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Old 05-09-2013, 11:29 AM   #18921
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new-to-me M68. I bought it used and polished it with a dremel (took 2 hours) and Meguiars M105 polish. Then i threw two layers of collinite 845 on it. extremely slick. I sanded the rim beads extremely smooth and clean. no rubber residue. same w/ the valve steam seat.

It had slight curb damage which i repaired with Bondo spot putty and wurth german wheel paint. Honestly not too happy with the paint. match wasn't good. you can see the lines. my first time painting wheels so I may have goofed a bit, but it's WAY WAY better than the wheel I took off. The old one was severely curb damaged around the whole edge and flaking and peeling (bad p/o respray on the wheel)

Not perfect but overall really happy. nice M68s are hard to come by. I was lucky to find one decent one. I have one more i'm working on at home from this set. it's a lot worse i'll probably paint that whole wheel so I'm not blending paint colors.

Also you can see the extended wheel locks i installed.

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Old 05-09-2013, 11:44 AM   #18922
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You got a steal, they look awesome. Now all you need is an oem radio
The OEM radio blows chunks, Lol.

My non HK system compares to a BSW upgrade with the Kenwood headunit.

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Old 05-09-2013, 11:46 AM   #18923
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yeaaaa but it looks awesome.

and I think you meant OE radio since it's original equipment!
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:37 PM   #18924
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yeaaaa but it looks awesome.

and I think you meant OE radio since it's original equipment!
I get it, you're a purist.
My percieved added functionality > OE looks.

I also reused my old pleather headrests on my leather/cloth seats. I'm busting you for not busting me for that
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:42 PM   #18925
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I get it, you're a purist.
My percieved added functionality > OE looks.

I also reused my old pleather headrests on my leather/cloth seats. I'm busting you for not busting me for that
No doubt you added functionality (does your volume controls work?)

I'm not totally against aftermarket radios. I'd consider a nicely molded/installed double din screen. It's just a lot of headache to mod the ducting. i want to though one day.

And i didn't stare at the pics too long. i'll look again. if you want to be busted!
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:45 PM   #18926
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Agreed that the original head unit is garbage. A simple upgraded HU works wonders with the HK speakers.


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Old 05-09-2013, 12:55 PM   #18927
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:31 PM   #18928
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No doubt you added functionality (does your volume controls work?)

I'm not totally against aftermarket radios. I'd consider a nicely molded/installed double din screen. It's just a lot of headache to mod the ducting. i want to though one day.

And i didn't stare at the pics too long. i'll look again. if you want to be busted!
If you recall the last time you scolded me for my floor mats and headunit, I had just spent a few hours getting the steering wheel controls reprogrammed to the M3 wheel. So yes, they work

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- Got a Hifonics Brutus 2100w RMS. Amazing amp, never overheats, 1 Ohm stable.
- Have 2 Alpine Type-R subwoofers in a ported box (2+2Ohm DVCs)


..But I recently took all the equipment out, minus wiring. Too heavy, and its damn-near impossible to stop the trunk-lock actuator from rattling.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:34 PM   #18929
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If you recall the last time you scolded me for my floor mats and headunit, I had just spent a few hours getting the steering wheel controls reprogrammed to the M3 wheel. So yes, they work



- Had an 1000w RMS Alpine amp. Sucked, always overheated, so I sold it.
- Got a Hifonics Brutus 2100w RMS. Amazing amp, never overheats, 1 Ohm stable.
- Have 2 Alpine Type-R subwoofers in a ported box (2+2Ohm DVCs)


..But I recently took all the equipment out, minus wiring. Too heavy, and its damn-near impossible to stop the trunk-lock actuator from rattling.


and type-r subs are pretty nice
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:47 PM   #18930
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:52 PM   #18931
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Drove it over 500 miles. No issues.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:01 PM   #18932
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Replaced window regulator.

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Old 05-09-2013, 04:30 PM   #18933
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after one day my brand new VDO fuel pump took a dump. :-(
happy that FCPeuro stepped up and is sending me out a new one. hopefully it gets here by Thursday before I leave for LA as they said it would.


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I treated the paint with Meguiar's ultimate compound.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:05 PM   #18935
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I treated the paint with Meguiar's ultimate compound.
Looking good. What do you use your roof rack for? I really want the snowboard one now that I have a coupe.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:06 PM   #18936
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Installed my $58 junkyard sport seats to match the M3 wheel

*Cheap yes, but took me lots of labor to get them in shape. Started by steam cleaning the heck out of them, and redyed the cloth black with duplicolor. Texture is the same after applying dye, I was afraid it wouldn't be.









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Stiggles just needs a Dynavin. But great work anyway!
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Stiggles just needs a Dynavin. But great work anyway!
I don't disagree but I think the HU he has now is great. If he could have found a custom center mounted bezel that would have of course been better, but those are hard to come by.
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I don't disagree but I think the HU he has now is great. If he could have found a custom center mounted bezel that would have of course been better, but those are hard to come by.
I had a kenwood bt-900 in my vert and loved it but I put a dynavin in coupe and let's just say it's definitely worth it.
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