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


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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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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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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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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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!


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