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Old 01-03-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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05 coupe, welcome advice/criticism on mods

Hello everyone, I've been reading these forums for quite a while now and finally decided to take the plunge and join.

I purchased my 05 325ci in February after the engine in my (well really my parent's) ford escort blew. Being not too long out of college I haven't had the money to do a whole lot of modding to my car, but the time has finally come to customize my e46.

I live in Chicago area so a few mods like lowering the car, putting a low front lip, and such tend to be a little impractical and short lived unless you are the most careful/obsessed driver on the road.

The car come with stock 16" rims which I've put winter tires on and will use as my winter setup. I am planning on purchasing Beyern Rapp 18" staggered rims (225/40 front and 255/35 rear) in the spring.

The biggest help I need is what to do with my rear bumper, its a little scratched up (prolly from street parking in Chicago) and needs to be repaired/repainted. While having that work done, I was also thinking of having the body shop paint and mold the black trim piece (unlike some coupes, the two bolts that hold the bumper cover are accesses from underneath like a sedan and not from behind the black trim). Painting would not be a problem but I am not sure how well it can be molded since the trim piece is pretty flimsy. The other alternative would be to get the M tech II rear bumper, however, I'm not sure how well it would go with the 05 front bumper and side skirts.

Here is some small mods that I have done so far/plan to do:
Aurora angel eye kit (ordered)
Euro spec muffler (ordered)
K&N Air Filter (installed)
AUX input (installed)
white front and side blinkers
painted headlight trim and bumper reflectors

I am currently traveling but will have pictures up around the 12th when I get back home.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:40 PM   #2
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Hello everyone, I've been reading these forums for quite a while now and finally decided to take the plunge and join.

I purchased my 05 325ci in February after the engine in my (well really my parent's) ford escort blew. Being not too long out of college I haven't had the money to do a whole lot of modding to my car, but the time has finally come to customize my e46.

I live in Chicago area so a few mods like lowering the car, putting a low front lip, and such tend to be a little impractical and short lived unless you are the most careful/obsessed driver on the road.

The car come with stock 16" rims which I've put winter tires on and will use as my winter setup. I am planning on purchasing Beyern Rapp 18" staggered rims (225/40 front and 255/35 rear) in the spring.

The biggest help I need is what to do with my rear bumper, its a little scratched up (prolly from street parking in Chicago) and needs to be repaired/repainted. While having that work done, I was also thinking of having the body shop paint and mold the black trim piece (unlike some coupes, the two bolts that hold the bumper cover are accesses from underneath like a sedan and not from behind the black trim). Painting would not be a problem but I am not sure how well it can be molded since the trim piece is pretty flimsy. The other alternative would be to get the M tech II rear bumper, however, I'm not sure how well it would go with the 05 front bumper and side skirts.

Here is some small mods that I have done so far/plan to do:
Aurora angel eye kit (ordered)
Euro spec muffler (ordered)
K&N Air Filter (installed)
AUX input (installed)
white front and side blinkers
painted headlight trim and bumper reflectors

I am currently traveling but will have pictures up around the 12th when I get back home.
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