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Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on March 18, 2005, 03:10:57 PM
I am sooo excited, I found a 1995 BMW M3 that was well taken care of, and bought it!  These are hard to find, because they have OBDI systems which was changed in 1996 to OBDII.  Stock, the car is 3100 lbs, 240HP and 236 ft/lbs of torque.  The ride is amazing, quick and responsive.  I have a lot of plans for this, but end the end I expect to be between 350 and 400 hp, and 340 and 390 ft/lbs of torque.  Wow, this is going to be fun, and I will be racing this SCCA.

So what I am doing with the W8?  Keeping it.  It will be my daily driver and since it has 4-motion, its going to be my winter car as well.  No more track days for the W8 :(  But the M3 will be a blast!!!
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Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: Colorado_Baja on March 18, 2005, 03:23:10 PM
Word. sounds nice.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: gragravar on March 18, 2005, 03:33:27 PM
sweet!  sounds like fun.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: 03Indigo on March 18, 2005, 03:42:19 PM
TPIWWP, haha, when are you gonna get some pics up for us?

congrats on the find!!!  I am sure your W8 will be glad that it can rest from the track now, hehe.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: aowhaus on March 18, 2005, 04:05:24 PM
I hate you.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: kraut-sled on March 18, 2005, 04:10:33 PM
Congratulations!!!
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: scott on March 18, 2005, 04:49:32 PM
I hate you too...  8)
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: Noob_Shum on March 19, 2005, 12:35:15 AM
Awesome, congrats man!!

Jonathan
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on March 20, 2005, 09:34:01 AM
Pics posted! :)
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: Noob_Shum on March 20, 2005, 09:43:09 AM
Wow, looks really clean for a 1995 !!  I am sure you will have a BLAST with that on the track  :P

Jonathan
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: bavarienmotor on March 20, 2005, 12:46:23 PM
Congrats on the new purchase!!

Is this Ty's old car? Its good to know it went to an enthusiast, he took very good care of it!

Let us know if you are interested in any parts for it, I also plan on racing an E36 M3 this year, and would be happy to get you set up!
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on March 20, 2005, 01:18:58 PM
yeah, it is TY's old car.  I was glad to find one in such good shape.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: coveredbytheblood on March 20, 2005, 09:17:40 PM
Oh, my goodness.  That has to be one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.  WOW!!
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: jayryan on March 21, 2005, 06:24:30 AM
Congrats Jason! Beautiful car!
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: 03Indigo on March 21, 2005, 08:01:48 AM
Looking good, thanks for the pics.  I know you will enjoy that to it's fullest.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: Scuba2001 on March 21, 2005, 09:01:59 AM
Congrats man.  The OBD1 M3's are a whole lot easier to mod as well.  When you start talking about the M52 (3.0L) and M54 (3.2L) engines, it does get a little more difficult to mod.  But presonally, I like the whole M54 engine with the individual throttle bodies.  315 horsepower on the M54's is pretty nice, but 11.5:1 (iirc) compression doesnt leave much room to do any FI on it unless you do new piston, etc to decrease the compression ratio.

Keep us all posted on how the modding goes.  Its a great looking car, and a great year to mod out.  Just be aware that the heads on the '95's are weak and after too much high reving, it can blow the head.  A friend of mine has experienced this personally.

Steve
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: gragravar on March 21, 2005, 09:09:17 AM
very nice clean car!  now I won't feel as bad about bringing out the 330 on occaision when we all get together!   :wink:
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: bavarienmotor on March 21, 2005, 09:16:56 AM
FYI; the M54 engine is specific to non-M vehicles. E46 3 series(IE: 330; 328; 325; and 323) had these motors. The S54 is the E46 M3 engine, dual vanos 333bhp(US spec).

The S50 is the OBD-1 motor(1995) and the S52 is OBD-2(1996-1999), both of these are single vanos cars. The OBD1 is much easier to tune for forced induction. Lower compression headgasket and a GT-35/T-61 turbo and you will be running 400-450whp all day long.

I'm sure you have heard of www.bimmerforums.com, that is the site for BMW enthusiasts.

Again, Congrats!
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: Scuba2001 on March 21, 2005, 09:20:31 AM
Yeah, I meant S50, S52, and S54.  My mistake.

Ive done quite a bit of research over on BimmerForums and such when I was looking at getting an M Coupe a few months ago.  Really nice cars.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: bavarienmotor on March 21, 2005, 09:28:14 AM
The M Coupe's are incredable cars! I have some vids of an AA turbo'd MCoupe with 500whp thats insanly fast.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: gragravar on March 21, 2005, 11:19:47 AM
Quote from: "bavarienmotor"
The M Coupe's are incredable cars! I have some vids of an AA turbo'd MCoupe with 500whp thats insanly fast.


reminds me that the last time I was over at Gebhardt, they had a used M coupe on the lot.  It had been turbo'd but the turbo had been removed.  the service guys were debating whether they could factory certify it since they had records with the previous turbo use.  never did hear the outcome...
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on March 21, 2005, 11:25:18 AM
Thanks everyone for your support, I am confident that I found the right car for me.  The S50 engine is an amazing beast, but many M enthusiasts have different opionions on which engine is the best for tuning.  I chose the S50/E36 for a few reasons.  The parts are cheap, the OBDI system is easy to work with even if you do not have a computer to diagnose the car, and because the emissions controls are significantly lower there are more modifications you can do without setting off the "Check engine" light or pissiong off the car's computer.  

My first mod will be a CAI (Cold air intake) which is dyno proven to add 18 hp and 15 ft/lbs of torque.  Also, the fuel mapping on the stock ECU is not optimized for US premium fuels, and with a chip will add another 19 hp and 17 ft/lbs of torque.  The third upgrade will be cams by Shrick.  These units are similar to what is used in the S50 euro and will add 50 hp and 43 ft/lbs of torque for about $1200 in parts.  From what I have read, you can use the M50 (non-M motor) MAF and gain significant performance gains as well.  So right there, I will be pushing the 310 - 320 HP range WITHOUT forced induction.  I am going to make these relatively easy modifications first and see what results before I look into the Stage I or II turbo or the super charager applications.  This engine is capable of 450 HP, but I am not sure that I will push it that far.

Let the modding begin! :)
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: coveredbytheblood on March 21, 2005, 12:55:05 PM
Insert homer drool here....
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: Scuba2001 on March 21, 2005, 01:12:59 PM
Yep, the S50 engine is a really nice unit.

A friend of mine has a '95 318, complete M3 swap.  Engine, interior, dash, door moldings, rear suspension, everything.  He has done quite a bit to it and its really a beast.  A light car, with that much power is surely going to perform nicely.  Right now, its in dire need of new control arms, bushings, etc.  He swears by OBD1, and has owned many BMWs.  Sweet cars to work on.  I wouldnt mind one myself when the time comes.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: ColoradoB5 on March 21, 2005, 05:05:50 PM
Hey congratulations Jason!  This has always been one of my favorite rides.  Happy modding!
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: SweetVW on March 23, 2005, 04:32:08 PM
Congratulations!  Looking at the pics, she looks really sweet and very clean.  I have liked the M3's and find myself looking way too long while they pull away from me.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on March 24, 2005, 10:32:16 PM
Thanks again everyone.

So I have been working feverishly on the M3 during some spare time the past few days.  I started by undoing some modifications that the previous owner had done, namely the audio system and the arm rest.  I need to order a couple parts to fix the armrest, but that should not be a big deal.  I have already disassembled the entire rear of the interior to fix squeaks, wiring, and to clean up the car some.  I am planning to do a very involved detailing this weekend to really get the car into the best shape it can be in.  The leather is really high quality nappa leather, but it needs some treatments to regain its supple feel and make sure that there are no cracks in the future.

I installed HID's today, using the OEM ZKW lenses, and a kit from Um-nitza who specializes in BMW lighting.  I have to say, I am very impressed with the results, but spent several hours fixing some wiring that the previous owner had changed for some reason.  It now all looks OEM, and should last the life of the car.  Tomorrow the car is going to Bimmerhaus to see Bob Tunnel, an expert suspension specialist.  He will help me to setup the car for SCCA and Autocross events so I am excited to see what he recommends.

Ahh, so much to do! :)
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JETninja on April 26, 2005, 02:41:39 PM
Questions on these puppys! I saddly wrecked my B5 recently and the Insurance company is totaling it as a matter of convinence. I'm looking at other B5's (have my eyes on an awesome one!), A4TQ's, and noticed a number of '95 M3's in my area (SoCal) on Autotrader.  I'm pretty anal about my car (like all of you! :D ) but 90% of my driving is freeway (70m per day). Even so, I only drive a manual.  My B5 I got 30mpg everyday, and being chipped with some ex mods it was fun and quick and I know what I have to do to keep them running. (my last one was at 116K)

Whats the reliabilty of these M3's as a daily driver? Comfort? (my B5 had Softsports and Bilstiens, a tad stiff but worth it)  You've answered my Mod questions (sounds great!!!) hows the parts cost compared to VW/Audi prices? Since my budget is probably around $15K, any would be high mile ones. What things to look for? Are bushings replaceable or like a B5 does the entire CA need to be changed? Timing Belt or Chain? (or Gear?) Interval?  And good FAQ's?


I need a vehicle in the next week or 2, dieing with only one in a big family!

ps, looks like you got a real sweet one! Congrats!

JET
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: Vanimaniac on April 27, 2005, 08:59:24 PM
Jason, so how's the M3 coming along?

I haven't seen ya at any autocrosses yet?  :wink:

Van
Title: Beautiful
Post by: BHase on April 27, 2005, 09:35:40 PM
Beautiful car! There's an identical one out here in St.  Louis: same year, same color, same interior, pretty much same condition as well.  I always eye it when I take my Sunday, salesperson-free trips to the local car dealerships to check what's out and what's new. It has been there for quite some time...ready for someone to snag it up! I'd say it was time for me to win the lottery, but that would be cliche and I don't play the lottery anyway.

I'm sure this is unnecessary, but make sure to keep showing what you do to it! Those old M3s are really cool.

Ben
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on April 28, 2005, 05:48:27 AM
Quote from: "JETninja"


Whats the reliabilty of these M3's as a daily driver? Comfort? (my B5 had Softsports and Bilstiens, a tad stiff but worth it)  You've answered my Mod questions (sounds great!!!) hows the parts cost compared to VW/Audi prices? Since my budget is probably around $15K, any would be high mile ones. What things to look for? Are bushings replaceable or like a B5 does the entire CA need to be changed? Timing Belt or Chain? (or Gear?) Interval?  And good FAQ's?


I need a vehicle in the next week or 2, dieing with only one in a big family!


JET


So far the M3 has been flawless.  I have done a lot of engine testing, including a compression test I did last weekend.  All of the cylinders were within 3 PSI of each other, on an engine with 117K miles.  I do think that the car was driven moderate compared to how I drive it now.  There are some quarks to this car that may cause aggravation as a daily driver.  The steering wheel position and adjustability is horrible.  When driving this on the track and I have my helmet on, the wheel is very high because I have to put the seat so low.  Driving around town it took me a couple weeks to get used to it, and every time I get into the W8 I fall in love with the steering wheel again.  Shifting on a stock M3 is very rubbery.  You have to trust your knowledge of the gear locations because there is little feedback from the shifter as to what gear you are in.  That is why the common issue with these is over-revs; people have "money" shifted into 3rd instead of 5th or 1st instead of 3rd.  Itís called a money shift because usually it destroys your engine, costing a lot of money... :)  I have done this once at second creek already, but didn't let the revs get above 7,000 when I felt it slip into first.  Because of this issue, I am very careful about who drives it, until they understand this caveat.  Otherwise, my suspension is not stock, and is very stiff.  I bought the car for that reason, but it may be a little much for daily driver status.   I drive the M3 about 100 miles a day right now, and it doesn't bother me at all.  But my girlfriend shudders when I pull up in the car, because she is afraid her dental work may fall out during our drive... LOL   Anyways, I feel very confident that the M3 is a very reliable car, if it is very well taken care of.  You can drive it hard, it actually rewards you for doing that, but you must maintain it with great care.  For the money, it was the best platform for me, and I donít have to worry about turbo. That is my take so far.

For the FAQ check out [web]http://www.eurospeed.org/e36m3faq.pdf[/web]
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on April 28, 2005, 05:57:30 AM
Quote from: "Vanimaniac"
Jason, so how's the M3 coming along?

I haven't seen ya at any autocrosses yet?  :wink:

Van


Van!  Its been a while.  I was talking with Eric O about you a couple weeks ago.  You are right, I have not done any autocross yet.  I signed up with the BMWCCA chapter, but havn't checked out when I can get out to those events.  I don't think SCCA Solo 2 is going to happen this year.  If you have some information, I will absolutely come out there at the next event!  I was going to go out with Mike (god rest his soul) from SCR but couldn't do to other obligations that weekend.  

Take care,
Jason
Title: Re: Beautiful
Post by: JDawg on April 28, 2005, 06:17:01 AM
Quote from: "BHase"
Beautiful car! There's an identical one out here in St.  Louis: same year, same color, same interior, pretty much same condition as well.  I always eye it when I take my Sunday, salesperson-free trips to the local car dealerships to check what's out and what's new. It has been there for quite some time...ready for someone to snag it up! I'd say it was time for me to win the lottery, but that would be cliche and I don't play the lottery anyway.

I'm sure this is unnecessary, but make sure to keep showing what you do to it! Those old M3s are really cool.

Ben


Yeah, I know of one other 95 M3 for sale right now but the condition is completely different.  Most of the M3's you will find out there have been used very hard, been in accidents of some sort, and have been modified.  When I purchased this car, I was able to check most of the VIN tags on the bumper surround, panels, frame, body, engine, and everything is original.  This car was babied for the most part.

So far, I have made very few changes.  I upgraded the brake pads and rotors by installing Hawk HP Plus pads and Zimmerman cross drilled rotors.  The rotors have been a big disappointment because they cannot handle the heat generated during a track day, and they have since heat warped.  I am going to put solid rotors back on the front sometime soon.  I also put in HID's using the OEM lenses and a HID kit that was pre-installed.  I love the look of the car with the HID's, and once you have gotten used to them (they are stock in the W8) itís hard to drive without them.  I also removed a bunch of radio wiring changes and returned everything back to stock.  I have spent a lot of time conditioning the leather, to make sure it will last a lot longer.  It now feels like a baseball glove, itís amazing.  

My general theory is to make sure everything is stock, and that I understand the cars characteristics before I start making major changes to its setup.  The M3 already has HR sport springs, and billstein sport shocks all around.   It desperately needs an upgrade front sway bar, and the x-brace from the LTW M3.  Recently I have had little to no time for car modding, as life has been consuming me otherwise.   By the end of the summer I expect to have cams, intake, chip, high flow mass air flow sensor, exhaust, new tires (a couple sets) front sway bar, x-brace, short shifter, tranny stabilizers, and upgraded engine mounts.  That is a lot to handle, but I think I can get it all done.  By that point, this car will be ready for serious track driving, and auto crossing.  I am sooo excited to get it there!

Jason
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JETninja on May 05, 2005, 07:55:01 AM
Hey Jason, it's all your fault! (and mine for visiting and reading you thread!) LOL!. I've been doing lots of homework. The wife hates me! But I have a few I'm working on and one very nice B5. The M3's are all around 100k but I don't find that an issue if they have been well taken care of.

Something you should do ASAP, replace Tranny and Motor mounts, and get a Short Shit Kit, UUC's is one of the best. That will greatly improve the shifting feel and accuracy, and greatly lessen any "Money" shifts.

I also don't mind a modded or even tracked one, often they are the best taken care of. (specially tracked ones, they have to take care of them) Do your homework!

Are you aware of the Oil Pump Nut issue? Read the sticky at Bimmerforums E36 M3 forum, a serious issue!  Other common things to look at, Rear Shock tower mounts ($20) they must be inspected every 20-30K, Rear Swing Arm Bushings, Radiator (neck cracks...aftermarket Alum ones are much better), Thermostat Housing (original is plastic, get a metal one), all plastic water pumps (impellers) should have been replaced by now.  I'm finding most M3's are much better taken care then most 10yr old cars, of course there are plenty of salvage cars and misused ones, but many gems too. Read the Buying FAQ at Bimmerforums, use Autotrader, Craigslist, DTM Forums to find cars, Car Fax and lots of questions to narrow down your search. If your a member at Bimmer forums, it not unusual to ask a member to do a light check out of a out of state car for you. (unbelieveable Dakar Yellow '95 in Ohio right now, so tempting!)

Still not sure if I'll get one, my insurance takes a hike due to my accident, an M3 is jump over a Passat too. But man I want one! :D
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on May 06, 2005, 06:47:45 AM
Thanks for pointing out the issues with the M3, and it confirms the issues I am aware of.  The previous owner has done most of the work, the rear show tower mounts, rear swing arm bushings; radiator neck has been replaced with an aluminum one, the water pump, and the oil nut issue.  

I just purchased a tranny stabilizer from BimmerWorld, which was recommended over the mounts.  I also purchased the Rouge engineering short shift kit, their shift knob and e-brake handle.  Man, does it look awesome!  I haven't installed the short shift yet, but it was recommended over the UUC product.  So, I am really excited about getting that on, along with the tranny stabilizer before it is used on the track day coming up.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: bigd on May 10, 2005, 07:30:03 AM
I got a chance to drive this thing over the weekend.  It was REALLY akward to get used to compared to my STi, i even stalled it 3 times trying to back it out because the clutch engagement is so deep.  Once I was settled into it and got situated, it was a blast..  super comfortable, nice work reconditioning the seats, btw..  I didn't rail on it hard, just let it open up and breathe out on 470.  The shifter is ridiculous, lol...  you've got like a 10 inch throw from 4th to 5th!  

J- if you want any help working on that thing, let me know.  (If i've got a free weekend I'd be happy to help, I'll bring the girl so the ladies can hang)
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on May 10, 2005, 07:37:12 AM
Yeah, the shifting should get a huge upgrade this weekend, and I would love some help with it!  I am planning to work on it Saturday, because Gen will be working.  I also am replacing my front rotors with solid brembo's that should be here tomorrow.  I can't wait to get the warping issue resolved.  Other than that, I am thinking of doing some more engine testing, to see if there are any problems there.  If you want to come up and help, that would be awesome.  We could even do a little car detailing as well.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: bigd on May 10, 2005, 11:47:29 AM
sweet..  i'll be there!  give me a ring when you want to get started.

(303.931.7182)
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on May 10, 2005, 11:49:58 AM
Awesome.  Hey Andrew 34k if you are watching, you are welcome to come by.  Can you get pads for the GTI by then?
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: Rusty on May 13, 2005, 07:08:18 AM
Wow, I'm really out-of-touch.  Just saw this today.  Way-to-go, Jason! Beautiful car, great find, I'm jealous!  Will I get to see it for the Memorial weekend GTG?  I hope so.

Congrats, two thumbs up, and all that!
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: DenverPat on May 13, 2005, 07:15:37 AM
Jason will be out of town that weekend.  I've been designated the driver of his car.  Apparently he feels alright about missing track day, but isn't alright if his M3 misses track day....seriously.  He had a prior obligation so he won't be there.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on May 13, 2005, 07:17:53 AM
Unfortunately, I personally will not be at the GTG because I am flying out of town.  However, the M3 will be there as Pat is going to pick it up from my house and abuse it on the track.  I will be excited to hear the reports from everyone when I get back of their thoughts on how it performs.  I have not made any engine modifications yet, so I don't expect it to blow any doors off, but the rest of the car is pretty capable and should prove to be a fun ride.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: gragravar on May 13, 2005, 08:06:31 AM
Quote from: "JDawg"
Unfortunately, I personally will not be at the GTG because I am flying out of town.  However, the M3 will be there as Pat is going to pick it up from my house and abuse it on the track.  I will be excited to hear the reports from everyone when I get back of their thoughts on how it performs.  I have not made any engine modifications yet, so I don't expect it to blow any doors off, but the rest of the car is pretty capable and should prove to be a fun ride.



It is good that it will be there.  I should have the wife's 330i out there for part of the day again too.  so, we should get in a good comparison between the E36 M3 and the E46 330i  I think stock was only about 10hp apart.  hmmmm.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: DenverPat on May 13, 2005, 08:08:34 AM
I doubt the diference will be power.  Jason's car brakes better than any other car I've driven.  I think he'll have ultra-sticky tires on it, too.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: gragravar on May 13, 2005, 08:10:20 AM
2 weeks and we'll find out.   :D
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: Rusty on May 17, 2005, 07:31:18 AM
Cool.  Wow, you guys must be uber-brothers or something, it is a big thing to be trusted with someone else's M3... did you do the thing with the knife and the blood?... *grin*

Sorry to miss you Jason - catch ya next time...
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: DenverPat on May 17, 2005, 07:56:12 AM
Trust...or stupidity.  :wink:   We'll find out on track day. :lol:
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: 34k on May 17, 2005, 08:12:41 AM
Quote from: "DenverPat"
Trust...or stupidity.  :wink:   We'll find out on track day. :lol:

LMAO!

Yeah, that thing brakes like you wouldn't believe. Wooga!

Thanks again for the space to play with pads and wash the ride on Saturday, Jason, and of course, for your hands and thoughts Pat.
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JDawg on May 17, 2005, 08:31:57 AM
New Mods! :)

With the help of Dave, Pat and Andrew we installed a Rouge Engineering short shift kit, with weighted selector rod.  This GREATLY improved the shifting characteristics of the M3, and I am completely satisfied with the results.  The install was fairly simple, but because of the design it is very difficult to remove the parts, and you are not able to see what you are working on.

We also replaced the front rotors with an OEM Brembo solid rotor, and now the rotor warping issue is resolved.  The Zimmerman cross drilled rotors were the first set of rotors I have seen that were actually heat warped.  You can see the run out with your eyes just spinning them on the car, or rock the rotors back and forth on the ground when they are laying flat.  So I am glad that now when I brake the wheel doesn't shudder, and it doesn't feel like the car is going to fall apart.

What is next?  Well I am still debating on which engine mods I want to tackle.  I think this year I will try to run BS in the local BMW CCA autocross events, and to do that I cannot do cams yet.  I can modify the air intake, the mass air flow sensor, add a chip, remove the mechanical fan, and possibly do exhaust.  That should keep me busy for the next couple months.  

I am also waiting to receive my tranny stabilizer that should resolve the very dangerous mis-shifting issue.  When we were under the car this weekend, I looked that the current transmission mounts and could clearly see why the transmission moves so much.  I should have that installed within the next month.

Thatís it for now!
Jason
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JETninja on June 08, 2005, 06:07:09 PM
Jason!

Had to share with you the M3 I picked last week, it's been a month long process getting it, finally flew out to AZ and drove her home. She was owned by a Nasa High Performance/Racing Instructor and general car nut. (sold so he can get another degree, though he get another I feel soon) She was built for tracking and daily driving.

'95 Hellrot Red, 97K

Mods:

Engine/Tranny:

Active Autowerk Euro HFM Kit including: AA Intake, 3.5" Euro HFM w/reducer, 21.5# injectors, and software (still need to install, had to smog first)
Active Autowerk Gen III Exhaust
URI crank pulley (has been on the vehicle for about 3,000 miles)
New Lifters @ 93K (3 were noisy, replaced all), Gaskets, etc
New Oil Pump, Gaskets, etc. (Red Locktighted Nut too!)
UUC Red Tranny mounts with Enforcement plates
BMW M-Tech shift knob

Suspension:

Koni SA shocks
Vogtland Club Spec springs (great daily drive/track weekend setup)
Turnermotorsport fully adjustable sway bars front and rear
Turnermotorsport rear camber arms
Turnermotorsport front camber shim kit
BMW Motorsport x-brace
Ground Control Rear Shock Tower mounts at 75K miles
RSABís Replaced at inspection II by dealer 68K miles w/Ground Control Enforcement shims
H&R 5mm spacers (for use with track tires/wheels)
Aligned front: -2.6 degrees camber, 0 toe rear: -1.5 degrees camber, 1/8 toe in
(I have very good experience with these alignment settings, both on the track and in street driving/wear characteristics)
Euro Front Rotors/Cobalt GT front pads, OE Rear Rotor w/Axis Ultimates. Goodridge SS lines, ATE Super Blue Fluid

Other:

(fenders rolled for no rubbing)
Staggered 7.5Ē/8.5Ē Stock M-Spoke II wheels with Dunlop Super Sport DOT legal Race tires 245/40/17 They are massive sticky gumballs! (His street tires were 255/35/18 on BBS RGR's which I could not afford! The Race tires are 1" wider then those!)
Carbon LTW front lip
Euro ZKW OEM Glass front lights with 5000K Philips HID Ballast/Osram Bulbs
Blacked out fog lights (have all wiring for fogs...and one good fog light)
Alpine 9835 headunit (glows amber)
Pioneer PRS x340 amplifier, Pioneer Kevlar series front components/crossovers
JL Audio Stealthboxes
New Windshield
Cover
Half Bra (for Track Days)

Currently the rollbars are set at full stiff, front Koni's at full stiff, rears at 3/4's. Perfectly nuetral, but way to stiff for some of our SoCal POS freeways, I look to back off the the sways and shocks to take a little edge off soon. It's currently running some chip (forget who's..) the Exhaust, and the Pulley. (and the bigger injectors, one of the stockers was busted.) It passed CA smog that way (barely!) I need to get a Euro AIrbox for the future. I still need to install the AA Euro kit, but as is it's incredibly strong.  Has Dove Grey Vaders and feels like a snorting go-cart! And I get 27+ MPG driving to work! LOL!

The body is straight, a couple clear coat marks, a number of chips as expected. The wheels were painted black for track use, (hide dust) I plan to get them back to the alloy color that I like.

I'll post a pic sometime, she's mean and freaking low. I hope to pick up another set of wheels/tires soon and save these for future track days and maybe an Auto-X or two. We'll see!  Thanks ever so much for turning me on to them, so glad I bumped in here. It's killer to have a rear drive car again, and power and torque is unreal.

ps, got her for $14,500! :D

Cheers!


edit, let me see if these pics work. This is one from the prev owner, (with the BBS's) Imagine it with black M-Spoke II's...Mean!


(http://www.cfsipgames.com/users/gebirgs88/pics/JETs/JETM3a.jpg)

(http://www.cfsipgames.com/users/gebirgs88/pics/JETs/JETM3b.jpg)

(http://www.cfsipgames.com/users/gebirgs88/pics/JETs/JETM3c.jpg)
Title: So I bought an M3
Post by: JETninja on July 25, 2005, 09:49:03 AM
Jason, another '95 specific issue to be aware of, check it out!!!!!:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=390209

Also, when you say "solid brembo rotors" do you actually mean non-vented? I can't imagine that being a great thing. I'm running the Euro full floating rotors up front...Alum Hat..very light and effective with Cobalt GT's up there. Big $$$ though and I need to replace them this after the summer.

Cheers!