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My impressions of my new mods and repairs... (archive)

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Posted by ADA///M on August 14, 2001 at 08:08:49:

Well I ran into some money(graduation) and finally got to do some much needed repairs and work to my car. Just listing my impressions if anyone was wondering...probably not anything new to most of you, but here goes.....

Valve Job/Cap/Rotor/Plugs/Gustave's Wire set....
-Didn't feel much of a difference with these mods. The car revved a little more smoothly. And Gustave's Wires(though a little expensive) look great and he got hem to me in time. They are well built and come with a cool sticker :)

Offset control arm bushings/ST SWAYS/Sway reinforcements(F+R)/H&R sports/Bilstein Sports/Steering rack/Tie rods
-WOW...what a difference from origianl suspension with 100k miles on it....I couldn't believe how much this transformed the car...I became 100 times more confident in the car, and although the limits are higher, I feel much more confident in reaching(getting close to) them...steering rack and tie rods made the car feel much tighter as more slop in the wheel...And I was destroying my friends 99 M3 in the turns...OH and dont forget to get the trailing arm(rear control arm) reinforcements...i learned the hard way when my left rear sway bar tab ripped off the control arm... and the car suddenly swung the ass out mid turn...good thing I cought it

Hawk HPS Plus/Evo rotors/SS brake lines all around...
-Another WOW...again much better than the worn original parts. Again braking performance is now almost as good as my friends stock 99 M3 braking.

My personal favorit mod....17x8 and 17x9 Fikse FM/5 rims with 235/40 Michelin Pilot MXX3 tires all around...
-Not much noticed in performance over my other 17" rims, but they look amazing. And the Mxx3's are definitely the best dry performance tires I've ever esperienced. I didnt want by 9" rims in the rear, but this was a used set that i got for a good deal so I took it anyway. There is no rubbing at all. I think we could probably fit 9.5" rims back there with no rubbing or fender rolling. Not that I want or need that with my 2.3L....but in case some of you with more powerful cars were wondering...If you want some pics let me know....

Other repairs guibo/oil pan baffle/intake leaks fixed

Well up next is Triflo DTM exhaust, new cat(maybe SS resonator), new sport clutch(maybe flywheel too)...timing chain tensioner(e36)...still waiting for my front ST sway bushings...I'll let you all know how that all turns out...sorry for the long post...

Heres my there anything that would be causing my car to sit car doesnt seem as low as most M3's ive seen with the same setup. Its been over 2 months since install so it should have settled by now...Any ideas? Maybe i got the wrong springs?

Have fun driving...i know i sure

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