouncing off of
3: 93 octane 8200 rpm redline map (this will be the default map the car starts up in)
4: Map 3 but with small burble/pop
5: Map 3 but with medium burble/pop
6: Map 3 but with lots of burble/pop
7: Race fuel map

I'm excited!
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      05-06-2017, 06:26 PM   #119
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Had the M3 professionally and abrasively polished, for the first time ever. Addressed the swirls permenantly, and addressed the clear bra line. Looks better than it's looked in a decade :roll:

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      07-27-2017, 09:23 AM   #120
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More up to date mod list (I'm sure I'm forgetting some things and not even trying to catalog what I've removed)

Engine:
OEM ( Die Wethje) CSL Airbox
Evolve Ducting
Schrick 280/272 cams
TMS pullies
C&R Oil cooler, using stock lines
Dr VANOS cryo treated exhaust hub
Beisan systems lifetime VANOS sealing plate o-rings
Beisan systems lifetime VANOS solenoid
Beisan oil pump disk
Beisan VANOS rattle repair kit
Beisan VANOS seals
Beisan timing chain tensioner guide
TurboToy cam bolts
updated BMW high pressure vanos oil line
lifetime CPV o-ring

Exhaust:
SS V1 stepped headers (swaintech coated)
SS HJS catted V1 Section 1
SS resonated section 2
SS Street muffler

Engine Management:
CSL Engine Management
MCCHIP-DKR Dyno tune(s)
OE CSL IAT
OE CSL Map rail/sensor
Aux/clutched fan replaced with ecu controlled (using Z4M values) spal fan
SMG shift lights turned on
post cat 02s turned down but left on (ready)
secondary air pump sensor disabled
cold start sequence disabled
non sport throttle mapping
sport button disabled for future alternate use
sport mode memory enabled
EGT tweaked for HJS Cats
Top speed limiter removed
Dyno limiter removed
CSL warmup light values
MSSmapper enabled multiple engine maps, switchable on the fly as follows:
0: 87 octane map
1: 91 octane map
2: 93 octane with 7800 rpm rev limiter map (drifting map)
3: 93 octane 8200 rpm redline map (default map the car starts up in)
4: Map 3 but with small burble/pop
5: Map 3 but with medium burble/pop
6: Map 3 but with lots of burble/pop
7: Race fuel map

Suspension:
Ohlins R&T Coilovers
Custom front mounts to correct droop travel
Shorter, narrower, lighter (stock rate) Swift springs to allow 285 front tire fitment
GC street camber plates
ECS Poly isolated monoball RSMs
TMS sealed monoball FCABs
CSL Front sway/bushings/brackets
CSL Rear sway/bushings/brackets
TMS sealed adjustable sway bar end links
Sealed monoball RTABs
TMS rear adjustable camber arms

Brakes:
Brembo 355mm slotted rotor/4 piston GT Kit (BBK) front
Brembo 345mm slotted rotor/4 piston GT Kit (BBK) rear
Brembo stainless lines
Brembo high performance street pads
Performance Friction track pads
Motul RBF600

Body:
Streamline CSL bumper
Evolve CF roof
Vorsteiner CSL trunk
Fucy CSL diffuser
Gunmetal grills/gills
Depo smoked front corner lights
35% tint (3M)
vinyl M stripes on trunk badge (stock colors, less prone to fading)
modern BMW wheel center caps
shark fin removed
“OBIOBAN” vanity plate
OEM driver’s side keyhole cover (to deter thieves)
M3forum.net sticker

Wheels:
RAC RG-63s in gunmetal (street)
RAC RS-110s (tracks)
TMS 75mm studs

Lights:
TFX projectors
55w bulbs/ballasts/ignitors in 4300k
85w halogen highs, programmed to come on with the xenon highs
Outer brake light ring enabled for normal braking
Brake lights programmed to strobe under hard stops
e9X LED license plate lights

Interior:
Alcantara wrapped header liner
Alcantara wrapped pillars
Alcantara wrapped rear deck
custom two tone imola/alcantara steering wheel with imola centering stripe, M tri color stitching, and extra thickness
imola leather wrapped center console
imola leather wrapped arm rest
imola leather wrapped ebrake book
Z8 ebrake handle
M3 oval interior mirror retrofit

Stereo:
ICE
OEM MKIV Nav
OEM Bluetooth
Intravee
Alpine KCA 420i
64gb iPod touch (which syncs every time I pull into the garage) with nav integrated metadata
Alpine TU-550HD radio with nav integrated metadata
Modified BM53 for increased audio clarity
Alpine PXA-H100 audio processor controlled via intravee
Rear speakers removed for weight
front speakers replaced with light weight Polk 6501s 6.5” speakers
HK sub replaced with single JL stealthbox with light weight sub for decreased weight and mproved trunk space
HK amp replaced with RF PBR300x2 for decreased weight
trunk electronics moved to spare tire area for increased trunk space, decreased weight, and improved weight distribution.

Chassis:
TMS subframe reinforcement kit with extra reinforcements
BMW structural foam in subframe cavity
e46 updated rear floor
updated BMW diff mount bolts
RE rear upper control arm spring reinforcement plates
RE RSM reinforcement plates
BMW front strut tower reinforcement plates
red powdercoated v-brace
red powdercoated rear subframe
red powdercoated subframe carrier
red powdercoated front chassis plate
red powdercoated trans brace
RRT lifetime front wheel bearings

Misc:
Brail GU1R lithium ion battery (8 lbs)
CSL Cabin air filter housing
Auto Solutions SSK
RE Transmission mounts
Hella Horns
Light weight stereo
CDV delete
VAG grocery bag hooks

Coding (non comprehensive highlights):
CSL oil level display (in cluster) enabled
M track mode enabled

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      07-27-2017, 09:24 AM   #121
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I had a chance to install these on my car last weekend, and I'm exceedingly pleased with them! They are completely silent, did not add any perceptible NHV, and being sealed from the bottom should keep the monoball operating freely (and silently) for a long time to come.

Here's excited for them...
Traditionally there's two types of RSMs: Bushing based or monoball based. Both have tradeoffs.

Bushing based RSMs must to be soft enough the angle of the shock to change, at various points on the suspensions travel (so that the shock doesn't bind, and/or ruin its seals-- more important on higher end shocks, but always useful). This solution meant low NHV, but the precision with which the shock could control the wheel was significantly restricted by the need for fairly soft bushings. Most of my cars life has been on these.

Traditional monoball based RSMs allow complete shock articulation and 100% precision, but transferred NHV is very significant (annoying). Over time, the monoballs themselves can get noisy as they are not sealed from dirt. Good for race cars, not great for street cars or street driven track cars. I ran these for ~10,000 miles before I got fed up with them.

ECS's new Polyurethane-isolated monoball RSMs are very much the best of both worlds. They have a bushing, but that bushing is only responsible for NHV control-- the monoball is there to allow to shock to articulate. That means they can use a much stiffer bushings, allowing the shock to be much more precise in its wheel control. They also include a gasket to seal the bearing from below, which should keep the monoball operating as new for a much longer time than traditional, unsealed monoball RSMs.

The result is just kick ass. Almost all of the precision of a full monoball RSMs, no perceptible increase in NHV. It's the perfect RSM for anything other than a dedicated race car, IMO!

Some pictures from ECS's site, because I didn't remember to take any:









I'm super pleased with them
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      07-28-2017, 01:34 PM   #122
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Awesome to see you over here on m3post, Ian. I know your position on e9x chassis, but still hoping someday you pick one up and go all in on it as you have done with the e46 platform.
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      07-28-2017, 02:33 PM   #123
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Awesome to see you over here on m3post, Ian. I know your position on e9x chassis, but still hoping someday you pick one up and go all in on it as you have done with the e46 platform.
I'm selling my e9X this evening! Buyer flew up from NC this morning, is going to drive it home.
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      07-28-2017, 02:40 PM   #124
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I do find the e9X much less objectionable since the F8Xs came out. It really highlights how bad things can be
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Had a snow day today, so started digging into a fairly large project on the M3-- my Avin3 project... with associated "while I'm in there" items.
Basic concept:
-replace every module in the trunk with the avin. This will mean plugging the speakers directly into the avin, using its internal amp
-since all modules are removed, remove the entire stereo wiring harness. This should save 15-20 lbs by itself (not yet clear on the weight of the nav stereo harness)
-relocate the battery under the hood, to the drug big (since my 5.7 lb battery isn't contributing to weight distribution). Eliminate the way overkill for my battery mounting brackets
-remove the 8 lb battery cable that runs from the front of the car to the rear
-remove all the US only padding behind the dashboard (the USA has a safety standard for unbelted occupants, that the dash need a certain about of squish. I wear my seatbelt, so that does not concern me
-mail my LCM to Terra for software updating, since I won't be running the intravee anymore and still want triple blink
-update my cluster to black gauge faces

The first step in this is removing... pretty much the entire interior. For various aspects of the project I need the dash out, door cards out, carpet out, trunk liner out, etc etc... so... pretty much all of it :lolhit:

Everything but the dash is now out. Still trying to figure out what securing it by the pillars, but it might just be the weather stripping. Alex is going to send me a picture of a removed dash in that area tomorrow, so I can make sure I didn't miss any fasteners.

Parts are mostly contained in my (not yet road ready) e39 530i storage locker:
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      03-22-2018, 02:47 PM   #126
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Pulled the US spec padding off the steering wheel trim already:
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      03-22-2018, 02:49 PM   #127
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Terra pointed out to me that the euro glove box is different (lighter, more spacious) than the US spec one, because of the lack of padding built into it... so I guess I'm going to have to order one of those up
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One more project tonightó convert the gauges to black. My thought process was: I prefer black to grey on the e39 M5 (it came with both, depending on year), higher contrast makes them easy to read, and this should have less light bleed through.

I should have put the rubber bits back on the knobs before taking a picture
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      03-26-2018, 02:00 PM   #129
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Very nice journal man! Makes me want to go on a cross-country trip. Glad to see the car being driven properly and enjoyed. Keep us updated
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This is feeling like a very 1 way road I'm going down.

Got the dash out, and an amusing pic of my new, light weight washer tank
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Coming soon

OE BMW seat header pads installed by Cobra, with adjustable lumbar, to be installed on factory BMW e46 sliders.

I'm excited!
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      05-25-2018, 08:21 PM   #132
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