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Johal E32 12-31-2012 01:07 PM

Johal E32's BMW 323i Touring/Wagon build thread
 
I won't bore you guys with detail so, I will let the pictures talk.. :blah:

Picked up a E46 wagon with three pedals, Bilsteins, Sport package, and a Dinan exhaust.

Red E36 is my cousins. They are just a teaser

http://i.imgur.com/JMnlLh.jpg

At this point, I had given the car a thorough detail. Oil service from BMW (79.99 special going on at the time), front lic plate delete strip, and new headlight lenses.

http://i.imgur.com/HbXzNh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Wm6WKh.jpg

Threw in some LED lic. plate bulbs

http://i.imgur.com/PQZgph.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Vxgssh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/copQ8h.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/I8JcUh.jpg

Then over the next 4 months..

Got some 18 inch, staggered BBS LM reps for the wagon. Along with REAL BBS caps
Euro Plates
545i short shifter
Inspection II (including all new fluids)
New lower radiator hose w/ temp sensor
Matte black vinyl roof
Deleted the sunroof rails

Next up:
Brushed aluminum trim
Maybe A zhp shift knob..
Maybe some touring specific HR lowering springs (Currently it has HR springs for a non-sport model..)
And, possibly a second resonator delete to make the exhaust louder

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8051/8...1a20426c_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8045/8...9a61eb9a_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8203/8...946093f8_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8198/8...08436d54_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8203/8...22a83c5a_b.jpg

I am happy with the interior. Only mod it has is the red sharpie'd needles..

lamsv 12-31-2012 01:18 PM

Super clean. Brushed aluminum trim will really tie the whole car together.

RockLee 12-31-2012 01:33 PM

Are the headlights OEM? Depo?

DJ Syxx 01-03-2013 03:05 AM

nice clean touring

Johal E32 01-03-2013 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lamsv (Post 15020674)
Super clean. Brushed aluminum trim will really tie the whole car together.

Thanks! I hope the trim will really improve the car as well.
Quote:

Originally Posted by RockLee (Post 15020695)
Are the headlights OEM? Depo?

OEM Bosch xenons. It has AL headlight lenses though, I bought them from ECS, and they came in Bosch packaging. I read online that AL is a subsidy of Bosch, so I guess they are the same thing.

Quote:

Originally Posted by DJ Syxx (Post 15026913)
nice clean touring

Thanks, nice M3.

Ned's Bimmer 01-03-2013 01:11 PM

Looking good keep it up!

Extreme Dimensions 01-03-2013 02:13 PM

Beautiful E46 keep it up!

wdeerfield 01-03-2013 02:36 PM

looks great but not sure about a matte black roof on black car. id like to see amber switched out and maybe a hamann lip

BBBoy323i 01-03-2013 04:38 PM

Nice and clean! gotta love black :)

touringstein 02-02-2013 07:24 AM

I have a touring myself and was wondering what you did to delete the rails?

tootall 02-02-2013 08:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by touringstein (Post 15121947)
I have a touring myself and was wondering what you did to delete the rails?

Here's what I did:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...8671&highlight

It's one of my favorite mods and saves over 1 mpg at highway speeds.

touringstein 02-02-2013 09:35 AM

Alright sweet looks like I found my next mod!

Johal E32 02-02-2013 10:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tootall (Post 15121993)
Here's what I did:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...8671&highlight

It's one of my favorite mods and saves over 1 mpg at highway speeds.

yep!

I noticed a 1.5 mpg gain. And IMO the car looks more agressive without them.

330i ZHP 02-04-2013 02:22 PM

no bbs center caps

Johal E32 02-04-2013 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 330i ZHP (Post 15128429)
no bbs center caps

You think so? I think the wheels looks off with no center caps.. I wanted some red/gold BBS caps, but I got a sweet deal on these real BBS caps so I bought them, installed them and I kind of liked the look over no center caps.

Updates on the car:

ZHP shift knob has been purchased and installed
Brushed aluminium trim has also been purchased and installed.
Sadly, I have no decent pictures of it :facepalm:

Ned's Bimmer 02-04-2013 07:20 PM

Bring it over to me, I'll get some pics :shhh:

thaichi808 02-06-2013 09:00 PM

Aloha! Looking good my bruddah. My only flaw is da BBS center caps, if you got reps, why fake the funk? Jus my .02 Everything else looks clean, keep up the good work.


aloha,
thaichi808

330i ZHP 02-09-2013 10:35 PM

I didnt mean NO caps - i mean not using BBS caps at all

Johal E32 02-10-2013 11:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ned's Bimmer (Post 15129647)
Bring it over to me, I'll get some pics :shhh:

I will take you up on that. I'll send you a text one of these days, and we should take some pictures with Ervin and Eric as well. It should be a nice little E46 orgy :4ngie:

Quote:

Originally Posted by 330i ZHP (Post 15146959)
I didnt mean NO caps - i mean not using BBS caps at all


Gotcha. I wouldn't have bought these, but I got all 4 for only 55 shipped, and they are real.

Maybe I'll pass 'em on to someone else and just wrap the blank caps in CF or something like that. The wheels don't look right with just plain jane black caps IMO.

I am even considering some new wheels, but don't want to spend any un-necessary money on it.. lol. Other times I just want to sell this damn thing and get something newer, bigger, faster and more comfortable. An E39 fits the bill (even though it is older), but IDK..

UPDATES:

Alternator took a **** on me (it was the bearings).. So I swapped it for a new one, with a new voltage regulator. Changed out the pulleys and idler roller thing as well. The car seems to be rock solid other than that. Perhaps a new throttle cable in the future, my gas pedal is heavy and resists a lot..

Maybe I will get a M-tech front end this summer.. I can get it for around 550 shipped for everything (all OEM BMW), just needs paint. That price even includes the brake ducts!

tock172 02-11-2013 12:16 AM

Excellent progress and very clean! I'm always a fan of a nice touring. I love the functionality.


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