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Old 12-01-2015, 10:02 AM   #1
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E46 update & spoiled features

Hey BMW addicts, over the next few months I'm going to be doing some mega changes to my 330xi and I will be photo documenting it all.
Here's what I'm already planning on doing.
Exterior door handle lights, interior door handle lights, front door pocket lights, led BMW logo projectors in doors, heated door armrest handles (I've never seen that one done on any car before) heated center armrest, heated steering wheel, heated back seats. install an amp on the roof of the trunk, going to install a Deep cycle battery along with the normal one, going to be putting a small 12" sub in the trunk, create a network of high amp acc wires using relays to power all my new gadgets.
So that's my idea. If you guys have anything else that would be cool let me know and if I like it or think it's possible I'll try.
So after I start the project I'll start posting progress and how-to's
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:41 AM   #2
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Those all sound like great projects, can't wait for the posts! Before you drop all that money on those mods, make sure all the maintenance items are taken care of (full cooling system, final stage resistor, valve cover gasket, battery, fcabs, etc.)
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:46 AM   #3
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Are the heated door armrest handles really necessary lol? How often are you going to be holding that other than for a couple seconds to open and close the door? Arm rest is understandable.
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:50 AM   #4
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Are the heated door armrest handles really necessary lol? How often are you going to be holding that other than for a couple seconds to open and close the door? Arm rest is understandable.
Not the lever to open the door, like the part you hold onto while driving crazy. Actually I have 3 friends that want it in my car. So why not, it's a BMW right? Might as well have everything even if it doesn't exist yet. I'm still trying to find a way to heat the shifter for myself. That will be another one.

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Old 12-01-2015, 10:58 AM   #5
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Those all sound like great projects, can't wait for the posts! Before you drop all that money on those mods, make sure all the maintenance items are taken care of (full cooling system, final stage resistor, valve cover gasket, battery, fcabs, etc.)
Final stage resister? And the car wont last much longer anyways. Motors got 217k on it, bruns tons of oil and it's not the vent valve. VANOS rattles bad. Tried fixing that but failed. And the actuators on the VANOS are also leaking oil.
Car has 2 new battery's, new valve cover, coils, plugs, water pump, motor mounts, all axles, all drive shafts, control arms, tires, rims, head light housings, fog light housings, I could keep going, it's been a terrible year lol
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Why go through all that trouble on a car that's almost dead?
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Why go through all that trouble on a car that's almost dead?
I love wiring, and need a project. plus winter is to cold for my bones so time to heat it up. This winter I won't be grabbing no -30 degree steering wheel like last year
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I love wiring, and need a project. plus winter is to cold for my bones so time to heat it up. This winter I won't be grabbing no -30 degree steering wheel like last year
Gloves? I'd love to hear about the maintenance that's been done before the mods. I would hate to hear about getting stranded out in one of those -30 degree nights.
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Gloves? I'd love to hear about the maintenance that's been done before the mods. I would hate to hear about getting stranded out in one of those -30 degree nights.
Here's a full list of everything I've done to the car since January 2015
Gold battery, 2 oil changes, 2 coolant flushes, brand new valve cover, coils, plugs, spyder auto 4d head lights, hid fog lights, low beems replaced with hids, all 4 drilled rotors, new front calipers, all pads, all wheel bearings, ultra all season tires (don't feel like using winter tires although I should) all 4 CV shafts and both axles are brand new, along with all the connecting pieces. Trans has been dumped and cleaned, new trans mounts, new motor mounts, water pump has been replaced, tires are all full of slime, installed cold air intake, replaced the front control arms (what a bitch that is) tie rods, sway bar links all replaced. Break booster vac line, most of the other vac lines. CCV, VANOS seals, belts, both timing chain tensioners, The entire throttle body, that btw failed when I was 4 hrs from home. Limp mode sucks. Yeah, that's been my past 11 months, complete hell. Every week it's something else. I'm sure there's more I can't remember.

Oh, and I smoke so gloves don't work very well lol

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Old 12-02-2015, 12:12 AM   #10
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Prep & Parts list

Here is a parts list that I have purchased for the install I'm going to be doing.

LED's:
10pc 12v 3mm orange
10pc 12v 5mm white wide angle
4pc BMW logo projectors

Wires/ connectors:
14awg stranded 4 assorted colors, 50ft each
18awg 4 wire stranded, 20 feet (for running into doors)
4pc 4awg battery lines
3pc inline fuses
3pc 30 amp relays
25pc red t-taps
25pc blue t-taps
100pc assorted blade connectors
4pc flush push button switch

Ect:
2pc heated seat elements
4pc motorcycle handle bar heaters
100pc door clips (over kill but I like to have extras for later projects)
100' 3/8 split loom tubing
Series 29 deep cycle battery.
Chrome door handle covers (I'm old school, I love chrome)

Speaker update:
500watt RMS class-D amp
12" Memphis 250rms sub
Full speaker set from Bav-audio

Heated steering wheel:
Slip ring with 3rd connector
7 series steering wheel with heating element
7 series control switch with heated wheel option

When I'm going through and doing the pictures I'll try and make a separate post update for each section to try and group things together. This is going to be one massive job. Hope to have it done by the beginning of 2016. Hopefully this will help people in the future. Never know I guess.
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