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    3000 miles later, another oil change. 7 qts of 5w30 synthetic and a Wix gold/premium oil filter. I wish all oil changes were this easy on other cars.

    Also, replaced the front endlinks and swaybar bushings. I was feeling just a little bit of looseness in the steering response.

    The endlinks were definitely perished.











    New Lemforder units installed easily.

    The front sway bay bushings are 16 years old and and they are more wallowed out than AO after Taco Tuesday and $1 Conona night.



    Moog replacements for this ZHP pkg larger FSB:


    Drop the splash tray and they are easy to access.


    New of left, old driver side bushing on right:


    Passenger side:




    With the wheels off up front, I broke out the heavy duty wheel cleaner to spiff up their condition. This stuff is very strong, I only use it on rare occasions or on heavily dusted wheels. Gloves and glasses needed kind of strong.











    These wheels are specific to this package, the split spokes aren’t too hard clean with a spoke brush, but the crevices don’t always clean up so well.

    Total job took about 60 minutes. Autumn has arrived and our weather is very agreeable.

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    Which heavy duty wheel cleaner?


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    Let me check. I bought a gallon jug of it at a detailing shop and I pour it into a general purpose spray bottle as needed.

    I use it when I run caustic race pad compounds or when caking begins.

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    5 months in, 5500 miles. This is a wonderful daily driver *knocking on wood*.

    I am putting together a plan for future-proofing. Mainly preemptive structural reinforcements for track use. Fortunately, a shop very close to me is a preeminent expert in this type of work.

    In the meantime, autumn has arrived in Atlanta!


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    Quote Originally Posted by kung fu jesus View Post
    Long story short; expand your search, be patient, stay vigilant.
    Long story short, I took the easy route. Picked up a low-mileage Estoril Blue 428i M-Sport in September and am happy with it so far. I wanted a smooth, quiet, comfortable daily driver that could accommodate my family for weekend adventures. The power folding hard top is great, it’s got plenty of power for me, the ZF8 makes it quick despite having “only” 240hp, it looks good.

    I still think the E46 are great cars and love the sound of naturally aspirated inline-6. But I wanted something that was easy to live with. I’ve got the Miata and 3 motorcycles that all have needs, so I didn’t want to add an older BMW with needs to the To Do List. But I’m still really enjoying living vicariously through you and watching your build thread. Keep up the good work!


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    Thanks! That’s a nice car!

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    I completely understand the ‘old BNW’ anxiety.

    Looking into having the rear subframe mounting points plated (welded in). Will speak with Harrison Motorsports next spring about it. I will have them do the bushings and a few other items at the same time.

    I will look into adding the M3 surge tank/fuel pump to prevent starvation.

    Not really concerned about the oil pump nut, the ZHP used a locking nut. The pump shaft is some concern, but I don’t expect a lot of time at top of fuel cut.

    Suspension-wise, I may just keep it stock, and refresh with OEM or OEM+.

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    Rear subframe reinforcement will give you lots of peace of mind. Every E46 driven vigorously should have it done before it becomes a bigger/ costlier issue. Have you considered adding a limited slip differential while you’re in there?

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    I considered an LSD, and I spoke with a track buddy who did it, I will wait and see if I need it.

    I loved how quickly my e36 and e30 would lock on track, but I don’t know if it’s worth the expense yet.

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    Took advantage of some Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals to order some maintenance/OEM+ parts. I like doing a lot of this type of work near the holidays when work is a little slower and I’m at home more.

    Nothing crazy, but I started getting a small valve cover oil leak and want to nip that in the bud. This grew to a “while I’m in there” parts list:

    VC Gasket
    Delphi coil packs
    Spark plugs
    AC tensioner pulley assembly
    AC belt
    Wipers
    Fuel filter/regulator assembly

    I’ll be picking up transmission, differential, and brake fluids over the next few weeks to knock that out too.

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