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mikedamageinc
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« on: April 09, 2014, 06:46:10 AM »

I am thinking of buying an E46 M3 but they have a bad problem with the subframe cracking in which there was a recall for, but only a small window to get it repaired. If I get one, obvously i plan to run it hard but I want to stay in the stock class but chassis bracing bumps it to prepped. I done a lot of searching but it still seems to be a grey area. I'll never go to nationals nor will probably win the top spot to where it would be contestable anyways, but I just dont want to be trying hide anything.

Thanks for any input!
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2014, 10:14:55 AM »

This is a Chris Cann call...

...but I'd run with it. As long a the bracing is within spec of the Factory Recall (not bracing strung everywhere) I don't see a issue locally.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2014, 12:13:27 PM »


Another option might be a reinforcement kit like this one.  
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-91-e46-rear-chassissubframe-reinforcement-kit.aspx

That would qualify as a repair, not a mod I think?
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2014, 07:08:49 PM »

This is a Chris Cann call...

...but I'd run with it. As long a the bracing is within spec of the Factory Recall (not bracing strung everywhere) I don't see a issue locally.

Sounds like a good reason not to buy an E46 M3

I would just buy a miata instead because they cost less and are faster : )

let the flame wars begin !
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2014, 07:17:59 PM »


Silly!   I think he meant, Chris Cann should give the call as to whether a chassis-braced car would be allowed to run in stock.

BMW M3 Buyer's Guide
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2014, 04:51:34 AM »

Ha good one Chris! The miata will dominate at the AX but I'd still be embarassed to drive it around town. (not bashing anyone, just sayin!)

Thats is a good reason to avoid the M3, I'm leaning towards an Infiniti G35 coupe manual now, cheaper to buy, own and no frame issues!

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2014, 05:34:37 AM »

I really like the g35 not sure how competitive it is but a friend autocossed one a while back and did very well in it, its also a great DD car.
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2014, 06:24:52 PM »

I have a question. I was reading the scca rules and looks like running STU I could use SFC or longitudinal subframe connectors. Since I still have a hard time understanding the rules. Could I install this X-brace:
http://store.bimmerworld.com/bmw-motorsport-e36-3-seriesz3-x-brace-p426.aspx and stay in STU.
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