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This blog will be documenting of my M20 swapped 2002 for repairs, upgrades and adventures along the way. I'm originally from the SF Bay Area and grew up in the East Bay.  I've own this particular 02 since 2000 and picked it up in San Diego.  The M20 swap, the first one, happened in 2005.  It was a fast quick install with little attention to the detail of the how.  Slightly Mickey Moused.  Participated in the Alpine 500, Shamrock and Snow Ball Rallys back in the day.  My 02 was in an accident in 2007 heading South on 101 at Hospital Curve in SF.  Bummer.  Took 5 years to settle with the insurance company, but I got the money to repair the damage.  That same year I moved abroad to work in Germany, then Poland, then Uzbekistan, then Uganda and now in the Netherlands.  The 02 sat in a friends barn for several years and when I landed a job in the Netherlands I decided to bring it here.  Best decision ever.  The 02 is licensed and insured for all of Europe now.  It is a dream come true and the first location abroad I could safely have my car.  

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NORWAY Adventure 2023

I seem to always dream up wacky and out of the norm adventures to average person.  For those of you who are also 02 obsessed you are most likely of the same nature.  Before embarking on my journey I really didn't know what to expect.  I had a friend who was going to ride shot gun with me, but then due to a family emergency couldn't make it.  Bummer.     I have to admit I was a little timid for a brief moment and wavered whether I should go, but there is no tomorrow; less thinking more

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M20 Stainless Custom Exhaust - Was it Worth it?

Short recap to the history of my 02.  Original M20 motor swap was done in 2005 at Casey Motorsports in Petaluma, California.  We did it in a weekend and was a quick and dirty install.  I left the original M10 exhaust and used that for... 18 years.  I can't believe it's been that long, but it's been that long.  I've been wanting to get another exhaust for some time now and since arriving in the Netherlands a new friend told me he could do it.  I then started to look around for a header and found

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ADVe - Getting My 02 Life Sorted...

The whole challenge of moving around the world and bringing a car is a HUGE PITA.  Luckily for me I met some beyond generous and supportive car friends here.  The range and depth in which I can emerse myself into 02 things is a lot.  Jeffery Kok has been the most amazing 02 ambassador helping me get all of my cars (2002, e46 touring & e30 touring) sorted.  Although I only have the 02 garaged, bummer.  I hate having the e30 outside, but garage space is expensive and in short supply.  Thankful

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ADVe - Docum't: Upgrades & Roadtrips (Netherlands)

Greetings!    It's been a long time coming for me to do this and just had to start.  I'll be doing my best to document all the happenings with my 02 and where I venture to.  To give you a brief history, I've been living around the world for the last 15 years but grew up in the SF Bay Area.  I was actively involved with Bay Area 02 and running in rallies like the Alpine 500, Shamrock Rally and Snowball Rallye.  I miss those days.     02 wise (we) did the first version of the M

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