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  1. CSET

    M TOY M3

    More carbon fiber goodness on the way! I'm a bit fed up with how the oem panels fit behind the cage (they're not perfect). The only real fix is to remove the panels and replace them. I already have carbon fiber rear armrests which'll look quite nice on the panels. I'll also fit the oem speakers, they're quite clever how they screw together! Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Rear panel replacements from Geoff Steel in the UK: Upper steering wheel trim from my Bulgarian friend:
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    M TOY M3

    Hi all, I bought this car as a daily driver a couple of months ago from Team Mac, and have been learning a bit about it and chipping away at a few things since. The plan is to go to BMW driver training and learn how to drive it properly, then attend some track days. I'm more than happy with the performance and have a bit of a 'wish list' for future parts. Having come from owning a variety of Hondas (and an Audi), it's nice to pick up a car that requires next to no modifications to perform...! The paint is in great condition, and overall the car has been well looked after for it's 77,000kms. The first things on the list to replace were the wheels & tyres. It came on a set of 20" rims, which gave the car a bit of a 'rollerskate' look that didn't really grow on me. Plus, the ride was quite firm for a daily on 25 profile tyres. The rears were 10.5in wide, and just fit inside the flared guards - although it looked great from behind, it simply wasn't practical. It also came on H&R springs, and AFAIK standard shocks - may look into replacing the rear shocks. I picked up a set of 19's in CSL-size staggered fitment (apparently the best standard fitment), and on they went. Comparison: The front kidney grill was already a black-paint item, so that saved me replacement parts. I inherited a fitting p-plate shortly afterwards, which used to reside on a family member's Z3M Coupe. The muffler is branded as 'Supersprint' - turns out to be a pretty good piece of kit. I was initially keen to change however have grown to like it. The only complaint is that it makes a bloody racket when it's cold, but that doesn't last too long I suppose. Excuse the residual crap on the tailpipes in the pic below I want to keep the car standard engine-wise, mainly due to the extended warranty I picked up (and the fact it can out-perform my ability currently). I have noticed there are some subtle nice aftermarket aesthetic parts that can be acquired from Oz, so keen to hear from anyone that imports bits and pieces. I want to stay away from the glaringly obvious carbon fibre bits like bonnet and boot (no offence intended to anyone that has these, it's just not the look I'm going for). Wish list (in no particular order): - Replace the standard clutch-stop with an adjustable item - Fit a bloody euro-sized plinth thing for the front number place - Bought, need to paint and mount when I get a sunny arvo. - Replace rear lip spoiler with carbon (style) lip - Not 100% sure whether I want to do this or not, it's lying in my garage at the mo'. - Carbon front lip (direct bolt-on/off) - Mainly to save the paint at the bottom of the front bumper... it'll probably cost almost as much to repaint the bumper cover as to purchase the aftermarket lip spoiler. - Replace fog lights with HID items. - Replace rear shocks (a top aftermarket brand is apparently the best option here) - Hard wire in a radar detector of some description - Carbon rear diffuser (replacement part) - Re-cover touch surfaces. There's a couple of little chips off the steering wheel, and I don't want the driver's armrest to wear. I'm pretty picky tho, so this is down the list. - CSL airbox (in the distant future, chances are I won't go this way however. They're freaken expensive) And that's about it. Not a 'build thread' as such, as there's no real building going on. I'll update as I install bits and pieces. Suggestions and comments are most welcome.
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    M TOY M3

    Just updating this thread, missed a few things. Safety gear pretty much sussed, almost ready for track! Just gotta pass scruitineering then we are good. Cage homolgated a-ok. Got some 3d printed collars to hold harnesses in place. Gotta sort out some trim issues on the rear cards, I had to cut them up to fit behind rollcage. Ive also sent my old oem steering wheel in to the trim shop to be restored. There was nothing too wrong with it, but I’d like to have it in new condition as a spare to go with all the rest of the oem parts. I have also picked up a spare front bumper which is finally at the panelbeaters getting painted (thanks again @JohnM575) and another oem bonnet to have a play with. Next up, another set of semis and a bit more time on the track..!
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    M TOY M3

    Yep the later model m3's came with this kind of carbon kevlar bumper support. Not sure if it's the same on all e46's bro?
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    M TOY M3

    Had a little damage to the front spoiler after the Gumboot Rally so pulled the bumper and had a go at fiberglassing the spoiler whilst on the bumper. I've fixed it before (off the bumper) but adhered it rather too well so don't want to remove & reattach if I can avoid it. Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Good chance to clean behind the bumper too, it was pretty dusty and gross. by Christian Taylor, on Flickr by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Completely unrelated we won the 'too low for gumboot' award haha Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr
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    M TOY M3

    I applied paint protection film to the carbon ashtray cover today. It's been annoying me how soft the clear coat is, and it swirls and attracts fingerprints super-easily. Hopefully this'll make it better. Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr
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    SPOTTED! The official thread

    The massive dents in the bootlid offer an alternate outcome to your line of thinking 🤣
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    SPOTTED! The official thread

    Haha hey man, was at Mister D's getting a cheeky donut before Gumboot Rally day 2!
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    WTB: E46 MSport Fog Light Trim/Surround

    Bugger, I should've known that..! Look the same-ish shape as my ones.
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    WTB: E46 M3 Lowering Springs

    ^^ I have a set of H&R's available if that falls through.
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    WTB: E46 MSport Fog Light Trim/Surround

    If you can be bothered waiting John they're super cheap on ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-Pair-Fog-Light-Metal-Trim-Ring-Covers-Black-for-BMW-E46-M3-2001-2006-3-Series/272988107839?hash=item3f8f5bf43f:g:q2cAAOSwWv5aN2Ke&vxp=mtr
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    M TOY M3

    Also can't remember if I shared this before or not, present from Kayne Barrie when he rebuilt this motor last year. Those with a keen engineering eye may spot something wrong here 😂 Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr
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    M TOY M3

    Fitted up Tegiwa canards, they look pretty good! Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr
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    M TOY M3

    Tegiwa m3 cup canards have arrived! This is my 3rd set of canards for this car, but only the 2nd set actually made for this bumper. You'd think I would have learnt by now... I went with plastic rather than carbon fiber like the other sets, these are quite likely going to be hidden under the AGT carbon set Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Here's what they'll look like: And with my AGT carbon dive planes on top:
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    E36 328i coupe 'track' project

    Good thread watching your build with interest!
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    M TOY M3

    Update time! Spent a bit of time the other day trimming & fitting the rear interior (carpets, seat base & panels). Starting to look normal again..! Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr I butchered the rear cards to make them fit past the cage, no other way unfortunately. Off to the trim repairer next to get this fixed up (it's a bit beyond my abilities). Boot carpet & trims fitted: Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Also the steering wheel turned up so I fitted it. Looks good, and all the buttons work a-ok! Test fit (ignore the airbag gap this is now sorted): Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr This was the problem: Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Glued the velvet side trims with ADOS contact adhesive, this has been annoying me for ages: Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr My Storm gearknob turned up too. It's so damn heavy!! Looks good in the darker finish imo, should suit the car. Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr I've also bought a whole lot of safety stuff in the past few weeks: Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Also ordered these from Allports, waiting shipment later this week: Passed homologation and got my logbook: Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr
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    M TOY M3

    Small world man! My shop is on the same street too, chances are we wander past each other all the time.
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    M TOY M3

    My flat bottomed wheel arrived today, looks good! Quality is tops Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr They even included the top button trim piece. This is awesome because I now have a spare: my carbon fiber guy in Bulgaria requires this part sent so this could be on the cards next..!
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    M TOY M3

    Thank you for your custom! 472 Sterling Grey Metallic. Looks nice in the sun, pretty tough to mix touch up for tho. Grant and Ben at GT Refinishers did a great job paint matching the cage tho!
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    M TOY M3

    Got the car back from the painters today. I went with sterling grey to match the shell, looks good! Once it's fully dry I'll reinstall the interior side panels, seat base and carpet, then get the retrimmers on the case for any bits I can't do. This is going to look factory once it's finished Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr
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    M TOY M3

    Got the okay from Motorsport NZ that I can go ahead with roll cage paint! It'll take a couple of weeks to get the paperwork back, but sounds like we're ok for homologation and logbook..! In the meantime I bought an extinguisher bracket from KAP Industries in Australia. It arrived today so I fitted it up with my single-strap extinguisher (I'll need a new one with 2 straps for motorsport). Fits nice and snug, and being black it's kinda subtle which I like. Untitled by Christian Taylor, on Flickr Wheel is still on it's way from the Ukraine, and I'm expecting the Storm gearknob to be here shortly too. I also bought some more safety stuff today, some proper clamps to go around the harness bar and stop the harnesses moving, and some nomex gear.
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    M TOY M3

    Yeah, a week or two stock was enough to remind me what I prefer at this age & stage 🤣
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    M TOY M3

    Yep I ordered it through AZA Auto in the Ukrane - search them on Instagram bro they do some crazy good stuff. My carbon fiber guy is over there too a bit further south in Bulgaria (found his workshop on google maps before I bought my first lot). Heaps of epic trim places in Europe
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    M TOY M3

    Sure looks like they did a good job! Yeah I'm a bit off-put by full alcantara as the wear points don't take long to look rubbish, and the upkeep is pretty intensive (this from a fair amount of experience..!). It was quite a dilemma because I wanted alcantara on the wheel to suit the rest of the interior (and what's going to happen soon) but leather is much, much easier to maintain...! Hence I had to get it custom made - I couldn't find anywhere that'd do exactly what I wanted off the shelf. Let's see what it looks like when it arrives!
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    M TOY M3

    Steering wheel has been made to my spec, check it out. Looks good! Will take some more pics when it’s here and I have put it on.
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