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    Obioban's 2005 IR/IR Coupe

    Disclaimer: Many things written below I wrote over a decade ago. Many mods have been changed out several times, as new things on the platform have been discovered. E.g. eBay headers are installed at one point... something would never do now. So... consider this a coming of age journal as much as anything else :P

    Going to start off with a non comprehensive (because I've forgotten way too many things that I did) mod list that I'll try to keep reasonably up to date...

    Engine:
    OEM ( Die Wethje) CSL Airbox
    Schrick 280/272 cams
    TMS pullies
    Dr VANOS cryo treated exhaust hub
    Beisan systems lifetime VANOS sealing plate o-rings
    Beisan systems lifetime VANOS solenoid
    Beisan oil pump disk
    Beisan VANOS rattle repair kit
    Beisan VANOS seals
    Beisan timing chain tensioner guide
    TurboToy (modified ARP) cam bolts
    updated BMW high pressure vanos oil line
    lifetime CPV o-ring

    Exhaust:
    SuperSprint V1 stepped headers (swaintech coated)
    SuperSprint HJS catted V1 Section 1
    SuperSprint resonated twin tube section 2
    SuperSprint Street muffler

    Engine Management:
    CSL Engine Management
    MCCHIP-DKR Dyno tune
    OE CSL IAT
    OE CSL Map rail/sensor
    Aux/clutched fan replaced with ecu controlled (using Z4M values) spal fan
    SMG shift lights turned on
    post cat 02s turned down but left on (ready)
    secondary air pump sensor disabled
    cold start sequence disabled
    non sport throttle mapping
    sport button disabled for future alternate use
    sport mode memory enabled
    EGT tweaked for HJS Cats' allowable max temps
    Top speed limiter removed
    Dyno limiter removed
    CSL warmup light values

    Suspension:
    Fat Cat Motorsports Stage 3 Coilovers
    Springs: 375 FL, 350 FR, 700 RL, 650 RR (equal frequencies left/right, 1.97hz front, 2.10hz rear, 75% front roll couple with sway in middle of adjustment range)
    Corner balanced and preload dialed out, with equal ride heights left/right with me in the drivers seat
    Ground control street camber plates
    Ground control street RSMs
    Ground control Front sway/bushings/brackets/end links
    CSL Rear sway/bushings/brackets, with home made adjustable end link
    Sealed monoball RTABs
    Bimmerworld sealed monoball rear adjustable camber arms
    CSL Kingpins

    Steering
    ZHP/yellow tag steering rack
    25% assist reduction by shimming pressure regulator
    CHF-11 conversion
    Alcantara steering wheel

    Brakes:
    817.3 DSC unit (CSL)
    Porsche 996 calipers
    CSL/ZCP/Z4M rotors (FCP)
    stainless lines
    OE Porsche Street pads (FCP)
    track pads (FCP)
    Castrol SRF (FCP)
    Hard Motorsport Brake Ducts
    Hard motorsport backing plates

    Body:
    Evolve CF roof
    Vorsteiner CSL trunk
    Fucy CSL diffuser
    Gunmetal grills/gills
    Depo smoked front corner lights
    35% tint (3M)
    vinyl M stripes on trunk badge (stock colors, less prone to fading)
    modern BMW wheel center caps
    shark fin removed
    OEM driver’s side keyhole cover (to deter thieves)

    Wheels:
    18" RAC RG-63s in gunmetal (street)
    17" Apex ARC-8s (track)
    TMS 75mm studs

    Lights:
    TFX projectors
    55w bulbs/ballasts/ignitors in 4300k
    85w halogen highs, programmed to come on with the xenon highs
    Outer brake light ring enabled for normal braking
    Brake lights programmed to strobe under hard stops
    e9X LED license plate lights

    Interior:
    Cobra Nogaros in Imola Red leather, with factory heating pads install and adjustable lumbar
    Brey Krause Mounts on factory e46 manual sliders
    Brey Krause Rear deck harness mounts
    Alcantara wrapped header liner
    Alcantara wrapped pillars
    Alcantara wrapped rear deck
    Alcantara wrapped steering wheel
    imola leather wrapped center console
    imola leather wrapped arm rest
    imola leather wrapped ebrake book
    Z8 ebrake handle
    M3 oval interior mirror retrofit

    Stereo:
    100% of factory stereo, mounting brackets, and wiring harness deleted
    Avin Avant 4 with speakers plugged in directly to unit
    Wireless CarPlay module

    Chassis:
    Vincebar, epoxy/rivet under floor version
    TMS subframe reinforcement kit with extra reinforcements
    BMW structural foam in subframe cavity
    updated BMW diff mount bolts
    CMP subframe raising solid mounts
    front strut tower inserts to remove slots
    Slonik chassis reenforcement plate

    Misc:
    Wavetrac differential
    Brail GU1R lithium ion battery (6 lbs), mounted in the engine bay to eliminate 6 lb battery cable
    Entire factory stereo (inc wiring harness, mounts, etc) removed
    Light weight (2 speaker) stereo powered by head unit installed
    Avin 9" touch screen head unit install (wireless CarPlay 99% of the time)
    CSL Cabin air filter housing
    Auto Solutions SSK
    RE Transmission mounts
    Hella Horns
    CDV delete
    VAG grocery bag hooks
    CSL Aux coolant pump
    Washer tank swapped for e39 high intensity washer tank
    e39 washer stalk for extra button to toggle M Track Mode while preserving on quick DSC off and steering wheel controls

    Coding (non comprehensive highlights):
    CSL oil level display (in cluster) enabled
    M track mode enabled
    Strobing shift lights

    2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
    2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
    2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
    2017 i3 Hatchback

    #2
    It began with a performance center delivery pickup. Honestly, not as many pics as I'd like-- was too busy enjoying the experience :clueless:

    At least I got to sit in a genuine BMW race prepped M3 while there













    When I got home from the Performance Center, I had BBS RG-Rs, a V1, and aluminum pedals waiting to go in (all but the V1 since removed :roll












    2nd day of ownership I took it to have clear bra installed (if anyone around PA needs that done, let me know- guy I used is great )









    2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
    2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
    2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
    2017 i3 Hatchback

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      #3
      Next came a series of little mods: OEM grocery bag holder (awesome!), OEM eurotray, iceLink plus

      ... and I did an autox









      2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
      2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
      2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
      2017 i3 Hatchback

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        #4
        Next up was the first big snow I drove through... visiting some friends up in Maine. It was great











        2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
        2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
        2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
        2017 i3 Hatchback

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          #5
          Next up I made the brake lights brighter, updated the nav software, got an OBIOBAN vanity plate (because of this forum), and got a photoblocking plate cover (since removed... by the police :roll









          Suspension time! TC Kline Double adjustable, 500lb front, 600lb rear, GC race sway, GC hybrid FCABs, PF RTABs, TMS subframe kit... most of it I didn't bother to take pictures of :roll:









          2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
          2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
          2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
          2017 i3 Hatchback

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            #6
            Then I drove though a pretty epic snow storm. It was the worst storm in the recorded history of NYC, and I drove through it at its peak! I saw 9 crashes occur that drive, as well as countless cars spun off the road or stuck. Still, I see no reason that should stop a lowered M3 :shifty:

            Sorry about pic quality, all taken with a moto razor which was all I had. Remember before phone cameras were good?












            2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
            2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
            2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
            2017 i3 Hatchback

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              #7
              Next up were some more big mods: CSL trunk and OEM video module (which I still haven't used for anything... just plugged the GNC into it to make sure it worked. I did get it for absurdly cheap, though, so... :roll
























              Some random pics I took














              OEM bi color steering wheel with M threading came, and I took some terrible pics of it that made it look way too dark out of the car and way too bright in the car. In reality, it looks just like the rest of the OEM imola leather











              Some random pics of the era:








              2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
              2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
              2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
              2017 i3 Hatchback

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                #8
                Some track pics from an event I went to:




















                Went to a filming day for one of the Teckademics movies, pics from that:
















                Got tired of replacing the front rotors so regularly, got some brembos. Also took some better pics of the Bicolor steering wheel
















                ... and then a real photoshoot with the brembos....













                2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
                2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
                2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
                2017 i3 Hatchback

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                  #9
                  And then I finally stopped cheaping out and got some dedicated track wheels. Details here: http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=144217






























                  I took the RG-Rs off and ran Dinan wheels while I was waiting for the RG4s to come, as the RG-Rs couldn't clear without a spacer














                  Finally, the RG4s came. I have to say, these are my favorite wheels... ever. Unless my logical side finally talks me into going with 18s on the street, these will be the wheels that I run forever

                  19lbs each front, 20lbs each rear for 19x9s and 19x10s that let you run 265 fronts and 285 rears... and absurdly strong!




















                  2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
                  2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
                  2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
                  2017 i3 Hatchback

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                    #10
                    And then an epic photoshoot of the RG4s by Phil


                    All of the pics in their full glory here!

























                    Minor mods, some illuminated door sills. I should really get some pics of these in the dark :roll:










                    really foggy day, decided to take some spooky style shots:














                    Next up I wrapped the headliner in alcantara. Had the headliner out for another project, so it wasn't that much extra work... kind of a PITA to attach the alcantara, but not overly hard:













                    2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
                    2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
                    2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
                    2017 i3 Hatchback

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                      #11
                      And then we were back into snow season :roll:






















                      Some random rolling shots and pics taken by CMT (chris) and Neel:
                      (car is REALLY dirty )































                      but then it was time for the traditional spring FULL detail (50 hours of cleaning :banghead

























                      Prepping the car to drive across the country:

                      RS110s (square so I can have a full size spare) and CB antenna attached:







                      2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
                      2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
                      2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
                      2017 i3 Hatchback

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                        #12
                        VIR Again





















































































                        Been running these on and off, but never took any real pics with them. Here they are

                        (still running the RG4s as summers, the RS110s are long drive wheels as they're square and I have 5 of them (= full size spare)).


















































































                        2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
                        2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
                        2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
                        2017 i3 Hatchback

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                          #13
                          Big car work weekend. Did the following:

                          front rotors on my car (bigger process than it sounds and reused the hats... and they were quite baked on)
                          front pads, now with brake pad wear sensors!
                          rear pads
                          tranny fluid
                          diff fluid
                          valve cover gasket
                          valve adjustment
                          cabin air filter
                          cleaned the MAF sensor
                          engine air filter
                          GPS antenna replacement
                          trim rattle delete
                          track car front rotors
                          track car front pads
                          track car cool suit relocation
                          track car fire extinguisher relocation
                          90% of a brake bleed (ran out of brake fluid :P)
                          spark plugs
                          coil packs
                          sergei xenon fogs replacement
                          Suburban CB hardwired to switched power
                          redid suburban V1 hardwire so it can't run down the battery
                          Permanent suburban CB antenna mount and wire routing


                          Biggest win of the weekend: The new design brembo brake pads have pad wear sensors!

                          My rotors were at 4.3mm of wear... and you're supposed to replace them after 1mm of wear... so it was time. My slotted rotors had long since become blanks :roll:



















                          2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
                          2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
                          2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
                          2017 i3 Hatchback

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                            #14
                            2 months ago did Drew's Run 2009. We drove from philly to the tail of the dragon, to miami, and then back again in 4 days. It was a great time!

                            Some pics from the trip:


                            Full size spare:


                            seat heaters on, car at speed, AC on, life is good


                            Drifting a helipad with a blow up doll :roll:





                            The day's drive... how's that for some epic distances :banghead:


                            many bugs died in our journey


                            These wheels are normally gun metal silver... but this trip they were brown with brake dust


                            Meet in Miami, rally cars lined up


                            Double fueling


                            And a shot that some random person we drove past took and emailed to me




                            And, back from the rally, all cleaned up








                            2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
                            2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
                            2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
                            2017 i3 Hatchback

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                              #15
                              First off, none of these things had failed. I'm just locking the car down for another 100,000 miles of use, hopefully issue free (going to do the cooling system soon, just recently did coils and plugs).

                              Many, many hours spent in the garage this weekend. Here's what we did:

                              clutch
                              throw out bearing
                              headers
                              longer header studs
                              header gaskets
                              coolant swap
                              tranny fluid
                              oil
                              engine mounts
                              tranny mounts
                              guibo
                              rear main seal
                              constant pressure valve
                              vanos filter
                              reset service interval

                              :banghead:

                              Pics from the project:

                              All the parts, waiting to go on:




                              lots of parts off the car and one the ground:






                              rear main seal in place:




                              engine block minus headers:




                              Engine bay, minus manifold and some other shiz:






                              Freshly installed headers, from above and below:








                              New project in progress:



                              edited in, result:





                              Just thought I'd add this.

                              Pics of the guibo and clutch. Guibo looks like I should have replaced it much sooner. I last checked it at around 80,000 miles and, while still in the car, it looked fine. Either the last 20,000 miles have been really hard on it or you can't tell the extent of Guibo damage with them on the car. Either way... I think it will be going on my inspection 2 list form now on.

                              The clutch, on the other hand, looks like it still had about half it's life left at 100,000 miles. Considering the life of my clutch (4000+ track miles, daily clutch initiated drifts, autox, drag strip, regular lauching), I think this is pretty amazing! Certainly nobody who isn't FI with a 6 speed should be needing a clutch before 100,000k, unless they're totally inept with the clutch pedal. I'll be leaving the next one in for at least 150,000 miles!

                              s






                              Haven't updated this for a bit.

                              4 weeks ago we were going to Pocono for a DE. e36 didn't pass PCA tech inspection (does now) so we took the 46. Sadly, at 100,000 miles... the water pump finally gave out.

                              So, since then I replaced the entire cooling system: Radiator, thermostat, water pump, fan clutch, piping, bla bla bla.

                              I also have new software from ESS on the car now, as well as Nitto NT05s. Reviews to follow on them!

                              Pics from the failed track day:



                              And once she blew up:



                              And, flushing out all the water pump bits from the cooling system:


                              2005 IR/IR M3 Coupe
                              2004 JR/Black M3 Wagon
                              2001 LMB/Black M5 Sedan
                              2017 i3 Hatchback

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