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Old 08-14-2014, 09:08 PM   #1
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___11/20/14 UPDATE___ My modified E61 Wagon. Build Update and Photo Dump

Hello Gentlemen,

I started a thread introducing my new-to-me wagon this winter. Thread is here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1011223

I was goig to post an update to it but after listing all that I have done, I thought it would be more logical to start a separate thread. Here are some updated photos of extremely practical, functional, and bad ass wagon. There was a good amount of work done this winter...



Here is what has been done since my last post, just a couple things :

- Forgestar SDCs are mounted with Hankook rubber 245/40/19 and 275/35/19
- Installed a 7" VRSF IC http://www.n54tech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24731
- AR Downpipes
- ER CP with Tial BOV
- BMS OCC
- RB PCV Valve
- Replaced bank 1-3 CHRA
- New lower control arms
- New front left output shaft
- Custom exhaust (no mufflers, only resonators and X/H pipes)
- 55w D2S bulb and ballast retrofit
- LED AE, corner, reverse lights, and turnsignals
- Coded tons of stuff via NCS Expert
- Updated the software transmission via WinKFP
- Flushed power steering, rear diff, and transmission fluids. Replaced oil pan/filter
- Front bumper respray + clear bra
- 75mmF 90mmR wheel studs
- Monochromatic roundals
- Yakima Whispbars with custom low-profile mounting hardware
- Thule 594XT bike racks (x2)


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Old 08-14-2014, 10:00 PM   #2
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:05 PM   #3
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how do you like the thule sidearm? i'm looking at those myself.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:34 PM   #4
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Good lord she's perfect. I want one
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:13 PM   #5
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Good lord she's perfect. I want one
...Almost.

She needs:

- the sport steering wheel (ideally an M-sport with paddles that is heated)
- a black interior (this thing came completely biege: carpet, panels, and leather) I am too active and it gets dirty very quickly.
- 3 pedals!!!

Then she is perfect.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:15 PM   #6
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how do you like the thule sidearm? i'm looking at those myself.
I like it, easy function and it holds the bike securely. My hardtail is 40+lbs and I tend to drive in a spirited manner when heading to a trail head.

I recommend them.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:23 PM   #7
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That wagon is awesome! I definitely wouldn't mind having one of these as my next car. Awesome job!
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:48 PM   #8
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Very nice even in white which is far from my favourite colour , keep on keepin on
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:52 AM   #10
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:50 AM   #11
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Typically one of my least fav tourings because they need work to look good. But you already have that sorted.


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Old 09-25-2014, 04:32 PM   #13
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Thanks for the kind words; glad you guys enjoy it.

Getting busy with a quad projector retrofit and custom angel eyes...

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Old 09-25-2014, 08:01 PM   #14
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Looking good, so much love for the E61! Projectors look really promising.
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She looks hot! Nice work!
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Old 09-25-2014, 09:40 PM   #16
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Looks GREAT!!!
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:20 AM   #20
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Here is an update for you guys. After using Plasti Dip for a few miscellaneous items on my car I decided to give the wheels a shot. I love the textured gunmetal finish on my SDCs but I am not a huge fan on how it can be difficult to see the detail on dark wheels. Plast dip seemed like a great way to experiment with different colors.


Evan

Dip Supplies. I ended up using another 5 cans or so on Copper Metalizer since I wanted it to really pop instead of having a dark bronze finish.


The result, I removed the wheels and did the barrels as well. Dip gets a bad rap since a lot of people misuse it or apply it properly. If you have proper application techniques and are thoughtful on what you are doing, it can come out looking really clean.


I love the depth the copper finish had.


Another shot. I dipped my side view mirrors to match.


Close up.


Unfortunately I did not prep the outer edge well enough (there was probably some left over tire shine that hindered adherence). Also you really need to be liberal with applying dip to there areas, the more you spray the better it will hold and protect (and the easier it is to remove).


....so off it came.


On to the next color: Gloss White. White on white is another combo that can be misused (think escalades on 26"s) but I saw some photos of an Audi RS2 Avant that inspired me to try it.


Garage shot.


Daytime.


The problem with White Dip is how it collects dirt. This is after a couple mountain biking excursions and a trip to Tahoe. As opposed to white paint or powder coat the dirt doesn't clean up with a power washer. Since Plast Dip is a rubber based dirt clings to it as so and cleaning requires a brush/cloth which is a lot of work especially with the design of the SDCs.


I would have kept the white longer or used it as a base for another color change but I was getting some bad inner-wear on my rear tires from negative camber. To alleviate it I swapped my tires passenger side to driver side so the outside is now the inside, removing and remounting the tires tore the edge of the dip so it was removed. Now my wheels are back to the original textured gunmetal finish.
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