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Hello Fanatics!

My name is Angel, 22 yrs. old from East side of Europe. 1st I apologize about my bad english, it`s not my best..

Little story for begin. When i was little kid, i always dream to have a BMW, but my first car was Peugeot 306. It was totally stock, untill 1 day i found car sociaty and start going to meets. Drive it for 4 years, and sell it. This is before/after shot.




After 2 mounths of waiting for the "perfect" car for my budget (thats why its 'Budgetstein", because everything is on low budget, and its rolling on billstein :D), my eyes were stopping at the E46 coupe versions. Thinking what engine to be, because at my country taxes for 150+hp engines are big, and i am a student,... yes.. So i buy this car. Its BMW E46 318 M43 Coupe, Topaz blue, with 18s (style 72) and 16s (style 45) with winter tyres. Interior is semi-leather, with rear sunshader, and thats all.





It doesnt take so much tame, an i started to modify it. First change was the steering wheel. M-technik wheel with multifunction. Connect the multifunction to work, because originally my car hasnt. Get CD Siemens with aux, but doesnt have a pic. Used NCS Expert to do some coding, like US style indicators, follow me home, double impulse hazards.



I was really disappointed from the original "sport suspension setup". It needs change at soon as possible (i miss my peugeot handling), and star searching for suspension. I get Billstein B6 shocks and Vogtland springs for verry cheap, it was like gift, and i take it.



The new hight.



A few mounts later and listening to radio (dont like aux cables at all), i was confused to get a cd changer or digital thing (like yatour) to read usb. But decide to save some money for multimedia or navi. I get new chinise Android 7.1 Multimedia, mount it, also have a rear view camera that i like a lot. Bluetooth, reverse cam, canbus, 2x usb ports... Maybe my expensive thing from the car. :D Get facelift HVAC control for FREE (i like gifts). Made grill black (dont have pics). This is the car at that moment.





I hope that someday this car will be something better. Hope you like it. I will update the thread with in time.

See you soon! :)
 

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There`s nothing much happend. Its winter, cold, ice, snow, taxes, mot and etc. Just driving it.
I put the winter tyres on.



And made a cold start video. No one believe that its 4 cylinder car :cry: .

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Thats for now. See you soon! :)
 

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Hi! There isn`t much as progress, cuz money issues. Damn university years.
Soo what happend till now? Absolutly nothing. :lmao:
I`ve done a SAP delete, without CEL, because i`m with EU3 softwere (cuz i`m in Europe), and no one give a damn about the pollution here on our MOT check.



A friend have some CSL rep. wheels for sale, so i tested them. 8x19, ET34, but i think they are big too much for the car.



I found the perfect type of wheel that meets my requirements. That is my new inspiration (i dont own the rights for this picture :google: ).



So whats the next step? To buy a BBS rep. wheels, cuz they are on my budget.
After some time of searching for wheels that arent 2 salaries, i found this. BBS RS Rep, 8,5/9,5x18, ET35, 2x225/40/18, 2x225/45/18, not so good condition, for polish and paint, without hub caps, but hey... they are mine now. :excited:



Test fitted them, and i get surprise.. I need a spacer, more low and.. idk what. They arent fit like i imagine. :bawling:





That is for now! Hope soon to make the wheels and put them.
 

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Wheels in place

Hi! I see no one have interest `bout this thread, maybe cuz its 318 :facepalm:
. These days done a lot of work with the wheels. I`ve polished the lips, paint the centers. It took me a lot days of work, its been a lot of mess but it worth it!

I dont have a machine to polish them, so i do it on the car.



Painted n polished



Finally on the car. They are with a little bit bigger tyres F:225/40 R:225/45. I`m thinking about 235-245/40 at the rear, but for now will drive with them.



IMO they give the car a sportish look /only visual... its 318 :thanks: / .



At the last picture is with 5mm spacers front and back.



Thats for now. See you soon! :)
 

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Your new stance is perfect! It's really cool to see the quick evolution from when you got it to where it is now.
 

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Nice wheels! How is it to drive with those tyres?
Did you protect polished lips with ceramic coat or something?
Thanks! Its hard ride, specially with the billsteins. Its like "bushing destroyer" sort of driving.
For the lips, no. Havent protect them. Only with hard wax, but i think its not protected. I dont wash the car with havy chemicals or touchless products, so i think it will last a little bit longer.
Your new stance is perfect! It's really cool to see the quick evolution from when you got it to where it is now.
Thanks! :)
:excited::excited::excited:great work!!! i really like how your car looks with those wheels!
Thanks to u too.

Some sort of update:
One day long time ago i saw an e46 with all red taillights. Guess what happend. Before:



After:



And on the car /Sorry for the dirtyness, its raining these days/.

 

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Update time.

There isnt anything major happening, because i`m saving money for oil, filters etc. Only tinted the front windows 50%, but doesnt have pics. 4-5 days ago i decide to clean the interior of the car (sort of), because it wasnt deep clean before winter.





Moved to the boot. This was the most statisfying part of the whole car. Everything was so messed up. Start with removing everything (almost)



There was a lot of stuffs.



Vacuum inside, wash the boot with some water, dry it (dont have pic). Clean the spare tyre, wax it with turrtle wax and tyre shine.





Also clean and wax this plastic thing (idk whats it called)



Wipe the warning triangle.



Wash the whole toolkit... i have only wrench and a hook. Back in the days i had a black screwdriver, but somebody stole it :cry:



Organize the organizer :pimpin:



Everything is in place.



On drive to home (i was on my village) the rear of the car start to wiggle.. Guess what. I had to dirty the clean spare tyre.



At the tyre shop



And back to home.



Today buy inside boot open switch with the connector, for verry low price (5 BGN, ~3 USD), it was like new.



Little bit later



I`m happy how easy was to do this.



When dissasemble the plastics, i was thinking to retrofit some footwell lights, because my car doesnt have light package. We will see.

For end of the post, i will show you 2 pictures, made from my friend. :)





comments and critics are welcome.
See you soon!
 

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Quick update for the thread that have no interest. :rofl:

Its maintenance time! Oil, filters, belts.. lot of things.



It been plasure to work and change everything within 10 mins. cuz its 4 cylinder.



Done the RTAB job also. It been not so hard, but took me a lot of time. Ive choose to go with poly bushes, cuz the roads here are bad, must be strong, and they are cheaper and easyer to instal than normal bushes. Also done an alignment.







Quick diagnostic with inpa, delelte all faults (there was 1), but found something that i didnt like.

Load mg/As/Zyl: !99.00 (normal from 1 - 7 )
Pulse duty factor i.s. controler 1: !37.52 (normal from -10 to +10)
And cylinder rough (normal from 0 to 4)
Cylinder 1 [1/sl]: 1.95
Cylinder 2 [1/sl]: 0.93
Cylinder 3 [1/sl]: 0.48
Cylinder 4 [1/sl]: 0.62

At cold engine the car is playing at the rev range about +/- 80-100rpm

I was thinking its a vacuum leak, so.. its disassemble time.



But everything is good. Clean the MAF sensor, throttle body, no hose are broke, disa valve is in good condition and works best, all manifold gaskets are perfect. What cause that problem with engine shakes and rev play? Help please! :bawling:

Its remap time!! One friend had Kess V2, and made me a softwere for free. Now the car is a little bit faster... little bit (1.9 118hp) :lmao:



When i retrofit the boot button, i was thinking to retrofit a footwell lights. So they were on the way! Installed them, it was quick job.



This is a picture of mine wiring loom after the things that i was retrofited. I like everything to be organized and run into the original wires.



Thats for now. Soon must change rear hub bearing, because its start to squeek from time to time, and change upper rear trailing arm bushings. End this post with 2 pictures with my friends E36.





Greetings!
 

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Your progress is amazing. When you retrofitted the boot switch, did you install the complete wire? Was it difficult? Is there any DIY that you followed? It looks nice. My car does not have it either.

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Awesome¡¡¡¡ i will take a look. If i have any issue i will ask you. Thanks for sharing. I love the front look of your car. Mine has the facelift design which i also like but i am thinking that the pre face looks better. Great motoring¡¡ cheers.

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Would you like to provide more details about that boot switch, was that original option from BMW?
Good progress and maintenance is essential, good work there!
 

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Aloha everyone!

3 mounths after last update... The car is still runing! :rofl:

Thats all!

So let go to the update. I reuphosltery the steering wheel with leather. The steering wheel has a lot of cracks in the leather and started to dirty my hands a lot when drive.

This is the kit itself.



The process of rewraping. It took me about 3-4 hours, its not hard at all, but its little big tricky.



Day after, the alternator lamp gets on, and the idle issue doesnt stop.. Dissasemble time!



What has been chaned:
- lower intake manifold (the old one hasnt tight the screw for the disa)
- disa valve
- icv
- tps
- all the gaskets
- cleaning the throttle body
- 100A alternator

.. and still have that idle lumping around :cry:

Harman Kardon sort of update.
I buy HK subwoofer, and connect it with aftermarket amp, works really well. Navi goes out for wiring, sub has installed in place.





All is good, potholes are bad. I stepped in some sort of pothole, which was little too deep. BBS now has a crack. Goes to the wheel shop, they weld it, straighted it up, balance it. Its not the prettiest weld, but it holds up air.



Mine birthday has come.
Friends deside to gift me a set of wheel center caps. :thumbsup:



So.. Wheel refurb time! Repolish the lips, repaint the centers, diy some center caps logos from old vinyl that was in home.





The other gift was chrome rings for the cluster.



The third gift was an strut bars for the front and the rear, custom made from stainless steel, still wait for them (9 weeks from the order), but the guy that made them is little bit superficial. I`ll search for somebody else to make them.

The last paychek was part searching time. I`ve bought front ARB from M3 vert 27mm and rear ARB from normal vert 20mm and install it. I have only 2 pics of them, because i was forgot to take pics. :facepalm:





The handling is great, except the fact that the tyres isnt holding at all.
Thats for now, hope to find someone to make the strutbars asap.

Pics for end of the reply.











Hope you like it! Comments are welcome, critics also.
See you soon!
 
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