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I love the Radium CC, amazing quality. My only concern is that it gets really cold where I live and even though it is on the exhaust side of the bay I don’t want it to get too cold or anything.


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I love the Radium CC, amazing quality. My only concern is that it gets really cold where I live and even though it is on the exhaust side of the bay I don’t want it to get too cold or anything.


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You should empty the can often in the winter. You don't want any liquid in the can to freeze. It's been freezing here but I don't drive this car daily.
 

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I haven't been able to work on the car because it's been freezing here for the past few weeks but picked up some new tools.

I love tools 😍

BMW scanner, although I was spoiled from the Autel ds808 I was borrowing, this scanner should be more than I need for the time being, plus I snatched it on sale.

New scanner



Sweet Autel I was borrowing



New 2.5 ton light weight aluminium racing jack. I already have the 1.5 ton for years and it's been great but one jack is never enough.



Cheap spring compressor, hopefully this does the job. Should only need it once.

 

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Some more parts/supplies came in.

For suspension:
Front strut reinforcement plates
Rear Monoball RSM's with reinforcement plates.


For maintenance:
Oil (finally trying something different)
Oil filter
Vanos filter kit
New drain plug, o rings, washers

Just waiting on one last thing, free time, and warmer weather ***128526;


 

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Last piece to phase 1 suspension overhaul. Although after doing a bunch of modifications and maintenance on all my cars this winter, I think I'm on strike until we get temperatures over freezing.

Hopefully I'll have these on along with the monoball RSM's and front strut reinforcement plates soon. Then I'll just need to do an alignment and oil change.

I'll be done with suspension then for now and can focus on overhauling another area.



 

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Update: 1/21/18 CPV O Ring Change, Oil/Filter Change, Vanos Filter Change


I had an oil leak from my CPV for some time now. I kept pushing it off since everyone said it's a pain with headers on the car. Well after getting advice from fellow E46 M3 owner friends saying it was easy. I was able to knock it out and change the O Ring. I used the socket and O Ring from Mpower22 on M3forum. The most challenging part if any was figuring out which combination of tools to use. I used 3/8th ratchet with 6 inch extension with an adapter to fit to my 1/2 inch socket. I cleaned the area with brakleen and will inspect later to make sure the leak is gone.

DIY Link can be found here:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=358941

Link for the tool and O Ring can be found here:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=369406









First time changing my oil with something other than Castrol. Went with Motul 8100 X-Power 10W60. Too soon to really provide any feedback. She was running cooler than usual but it also was 39 degrees out. I think I'll be getting a fluid extractor moving forward.







DIY Oil Change Video for Reference:

HOW TO: BMW E46 M3 Oil Change (2001 to 2006 Model Years) - YouTube






Changed my vanos filter and O rings. I do it every oil change. Very quick and easy.




DIY Vanos Filter Video for Reference:

Vanos Filter Change - YouTube
 

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Crickets.. Not much going on here. We got snow a few days ago. Waiting and hoping for better weather.


I did receive my Garagewelt skateboard deck and put it up in the garage. This setup will do until I move to a new place with a bigger garage.



 

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Update: 7/08/18 Updated Eventuri air filter installed

I bought the updated Eventuri air filter a while back when it was on special and after the positive reviews I heard.

I had a few minutes so I slapped it on. Old filter barely had any miles on it but I can keep that as a spare.

Sorry for the crappy pics, was trying to rush and finish.

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Old filter



New filter installed

 

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Update: 11/18/18 Morimoto XB LED Fog Lights installed

I had a free moment this weekend so I installed these Morimoto fog lights I bought from the group buy not too long ago.

Install was quick and easy. I adjusted both lights to the lowest setting for now. I will adjust later if needed and probably add clear film.

I love the light output, and they don't look bad when not on either. I honestly rarely used my stock fog lights so hopefully these new lights will get used.

*If someone has a link to clear film they recommend please post. I only need enough for the pair of fog lights.

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Haven't posted here in a while, not much going on. Warmed up to 70 degrees today so pulled the car out and started her up. Took a quick spin to get everything to operating temps.

Emptied my catch can.





Bought updated OEM diff bolts, need to put those in still.



Bought some much needed lighting from Harbor Freight.







Did some maintenance and repair on my M Sport before I sold it :cry:







Replacement for the M Sport, 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI Sport. I like the M Sport better but it's the wife's daily so whatever..





 

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Update: 03/17/19 New AN fittings and catch can hoses

I never was crazy about the rubber hoses that came with my Radium catch can so I installed this new hose and AN fittings I bought online.

I used this cutting tool I bought from Harbor Freight to cut the hose, it got the job done.

This was purely cosmetic, I like how it looks now better.

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After:

 

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Unfortunately no updates on the car but I did recently buy a new garage for the M3 with a house attached to it. I hope to make this garage as close to the ultimate garage I always wanted. It has potential. It will take time but I'll document the progress here. So far it's just been organizing. I did finally buy a pressure washer which was long overdue.

 

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Update: 07/22/19 Polished strut bar and oil change

*Sorry for the potato cell phone pics, will eventually take better pictures.

Inspired by a fellow E46 M3 owner I decided to give my strut bar a shot. I'm happy with the results. I am working on a solution for the bolts.








First oil change in the new garage






I got some new detailing products and tools. I did not have a pressure washer set up at the last place.






I got these two pieces for my BMW collection



 
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