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Brilliant 05-01-2011 06:14 PM

Black Exhaust Tips - Cheap
 
Tired of polishing those chrome exhaust tips? Me too, paint them black. Not a technical DIY, just showing what you can accomplish with a rattle can.

1) Drop muffler (varies car to car). Note: M3s exhaust tips have 1 rivet on the top, 2 on the bottom. You have to drop the muffler to get to the top rivet.
2) Drill out rivets by drilling straight down on them. Then use a punch vertically and a flathead screwdriver and hammer horizontally as needed to pop them out.
3) Sand with high grit, just want to ruff up the surface, dont need to be so aggressive to make groves. Every finish depends on prep, take your time.
4) Paint with header paint, baking instructions vary with type. Its real nasty stuff so when you oven bake it open the doors, windows and turn on fans.
5) While wearing safety glasses, install new rivets. If you dont have a rivet gun you can get a cheap one from harbor freight w/ Al rivets. Note steel and aluminum may cause corrosion. If concerned about it, buy some stainless rivets.
6) Reinstall muffler (varies car to car).

Pretty easy mod, looks great on M3s. I acutally bought a spare muffler locally and did it all on the spare so I didnt have to have it off the car all day.


http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/...drillrivet.jpg

http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/.../th_sanded.jpg


http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/...th_painted.jpg

crappy iphone pic
http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/...s/th_oncar.jpg

Credits: http://www.6speedonline.com/forums/9...od-w-pics.html

Swoff23 05-24-2011 09:43 AM

What type of paint did you use?

Brilliant 05-24-2011 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Swoff23 (Post 13202558)
What type of paint did you use?

I used header paint, whatever they had at my local chain autoparts strore. Scott at 6speed said that engine paint / BBQ paint didnt hold up (1200 degree), so you may want to get 2000 degree header paint.

Bimmer37 06-02-2011 03:21 PM

I used engine enamel paint...too late but i just found out that this is really difficult to remove..hopefully i wont have a change of heart on the black tips because its really hard to find exhaust tips for the zhp muffler

John in VA 06-04-2011 04:31 PM

I was lazy, and got BMW black chrome exhaust tips - 55mm - for the 328i from ECS for $5 each.
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-328...OEM/ES2063730/

Swoff23 06-06-2011 07:23 AM

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Originally Posted by John in VA (Post 13242110)
I was lazy, and got BMW black chrome exhaust tips - 55mm - for the 328i from ECS for $5 each.
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-328...OEM/ES2063730/

Where could I get some like that fir my M3?

Bimmer37 06-10-2011 03:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Swoff23 (Post 13246332)
Where could I get some like that fir my M3?

i dont think 55mm tips fit on the m3

Brilliant 06-10-2011 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Bimmer37 (Post 13263756)
i dont think 55mm tips fit on the m3

Yea, I had trouble finding tips that fit so I did this.


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