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Old 08-30-2012, 09:20 AM   #161
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Ganda pare!!!
Salamat sir James!!!!
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:46 AM   #162
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Got the EVOLVE-R tune cable yesterday... As I was reading through the instructions, It said that I needed a laptop with windows xp, 2000 or windows 7. Unfortunately, I only have Vista on all my laptops at home. I called my friend and he has a laptop that has windows 7 and we plan to read my ECU tomorrow since I'm stuck here at work today. I am hoping to send the file to EVOLVE by Sunday but with this long weekend that we have, they might be able to get to work on it Tuesday next week.

So far after the install of the headers, sec1 and exhaust... I still have no CEL!!! I drove about 120 miles now and still waiting for it to come on. I will still have EVOLVE do that CEL and cats ready option that they have available just in case...

MY IMPRESSION ABOUT THE CAR SO FAR WITHOUT THE TUNE:

Sounds great! No drone and not too loud inside the car. It sounds deep and solid at regular/normal driving conditions that will not you get pulled over... At WOT, it becomes aggressive with a little rasp which I like that retains the ///M signature.

The car responds better and breathes easier. Not a lot of restrictions on the exhaust flow so you feel that... Plus the weight savings that you get from swapping the oem muffler to a lighter Rogue El Diablo one..



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Old 09-05-2012, 09:42 PM   #163
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Update:

So the last step has been done tonight. I got the tuned file emailed to me from SAL@EVOLVE this morning. I was also able to get a hold of a laptop that has windows 7 OS to be able to finish the tune. The tune did not take long. I spent about 20 mins between prepping the car reading the instructions and the tune. So far, the support of EVOLVE tuning has been great!

After the install of all the parts and driving a distance of 140 miles, I never got any CEL or dash lights but I still decided to avail of the CEL removal option that evolve has just to be sure when the time for state inspection comes.

I decided to get the following options:
(Thanks for helping me decide on these Chris and Josh)
93 Octane
Catless Ready / CEL Removal
Top Speed Limit Removal
Dyno Mode

I drove the car a little bit after the install and the shifting is a lot smoother now, I notice the car pull harder (more power) with no hesitations and the car is more fun to drive now. I still need to drive it more and will let you guys know the difference. From what I have been told, the car will keep adapting to this tune as months go by. WOOT!!!

TOOK SOME PHOTOS WHILE THE TUNE WAS LOADING.

INSTRUCTION MANUAL


TUNE LOADING


TUNE LOADED!


CAR HAS BEEN EVOLVED!
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:15 AM   #164
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So lately, I have been toying with the idea of changing my interior color from dove grey to Black and Imola Red combination. I was trying to decide between the cinnamon and imola but with my car being TIAG, I do not think cinnamon would work out. I know this will be a long process and I have gathered information from reading other members' threads about dyeing their interiors to different colors. I spoke with Khristie from leatherique and tried to get as much information about dyeing the interior and making sure that the dye colors that they are about to send me will match the OEM BMW color since I read somewhere about this guy who was going to do an imola red dye but then decided to go with cinnamon instead since he was told that the red dye that he wanted did not have enough red pigments due to goverment EPA restriction stuff. I asked Khristie about that and she told me that what they meant was that they could not match the deep red interiors that some other cars have but luckily for us, they have the exact BMW OEM Imola red color. So long story short, I decided to go ahead and do this dreadful project. It will take time and I will try my best to be as detailed as possible updating you guys.


I purchased the KIT #4 (48 oz of dye, 32 oz Rejuvinator Oil, 32 oz Prestine Clean and 32 oz Prepping Agent) and 1/2 oz of Crack Filler with the Imola Red Custom Color)
and also a quart of BMW OEM Black Matt finish for the plastic pieces etc.

Acrylic brushes from a hobby store...
Air brush kit and a small compressor from home depot...



I plan to start taking out the door panels and front/rear seats this saturday and start prepping them.

WISH ME LUCK!
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:15 AM   #165
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IT HAS BEGUN!!!

Bought stuff at Walmart - $81
Bought stuff at Home Depot - $90
Bought stuff at Pepboys - $40
Air Compressor and Air brush (ordered online) - $110 will be delivered TUESDAY
Leatherique Dye kit #4 upgraded to 32oz for Imola and Black- $300 will be delivered MONDAY

MISC THINGS THAT I NEEDED... Spent around 2.5 hours running around this morning to get them.


CLEARED SOME THINGS OUT OF THE WAY IN THE BASEMENT FOR MY MAKESHIFT PAINT BOOTH



AFTER SETTING UP THE PAINT BOOTH / WORK AREA IN THE BASEMENT









CHARLIE AND BP CAME IN TO HELP! Then we went 2 rounds of bowling after! (Thanks Guys!)








CAR GUTTED... WE DECIDED TO DO THE DASH 2 WEEKENDS FROM NOW SINCE I WILL BE AWAY NEXT WEEKEND...


















LOOKED LIKE I WAS HAVING A GARAGE SALE AT MY HOUSE! (My neighbors asked me...)






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Old 09-17-2012, 10:16 AM   #166
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SO I HAD DINNER AND CHARLIE AND BP LEFT BUT I DECIDED TO CONTINUE WORKING...


I STARTED TO DISASSEMBLE THE REAR PANELS... CLEAN THEM AND PREP THEM FOR PAINTING TOMORROW...

REAR PANELS DISASSEMBLED





CLEANED AND DEGREASED THEM WITH THIS AND USED SCOTCH BRITE PADS.
WASHED THEM WITH WATER AND THEN WIPED WITH A CLEAN TOWEL THEN USED MY WIFE'S HAIR DRYER TO DRY THEM.







LABELED ALL THE SCREWS THAT WERE TAKEN OUT IN A ZIPLOCK BAG






STARTED TO DISASSEMBLE THE PASSENGER FRONT DOOR PANEL









I will continue cleaning the front door panels tomorrow and disassemble the driver side.
I plan to start painting the vinyl part of the front and rear panels and maybe some small platic pieces will be sanded down and painted as well...

Time to rest. It was a productive day and here's how chaotic my basement looks like now!
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:16 AM   #167
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Today, I continued where I left off last night. I am trying to get as much things done so that I can concentrate in dyeing the seats and the door panel inserts. I also just bought a black carpet set so that I would not have to dye the grey carpet and have the risk of changing the texture of it. Plus I think that the real oem black carpet would look a lot better inside the car vs a dyed carpet.

FINALLY GOT ALL THE DORR PANELS CLEANED AND DISASSEMBLED. (DRYING)





AND SOME MORE SMALL PLASTIC PIECES CLEANED AND DRYING



WHILE WAITING FOR THE PIECES TO DRY, I STARTED TO RIT DYE THE REAR DECK.
I USED 2 BOTTLES OF LIQUID RIT DYE. 1 BOTTLE PER COATING.









REAR DECK AFTER FIRST COAT


THE COLOR CHANGE BEGINS!
I did 3 coats of paint and waited 15 minutes for every layer.

REAR DOOR PANEL 1ST COAT


REAR SPEAKER COVERS





ALL DOOR PANELS PAINTED
(4 spray cans used to cover all 4 panels and speaker covers)











RAN OUT OF VINYL & FABRIC SPRAY SO I WENT OUT TO GET MORE FROM AUTOZONE AND PEPBOYS



REAR DECK DIFFUSER PAINTED



INSTALLED MY REAR DECK BACK IN THE CAR



FRONT DOOR KICK PANELS





REAR SEAT BELT PLASTIC COVER


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Old 09-17-2012, 12:08 PM   #168
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Well done mate!! Amazing work!!
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:14 PM   #169
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:24 PM   #170
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:34 AM   #171
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Ordered some more parts today from ECS Tuning.. I decided to get a brand new center console with the arm rest delete, long euro tray and rear slider compartment... plus some extra small clips that I might need for the ones that will break...











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Old 09-20-2012, 09:34 AM   #172
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So tonight (Monday), after coming home from work, I started to tackle the front and rear arm rests. Took them apart and sanded the bottom part of it to get it ready for painting. The leatherique products got delivered today. Started to clean the parts that will be dyed Imola red and applied leatherique leather rejuvinator. All of the pieces were stored in plastic bags to let the rejuvinator soak for 3 days to lift up all the dirt. Did the first coat of paint with the front and rear arm rests. My goal for tomorrow is to deal with the front seats. Try to disassemble them and hopefully get to apply the rejuvinator to them as well.

LEATHERIQUE PRODUCTS ARRIVED



LEATHER REJUVINATOR APPLIED



















LOWER ARM REST AND SOME PLATIC PIECES SANDED DOWN



SOME PLASTIC PIECES PAINTED



LOWER ARM REST PEICES 1ST PAINT COAT





UPPER ARM REST PIECES STORED AWAY



ALL LEATHER REJUVINATED PARTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE PLASTIC BAGS


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Old 09-20-2012, 09:35 AM   #173
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Last night, I finished painting the front and rear arm rests to black. All the leather pieces that were rejuvenated were taken out from the plastic bags and sprayed with pristine clean. Wiped with a rag dipped in warm water and dried with a wiping cloth. Decided to put the cleaned pieces in the garage to let them dry. I tried to see how the dye works and used it for the arm rests inserts. I applied the dye with a cloth and did 1 coat for the front arm rest inserts and 2 coats for the rears. I plan to finish it off spraying it with HVLP spray gun with a compressor.


PRISTINE CLEANED PARTS DRYING





REAR LOWER ARM REST PIECES PAINTED



IMOLA RED DYE APPLIED...
2 LEFT PIECES (1 COAT) & 2 RIGHT PIECES (2COATS)


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Old 09-20-2012, 09:35 AM   #174
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Updates from last night... Started to use the prep agent with scotch brite pad. Cleaned with damped cloth and dried with cloth and my wife's sooopah hair dryer! LOL! Once the pieces were dry, I started to assemble the HVLP Spray Station that I bought from Lowes. It worked great and I am impressed with the way it performed. Poured the dye in the can and mixed it with a little bit of bottled water to thin the dye a little. Then I started to spray the pieces. I plan to let them sit until sunday and I will sand down the pieces with 1000 grit and then hit them again with the final dye coat. Texture is great once the dye is dry. Leather grain still shows and looks very OEMish....


FRONT DOOR PANELS DRYING FROM PREP AGENT



HVLP SPRAY



FIRST COATING



SPRAYING 2ND COAT



ALL THE PIECES WITH 2ND COAT APPLIED (DRYING)













SHOWING TEXTURE/LEATHER GRAIN







ALL THE PIECES THAT I WAS ABLE TO WORK ON LAST NIGHT


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Old 09-24-2012, 09:46 AM   #176
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:37 AM   #177
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Last night, packages got delivered to my house... Black Center Console, Long Euro Tray, Rear tray, small clips and the black Carpet. I ordered the parts from ECS Tuning and the black carpet from Asmod3us... I did the final coat for the door panel inserts, started on the rear seat, rear headrests and bolsters. Did 1 coat of dye for the rear seat, bolsters and rear head rests. This morning, before going back to work, I applied the 2nd coat to them to let them dry until I come home tonight to do the 3rd coat. I was also able to shampoo the carpet with a help of my friend that works in a car wash. He was able to wash and clean the carpets and vacuum them last night.


ECS TUNING PACKAGE






CENTER CONSOLE (ARM REST DELETE) / LONG EURO TRAY / REAR TRAY / CLIPS










BLACK CARPET (NOT CLEANED YET)




STARTED ON THE PIPINGS WITH A FOAM BRUSH






FIRST COAT




















DOOR PANEL INSERTS DRYING




2ND COAT






SHE IS PATIENTLY WAITING...

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Old 09-25-2012, 01:26 PM   #178
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:10 AM   #179
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Updates:

I tried putting together one front door panel and one rear panel last night. I was also able to mask out the rear back rests to prepare it for the prep agent before it gets sprayed today. I did the final coats for the rear bolster seats too. I plan to sand the rear seat down with 1500-2000 grit before doing the final coat to it tonight. So far, everything is looking good. I still have yet to find time to work on the front seats but I am trying to do a systematic approach to finish it starting from the rear interior, then the dash area the finally the front seats. I also made a little video trying to show the true colors/condition of the pieces that are done.

SOME PIECES PUT TOGETHER
















MASKED OUT REAR BACK RESTS









AND A SMALL VIDEO CLIP

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Old 09-26-2012, 07:35 PM   #180
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Well the only think I didn't like about your car was the gray interior, and you are already taking care of it. Silver on red looks fvcking amazing! Your car is beautiful man. But now that you sold the Works, what do you plan to get now?
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