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Old 03-11-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
truekreation
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Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Midwest
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My Ride: E36, E46, R53
5-Spd TiAg Touring Progression

I've always had a love for estates ever since I was a young chap living in Germany. I searched for about two years to find the right touring and I finally found one just over a year ago. I happened to come across a manual 2002 325XiT in Detroit. After exchanging a few emails I found myself making the four hour trek up to Michigan that weekend. The car was well maintained and came with a lot of history and three sets of wheels: 16" style 45's, 17" winter Borbet Type CA's, and 18" summer VMR CSL's. The touring is pretty much used as a DD and winter mobile while these two are tucked away for the winter. My wife drives a 1993 E36 325is (not shown) when the MINI is put away.

2006 JCW MINI, 2004 Dinan 3



Fuel stop just after picking her up.



These are some of the things I still plan to do.

Exterior:
  • Respray OEM M-Tech I bumper Done
  • Respray hood Done
  • Refinish CSL reps (Hyper Silver or Gunmetal)
  • Repair dings/dents
  • Update to OEM M-Tech II sideskirts/rear bumper
  • Update worn badges (hood/wheels) Have Parts
  • OEM BMW Performance high gloss black grills Done
Interior:
  • OEM Black leather sport steering wheel Done
  • OEM Black/Saddle Brown leather manual sport or M3 seats
  • OEM Black leather armrest retrofit
  • OEM black all-weather cargo tray Done
  • OEM ZHP weighted shift knob Done
  • OEM Aluminum ///M dead pedal Done
  • OEM BMW Performance pedals
  • Dynavin D99+ Navigation
  • Bavarian Soundworks Stage 1 Audio
  • Weathertech Digitalfit Floor mats Done
Lighting:
  • Clear corners/sidemarkers Done
  • OEM Euro clear taillights/third brake light Done
  • Umntiza Orion V4 LED AE's
  • Bi-Xenon FX-R retrofit
Performance:
  • H&R springs and Koni shocks/struts Done
  • Rogue Engineering Rear shock mounts Done
  • OEM reinforcement strut plates Done
  • OEM BMW Performance air intake Done
  • OEM BMW Performance strut brace Have Parts
  • Rogue Engineering Ikon exhaust Have Parts

Closeup of the car before I changed anything.



First things to go were the amber corners and sidemarkers. Soon followed by matte black grills.



I've always planned to swap out the boring front bumper to something a little more exciting. I was elated when I came across a free OEM M-Tech 1 bumper in Indianapolis.



After the trip to Indiana, I noticed the suspension was a bit wonky... lo and behold the culprit. Somehow the CAB had worked it's way out.



After this finding, I decided to refresh a lot of the worn suspension components with the help of some friends.



Rotors/pads and swaybar end-links installed.



All parts replaced:
  • OEM Control arms
  • OEM Sway bar end-links
  • OEM Strut reinforcement plates
  • OEM Rotors front/rear
  • PBR/Axxis Deluxe brake pads front/rear
  • Rogue Engineering rear shock mounts
  • Flushed brake fluid
After these repairs, the touring was pretty much done mechanically. Not to long after winter arrived and the summer CSLs were replaced with the winter Borbet's.



Then I found this bubble in the tire.



Shortly after I bought a new set of winter wheels/tires from a friend.



The weather warmed up and I had a chance to get the aluminum ///M dead pedal retrofitted into the touring.

Before:



After:

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| 1993 Calypso Red BMW 325is | 2002 Titanium Silver 325XiT (5MT) | 2004 Titanium Silver Dinan 3 | 2006 Hyper Blue JCW MINI Cooper S (6MT)


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