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      11-16-2020, 09:35 PM   #155
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I just read everything all the way through, what a hell of an adventure.

I'm originally from Thailand but have been in the States for a minute. Always curious what it would be like if I ever move back home and try to bring all the M's over.

Keep the updates coming!
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Wow what a read, love the details you add in along with the pictures.

Great stuff
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I just read everything all the way through, what a hell of an adventure.

I'm originally from Thailand but have been in the States for a minute. Always curious what it would be like if I ever move back home and try to bring all the M's over.

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Wow what a read, love the details you add in along with the pictures.

Great stuff
Thanks to you both!
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Love this car, love this build!
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Love this car, love this build!
Just trying to keep up with yours
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Alignment

Suspension noises were annoying the snot out of me so went in for an alignment - glad I did, as my camber plates were pretty off on both sides. Tightening everything up got rid of 90% of the pops and rattles I was experiencing, which convinced me I'll get an alignment every quarter or so.







The shop I found was pretty decent, they had upstairs seating and you could look out over the work bay.

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They also have a couple of track M2C's.



Also I recently found out that I have no warranty anymore. BMW Korea only honors the US warranty for 24 months, so that expired in September. Which is unfortunate, since I now have a rattle / noise which occurs whenever I'm between 800-1100 RPM. I've traced it to one of the pulleys in the front, it's either the AC, alternator, or idler tensioner pulley. Hoping for the tensioner. I'll try to get that checked out tomorrow - after which my car should be pretty solid.

I have a track day scheduled for Dec 6th, pretty excited for that!

In other news, something else is coming in about a week or so. Ordered back in July.

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Suspension noises were annoying the snot out of me so went in for an alignment - glad I did, as my camber plates were pretty off on both sides. Tightening everything up got rid of 90% of the pops and rattles I was experiencing, which convinced me I'll get an alignment every quarter or so.







The shop I found was pretty decent, they had upstairs seating and you could look out over the work bay.

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They also have a couple of track M2C's.



Also I recently found out that I have no warranty anymore. BMW Korea only honors the US warranty for 24 months, so that expired in September. Which is unfortunate, since I now have a rattle / noise which occurs whenever I'm between 800-1100 RPM. I've traced it to one of the pulleys in the front, it's either the AC, alternator, or idler tensioner pulley. Hoping for the tensioner. I'll try to get that checked out tomorrow - after which my car should be pretty solid.

I have a track day scheduled for Dec 6th, pretty excited for that!

In other news, something else is coming in about a week or so. Ordered back in July.

Looking good!!!

That matte black M2 is actually an OG . Love the matte black BBS RIA it has, I've been thinking of changing the color of my RIAS from diamond black to satin/matte black.
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Looking good!!!

That matte black M2 is actually an OG . Love the matte black BBS RIA it has, I've been thinking of changing the color of my RIAS from diamond black to satin/matte black.
Yup it is, although they had a few M2C's in the work bay that I didn't get a pic of. Apparently the guy just bought three M2CS's, one to "study", one for track, and one for... Street or something like that.
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6 Dec Track Day

6 Dec Track Day

Last weekend I joined M Club Korea for their quarterly track day. This time they rented out the BMW Driving Center for the entire day for us to use. We were grouped into 6 groups of about 8 cars each and throughout the day took turns driving several of the courses they have there, such as gymkhana, skid pad, understeer, track driving (including open track sessions), and defensive driving techniques - all in our own cars. There was one portion where we could drive some SUV's on track (X3, X4, X5, X6) and SUV's are nice but I like driving the M2 on track better.

I was blown away with how organized the event was, not to mention how much fun I had! Thankfully it happened the day it did, as Korea went to "level 2.5" social distancing the next day which would have kept us from having the event. So glad it held off until then.

Some pics taken during a couple of the events:



































In short, an extremely fun event - glad to get out on the track - and I learned a lot too. It's now winter here (snowed yesterday) so I'm hoping to do at least 2 winter track days but we'll see. Then full force into spring!

For the car, it performed great. I just passed 40k KM's so it's time for some service. I am planning on the following:
Air filters (engine and cabin) - have some Eventuri filters coming
Diff fluid
Transmission fluid
Spark plugs (probably not entirely necessary... but why not)
Control Arm replacement - getting more and more pops from these while driving at slow speeds. Crappy roads + stiff suspension + lowered = these are on their way out.
Rebound adjustment (need to soften it a bit)
Alignment

Can't think of anything else... Just replaced my oil ~1k ago so don't need to do that.
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You wish your carwash was this cool

On another note, a new carwash opened up about a KM from my apartment and I gotta say, this has completely changed my winter car washes from here on out. It's approx. $15 per hour and you reserve your space/time on an app. It's a garage that is enclosed, has a heater, and during your appointment it's unlimited use of the pressure washer, foam cannon, air, vacuum, and the space has an air conditioner / heater for those extra hot or cold days. Did I mention the heater??













Best part? It's open 24 hours.





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New Car in the Family

Last update for now is our family now has another member, a 2021 M340i xDrive in Alpine White / Shadowline pkg. It's great because my wife and I are now matchy-matchy.

We ordered this car after coming back to Korea in July. August was the factory shutdown in Munich due to i4 retooling, and US / non-euro spec models are only made during one week of every month so we got pushed to first week of October for the build. Everything after that went quickly - was on a boat by the 12th, and then the boat took forever to get here and arrived November 24th (42 days) after stopping in Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing before reaching Korea.

Then one week for customs and 5 days for BMW VPC and then we had the car December 7th - 5 months after ordering. The positive part is that it's a German build.

We were crazy enough to drive to the port to see the boat that I had been meticulously tracking every day for 42 days.







After having the car for one day, we sent it off to get paint correction, PPF, ceramic coating, and a dashcam install.





















All done! Now tint is scheduled for this week and then the 340i will be complete! Might get an M performance exhaust put on after winter is over but we'll see.



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      12-17-2020, 07:37 PM   #166
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First snow day. Still on PS4S. Doesn't work.

Won't get snow tires.

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Nice to finally see the man behind the car! I know I'm late to the build thread, but I look forward to catching you on Humphreys. I'm in the MCB F10 M5 that's constantly driving between the USFK HQ and DSC. I'll send you a PM with my info, it would be great to link up and talk shop!
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