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Old 10-18-2013, 03:32 PM   #21
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Bit of an update.

Picked up a set of smoked Eagle Eye LED rears from MStyle:



Comparison of new on left, old on right:



And fitted:





Unfortunately thought one of them didn't have a seal, which I only realised after fitting them and we had a lot of rain, so the boot got soaked and my battery is now sat in a pool of water... so swapped the light on that side out for the old one and picking up a replacement tomorrow.

Also picked up a set of pressed metal number plates. The rear numberplate was pretty knackered and I'm surprised it passed the MOT a few months back. Also got some "carbon" effect numberplate surrounds. Not quite the "carbon" effect I was expecting, but I still kinda like them so still used them even if it's just a for now thing:







Preparing the car for winter soon, not that we have it terribly bad, but we generally do get some snow and ice... so I plan to put the CSL's into storage for a few months and bring back the old Style 44's. Got some yellow plasti-dip on order to freshen them up a bit and make them stand out during the dull winter months. As I hear we're due snow as early as November, I'll probably be getting those on pretty soonish.

Also got some yellow Lamin-X tinting film to cover the front fog lights with.... and finally, bought a set of used genuine xenon headlights with 5000K bulbs. They're currently on their way to me, should hopefully be here Monday/Tuesday, although I'm being optimistic and praying they get delivered tomorrow so I've got the weekend to fit them. Fat chance of Hermes delivering on a Saturday though, so I can only dream :lol:
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:51 AM   #22
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Bought and fitted a set of genuine BMW OEM xenons for a bargain price of £200





Bought some Plastidip and started spraying up my Style 44's ready for winter. Colour is very marmite, you'll either love it or hate it.





Got some new rubber and fitted them:





These will stay on the car until about March/April. The rubber on the CSLs is near shot as they were only part worns and I do a lot of miles. Done nearly 25,000 miles since I bought the car a year ago. Give winter a chance to clear and got a bigger payslip at the end of March, so will sort some decent rubber

Sent the car into a mate's bodyshop to get the wings repaired as they'd started to rust. Only surface rust at this stage so thought I'd better get it treated before it got worse





Finally got around to tinting the foglights yellow using some Lamin-X tinting film:



Over Christmas, I decided it was finally time to do my audio upgrade. Ordered a JBL GTO-5355 5-channel amplifier, JL Audio CS110-WXv2 10" subwoofer and an Andrive AN-46 headunit. Chose the 5-channel amp as I plan to upgrade all 4 speakers when I have a bit of extra cash. Headunit helps improve the speakers for now, but new speakers are on the way.





Fitted the headunit:





And then today installed the sub and amp:



Layout is temporary for now. Once I've worked out where everything sits best, I'll cut out a wooden floor, cover it in some fancy fabric and bolt it down properly. Bungee cord is just there to stop it moving too far in the mean time
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Old 05-18-2014, 05:32 AM   #23
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Quite a few more updates

So first up, I finally got around to finishing the boot install for now. Cut out a sheet of MDF to the rough shape of the boot floor, then raised it about an inch to allow the cables to run underneath it.

Bolted the sub and amp down to test it all and decided on a layout where the sub is facing forwards through the rear seats to allow the most bass into the cabin and the amp to be neatly laid out behind it. Nicely, the amp and sub are almost identical widths so they lay out next to each other very neatly.

Once the layout was set, I wrapped the MDF in a thick grey faux suede fabric and bolted it all back down again. Ran the cables neatly underneath and bolted down the FastPlug as well. I think I may need some extra cable clips or something to stop the RCAs moving around too much, but I've only got the sub connected at the moment, so I'll wait until I do the rest of the speaker install before I worry too much about that. They're not going far



Don't know about you guys, heard it was pretty bad over in the US, but over the pond in the UK, we didn't really get a winter as such this year. We had some major flooding, a village only a few miles up the road was one of the worst affected and the whole town centre was under a good 3-4ft water on Christmas Day. Luckily, it didn't hit us as we're on higher ground... but with the lack of winter in mind, I threw the CSLs back on the car



Before I put them on, I fitted a full set of Falken FK-453 tyres. The Bridgestones I'd had on before were almost shot. The inside edge was nearly bald and the rest of the tyre had seen better days. On a bit of a budget for tyres at the time, but having been running the same tyres on my Style 44's for a few months and having used Falken tyres on previous cars, decided they were a good choice, and so far had no grip issues

I did however have issue with rubbing. Not sure if the shoulders are just squarer on the Falkens or whether it is due to them being brand new tyres, but the rears were rubbing majorly. Had to raise the rear on the adjusters a bit to be able to get it to clear the tyres. It was tight before, but never rubbed. I'm kinda happy with how it sits anyway, so going to leave it as it is for now.

An awesome deal came up not long after. Took a nice long drive down to Somerset from Kent. About 4 hours each way. Picked this lot up, which somehow, 95% of it went on the back seat with no trouble at all:



Really surprised that extra weight didn't cause any further rubbing issues on the rear

Full set of M3 seats. Fully electric and heated too, along with all the cards. My original seats are electric, but not heated. Not sure if I'm going to bother wiring up the heated elements, but good to know they're there if I fancy doing it one day.



Even though I'd been on the road for 8 hours already that day, got straight on it and whipped out the passenger seat.



Quick comparison of old vs new.



Gave the carpets a quick hoover out while I had good access to it and then put the M3 seat in



And both fronts fitted



The next weekend I set about stripping out the rear





And fitting the M3 ones:



Much much nicer.

The only problem I have is you can see there is a hole in the rear card. Turns out the original car they came out of had the HarmonKardon upgrade stereo whereas mine was just standard stereo... so I had no speakers there, but no blanks either. The card just had a whole bit of leather of it, so nothing to take off the old cards to plug the hole. Not sure what I'm going to do yet. May just get the speaker grills and put them in there... or I might find something else to put there. Not sure yet. Hardly anyone ever gets in the back to see them anyway

The next bit is no so good news. A few weeks ago, I was driving to work and a guy pulled out on me. I was approaching a set of traffic lights and was going to be turning right. It splits into two lanes at a KEEP CLEAR box. Loads of traffic on the left but the right lane was clear, so I started to head towards the right lane and a guy pulls out of a side turning on the left straight into my path.

Nothing too major, but still makes me cry



As you can see, the bumper is majorly scuffed up and slightly dented. There is some of his tyre on the wing, along with a scuff and crease up the top and a dent on the wheel arch. The headlight is also misaligned and as a result, the mounting bracket on the back of the indicator snapped clean off. To add insult to injury, I was limping it home that very evening and the indicator actually fell OUT on the motorway while doing about 60-70mph, leaving just the bulb hanging on the cable in front of the bumper.

So left it off the road for a few weeks while arranging with the insurance to get it repaired. Took it into a bodyshop in Tunbridge Wells and I got it back on Wednesday. I've got to say, I'm mightily impressed by their work!





As a result of the crash, I've now invested in a dash cam. Been meaning to get one since the Astra, my last car, got written off... but this crash has finally triggered the purchase. For just £27, I picked up a G1W camera and £13 for a 32GB Samsung microSD card.



The quality is amazing. Full 1080p HD quality. Really impressed with it.

Sorted out a few other little niggling bits and pieces over the weekend too. Finally got around to sourcing a metal *****ing rattling noise I had coming from the rear end somewhere. Turns out it was part of the rear passenger side shock top mount assembly. You've got the top mount nut on the top of the shock and underneath it is a metal plate. The two aren't tight to each other so there is a bit of a gap causing it to make the metal on metal *****ing noise. Tried to tighten it up but no matter what I try with hand tools, I can't get the damn thing to tighten up. So for now, I've just wedged a thickish bit of rubber in between the nut and the metal plate to act like a washer. This has stopped the noise and also pretty much stopped the parts moving. It'll do for now.

As the coilovers I have at the moment are only cheap TATechnix ones, I've been planning on getting a set of HSD Dualtechs for a while now. Now that I've found this, they've been bumped massively up my list of priorities.

That's all for now I think. Nothing else major to report... but plenty more planned to come
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:02 AM   #24
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they did a great job on the repair, I'd cry as well. great job with the interior upgrade. The car looks great.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:38 PM   #25
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nice build so far.
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:35 PM   #26
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Super sick. You should look into painting your seats. Im assuming your not a fan of Dove Gray
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:07 PM   #27
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Cheers guys

Actually I do like the grey. It's a nice contrast to the darker paint colour and helps brighten up the inside of the car

So it's been in for its annual MOT test and failed on the rubber boots on the droplinks were "worn". I picked up a new set of Lemförder links for the rear of a Hyundai Coupe considering the drop on the coilovers and fitted them. When I went to fit them though, I found the adjustable ones I'd fitted a year ago were a little worse than just "worn". The rubber boot on one link just disintegrated when I tapped it with a spanner!



It also needed a new N/S/F brake caliper as it was sticking as and when it felt like it and causing the brakes to cook. Somehow, it didn't fail the MOT on this, it was just an advisory for a "slight binding"... but then it majorly cooked again just on the journey home so I immediately booked it in for a same-day caliper replacement at a different garage.

Went out for a drive round London later that evening with a few mates. It was a planned tunnel run with a few guys from another club, but we had so much fun we just ended up driving around London having fun until 3am :lol:

Here are a few photos in the Leake Street tunnel by Waterloo station:







And here are a few shots of our cars together in Surrey Quays with Canary Wharf in the background:





Latest is today I had some new toys delivered:



A set of JBL GTO-609c 6.5" component speakers, a speaker sound deadening kit and some speaker adapters. I've got a set of 5m RCA cables on order from another seller and I've got some speaker wire lying around somewhere which should be enough to run it through. I want to run new cable rather than cut it off the headunit and extend.

I was planning on fitting them this weekend, but remembered I'm at a car show all weekend... so one day in the week or next weekend I'll get them fitted. I'll be fitting the M3 door cards at the same time. Couldn't see the point in taking all the speakers off the old door cards and putting them on the M3 ones to only take the speakers back out again and replace them. So they'll go on at the same time

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Old 06-06-2014, 03:22 PM   #28
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holy tits I love it man, sits sooo sharp
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:37 PM   #29
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Really like the car man.
but then i would say that lol.
just wish i and a bit of a bigger lump like yours.
You've modded a lot of things i was planning, iv got the plates coming in the post and I'm waiting to order my 18"CSL replicas. Where did you get yours?
And its nice to see another on here from the uk.
top job
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Old 06-09-2014, 01:26 PM   #30
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Picked them up from CMWheels. I think they were about £440 delivered w/o tyres. Still loving them
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:40 PM   #31
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hero cheers pal
i purchase i will make in the very near future
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:59 PM   #32
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Minor update. A package from China arrived with these:



Pair of LED reversing lights.

So this is before:



Old left vs. new right:



All new:



And a close up when the light got a bit lower:



They're bloody bright and a great shade of white
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