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Old 10-05-2010, 05:27 PM   #81
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:56 PM   #82
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Looks good.... but had that cf vinyl on my car on the progression to real cf.... Personally, just wasn't my taste, but still; excellent work!
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:44 AM   #83
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:20 AM   #84
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Did you paint on stitching?
No that's a vinyl wrap. Not my post, but. obvious. As I've seen it and tried it. Just not the same as real carbon fibre.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:23 AM   #85
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Oh so it's stitched on? I have similar fabric but mine is glued on.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:25 AM   #86
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Wow OP this is insane... Major props
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Oh so it's stitched on? I have similar fabric but mine is glued on.
Not sure what you're referring to. Are you referring to the vinyl wrap or my posts with the Carbon Fibre. If you're talking about real carbon fibre that I wrap with, then it comes in a 50" wide roll. It is attached using a special resin I've found and after several coats of resin, I clear coat using a 3-part BASF clear coat.

If you're talking about the cf vinly wrap pictures posted, it's an adhesive backed vinyl. Most popular is made by 3M.... Looks ok, but is not close to the "real stuff"
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Wow OP this is insane... Major props
Thanks!!! Lots of work to learn how to do it properly and then finish part correctly.!!!
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Received my new shift + e-brake boots and armrest cover.... Got the shifter boot installed (temporarily); waiting for my buddy to come by and help install permanently and assist in swapping e-brake and armrest covers.

Original automatic shifter plate still installed under the boot and is actually pressed fitted (with some 3m tape) into base..... will change once finalized..... probably during the week.

Here are a couple of pictures......







Boot a little tight @ moment when in park, but hangs nicely when in gear.... May order slightly longer boot if really needs it (this one is 1" longer than stock standard boot (estimated).....
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what if i dont have any interior pieces at all and i want ones like these i cant find them anywhere and ive been looking for quite sometime i have a 2002 e46 325ci and am looking for them to fit
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Received my new shift + e-brake boots and armrest cover.... Got the shifter boot installed (temporarily); waiting for my buddy to come by and help install permanently and assist in swapping e-brake and armrest covers.

Original automatic shifter plate still installed under the boot and is actually pressed fitted (with some 3m tape) into base..... will change once finalized..... probably during the week.

Boot a little tight @ moment when in park, but hangs nicely when in gear.... May order slightly longer boot if really needs it (this one is 1" longer than stock standard boot (estimated).....
Excellent job! I learned a lot here... Thanks!!!
Beautiful kevlar set and nice boot (definitely better, then previous...)
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what if i dont have any interior pieces at all and i want ones like these i cant find them anywhere and ive been looking for quite sometime i have a 2002 e46 325ci and am looking for them to fit
Which pieces you referring about? Interior trim?
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Got most of my parts back from Bill and very pleased with them. I have them installed, but bill is finishing up a couple other parts and the engine ecu cover for me. I hope to have those back in about 2 weeks max and then I will take some pics. I just did the standard black carbon fiber. I think with my black interior and silver grey metallic exterior, that was the best option for me. I didn't want something very flashy. I have my orange cobra for that. I wanted something that looked good and blended in well with the rest of the car and looked like a quality part, no cheap looking plastic. I know these cars come with the different trims, but those that don't know, when they get in the car and see real carbon fiber, it stands out to them and appears custom.

once I have everything, I will take some pics and post them up.
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Hey THANKS!!! Appreciate the compliment! It's very precise work and sometimes can be a PITA when everything doesn't want to co-operate, but the finished product looks great and that's why I do it; to allow guys the freedom to break from the norm and do something really cool and enhance the look of our cars..(in a city like Toronto, go downtown and it's a BMW haven; and they pretty much all look the same!!).... Real carbon fibre can't be replicated; and I tried every type of interior available for my car before deciding carbon fibre was the only solution for me.....

Looking forward to seeing the Dyvan installed as well....

It's 12:30 Sat morning and just finished wrapping for the night.... A total of 21 pieces at various stages on the benches drying now..... 2 more to start tomorrow and move each of the 21 pieces to their next respective stage.....

Your pieces are looking nice!! Particularly proud of the ECU cover (always a very tricky piece to wrap and it looks great!!!).... wanna trade for my one?? Gave it more flowing sides; eliminating or softening the hard corner along bottom edge.....

Will post a couple of pics when almost complete as the "in process" pictures are never complimentary........
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Old 10-24-2010, 03:53 AM   #95
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Nachos your car is great. I like it, but I'm very lazy to do all that staff you did with wrapping. Will my interior trim look OK if I wrap them with 3M CF vinyl material or will it su**?
Here is material :http://www.carbonmods.co.uk/Products...MDINOC300.aspx
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Nachos your car is great. I like it, but I'm very lazy to do all that staff you did with wrapping. Will my interior trim look OK if I wrap them with 3M CF vinyl material or will it su**?
Here is material :http://www.carbonmods.co.uk/Products...MDINOC300.aspx
Funny you should picj that site. It was their carbon fibre wrapping video I watched about 100 times before deciding to try my hand @ CF wrapping.

As far as "the look". Definietely asking the wrong person, because I tried the 3M cf vinyl wrap before deciding to go witrh reaf CF. In fact, of all the finishes I tried, the vinyl wrap stayed on the car the LEAST amount of time. I really DON'T like cf vinyl wrap; although I do like the black vinyl wrap in places (doing my roof with gloss black vinyl wrap)..... Some guys really like it; but in my opinion, there is no comparison to the real cf. See posting above in regards to an independent opinion on the matter.

If you're not interested in dong the work, PM me and we can discuss further..... Real Carbon Fiber FTW!!!
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I gotta give you props looks really good, Im not really into warping thing but send me pm when you start vacuum bagging parts and there 100% CF Ill definitely have you make few things for me if you want.
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I gotta give you props looks really good, Im not really into warping thing but send me pm when you start vacuum bagging parts and there 100% CF Ill definitely have you make few things for me if you want.
Thanks man!! I will be experimenting with vacuum bagging over the next few months as time permits; but vacuum bagging does not imply 100% CF parts; it's just another method to be used for more complex parts. Have considered getting into moulding my own parts, but would need to establish the main stream parts to make moulds for. Couldn't make moulds for every part sent to me unless guys were prepared to pay the extra $$$ for the additional time and materials required to mould parts vs wrapping them which in my opinion looks just as good as the 100% CF parts. In fact they usually fit better becuase moulds need to be refreshed (re-done) regularly to ensure they hold the shape and don't vary; many mfg'rs don't do that frequently enough and that is why we have all the issues with fitment.

It's a matter of time and cost to get setup for vacuum bagging. I see vacuum bagging as a tool that would allow me to wrap even more complex parts effectively. BMW parts have nice lines. Most CF parts "straighten" out the curves as much as possible to minimize the difficulty in producing the moulds and ultimately the resulting parts have lost some their "character". Wrapping is a more difficult process, but maintains all the original features of the part being wrapped....
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man how did you take the center console out?that must be a battle in itself
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actually removing centre console is quite easy; just need to be methodical and remove the pieces that secure it and I can get it out in about 10 minutes. 2 screws in front and 4 in reear and it's out!
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