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Old 09-06-2008, 12:52 AM   #1
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Free mods / cheap mods under $10 DIY

THREAD PURPOSE: To collect all information for e46 free mods

THREAD DEFINITION: Free mods defined as: UNDER $10 (excluding any fluid replacement) sometimes a mini-budget is good...

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Old 09-06-2008, 12:52 AM   #2
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MOD NAME: Golf Tee Mod

MOD COST: FREE, $0.00

MOD BENEFIT: More low rpm 'rumble' exhaust note.

MOD DESCRIPTION: Remove vacuum line that closes a metal 'butterfly' valve. plug removed vacuum line with a golf tee or similar.

In the picture below you will see a metal butterfly valve in the right exhaust pipe, immediately above this is a rubber hose that connects to it. Nothing needs to be done on the exhaust side, as it will just stay open now.


This is the rubber hose that you pulled off of the exhaust, you can see I plugged the hose with a wire crimp.


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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=585653
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=520094

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MOD NAME: Clutch Delay Valve (CDV) Delete

MOD COST: FREE, $0.00

MOD BENEFIT: Smoother Shifting (Manual Transmission Only).

MOD DESCRIPTION: Remove an inline restriction valve that "limits" clutch slip for newbie's but is a major PITA for everyone else...(not in all e46's)

...CDV removed...



MOD LINK

http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_cdv.shtml

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MOD NAME: Clutch Stop Mod aka Perfect Clutch Stop

MOD COST: <$5.00

MOD BENEFIT: Less Clutch Travel, Faster, Shifting (Manual Transmission Only).

MOD DESCRIPTION: Screw in a 1.5" elevator bolt with a adhesive furniture leg pad in place of stock clutch stop.

Clutchstop installed:


MOD LINK

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=206363

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MOD NAME: Custom CAI

MOD COST: >$3.00

MOD BENEFIT: Colder/Free Flowing Air, Better MPG's

MOD DESCRIPTION: Cut 2" hole in bottom of air box, run flexible tube from air box to bumper cavity.

Tubing Installed:


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Old 09-06-2008, 02:12 PM   #3
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Mod name: debadge

Mod cost: free

Mod benefit: looks good

Mod description: use credit card and slide underneath each letter or number, removing the "badge" then use goo gone or alcahol wipes to remove the remaining gunk, whatever you use to take off the gunk wipe it off as soon as your done using it because its probably not that great for you paint.


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Old 09-07-2008, 05:40 AM   #4
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Nice thread keep it coming. I'm painting Kidney grills and pillars for less than $10, sandpaper, matte black bumper paint, and primer. I may also re-paint the mirror housing.
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:16 AM   #5
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Damn, you beat me to it. I was going to make a "Kpeng's 10 low-cost/free mods" thread.
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:22 AM   #6
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/subscrizzled...
but i'm still a little confused about the golf tee mod...
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:26 PM   #7
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/subscrizzled...
but i'm still a little confused about the golf tee mod...
just look at ur exaust. theirs a rubber hose. unplug it. stuff it with a screw
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:53 PM   #8
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Cant think of a cheap mod. Cheap and BMW are not in the same league
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:33 PM   #9
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i have never heard or seen my valve in my exhaust close. and i have tried everything to see it close
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:56 AM   #10
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MOD NAME: E90 Vanity Lights Swap
MOD COST: $2.00 (Lights from ebay)
MOD BENEFIT: Better looks
MOD DESCRIPTION (PICS OR FAIL)
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MOD LINK (other sites/threads that contain a comprehensive DIY or provide more info)
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MOD NAME: Trunk Light mod
MOD COST: $3.00 (Lights from ebay)
MOD BENEFIT: More light for the people who actually use their trunk
MOD DESCRIPTION (PICS OR FAIL)

MOD LINK (other sites/threads that contain a comprehensive DIY or provide more info)
DIY Link

MOD NAME: Alarm Shock Sensor install
MOD COST: $10.00
MOD BENEFIT: Increase the functionality of OEM Alarm
MOD DESCRIPTION (PICS OR FAIL)

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MOD NAME: Restoring rubber seals with silicone grease
MOD COST: $4.00
MOD BENEFIT: Restoring rubber seals
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:11 AM   #11
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MOD NAME: Valentine 1 Hard wire ***Only if you already have any radar detector.

MOD COST: Varies...$0 if you have a V1 ($0 also if you have a escort and a phone cable)

MOD BENEFIT: Mod shows a simple place to retrive 12v & Ground for windshield/mirror mounted devices.

MOD DESCRIPTION: Pull down overhead light/sunroof control panel, tap secondary power cable lead.



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Old 09-16-2008, 03:54 AM   #12
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Mod name: debadge

Mod cost: free

Mod benefit: looks good

Mod description: use credit card and slide underneath each letter or number, removing the "badge" then use goo gone or alcahol wipes to remove the remaining gunk, whatever you use to take off the gunk wipe it off as soon as your done using it because its probably not that great for you paint.


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Thin fishing line is also good to use to take the old badges off with.
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:46 AM   #13
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Thin fishing line is also good to use to take the old badges off with.
Dental floss works good also. Clay bar to remove excess residue, or adhesive remover spray. Either works great. Then wax/polish the affected area to ensure that the water beads even and not in the shape of the old lettering.
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:49 AM   #14
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Mod - Painted Reflectors
Mod Benefit - cleaner looking appearance
Cost - about $10 total for paint, primer and clear.
Difficulty - Easy, just takes time.

Painting the stock front and rear bumper refelctors vs. paying close to $100 for a set (front and back, or $60 for fronts).

I used Metailic Silver for mine. Did three coats of primer, 4 coats of color and 3 coats of clear. Not an exact match, but pretty close. The more Zanio (polish as they are now painted as well) I put on them with the rest of the car, the closer they match.





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Old 09-16-2008, 10:38 AM   #15
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:15 PM   #16
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MOD NAME: Golf Tee Mod

MOD COST: FREE, $0.00

MOD BENEFIT: More low rpm 'rumble' exhaust note.

MOD DESCRIPTION: Remove vacuum line that closes a metal 'butterfly' valve. plug removed vacuum line with a golf tee or similar.
Wow, I'm so glad I read this. Turns out my butterfly valve was so covered in soot it was NEVER opening! I had to jab it with a screw driver to get it to move rumble=
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:28 PM   #17
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This is a fantastic thread .... I love it
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:35 PM   #18
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Sorry but I am at work, but I would like to mention the Red Needle Mod

Cost... a red sharpie, so $2 est?
All in all, take your instrument cluster out, then apart, color them evenly and carfully, several coats, put it back on, best 30 minutes you've ever spent

I'll try and edit this later to keep it in format with the rest
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:34 AM   #19
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So what was the initial purpose of the butterfly valves being closed? now that we're opening them permanantly, will it effect anything?
Also will it work on 320s?
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:19 PM   #20
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So what was the initial purpose of the butterfly valves being closed? now that we're opening them permanantly, will it effect anything?
Also will it work on 320s?
Less noise during low rpm. The 320 doesn't have the flap
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