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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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2011 Out of the Fog

After so many years of not doing meets and drives I finally came back around and started doing them again. This was mostly due to the fact the girlfriend of the time liked doing these activities with me so it made it easier to organize these events. I still was organizing the EuroSunday events but now doing my own drives as well. Before we get to the drives, here are some of my favorite images of the EuroSunday events of that year.







In March of 2011 I ordered the Samsco intake elbow and AFE intake scoops. These were the first upgrade to the car in years sadly





On June 1st 2011 I did my first track day at Thunderhill. It was a fun experience but I realized that the track was not my cup of tea. Yes it is fun but I was getting more bored as the day went on. This could be because I drive the track like back roads and trail break in so I am not fast on the track. Oh well.







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Old 09-26-2012, 05:22 PM
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One of the drives I organized in 2011 was a drive to Livermore down mines road. This is one of my favorite drives of Northern CA.



In October of 2011, the girlfriend and I decided we wanted to say we have driven down ALL of HWY 1 or PCH. We took a week of work and hit the road. We had no plans, no pre-defined stops, just the open road and a map. All we knew was we wanted to stop at Disney Land and end up in San Diego. Other than that, it was all up in the air. If you have not done the PCH drive from SF to San Diego then you are missing out. Once you get to Monterey heading south you really hit some amazingly beautiful country. It is well worth the time off to take trip. We did the northern section in April of 2012 to complete the northern and southern sections. Below are the Images of the car on that drive.

The images start at the split of HWY 5 to Monterey where the GF drove to the start of HW1. From there the images are shots going down HW1 all the way ending in San Diego.















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The last images I have for 2011 was a drive I lead up HWY 1 to Biscomb Road. This drive is a full day of driving along the California Coast and some very fun off the beaten path back roads. The images are at a fuel stop and check point for the drive.



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Old 10-25-2012, 08:03 PM
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2012 CSL Path Determined

If you have been reading this, build thread I believe I have brought you up all the way to January 2012. I hope that all the scrolling and reading to this point has been interesting and well worth the sore finger. I have included summary of the car in its current state as of 2012.

Engine & Exhaust
AFE Stage 1 Intake
AFE Air Scoop
D/A Race software
Samco Intake Elbow
Supersprint V1 Stepped Headers
Supersprint V1 S Race cats
Supersprint Center Sections W/Resonator
Eisenmann Race Exhaust 83mm tips
Rouge Engineering Under drive Pullies
Ignition Solution Plasma Coils
Turner Motorsports Oil Cooler Kit

Suspension
TCK E46SD E46 Smart Design DA Coilover 500/600 springs
TC Kline Camber plates
OE Strut Tower
Eibach Sways with polly bushings
Ground Control Lower rear control arms
Ground Control hybrid control arm bushings

Transmission & Drive line

Ground Control Differential Bushing limiting kit / nylon discs
Power Flex Tabs
UUC Tranny mounts hybrid (red)

Brakes
STOPTECH Yellow BBK
StopTech Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Axxis Ultima Break pads
Motul RBF600 Gold now / was blue to start

Exterior
BMW CSL Carbon Fiber Roof
BMW CSL Trunk
BMW CSL Rear Diffuser
BMW Euro bumper with/custom molded in CSL splitters
BMW LED Taillight conversion (no led module)

Interior
Hardwired Valentine V1
UUC SMG Peddle set

Wheels & Tires
BMW CSL 19 Rims
Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/35/19 & 275/30/19 – Filled with nitrogen
Turner Motorsports 10mm front spacer (needed to clear the calipers)
BMW CSL 19 rim front spare
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While I was waiting for parts to arrive, I setup a drive to Santa Cruz. This drive if you know the area has some "hidden" back road sections that most people do not drive on. This allows for some great time just blasting around tight corners or parking in the road to take pictures.





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Old 10-29-2012, 09:50 PM
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June 2012 has now rolled around and all the parts I have ordered have slowly started arriving. The first items off the large parts order list where the Turner 3.91 gears and reinforcement kit.





The cheapest upgrade I bought was a set of EBay black aluminum SMG paddles. While cheap, I loved the look and the paint
will not start to bubble like the OE BMW ones did.



After the SMG paddles, I received the CSL Intake cam HOWEVER it was damaged in shipping. I had the Exhaust cam already as it was a wedding gift from the now ex-wife in 2008. At this point in time, I had to return the cam and fight to get a new one.











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Old 11-21-2012, 02:51 PM
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Parts continue to slowly arrive every day. The bearing items from Summit Racing showed up so I could do the differential gear upgrade.



Next item to arrive is the Zionsville Competition Radiator and fan kit. The same day as these parts arrived, I got an Email that the CSL steering rack is on its way and the new Intake cam was shipped from Germany to the US supplier.







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Old 11-21-2012, 09:16 PM
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July 2012 the now fiancé and I came back from a two week vacation in Aruba and Curacao to find that Mr. UPS has left me some new items. These parts were the Evolve R Tuner system, 73MM Wheel stud conversion, and the CSL/Completion steering rack.





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Old 11-21-2012, 09:19 PM
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The first of the new upgrades required me to pull the SMG control unit and ship it to ESS for their SMG software. I will have more comments on this later on as I found out some interesting info on this later down the road.

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:35 PM
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Big box should up with some of the parts you all have been waiting to see. CSL intake, install hardware, air ducts and less a few parts the supplier missed in the shipping. I contacted the supplier and they are shipping the missing items from this order. So have to wait for the last few parts need to have the complete CSL Intake. Also included in the box where the CSL door handles to make the custom CSL doors.





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Old 11-28-2012, 12:41 PM
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M3Dragon Im I want to buy the CSL center console How we do? The shipment to Spain

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Soon after the big box showed up the miscellaneous box of parts showed up. This contained mostly the parts for the center console. Also included was the OE BMW differential parts and the SMG expansion tank. Basically all the nuts and bolts which means all that is left to arrive is the CSL cam, Bumper, snorkel and center console.





Mid-August 2012 I finally got the SMG controller back from ESS. I was disappointed in how they returned the unit to me. Controller was not in a static free bag as I sent it to them and it was in a USPS flat rate box with only one pass of bubble wrap. After reinstalling the SMG Controller, I went on a 40 miles of driving and could not tell 100% if there is a change. From what I notice, it seems to change up and downshifts are a smidgen faster in feel. I am taking it on a "spirited" drive on August 30 so we will see how it drives.

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The drive I did on August 30th was the Livermore Mines run. This time I was able to arrange a photo shoot at an old airbase. This made for some great images, which I need to go back and do once the car is done.







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The Monday after the drive, the Samsco hoses arrived. I hope that these will help keep the car running cool for years to come.



Saturday 9/1/2012 I was finally was able to install one of the major parts on the M3. My fiancés father works for a Porsche/Subaru shop so I was able to get access to a lift so I could install the steering rack. I combined it with two oil changes as well. Might as well make the most of having a lift right. Wife drove the 1M to the shop on a nice Saturday AM drive there.



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The following images are of the install of the steering rack. Sorry for the crappy image quality as all I had was my Iphone. The install of the steering was pretty straight forward and took about 2 hours to do the install. I also changed the oil as it was due.















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The drive home after the install I could tell a noticeable change in the steering. I was concerned as some M3 owners said they did not notice a change when they drove their M3 and a M3 with the competition steering rack. The steering feels sharper and I can notice I do not have to turn the wheel as much when making hard over turns. It is not major change but enough that makes the steering feel closer to the 1M which was my goal. I believe that if I did try the ZHP rack of a 330 ZHP it probably would feel a tight as the 1M but I did not want to go that extreme.

For kick and giggles, I wanted to see what 10 years of ownership looks like in paperwork. It means a whole lot of paperwork in a hanging folder that I will have to split into two eventually.

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The weekend after installing the steering rack, I lead a drive up HWY 1 with some local NorCal gang on a 189 mile loop. (345 miles total for me). For those who say there is not a major change between the CSL/ZCP steering rack and OE need to take it on a super twisty road. Hitting the back roads and taking hair pin turns is where I really felt a change. Bear with me as I try to explain. Before on a tight hair pin I would have fully crossed my arms over and still would need to turn more to make the turn. IE remove hand(s) and turn the wheel more. Now I do not exceed making a parallel X when having to crank the car over. Sorry best way to explain it. Bottom line is I just got my justification the cost was worth it. ESS software seems to make down and up changes in mode 5 a tad faster but I am still not sold at this point.

If you care to see some more images of the group drive I lead you can see them at www.norcaldrivers.com. Hopefully I will expand this website to the other states for the routes/photo places if anyone ever sends me routes and photo locations…...









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The long awaited big items arrived. Thank you to the Evolve guys for a great packing job. A thing to point out is that the bumper comes with the gasket, splitters, and tow hoot cover. So I have a spare tow cover, 2 extra splitters and a spare seal. Kind of nice but at the same time could have saved the funds. Last of the interior parts from BMW were in this order as well. Each delivery is one-step closer to getting the car to the shop for the major overhaul. I hope to be able to pick the seats up next week as they are in.

The bumper itself comes painted, which is kind of a bummer, as I need to repay it. The bumper also seems to be some sort of carbon fiber? First time seeing an OE CSL bumper off a car.















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I have two pairs of splitters. The splitters are super light and seem to be a thin carbon fiber. I will do a write up OE vs VS splitters.



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The final piece of the intake puzzle. Only bummer part with this order is you can only order it with the servo. I am going to see what it might take to get it to work. Nice thing about having a mechanical / electrical engineer as a father =)



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Today's parts entry was a woohoo and a damit moment. The Recaro Profi XL seats are at the shop along with the install brackets. We installed the drive side seat and epic fail. The seat with the bracket sits taller than the stock seats so my head was holding the roof up. We are looking into either new brackets or having to make custom ones to drop the seat low enough. So I have seats but not in the car.



While at the shop I wanted to get a base dyno before all the big moods. Again another damit moment. We were only able to get to 2nd gear for the dyno test. We were able to at least use all the revs so we got a descent set of numbers. Max power was 317 and the consistent number was 312.4. Not too bad for a starting point.













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