Jon’s E46 M3 Coupe Schwartz II Black 2001

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  1. 11 Nov 2019 at 7:17 PM #41
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    Nice work mate! Where have you saved 50kg? Cheers
     
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    Just little things i’ve done over the years has started to add up.

    Callipers - 6.4kg (3.2kg per side)

    100 cell Sport cats - 7.5kg

    Carbon Airbox - 2.1kg

    Carbon Rear diffuser - 1kg

    Boot Toolkit removed - 1.8 kg

    CSL CM wheels - 4kg

    OEM CSl bootlid - 8kg

    Air Pump / holder and boot floor plastics - 6.5kg

    CSL battery 9.5kg

    Sap delete - 2.6kg
     
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    loot of work done, and such tastfull mods, car look great, congrats
     
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    The previous owner of my car had reinforcement plates fitted. I had a specialist check my car over a few months ago and it appeared that the plates were starting to fail. I spoke to various companies and decided ETA would be perfect to tackle the job.

    At the same time I wanted a internal vince style brace fitted to prevent any future failure and to really tighten up the back end. I also wanted to have a mini underside resto and change all the bushes.

    Apart from the diff bushes every single rear bush was changed. Mainly for OEM BMW bushes. Powerflex black were fitted in the rear trailing arms and powerflex yellow bushes fitted in the diff carrier. I purchased brand new control arms, rear wheel Bearings, exhaust clamps, handbrake shoes and rear braided hoses.

    I also wanted to powdercoat everything that was being removed. So brought second hand trailing arms. Diff carrier, Diff cradle, v brace, rear anti roll bar, rear backing plates.etc.

    All these items were shot blasted and powder coated in black.

    Unfortunately forgot to take many pictures.


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    Rear trailing arms arrived from member Karl - Many thanks

    Rear diff carrier arrived but the old bushes needed some heat to be removed.


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    Will try and get more pictures of the underneith when the cars next on the lift.
     
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  5. 17 Dec 2019 at 10:03 PM #45
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    Wow, gorgeous car. It's amazing how much better looking this black is than Carbon Black...
     
  6. 18 Dec 2019 at 7:21 PM #46
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    Looks like some good work from ETA there but who did the first boot floor repair?
     
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    Thanks mate, it is a great colour. Just hard to keep clean.

    Yeah they really did. Great service, great workmanship and also great price compared to others. Previous owner said the owner he brought the car from had the plates done and he did not know the name of the company.

    My specialist that inspected it says he has seen many plated m3's starting to fail. He says it has to be braced to eliminate the problem.
     
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    My old cowl was looking very tired. The rubber had split and plastic faded.

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    I will do a little miny guide of how you fit this and remove the wiper arms.

    First remove the plastic cover on the wiper arm and remove the 15mm nut on both.

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    Then wiggle the arms until the metal circular piece inside the arm pops out. You may need to use a flat head screwdriver to help wiggle the arm from underneath. When this is removed the wiper arm can be removed. I used masking tape to mark the wiper blade position for when the arms are refit.

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    Now carefully remove the white plastic washer. It very easily shoots off. Mine nearly ended in the engine bay.

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    Then finally remove the metal washer underneath with a small screwdriver.

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    Now you can remove the cowl. The Cowl is held on by clips. So carefully work it off. Start from one corner to the other.

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    Carefully remove any clips that did not come out with the cowl.

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    Also remove the rubber trim that come down the side of the cowl .

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    Now it's time to clean the parts and the underneath of the cowl. Years of dirt really builds up.

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    I used various multi purpose cleaners.

    Now its time to refit the new cowl. It literally clips into place.

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    Now the rest is simple. Refit the wiper arms. Now is a good time to fit new arms or refurb your old ones. I refurbed mine and the came out like brand new. Refit the washers and the 15mm Nut and torque to 30nm and fit the black covers. Make sure you reposition the wiper back to the correct original position. Then test the wipers.

    This really has transformed the car. Previously the only area letting the car down.


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    So I haven’t been happy with the cars stance for a while. So decided to purchase some H&R springs and koni yellow adjustable dampers. I have adjusted them to the popular fast road setting - 60% firm on the front and 50% firm on the rear. Really happy with the look now and seems to drive very well. Also had Goodyear eagle F1’s fitted all round. Also after a number of attempts of trying to contact BMW’s analyst team to gather some more information about how many RHD jet blacks were produced they finally got back to me.


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    Looks spot on. Heard good things about H&R Springs. How’s the ride with that combo?
     
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    Thanks, Took her on her first drive today with the new suspension and felt spot on. Not crashy. Absorbed bumps and road imperfections well. If I ever feel like its a bit to much I will probably change the firmness on the front 10-20% down. Its just a turn of a knob under the bonnet
     
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    Yeah I used to have Koni yellows years ago and was very impressed!
     
  14. 30 Jun 2020 at 11:10 AM #54
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    Great write up - have just picked up a scruffy '55 reg coupe, reading these diary/journals is really interesting and I've already added some additional bits onto my build list, like the wiper cowl above, refreshing that part had never crossed my mind until now! (great mini-build guide btw)
    Overall car looks really nice mate
     
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    thanks mate and yes the new cowl really does make the car look tidier
     
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    Unfortunately my initial weekends are gonna be spent 'de-gangstering' my new purchase back to factory spec before I get onto the luxury steps you've been carrying out though! Will start keeping a diary of pictures and may create my own thread on here, something along the lines of "from kerb crawler to b-road blaster"
     
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    Sounds like a good little project. Get a progress blog on the go.
     

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