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Old 12-31-2015, 01:48 PM   #1
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Austin's 325 coupe build progress

2004 OB 325Ci 5mt cold weather/sport package
Bought in June 2013 with 99k
Current 5/4/16: 151k


Since ive gotten the car i have done (in best order from memory)
-license plate relocator
-smoked reflectors
-smoked reverse lights
-smoked sidemarkers
-red calipers
-alcantara shift boot
-15% tint all around.. i dont really want it anymore
-m 5 speed shift knob
-joined BMWCCA

First
-Original bmw battery went bad, replaced for free by dealer
-intake boots were cracked and replaced
-cleaned maf
-fuel pump/filter replaced

Then
-removed smoked rear blinkers/ reflectors/ and sidemarkers
-starter replaced

Going oem+ look
-cross drilled/slotted rotors with pads
-properly done yellow calipers
-oe splashguards

always forum lurking on here so I tackled- thanks 4 diys.
-oil filter housing gasket
-valve cover gasket
-cleaned ICV
-coil packs
-spark plugs
-wheel bearings
-cleaned throttle body

I also took apart the interior and fully wrapped all trim in 3M custom camo

Keeping it clean
-sand and polished headlights
-waxed
-now hand washed

I will continue to update this thread for my maintnence and projects on the car from now




How it sits right now in the attachment
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Old 12-31-2015, 04:00 PM   #2
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Old 12-31-2015, 05:07 PM   #3
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Nice. Yea I wanted to do a build thread too, but I'm so far in and I'm missing so many pictures. I know the feels.
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:54 PM   #4
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Wish I kept mine more stock. looks great!
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Old 01-01-2016, 09:29 PM   #5
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Looks good
thank you hoping to update with some more soon

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Nice. Yea I wanted to do a build thread too, but I'm so far in and I'm missing so many pictures. I know the feels.
Haha right. makes me regret not starting earlier but better late than never

love how your car sits in your sig too

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Wish I kept mine more stock. looks great!
thank you and youre crazy, i love what you did i wish i had the guts to start buying m3 body parts, looks so good
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:21 PM   #6
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Bigger updates

Got a full service II oil separator kit cold climate:
features throtle body gasket
icv grommet
dipstick o ring
upper intake book, still not sure why though. mine was new so this wasnt used
and all hoses, obviously
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if youre thinking of doing the ccv, you prob should:
And ive seen worse, especially the photos from the DIY i followed. This took about 4 1/2 hours maybe 5.
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Grabbed FK coilovers with dampening:
with these i also ordered
new front/rear strut mounts (m3 rears)
all new gaskets required
front reinforcement and rear reinforcement
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Old suspension out:
Zero problems, 18mm on the struts didnt gave us too many problems. Only pic but got the full box of it in the garage.
front right was pretty shot or at least getting there
rear right spring seem to have rusted and actually broke in there and the strut was leaking
150k they lived long.
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Only did the fronts first:
We were waiting on the rear reinforcements and strut mounts.
After we finished i guess the offset of the stock wheel didnt clear the perch on the strut, the wheel wouldnt move, luckily my buddy spared a 12mm spacer for me off his m3
so with 12mm spacer front.
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Then the rear:
i dont like the sag look which is why i wasnt planning on lowering it much more from the above photo, also the wheel wouldve been tucked in too much, so i got a 20mm back there now and went lower.
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Ride high difference:
Just stumbled across the "before" photo coincidentally, wow.
Also as you can tell i redid my chrome trim from the before to after photo, came out perfect.
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And how it sits as of today:
i did raise the rear about maybe 1-2 cm yesterday cause i dont like the sag look. i might tweak it a bit more but im also looking into 15 mm front for more aggressive, look lower possibly.
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I also had some pics of the vcg, ofg, wheel bearings, camo trim but the pics wont work right now
The extra attachment down there vv .. is just kinda there thats where it used to sit on stock.
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Old 04-05-2016, 10:27 PM   #7
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nice progress on your build. your car looks great
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:20 AM   #8
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nice progress on your build. your car looks great
Thanks! Means alot, lets see that m3 though
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:06 PM   #9
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Little update:
frenched my headlights and fogs. gonna redo it for more perfection, wrapped my buddies fogs came out perfect, getting better at wrapping now.
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Some things to look forward too
-custom m3 quad with m3 rear bumper
-complete flex disc kit (guibo)
-wheel bearings
-egr valve from sap to exhaust manifold
-o2 sensors

plus, after the m3 quad look is done ill prob have to finish the look with a zhp/csl bumper (leaning towards csl) and some m3 skirts as well.

Stay tuned ! P.s: in the market for wheels soon!
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:34 PM   #10
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Nice progress, I have always liked that color!!!
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:18 PM   #11
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Nice progress, I have always liked that color!!!
Thanks! Yeah the ob has grown on me

Update: 5/4/16

Wheel bearings done
15mm front spacers now

Next
egr valve
flex disc kit

Coming
got the quad exhaust set up
getting m3 rear end in 2 weeks.. half off due to a little fender bender
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:38 AM   #12
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Little update

stumbled on a oem roof rack with a bike carrier. couldnt resist, and i do actually use it
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:20 PM   #13
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Quick update

egr valve is on and secondary air code is gone.
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Have been trying to diagnose some problems and it started with the spark plugs being covered in oil, you can tell the oil slowly increases as the plugs go from 1-2, 4-6, etc.
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The far left plug is #1 and #1 is in my hand, i guess i shouldve gotten more close up of the bad ones. Coils are now on the to do list as well and these 5 dont look to be the best, 1 is replaced. Cant you tell?

Now im getting an o2 code and my car still isnt running right so i picked this up today
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And i also decides im over this silly camo thing i did so back to oe, 3m peeled right off.
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And just a nice front end shot i got before i put on the rack. i like how aggressive it in without m bumpers and such.
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Flex disc should also be here today. Just waiting on usps.
Putting a hold on the custom quad and csl front bumper and these oe ones are growing on me and i dont want any fitment/paint hassles to be honest.

Oh and plus im really leaning towards taking off my tint, im really over it and i feel itll look much better without it. Just gotta take the time to look into it and see what the best ways to go about it are, any ideas?
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:55 AM   #14
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:05 AM   #15
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Looking good and nice that you are getting it running right.

The 15mm spacer look perfect!
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Old 06-04-2016, 10:36 AM   #16
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Thanks guys, flex disc got here after the update. Ojai you should grab some spacers soon for yours

Found out rear moons on vcg is/must be leaking. especially after looking at oil on the spark plugs, that is next. Also after new o2 car is still not running right and the p0133 came back after changing the sensor? Im now leaning towards a clogged cat or something, Im gonna try some cleaner in the sap on a cold start to see if itll clean out, if not itsoff to a shop, hoping this isnt internal, but vanos i can deal with since im at 152k
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:50 AM   #17
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Figured out my problem. I used seafoam in the sap on a cold start and basically smoked out the street i live on, after that still wasnt running right and i knew my disa was good but the gasket wasnt the best so i replaced the whole unit and still didnt fix anything.

My driveability was gone and i was getting so frustrated i thought my fuel pump was going bad, bad injectors somewhere along those lines but those were all good so after 3 weeks of diagnosing everything and 2 days of hard work, i had figured out my catalytic converters were clogged. Took of the headers and hollowed them out (for now) until i can get new oe headers with cats or performance ones or something.

While doing the disa i broke the F connector so i ordered that the day i did it and it seems ecs hooked me up with overnight or something cause it got here early! Sadly its open headers right now while im waiting for new exhuast gaskets and new nuts since the old ones basically had to get cut off.


Update 6/15/16
new disa
new f connector
exhuast is hooked up
car is pretty much 100%

Next
cooling rebuild! or at least thermostat since its soft failing
new vcg or valve cover, might be warped
i kinda want style 5s, well see
trying to get a steering wheel
dme reflash
...... list goes on forever!
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:12 PM   #18
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A few things, bought some goodies.

found a lip for the facelft bumper


and finally caved in on some new lights


having some weird issue with driver side headlight, doesnt turn on when lights are on but i switched ballast and the other one will still turn on but this wont. so yet a feature that allows you to turn on headlights when car is off they both turn on? wtf, might need to make a thread about it..

installation afterwards. lip wasnt flush at first but that was corrected today:




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love the thread bro
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love the thread bro
thanks man!
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