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Old 08-23-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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Devogen 328ci - in progress -

Hello and welcome to a tour of my car, what ive done too it and what is upcoming!

Ill start off with what it looked liked when i bought it.
M-sport Stock as it came from the factory when it was imported so many years ago. This picture was taken with the winter tires on.


Then the upkeep began, changing breaklines, rotors, polishing up and painting calipers initially i was just going to brush them off, but i found a bottle of hammer-paint laying in the garage and the calipers got a few coats turning them red, but also making them ahellofalot easier too keep clean.


The original stereo sounded pretty good, but since it was an early version of the e46 it had a tape deck and a 6slot cd changer in the boot and no ability to hook in the cellphone for mp3 action. And as i sat there deciding what head unit too get i quickly fell into the sub woofer trap. I quickly decided that there was no way i would order a prebuilt box since they tend too look pretty bad, that was how it came to pass that me and my dad set out building a purpose built box for the 10" MDS sub woofer. Designed to be angled for a perfect fit too play through the ski-hatch we finally managed to make something that sounds great and doesn't eat the entire bootspace.



I was content with the car for a long time after this, sounding great and looking pretty damn good in my estimation. but it started creeping up on me that some nicer rims might be in order, while i have no problems with oem rims they just werent big enough to suit my mindseye for the car. Enter VMR style 701´s, 235*35*19 front and 265*30*19 rear for a better rear look.

While the rims where easy to order, actually receiving them was an whole other issue since they where sold out at the factory and our "local" (read Swedish) BMW site had trouble getting a hold of the right ones, and ended up taking home 4 wheels in 4 different colors. They painted em Gunmetal per my request free of charge, thankfully.


Then my economy caught up with me and i had to lay low for a while. Gathering my economical force over the winter i ordered new front lights earlier this year with a nice facelift look and angeleyes to match.


This brings us to present day and the stuff ive ordered and is corrently being hammered ontoo the car as i try my hardest to make it look right and maby teach me a thing or two.

As per mango´s suggestion i bit the bullet and bought all new cooling system and a few other bits and pieces to make the car "reliable"


After that came some of the funnier bits, kidney grills some filters, spark plugs etc. And a roof spoiler that a friend of mine promptly stepped on cracking it in half well, a new one is on order and im hoping it should arrive soon.



New taillights arrived shortly after, though i was sent sedan tails and i had to send em back and im eagerly waiting for the proper ones


then after a worring wait of like 3 weeks i got a call from work telling me some delivery guy had left off a few boxes filled with stuff. And my friendly cooworkers hid all my boxes on the roof and had me running around trying to figure out were they where!

only one picture though, noone wants to see pictures of large boxes telling you nothing! heres a picture of the coilovers atleast.


Aside from the coilovers i had ordered sidemirrors (wrong amount of pins though sent back), mtech front, mtech rear and csl bootlid. I was so excited i forget to picture them before mounting them




When dismouting the rear bumper i broke on of the big bolts keeping it in place. So that hasnt been fitted yet, but im hoping to get it done this weekend.

And yes, the ill have em painted as soon as my guy has a few hours off to do the work for now it will have to look half retarded with unpainted stuff
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:55 AM   #2
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Very good changes! Love the pics with all the bits packed together )
Waiting for my new stuff to arrive!
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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yeah no real thought behind it, just easier to document this way.. im quite fond of the changes aswell. And hopefully it will look even better when everything is done and painted properly! im thinking alpine white.. always loved white cars with black roofs
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:46 PM   #4
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Nice progress so far. What brand is the trunk, and how's the fitment?
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:28 PM   #5
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:29 AM   #6
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Nice progress so far. What brand is the trunk, and how's the fitment?
im not entirelly sure actually, the site i ordered from arent supergood at marking up their products. On the homepage its called (translated): Trunklid EVO in pure carbon fibre with intergrated spoiler.

Fitment was pretty much flawless, had some real issues with the mounting points for locking mechanism, trunklid taillights and keyhole. But that was sorted after som hardcore dremel work ;D

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haha, that we do indeed
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:38 AM   #7
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Nice job! I had a 328ci it was okay compared to yours
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:22 PM   #8
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Started working on my rear bumper today, and MAN was it a hassle.

All started well untill i got to the second bolt. Turns out it had rusted through and was firmly stuck, when i used some force it dislodged from its mounting and spun in place. After having tried everything including taking a trip to my indy shop. I decided to make things easy for me beware!

Granted there where easier ways, like taking it all apart. But frankly, i wasnt keeping the bumper and it was in very bad shape to begin with.
Very strong images, not for the feint of heart!


And after much convincing, and some angry words about the engineer that decided to make the bolts almost impossible to access, it finally came off.


Happy as can be i opened the box containing my new rear bumper, and was greeted by this. Normally i would just have sent it back, but this single bumper was the reason my order took 3 months to deliver.


After a quick call too a friend of mine who works at a body shop it was concluded that it would be easy to fix and that we can take car of it pretty quickly i decided to have it mended rather than to send it back.

here it is, crack and all mounted in place, decent fitment. Som issues ill have to deal with when the time for paint comes around. But concidering the struggle to get it on there i was just happy to call it a day
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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Very nice work so far.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:38 AM   #10
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Very nice work so far.
thanks man trying my hardest!. Love your car btw always had a thing for white e46s,
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Old 05-06-2014, 03:44 AM   #11
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After a snowy winter and alot of waiting for the garage to clear out we finally got started again.

First of all, facelift hood!


Starting out with tearing the car down and removing everything not essential.



Work Work, sanding a whole car by hand is tedious work!


Chasing small rust spots here and there. filler and paint primer gooo


Now we got to sand down the doors and after that we get to painti'n

ill post more pictures later
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:37 AM   #12
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Cool project! The car is gonna look brand new after paint.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:57 AM   #13
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In for pics after paint.

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Old 05-06-2014, 10:31 AM   #14
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Great progress so far. What kind of coils did you buy?
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Old 05-06-2014, 03:31 PM   #15
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:45 PM   #16
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Awesome car I have been contemplating changing my VMR's to that style as well. What's the fitment on your car?
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:49 PM   #17
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Was the csl trunk a direct fit or was there some modification needed to make it fit? I'm thinking about getting one


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Old 05-06-2014, 07:31 PM   #18
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Alright, in order.

The coils are Lowtec H9.2 http://www.lowtec.de/en/hilow_characteristics.php Kind of basic stuff, around $1000.

The rims are 9.5" rear with 265/30/19" tyres, Front is 8.5" 235/35/19". And fits pretty much like a dream.

The csl trunk was a direct bolt on, almost didnt have to make any adjustments after initial fitting.

Brought it out to dust it off and get it into the paintbox

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Old 05-19-2014, 04:00 AM   #20
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78% complete we are nearing the final stretch and putting the car back together. Alot of hard work into this, but as it is a garage paintjob there is alot of hard work to come when everything is put together!

here is the vinyl for the roof, its going to be awesome!


And here we have what it looks like at the moment!




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