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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-12-2013, 06:02 PM
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Well I did it.. The deed is done

So after months of waiting, questions, research, and you guys probably thinking I am full of sh1t, things have come together. ESS Stage 2 ordered, 8.5 psi upgrade soon to come, Zimmerman brakes ordered, talking with MMVs friends to get my last trans swap pieces hopefully shipped my way this coming week.

I am going to wait to install the SC kit after I get the 5 speed swap done and get used to the gears. Seeing as I am race car certified(lol) should be no big deal but if the race car decides to blow up I don't have to pay for it.

Here is where I stand on the mod list:
Catless headers
custom Magnaflow quad tip exhaust
UUC three way adjustable swaybars
Hotchkis spings
EU2 reprogrammed (for 02 codes)
Getting Koni yellows
5 speed swapped with 3.38 diff
ESS TS2

Cosmetics:
Smoked all around
M3 style mirrors
M3 style front bumper
18 inch M6 reps coming soon

Interior:
Carbon Fiber trim
aux input (put it opposite of the DSC and HK buttons (thank you Smolk)
re coloring leather seats-- I am leaving this as a surprise for a later post, I hope you guys like them when I get them done.

Also this year I replaced the entire cooling system minus the radiator, replaced all pulleys, replaced CCV, replaced VCG, and a set of Nexen N3000's surprisingly brilliant tires. Also when spring hits(So like mid February in MO,) I am replacing my end links, tie rods, and control arms.

Future plans, I will daily the car for two more years. Then instead of blowing big bucks on a new car I am going buy an e60 M5 and probably a Z3(Expecting the to be pretty cheap by then.) The 330 will be stripped of everything and be tracked (probably still be my daily lol.)
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:18 PM
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Sounds like a great project....looking forward to some vids of the finished product a few months from now....
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:53 PM
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Bob I will make a video of pics and vid clips from before and after. And a video of my favorite twisty road at the speed limit of course

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Old 01-13-2013, 07:18 AM
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THIS. ModBargains?? Absolutely love these wheels. Especially on our cars. If I hadn't JUST put new tires on my style 68's... Wait to wear the tread out on these before I pick the M6 reps up. You're safe from any rubbing or rolling fenders at 18in aren't you??
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:07 AM
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. You're safe from any rubbing or rolling fenders at 18in aren't you??
Offset, rim width, and tire size are what determines whether or not you`ll have any rubbing, not wheel diameter (unless you try to go STUPID big, like 20s).
The right combination of those three things must be observed.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:12 AM
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THIS. ModBargains?? Absolutely love these wheels. Especially on our cars. If I hadn't JUST put new tires on my style 68's... Wait to wear the tread out on these before I pick the M6 reps up. You're safe from any rubbing or rolling fenders at 18in aren't you??
IIRC Mod Bargains only sells them as 19s (could be wrong.) The Hotchkis springs were luckily wade with performance in mind and not gang banger rides, so 18x8 fronts will be tight and take some pretty low pro tires but should be fine. If not I don't mind a little front fender work. The rears are fine all day long. I forgot to mention I am probably going to throw them in a mill and have them trimmed down a bit as reps are pretty heavy.

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:43 AM
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Offset, rim width, and tire size are what determines whether or not you`ll have any rubbing, not wheel diameter (unless you try to go STUPID big, like 20s).
The right combination of those three things must be observed.
Huh. Well thanks for the knowledge! hahah
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:44 AM
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IIRC Mod Bargains only sells them as 19s (could be wrong.) The Hotchkis springs were luckily wade with performance in mind and not gang banger rides, so 18x8 fronts will be tight and take some pretty low pro tires but should be fine. If not I don't mind a little front fender work. The rears are fine all day long. I forgot to mention I am probably going to throw them in a mill and have them trimmed down a bit as reps are pretty heavy.

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I was just on ModBargains and I didn't see the M6 Reps up there. That's weird because I've seen them up there before. Glitch??
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:04 PM
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I was just on ModBargains and I didn't see the M6 Reps up there. That's weird because I've seen them up there before. Glitch??
That is pretty weird I have seen them on there recently
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:36 PM
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That is pretty weird I have seen them on there recently
Nope. Just checked and it said "this product is unavailable" same story for the M3 reps they had up there.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:27 PM
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sounds like a great project, good luck
however not a big fan of the M6 replicas big fans of these however
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:49 PM
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Hez- those do look good honestly I am not entirely sure what wheels I will get, and I don't hate my M68's I just want 18's and wider tires.

Mal-That sounds great. I owe your a few beers too.

Update. Autotragic comes out tomorrow I will get everything prepped for the install and will start the install on Wed into Thursday. Supercharger should be here end of the week or early next. I will drive the new stick for a week or so and make sure everything checks out ok. they I will send off the ECU to the land of dark magic and install the S/C. Should have a boosted 330 in 3 weeks.

I already have a buyer for my ZF automatic, but if you guys want anything auto trans wise let me know its free to you guys.

I would also like to thank Mal he is probably the only reason why I decided to go boosted, also following his story made me decide to do the swap before going boosted. He has also been a big part in making the swap possible, I think I at least owe you a ride man!
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:40 AM
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Are you replacing the transmission mounts while you're in there? I just noticed oembimmerparts has them for $10. http://www.oembimmerparts.com/mobile...lt.aspx#P41168

What else do you have available in the way of AT accoutrements?
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:45 AM
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Yep I'm replacing them. Also everything except the bell housing and flywheel.

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Old 01-27-2013, 05:14 PM
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Well this has all gone pleasantly wrong.. I have $450 of garbage in the garage because I was sent swap from an e36. So I now have to locate a pedal assembly and hydro lines as the ones for the the e36 don't come close to working.. I planed on this being done a week ago. I am very put off because I have not been able to do any work and this has been a real pain in the a$$. I have not had wheels for a week now and probably wont until Tuesday. Right now I have two pedal assembly's two drive shafts and a shifter/shift linkage that are worthless. Currently I have everything done except the pedals hydro lines and drive shaft. My new drive shaft will be here tm so I can at least get the car back on the ground. Because this went so poorly I probably won't be installing my S/C for awhile. I might even wait until semester is over. The Idea was to have everything done before School and work picked back up.
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Ohh, that sucks. I was excited to see your project come to fruition. Post over in the E36 forum and see if you can't recoup some of that money. Or, have you communicated the issue to the person who sold it to you?

This just sucks any way you look at it. I'm sorry to hear all of this.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:22 PM
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Don't worry it is still on. If I'm honest with myself as soon as i see the SC I will get all giddy and put it on. The person providing the parts is a great guy and is overnighting what I need and refunding me $100 for the drive shaft mishap.

If ESS can tune my ECU really fast I have no problem doing it mid feb

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Well it's good to hear it's all getting sorted. I pay particular attention to the 5sp swaps as I'd like to do one eventually if I don't just buy a 330.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:34 PM
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Honestly the actual swap is not that bad. With good tips and advice I had the whole auto part of the car out in about 4-5 hours. Only part I had problems with was the whole pedal part. Its a real pita

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Honestly the actual swap is not that bad. With good tips and advice I had the whole auto part of the car out in about 4-5 hours. Only part I had problems with was the whole pedal part. Its a real pita

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Lol did you ever find the screw next to the spring I was talking about?. That thing is a bitch to get out.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:36 PM
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It's alive!!! I have a 5spd!!! anyone thinking about doing it, it is a colossal PITA and will wear you slick, however the outcome is staggering. with the 3.38 rear end the 330 just pulls and pulls all the way through 3rd ( haven't done a full run through 5th yet.) Whole new car. My dash is lit up like Christmas tree and the brake lights stay on (very easy fix,) and I just don't care because it is soooo much fun now!! Hugh thanks to all of you guys who helped me out. Bob, and Smolck you guys were a part of this swap whether you knew it or now.. Van (MalibuMafiaV) you were the biggest contributor to making this happen, thanks a lot bud!!

Pics and vid to come.. I did not document the swap part as there are many many DIY's, however there is one piece of info that I could not find online anywhere. If you have a ZF auto and do a swap but don't want to wire a clutch switch in until you get you car coded you take the forward most auto wiring harness and run a wire from pin 2 to pin 5. I had to do trial and error on what would work to short out the neutral safety switch. I tried and tried no luck. Then connected 2 and 5 got up into the car pushed in the clutch and though oh whats the point. Fired up right away sounded pretty mad that I had let it sit for a whole week without throwing it through and corners though lol. Idled down nice and smooth after a minute or two and is running like a top.. on crack.

That's all for now gents!
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Congrats! I really wish I had the time and expertise to do this to my 325i. I havent found a DIY yet to make me feel comfortable with the swap.

Not having a 5 speed is my only regret with the car.
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Nice job! Another manual in this world makes me happy. And there's nothing like the satisfaction of driving it after making a change like that yourself!
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Congrats! I really wish I had the time and expertise to do this to my 325i. I havent found a DIY yet to make me feel comfortable with the swap.

Not having a 5 speed is my only regret with the car.
If you are serious about doing it shoot me a pm. There are three really good full diys online. A key part that I missed out on is having ALL of what you need before starting if you want it done in a timely manner.

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