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Old 11-24-2015, 01:34 AM
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Alright folks - time to start my build thread!

I may be new to the C63 world, but definitely not to the AMG world and am very excited to be back.

As of late, I became bored with my E46 M3. In my opinion, it's not a fun car to daily drive and that's really the bulk of my driving. The E46 is a fantastic track car / canyon carver but that's just not what I value in a car at this time so I sold it to my best friend from high school who's a BMW crazed fanatic and picked up this beautiful and perfectly optioned C63. I never plan to take the C63 to the track but I do intend to have some fun with it .

The purpose of this thread is to document my mods/maintenance/whatever else I do to the car for others to enjoy!

Specs on my C63:

2009 Arctic C63 - 46,XXX Miles
P30 AMG Performance Package
P2 Premium Package
318 AMG Leather Package
320 Multimedia Package
H73 Carbon Fiber Trim
057 iPod Integration
359 Teleaid
AMG Y Spoke Wheels on Michelin PSS 235/265

The AMG at it's second home -- the gas station.



Prior to my E46 M3, I had a W203 C32 AMG. Below are a progression of my cars:

Jaguar X Type at age 16:

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Then came the W203 C32 AMG

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Followed by my minty fresh Alpine White E46 M3


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Congrats, nice car. I see it came with a few mods to get you started. Enjoy!
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Nice man! Sweet Jag for sure...and the C32.
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Looks sweet. Anymore pics of the M3 too? Always had a soft spot for a properly done E46 M, yours is definitely one of them.
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Time for a small update!

In such excitement while buying the car, I failed to notice that there was a small tear in the drivers front seat. Worrying that it would continue to tear, I immediately called my local Fibrenew repair guy and he came out and mended the leather for $150. Before and after pics are below:



Next up was replacing the egg-yolk orangy bulbs with AZNOptics 194 5K LED's. They look really nice in my opinion.



I also installed HR Lowering Springs with, believe it or not, 5MM rear pads. I ordered the 17MM and they just looked so tall compared to the front. See the pics for yourself.







Cleaned and conditioned my leather with Leathermasters Soft Cleaner and Leather Masters Leather Protection Cream. Also, cleaned the alcantara steering wheel with a toothbrush, a terry cloth, and some warm water.



And lastly, added a sticker to rep my alma mater.



I'll be getting a custom alignment on Saturday with the following specs:

Front Camber: Max Negative allowing both sides to be even within spec.
Front Toe: Zero

Rear Camber: -1.5
Rear Toe: Still undecided

With the HR springs, the car is pulling just slightly to the right. We'll see if the alignment shop is able to correct it. If not, I'll have to install the alignment bolts I purchased and have another go at it.

After I get an alignment and know exactly what my spacing is due to camber, I'll be going ahead and ordering spacers and a stud conversion kit from Motorsport Hardware.

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Resonator Delete with H Pipe

So far, it's too quiet for my taste. I've only driven about 6 miles since I had to get back to the office, but I could definitely use a bit more volume.

EDIT: Deleted my secondary cats a couple of days later. Sounds epic...

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I heard that straight pipes at the secondary cat is the best way to get more volume and keep AMG sound without rasp.
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Yup - will definitely be going back for secondary cat removal. Will keep the H-pipe in the resonator section and just go full straight on the cats.
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I second secondary cat removal with straight pipes. Look into a tune as well!
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I second secondary cat removal with straight pipes. Look into a tune as well!
Already have an appointment to get the secondary cats out

I'll look into a tune down the road as for now I see no reason to get one. The car is already stupid fast on the street and I'm more into spending money on other aspects of the car like Endless MX pads, brake lines, and other performance and chassis type mods.

Power is already enough to get 99% of the C63 driving population into trouble. I'm in that boat too...
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So in the last couple of days, a buddy of mine decided to measure the drop on all four corners of my car...

The two fronts were dead even, the rears, not so much. I was actually quite a bit lower on my passenger side than drivers. I'd say about 3/32 of an inch which was enough to really bother me.

I begin trying to think of ways to raise just one corner of the car and came up with this:



I created shims from a square foot of linoleum I had laying around and after two tries got the rears to sit dead even, actually the passenger side a little higher to compensate for any squishing of the linoleum that might happen but this stuff seemed to be quite compact and hard as it is...

Yes, there is linoleum in my AMG...

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Great set up. We are pretty much the same.








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Looks awesome! What spacer setups are you running?
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Absolutely no spacers.
HR Springs with 17mm rear pads.

After I install CF spoiler and wash her I will take better pics...
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Absolutely no spacers.
HR Springs with 17mm rear pads.

After I install CF spoiler and wash her I will take better pics...
Sounds like a plan. Carbon on silver cars always looks awesome.
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Originally Posted by AMG3.2 View Post
So in the last couple of days, a buddy of mine decided to measure the drop on all four corners of my car...

The two fronts were dead even, the rears, not so much. I was actually quite a bit lower on my passenger side than drivers. I'd say about 3/32 of an inch which was enough to really bother me.

I begin trying to think of ways to raise just one corner of the car and came up with this:



I created shims from a square foot of linoleum I had laying around and after two tries got the rears to sit dead even, actually the passenger side a little higher to compensate for any squishing of the linoleum that might happen but this stuff seemed to be quite compact and hard as it is...

Yes, there is linoleum in my AMG...
Right rear sits lower due to the battery being on that side which weighs approximately 40 lbs.
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Right rear sits lower due to the battery being on that side which weighs approximately 40 lbs.
Well damn! Now I know. I was wondering what the in world was going on there. It had to be brought up a good couple of MM. I think 4.5 or so.
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U are using 5mm spring pads & u added custom shims on one of the spring pad? Hope it's safe.

I think ur rear sits too low compared to ur front. And keep in mind when the car is in motion, the rear goes a bit lower so I bet ur rear tires tuck in. It's ok as long as u don't buy aggressive & flush wheels/tires set-up.
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U are using 5mm spring pads & u added custom shims on one of the spring pad? Hope it's safe.

I think ur rear sits too low compared to ur front. And keep in mind when the car is in motion, the rear goes a bit lower so I bet ur rear tires tuck in. It's ok as long as u don't buy aggressive & flush wheels/tires set-up.
Yup. I actually had the 5mm spring pads installed on my car with the stock springs. The previous owner must have done it.

I did shim the passenger side a bit more so think of it as a 9mm spring pad on that side to compensate for the 45 pound battery. I really was un-happy with the uneven-ness.

And yes, the rear is lower in the front. That tends to be the way most european cars are set up when lowered and definitely tends to be my preference.

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