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Old 12-16-2008, 07:05 PM   #61
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Just did this the other day... and makes the front end look 100x better
I cant see any difference at all. Everything around the headlight looks silver to me like the before pic. What exactly was painted?
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:23 AM   #62
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He painted the part that is inside the lens, see how its darker?
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:20 PM   #63
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He painted the part that is inside the lens, see how its darker?
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:15 PM   #64
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This is a great thread.....keep the mods coming i have added alot of the mods already...
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:24 PM   #65
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He painted the part that is inside the lens, see how its darker?
It's funny that BMW offers the surrounds in a "titanium" color. My '00 sedan has the darker surrounds, which I prefer. Seems we always want to change something!
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Old 12-22-2008, 11:55 PM   #66
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:58 PM   #67
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i was hoping to get a little more growl when idling using the golf tee method but mine is already stuck open oh well lol people already tell me my exhaust doesn't sound stock
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:17 AM   #68
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The small mods , even the inexpensive ones add up to a cool look.

Try this one

Kidney grill black paint mod
Cost $8.99 and an hour of your time

Take off your stock grills and give them a good sponge down in soap and water and then with alcohol to remove any road grease oils.

Scuff them good with a red scotch brite cloth evenly and get a uniform dull finish.

Use aircraft enamel paint(this stuff is used by helicopter mechanics where I work and it is togh stuff.)



Give the scuffed grills another good wash and alcohol treatment and let dry.

Spray evenly on the grills and get a good angle to get inside the vains for an even finish. Appy a few coats and let dry between applications.

Black grills are all done in a nice matte finish that is durable.
Lookie here:

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Old 12-24-2008, 02:38 PM   #69
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This is a great thread.....keep the mods coming i have added alot of the mods already...
+1 great thread
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:42 PM   #70
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Mod: Use a duplicolor tire paint pen to add white lettering. (Under $10)

I haven't tried this but I would consider if my tires were worthy.
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Old 12-24-2008, 04:13 PM   #71
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+1 great thread
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:12 PM   #72
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Has anyone here done the letter shaving off the tire sidewall?

Saw it briefly in performance bmw mag, has anyone tried it out?

Im considering doing it as it looked pretty sweet!

Just need to know what sandpaper to use etc
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Old 12-24-2008, 10:49 PM   #73
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Black grills are all done in a nice matte finish that is durable.
Lookie here:


That kid got paint all over the place.. and dust left overs from sanding those grills..
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Old 12-25-2008, 01:06 AM   #74
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Has anyone here done the letter shaving off the tire sidewall?

Saw it briefly in performance bmw mag, has anyone tried it out?

Im considering doing it as it looked pretty sweet!

Just need to know what sandpaper to use etc
What do you mean?

I have seen people sand/grind the sidewall off of tires to create white wall tires, is that what you mean?
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:38 AM   #75
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Yeah pretty much, its just taking all the writing off the sidewall, and leaving a nice clean surface...not adding paint or anything like walling them.

So your left with a blank sidewall without any writing, i want to do it, what would be best to use?
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:41 AM   #76
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Yeah, the kid is a bit of a hack but I can assure ou, done right it looks awesome
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Old 12-25-2008, 11:49 AM   #77
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Im liking the E90 Vanity light swap and want more info on how easy it is to swap and what other bits I'll need??

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MOD NAME: E90 Vanity Lights Swap
MOD COST: $2.00 (Lights from ebay)
MOD BENEFIT: Better looks
MOD DESCRIPTION (PICS OR FAIL)
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MOD LINK (other sites/threads that contain a comprehensive DIY or provide more info)
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MOD NAME: Trunk Light mod
MOD COST: $3.00 (Lights from ebay)
MOD BENEFIT: More light for the people who actually use their trunk
MOD DESCRIPTION (PICS OR FAIL)

MOD LINK (other sites/threads that contain a comprehensive DIY or provide more info)
DIY Link

MOD NAME: Alarm Shock Sensor install
MOD COST: $10.00
MOD BENEFIT: Increase the functionality of OEM Alarm
MOD DESCRIPTION (PICS OR FAIL)

MOD LINK (other sites/threads that contain a comprehensive DIY or provide more info)
DIY Link

MOD NAME: Restoring rubber seals with silicone grease
MOD COST: $4.00
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Old 12-25-2008, 03:01 PM   #78
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Mod: Use a duplicolor tire paint pen to add white lettering. (Under $10)

I haven't tried this but I would consider if my tires were worthy.
I wonder if you can paint the //M logo engraving on the M3 brake calipers? Anyone try that before?

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Old 12-25-2008, 09:59 PM   #79
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its gonna be pain in the ass to pain that since it requires like 3 different colors
your best bet it to find a set of brake caliper stickers and apply them after you paint your calipers
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:23 AM   #80
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MOD NAME: Muffler Delete
MOD COST: Free unless you have someone weld on a set of tips or the originals.
MOD BENEFIT: Increased exhaust flow and sound
MOD DESCRIPTION: Take a saw and hack off muffler just before piping meets the casing. Disconnect any hangers and remove.
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hmm...i was quoted 230$ for a shop to remove and weld the pipes... might as well buy a exhaust for that
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