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That. Looks. Awesome.

I need both the 540 and M3 doing - so glad to see somewhere relatively local being recommended. Results look really good, you must be really chuffed.

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Even more impressed after seeing this in the flesh!

Car is looking so, so good right now!

Thanks Beks was good to see you yesterday :)

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Some of you will have already seen how my engine bay looks from shows this year but haven't posted on my build thread what was added since fitting a GSR airbox along with a carbon fibre intake piece and rocker cover over a year ago.

So beginning of the year I wanted to add some more just to finish it off so I looked through some options like carbon hydro dipping but seen a few examples of it and wasn't impressed with the finish so looking to find someone who could do carbon skinning properly.

I found a guy in Thailand named Prapan from NVD Autosport who does carbon skinning of original parts and done in an excellent way from the work I saw. So I took the plunge and send him a few bits which were my xenon ballast cover, ecu cover and emission pump cover. I got him to supply me a pollen filter cover as it saved me on sending a bigger box to him.

So they came back and I was amazed with the quality and workmanship. There is not one lacquer overspray or carbon overhanging corners etc. I really couldn't fault it. I'll let the pics do the talking.....

ECU Cover
23053261344_6c2232f0f5_c.jpgCarbon Engine Bits (1) by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
23572868882_0c451c0205_c.jpgCarbon Engine Bits (2) by DJ Syxx, on Flickr

Xenon Ballast Cover
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Emissions Pump Cover
23599059061_e7d03ab3ab_c.jpgCarbon Engine Bits (6) by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
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Pollen Filter Cover
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23054503663_cd0c4b0df5_c.jpgCarbon Engine Bits (9) by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
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Fitted to the engine bay:
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23599086991_00c77e7bff_c.jpgCarbon Engine Bits (12) by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
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23054536563_682295ef20_c.jpgCarbon Engine Bits (17) by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
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21 hours ago, Damo88 said:

Looks fab was he expensive?

Wasn't bad price but partly because I sent him my bits which saved a bit ;)

 

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So brings me to my newest additions to the car (which was fitted 2 months back lol). As many know I was running D2 coilovers which were decent but the only thing that let them down was the top mounts not being offset.

As many know the M3 use offset top mounts to increase the castor angle. I asked D2 directly if an offset mount was available after numerous emails in explaining why the M3 is different and was told there isn't one that is supplied with the coilovers for the M3.

They do a separate top mount which apparently is their 3d mount which has castor adjust. So I asked the distributors here in the UK for info and a price but to no avail so due to the lack of decent support I got pissed off and decided to see if a set of 2nd hand BC coilovers would turn up. Luckily Styler the forum sponsor was doing a special offer on BC coilovers so I decided to snap it.

You can get them in different spring rates and the normal default package is 8kg front and 12kg rear. I had read on here that some found it a little on the hard side so I had Styler order them for me with 10kg rear for a better compromise. Didn't take many pics as you get the idea of what they look like:muttley:

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Initial thoughts were good, they felt similar to the D2's I had and perform as they should. Downside which I noticed was it does transmit more noise through the body mainly when you go over say cracks or ruts in the road, but other than that can't fault them. Most importantly I got my castor angle back to what it should be as previously it was around 5.3-5.4 and now its up to 7.2-7.3 which is the perfect range.

While I swapped out my suspension I wanted something to finish off the engine bay in terms of strut bar. I looked into the AC schnitzer item but it was hit and miss if they fit with camber plates. I came across a different bar one evening and had a browse on Rogue Engineerings website and really liked the look of it.

Its a one piece bar made from steel and had the rigid and sturdy look I was looking for. So I contacted Ejaz at 0-60motorsport to order in one for me. The only downside to the bar is when fitting you have to move the strut a little so its lined properly to fit it down on to the strut tower.
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Compared with the stock bar this is just so much more beefier and strong:
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Big thanks to Ejaz for supplying the bar.

Cheers for looking :)

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well done Syxx!
So I take it the car is finally ready for you to sell it to me

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Just before taking the wheels off for winter I took an opportunity to take some fresh photos.

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2 hours ago, Cannockwolf said:

looking as smart as ever, which wheels are you winters?

Cheers David, still got my Schnitzer type 3's so I use them :thumbsup:

Edited by DJ Syxx

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Syxx, when I picture an e46 M3 in conversation, my mind automatically chooses yours!

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Got to be one of the best M3s on here, looks wicked as always. New carbon bits finish of the engine bay perfectly.

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How have I only just seen this? Pure perfection absolutely in love. I need to own an E46 M3 before they become too old and I miss my chance. Epic build mate.

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Haven't updated for a while on here, so here's what new,

So been some weeks since I've updated this thread not done a lot this year but there's always something!

Firstly needed to replace my battery the old one had sadly seen better days and wasn't holding its charge as good weirdly didn't come up with a yellow to replace as it was showing a black circle plus being the original battery I'm surprised it lasted this long.
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So went and got a brand new Bosch S5 010, ordered from carparts4less for £90 delivered. It fits perfect and you simply remove the hose connector and black plastic plug from your old battery and fit to this one.
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As a comparison the Bosch S5 weighs in at 19kg but the OEM battery I removed weighed 21.6kg. Not that I am after weight saving but a nice to know and every little helps. Most importantly car now starts up more positively.

Next I finally got round to fitting my boot release switch which I bought nearly a year ago. Anyone wanting to do it the part numbers you need are:
61130005197 x4 pin wires
61136954554 x1 housing connector
61318365579 x1 boot switch

Also need around a couple of meters of speaker wire to use to extend the wiring from the switch, there's various DIY's on how to do it so not hard just taking various trims from the dash off.

You can get plenty of boot switches on ebay for around £5 so all in with the above you need should cost less than £20 fitted. Its a handy mod specially with a CSL boot as it has no handle.
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Considered the holy grail of exhaust mods I decided to on impulse to grab a set of Supersprint Headers after getting fustrated with Status Gruppe not making the RHD versions for our cars.

As many know they are pricey to begin with so soon as this set came up I had to have it so went to pick it up. Took some pics of it and have to say the workmanship is top notch the smoothness of the welds and the overall design is brilliant. Its just a shame you can't see these on show. I'll let the pics do the talking....
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I usually DIY on this car but seeing what I was up against and really you need a ramp for this job I asked a few indy's who have a good rep and have experience with fitting these.

Got in touch in Matt at ETA Motorsport after a recommendation from Tony (M3loon) and got the car booked in for fitting. As they were busy took a few weeks to get in which worked out perfect as I could order all new nuts, bolts and gaskets for the job.

While it was up on the ramp Matt had a look to see if there was anything that needed addressing and apart from new gearbox mounts Matt said everything else is all good, which is good to know. As the expansion tank connector had to be removed I asked Matt to renew the coolant as it was also on my to do list.

Verdict? It seems a bit more eager and responsive now and has a bit more of a growl. They did recommend I get the map tweaked to get the most out of it as I also have 100 cell cats and Eisenmann Race rear fitted so will be getting that done with Evolve and will get a dyno printout to see what the true power is now.

I'm not usually trusting of garages or indy's but I would definitely recommend ETA motorsport for any work you want done.

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Wanting to make my engine bay properly complete with all the carbon goodies in there, I had a carbon fibre cover while looking great kinda wished it looked like the OEM with the spine grooves. After seeing Paul46's one I bought a spare cover so this could be done.

I was going to use my guy in Thailand, NVD Autosport but because of shipping and import charges it would likely become a little expensive specially as the cover is quite big.

So I then found another carbon skinning specialist who seemed to have the same work quality but is based in Poland called Jaydee Customs. After seeing his work I enquired about getting it skinned and we agreed a price and I sent it off.

I got it back and like a excited kid opening up a present I had a big grin. He skinned it beautifully with no visible signs of defects etc.
27211514884_4cfd6e1b4f_c.jpg765 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
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So I got on with fitting it on, as its OEM it fits perfectly and I think it completes my bay.
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And now for the big update! Always wanting a BBK but never quite pulling the trigger well last year I did. A set of front and rears came up and after a phonecall went to collect them from Imran at Evolve.

They were in the original red but I wanted to make them a little different so I gave them to Dips at Custom Cars to strip and paint in a nice orange hue.

Here they are painted:
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So got on with fitting them on, rears had to trim the backing plate and same for the front but otherwise easy enough fit the only ball ache was bleeding as they have 2 bleed nipples per caliper.

Couple of pics of the car recent with brakes on.
27747754951_602547d82b_c.jpg776 by DJ Syxx, on Flickr
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Thanks to Dips for painting these, cheers for looking. :)

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