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Old 11-12-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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E46: a great way to take your tools with you....and everything else


The e46 doesn't have a lot of storage to keep extra items in.
We have the option of putting medical boxes under the seat.
We also have the spare tire cover.

This option here has probably not been done yet......at least that I know of.
You can buy these bags on ebay.
I have 4 of them in my car.
1...... stores my travel solder kit yousee here. Torch, 18awg wire, flux, solder, strippers, electrical tape, shrink tubing, and zip ties.

2 ......can store almost every smaller hand tool to take the e46 apart. I have all the sockets that fit this car, 3 sizes of ratchets and extensions, Torx sockets, screw drivers, husky, and pliers.

3.......oil.....this is what the bag is for. It stores a quart of oil with a nice fit.

4...... I have a quart of oil in here too. What I will use it for is travel supplies. Laundry soap wafers, Very small camping supplies like a micro stove, and many other items like this.

There is even a pocket in this one where the wire cutters go. Can hold item that are flat easily. It originally comes with towels and a paper funnel

These bags are the dimension of a quart of oil and can be used for storing many things. They have the bmw logo in them and they Velcro to the material in your trunk. I have the one you see here stuck vertically over the battery. My travel supply bag is light so I have that velcroed to the trunk lid. This is a very clean and very handy way to store items and make it look seamless like it came with the car.


My entire solder kit fits in here-



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Old 11-13-2014, 03:35 PM   #2
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cool but my European roadside flare goes there. i'd probably throw it in the donut
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Old 11-13-2014, 05:58 PM   #3
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thats neat! although too my car doesnt that that space to put this bag. but isnt the "Drug bin" in the engine bay meant for your oil, coolant and windsield fluds? haha
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Old 11-13-2014, 06:18 PM   #4
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Cool idea. Since my spare tire is a donut (18in rims, bmw give you a donut instead of a full size spare) i have a little extra room under the trunk carpet.

I wrapped my jumper cable around my spare, fits nice and snug. On top of that, I have my front licence plate and a water bottle full of antifreeze/distilled water.
On top of my donut cover, I have spray wax and a quart of oil. I should put some more tools in there...
I have all microfibers in the empty nav/cd changer compartments and a wine corkscrew/bottle opener lol
I also squeezed an extended 17mm socket in the tool tray along the back, and there is a tiny little spot for my OEM wheel lock on the right hand side of the tool tray.

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Old 11-13-2014, 08:04 PM   #5
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thats neat! although too my car doesnt that that space to put this bag. but isnt the "Drug bin" in the engine bay meant for your oil, coolant and windsield fluds? haha

Yeah....the drug bin is for that stuff. That's why I mostly have tools in those bags. I used the solder kit today for my fuel gauge. Mice chewed through both wires on the secondary sending unit. They made a large nest right under the round cover.

I like the idea for the cd changer. I don't use it either. Went to a grom unit. Under my cup holder is a usb stick and an iPod full of music. I left one clip on the cup holder to hold input in better. The blue tooth isn't very good on those

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