Coming upon my 2004 alpine white BMW M3 was pretty much unplanned for. At the time I was driving a 2005 white STI which I got rid of for lack of comfort. I was looking to get something better for myself and my back. When least expected I fell upon a beautiful 2004 alpine white M3 with 23,000 miles on the odometer, even though the car was parked in the garage I couldn't believe that I made such a purchase. It was my first BMW! My new M3 being completely stock I knew things had to be done. So immediately I had the ugly yellow reflectors taken off and replaced with alpine white reflectors. I installed turn signal 6000k led bulbs, 6000k angel eyes and 6000k fog lights. The lighting was pretty much taken care of in the front end. Now as far as the rear end goes, I took care of the license plate with a black M3 license plate holder. Then I had tint film placed over my LED tail lights. All very inexpensive modifications, of course there was still tons of planning and purchasing to be made. After doing extensive research I got some information about different exhaust systems. I found a guy in Hong Kong that had made mufflers for the E46 M3, and after listening to the audio clip I thought to myself, not bad. I went ahead and placed an order with him and for $600 bucks I couldn't have been happier. Roughly 3 weeks after I got my exhaust installed the unexpected happened, I got cut off by an F250 and rear ended his trailer. I couldn't believe that something like this could happen. When seeing my car lifeless and destroyed, life stopped for a moment. Seeing it being towed, a part of me went with it. Sometimes life doesn't go as expected and things like this happen, but that wasn't going to stop me. I knew my M3 would come back from the dead and be better then ever.
So after the initial part of the vehicle was made, I knew what aftermarket stuff I needed to order. If the car was going to be taken apart, might as well get some free work done in the mix. I first started with my suspension and that’s where I found ModBargains.com. they had everything I needed to bring my M3 back from the wreckage. I did some research on the KONI front and rear adjustable shocks. I was pretty impressed with what I found and how many people on the M3forums would pair them up with H&R sport spring, so I went ahead and placed the order. I didn't stop there though, I made the effort to make sure I had all the necessary completing parts to make my M3 better and paired the rear Koni's with Rouge Engineering top mounts. Now that the suspension was taken care of I needed a set of wheels to sit it on. So after looking around online I found a company called Forgestar. They had CSL looking rims that had custom offsets that could pretty much fit any vehicle. I sat at my computer desk with my jaw wide open and couldn't believe what I just read. A set of wheels with custom offsets?! New doors just opened up. After searching for a retailer that sold these rims, my final destination leads me to Modbargains once again! This is when I met Alan; he assured me that these wheels were the cream of the crop. Alan explained that not only are these rims lightweight, but they are also very strong and durable. He also mentioned that Forgestar uses the same Technology BBS uses to make their wheels. I tried to figure out what size rims I wanted in the front and the rear. After figuring out the offsets, I chose a 19x9 set up for the front and a 19x11 set up for the rear. Yes I said it, 11's in the REAR! I went ahead and placed an order with Alan for the Forgestar F14's. I also took into consideration that since the car is at the body shop might as well do some custom rolling of the fenders and slap 305’s on those bad boys.
Now it came time to complete the rest of my exhaust system. I am not a huge fan of getting headers placed in, so I left this for my last mod. I did a little bit of research through Borla to see what they had to offer. I was impressed with the results. Borla's version 2 sections 1 and x-pipe accomplished something for me what I wanted to get done, getting rid of the rasp.
After completing the exhaust system I went for exterior work. I contacted Alan at Modbargains once again and got to work ordering their Carbon Fiber CSL Trunk Lid and their GTR Carbon Fiber Hood. I also went ahead and got the Carbon Fiber Diffuser and applied finishing touches with a carbon fiber kidney grill and fender side vents. I had an image for the whole car and it was coming along perfectly.
The Forgestar F14's came out wonderfully, the offset was perfect and the way the car sat was outstanding. The carbon fiber hood was almost a perfect match to the OEM hood, so there was no problem with fitment whatsoever. After the car was put together and we started her up, she ran and sounded incredible. The sound being distributed from the exhaust system was out of this world. It wasn't your ordinary M3 anymore, but there were still some more issues to take care of. The differential had a leak, so a supplement was made with the insurance company and I was on my way to ordering a custom 4.10 differential- probably one of the most amazing modifications you could do on an M3. Once the car was completed and out of the body shop, driving it was as if I just bought a new car. The way the suspension performed on the road was amazing and the power from the differential and the sound the M3 produced was just sick. With all that power off the line, it seemed as if there was still something missing. A Brembo BBK Kit! I made sure when I ordered my Forgestar F14’s that my custom offsets would clear the BBK kit. The next day I got on the phone with Alan and ordered the Brembo 355mm four piston black caliper BBK kit for both the front and the rear. I can tell you this much, WHAT INCREDIBLE STOPPING POWER! I could not believe how amazing these brakes were! At this moment my car was complete, but only for a short while. I know the next mods I'll be getting from Alan over at Modbargains will be a new clutch and flywheel system and possibly some force induction!