Hey guys, thanks for the help. I just went and took the final test drive and all the repairs have been worked out with the previous owner, price set. Probably pick up the car Monday. Car does not have a mark on it anywhere. Oil changed every 3K miles w Castrol TWS, all services accelerated. Absolutely bone stock. We had a vibration problem with the car, found out BOTH rear Goodyear F1 GS D3's were defective. Had trouble sourcing new ones (BO at the Tirerack), but finally tracked some down and car is smooth now. Alpine White with every option (except EDC) including Caramel Full Leather. This car has balls and is so damn comfortable, it's hard to believe I'm already considering modding it. It's a addiction.
As far as suspension set up, I like the idea (and cost) of running 275's all around with the stock rear rims and spacers up front, but my suspension choices are limited in terms of clearance if I use this tire/wheel set up. And I still have the challenge of the poor roads here in Denver. I really wanted to use the Koni FSD's but someone mentioned they rub with the 275's as the strut body is slightly larger in diameter than the Koni Yellows. Bummer, really wanted to try the FSD's and see how they would work on Denver's crappy roads. I suppose I could run 265's, but then I loose the ability to rotate tires to maximize track and street tire life. Anyone running the stock rear wheel/spacer/Dinan set up with this tire/wheel/spacer combo? (I'll do some more searches).
Did some hard stops on the car, thrust arm bushings seem fine for now, well see after a day or two of hard braking at the track though. Car has 33K miles.
Dinan set up uses Koni Yellows or optional JRZ's. I called Dinan a week ago, and forgot to ask about clearance with the 275's though, the JRZ shocks are supposed to be awesome, but are very expensive (his set up is spendy already) but the tech I talked to owns a 540 and said the JRZ's rock. They are also on back order for a month or more.
I'll take this slow and in stages, first, opening up the brake ducts, using Pagid Yellow RS19 compound pads all around (got a nice price on these from the Racer's Group) with SS brake lines and Motul fluid. Stock suspension and street tires. It'll be soft and lean like a mule, but we'll have some fun. I'll also try to get the IAT sensor relo kit installed before I hit the track in two weeks. I'll take a few photos. Brakes should be fine, remember, I'm at altitude, so my 400HP beast turns into a 316HP beast
so it won't be as hard on brakes and I'll do a few cool down laps before pitting each session. I decided against the Euro floating rotors for now, the stock rotors are brand new on this car, I'll burn these up and replace them when they're done with something different. Slotted Centrics look interesting and are throw-away cheap. Other brake ideas: Has anyone ever retrofitted the M5/M6 E60 front brakes on a E39 M5? The E46 CSL/competition package slotted/drilled front rotors are a direct bolt on to the rear of our cars I believe, that would certainly look good (I'm normally not a bling guy!) These rotors actually aren't cross drilled, as I understand it, the holes are cast in at the foundry, so there shouldn't be cracking issues. Whoa horsey! I'm getting ahead of myself.
I was pretty happy with the Schroth Snap/bolt in Harness on my M3, anyone use a similar set up or have better suggestions for this car? I have a set of CG locks in the garage I can use for this first outing.
Anybody know anyone on this board that lives in Denver and owns a Beast?
Anybody know of someone selling a used Dinan Suspension?
Anybody have some used rear stock rims for sale?
Trying as hard as I can to keep my credit card in my pocket, no easy feat, keep you updated with my progress...and I'll try to keep the shiny side up