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#1 (permalink) Old 01-07-2004, 11:26 AM
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I just picked up my first car. 1998 BMW M3 sedan. Found a steal on it-9 grand wit 50,000 miles and needs a lil work. It was damaged but i've done all the work myself and it's going again and now i get to have some fun with it. I got a E46 front bumper on the way cause the bumper was taken off when i bought it-that's aight cause i wasn't feelin the stock bumper that year anyways. I've also replaced the stock control arms wit adjustable ones. Now that i got the car movin and paid for I need to start making it faster. I've heard not to mess wit the exhaust? If you have some suggestions for stuff i should do to it, please tell me. I hadn't intended on gettin a BMW but i couldn't pass this deal up. Any suggestions,performance or looks, please send em!
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first off, welcome to the forum.. 2nd, The exhaust is fairly good, but you can gain hp out of upgrading to a Dinan exhaust, a conforti intake ( or another cold air intake of similar characteristics), and a good chip for your car. Getting a set of good road/race lowering springs and Bilstein struts are a good idea as well, most of the guys on here have their cars lowered with some of the familiar names you'll hear on the board. Our sponser Europersona for this board has some awsome prices you can't beat and just do a little searching from past threads, anything you can think of probably has already been discussed..



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yeah... first thing to do is intake and all that good stuff. also, you should decide whether you want to go the way of forced induction, because if you do, you should get your exhaust AFTER that stuff, so that way you don't have an excess of backpressure. but this is just the beginning. nice car btw. and welcome to the board!
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Thanks for the help. Keep the info commin tho, i got alot to learn yet. I would love to lower it and do alot of suspension work but i'm kinda in Minnesota and lowered cars doesn't work too well wit the winters. My front bumper is 7 layer fiberglass so i'm already gonna have a lil problem wit keepin from breakin it and lowering it would be askin for trouble. I also am broke. I work construction full time in the summer, but the rest of the year i'm piss poor. So what I do to my car, I want to be the most beneficial things i can do with my money. I'm lookin to put a stereo in it as one of the first things i do, but the cd player didn't come wit it. I don't know if it's smarter to get a aftermarket head unit and rip my dash apart and rig it together or just get a stock or alpine 6 disk and put it in the factory trunk spot. Does anyone know if it's a lot of work to install a receiver in the dash? I heard the wiring harness is different and i haven't taken the time to check all that stuff out yet. Thanks
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i had a 328i with the same dash as you and it was no problem replacing the factory radio with a head unit. it fit in perfectly and looked awesome...go here if you want to see what it looked like

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I love your damn M3. Holy shit it's beautiful. That's crazy that u got that Alpine cause that's the EXACT Cd player i am plannin on buying if i decide to get a head unit instead of a 6 disk. The wiring harness fits and everything? What kind of subs and and amp would u recommend? I'm leaning towards 2 12" Alpine R Types and puttin one on each side of my trunk. And I'm thinking as long as i have everything else Alpine that i should just foot the extra dollars and get an Alpine amp. If you know of a better idea please tell me. If you have any more details on how u took out the stock radio please tell me too. I wanna know what i'm doin before i rip my dash apart! Thanks
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Great car - congratulations.

Debaffle your air box first thing. It is a piece of cake and the sound at WOT is unbelievable.

You might also want to consider an x-brace and reinforced tranny mounts. These two things are on my very short list. Also, be sure to check your rear shock mounts for failure. This is a VERY common issue with E36 M3s and a pretty cheap fix.

You will find that your stock headlights suck. Eventually, mine will be replaced with ZKW euro ellipsoids. If you want to shell out for the HID conversion, you can do that too. Everything is plug and play with ZKW.

A couple of DIYs:

http://www.brazeauracing.com/shockmounts.htm

http://www.brazeauracing.com/airbox.htm

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