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      08-07-2016, 09:32 PM   #1
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My E91 Journey

I began searching for an LCI E91 RWD 6 MT about 18 months ago. I found one at a Chevy dealer in San Antonio Texas. After negotiations and an E46Fanatics Member checking it out for me I pulled the trigger.

The car arrived via truck and this is what it looked like when I first saw it in person.



I was happy with my purchase, but the car wasn't exactly what I had expected. Shortly after taking ownership I had to replace both rear wheel bearings and the oil pan gasket. Unfortunate, but oh well. After that the car was in sound mechanical shape.

I got the car home and swapped in black kidney grills and debadged the rear rear end.







I had a set of BBS RC303s that I was planning to run on my ZHP, but I sold the ZHP in favor of the E91, so I temporarily sprayed them and slapped them on.





Next it was time to clean up the interior a bit. Swapped the iDrive controller for a cleaner one.




After that I found a set of MTech trim in Canada and had it shipped to replace the walnut. I dont have a photo of the before and after at the time I did it, but a couple days ago I swapped the steering wheel too, so you can see the trim and new wheel.




It was time to get rid of the 4x4 look with the BBS RCs so I ordered and installed ST Coils, M3 Control Arms and new bushings/mounts/hardware. Height wasn't dialed in yet, but better than it was.



Next I needed to liven up the front end a bit. Removed the amber reflectors in favor of a smoked set and added JB Speed Splitters. Also resprayed the wheels silver. I am trying to figure out what color to get them powder coated this coming winter.



Also purchased a set of CF Rear Bumper extensions from a forum member who fabricated them.

So...here is how the car sits today. I will be adjusting the suspension tomorrow. Overall I am happy with the car. I am not sure how much more it will change because its a DD and I just bought an E36 M3/4/5 for more spirited driving.




Hope you guys like it!

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      08-07-2016, 10:00 PM   #2
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Love E91's. Honestly I'd just throw m-sport bumpers, get a PE exhaust, and just enjoy it.

If I had an E91 it would be tough to resist building an E91 "M3"
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      08-08-2016, 01:34 AM   #3
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Where did you get the non m-sport steering wheel?
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      08-08-2016, 08:41 AM   #4
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Where did you get the non m-sport steering wheel?
I purchased it from forum member CarZoneAuto. I believe he will have additional wheels for sale.
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Excellent write-up OP! Are the BBS wheels noticeably lighter than the OEM ones? Were you able to feel any difference driving with them?
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Excellent write-up OP! Are the BBS wheels noticeably lighter than the OEM ones? Were you able to feel any difference driving with them?
Much much lighter. I also ditched the run flats in favor of Pilot Sports so it transformed the car. Adding the coils and M3 front lower control arms helped too.

I love the car, its great for hauling the kids and random stuff around and it is fun to drive. Its slow, but that is OK by me.
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      08-08-2016, 09:42 AM   #7
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Lookin' good.
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I love how you have transformed this E91 with all the small simple tings that really make it pop.
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I love how you have transformed this E91 with all the small simple tings that really make it pop.
Thanks a lot. My goal was to keep it fairly clean and classy. I would love to go Mtech front & rear but I dont think I can justify the expense.
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Thanks a lot. My goal was to keep it fairly clean and classy. I would love to go Mtech front & rear but I dont think I can justify the expense.
Yeah but if you did it would look awesome OEM+
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Yeah but if you did it would look awesome OEM+
Cannot argue that point at all!
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Looks great
Thanks! Glad people like it.
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Looks great!
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I finally made time to adjust (lower) the suspension a few days ago. I like how it looks but I have heard the front rub a couple times. I think I will raise the rear a couple turns and the front the same.



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Looks good! Touch lower than mine by the looks of it, front will probably be rubbing on where the bumper mounts to the wing.
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Looks good! Touch lower than mine by the looks of it, front will probably be rubbing on where the bumper mounts to the wing.
Thanks! I think you are correct, it seems to be lowest, least clearance right behind that reflector. I think raising it up is a good option and the car will still look good.
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