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loginfailed 05-12-2010 10:01 PM

loginfailed's 2001 E46 Touring *NEW SHOES*
 
I joined the E46 family a month or two ago. It's got high miles (130k) but it's hard to tell by looking at it.

How I bought it:
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0189.jpg

My buddy traded his 2001 330ci for a 2007 Infiniti M35. He had some RPM 505 wheels with some decent rubber, so he offered to trade me for my stock wheels (for free!). I took a few pics the other day (sorry car is dirty):
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0429.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0421.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0428.jpg

future plans:
buy a hitch mount for my mountain bike, then remove the entire roof rack (slick top)
set of 18" CSL replicas
lower the front by about 1" or so for a more level stance

Comments? (good or bad)

jose325i 05-12-2010 10:14 PM

go for 19" csls instead...they will look amazing. Other than that, your plans sound good, and the car looks great! :thumbsup:

DTMdan 05-13-2010 06:28 AM

Cool man, nice touring.. excited to see what you do to it (+1 on the 19"s)

mikeyb74 05-13-2010 10:59 AM

Very nice touring!

simsima325 05-13-2010 11:29 AM

i like your current wheels :) nice car

H&R Cupkit would be nice. if ur shocks have 130k on them, you will enjoy having a new matched spring/shock setup, with a marginal drop :)

loginfailed 05-13-2010 09:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jose325i (Post 11738133)
go for 19" csls instead...they will look amazing. Other than that, your plans sound good, and the car looks great! :thumbsup:

Quote:

Originally Posted by DTMdan (Post 11739399)
Cool man, nice touring.. excited to see what you do to it (+1 on the 19"s)

I hear you guys on the 19's. I'll have to look into the price difference of the wheels & tires to see how much more it is. I just figured I'd go with 18's to save some cash since I wouldn't have to buy new tires.
Quote:

Originally Posted by mikeyb74 (Post 11740059)
Very nice touring!

Thanks!
Quote:

Originally Posted by simsima325 (Post 11740175)
i like your current wheels :) nice car

H&R Cupkit would be nice. if ur shocks have 130k on them, you will enjoy having a new matched spring/shock setup, with a marginal drop :)

Thanks for the thumbs up on the wheels. I like the way the current wheels look too, except for a couple issues. They are curbed pretty bad, some of the clear coat is peeling in spots & I think a couple of them are a bit bent even. Also, they have the fake rivets which I don't mind the look of, but they are a beotch to clean.

I'm sure the shocks & springs are original. New shocks would definitely help. It rides OK, but since I put the heavier 18's on I can tell the shocks are worn. I havent really put much thought into what suspension setup I want to do yet though. The H&R cup kit is a possibility though. I had a set on my old 94 Integra back in the day & I was pretty happy with them.

loginfailed 05-13-2010 09:51 PM

Here's a pic of the Kuda leather phone mount and the proclip mount in case anyone was curious what they look like (sorry my interior isn't too clean at the moment):

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0411.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0409.jpg

^The leather mount looks in the pic like it is a different color, but in person it matches really well.

Gucki83 05-13-2010 10:31 PM

Nice!

xxcosmicxx 05-14-2010 07:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jose325i (Post 11738133)
go for 19" csls instead...they will look amazing. Other than that, your plans sound good, and the car looks great! :thumbsup:

Or you could not do what everyone else does :tsk:


... Car looks great man!

jwm5 05-14-2010 08:20 AM

:thumbsup:

loginfailed 05-25-2010 09:06 PM

Got some new shoes today
 
The other wheels were vibrating REALLY bad on the freeway. I tried having them balanced (which did help) but discovered they have some bends in them while watching them spin on the balancer. They are also curbed pretty bad & the clear coat is starting to peel.

Basically, the easiest fix was new wheels. So I picked up a cheap set from Discount Tire. Now the car rides really smooth on the freeway. They are Drag DB-37, Hyper Silver, 18x8.5, +40 offset. I think they look pretty decent.

I've read people call these CSL reps but I think they look a little different than CSL's (at least in person). Either way I like them. I need to round up a set of BMW center caps, adjust front end ride height and I'll be happy.

http://people.consolidated.net/login...s/IMG_0440.jpg

http://people.consolidated.net/login...s/IMG_0438.jpg

http://people.consolidated.net/login...s/IMG_0439.jpg

http://people.consolidated.net/login...s/IMG_0436.jpg

http://people.consolidated.net/login...s/IMG_0435.jpg

http://people.consolidated.net/login...s/IMG_0443.jpg

http://people.consolidated.net/login...s/IMG_0442.jpg

http://people.consolidated.net/login...s/IMG_0441.jpg

loginfailed 07-24-2010 10:46 PM

I've been working on the car a bit this weekend. I've been pretty productive and finished of a BUNCH of items on my never ending punch list. Here is what I've accomplished over the last 2 days:
  • New Water Pump (w/ metal impeller)
  • ECS Aluminum Water Pump Pulley
  • New Fan Clutch
  • New Fan Blade
  • New Thermostat
  • New Upper & Lower Radiator Hoses
  • New Coolant Temp Sensor
  • New Expansion Tank & Cap
  • New OEM BMW Coolant
  • New Oil Filter Housting Gasket
  • Replaced Engine Oil w/ Mobil1 0w-40
  • New Final Stage Unit / Blower Resistor (old one had a mind of it's own)
  • New Sunroof Shade Slides (the shade was getting stuck)
  • New Passenger Front Window Regulator (finally not afraid to roll it down lol)
  • Removed Touring Roof Rack Rails
  • New Driver Door Midrange Speaker (was broken & fell into door)
  • Replaced "Drag" Center Caps w/ OEM BMW Center Caps
  • Cleaned & Organized Garage & Tools (long overdue)
  • Maybe some other stuff I forgot..

Everyone's seen all this stuff done before. To be honest I didn't feel like stopping every few minutes to take a pic, lol.

I'll clean the car tomorrow and hopefully post up some proper pics with the new center caps and no roof rails.

So Lowww 07-24-2010 10:50 PM

woow looks sick!!
that list is awesome!

SIN3 07-24-2010 11:05 PM

e46 are great cars, they dont get broken in until 100k, good luck!

djnekkon 07-25-2010 12:03 PM

keep it up. Love it.

mikeyb74 08-23-2010 12:01 PM

I really like the new wheels.

loginfailed 08-26-2010 07:43 PM

Minor changes..
 
I was off work Wednesday & Thursday and finally got a chance to catch up on some much needed garage time.
  • Installed sport pkg springs in the front to reduce wheel gap
  • Replaced inner and outer tie rods
  • Hand washed exterior, detailed wheels, vacuumed & detailed the interior
  • Took some pics!

The front gap is about even with the rear now, compared to being at least 1/2" higher before. I guess the .6" stated for sport springs in the wiki is just about right on. The chassis however has a nice rake to it. I measured ground clearance at the lift pads.

Front:
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...d/IMG_0260.jpg
Rear:
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...d/IMG_0259.jpg

I took some shots with my point and shoot camera. Not the best quality, but here are the picks (pun intended) of the litter.

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...d/IMG_0457.jpg

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...d/IMG_0449.jpg

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...d/IMG_0447.jpg

I know my passenger mirror is black and driver side is blue. The cover was loose when I bought the car. It finally fell off and I haven't had a chance to get the new one painted yet.

Tomorrow it is getting an alignment and 4 new tires.

Comments, suggestions and/or criticisms welcomed and appreciated!

jyerabutar 08-26-2010 11:00 PM

we've got twin cars :)

loginfailed 11-29-2010 04:51 PM

I haven't put up any pics lately. Here are a few. Since my last post, I've tinted the windows & installed new tires.

Sorry about the lighting, I took the pics too late in the evening. I also suck at photography. :facepalm:

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0458.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0459.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0460.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0461.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0462.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0464.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0465.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0466.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/n...g/IMG_0467.jpg

jyerabutar 11-30-2010 02:49 AM

nice ! we have the same color :)


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