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Old 11-23-2008, 09:18 AM   #41
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thanks for all the tips ... looks like ill be busy today .... whatelse you guys got??
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:41 PM   #42
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Does the 1999 328i have the butterfly valve in the exhaust?
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:42 PM   #43
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Does the 1999 328i have the butterfly valve in the exhaust?
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:54 PM   #44
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This is a great thread. Have subsribed myself as well!
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:00 PM   #45
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This is a great thread. Have subsribed myself as well!
if only more people contributed...
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:46 AM   #46
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Mod name: painted headlight trim

Mod cost: about $4

Mod benefit: looks great with shadow grills and smoked corners

Mod desc.: remove the headlight trim, light sand, primer, couple of coats of flat black spray paint

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Old 11-25-2008, 08:13 PM   #47
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^yummy... did you're car come with the M Aero front end? I noticed you have that rear bumper in your sig.
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Old 11-26-2008, 04:25 PM   #48
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I put my winter tires on today, and I said I'd take a picture, so here it is.



I think it's important to put clearcoat on over the stickers because I have no idea how well the adhesive would react to the elements. With the clearcoat, I can't even get a fingernail under the sticker to peel them off if I tried. So they're on there pretty good.

I guess you could do the paint-it-twice routine, but I didn't do it that way.
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Old 11-26-2008, 06:40 PM   #49
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A lot of people asking 'Will the butterfly valve mod work on this car?'... and the answer is no.

Can you post a list of cars it will/won't work on? I have an '04 320i and an '01 323i... let me know.

Great thread by the way, I will do the caliper one in the spring, black or red? The car is silver on black...
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:32 PM   #50
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A lot of people asking 'Will the butterfly valve mod work on this car?'... and the answer is no.

Can you post a list of cars it will/won't work on? I have an '04 320i and an '01 323i... let me know.

Great thread by the way, I will do the caliper one in the spring, black or red? The car is silver on black...
look into you exhaust. If u see a circular thing that is most likely open then u have the butterfly valve.
100% sure 330i/ci have it.
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Old 11-27-2008, 03:06 PM   #51
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It will look like a throttle butterfly valve in one of the exhaust tips. For sure the 330's have them. The default is for it to remain open, so look for an open butterfly flap.
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:12 PM   #52
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323SEi saloon has the flap.
Well, mine has a golf tee now...
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:52 PM   #53
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LED side blinkers to be had for 2.49 each from autolumination.
i've own both these pairs and loved their quality and price.


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frosted lense is pretty cool too:


2.99 each for front turn signals:


will post pics of them on my car later.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:17 PM   #54
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subscribed! awesome thread, especially the golf tee mod

looking forward to more mods
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:32 PM   #55
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yay for cheap mods
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:50 AM   #56
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LED side blinkers to be had for 2.49 each from autolumination.
i've own both these pairs and loved their quality and price.
I can't understand why anyone would pay $30 for a pair of stupid light bulbs. www.autolumination is the way to go.

Interior blue LEDs - $25. Installed 5 years ago and still going strong.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:22 PM   #57
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MOD NAME: Muffler Delete
MOD COST: Free unless you have someone weld on a set of tips or the originals.
MOD BENEFIT: Increased exhaust flow and sound
MOD DESCRIPTION: Take a saw and hack off muffler just before piping meets the casing. Disconnect any hangers and remove.
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:29 PM   #58
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MOD NAME: Center console power outlet

MOD COST:~$7.00

MOD BENEFIT: Frees up your cigarette lighter and allows your to leave ashtray door closed.

MOD DESCRIPTION: A Cigarette lighter wired under your center console (hidden) allows you to plug in a cell phone/Ipod/GPS Charger.

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Old 12-11-2008, 11:26 PM   #59
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yea the golf tee mod is great but my valve was just stuck open one day u can really telll the diffrenc in idle
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:49 PM   #60
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Mod cost: about $4

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Just did this the other day... and makes the front end look 100x better
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