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Old 01-09-2013, 06:45 PM   #41
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Sorry to hear about the damage to your car but I'm sure it will come out looking even better! You have done a great job so far! Looking forward to seeing more from you
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:10 AM   #42
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Dude I love your car it's really clean! btw on the steering wheel do your smg paddles function? did you have to do special wiring or plug and play?
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:47 AM   #43
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Sorry to hear about the damage to your car but I'm sure it will come out looking even better! You have done a great job so far! Looking forward to seeing more from you
Thanks man! Yeah it should look even better when its finished. Coils are probably gonna go in this spring, then whatever other suspension parts need to be refreshed. Thats probably all I will do with her! Then just enjoy her


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Dude I love your car it's really clean! btw on the steering wheel do your smg paddles function? did you have to do special wiring or plug and play?
Thanks I wanted to keep her cleanly modded. Stuck to OEM styling as much as possible. You're car is so clean as well!!

Yes the SMG paddles are functional. I connected them to my step-transmission (I know manuals are more fun, but i've had her for 4 years with no issues. So she does the job. haha). But the paddles make it so much more fun to drive! In order to retrofit the SMG steering wheel you need an SMG clock spring. This has the extra connection for the paddles to plug into. I had to take off the steering column cover and replace the clock spring. Then I got a few connectors from the dealer which plug into the clock spring. Then I extended the wires down through the column and around into the shifter area. Then you just tap into the two wires used for up-shift and down-shift and you're good to go! The entire install took less than an hour. Probably the best mod I've done to my car. There are many DIY's on how to do this too. Hope this helped

Oh and i'll post more pictures after I install the extended paddles. I'll also make a video of how the paddles work with the steptronic!

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Old 01-10-2013, 08:37 PM   #44
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Looks amazing man!! Really like the way the trim turned out!
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Looks amazing man!! Really like the way the trim turned out!
Thanks a lot! The trim is one of the best mod for the money I think! With just a little patience it makes all the difference!
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Thanks a lot! The trim is one of the best mod for the money I think! With just a little patience it makes all the difference!
Yeah I just ordered material to wrap mine in carbon fiber
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Awesome! Its gonna look so good
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I can't wait! Haha
Also just letting you know before and about the time i just joined the forum I watched all your youtube videos about your car
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I can't wait! Haha
Also just letting you know before and about the time i just joined the forum I watched all your youtube videos about your car
Haha nice!! Its been a while since I posted a new video... Glad I could help out! Gonna post many new vids soon including the new paddles, my exhaust, and close up of the trim. My buddy just got his Hero3 so hopefully I can actually make a decent video of my TSE3. Haven't found any really good ones out there yet. So stay tuned haha
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:39 PM   #50
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Couple updates. Picked up the car today! She's been gone for a couple weeks. They did an amazing job with the repairs. The new OEM rear bumper fits so well!! Much better than my aftermarket one ever did. Snapped a few pics, but it was already getting dark. I'll post better ones soon!





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Old 01-14-2013, 10:53 PM   #51
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Beautiful ride, sir. And I see your 330Ci badge has discreetly disappeared
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Beautiful ride, sir. And I see your 330Ci badge has discreetly disappeared
They actually forgot to put the badge back on... haha. Haven't decided if I quite like it yet. I'll probably have them put it back on. I like the badge
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Beautiful work! love every part youve done to your care.
Are you dropped(if so what on) or is that just a Pshop in your sig?
also, what specs are your wheels?
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Nice to see everything came out better for you Matt!
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Are you dropped(if so what on) or is that just a Pshop in your sig?
also, what specs are your wheels?
Thanks a lot! I am currently on stock sports right now, but my Koni yellows are arriving tomorrow Still haven't decided on what springs to get. I'm thinking either Eibach Sportlines or Hotchkis (since I found an awesome local deal). If anyone has any input on what springs would be a good match for the Koni's let me know!

My wheels are Front: 19x8.5 ET40 with a 245/35 tire. Rears: 19x9.5 ET45 with a 265/30 tire.

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Thanks a lot Charlie And thanks for all the questions you answered for me. haha. I have some major updates the next couple weeks or so. Finishing up my interior and suspension then i'll be set for a while! haha
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[QUOTE=TallSkinnyMatt;15091566]Thanks a lot! I am currently on stock sports right now, but my Koni yellows are arriving tomorrow Still haven't decided on what springs to get. I'm thinking either Eibach Sportlines or Hotchkis (since I found an awesome local deal). If anyone has any input on what springs would be a good match for the Koni's let me know!

My wheels are Front: 19x8.5 ET40 with a 245/35 tire. Rears: 19x9.5 ET45 with a 265/30 tire.

keep us posted on that suspension!
any rubbing with those tires?
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Thanks a lot! I am currently on stock sports right now, but my Koni yellows are arriving tomorrow Still haven't decided on what springs to get. I'm thinking either Eibach Sportlines or Hotchkis (since I found an awesome local deal). If anyone has any input on what springs would be a good match for the Koni's let me know!

My wheels are Front: 19x8.5 ET40 with a 245/35 tire. Rears: 19x9.5 ET45 with a 265/30 tire.

keep us posted on that suspension!
any rubbing with those tires?
Will do. I do not want it that low (for practical means), but maybe a mild drop. But i'll update as soon as its finished! I am not rubbing at all with these tires. Even with the suspension I shouldn't have any issues since the offset is pretty high. I used to run a 19x9.5ET 33 offset in the rear, but decided I wanted a real tire as well as not being a fan of the poke. I am very happy with my current setup.

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Couple updates. Pics still from iPhone so not the best quality.

Here are some more pics of the car after the repairs! The shop did an amazing job.

OEM MTech rear.





Also picked up an HID fog light kit. Install was pretty easy and for the price i'm really pleased! Much better than the old bulbs I had there.







And I finally got around to installing my aluminum SMG paddles.



Here is the comparison between the original and aluminum



And final... Very happy I got them. Feels much better than my old cracked ones!



Haven't got around to installing my pedals yet... I'll do that sometime.



Besides that next weekend I should be doing more maintenance. Oil change and replacing many bushings in the rear suspension. I also have my Koni Yellows and will put those on in the next two weeks Gonna be a big update for my suspension! Hopefully i'll have my suspension completely refreshed in the next couple months.
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Matt.... VERY well done! An absolutely stunning automobile!
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