Posted: July 18, 2014||
Most of our customers modify their cars in multiple stages, having us install one or two parts during each visit. Others, like the owner of this Frozen White wrapped E90 M3, want everything done in one fell swoop. So many components of this 2008 M3 have been replaced or upgraded that it's essentially a brand new car. It really did get the works.
Perhaps the most dreaded common issue with the E46 M3 is the failure of the rear subframe mounting points. Over time, due to the constant forces that are transferred through the subframe, the body's sheet metal mounting points are weakened and eventually begin to crack. Given enough time a subframe mount might completely fail, which will very negatively affect the car's handling and power delivery.
Upon inspecting this Phoenix Yellow M3, we discovered substantial cracking on one of its subframe mounting points. To fix the problem and ensure that this will never happen again, we performed our subframe reinforcement service. By removing the subframe, repairing the damage and welding on steel reinforcement plates, the subframe is given a much stronger and resilient mounting surface that ever before. While we had everything taken apart, this M3 also received stiffer polyurethane bushings for the subframe, differential and rear trailing arms.
Now that this M3 has been repaired, reinforced and stiffeded up, it can finally head to the track without any worries.
"What the Black does, then, is blend genuine red-eyed supercar madness with drip-dry everyday practicality. I'm completely in love with it." - Jeremy Clarkson
If Clarkson's opinion means anything to you, then the fact that he actually owns one of these CLK63 AMG Black Series suggests this is one seriously good car. However, there are some owners that aren't completely satisfied with the performance AMG originally provided. Such is the case with this particular car. While at our facility we gave this Black Series a full Weistec overhaul; most notably, we installed the Stage 1 supercharger system. In its stock form, this CLK63 put down 418whp and 382wtq, but fitted with the CARB legal twin screw blower it recorded 523whp and 438wtq! To help the car transfer all its new power to the road we installed Weistec's rear suspension bushing upgrade kit, which consists of 32 Delrin replacement bushings for the entire rear suspension. Other Wiestec goodies we installed include a set of billet idler pulleys and a billet oil / air separator.
Of the 500 examples produced, probably only a small handlful of these Black Series are pushing this level of power and performance. If Jeremy Clarkson fell in love with the stock version of this car, then we can only imagine what he would have to say about this beast. Enjoy.
When this customer came to us complaining that his Z3 wasn't handling like it used to, we knew what to do. As it turns out to be the case with many older BMWs, this Z3 had blown out shocks and several failed OEM bushings. To remedy the problem, we installed a set of KW Variant 2 (V2) coilovers, Poweflex front control arm bushings, Powerflex rear trailing arm bushings and Rogue Engineering rebuildable rear shock mounts. Once the car was lowered, it was obvious that the wheels needed to be pushed out to the fenders to complete the look. To finish the job we installed 18mm and 10mm Macht Schnell spacer kits. The owner couldn't be happier with the new set-up, saying it handles and rides 100 times better than before.