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Old 09-17-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I've been bitten by the mod bug, and I really want to get to modding my 325i [Whiteo it looks a bit less generic. I want ideas, as I'm new to the E46 life, I want it to look as original as possible as well!
My current mods, or ones I am in progress of getting are as follows:
1. Angel Eye Kit, got it for 20$ from ebay, SainSpeed store if anyone was wondering, came with 4 119mm rings, 2 inverters[not sure exactly what they're called] the mounting tabs, and a few small pieces of double sided tape, I tested out all four, and they are great!
2. Low profile performance tyres, Pirelli in the back, Falken in the front.
3. OEM style 44's
4. Super Cleaning in and out. Wash&Wax, detailing, all done by me.
5. Second Lighter. Also installed by me.
6. Slight lowering.

List of things I plan to get:
1. LED White/Amber taillights
2. Touch up on the paintwork
3. Dynavin [Currently broke, going to gather up some money and maybe order a clone or so.]
4. I currently have the black trim [Interior] and I want to go for the wood trim, just for a cleaner look.
5. I think I might get the exterior Impact strips sanded smooth, and then painted Alpinweiss [color of car]
6. Maybe, a m3 style small lip spoiler [pass me your opinions]
7. Swap interior lighting with LED's
8. Slotted brake rotors
9. I want to swap out the old 44's for a newer, less curbed set of 135's
10. Also, I'm thinking about getting a ZHP style/ M3 style front bumper.
11. I really want to get spacers for the rear wheels, as the back ones are [I believe] supposed to be staggered,
cause those are deep in the wheel well. I found a few Hub Centric ones, that come with extended lugs, and are under 100.
Once again, I want to maintain the stock look, and make it look a bit more modern. So please no bodykits, 20 inch rims, or purple headlights.
I really am not sure if I have a ZHP or not.. [Noobcake]
Once again, thanks!

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Old 09-17-2012, 10:36 PM   #2
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cooling system, nuff said
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:37 PM   #3
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I agree with all the decisions you've made for mods. Except maybe the rotors. Rocking slotted rotors on style 44s is lame imo.

And ZHPs are 330s only, so that means you do not have a ZHP.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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If you want it looking "clean" just leave it alone... it's an E46, it already looks the tits.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:43 PM   #5
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I really am not sure if I have a ZHP or not.. [Noobcake]
You don't.

Maintenance.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:48 PM   #6
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Cooling system maintenance is not a "mod". It's maintenance.

As far as additional mods, I might suggest: black out kidneys, I like the look on a white car, and to be honest, I think updating the style 44s, I also updated to a newer stereo that was Sirius compatible and added the OEM sirius module, it's been one of my favorite mods.

In addition, would you post a pic of trim? I've been rocking wood trim for six years now and would definitely consider swapping with you!
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:50 PM   #7
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Cooling system maintenance is not a "mod". It's maintenance.

As far as additional mods, I might suggest: black out kidneys, I like the look on a white car, and to be honest, I think updating the style 44s, I also updated to a newer stereo that was Sirius compatible and added the OEM sirius module, it's been one of my favorite mods.

In addition, would you post a pic of trim? I've been rocking wood trim for six years now and would definitely consider swapping with you!
Black kidney's... EWWWWWWWWW

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Oh man. You dont like them? I dont think ill be able to sleep tonight.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:52 PM   #9
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Ahmed, You should've got the LED version angel eyes instead of CCFL. They could cause fire!

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:34 PM   #10
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Welcome to e46fanatics! You should post a picture of your car.

You should get projector headlights with HID's if you are going to put angel eyes on. They look funky with halogen which I assume you have. I'd stick with the black trim inside as well, it flows a lot better.

In all honesty though, brace yourself for spending serious money on not so fun car parts. Like already mentioned you should go ahead and research about a cooling system overhaul. There are plenty of other things you will likely need to replace to ensure your car stays running and healthy, and if you start buying things like you've listed left and right, you will find yourself struggling to own the car.

There are plenty of things your car needs. You might not be aware yet, but the issues that need to be addressed will show themselves soon, and you'll be lost.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:46 PM   #11
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Take out those angel eyes and get led ones since what you have will fail and might catch fire. I recommend Umnitza Orion lites.

Get the m3 lip off eBay, black grills and the clear corners and tails from khoalty. You can get silver gauge rings as well to freshen up the interior and I have a vid on YouTube on how to take the cluster apart and paint the needles red.
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if its standard, remove the cdv
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It really doesn't matter what you do styling-wise, OP. The only thing that really makes a difference is having a clean finish and enough stickers. Too few and no one will notice or care. Too many...they'll think you're over the top even if you haven't modded anything. But, with the right balance of stickers in the right places, your car will look boss!
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Cooling system maintenance is not a "mod". It's maintenance.

As far as additional mods, I might suggest: black out kidneys, I like the look on a white car, and to be honest, I think updating the style 44s, I also updated to a newer stereo that was Sirius compatible and added the OEM sirius module, it's been one of my favorite mods.

In addition, would you post a pic of trim? I've been rocking wood trim for six years now and would definitely consider swapping with you!
Hell yeah I wanna swap with you. When I mean trim swap, I mean like the trim on the dash, door panels, next to the gear shifter, vents, etc. I will post pics in a few minutes.
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Easiest, cheapest, and most satisfying mod you can do.
I have a auto. Just sayin' I'm 15, and the car is also gonna be driven by my parents from time to time, or else I would have went stick. :L
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Cooling system maintenance is not a "mod". It's maintenance.

As far as additional mods, I might suggest: black out kidneys, I like the look on a white car, and to be honest, I think updating the style 44s, I also updated to a newer stereo that was Sirius compatible and added the OEM sirius module, it's been one of my favorite mods.

In addition, would you post a pic of trim? I've been rocking wood trim for six years now and would definitely consider swapping with you!
And yeah, I think once I get a paycheck, I'll go upward for a set of
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Hard to believe you want to swap piano black interior trim for myrtle wood. I know looks are subjective, but that is nuts.

I had the piano black on my '01 325i and wouldn't have traded it for anything. Last year for that trim in the E46 - if you do swap it out, don't be doing any straight-up trades with anybody. Most people don't want the wood trim - you could probably find some for pennies while selling your black trim for considerably more.
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Take out those angel eyes and get led ones since what you have will fail and might catch fire. I recommend Umnitza Orion lites.
Get the m3 lip off eBay, black grills and the clear corners and tails from khoalty. You can get silver gauge rings as well to freshen up the interior and I have a vid on YouTube on how to take the cluster apart and paint the needles red.
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Ahmed, You should've got the LED version angel eyes instead of CCFL. They could cause fire!

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Both of you are saying opposites, What I currently have is I believe LEDs, here's a link to what I bought, these are the exact same. http://************/cwx2ypt Installed them myself.
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