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Old 09-21-2012, 05:57 PM   #12321
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I haven't looked at mine in over a year and a half. I'm hoping they aren't in totally awful shape. I'd like to give them a nice cleaning and then reinstall them but something tells me one of the slats is broken or something
I took mine apart completely and cleaned them. it's not enough to just wipe them as you see it. (you'll see what i mean when you look closely)
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:16 PM   #12322
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:39 PM   #12323
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:42 PM   #12324
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I took mine apart completely and cleaned them. it's not enough to just wipe them as you see it. (you'll see what i mean when you look closely)
Well, after searching for a half hour, I finally found my old chrome grilles. Unfortunately several of the tabs that hold the grille in the hood are broken. I thought I might be able to combine the my chrome grille inserts with the backing of the black grilles, but I can't even get the black ones out. I'm sure I'll break one of the tabs. So much for that
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:25 PM   #12325
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I can see from here that they're yellowing already. I have firsthand experience with Depos. Poor compared to Genuine BMW/OEM. Very poor.

$300 for OEM:

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-11...n-2002-05.aspx
I'm not saying Depo puts out the greatest stuff (I had their clears melt), but I've had no issues with the tail lights. And they're not yellowing, it's the white balance of the picture. I had their clear side markers for a couple months and those yellowed fast.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:33 PM   #12326
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Besides, even if they did start yellowing, I'd take the $180 I saved over OEM and buy some polish
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:58 PM   #12327
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My sides don't fit at all and they're yellowing.
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:54 AM   #12328
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Installed a Shark injector, Intake, and Strut Tower Brace today on my 330xi.....#POPPIN!!!

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Old 09-22-2012, 09:58 AM   #12329
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Ordered some smoke film from ebay, going to attempt to overlay the clear on my R/C/R tails, do the front corners and try the side markers, I'm thinking they probably have too many angles though, maybe a heat gun can work some magic though, basically shrink wrap them...

Thinking its time to loose the roof rack for awhile...
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:26 AM   #12330
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Ordered some smoke film from ebay, going to attempt to overlay the clear on my R/C/R tails, do the front corners and try the side markers, I'm thinking they probably have too many angles though, maybe a heat gun can work some magic though, basically shrink wrap them...

Thinking its time to loose the roof rack for awhile...
Nooooooo! Clears look good on your car. Leave it like that

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Old 09-22-2012, 11:16 AM   #12331
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:37 AM   #12332
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:31 PM   #12333
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After replacing my Control arms/bushing yesterday, I took Sally-Sue in for an alignment and lastly I restored the Shark Injector to my newly flashed M52TUB28 head.
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:26 PM   #12334
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:03 PM   #12335
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:08 PM   #12336
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new MAF. $270 GONE... it was worth it though.
Sorry to do this to you man but an OEM maf is $144 shipped on bmaautoparts.com
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:49 PM   #12337
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^ +1. Today I replaced my dip-stick o-rings. old ones weren't that bad to be honest but they are squared off a little (as opposed to round like the new ones) only like 50 cents for both. no biggy!

oil filter o-rings come next week...

some of my stockpile..

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Old 09-22-2012, 06:54 PM   #12338
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Today I gave her a wax and detail, replaced camshaft sensor then went on a drive to show her off.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:20 PM   #12339
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My car was making a noise from the right rear wheel. After some testing I notices the ebrake didn't work for that wheel. Took off the caliper and rotor then saw this. A fat chunk of the brake shoe ripped off and was spinning around in there.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:31 PM   #12340
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I bought the complete kit from ECS Tuning... Drilled and slotted rotors... Hawk ceramic pads... Stainless brake lines... ATE Super Blue.. Painted the calipers black. I got the fronts done today. It took a while to get the rotor screws out... Then the rotors off. Best way to get the screws out that I found is to bang on them with a hammer and a tool to hit the top of the screw head without mangling the screw itself. Then I had to soak the rotor with WD-40 and let it sit... Then banged them with a 10 pound rubber mallet... They finally came off.

We'll see if I do the rears tomorrow. Having Jack Daniel's right now...

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