Roger's BMW E46 M3 Underside Restoration
We've videod one of our infamous 'Underside Restorations' to show some of
the key stages in this 50+ labour-hour project.
Roger's E46 M3 had the common cracks and spot welds popped on his E46 M3
Roger had also just won 2nd place in the M3cutters' Xmas prize raffle and
opted to spend his 2nd place price with Redish Motorsport.
The E46 M3 obviously required our Redish Motorsport E46 Rear Subframe
Repair & Reinforcement Process as a bare minimum -
Then, after Roger made the 160 mile round trip from South Wales to go over
plans and meet James, Luke, and Pete at Redish Motorsport, he was 'blown
away' (his words not ours) with the Underside Restoration work we have
carried out in the past.
After seeing our working procedure, workshop, the team, and past projects,
Roger was hooked and he upgraded to the Redish Motorsport Underside
Just a brief list of items replaced or refurbished during the process:
Redish Motorsport E46 Rear Subframe Reinforcement Plate Kit
Full underbody degrease with POR-15 Marine Clean & APC
Addressing of surface corrosion areas
High build etch priming of floor areas
Wurth sprayable seam sealer of floor areas
Underbody & arches painted in Pheonix Yellow (445) body colour paint
Metal brake pipe repairs
Fuel tank & lines & pipes degreased and silicon protected
Fuel tank straps powdercoated
Diff carrier & ARB & RTAB cradles powdercoated in Matt Black
Trailing arms & upper spring arms powdercoated in Chrome Silver
Eibach lower camber arms
V-brace powdercoated in Chrome Silver
Various other small brackets powdercoated in either Matt Black or Chrome
OEM rear silencer & centre pipe hand/machine polished then hand waxed
Plastics degreased & de-waxed, treated with a silicon sealer
Metal heatshields for prop & Exhaust
scrubbed & painted VHT silver
New rear ARB drop links
Bilstein PSS10 (B16) Coilover kit
Rogue Engineering Rear Top Mounts
Diff rear cover painted in VHT silver
Diff body painted in POR-15 Rust Preventative Black
Goodridge Braided Brake line kit
Drive shafts cleaned & rubbers treated
OEM BMW diff/subframe bushes
OEM BMW diff front bush
Powerflex rear trailing arm bushes
OEM BMW anti roll bar bushes
OEM BMW trailing arm ball joints x4
OEM BMW upper spring arm inner bushes
Wiring for ABS, Pad, Xenon cleaned & protected
Fuel supply & return pipes protected/painted with POR-15 Black
EVERY SINGLE nut, bolt, washer, clip, screw, fixings & fastener NEW from
There probably was more but this is just a quick run down of the spec.
If you have any questions or are seriously considering this level of work
on your BMW, please get in contact with James and he will be happy to
Thanks for watching!
BMW M3 e36 3.2 Drift Practice
During the off season I made this remake of a video I released earlier in
This would be the extended cut of the earlier release.
The original can be found here: /watch?v=1XHQarLbbAU
The car is a BMW M3 e36 3.2 from 1996.
I had only had it for about 3 months when I shot this film.
It was shot just north of Stockholm, Sweden. The store was, at the time,
closed since many hours and there were no people present other than me and
BMW Drift special at Swiss Hillclimb 2012, M3 E30, 325, 325 Touring, Marc Fleury only Sideway
This is a tribute to all BMW drivers which was present on at least one of
the following Events in Drift-Style:
Hillclimb Ayent - Anzère
Hillclimb St-Ursanne - Les Rangiers
Hilllclimb Châtel-St-Denis - Les Paccots
0:01 Joël Rappaz, BMW M3, 2.5
0:39 Steve Rinsoz, BMW 325 E30, 3.2
1:34 Nicolas Barraud, BMW 325 E30, 3.6
2:18 Florent Mariaux, BMW 325 E30, 2.8
2:41 Alain Zoppelletto, BMW 323 E30, 2.3
3:22 Aranis Cereghetti, BMW M5 E34, 3.6
4:04 Marc Fleury, BMW 325, 2.5
4:22 Michael Sahli, BMW 325 Touring
5:09 Benno Frieden, BMW 325
Part 2: Installing shocks, struts and springs on a BMW 3 series 99 thru 05 (E46)
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In Part-2 of this two part series, we will replace the rear shock and
spring. See Part- for the front shock/spring/strut replacement.
The Bentley repair manuals will cover standard shock and spring replacement
for the various BMW and MINI models. This DIY will assume that the DIYer
has the applicable Bentley manual for additional reference as well as
fastener torque values. Note that we will be installing the Bilstein
PSS-10 coil-over kit. However, the procedures would be the same for any
common shock/strut replacement (including installing sport springs, if
• New shocks/struts (Bilstein, Koni, Sachs, etc.)
• New sport or stock replacement springs, if desired (BMW, BavAuto,
• New Shock install kits (compression bumpers, dust shields, spring pads,
• New upper strut and shock mounts
• New strut & shock mount gaskets (as required)
• Rear shock mount reinforcing plates
• Bentley Repair Manual
• BavAuto Non-Marring pry bar set
• 13mm through 18mm ½"drive socket & ratchet set with various extensions
• 4mm through 8mm Allen keys or bits (for ratchet use)
• 13mm through 18mm combination wrench set
• Assorted flat and Phillips screwdrivers
REAR (applies directly to the E46 3-series, but the E36 3-series uses the
same steps and procedures):
1) Safely raise the rear of car, with suspension hanging.
2) Remove the wheels.
3) Place a jack under the lower shock mount eye or the wheel hub assembly.
Slightly raise the suspension (just enough to remove the downward tension
on the shock).
4) Remove the lower shock mount bolt.
5) Lower the jack and allow the suspension to hang free.
6) Remove the trunk side trim panel to access the upper shock mount.
7) Remove the two 13mm nuts from the upper shock mount, at the top of the
8) Lower the shock out of the vehicle.
9) Assemble the new shock with new compression bumper, dust tube and upper
mount. Be sure to re-use the large lower and upper washers for the upper
mount. These washers must cup away from the mount. lower washer cups
downward and upper washer cups upward.
10) If the spring is being replaced, it can be removed BEFORE
re-installing the shock. Have a helper pull downward on the wheel hub
assembly and pull the spring out from between the chassis and the upper
11) Using new upper and lower spring pads, install the new spring in the
same manner as the original was removed. Install the new spring pads, then
install the spring.
12) Install the new shock. Place a new shock mount gasket on the shock
mount and insert the assembly up into the shock tower. If installing a
shock mount reinforcement plate, place the plate over the two shock mount
studs, on top of the shock tower, before installing the two nuts. Install
the two nuts. Install the trunk trim panel.
13) Install the lower shock mount bolt. Be sure to install the washer on
the bolt before installing the bolt. Use the jack to raise the suspension
assembly to align the lower shock mount with the hub mounting point, so the
bolt can be inserted and threaded. Tighten the bolt.
14) Repeat for the other side.
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MrFurioso BMW E46 M3 Transformation
This is my current 2005 Interlago Blue BMW E46 M3. Below is a complete list
of my mods.
TRMotorsports MT1 18*9.5 (35 o/s)
Toyo R1R 265/35/18
H&R 10mm Spacers
RPI Air Scoop
Streamline Air Filter
Bimmerworld Air Duct
H&R Sport Springs
Rogue Engineering El Diablo Muffler
Autosolution SSK 30%
ZHP Shift Knob
Z Leather Shift Boot
Depo Smoked Corner Lights
Matte Black Grill
Matte Black Gills
Eurospec CSL Bootlid & CSL Front Bumper
NRG CF Fixed Back Seats