Redline360 Mishimoto Radiators
16May/180

Best Sounding Exhausts For A Nissan 350Z

The Nissan 350Z is a killer car for drifting. But as perfect as it is for drifting, it has an unfortunately restrictive OEM exhaust system. Improving performance and function in this area is essential but just as important is making your car rumble and roar with power. If people do not hear you coming, is it even worth showing up?

There are few things in life better than the sound of a fast and powerful car. There are many aftermarket parts available to help you highlight the engine exactly the way you want.

From sweet purrs at low rpms to full-throated roars at top speeds, from all out volume to cleaner, more refined tones, there are so many options to choose from. To see exactly what we mean, take a listen to the beauties in this video:

Here is a closer look at our favorite exhausts from the video.

Invidia N1 Exhaust

If you want to not only drive like a legend but sound like one too, this is the exhaust for you. Engineered to increase horsepower and torque, the Invidia N1 exhaust will improve mid to top end power. With ultra high flow N1 style mufflers, it delivers a throaty purr at low rpms but a full, aggressive rumble when at cruising speeds. Reasonably priced exhaust with a straightforward fitment. Good value AND easy install! Perfect!

Tomei Extreme Ti Titanium Exhaust

For earth-rattling volume and flawless performance, this is an excellent choice. Made from titanium, this exhaust system is strong and durable and will not add extra bulk and weight to your car, allowing you to maintain speed and performance on the track. If you want to truly hear your engine strength and power, the Tomei Extreme Ti Titanium exhaust delivers in a big way.

Spec-D Tuning Exhaust

This exhaust will allow you to hear a full range of sounds from your 350z from a low rumble at low rpms to a full howl when fully opened up. Mandrel bent piping allows for smooth exhaust flow and minimal restriction. This exhaust has the occasional fit problem so unless you have the garage space and the skill set, the install is best left to a professional. The extra spend is a bit of a pain but it will be more than worth it when you open up the throttle and hear it for the very first time.

GReddy SP Elite Exhaust

If your tastes run towards a more refined, sporty sound, give the GReddy SP Elite a try. With a deeper sound than stock and much prettier finish, this exhaust delivers for people who are looking to improve sound and the look of their 350z. It does increase horsepower and torque without reducing drivability but this mod is best for audio and visual improvements, not necessarily for performance gains.

Best Sounding Exhausts For A Nissan 350Z Tachometer of a 350Z, revved

HKS Hi Power Exhaust

This is potentially one of the best sounding exhaust systems on the market. Producing a deep, mean, growl, this system will give you the sound you want without teeing off your neighbors by setting off car alarms up and down the block. A well respected Japanese classic, you really need to hear it to believe it. Just one drive and you will understand why it is so popular. Suitable for both street and race cars, the straight muffler design allows for the flow of large amounts of exhaust. This is one of the more expensive exhaust systems but if you know anything about HKS than you know that the fitment, sound, and performance more than justify the price tag.

Megan Racing OE-RS Exhaust

If you want a beautiful sounding exhaust that really shows off the natural sounds of your engine, this is a wise choice. It is designed to be like the factory installed exhaust but with larger pipes and a high flow muffler. These adjustments improve performance and horsepower while keeping your ride looking sleek. Easy to install, the OE-RS exhaust is perfect for people doing their own mods.  If you are not looking to go over the top in terms of volume or price, start here.

 

Magnaflow Exhaust

For a classic purr, check out this exhaust from Magnaflow. For years they have been known to deliver performance and sound enhancing exhaust systems so this is definitely a name you can trust. This system delivers superior exhaust flow with minimal flow resistance. The superior mufflers will give your 350z a deep and powerful roar. And the best part, this sound is unobtrusive and will not impact your comfort while driving the car. Sounds great without being uncomfortable? Does it get better?

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APEXi N1 Exhaust

With a strong racing heritage, the N1 will give you the ultimate in dyno power gains. Designed for track use, the N1 is strong and durable and will deliver performance results. When it comes to sound, the APEXi N1 will give you the loud, strong rumble that makes you think of fast and powerful cars. If you are looking for an amplified sound that will turn heads while also improving your horsepower, look no further.

Tanabe Medalion Touring Exhaust

The Tanabe Medalion Touring Exhaust is great if you want a smooth, deep, and clean tone to your exhaust. It displays power without offending the senses. Strong and refined, it is known as the “gentleman’s exhaust.” Powerful but polite! This system is perfect for people who want to maximize power and performance throughout the car while still being able to hold down a conversation when driving it. It is a drivable modification that offers steady low rumbles at a very affordable price.

These exhausts are some of our favorites for showing off the power and performance of your 350z. A big part of driving this car is experiencing the purr of the engine and all of these exhausts will help you experience it to the max.

Have you made mods to the exhaust on your 350z? Which one did you choose?

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2Apr/180

2019 C7 Corvette ZR1 Dyno Video – wow!

As of just a few days ago, the new 2019 Corvette ZR1 was dyno'd, and the numbers are impressive!

The car is rated at 750 crank horsepower and it looks accurate as this ZR1 ripped the dyno at 668 whp and 644 torque.

The power is amazing for a stock ZR1 and we know that with some headers, exhaust, intake and tune it'll be making much more. We wouldn't be surprised if with bolt ons the car can make 800whp.

What a beast!

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28Jan/173

2018 Nissan GT-R – Is this the R36 Hybrid we’ve been waiting for?

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There's been many talks of the next Nissan GT-R. The current R35 GT-R has been around since 2008 (2009 in the United States), and while Nissan continues to make incremental improvements to the platform each year, the car is getting stale and old. The R35 GT-R used to be the king of the road, and while it still is in many respects, the new competition coming out is getting faster and more capable.

In order for Nissan to compete, it needs to release it's next generation of the GT-R... the R36. There has been lots of talk and lots of rumor over the power train for the R36 GT-R, but the most important is that it will feature a hybrid power train. Thoughts are the combined output of the ICE (internal combustion engine) and electric motors will be around 700 horsepower, powered through a highly advanced all wheel drive system as in the R35.

We're expecting the R36 GT-R Premium will be around the $110-120K range, while the Black Edition will be roughly $10K more and the Nismo to be roughly 40-50K more.

The fastest of the R35s is the 2013 and 2014, which do 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. We expect the R36 GT-R to beat this time and once again regain its self as ring leader.

The thing we are most interested in seeing is how the R36 GT-R is going to take to modifications. The R35 is begging to be modified and has so far produced up to 2500 horsepower at the wheels from it's V6. With simple mods such as a GT-R Exhaust, GT-R Midpipe, tune and supporting mods, you can make 600+whp from just these bolt ons! We hope the new hybrid power train will lend itself to be a highly capable machine, but only time will tell.

From the photo above, you can see the planned 2018 GT-R will share many of the same design traits as the R35, but the R36 GT-R looks to be much sleeker.

Personally, I love it.

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30Aug/160

BMW M3 E36 vs E46 vs E92 vs F80 – Ultimate Comparison

M3 E36 vs E46 vs E92

We get it all of the time - What's the best BMW M3 for for track? Should I get an E36 M3? Should I swap an S54 into an E36? Should I get an E46 M3 with the S54? Should I get an E92 M3 with the S65 V8 and available DCT? We feel each car has it's pros and cons and we decided to lay it all out here to give you as much info as possible so you can make a decision based on what's right for you. Ultimately, you can't go wrong with any of these generation M3s!

We know there is an E90 M3, an E30 M3, an F82 M4 and convertible variations, but we decided to leave those out to keep the comparison as focused as possible. We picked the ones that are the most popular track cars to compare.

Comparison overview (Factory Specs)
Off the showroom floor

E36 M3 (96-99) E46 M3 (01-05) E92 M3 (08-13) F80 M3 (15+)
Engine S52 I6 S54 I6 S65 V8 S55 I6 Twin Turbo
Horsepower 240 333 414 425
Torque 240 262 295 406
Weight 3,219 lbs 3,415 lbs 3,649 lbs (DCT) 3,516 lbs (DCT)
HP to Weight 13.41 lb/hp 10.26 lb/hp 8.81 lb/hp 8.27 lb/hp
TQ to Weight 13.41 lb/tq 13.03 lb/hp 12.37 lb/hp 8.66 lb/hp



Comparison overview (Standard Bolt on Modifications)
Here we take the factory cars above and add standard bolt on power mods. (Intake/Exhaust/Headers/Tune)

E36 M3 (96-99) E46 M3 (01-05) E92 M3 (08-13) F80 M3 (15+)
Horsepower 270 375 465 550
Torque 260 285 330 550
Weight 3,219 lbs 3,415 lbs 3,649 lbs (DCT) 3,516 lbs (DCT)
HP to Weight 11.92 lb/hp 9.11 lb/hp 7.85 lb/hp 6.39 lb/hp
TQ to Weight 12.38 lb/tq 11.98 lb/hp 11.05 lb/hp 6.40 lb/hp



Comparison overview (Bolt ons and heavy weight reduction)
Lightweight exhaust, remove rear seats, speakers, interior pieces, etc

E36 M3 (96-99) E46 M3 (01-05) E92 M3 (08-13) F80 M3 (15+)
Horsepower 270 375 465 550
Torque 260 285 330 550
Weight 2,600 lbs 2,850 lbs 3,150 lbs (DCT) 3,250 lbs (DCT)
HP to Weight 9.63 lb/tq 7.60 lb/hp 6.77 lb/hp 5.90 lb/hp
TQ to Weight 10.00 lb/tq 10.00 lb/hp 9.55 lb/hp 5.91 lb/hp


As you can see above, the F80 is a monster when it comes to power to weight ratio, both factory spec as well as with bolt ons and with weight reduction. In order to obtain the weights above, you have to go through some pretty serious weight reduction. The weights are estimated without a driver and are based on our experience with heavily stripped cars. You can get each car a little lighter and most are going to be above these weights, but this will give you a comparison of about where most of the generations currently sit in terms heavy weight reduction.



Comparison overview (Supercharged and Forced Induction)
A clean title, good condition example of each one, picked with the earliest year

E36 M3 (96-99) E46 M3 (01-05) E92 M3 (08-13) F80 M3 (15+)
Horsepower 360 550 625 550
Torque 300 310 420 550
Weight 3,219 lbs 3,415 lbs 3,649 lbs (DCT) 3,516 lbs (DCT)
HP to Weight 8.94 lb/hp 6.20 lb/hp 5.83 lb/hp 6.39 lb/hp
TQ to Weight 10.79 lb/tq 11.02 lb/hp 8.69 lb/hp 6.39 lb/hp



Above is the most horsepower that is currently recommended for each car, with the factory motor, on the track. The F80 can make much more power, but we haven't seen power levels over about 550 be reliable (yet) on the track. The E92 has a 650 horsepower kit as well, but it requires higher octane, and most customers run the 625 horsepower kits. Each platform is capable of more power, but this is a demonstration of track readiness. In this case, the E92 is the shining star for horsepower to weight. However, any one of the supercharged cars will require modification beyond a standard kit in order to run cool on the track.



Comparison overview (Problem Areas)
General Problem Areas - Most common problems

E36 M3 (96-99) E46 M3 (01-05) E92 M3 (08-13) F80 M3 (15+)
Problem Area Subframe
Shock Towers
Cooling System
Vanos
Trailing Arm Bushings
Transmission Mounts
Subframe
Rod Bearings
Vanos
SMG Pump
Bearings
Throttle Actuators
Crank Pin
Mileage 180,000 140,000 80,000 5,000



Comparison overview (Cost of engine and transmission replacement)
Forum and eBay prices as of the date of this post

E36 M3 (96-99) E46 M3 (01-05) E92 M3 (08-13) F80 M3 (15+)
Engine $2,750 $4,000 $9,000 $16,000
Transmission $400 $800 $1,800 (DCT)
$2,500 (6MT)
$3,350 (DC)



The E36, being the oldest car here, is going to have the most little problems. Generally, the S52 is pretty stout and once refreshed can be used very reliably as a track car. Commonly, the cooling system is not up to par and there are some oil starvation issues, but both can be fixed relatively easily. We recommend replacing all bushings and as many "easy to access" gaskets as possible to have the most reliable motor. Most customers replace their valve cover gaskets and do a head gasket job as preventative maintenance when they are going to be tracking the car. The manual transmissions are solid. The E36 suffers from the same subframe problems as the E46, but since the E46 is a heavier car it's more prevalent in the E46.

The E46 arguably has the most small issues of the bunch, but is also a big jump up in moving pieces over the E36. While the S54 is generally a strong motor, the vanos, valve cover gasket, head gasket and other issues pop up frequently. Earlier cars had a rod bearing recall. Subframes are known to crack. We highly recommend having the subframe checked and if uncracked, reinforced before tracking. We also recommend getting full maintenance done on the motor as generally most S54's have gone over 100,000 miles and probably weren't babied. SMG has been known to have issues, and the SMG pump is very expensive (over $3,000). Most do a SMG to manual conversion to save on cost and improve reliability.

The E92 has been one of the most reliable M cars yet. There are cases of rod bearing failure and premature rod bearing wear, but for the most part the S65 is very strong. Many people have reported over 140,000 miles, 50+ track days, and not a single problem. Many people also have supercharged high mileage cars and also generally report no problems. While no car is perfect, the S65 has proven to be very reliable.

The F80 is very new still, but aside from some issues with the crank pins, the motor has taken a lot of boost, upgraded turbos, and many other mods and hasn't broken a sweat. There are a few rare cases of blown motors, but for the most part, which a solid tune, the motors have proven to be very reliable. We will see over time if this holds out.

On the track - The real world

The various generation M3s all share what BMW calls "The Ultimate Driving Machine". This means BMW builds these cars to not only perform on the track, but also be a comfortable daily driver. They are supposed to do everything well. However, each one does share something unique over the others, especially in modified form that really makes them completely different cars on the track.

The E36 M3 is the lightest of the bunch, has the least amount of computer intervention and is arguably the most "raw" of this bunch. The S50 (found in the 1995) and the S52 (used above, found in the 1996 to 1999), is not the most powerful motor at 240 horsepower. However, for those who want a starter track car, it doesn't get much better than the E36 M3. Easier to manage on the track with it's power level, light and nimble, lower cost of consumables and lower entry cost.

Next up is the E46 M3 which makes almost 100 horsepower more than the E36 but doesn't weigh that much more, making it that much more of a handful on the track but also that much more potent. The S54 is a masterpiece and loves to rev. The E46 suspension offers lots more grip and feedback and the car is arguable the perfect size. The car can be made pretty light and the S54 takes well to modifications, which makes this an awesome track weapon.

The E9X series, E90 and E92 specifically, have a glorious 4.0L V8 S65 engine that screams to a 8600 RPM (tuned) redline, has linear power delivery and weighs less than the S54 in the E46. The E92 is heavier, but also has a more advanced suspension setup and as seen in this video is the only BMW M3 to go under 7 seconds on the Nurburgring with a stock motor at this time. This is Porsche 918 Nurburgring territory! While the heaviest M3, it is also one of the most capable.

The F8X series introduces the first turbocharged M3. This changes the dynamic of the M3 line up due to the turbo engine power delivery. No longer is there the all motor linear power build which many claim helps to propel the older generations with more confidence and grip around corners. The F80 and F82 make significant amounts of horsepower and torque over the other models, and with proper cooling have no problem putting the power down lap after lap. However, the suspension continues to improve, and users are looking to add wider and wider tires to gain more traction. While the E9X still holds lap records that the F8X has yet to beat, we feel confident that as tuners and racers dive deeper into this new platform, the F8X chassis will be the track champ.

Opinions and thoughts from owners

E36Racer From my experience with the E36 chassis, replacing the headgasket is a must. I see it is listed as a recommendation; however, for some reason if you take a S50/52 that has only been driven on the street and then use it as a track only car the headgasket will fail. But, if you change it before 'track only' duty, it will last forever. I've always done ARP studs at the same time. So far, 5 years and approx. 20k track miles and no issues. Motor had 42k miles when put into the car and can do a 15 hour endurance race and not even burn a drop of oil. Also, one key trick to an S52 is to install an S54 oil pump and pan and you can forget about any oil starvation issues. Plus it all bolts right on...

ec_E92 For the E36 issues to address, I'd add the oil pump nut (weld, safety wire, or go with Achilles Motorsports oil pump)

admranger The big change in suspension bits, especially in the rear, of the E9xM3's on makes a substantial difference in my opinion. I raced an E36M3, have driven a ton of track miles in an E46M3 (including multiple days on the 'ring), and now have enough experience in the E90M3 to know the E90M3 is more fun and easier to drive fast even though it's heavier. Haven't driven an F80 on track but have sat in the right seat while TC Kline took me around Laguna. F80 is stupid fast. Ridiculous really.

Mike B The e36 is probably the best driving experience of the bunch. I have driven all pretty extensively and next to the e36 the f80 is the only one better in my opinion. A euro s50 motor swap on a e36 really ups the game pushing it up to 322 out of the box in a very light car. The us spec cars should of had the euro s50. There are quite a few running around. Euro s50 motors are relatively affordable as well. S52's respond awesome to cam swaps too and really wake the s52 up.

I love the the s54 in the e46. The platform works too. I've always disliked the feel of the the drive train. I don't know if it is the m diff in it or the way the clutch engages or what. But the car feels fragile for some reason. I know it's not but it doesn't instill the same confidence the e36 does. I don't maybe it's just me.

The e90 is fun and sounds awesome. But it is also my least favorite if the bunch. I don't really have a great reason why other then feel. To me it doesn't feel like a M3. Once again it's a personal preference thing. The f80 in my opinion has rectified that. The f80 is a absolute hoot. I think most of that is all the extra turbo torque.

At the end of the day they are awesome choices and you basically can't go wrong with any of them!

David M I've driven Lots of sports cars and I still think the E36 was the most balanced and fun to drive with it can crush even newer cars that are supposed to easily!
Obviously not blindingly fast but more than fast enough for most!

cherry-M3 Summed it up perfectly. The e9x has a superior suspension to the e46 and 36, allowing it to feel like it carries its weight better. The confidence it gives you going into a turn is incredible. On the ring I'm sure the the e9x really shines, compared to slower more technical tracks where you definitely feel the weight. Nonetheless its the most capable out of all the generations (save for the f80 as I have no track experience in one just yet).

How about a video?

CarThrottle did a nice comparison of these generation M3s. Check out this video:

What did we miss?

There are so many differences between the various generations of M3 that it would be near impossible to capture them all in an easy to read post. However, we realize we didn't capture everything important here, so we're looking for your help to make this as complete as possible. We look forward to your feedback in the comments!

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25Feb/160

Gertrude The Project Car – 1992 Lexus SC300

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I want to start this off by saying thank you to Redline360 for giving me a chance to do this and being such awesome people towards me. So I’ll give you a little info on my car and what I want done to it eventually. It is a 1992 Lexus SC300 which is Lexus’ first production sports car (alongside the SC400 which had the 1UZ-FE and about 25ish more ponies). This car really is interesting because it is really a copy of the Supra MKIV just with a different skin and a different upper end on the motor, aluminum heads, and different intake setup which makes this a 2JZ-GE instead of a 2JZ-GTE. The SC series was more of a market tester for Lexus to see what people would want so they threw every bit of technology and knowledge they had (except for a turbo sadly) into it but had to cut back on unnecessary things due to price because it MSRP’d for around $40,000 for the base model. Since it was so expensive only 33,000 were made from 1992-2000 (about 7,500 in 1992 mine being frame number 1522).

My whole vision for this car is to eventually be able to go to bigger car shows and show it off because it is so rare and any car that comes with a factory 2JZ is cool in my book and most people’s. This spring (hopefully) I will end up doing a huge face lift and repaint the bumpers and get new headlights so it’ll look good on the outside. As for underneath I am just going to spruce up what’s already there and plan on a turbo after I finish college or when I can afford it. Interior needs a little bit of love which isn’t surprising for how old the car is and it’s all leather cause Lexus. The engine has been almost fully gone through other than sensors going bad and a few minor things here and there. All in all it really just needs some work on the aesthetics and stupid nitpicks I have with the car.

So that’s what gets me to this write up's purpose. I bought some Ksport Kontrol Pro coilovers and let me start out by saying this: quality is bar-none. I was a little hesitant because I haven’t seen anyone with these on their cars on forums and such but I am glad I bought them now. Install was really easy and they bolted right on. I however made a dumb mistake and decided to not follow manufacturer’s directions and raise the ride height up. So I ended up with a 2 door sports car that was almost 12” off the ground. Very goofy to say the least and I didn’t take any pictures because it was terrible and embarrassing or else I would share my mistake with you. They look great and perform just as well. I live in the Ozark Mountains in Northern AR so the roads here are rough and windy and this set up works amazingly. Polyurethane bushings are going on in a few weeks and I expect that to help and be better than the 24 year old bushings I have now. All in all this suspension is amazing and I would love to do business with Redline360 again because I got this set from Arizona in three days on their basic shipping and had zero issues with them and they actually had the lowest price out of everyone I could find.

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Filed under: Lexus, Suspension No Comments
26Aug/150

C7 Z06 vs Hellcat Video

This video shows a C7 Z06 being challenged on the freeway by not one, but two Dodge Challenger Hellcats. The Z06 is driven by "Mr Z06" and one of the Hellcats is "FATT-CAT". Both of these are 8 speed automatics. These cars are monsters!

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18Aug/150

Thunderhill Track Day (Bypass) with NCRC in our E92 BMW M3

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We had a great time last Saturday at Thunderhill Raceway with NCRC. We brought out our street prepped 2012 BMW M3 E92 DCT ZCP and the car performed absolutely flawless. Lots of people have been asking us for specs on the car and it's numbers so we decided to create a post with all of the info.

NCRC was running the Bypass configuration at Thunderhill. It's a bit faster than the Cyclone but just as fun. Our car did a 2.05.09 lap time and hit a top speed of 128.7 MPH going down the straight into Turn 1. Some of the Porsche GT3s were hitting about 131 mph so we were pretty happy considering they were entering the turns just a bit faster than us. Many other cars were on race tires while we were on street tires.

Redline360 BMW M3 E92 Power Setup
- Full weight 2012 BMW M3
- Stock DCT Transmission
- Stock S65 engine (4.0L V8)
- aFe Stage 2 Intake w/ Dry Filter in the stock air box - 8whp gain
- Corsa Exhaust - We got a ton of compliments on this!
- ESS X Pipe
- ESS Stage 2 Tune
- ESS DCT Software

Redline360 BMW M3 E92 Suspension Setup
- BC Racing ER Type Coilovers with custom rate Swift Springs and revalved shocks - See below
- StopTech ST60 380mm Front Brakes (6 Piston) with Street Pads
- StopTech ST40 355mm Rear Brakes (4 Piston) with Street Pads
- APEX EC7 Face 3 Wheels 18x10 ET25 Square Setup
- Michelin Pilot Super Sport (PSS) 275/35/18 all around
- 2.7 degree front camber, 2.2 degree rear camber, 0 toe

Redline360 BMW M3 E92 Datalogging Setup
- iCar ODB2 WiFi reader
- Harry's LapTimer
- iPhone 6 Plus

Redline360 BMW M3 E92 Video Setup
- WASPcam 9900 - with WiFi Controller and External Mount

Our Suspension Setup Rocked!
We worked closely with BC Racing to ensure we picked their best suspension setup for a street driven E92 M3 that could also tear up the track. We ended up with our favorite combo yet, and it's available for sale here.

- BC Racing ER Type Coilovers. We picked these because they were both rebound and compression adjustable so we can fine tune it. These are the ER Type which means they come with an external reservoir for the shock fluid. This helps keep the fluid cool under extreme track conditions.
- Swift Spring Upgrade. We went with the Swift springs because of their proven characteristics. We also did custom rates of 504 lb front springs and 784 lb rear springs. According to our research this is the same spring rates used in the European E92 BMW M3 GTS.
- Revalved Front Shocks. We had BC Racing revalve the front shocks to be reliable with the added front spring rate.
- Our recommended settings. We ran it with 25 compression front and rear (5 clicks from full hard), and 20 rebound front and rear (10 clicks from full hard).

The result is an awesome suspension setup that had tons of grip even with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports which are a high treadwear street tire. We were able to click off faster lap times than many full race cars! We plan on running AD08 tires next time to see if we can get into the sub 2.00s!

We sell everything we race with. We don't recommend it unless if we've tried it ourselves. Let us know if you need any advice on your E92 M3.

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30Jul/150

ESS Supercharged BMW E92 M3 by Liberty Walk

Liberty Walk isn't only known for their awesome wide body kits, they're also know around the racing scene for building some of the coolest cars. This E92 BMW M3 is driven by Francesco Conti in last year's 2014 King of Europe drift competition. It's powered by an ESS supercharger that's custom to produce over 700 horsepower to light up the tires in a beautiful show of force. The car features a relatively subtle for Liberty Walk body kit and an awesome Bacci Romano sequential transmission.

In this video you can hear the beautiful sounds of the supercharged S65 V8 doing it's thing and blowing fire out of the custom side exit exhaust.

We're excited to see this car competing in more drift competitions and seeing how far Conti and team can go with this setup.

14Jul/155

DIY: BMW M3 E90/E92/E93 DCT Steering Wheel Install

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We love the alcantara BMW Performance M3 steering wheel for the BMW M3 E90 (Sedan), E92 (Coupe), E93 (Convertible). The alcantara steering wheel offers much more grip than the stock leather steering wheel as well as a blue ring at the top dead center that's race inspired. We love the way it feels and think it's a great upgrade.

Today we're going to cover the install of the steering wheel in a 2012 BMW M3 E92 with DCT. If your car is a 6MT (manual transmission) then you don't need to worry about the shifter paddles and your install would be easier. It's pretty straight forward and you can do it with simple hand tools. The only tool most people might not have would be an impact gun, which really comes in handy when you need to remove the factory nut that holds the stock wheel in place.

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Above you can see the stock factory OEM steering wheel. We forgot to snap a picture of how we remove the center horn section - sorry about that! It's pretty straight forward though. You need to get a small flathead screwdriver. On the left and right side of the steering wheel, you'll see what looks like a soft spot in the side. If you push the flat head through there, you can feel some resistance... if you push against it, sort of like pushing against the side of an open paper clip, you can unlatch the horn section.

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Above you can see the connectors that go to the air bag sensors. You need to remove these carefully from the stock air bag/horn section and you do this by gently prying up on the connectors until they pop off. Be careful, you don't want to break these!

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If your car has a DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) then you will need to disconnect the left and right shifter paddles here. You need to remove the bolt holding them in as well as the sensor plugs.

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Above you can see we have removed the steering wheel bolt in the center as well as unclipped the sensors. It's pretty straight forward once you get to this point, just disconnect the sensors from the steering wheel brace.

At this point, it's just all about reinstalling everything back the way it was once you transfer the DCT paddle shifters to the new steering wheel as well as any sensors.

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Above, we have installed the new alcantara performance steering wheel. Make sure you mark the location of the old steering wheel, so when you pull it off, you can put the new one back in the same spot. This will prevent you from having to do any alignment after, or pulling the wheel off again because it's crooked.

Once you get to this point, you need to put the horn/air bag section back into the new steering wheel and it should just pop into place.

Go take the car for a test drive and make sure the horn, paddles and buttons on the steering wheel work. Enjoy!

If you have any questions about this DIY or any questions about how to do yours, just ask below in the comments!

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4Jul/150

Intake Install DIY/How-To for E90/E92/E93/E9X BMW M3

The E90 (M3 Sedan), E92 (M3 Coupe), and E93 (M3 Convertible) are all known as the E9X platform. In this particular DIY, we use our 2012 E92 BMW M3 Coupe and install a aFe Stage 2 Intake kit on it. The intake install is pretty straight forward and with the aFe Stage 2 intake, it reuses your factory air box, so you don't need to remove that. You'll find a lot of people on the M3 forums saying that an intake is a waste of money. The reason they say that is because the factory closed air box system is actually very good. However, on this aFe Stage 2 intake, we were able to see gains of 8 whp. In addition to more power, the car has better sound and better throttle response.

Our install below is the aFe Power MagnumFORCE Stage-2 Pro DRY S Intake Systems; BMW M3 (E9X) 08-13 V8-4.0L part number 51-31662 (Pro Dry S air filter). Here's aFe's description on the intake: "This Stage 2 air intake system produces 12 max horsepower, 9 lbs. x ft. torque and out-flowed the factory intake by 41%. This unique intake system is designed to use the factory intake box to seal the intake tube and filter and tube against unwanted underhood temperatures while increasing air flow and velocity for optimum performance. This air intake system features a washable/reusable conical Pro Dry S air filter for maximum convenience and filter life, a dyno tuned intake tube and all the hardware necessary for an easy installation. This system is truly a silent killer."

For pricing or to purchase this intake, click here: aFe Power MagnumFORCE Stage 2 BMW M3 Intake with Pro Dry S air filter

and now... on to the install!

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To get started, you need to get a Torx 20 screw driver and a flat head screw driver. These are the only tools you'll need.

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When loosening your Torx 20 screws, we don't recommend completely removing them. Loose them enough so they are out of the base of the air box, but you don't need to completely take them out. This will prevent you from losing them.

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Once you loosen all 8 Torx 20 bolts, you can lift up on the top of the air box and expose the air filter. You can see when we removed the lid, there were leaves in here and the air filter was a bit dirty.

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When we removed the factory air filter, we saw there was a lot of sand and dirt in the air box, so we used our shop vac to clean it out. This would be a good time to ensure your air box is nice and clean before you put the new air filter in there.

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Here you can see the factory air intake elbow vs the aFe Stage 2 intake elbow. The aFe elbow is much smoother and direct.

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Here is a comparison of the really big factory air filter vs the smaller and better shaped aFe Stage 2 air filter.

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Above you can see the aFe coupling installed on the factory inlet. We put the coupling on here first, but after playing with it a bit, it was easier to put the coupling on the intake elbow first, and then put both the elbow and coupling on the inlet at the same time.

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This inlet above is easy to connect, just plug and play!

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Here's a shot of the intake and elbow installed. Pretty easy and straight forward.

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Finished product.

The install was easy and straight forward. This install was obviously for the aFe intake, but others such as the Macht Schnell and other popular intakes will be very similar. If you guys have any questions on this DIY/How-To, please leave your questions below!

Enjoy!

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