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Old 06-19-2015, 06:20 AM   #1
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Jay's 2003 330i ZHP progress thread

Picked up in May 2015, my TiAg 2003 330i ZHP Performance Package:









The car was bought locally. This is my second 330i ZHP, never should have sold my 05.

It turned 107K between picking it up and getting it registered, and has V12 Evos on the stock 135s. This will be a place for plans, pictures, progress and such.

Plans
Upcoming Maintenance:
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Vanos inspection


Needed Detailing:
  • PDR right rear door
  • PDR left front fender
  • Scratch touch up/buff driver's door
  • Paint lower grille
  • Right rear shadowline is loose/pops when shutting door.
  • Magic Erase Alacantara wheel to see what kind of life is left in it


Project upgrades:
  • Homelink retrofit - Ebay, done
  • Bluetooth retrofit - need to install
  • AM Black kidney grilles - done
  • Euro clear rears - ordered used OEM ebay.co.uk
  • AM clear front corners (black)
  • AM clear markers
  • ZHP shift knob (someone swapped it out)
  • Lighter square wheels
  • 255/40/17
  • Suspension and handling
  • TMS Front sway awaiting installation
  • LSD + AKG Diff bushings, done: 07/16/2015 - 107,113 miles
  • TMS Rear Sway, done: 07/16/2015 - 107,113 miles


Track, AutoX and Events:
  • Cars N Coffee most months
  • Joined CCA, plan to participate 1-2x events this year
  • HPDE

To be updated shortly. Thanks for reading.

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Old 06-19-2015, 06:47 AM   #2
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Looks mint!!

What is this: Homelink retrofit - Ebay, done
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:29 AM   #3
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Looks mint!!

What is this: Homelink retrofit - Ebay, done
Thanks man. Homelink is the factory garage door opener near the sunroof switch. I researched which one I needed, bought it from Ebay, and retrofitted it.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:41 AM   #4
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Do you still have the ebay link?
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:24 AM   #5
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Nice ride looks exactly like mines Why did you sell your 05 ZHP? Was there something wrong with the car?

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Old 06-19-2015, 09:25 AM   #6
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Nice pick up, I'm jealous!
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:33 AM   #7
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Clean!!!! Enjoy it. Look for some Apex or OZ wheels, they're about 17.5 pounds each in the 17" size
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:46 AM   #8
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Do you still have the ebay link?
This is the one I bought: http://www.ebay.com/itm/261819734844

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Nice ride looks exactly like mines Why did you sell your 05 ZHP? Was there something wrong with the car?
Thanks, nope, nothing wrong with the 05. Guy that bought it doubled the mileage, it's up to 215k now with nothing but normal maintenance.

I wanted an Evo. Since then I've had an E90 330i and a 335i FBO. Always loved the E46 though.

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Nice pick up, I'm jealous!
Thanks for the kind words.

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Clean!!!! Enjoy it. Look for some Apex or OZ wheels, they're about 17.5 pounds each in the 17" size
Thanks, I definitely will enjoy it! Will do.
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:48 AM   #9
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Does not fit the cabrio
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:05 PM   #10
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Clean!!!! Enjoy it. Look for some Apex or OZ wheels, they're about 17.5 pounds each in the 17" size

I second this statement ^ Clean ride, you'll love it. Apex wheels are the way to go Just get 18s...and concave
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:30 AM   #11
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Whoa, long time between updates.

Finally got my LSD diff in last night.


After a few miles around the block.


Also, installed TMS rear sway bar on stock links. Front is soon-to-be-installed.
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:38 AM   #12
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why are you changing your Diff?
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why are you changing your Diff?
The same reason why anyone would buy a LSD to replace their open diff lol. Plus he did say he was going to attend some autoX events so it makes sense.

Did you keep the same ratio op? Or did you opt for a shorter ratio like 3.46/3.62 with your diff
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Old 07-17-2015, 07:07 PM   #14
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The same reason why anyone would buy a LSD to replace their open diff lol. Plus he did say he was going to attend some autoX events so it makes sense.

Did you keep the same ratio op? Or did you opt for a shorter ratio like 3.46/3.62 with your diff
Yup, to add LSD. Also added AKG poly diff mounts, no noticeable increase in NVH.

I did opt for a shorter ratio. 3.46.

To tell you the truth, I didn't even think about it today, noticed the car was quicker, but seemed normal on the highway, so I'm definitely happy with that ratio.
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:11 PM   #15
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Jay's 2003 330i ZHP progress thread

What LSD did you go with?

Also any close up of the stock suspension height? I know that sounds goofy but I want to show my friend how subtle my drop is.

Car looks great btw. I have a black on black ZHP with silver cube trim.

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Old 07-18-2015, 10:25 AM   #16
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Great progress! Car looks clean!
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:04 PM   #17
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What LSD did you go with?

Also any close up of the stock suspension height? I know that sounds goofy but I want to show my friend how subtle my drop is.

Car looks great btw. I have a black on black ZHP with silver cube trim.
I almost bought a black on black alcantara ZHP but it didn't work out. I bought an m factory limited slip, using Redline NS fluid.

I don't have any close-ups of the stock height, what part of the car did you want to have a pic of? Even at stock height, it feels crazy low compared to the new cars.

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Great progress! Car looks clean!
Thank you. The paint has a great shine, but there are a few scratches. Looks good in pics anyway, and not bad for a 12 year old daily driver.
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Old 07-19-2015, 03:44 PM   #18
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