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Old 8th July 2014, 07:43 PM   #1
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So, I have decided to purchase this kit direct from ESS in the US. I wanted to start this thread now as I know there are many members who are interested in costs involved particularly around the customs and import duty.

ESS done me and johnnym3 a great deal at $7500 for the kit including delivery. I've tried to estimate costs involved with importing it but nothing set in stone but I estimate to get this kit all in everything included for 5000. Very happy with that.

So, the car is a 2001 E46 M3, manual, 105k miles. Service history is not full but will be regularly serviced now and had one when I bought the car two months ago.
No engine supporting mods will be made to supply the kit as I'm told it is not needed. I may upgrade the clutch at some point. Brakes are standard calipers with stop tech disks and pads. I will be upgrading these eventually to the k-sport 8 pot fronts, 6 pot rears. For around 2100 all in for all four disks calipers mounting brackets and pads, be rude not to
The exhaust that is currently on the car is just stock up to a specially made back box that may be changed to ess full system or supersprint full system.

Here's a couple of pics of the car the work is being done on.

I am going to try and do an above view of the complete 6-8 hour build that can be sped up so you can see the complete install start to finish. Videos and pics of all parts. First start up video. Some 'spirited' driving videos.

Hope you all enjoy and happy to answer any qeuestions. Because there is such an interest in the import prices and timescales I will provide pictures to prove all costs and delivery details so you know how long it took to arrive. It is being paid for tomorrow and I'm told by the very helpful Asbjorn at ESS that they are in stock to be sent out as soon as payment clears.

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Old 8th July 2014, 07:55 PM   #2
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will be watching this build buddy, wish I had done a build thread as I have done so much to mine now since buying it 3yrs ago, good luck with it all but you will be fine as it is fairly straight forward
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will be watching this build buddy, wish I had done a build thread as I have done so much to mine now since buying it 3yrs ago, good luck with it all but you will be fine as it is fairly straight forward
Good to have you in here mate. Cannot wait. So excited!!!!!
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ive tried everything on mine, carbon airbox, pulleys , lightweight flywheel, remap, exhaust , nothing comes close to the charger buddy
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ive tried everything on mine, carbon airbox, pulleys , lightweight flywheel, remap, exhaust , nothing comes close to the charger buddy
To be honest mate I bought the m3 with an expectation to spend nothing on it other than maintenance.

However, after 4 weeks owning if I was a little bored (for want of a better word) of its power. Lol.
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I had a CSL when they came out in 03 and loved it, but I never thought my M3 was a fast car, a good alround car yes, but when I sorted the handling and brakes with nitrons + APs it started to feel slow,by that I mean the chassis felt like it wanted more power, I looked into charging when I had my CSL but after spending 50k on a car I couldn't justify the 10k simpsons quoted me, but after AP brakes its the best mod ive ever done in 20yrs of doing this !!

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il be watching this too

i will press the trigger on one too just not ready quite just yet
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I had a CSL when they came out in 03 and loved it, but I never thought my M3 was a fast car, a good alround car yes, but when I sorted the handling and brakes with nitrons + APs it started to feel slow,by that I mean the chassis felt like it wanted more power, I looked into charging when I had my CSL but after spending 50k on a car I couldn't justify the 10k simpsons quoted me, but in after AP brakes its the best mod ive ever done in 20yrs of doing this !!
i can confirm after being in rippers at spa that this mod is by far the best.

left my car standing like it was a mini metro on those straights.
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I had a CSL when they came out in 03 and loved it, but I never thought my M3 was a fast car, a good alround car yes, but when I sorted the handling and brakes with nitrons + APs it started to feel slow,by that I mean the chassis felt like it wanted more power, I looked into charging when I had my CSL but after spending 50k on a car I couldn't justify the 10k simpsons quoted me, but in after AP brakes its the best mod ive ever done in 20yrs of doing this !!
Stop it!!! It hadn't arrived yet lol.
Going to be immense. Got the car looking how I want but wants a respray at some point due to little tiny rust spots. This all depends on how happy I am when supercharged though.
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il be watching this too

i will press the trigger on one too just not ready quite just yet
You were born ready. Order one!!!!!
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i will press the trigger on one too just not ready quite just yet
I know you will do this too buddy !!
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I know you will do this too buddy !!
Soon as i can release some cash flow im on it like a car bonnet

keep my full interior then too. hehe
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Well done fella and a build thread too.....good work.
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Well done fella and a build thread too.....good work.
Hope its an interesting read for people that want to go the supercharger route. I dont care what the import costs are as long as i can show to others as there seemed to be alot of confusion around how much it would be and think this was a major factor in whether people went for the group buy or not.
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will be keeping eye on this thread
Interested to see how easy that intercooler fits in
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will be keeping eye on this thread
Interested to see how easy that intercooler fits in
Yeah I can't say I'm looking forward to cutting the number tbh. I would like to keep the stock grill there aswel but if having to cut it I doubt it will mount on.
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Yeah I can't say I'm looking forward to cutting the number tbh. I would like to keep the stock grill there aswel but if having to cut it I doubt it will mount on.
i was gutted I had to cut my oem CSL bumper but it had to be done !! I did manage to retain the standard grill after a little work !
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i was gutted I had to cut my oem CSL bumper but it had to be done !! I did manage to retain the standard grill after a little work !
How much needs to come off mate? Is it just a DIY job or shall I get a bodyshop to do it.
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depends how handy you are buddy and its a case of on off on off till you get the right fit
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