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Old 03-20-2016, 11:51 AM   #1
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>> Kafilkavich's 2004 325I Build/Maintenance Thread..

Hey E46Fanatics,

Thought I'd share my build with you guys as my car has gone through some major TLC over the past 2 years.

My main goal for this build is to make this car as reliable as possible along with some performance. I enjoy taking road trips a lot, so I tend to make it last with minimal issues. With the amount of money invested I could of purchased a new car lol. But honestly I don't care for a new car as I find it more enjoyable to build one myself.

I use to own an 08 335I and gave me nothing but problems, smoking turbos, water pump, HPF pump, seriously! It did have over 150K and they just don't hold up and more costly. So sold it, and decided to fix up the E46.

Not trying to show off, but I'm going to list everything that I have done, from mods to maintenance and use this thread as my own reference to keep track of my build.

Current Mileage: 167,XXX

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Parts
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Here are some things I have done, lets begin...

[Exterior]
>> New head light covers
>> Gloss black kidney grilles
>> NEW oem corner lights
>> NEW oem tail lights
>> ZHP front bumper
>> Carbon Splitters
>> Clear side markers
>> Custom cut myself, brushed aluminum emblem decals
>> All new door seals inner/outer
>> New sunroof seal
>> New windshield Cowl
>> New trunk handle
>> New OEM ZHP fog lights
>> OPT7 flux beam LED fog lights
>> Vinyl wrapped myself, outer b-pillars, sun roof rails etc..
>> Window tint


[Suspension/Bushings]
>> Bilstein heavy duty shocks
>> H&R sport springs
>> Active Autowerkes front and rear strut bars
>> ECS Tuning adjustable rear camber arms
>> Powerflex trailing arm bushings
>> Powerflex front sway bar bushings
>> New control arms
>> New steering rack with tie rods
>> PSB poly control arm bushings
>> New upper strut mounts and rear spring pads
>> New engine and transmission mounts
>> function7 billet guibo
>> AKG Motorsports Rear Shock Mount Set (poly)
>> New Steering Coupler - Lower

[Interior]
>> NEW E46 M3 steering Wheel
>> YINUO Quad Core 16GB GPS/Stereo
>> Sun Visor Rear Doors
>> Rear sundshade
>> Matte Chrome Interior Trim Kit
>> Driver and Passenger front window regulators
>> New steptronic gear shifter cover and shift knob
>> New rear parcel shelf
>> M3 dead pedal
>> BMW rubber floor mats
>> Ok, so many interior trim pieces have been replaced...
>> Blower motor resistor

[Engine/Maintance related...]
>> Rebuilt VANOS
>> All gaskets replaced, no leaks : )
>> New Alternator
>> New belts and tensioners
>> New Powersteering pump
>> New Spark plugs and coils
>> New Spark plug wiring harness (why?)
>> New Power steering reseivor
>> Electirc fan conversion
>> NEW Disa Valve
>> Mishimoto intake boot
>> New air mass meter
>> Entire cooling system rebuilt
>> New combi valve
>> New washer reservoir
>> All wheel bearings replaced
>> Front and rear pads/rotors
>> New idle control valve
>> New heater valve
>> New powersteering pressure hose/return line
>> New Crank and Cam position sensors
>> Trans filter/gasket, shift shaft seal
>> Diff fluid flush
>> Oil change every 3K miles with Liqui molly 5w40
>> New fuel pump and fuel filter
>> New E-box fan
>> New Secondary Air Injection Pump Filter
>> New headlight bulbs
>> New crankcase vent valve and breather hoses

[Wheels/Tires]
>> New OEM 18" M3 Double Spoke Style 219 Wheel (staggered)
>> Continental DW 225/40/28 (front)
>> continental DW 245/40/18 (rear)
>> OEM BMW wheel locks and new lug bolts

[Exhaust]
>> Active Autowerkes Performance Exhaust (This was the last Active E46 exhaust they had as they are no long available, I feel special)

(Upcoming Parts/Mods)
>> 5 Speed conversion with all new parts
>> ZHP rear bumper and trunk lip
>> Arctic suede headliner/pillars
>> Performance cams/lifters, new valve cover
>> Minor body work/paint

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Photos (Will add more soon..)
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Took me half a day to just wrap this one pillar in suede, what a pain! will slowly work on getting the rest done.


OEM sunshades.



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Old 03-20-2016, 03:47 PM   #2
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Good lord you have been busy. Nice work.

The wheels are
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:04 PM   #3
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oh my lord this is CLEAN

Gj on refreshing all those parts, doing the same thing myself Enjoy!
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:05 PM   #4
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that looks awesome.
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:20 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, I'll get some more photos this weekend!
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:47 AM   #6
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:01 AM   #7
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Thats hot.. I like black cars. Alot. Good to see someone rocking the ambers for a change too
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:17 AM   #8
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Looks clean
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:00 PM   #9
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Perfect example of oem+
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Old 03-23-2016, 01:35 PM   #10
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I love the look man, great job.
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:03 PM   #11
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I appreciate everyone's positive comments!
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Old 03-24-2016, 03:33 AM   #12
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Sweet ride. Makes me miss my old sedan.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:09 AM   #13
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I have to admit, not what I was expecting when I clicked the thread, but I'm very impressed. Car looks clean and well put together and like someone said, those wheels are perfect.
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:39 PM   #14
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I have to admit, not what I was expecting when I clicked the thread, but I'm very impressed. Car looks clean and well put together and like someone said, those wheels are perfect.
Really appreciate it!
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:41 AM   #15
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very clean e46, man..
subs!
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Old 04-15-2016, 01:47 AM   #16
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I'd love to hear your thoughts on that YINUO stereo! Sound quality decent? Any different sounding from stock? Thanks
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Old 04-24-2016, 11:00 AM   #17
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I'd love to hear your thoughts on that YINUO stereo! Sound quality decent? Any different sounding from stock? Thanks
Well from my opinion it sure is a great head unit. Sound is great quality but also it depends on the condition of your speakers as I replaced all of mine as some where blown. Also the Navi works great too! I would recommend if your looking for a factory style head unit.
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Old 07-19-2016, 08:45 PM   #18
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That's a lot of work! Well done!
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:31 PM   #19
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Great work! I'm doing a similar refresh/restoration job on my '01 325iT with many of the same parts. Keep up the good work!
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