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niiCk 09-12-2012 09:23 AM

Starting fresh.. [lots of pics!] update 14-10-12
 
Hey, some of you may know me as the crazy ass mofo who ran those epic wide PG-1s on the bagged E46 sedan, or even just the guy who changes wheels very often. Well anyways, since then the car had parted out, parts sold and car was gone. Was a pretty sad sight seeing it go, had it for about 3.5 years. Good memories..Car may be sold, but doesnt mean i dont come onto E46fanatics. I go on everyday LOL..depressing. Well actually, i did promise Steve.K i would put up a thread about my new car.

Pics of old car in its final stage:
http://www.excitementcarmagazine.com..._jdp2012-8.jpg
http://www.excitementcarmagazine.com..._jdp2012-9.jpg

Well anyways, sold the car on a Thursday, it was only natural to buy a new one. I had been looking at different options..it came down to either a E60 or a E90. Well i put down the deposit on an E90 Msport on the following Saturday. Come Tuesday, i had myself a Sparkling Graphite E90 Msport. Not exactly the colour i wanted but for the price i paid and for how clean it was, it was awesome!:)

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...11ck/front.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...n11ck/rear.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...k/interior.jpg

Would have loved the sat nav but couldnt find one that was cheap enough for me.

Anyways, the first 'mod' i bought was a OEM leather fob key case and OEM floormats (car didnt come with any but the carpet was in good condition so im guessing they threw out the floormats cause they were dirty or something).

Key Fob case:
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0818-00861.jpg

Floormats:
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0818-00863.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0818-00864.jpg

Since the car came standard with RFT the car didnt have a jack, wheel brace or spare tyre so i put up a thread on here looking for those parts. Noone had replied so i bought a wheel brace from the UK. Then Adrian (adrianc) had PMed me about the space saver and jack he had left over from his M3. All new with BMW stickers, SCORE!:)

Dont have a pic of the space saver and jack unfortunately.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0905-00919.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0905-00920.jpg

Was pretty happy with how it was, enjoying the car as it is. But then i wanted to fix up the front end. I really wanted the 3D studio front lip for the E90 but it was $700 before shipping so i thought i'd put that on hold for now. Since i had a E60 Msport Hamann front lip (courtesy of INDOMI), i decided i should try and modify it to fit the E90. Surprising the E90 has a wider front bar haha. This is what i came up with:

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0819-00871.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0819-00872.jpg

Looks alright, still havnt completed it. Been too busy and really cbf sanding lol.

Oh i also fitted my old plates onto the car.

After that, still finding ways to freshen up the rear end. At first i was looking at changing the exhaust itself to a bolt on Arqray exhaust or even the BMW performance exhaust but $800 for just sound, i thought wasnt worth it. I could use the money elsewhere and besides the stock exhaust sounds great as it is.

So i decided to just change the muffler tip. I asked around, and went into Tuffy mufflers and got a quote on 3inch twin tips. They wanted $180 installed. Again i was like wtf! just for a muffler tip? so i was like stuff that, i'll do it myself. So i went and bought 3inch polished twin tips and welded it on myself.

Stock:
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0825-00883.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0825-00884.jpg

After:
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0825-00886.jpg

After that, I went and bought a Msport rear bootlid spoiler.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0903-00905.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0903-00906.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0903-00908.jpg

Test fit (please excuse the dirty car lol):
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0903-00909.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0903-00910.jpg

Fitted:
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0904-00914.jpg

I was then looking at alternatives for the rear tail lights. I hate the clear bit. Blacklines were too expensive for me, so i got some red tint/vinyl and covered it. Didnt turn out too bad but wish it were abit darker.

The tint:
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0905-00918.jpg

Before:
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0905-00921.jpg

After:
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0905-00922.jpg
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...0905-00926.jpg

That was about it.

But as you know..knowing me i wanted low and wheels!

So on the hunt i was, looking at some suspension setups. Looked into getting Airsuspension again but it was going to cost me too much so decided to go with coilovers. Looked at KWs, STs, and BCs. KWs are great, ive fitted a set onto our Merc and they ride nice but i was doubting their capabilities of going lowwww..same goes with ST, apparently they just KW V1s but cheaper materials used thus being cheaper. So i looked into BC BRs, people rate them well so i was leaning more towards them and since the price is so cheap i thought why not. Upon some research, i found out that people who fitted BC BR coilovers onto their E90 were unable to drop the car alot. When they maxed out the front coilovers, it would still stick above the tyre of stockies which made me sad and confused till one guy gave me the solution to my problems! BC BR Extreme drop kit. I looked into it more, was very impressed at how low they went. Not many E90s were running the Extreme drop kit, but the one guy that did, he is dumped and he has nothing but good feedback about them so i thought why not:) they were cheaper than buying them locally (when the exchange rate was abit better) and you were able to choose your spring rates at no extra charge! But i just stuck with the standard 7kg fronts and 11kg rears since the coilover guy recommended me. So that was all paid for and just waiting for it to be built and sent to me.

Just when i thought it would stop, i decided to jump on the 3D studio lip. So that was paid for and is in the process of being posted to me too.

What it looks like:
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/j...spo_FLS01B.jpg

Oh but it didnt stop there, a couple days later i was looking for some wheels. Was looking at getting some Hamann PG-1s again but in 18s. I had found a set but missed out on buying them:( was pretty cut about it. But a week later, 2 days ago i found a really nice set of wheels. So i bought it. I might not tell you guys what they are just yet. But i'll just give you the specs. They 18x10 +25 fronts and 18x11 +0 rears. Haha, okay before you freak out, the rears are getting modded so i'll probs change the outer lip and make it a higher offset.

Thats it for now guys, hope you guys enjoyed it and i'll keep updating this thread as i go:)

C&C welcome. Might get some hate from all the E46ers.

Thanks,
Nick

ating 09-12-2012 09:35 AM

Very nice! haha nice to see the mods already happening. Those are some crazy size/offset wheels! Can't wait to see them on. Yeah with the KWs, you're right. I did plenty of research prior to buying mine and everyone said that they go really low. Well I've found out that the fronts can go really low, but the rear springs/shocks can't go that low. I'm at the lowest setting and it's still just a little too high. If I want to drop it any lower I'll need to either remove that rubber pad or take out the spring collar. Not sure which would be better.

ModBargains II 09-12-2012 10:30 AM

Congrats on the new car... I can't wait to see how awesome your E90 turns out!! :excited:

YGOAMG 09-12-2012 04:53 PM

Mount the rears before changing the offset..

They are probs a 3 piece ADV1 wheels??

niiCk 09-12-2012 05:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ating (Post 14725145)
Very nice! haha nice to see the mods already happening. Those are some crazy size/offset wheels! Can't wait to see them on. Yeah with the KWs, you're right. I did plenty of research prior to buying mine and everyone said that they go really low. Well I've found out that the fronts can go really low, but the rear springs/shocks can't go that low. I'm at the lowest setting and it's still just a little too high. If I want to drop it any lower I'll need to either remove that rubber pad or take out the spring collar. Not sure which would be better.

Haha thanks:D yeah the mods were bound to happen sooner or later. Yeah hopefully the wheels fit snug with no issues.

Yeah see thats what i read too..but in the e90 case, the rears are able to go low but not the fronts lol

In your case, i rekon you should just take the perch off. I would be worried with metal grinding noise if you were to take the rubber pad off.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ModBargains II (Post 14725286)
Congrats on the new car... I can't wait to see how awesome your E90 turns out!! :excited:

Thanks!:thumbup:

Quote:

Originally Posted by YGOAMG (Post 14726555)
Mount the rears before changing the offset..

They are probs a 3 piece ADV1 wheels??

Haha, would love to but then its too much effort and plus the person im buying it off is doing the work for me so less cash spending;) hahahaha

hmm..they are 3 piece..but hmm lol you'll see:P

Nae323 09-12-2012 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by niiCk (Post 14725112)
some of you may know me as the guy who changes wheels very often.

:thumbup:

Congrats on the buy!
I'm really not a fan of the shape of those models, but you definitely made it look so much better just with a few simple things.
Will be good to see what else you do.

helrot330ci 09-12-2012 06:43 PM

Nice, But only a 320i?

steve.k 09-12-2012 07:16 PM

YES!!! i have been waiting for this thread for ages! so much win.. LOVE the new car bro it looks sick as, well done! the exhaust tips and spoiler make the rear look so tough, and i'm loving the hamann lip! cant wait for the next updates! :D

niiCk 09-12-2012 07:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nae323 (Post 14726773)
:thumbup:

Congrats on the buy!
I'm really not a fan of the shape of those models, but you definitely made it look so much better just with a few simple things.
Will be good to see what else you do.

Haha thanks, yeah it does need some getting used to but I love it!

Quote:

Originally Posted by helrot330ci (Post 14726844)
Nice, But only a 320i?

Thanks, it's all I could afford being a uni student. I'm just not as baller as most. I did however search for a 325 but there were only two for sale at the time and one of them had already been in an accident. The other I couldn't even get in touch with the guy.

Quote:

Originally Posted by steve.k (Post 14726920)
YES!!! i have been waiting for this thread for ages! so much win.. LOVE the new car bro it looks sick as, well done! the exhaust tips and spoiler make the rear look so tough, and i'm loving the hamann lip! cant wait for the next updates! :D

Haha see bro! Made the thread for you:p
Thanks bro, yeah I love the exhaust tips. The front lip is on its way, just got the tracking number from the seller. Wooooooh! Still got to get that painted though. Wheels are getting painted, and machined this week. Can't wait!

KOpower 09-12-2012 08:41 PM

Congratz - and great stuff! keep us posted!!

RaihaX 09-12-2012 08:42 PM

nice :)

go to these guys for your mods mate :) http://www.bmrautowerkes.com.au/

and visit e90post! I hear the N46 with the BMW Performance Exhaust sounds great

M3 CS 09-12-2012 10:47 PM

Nice one, Nick :thumbup:

niiCk 09-12-2012 10:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KOpower (Post 14727129)
Congratz - and great stuff! keep us posted!!

Sure thing!

Quote:

Originally Posted by RaihaX (Post 14727137)
nice :)

go to these guys for your mods mate :) http://www.bmrautowerkes.com.au/

and visit e90post! I hear the N46 with the BMW Performance Exhaust sounds great

lol yeah Stu and Allen know about my car already but i'll be doing the installations myself.

Yeah I know they sound great, I've heard one in person already but it's not like I want to attract attention especially the cops. And I get to save money lol

johnca 09-13-2012 01:32 AM

Nice I thought you gonna slammed with air suspension as the pics I have shown you before :excited::excited::excited::excited:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/attachm...1&d=1248994259

Caosa 09-13-2012 03:11 AM

Nice buy nick! Cant wait to see what you do with it - Good luck!

annoyin 09-13-2012 07:04 AM

Nice car buddy, I've also got the e90
Everything you're doing and want to do is pretty much how I did my car aswell lol
Good taste you have!

RaihaX 09-13-2012 09:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by niiCk (Post 14727400)
lol yeah Stu and Allen know about my car already but i'll be doing the installations myself.

Yeah I know they sound great, I've heard one in person already but it's not like I want to attract attention especially the cops. And I get to save money lol

Yeah I wasn't surprised if you knew Stu already since you are at Sydney, the man is a manwhore :D

Famous last word mate, next thing you know you are picking up a BMW PE from Stu :lmao:

niiCk 09-13-2012 11:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by M3 CS (Post 14727396)
Nice one, Nick :thumbup:

Sorry, didnt see your comment when using the bimmerapp! but thanks Raj:)

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnca (Post 14727705)
Nice I thought you gonna slammed with air suspension as the pics I have shown you before :excited::excited::excited::excited:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/attachm...1&d=1248994259

HAHA, air suspension for this car is too expensive:( cant afford it man.
That picture still makes me laugh hahaha..

Quote:

Originally Posted by Caosa (Post 14727824)
Nice buy nick! Cant wait to see what you do with it - Good luck!

Thanks bro:) i think thats about all i'll be doing..nothing else i can do. Maybe a stereo upgrade and a dynavin.

Quote:

Originally Posted by annoyin (Post 14727932)
Nice car buddy, I've also got the e90
Everything you're doing and want to do is pretty much how I did my car aswell lol
Good taste you have!

Niceee! hehe;) yeah i need to really re-do my red tinting..

Quote:

Originally Posted by RaihaX (Post 14729993)
Yeah I wasn't surprised if you knew Stu already since you are at Sydney, the man is a manwhore :D

Famous last word mate, next thing you know you are picking up a BMW PE from Stu :lmao:

LOL! i agree hahaha..
NAHH! im staying firm on not buying an exhaust:P

infini 09-13-2012 11:42 PM

Good Stuff Nick,

Can't wait till you mount the wheels man!

Rob32R 09-14-2012 10:16 PM

Congrats on the purchase Nick, keen to see the progress of mods as the months go by. ;)

PM sent :)


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