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      03-10-2020, 02:42 PM   #1
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Build Thread: 2015 BMW M3 (Lots of Photos & Videos!)

After lusting over the F80 M3 and F82 M4 for years, I finally found myself in the position to purchase one. I didn’t want to settle on just any F8X, I needed the perfect one.

Since I already have a 750whp BMW 135i for the track and a BMW 335i for daily duties, I wanted a modern weekend warrior. I found myself leaning towards the M3 because of its wide rear hips and the practicality of a 4-door sedan.

After searching nationwide for about a month with no luck, an M3 that matched my criteria popped up locally! Meet my 14th BMW, but my first ///M...

2015 BMW M3 with 46K miles
  • Mineral Grey Metallic
  • Black Extended Merino Leather
  • Manual Transmission (6MT)
  • Driver Assistance Plus
  • Executive Package
  • Lighting Package
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Carbon Fiber Roof
  • Harman Kardon Surround Sound System



It's stock right now but I have a boatload of modifications on the way. I'll be working with Kies Motorsports and a few other companies for this M3 build. My vision is a functional, good-looking weekend car. But knowing me, I'll probably blow right past that

Some of you might've already seen some of my BMW YouTube videos (just hit 26K subscribers!), but I'll be documenting this build on my channel as well. I'll also be posting exclusive high quality photos on my Instagram. I'd encourage anyone who is interested to subscribe/follow on those platforms as well. I usually post on YouTube/IG first, then follow up on the forums as I have time to type up written content.

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I know my way around the N5X/E9X platform very well, so hopefully I can learn this S55/F80 quickly!









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      03-10-2020, 08:41 PM   #2
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Beautiful, Can't wait to see what you do!
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Beautiful, Can't wait to see what you do!
Thanks! Should have an update with a few mods this weekend or early next week
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      04-02-2020, 03:56 PM   #6
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The M3 got it's first modification! I couldn't stand the wheel gap these cars have from the factory, especially in the front. So I combed through forums and Facebook groups to find what my best option was for lowering the car.



My goal: eliminate wheel gap and retain comfortable ride quality without spending thousands of dollars.

I narrowed it down to Emmanuele Design lowering springs. I could go on and on about why I bought these lowering springs instead of others, or even coilovers. But I don't want to clutter up my build thread, so I wrote a dedicated blog post about them. The Best Lowering Springs for BMW F8X: EMD Auto Review.

Brief summary:
  • Ride quality remains the same or better than stock.
  • Compatible with both standard and adaptive suspension.
  • Engineered specifically for stock shocks to avoid premature failure.
  • Perfect stance, lowering the front 1.3″ and the rear 0.3 – 0.9″.
  • Linear spring rate, similar to stock springs.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Affordable at $300-350!
I got around to installing them a few days ago. The process was way easier than I thought... so easy that most of you could do it at home! I took photos and video of the whole process and created a comprehensive installation guide. The guide is too long to post here, but I shared it on my F80 blog. If you want to lower your F8X and save money by doing this job yourself, check it out: How To Install Lowering Springs in Your BMW F80 M3 or F82 M4.















Wrapped it up with a proper 4-wheel alignment.



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After - rear:










I'm still new around here, but have lots of followers from the E9X platform. I love the F8X platform and can't wait to share more content like this with you guys! Let me know what you think 😎

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She looks really good sitting like that. Very drivable without worrying too much abt dips and bumps on the road. You’re off to a great start!
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How does it ride on the original EDC shocks with the new springs?
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Nice, now you just have to do something about that grill.
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Really Nice. I would like to lower my car as well but just can't bare to be scraping at random places I go to.
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She looks really good sitting like that. Very drivable without worrying too much abt dips and bumps on the road. You’re off to a great start!
Thanks man, glad you agree that she's sitting nice There are some driveways and speed bumps that I have to adjust my driving habits around now that the front sits 1.45" lower, but nothing unmanageable. I wouldn't expect anything less when lowering these cars.

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How does it ride on the original EDC shocks with the new springs?
Honestly it rides almost exactly like it did on the stock springs. I can't tell a difference. The EMD spring rates are almost identical to stock.

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Nice, now you just have to do something about that grill.
I have a set of gloss black kidney grilles patiently waiting in the garage. I'm torn on whether I should swap out the fender gills as well.

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Really Nice. I would like to lower my car as well but just can't bare to be scraping at random places I go to.
As long as you're aware that the front bumper is ~1-2" lower than stock, I think you'd be okay. But if you ruthlessly drive on some terrible roads, I can understand your concern.
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