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B3s Touring no. 104 6 sp Manual conversion completed 12/3/18
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to say excellent stuff, a nice hands on approach to each problem presented.

I am going to find this thread very important as I would eventually like to perform the same conversion, maybe in a couple of years once my car is not the daily drive and so can take it off the road (again).

Mmm, noticed 6 speed SMG derived gearboxes seem to be cheaper than 6 speed manual derived gearboxes?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mmm, noticed 6 speed SMG derived gearboxes seem to be cheaper than 6 speed manual derived gearboxes?

Kev


That's because they are Crap Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rattusM3 wrote:
Just to say excellent stuff, a nice hands on approach to each problem presented.

I am going to find this thread very important as I would eventually like to perform the same conversion, maybe in a couple of years once my car is not the daily drive and so can take it off the road (again).

Mmm, noticed 6 speed SMG derived gearboxes seem to be cheaper than 6 speed manual derived gearboxes?

Kev


They were but people are wising up to the fact they can be converted. In the end it cost me the same amount as to have just coughed up for a factory manual box which is about 900 odd. My only positive is an SMG box won't of been abused in the same way a normal manual can as in electronically controlled changes. Its quite stiff from cold and really doesn't like to be hurried.

My old E36 6 speed was a nicer box to use and it cost me 125!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you fit a short shift kit? I find the throw is quite long on the M3.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, it doesn't bother me
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, a trackday beckons! At a small track the nurburgring Shocked I'm not stranger to the ring, but the car is and i am to an open pitlane limited numbers dedicated track day there! I've only drive on normal tourist days - very excited about lapping in a more controlled enviroment than i'm used to there.


Anyhow, the old banger need some prep!





I know i posted this before but a new throttle body pipe - alpina only. But at least i'm not stuck with silicone and duck tape and un metered air getting etc





I did a motorsport "repair" on one of the front calipers? Well it didn't work! Lasted until it rained again and got worse! So i looked online and a new caliper seal kit and piston was a mere 20 or a complete refurbed caliper 40. No brainer in my eyes so a refurbished caliper has found its way on.

Also for the track day i got my front discs re faced and have fitted EBC yellow stuff pads front and rear. Ideally i thought i wanted some bigger brakes but money has meant the standard 330i system is pressed into use - fresh high performance brake fluid, braided hoses and the EBC pads which will do track work. I'll report back how the brakes coped in stock form albeit with uprated components but intial road use and testing is positive







Steering guibo was worn, causing a funny wondering type feeling a bit like how most E34s are now or older BMWs with a steering box so E39 V8 owners also.

Positive repsonse from this also, feels alot nicer. I'd only been aware after it was pointed out to me by someone who drove it recently. Hard to notice stuff wearing out sometimes when you use them all the time





Left kidney grill doesn't want to stay attatched to the car for the full pikey look





I've replaced the battery, not really worth a mention. I feel it is however as its the ORIGINAL one! has 2004 stamped on her. Amazeballs if you ask me to last as long as it has



My last worry is tyres, which shall be sorted one way or another this week, as i go on thursday morning. I've a set of road legal track day tyres coming that were supposed to be here friday and now are monday arriving. If not i'm in the shit really. Last minute i know but my original idea for this trip was this car, then i decided on taking the E30 - thats not worked out. Then a sensible old man said just spend the money and take the E46 so here we are with a big box of get me home spares for the all the original parts that might shit themselves !
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the full pikey look includes tricolour stripes on the n/s kidney too.
I had the same issue recently but a trip to local breakers and a fiver sorted that out
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I sold my 2001 330ci it was fifteen years old and still on the original battery. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you got the tyres sorted in time Simon. Give it a good workout!
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

still no tyres yet, i'm going thursday morning Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simon13 wrote:
still no tyres yet, i'm going thursday morning Shocked

Well that gives you enough time to clean the damn thing!!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well fuck me they turned up 3pm this afternoon




thrown in the van and hot footed to the tyre place!







New boots, at last.

Tyres are Zestino - no i've never heard of them either, Japanese brand that are making waves in the drifting and track day scene. Not heard read a bad thing so lets see how they stand up. They're a road legal track day tyre a kind of arrive and drive. The sidewalls are mega stiff, tyre boys moaned had a bit of a time fitting them and you can tell straight away in the ride comfort. The michelins felt like cheese in comparison








And a well earned wash for the rusty old nail as per Charles instructions! I even hoovered her at the weekend! Boot is packed with spares as theres alot of original 150k milege parts fitted still.

Fingers crossed she holds out because if its going well i shall lap her all day. I'll try to take some pictures and i expect i'll be the only alpina there and estate car! On this track day in a sea of E46 e90 M3s Porka 911s and renaualt sport clios/meganes, Golf Rs and all the other track day favourite cars.

no.104 out
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should lap quite quickly Simon, with all that metal missing Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it does, the thought of making it a track car also appeals!
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