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Beauty. :) And those wheels definitely make the car stand out.
 

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Haus, I think you should keep the amber lights on there. I think clears would ruin the look, or at least detract from it. Think about it, the e36 M3 is a drivers car first. The lines are not as refined as an e46, and having the amber lights goes along with the raw, sharp look and feel of the e36.

Caveat: I am in no way looking to start another e36 vs. e46 looks/drivability/general coolness debate. Yes, I'm new here, but I'm not *that* stupid. :eek:
 

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Looks great Haus, waiting for the detailed pics. And make sure to take them at dusk, not bright sunlight.
 

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StLChris said:
Haus, I think you should keep the amber lights on there. I think clears would ruin the look, or at least detract from it. Think about it, the e36 M3 is a drivers car first. The lines are not as refined as an e46, and having the amber lights goes along with the raw, sharp look and feel of the e36.
I think clears would make the car look sharper and more pure. They clean up the lines, but I disagree that that in any way detracts from the look. But hey, that's just my opinion. :) I don't have clears myself, but once I'm done with the important stuff I'll think about it.
 

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The pictures look great Haus:thumbup:

But I think your Griot's guys are right, the black will bring you to your knees:eeps: But since you enjoy detailing, it should be a passion for you to make the black beauty shine:D
 
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Jetfire said:


I think clears would make the car look sharper and more pure. They clean up the lines, but I disagree that that in any way detracts from the look. But hey, that's just my opinion. :) I don't have clears myself, but once I'm done with the important stuff I'll think about it.
Speaking of "important stuff"-

The single best mod for the E36 M3 is also one of the cheapest and easiest to install. And I highly recommend it to an E36-er who doesn't have it yet.

It's the Motorsport X-Brace.

Look here- http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/html_techtip/techtips/e36_xbrace.htm
 

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TD, have you installed trans mount enforcers? That's one of the first items I plan to purchase. While I'm down there, I might as well install the x-brace. Just don't tell the SCCA guys that I'm not technically stock...
 
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TD, have you installed trans mount enforcers? That's one of the first items I plan to purchase. While I'm down there, I might as well install the x-brace. Just don't tell the SCCA guys that I'm not technically stock...
THe x-brace does NOT take away stock status AFAIK.
 

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THe x-brace does NOT take away stock status AFAIK.
Actually, I believe it does to the SCCA (we're talking Solo 2, of course). Here's the definition of Stock class:

http://www.moutons.org/sccasolo/Rules/stock.html

That section lists some very specific modifications that are allowed for vehicles in the stock class. Cross braces are not included in the list. However, the part is factory installed on roadsters and convertibles.

My interpretation of the rules are as follows. The x-brace was only installed on E36 M3s if they were ordered as convertibles. Therefore, they are considered part of the convertible "package." In order for the x-brace to be considered stock, one would have to install the entire package that included the x-brace. In this case, that would mean "installing" the rest of the convertible "package." This is, of course, a ridiculous proposition, but it would be the only way to have an x-brace and remain in B-Stock. So the only x-braced E36ers in BS should be convertibles.

Of course, I highly doubt that anyone would notice. Furthermore, I doubt anyone would care a whole lot at the local level, unless you become competitive in your class.

Oh BTW TD, you never answered the first part of my question. Do you have the TMEs? I've yet to see the transmission flex, but I've got a FATT in December and I'm wondering if it's really a common problem with E36s.
 
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Actually, I believe it does to the SCCA (we're talking Solo 2, of course). Here's the definition of Stock class:

http://www.moutons.org/sccasolo/Rules/stock.html

That section lists some very specific modifications that are allowed for vehicles in the stock class. Cross braces are not included in the list. However, the part is factory installed on roadsters and convertibles.

My interpretation of the rules are as follows. The x-brace was only installed on E36 M3s if they were ordered as convertibles. Therefore, they are considered part of the convertible "package." In order for the x-brace to be considered stock, one would have to install the entire package that included the x-brace. In this case, that would mean "installing" the rest of the convertible "package." This is, of course, a ridiculous proposition, but it would be the only way to have an x-brace and remain in B-Stock. So the only x-braced E36ers in BS should be convertibles.

Of course, I highly doubt that anyone would notice. Furthermore, I doubt anyone would care a whole lot at the local level, unless you become competitive in your class.

Oh BTW TD, you never answered the first part of my question. Do you have the TMEs? I've yet to see the transmission flex, but I've got a FATT in December and I'm wondering if it's really a common problem with E36s.
No TME for me as I have not had a problem with flex and, from what I've read, the TME transmits a lot of engine vibration into the interior. Until I notice a need for it, I do not care to make that sacrifice.
 

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Jetfire said:


I think clears would make the car look sharper and more pure. They clean up the lines, but I disagree that that in any way detracts from the look. But hey, that's just my opinion. :) I don't have clears myself, but once I'm done with the important stuff I'll think about it.
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I think clears look like shit on E36s. The look much more after market tack on than they do on the e46 for some reason. Just passing through and adding my opinion, but the ambers look best, FYI.
 
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