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Old 10-21-2014, 10:29 AM   #1
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#Wouter's E46 328 Coupe build thread

Hey guys, I've been reading on this forum for a while, so I thought it would be time to make my own thread.
I own a cosmos black E46 Coupe manual 328 from 1999 with 169000km (~105000 miles) on it. I've been driving her for about 4 months, so it was time to start doing some modding!

I haven't made alot pictures in the beginning, but this is how she was when I bought her;




3 months later modding started

Plastidipped grill;



Installed some chrome odometer rings and did the sharpie mod;



The radio is one of the few (I believe) which doesnt allow you to install an aux cable so I had to think of something else. Ended up buying a media adapter for the cd changer in the back and put a carkit in the front.

Pretty happy with this solution;



Then I started to get bothered by the high front suspension, so I decided she desperately needed a nice set of coilovers with a nice drop;




Installed some smoke tail lights;



Meanwhile I also bought a M3 (replica) front bumper. Fits perfect, just doesn't has the right colour, so I'll bring it to the paintshop this week;





Other things to do;

- Rims (Probably some 19inch, but not quite sure as I like the 18's as well. Thinking about getting some dark bronze rims, maybe Rota Grid's. I can also get a set of BBS RS714's for cheap, just refurbished ( link ). They're 18's though....)
- Plastidip the chrome window trim into matt black (I prefer wrapping, but I tried and failed)
- Smoke front indicators
- Window tint on the rear windows

Any advice / suggestions are welcome!

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Old 10-21-2014, 06:44 PM   #2
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Very nice! Making some excellent progress
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:48 PM   #3
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Do you by any chance know the specs of your current wheels? I just bought a set of 18x8 et 20 wheels for $175 for 5 wheels.

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Old 10-23-2014, 07:36 AM   #4
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Do you by any chance know the specs of your current wheels? I just bought a set of 18x8 et 20 wheels for $175 for 5 wheels.

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They're 18x8,5J all around, ET35.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:00 AM   #5
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What tire size you running?

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Old 10-23-2014, 11:42 AM   #6
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Looks great. Just needs some tint to pull it all together.
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Old 10-23-2014, 05:08 PM   #7
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:21 PM   #8
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Any rubbing?

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Old 10-24-2014, 12:04 AM   #9
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:42 AM   #10
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Awesome! Thanks for all the help man! Greatly appreciated!!! : )

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Old 10-24-2014, 05:53 AM   #11
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Looks great! I would stay with the 18. I think 19 is an over kill for our 328s
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Old 10-25-2014, 02:03 PM   #12
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Just got my nice freshly painted bumper back from the paintshop today;



Installed;




I'm pretty happy with it, although there is a slight difference in color.
But I hope that works itself out with a few car washes...

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Old 10-26-2014, 10:36 PM   #13
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Looks great! I would stay with the 18. I think 19 is an over kill for our 328s

I believe 19 are super OK. I have daily driven my car for more than 8 years on 19's and they turn heads and perform great with good tires and a decent drop.
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:54 PM   #14
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lol your bumper looks like black chrome in that first picture.

great progress though! keep it up, ill be back to see more.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:15 AM   #15
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I believe 19 are super OK. I have daily driven my car for more than 8 years on 19's and they turn heads and perform great with good tires and a decent drop.
I already had a E46 sedan with 19's;


(I'm not a big fan of the wheels, but this was how I bought it)

I'm not really worried about the ride quality, because the sedan with 19's (and pretty expensive Koni's suspension) probably had an even better ride quality than my coupe with 18's and coilovers.

But more about the looks, sometimes 19's just look a bit too big imo...

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Old 10-29-2014, 10:47 PM   #16
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I have pss9 fully adjustable. You should be able to ajust your ride stiffnes. I am oem ride 0uality at rear and a little stiff at front. I am not slammed, but it is the prefect setup for my daily driving. Sedan's are bigger and 19's look better.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:51 PM   #17
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Nice man. What coilovers did you go with?
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Old 10-30-2014, 01:02 AM   #18
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Nice man. What coilovers did you go with?
I bought the FK AK Street coilovers, but I regret not spending a bit more money... According to some reviews they should be pretty good, but imo they're just a bit too harsh. On top of that I have some kind of subframe failure fear, so for me it feels like I'm destroying my car with this coilovers

But on the other hand, if you want to go low and your suspension ain't stiff, it would rub right?

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Old 11-01-2014, 03:29 PM   #19
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Maintenance day;

Fitted some Powerflex fcabs;


And some fresh oil + air filter;


There is just one more thing to fix and that's a nasty irritating clunk coming from the rear...
I really have no clue where it's coming from.. Subframe looks perfectly fine also the subframe rubbers... I'll have another look tomorrow, anybody suggestions?
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:08 PM   #20
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Little update on my E46;

I didn't do allot on the exterior cause I'm trying to save some money as well
So I did some maintenance including replacing all the pulleys, cooling fluid, waterpump and thermostat.

Battery died the first day when it was freezing also, so it's got a new battery as well..

Anyways, I tried not too spend much money on the exterior anymore...
Until I spotted some nice rims

I need to replace two tires before I can put them on, but I'll give you a little sneak peek;


I did wen't for 19's although I insisted on staying on 18's..
Hope I won't regret

Still to do;

- Window tint on rear windows
- Painting kidney grill, bumper grill + chrome window trim high gloss black
- Installing the new rims, probably with some spacers
- Smoke front indicators (maybe? not sure...)
- Xenon Projector headlights

So my money saving idea doesn't really work, but another few hundred and I'm getting really satisfied!

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