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  1. 10 points
    patsbimmer1

    New build! E90 M3

    This week has been crazy for me at work and I haven't had a chance to update everyone on the full story of this car. It's been a roller coaster but everything turned out alright in the end! I've been looking for an M3 for a while and a few of you know that I've been obsessing about an M3 for roughly 6 - 9 months. I have been telling myself that for my 30th birthday I wanted a real sports car. I tossed around a 996 briefly but it just wasn't practical for me. I've always loved Skylines and an r32 crossed my mind but again, not very practical. I have loved the e90 chassis. It's the perfect size for me, the perfect amount of tech and comfort and I love the looks. I loved my 335i but I just wanted something different from a car. I've always compromised on my vehicles because I have always needed a dual use vehicle due to whatever circumstance I was in. I still need to make some compromise due to my current situation (toddler) but being able to share this car with him is more enjoyable than having no compromises. The ups and downs start with me deciding to start the search and then finding out my wife has MS. We went through the diagnosis process for a few months and after a lot of waiting and a 2nd opinion it was confirmed that she has MS. During this time there is no way I could continue to search for a car. Once the diagnosis set in and "normalized" then I started searching again. And then my basement walls started leaking... I feared the worst and brought in multiple people for estimates. Once again as a responsible adult I can't justify an M3 when i'm fearing a $20k home repair. After getting a few estimates the consensus was to add some drainage outside of the wall once the ground thaws. Woohoo! Disaster avoided! So I started searching again. I test drove a few cars and came up with what I wanted and didn't want in the car. The toughest part for me was deciding on the DCT. I have owned a MT vehicle since I was 18 and thought I wanted a 6spd M3... until I drove the DCT. Oh my god is it good! The shifts are so fast, the rev matched downshifts put a smile on my face every time AND my wife would be able to drive it. With that and a few other specific search parameters in place I started searching! The car I ended up buying happened to be one of the first cars I inquired about. After a week of discussion with the dealer and negotiation we couldn't come to an agreement on the price. I walked away from the deal. That was a Friday. I found an Alpine White 2010 in Fond Du Lac, met Ben to show him my car at the dealer adn we took the M3 for a drive. It was a mess to the say the least. A mouse got into it and chewed up connectors, wires and a seat belt. It had a shitty wrap on the dash trim and many other red flags. I walked away from that car very discouraged and kept searching. I was ready to expand my parameters because I was getting impatient. Jordan helped keep me centered on the search and kept reminding me what I didn't want and why some cars were a bad idea. It's probably thanks to him that I'm not driving a 150k mile jet black 08. That Monday I got an email from the dealer in Atlanta asking if I was still in the market. I said yes but only if they could meet me at my price. I got an email back telling me the deal was on! I was pumped! I booked a flight, rearranged Easter plans and arranged a ride to O'hare. I had to travel to Rice Lake and Chippewa Falls the next couple days after that. That Wednesday I was leaving Rice Lake and got an email from the dealer apologizing to me. A mistake had been made and the price went up $1000. I was furious to say the least. I sent a very strongly worded email to the sales guy and basically said they will meet me at my price or refund me my flight. I wasn't expecting much but had already planned on calling the Dealer Principle if I didn't get the answer I wanted. Again, I wasn't expecting much from this plan but one way or another I was going to be doing a lot of yelling at someone or multiple people. The worst part is I had a 4 hour drive home to think about this. Well about 2 1/2 hours after I go the original email I received an email from the Sales Manager apologizing for the situation and letting me know that they would keep their word! The deal was on! I didn't sleep for the rest of the week! I went to my brother in laws house on Friday night, left at 5am Saturday morning, go to O'hare, had a Redbull confiscated and waited to board my flight. Once boarded my flight was delayed... all of a sudden there were 2 cops and an undercover on the flight taking a guy off in handcuffs. That was unsettling to say the least but there was some peace of mind knowing he was taken off the flight. A quick 2 hour flight to Atlanta and I was that much closer! The sales guy was supposed to pick me up at the airport. Well... there are two airports in Atlanta. This guy went to the wrong airport and couldn't figure out how to get to me even after I shared my location on google maps. I ended up hopping on a shuttle to get to him. That killed an hour of unscheduled time. After a 20 minute drive we were at the dealer. I looked over the car and it was exactly what I had expected except for a few rock chips in the hood but nothing major. The dealer had no idea what kind of exhaust it had and I was very happily surprised to find a Borla exhaust. I test drove it, came back and said I wanted it. Well this happened to be a very busy day at the dealer so I ended up waiting an hour and a half for finance so I could finish up. I had taken care of all of my finances prior to showing up so once I got in the office it was a matter of signing some paperwork and about 5 minutes later I was done. I hopped in the car and started heading north at about 2:30 pm. Traffic was shit in Georgia. Traffic was shit in Tennessee. Traffic was OK in Kentucky but it was raining. I did stop in Nashville for some hot chicken at a place called Helen's but the chicken was going to take too long so I got catfish. It was the best catfish I have ever had! I got to Illinois at 9:30pm and I had never been so happy to be in Illinois. I told myself that Bloomington would be my check in point since I was familiar with it and I would only be about 2.5 hours away from home if I needed to sleep. I hit Bloomington around 2:30am and I felt fine so I powered through! Driving through Illinois I did find that the exhaust has a slight drone at 78 mph BUT at 76 mph it's fine. Anyways, I kept driving and consuming Redbull and water. I stopped every hour or so to get out and move around to keep myself awake. At 5am on Sunday I pulled into my driveway. I slept for 4 1/2 hours and woke up for my son's first Easter egg hunt! Since i've doomed Wisconsin to an eternal winter I've only had a couple chances to drive the car but I love it! My son's first response was "dada, this is FANCY! I like it!" shortly followed by "Can we drive crazy?". My wife's first response was "It's loud." We took it to Easter and I let her drive it for a bit. She had the chance to pass her mom's husband on the highway and with my prodding she put her foot down. What proceeded was some giggling and a big smile! She then said "It's loud!" but with much more enthusiasm this time. I love the DCT but I love even more that my wife will drive the car! Despite her propensity to buy boring cars she likes fast cars and to share this with her is great! My son also told me today when I picked him up from daycare "dada, I like your M free!" so that's a win. This won't be much of a build thread and more of a "look at the silly cosmetic things I bought" and "here are pictures of me driving my car" thread. Just like the last car she will see track time thanks to a birthday present from my wife!
  2. 8 points
    m42b32

    1999 M3 daily driver running log

    139k Thermostat and thermostat housing replaced, swapped in a brass bleeder screw on the expansion tank too, so far no more leaks. I had an 80C thermostat in there before, and it kept coolant temps around 190 at the head sensor so I replaced it with another Behr 80C unit and a genuine BMW composite thermostat housing (with a bunch of RTV, apparently the genuine housings don't have the paper gasket on them anymore). I really couldn't tell why the aluminum one had started leaking, no cracks or anything, though the rubber gasket looked like it had flattened out quite a bit so that may have been the problem, but who knows... I'm just happy to be driving it again. I seem to always pick terrible days to work on things, but I wanted my car back so nothing a tarp, bungee cords, and a WJ Grand Cherokee couldn't fix. Not pictured: the 6"of snow burying both cars and 1/4" of ice sealing the hood/doors/trunk shut.
  3. 8 points
    HipMF

    Shop Life 2.0

    Got the car back together enough (barely) to take a couple beat-runs down the road in front of the shop. Can confirm that the exhaust is not just loud, but also obnoxious. Still no floor in the trunk, and no back seat, so the exhaust might as well be plumbed right into the cabin. It's the kind of loud that you can feel, as opposed to just hearing it. Also still missing one of the side windows. That combined with the not-car-culture-friendly temperatures this weekend, stiffer suspension, manual steering and general fear of things falling apart or exploding made for quiet a visceral first-drive experience. I survived, nothing broke, but there are more things left to do than I have fingers to count them. I thought I did a pretty good job bleeding the brakes, but they didn't work worth crap (try rev-matching your downshifts when the brake pedal goes straight to the floor. It doesn't work well, but it's worth a laugh...). Bled the front, which made little, if any, difference. Will have to try re-bleeding the rears next weekend. May have a leak somewhere? Who knows... Body roll is still substantial, even though my spring rates are 2-3 times stiffer than stock. Also can confirm that Hankook RS-4s are no match for the mighty torque of a tired M42 when the temps outside are near freezing... All-in-all it was a good time. Much work left to do, but definitely excited to get this thing out to an autocross or ten this summer.
  4. 7 points
    MPW3RLee

    M3 owner/broken BMW fixer

    Well, stumbled across this page thanks to [mention=3693]SteelBlue[/mention] and [mention=2832]suspenceful[/mention], and quite honestly don’t know how I haven’t found it sooner! Currently have a 2009 M3 family hauler/grocery getter/autoX machine and 2017 i3 with range extender (weird car, right?) Been wrenching on BMW’s for 9 years now in a couple different dealerships between AL and WI. Grew up here in the 920 and hope to stick around for a while! A couple people on here may know me if I’ve worked on your cars, and if I haven’t then maybe some day! Hope to see some of you fellow BMW drivers on the road! Here’s a couple pics of some of my current and previous BMWs Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 7 points
    KaiserRolls

    New build! E90 M3

    Mods, ban this user
  6. 7 points
    patsbimmer1

    New build! E90 M3

    She's coming home...
  7. 6 points
    that looks weld-done
  8. 6 points
    GunMetalGrey

    Diaries of a Daily Driver

    Well it wasn't an April fools joke, but I have changed it up once again! I sold my 328 to a friend and picked up the fastest n54 in the world (and Wisconsin!) I already started playing.... Replaced the "carbon fiber" grills with some matte black units, and test fitted a bit of a lip splitter type deal. The lower lip add on hides the bottom edge of the bumper which has some missing paint. It's been fantastic to drive so far, and I look forward to more miles and more playing!
  9. 6 points
    patsbimmer1

    New build! E90 M3

    That's basically how I asked him except it was "Hey man, my mom wants an exhaust video. Can you rev it for me?" Lol
  10. 6 points
    Rekpoint

    New build! E90 M3

    Wisconsin's fastest S65 ever in the world and Wisconsin
  11. 5 points
    Bassboy3313

    chit chat thread

    Like so.... Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  12. 5 points
    patsbimmer1

    ILC's E92 M3

    I'm glad I saved this...
  13. 5 points
    It moves! Between family time and work obligations I was able to bust my ass and get this thing buttoned up! RawSpeed over in Butler did the exhaust and intake for me. Jake does AMAZING work! The intake is 4" aluminium with an LS7 MAF. The exhaust is Sikky 1 7/8" stainless steel headers to 3" stainless steel duals to a "Y" that merges into a single 3.5" stainless steel resonator then goes to 3.5" titanium and ends with a 3.5" titanium resonator with a slash cut to end. It sounds amazing and cannot wait for more seat time. Late Model Throttle got it aligned yesterday and will be tuning it today/tonight! Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  14. 5 points
    MPW3RLee

    Official Sighting Thread

    Hey it was me 👋
  15. 5 points
    patsbimmer1

    New build! E90 M3

    I had a moment to go "grocery shopping" today and finally got a decent video. I'm jealous of everyone I drive by...
  16. 5 points
  17. 5 points
    you can say 'zero fucks given' and then act like an idiot, but, you're still an idiot.
  18. 5 points
    Closer! Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  19. 5 points
    patsbimmer1

    New build! E90 M3

    Flight leaves in 24 hours...
  20. 5 points
    GunMetalGrey

    Lifted E30 V2

    Thanks to Speedy Metals I got some 1.5" x 2.5" x .188" wall rectangular tubing, which just so happened to be the perfect size for spacing my motor mounts back up after having lowered the subframe! I set it in place, guessed a location for the motor mount stud, drilled a hole for that, installed it back in the chassis and marked for the lower hole. Put a bolt through the tubing then tightened both things up. I did take them back out and paint them, but they look like someone just threw rectangular tubing in as a spacer. With the motor back on its own feet I installed the new injectors. The BMW manual said to torque them to ~30 ft lbs but that didn't seem like anywhere near enough. Consulted a VW friend who has a diesel with similar injection setup and their manual says 50 ft lbs, which is much more comfortable. So those are in. I also got to pick this beauty up yesterday! I'm hoping to have enough time this Friday to get that installed and see if I cant get the motor running once again!
  21. 5 points
    nick.e46.330i.

    my 330i

    Little update.. Since the s54 ofh does not have tabs to mount the power steering reservoir my brother made one that we ended up mounting by the driver side motor mount arm. We ended up converting the lines to -6an and instead of using the stock ps cooler I bought an auto trans heat sink and mounted that in front of the steering rack. After a couple trips to behling I everything I need to make my oil cooler lines, Vanos line, and power steering lines. We shaved the top of the core support so there was a decent mounting point for the oil cooler. And I had my buddy that painted the engine bay paint the brake booster as well. But it there’s quite a bit more to do to make the euro district deadline.
  22. 5 points
    patsbimmer1

    07 e90 335i 6spd $8500

    Sold!
  23. 4 points
    ///M_3

    E30 Picnic 2018

    Hi guys. Wanted to share the details for this year's E30 Picnic. It will be at Frame Park in Waukesha again on May 19th 10am - 3pm. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer contact: TIM JASON - TJASON@VERSEVO.COM Thanks!
  24. 4 points
    snap

    Driving Season Cancelled

    Sorry guys, but due to snow on the ground, bad weather forecast, and the fact that my exhaust still isn't done, I have decided to cancel Driving Season. Go ahead and put the snows back on or fold your mirrors in + put some Stabil in the gas tank. I've notified some other local forums and am attempting to hack the DMV database so I can email all owners with collector car plates. I'm still not sure whether to blame @suspenceful due to his turbo sucking so much air that it created a low pressure front that allowed cold Canadian air to come down. Or blame @patsbimmer1 for confusing the Wisconsin weather pattern with a car fresh from Hotlanta. Or blame @Boris3 for suggesting that we can expect snow into May here in Wisconsin when replying to a post about summer tires. Driving season 2018 just wasn't meant to be. Excuse me while I go prepare my van for the E30 picnic
  25. 4 points
    KaiserRolls

    chit chat thread

    How is everyone’s week going? I’m convinced all Miata aftermarket parts people eat glue dipped crayons
  26. 4 points
    nick.e46.330i.

    my 330i

    After getting my car done and on the road at 1:30am Friday morning, my car ended up making it to euro district with no major problems. There were something that were half finished and not done that I wanted to be done so my car will be going back into the shop to get finished up! Here are some pictures that I’ve found from the show that people have taken.
  27. 4 points
    i_love_cars

    ILC's E92 M3

    Ok so everyone else is doing cool builds and as usual I don't have anything unique to add to the conversation - just basic beta bitch mods like bolt-on superchargers. I walked away from the deal for the used 625 kit that had the red painted manifold. It looked good in photos but I know it was also a $15 rattle can job. Not a professional paint job like you'd get from iND or something. The guy wanted $6250 for his kit and on top of that you need to drop $1000 to get a new tune from ESS because they are locked to a VIN. I just couldn't fully bring myself to spend that kind of money for a used supercharger kit compared to the price of a brand new one that comes with a 2 year warranty. So I called up EAS and they quoted me $7720 shipped for a brand new kit (which includes a tune). It's a no-brainer at that point to just buy it new. The extra $500 guarantees no missing parts and everything works. I also ordered a set of BE rod bearings and ARP bolts. They were back-ordered until March 31 (i placed my order on March 22nd or so) and I'm glad I did because as of now they are already backordered again until July 1. Lots of S65 owners are buying up these bearings because they have increased clearance, but not so much that there is any real impact to oil pressure at high rpms. The supercharger showed up earlier this week and I'm still waiting on the bearings. Install plans have been delayed because ....well I mean just look outside. It's cold in my garage too. I will be outsourcing the rod bearing install to Efab Motorsports in Lake Zurich. They are doing a labor special on rod bearing service for $700 during the month of April. I'll have them throw in new motor mounts while they are at it because for whatever reason the mounts on this car are a 50k mile maintenance item and the subframe will be down already. The shop owner has a VO 1M that I am excited to look at when I go down there. I am scheduled to drop the car off for RB service on May 1 and pick it up May 3.
  28. 4 points
    suspenceful

    M3 owner/broken BMW fixer

    Joining the forum with some burns
  29. 4 points
    straight6pwr

    What is your ideal build?

    extra highway MPGs will pay for the ~$1500 cost of the 6sp swap. rough guess says it will take you 60,000miles....worth it!
  30. 4 points
    Ryan...

    My slow e30 project.

    Don't think I've actually posted this here yet.. Last year I bought me a 1989 e30 325i, 5 speed, in need of some work. The car has an odd rust hole in the door, but the frame rails and floors look fantastic! Zender front bumper that I intend on pulling off and selling, and some awesome tan comfort seats. Here it is on the way home: Monster truck status: Sweet ebay shift knob and Mtech boot: First thing I did was install some cheap KYB GR2 struts, Vogtland springs, and e90 drop hats up front. Then, because I'm cool like this, I spray painted the bottle caps, bought the cheapest set of 195/60/14 tires I could find on ebay, and threw on some sweet 20mm spacers. This is basically how it looks right now:
  31. 4 points
    GunMetalGrey

    M3 owner/broken BMW fixer

    Dude, I don't know about this one. BMW diesel life has been great for me so far. I would go as far as saying it has been the pinnacle of reliability and the easiest motor to find parts for.
  32. 4 points
    HipMF

    What is your ideal build?

    Pretty much this: The guy actually put a feeler out for the car on facebook a couple years ago for $20k... https://www.facebook.com/groups/E21Legion/permalink/10154473400971757/?sale_post_id=10154473400971757
  33. 4 points
    snap

    Going to Road America?

    Im still hoping to organize an August/Sept. WIBIMMERS meet and drive that goes to Road America and either tours the facilities a bit or just get to hang out within the premises at the end of the drive. If you have any dates/info/tips/ideas please chime in!
  34. 4 points
    straight6pwr

    Selling tip

    i much prefer the cold tile floor pics. but your point stands.
  35. 4 points
    snap

    Alpine E30 Convertible Running Log

    Not necessary, just wear your new member title with remorse
  36. 4 points
    GunMetalGrey

    Lifted E30 V2

    @AsparagusMike showed up Friday and watched me try to get air out of my fuel system for about 5 hours, I'm sure it was amusing seeing it still not start. I went back Saturday and loosened the fuel outlet on the back of the pump for one injector and suddenly is was moving fuel (after raising the fuel cell above the pump). @HipMF sat and watched in amusement as I tried to get all the air out, while sucking in air bubbles and such, then tried to start it with no avail. I had vast amounts of homework to do so it had to be left for later. It turns out that it blows perfect smoke rings out of the exhaust most of the time so that was cool. Hopefully will have it running some night this week.
  37. 4 points
    I was told it looks cool
  38. 4 points
    GunMetalGrey

    Lifted E30 V2

    Ben, why are your tools oily? Because I took sharp things to a perfectly good oil pan is why! I needed a spot to plumb the crankcase separator back into the oil pan as it drains a fair bit of oil, and a 3/8 NPT fitting was the most convenient, so out came the tap and the 37/64th drill bit. Conveniently a friend had given me the tap and drill awhile ago, and had turned down the shank of the bit to fit in a standard drill chuck. The downside is that he made the bit impossibly sharp to the point where it is difficult to drill aluminum because it catches so much. Success! I had to do this with the fuel pump out, otherwise I would not have been able to get a drill down there. Put a new timing belt tensioner / idler in and also placed the fuel pump in its designated location. Injectors in, pump in, pan drilled. Next step is to time the fuel pump then bleed the air out of the system. Hopefully rolling some coal this weekend!
  39. 4 points
    Ecotec is fairly common with miatas. People like that they make 200whp right out of the box in stock configuration I like them as boat anchors
  40. 4 points
    Rekpoint

    Steelblue E36 Build Thread

    Bumper, lip and fog deletes completely sanded. Hopefully paint gets it this week. If not nextweek is OK too! & Yes. My dinan exhaust is waiting patiently to get put on. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  41. 4 points
    KaiserRolls

    chit chat thread

    With all the uro parts you order I figured yours stayed in storage just as much as mine
  42. 4 points
    HipMF

    chit chat thread

    Sneak peek.
  43. 4 points
    Iceddragon

    New ride

    So my new wheels got here on Friday, which is also my first new set. Rohana RC10s wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. As soon as they arrived at the shop I threw the car on a lift to get them on, and was instantly heartbroken to find that the OEM lug bolts wouldn't work on the car because I couldn't get a socket around them in the holes. Unfortunately I won't be back in Appleton until April, so I'll just order some splined bolts and they will have to sit at the shop until then Downpipes are going in soon but I won't be tuning the car for a while until this move is over, I'd hate to start having random stuff break while I'm traveling between Appleton and LaX so much. I'm stoked for car season.
  44. 4 points
    snap

    E21 Project Thread - Part 2

    Satin black!
  45. 3 points
    Bassboy3313

    E21 Project Thread - Part 2

    New tires arrived and mounted. 245s removed the slight stretch the 225s had. I'm happy! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  46. 3 points
    GB-335xiCoupe

    chit chat thread

    Or made 700 and sold for $70 each ($15 to WiBimmer members)
  47. 3 points
    straight6pwr

    What is your ideal build?

    supercharger better brakes big ass stock pile of replacement drivetrain parts/tires so i can drive the pants off it with no worry. i would be so happy.
  48. 3 points
    DO NOT DO IT. That's my old garage with a super cracked and uneven floor that floods badly with the lightest rain and won't dry out for weeks. That place is a mess and the landlord couldn't care less.
  49. 3 points
    snap

    Alpine e30 progress/build thread

    Oh trust me, I've been voting for Ralph Nader and voting to keep the ABS for as long as I can remember but after the war/stripping all the cam bearing studs and helicoiling them all I just haven't been the same. It changes a man. but yes, your point about it not intervening much/at all is a good thing, but its also part of the reason im okay disposing of it. I didnt bump into ABS or wheel lock at Blackhawk on all seasons ("you obviously werent driving hard enough!") I suspect as I try out autocross this year that some of the more abrupt corners may lock up the inside a bit. Not worried Famous final words before I live up to my name and snap understeer into a curb.
  50. 3 points
    Tkuhn

    A purists nightmare - E46 drift build

    Holy shit I have been slacking on the updates. Lots of parts have come in and things are slowly coming together. So here we go. The bay is painted. Once the car was back to my shop I dropped the rear end out of the car along with the fuel tank. With that came some bad news. One of the subframe mounts was ripped out and another loose and plenty of cracks lol. So with the help of a good friend we were able to replace the torn area. and get the confor reinforcement kit welded in and then opened up the upper areas inside the chassis where the tops of the mounts were. We then created a tubing brace that connects all 4 of the subframe mounting points to the rear bar which was welded in to support the rear strut towers that was plated in preparation of the rear true coil set up. I have alot more progress to share and will upload more when i get a chance!
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