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      05-24-2019, 12:30 PM   #1
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Wanted to formally introduce myself to the M2 Community. I am no stranger to Bimmerpost but I stumbled upon a great deal (impulse buy) from Jesse @ Irvine BMW which lead me to 2018 BMW M2 6 Speed Manual ownership.

I was never a "blue car" person minus BMW's. Owner multiple E46 M3's in Interlagos Blue/ Black & Laguna Seca Blue/ Cinnamon and now this is the latest Blue ///M platform I get to play with.

I would say that BMW has a lost of the their natural driving emotion but the M2 is the last to hang onto some reminiscence of it. I really dig the chassis size & their electronic steering has been sorted quite well.

The vehicle is named #uglybeautiful as I felt the M2 has some ugly proportions (especially the rear) but has some amazing & angular areas (front fascia).

My intentions with this build was to create a balanced vehicle that can be used for stress relieving night drives, back road carving and entry level HPDE weekends. There is heavy influence in style direction in order to create what BMW won't, a M2 GTS. I called upon few technology partners to help aid in finding the perfect balance of reliability, handling, and style. Many thanks to Titan 7 Wheels, Vorsteiner, Eibach, Ground Control, Akrapovic, CSF Radiators and Yokohama tires for creating the right products.

Thank you to European Auto Source, Funfzehn & Signature Autobody for putting it all together with my attempt at paying homage to the non existent M2 GTS















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      05-24-2019, 12:57 PM   #2
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Near perfect. Would only need to lose the front plate.
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too scared in Commufornia... when they make vehicle "takeovers" the hot topic of debate for re-election...

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Near perfect. Would only need to lose the front plate.
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One of the many reasons I'd never move there. NJ is not that much better though.
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too scared in Commufornia... when they make vehicle "takeovers" the hot topic of debate for re-election...
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One of the many reasons I'd never move there. NJ is not that much better though.
I and others drive without a front plate on the daily (mine's not a daily but still). Never had an issue. They cant pull you over for it. Only issue is if you street park a lot around L.A., then you can get a meter maid tick. Don't be skurrred.
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By the way, are those 18's?
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Yes they are non staggered 18x9.5 +35
With 265/35/18 all around. Run a 10mm front spacer to clear suspension since I have extended studs and lugnut conversion. I needed it non staggered set to rotate for track duties but it works out I like the way it looks and drives daily in that configuration

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James! Great to see you on here. I didn't realize you picked up a M2! Looks good
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haha yeah, not as cool as your Competition though!

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James! Great to see you on here. I didn't realize you picked up a M2! Looks good
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Eibach springs? Great look!
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Love the spoiler, do you have the part number? Which spoiler is this for?
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The spoiler and risers is for Vorsteiner F82 M4 GTS style that I retrofitted with a custom plated underside support

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Love the spoiler, do you have the part number? Which spoiler is this for?
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I and others drive without a front plate on the daily (mine's not a daily but still). Never had an issue. They cant pull you over for it. Only issue is if you street park a lot around L.A., then you can get a meter maid tick. Don't be skurrred.
What do you mean by "they cant pull you over for it?" I was cruising on PCH and stopped at a red light. A squad car pulled up across from me, saw that I didn't have a plate, flipped a u-turn and wrote me up. Unless something changed from 6 years ago, you can get pulled over for it... I still dont have a plate. Pay to play..


To the OP... no signature wheels on that car!? you guys dial in offsets you need a set on that M2!
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What do you mean by "they cant pull you over for it?" I was cruising on PCH and stopped at a red light. A squad car pulled up across from me, saw that I didn't have a plate, flipped a u-turn and wrote me up. Unless something changed from 6 years ago, you can get pulled over for it... I still dont have a plate. Pay to play..


To the OP... no signature wheels on that car!? you guys dial in offsets you need a set on that M2!
I thought it was not a moving violation? Let me check..no edits on mine...

Looks like they can yank you for it. Jeez, only really shitty cops would do that. So far no one's said a word however, and i've been doing it for over 10 years.
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Very nice! Now let's see that F430 Scuderia
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One of the many reasons I'd never move there. NJ is not that much better though.
Lol! Friggin Garden State. They should call it the NFW State cause you can't do anything here.
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Good luck tracking with that front lip. I've gone through two already. It can not withstand any downforce.
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I thought it was not a moving violation? Let me check..no edits on mine...

Looks like they can yank you for it. Jeez, only really shitty cops would do that. So far no one's said a word however, and i've been doing it for over 10 years.
Well it's not a moving violation but you can be pulled over for non-moving violations. I got pulled over for tints as well previously. Cell phone use can get ticketed, those are considered non-moving violations (first time violations at least).
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Looks great

Congrats - love it. What CF lower pieces did you use (all the way around)? I haven't seen those side side-skirts before?
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I couldn't agree more about the car proportions being ugly. It's too short fat and squat for my taste. But I am sure she performs great!! Nice car
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Good luck tracking with that front lip. I've gone through two already. It can not withstand any downforce.
What happens? It comes off and you drive over it?
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Good luck tracking with that front lip. I've gone through two already. It can not withstand any downforce.
What happens? It comes off and you drive over it?
First time the carbon weave completely unraveled and they replaced it under warranty. New one continues to come away from the stock bumper due to continuous downforce. I started running with tape over it to prevent additional airflow that forces it away from the bumper. I just had it reinstalled and my entire front bumper is now filled with holes and hardware to hold it down. We'll see what happens. I really love the way it looks.
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