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ZeeZoo 01-09-2013 10:20 PM

My 323i build thread
 
Hey first post on here but I guess it should've been in the introduction forum. Anyway I've been an enthusiast for the past couple of years but had my bimmer for almost 4 years now. Started over in BimmerForums and learned a lot from the guys over there, going to see if they are on here too :P

Got my car bone stock from a pretty bad previous owner. Other than major maintenance, repair, and stickers, I did a couple of things to switch it up:

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/7370/img1208dr.jpg

Retrofitted bixenons and put 5000K H1 HIDs in.
http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/2738/img1059uu.jpg

Plastidipped grilles matte black.
http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/5353/img1459z.jpg

Traded the box in the trunk for a 10" square kicker in the armrest. Got the idea from someone else and retrofitted one myself, DIY can be found here: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1859670

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg444...pg&res=landing

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/1971/img2582dx.jpg

Got some really nice gloss black pillar covers.
http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/9498/img1722n.jpg

New headlight lenses, what a difference in look and light output at night :drool:
http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/3041/img1727f.jpg

Plastidipped OEMs white...
http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/623/img2245nl.jpg

Added a little front bumper lip...
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/5370/img2327qj.jpg

LED tails.
http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/7716/img2366zx.jpg

Other small mods:
-Pure white AEs
-Smoked corners
-Plastidipped bumper trim and front bumper grille from the old faded grey look
-CF interior trim
-CF emblems on hood and wheel caps

To Do List:
-Ordered an M3 bumper that is en route
-Coils due sometime this year, please be patient with a student on a budget lol
-Looking for a new set of wheels...
-Planning on wrapping my pillars and door panels in something new
-Long tube CAI

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/9286/img2580rq.jpg

http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/2731/img2722ex.jpg

I welcome all advise and suggestions._a_

YGOAMG 01-09-2013 11:16 PM

ok.....

E46er75 01-09-2013 11:45 PM

I'm curious to what gage wire you ran for the amp and speaker setup? It looks very thin. How does it sounds?

I'm interested in this DIY but looks as if the sound gains might be minimal consider it's using the whole trunk as an enclosure. I think it might work better with some tweaking.

Also, did you have HID prior to this upgrade? If not where did you buy all the components for the lighting? LMK

ZeeZoo 01-10-2013 12:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by E46er75 (Post 15047083)
I'm curious to what gage wire you ran for the amp and speaker setup? It looks very thin. How does it sounds?

I'm interested in this DIY but looks as if the sound gains might be minimal consider it's using the whole trunk as an enclosure. I think it might work better with some tweaking.

Also, did you have HID prior to this upgrade? If not where did you buy all the components for the lighting? LMK

Not sure what guage the wires are from the amp to the sub but they are indeed thin. I used the thick ones that came with the amp to connect to the battery and the ground, I think that was more important. The fact that the wires are thin to the woofer probably has something to do with why the bass gets a little weaker the higher I increase the volume. The trunk acts like a box and it sounds great to say the least, I keep telling myself to make a video and post it up to show what it sounds like.

My headlights were stock halogen housings and had the original halogen bulbs, not HIDs. I bought the xenon lenses, e46 shrouds, and HID kit off eBay: Morimoto mini h1 projectors, E46 R-style xenon shrouds, and Xentec Slim ballast kit. Straight forward DIY, I used this one: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1753520

Barbaros 01-10-2013 12:53 AM

Need more pics of the mods, I know better than you know what you did to your car lol!

ZeeZoo 01-10-2013 12:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Barbaros (Post 15047249)
Need more pics of the mods, I know better than you know what you did to your car lol!

M3 Trunk Lip.
http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/9420/img1583gm.jpg

H&R 20mm spacers courtesy of Barbaros :bow:
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...1/IMG_7871.jpg

-Silver sharpie mod to get rid of egg yolk in front corners. That's pretty much it :woot:

Fallafil 01-17-2013 10:41 PM

Just got my 323i a week ago, and i'm currently looking to replace my stock halogens. Would you recommend the morimoto projectors?

filipinoise 01-17-2013 10:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fallafil (Post 15071884)
Just got my 323i a week ago, and i'm currently looking to replace my stock halogens. Would you recommend the morimoto projectors?

Yes.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=840919

ZeeZoo 01-17-2013 10:45 PM

I definitely recommend them as a replacement for halogen housings. The difference between the projects as to chrome housing in terms of light output is night and day. I followed a DIY from Spoonerdee from Bimmerforums:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1753520

Just buy the Morimoto mini projectors, E46 type shrouds, and any HID kit and you're good to go :thumbup:

///Mostarac 01-17-2013 10:58 PM

definitely start saving up for wheels and a suspension. your on the right track though!

ZeeZoo 01-17-2013 11:03 PM

Forgot to update this thread :loco:

http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/9818/img2969p.jpg

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/7093/img3117o.jpg

http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/7549/img3073ly.jpg

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/9365/img3110l.jpg

Found some oil in one of the spark plug wells, doing VGC and maybe VANOS seals next week. M3 bumper should arrive tomorrow and debating whether to spray paint it myself or take it to a shop. Also planning on doing a two-tone wrap for my door panels, I just can't find a place online to buy the fabric from.

ZeeZoo 01-21-2013 06:06 PM

Got my M3 bumper installed, painting it this week. :loco:

http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/959/img3162f.jpg

Fitment is spot on:

http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/9686/img3158k.jpg

Got an e90 shark fin to replace the bee sting. Might paint it as well because it's a dull black.

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/4330/img3194oh.jpg

Stay tuned :clap:

jdny516 01-21-2013 06:09 PM

I liked where you were going in your first couple posts, but now throwing on m3 wheels and bumpers is just typical.

Toxx 01-21-2013 06:11 PM

Please don't drive around with it until its painted!

Extreme Dimensions 01-21-2013 06:23 PM

your on a good path! Keep going.

98bimmer 01-21-2013 07:02 PM

Looks good! Next mod should be a drop!

2000beamer 01-21-2013 07:07 PM

Looks good! I have a 323i, what was the total amount of money that went into your headlights? (If you don't mind me asking!) I still have stock headlights but am very interested in upgrading (possibly angel eyes).

cak323i 01-21-2013 07:08 PM

Interested to see more...keep going :thumbsup:

ZeeZoo 01-21-2013 07:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdny516 (Post 15082573)
I liked where you were going in your first couple posts, but now throwing on m3 wheels and bumpers is just typical.

It was only a matter of time before I actually did something nice to my car, I've had it for 5 years bone stock and only recently started to upgrade it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toxx (Post 15082578)
Please don't drive around with it until its painted!

Only to the store and back :P

Quote:

Originally Posted by Extreme Dimensions (Post 15082627)
your on a good path! Keep going.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 98bimmer (Post 15082769)
Looks good! Next mod should be a drop!

Thanks guys! Yes a drop is due in the future.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2000beamer (Post 15082778)
Looks good! I have a 323i, what was the total amount of money that went into your headlights? (If you don't mind me asking!) I still have stock headlights but am very interested in upgrading (possibly angel eyes).

Projector retrofit set me back about $140 and the Angel Eyes were $80 off eBay. Absolutely love them.

2000beamer 01-21-2013 09:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZeeZoo (Post 15082789)
It was only a matter of time before I actually did something nice to my car, I've had it for 5 years bone stock and only recently started to upgrade it.



Only to the store and back :P





Thanks guys! Yes a drop is due in the future.



Projector retrofit set me back about $140 and the Angel Eyes were $80 off eBay. Absolutely love them.

They look great!


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