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Old 10-18-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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Complete DIY of everything!!!!!!!

DIY: Painting your exterior trim (without removing)
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...ghlight=window

DIY: Paint Your Interior Trim
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=798917

DIY: Replacing Door Hinge/Door Brake
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=351613

DIY: Painted Kidney Grille
http://www.bmw-m.net/techproc/grill.htm

DIY : Secondary Air Pump & Valve
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ht=diy+seafoam

DIY: Stay Genuine And Enjoy Shorter Shifts
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...rt+shifter+diy

DIY: CDV Delete
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...hlight=diy+cdv

DIY: Change fuel injectors on a E46 325
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...do+it+yourself

DIY: Oil Change
http://www.my330i.com/lof.php#H

DIY: Factory Alarm Kit
http://www.my330i.com/mod8.php

DIY: BMW AUX AUDIO INPUT KIT
http://www.my330i.com/mod26.php

DIY: 12V Auxiliary Power / Secondary Cig. Lighter Under $10!!
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=791932

DIY: Grilles, Windshield Wiper Tank, Custom USB charger
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...967&highlight=

DIY: Refinish/Restore Curb Rashed wheels
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...071&highlight=

DIY: Sedan Rear Bumper Removal/Installation
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=358017

DIY: CF Roof Install
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=483306

DIY: Fender Rolling
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=598528

DIY: Complete M3 OEM Mirror Retrofit for the E46 Sedan
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=675377

DIY: E46 M3 mirrors retrofit onto E46 sedans/wagons instructions
http://www.rogueengineering.com/Merc..._Code=E46M3MIR

DIY: Convertible Top Interior Trim Flap Repair
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=520323

DIY: Dash Removal / Replace
http://forum.E46Fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=628898

DIY: OEM illuminated gear knob installation
http://www.argyrides.eu/bmw/accessor...knob/shift.htm

DIY: Cluster LCD replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=670689

DIY: Shift Style alcantara Shift Boot / Ebrake Boot install
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=786558
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=751751

DIY: CCV, DISA, ICV, Oil Separator
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=643639

DIY: Brake Rotors and Pads
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=410638

DIY: Oil Level Sensor
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=366659

DIY: Front Control Arm Bushing (FCAB)
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=140066

DIY: Front Control Arms
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=421918

DIY: PowerFlex Rear Trailing Arm Bushing RTAB DIY
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=678004

DIY: Replacing Rear Differential Bushings Mounts
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=521636

DIY: 5 to 6 Speed Swap
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=574363

DIY: neil1138's 5 Speed Swap - Great information on the parts and process of the swap
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=659314

DIY: Power Steering Pump
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=575499

DIY: UUC Under Drive Pulley Install
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=483472

DIY: EMP Stewart Water Pump + Expansion Tank + Deflector Pullies + Coolant Flush
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=634490

DIY: Differential Swap
http://bokchoys.com/differential/diy_diff.htm

DIY: 02 Simulator install
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=654222

DIY: Installing Adjustable Lower Control Arms
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=675565

DIY: Intake boot replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=754766

DIY:Angle Eye Install
http://www.fastm.com/m3/angeleyes.html

DIY: Corner / Parking Light Delete
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=278132

DIY: Corner / Parking Light Delete - without risking damage
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=694015

DIY: Taking your headlight apart (excludes facelift coupes)
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=609558

DIY: Headlight removal for facelifted coupe
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=639475

DIY: Changing Xenon Bulbs on 04+ coupe
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...66#post8288566

DIY: Changing Xenon Bulbs on all e46 models (except 04-06 coupes)
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=609544

DIY: Installing LED interior lights
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=640683

DIY: Parrot Bluetooth using Connects2
http://www.bokchoys.com/differential..._bluetooth.htm

DIY: OEM Navigation Retrofit Guide
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=203145

DIY: Build Your Own Paddle Shift Kit
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=56234

DIY: Build Your Own Paddle Shift Kit - For an X5
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=63211

DIY: BMW 16:9 Widescreen NAV Retrofit
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=121982

DIY: Carputer
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=409009

DIY: Inspection II walk through
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=109846

DIY: Fuel Filter
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=265683

DIY: Oil and Engine Service Light Reset for 99-00 e46 - OBD I
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=145270

DIY: Post-Cat O2 Sensors + Pre-Cat O2 Sensors
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=293116

DIY: Camshaft Sensor
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ghlight=sensor
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ghlight=sensor
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...sensor+exhaust

DIY: ATF Flush
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=438667

DIY: Coolant Flush
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ht=coolant+DIY

DIY: Belt Replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=522832

DIY: Blower fan
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=418987

DIY: Rear Wheel Bearing on the Cheap
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=581164

DIY: E46 Front Wheel Bearings
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=610725

DIY: Manual Transmission Fluid Change
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=491209

DIY: Oil Change
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=483444

DIY: Made non-folding, OEM M3 mirrors auto fold
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...&highlight=diy

DIY: Sub installed in ski pass
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ht=sub+install

DIY: How To Remove And Install Cams Without Any Special Tools
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=799650

DIY: Remove Alternator..Auto-Trans..no need to remove fan. Red Battery light
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...190&highlight=

DIY: Final Stage Resistor - Cabin Fan controller
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...&highlight=fsr

DIY: ZKW-R lens into Bosch/AL Bi-xenon projector
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=801408

DIY: Parrot Bluetooth using Connects2
http://www.bokchoys.com/differential..._bluetooth.htm

DIY: DIY Flex Disc (Guibo)
http://www.bokchoys.com/differential/diy_guibo.htm

DIY: Differential Swap
http://www.bokchoys.com/differential/diy_diff.htm



DIY: E46 Rear Brake Job


DIY: E46 3 Series Cabin Air FIlter Replacement


DIY: E46 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement


DIY: Spark Plug Removal and Installation


DIY: BMW E46 Spark Plug Boots


DIY: Airbox Removal


DIY: BMW E46 Gauge Cluster Removal


DIY: Checking / Adding Coolant on a BMW


DIY: BMW Oil Mileage Service Reset


DIY: E-46 AWD FRONT AXLE SWAP


DIY: E46 Sock Mod DIY


DIY: BMW 3 series (E46, E36) dashboard test

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Old 10-18-2010, 11:21 PM   #2
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:30 PM   #3
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nice nice nicely done...definitely going to "CTRL+D" this bad boy...
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:40 PM   #4
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:33 AM   #5
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you should add my one and only diy too lol

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Old 10-19-2010, 09:30 AM   #6
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thx guys, anymore DIY???
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:36 AM   #7
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:39 AM   #8
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:40 AM   #9
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:58 PM   #11
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Oil Level Sensor - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...&highlight=diy

Tweeters on A-Pillar - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...&highlight=diy

Fuel Level Sensor/Sending Units - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...&highlight=diy

Door lock relays - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...&highlight=diy

Ugly yellowing washer tank blacked out - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...&highlight=diy

Inspection Service reset for older models (1999 - 2000) ALTERNATE METHOD - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...&highlight=diy

DIY: Made non-folding, OEM M3 mirrors auto fold. - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...&highlight=diy

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Old 10-19-2010, 08:58 PM   #15
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Blower Fan Replacement

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Alarm Shock Sensor install

Bi-Xenon flicker/warning fix with no coding

Door rattle fix

Rear parcel shelf rattle fix

Speakers install

Treating rubber seals

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Antenna booster replacement

Window regulator on sedan

OEM M3 mirrors with autofold retrofit

Door lock actuator DIY

Heater valve replacement

ESS TS2 Oil change

90 angle OBDII adaptor

Water pump - Expansion tank - Tensioners - bleeding - refilling

3rd Engine cover diy

Thermostat replacement

Brake replacement

Electric leather seats retrofit

M3 fuel buffle fixture DIY on non-M

330 Front brake conversion

Genuine armrest install

OEM electric rear blind install

Clutch Delay Valve removal

Powerflex bushes install

Eibach pro-kit springs install

ESS TS2 Install

Meyle control arms and bushes install

VANOS Seals replacement and VCG

Hotchkis Sway bar kit

Hotchkis front endlinks diy

Oil catch tank

Turner rear shock mounts install

AEM Wideband sensor install

Driver's compartment light mod (EU models only)

3000K HID Fog light install

Additional lighting in trunk

Angel eyes install

All of the above plus updates hosted on my own site here
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:21 AM   #19
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In-Car PC Project

Blower Fan Replacement

Engine Stalling fix (Official Documentation)

Lower Seat Tensioner

Gauge Rings

Alarm Shock Sensor install

Bi-Xenon flicker/warning fix with no coding

Door rattle fix

Rear parcel shelf rattle fix

Speakers install

Treating rubber seals

Sub install

Antenna booster replacement

Window regulator on sedan

OEM M3 mirrors with autofold retrofit

Door lock actuator DIY

Heater valve replacement

ESS TS2 Oil change

90 angle OBDII adaptor

Water pump - Expansion tank - Tensioners - bleeding - refilling

3rd Engine cover diy

Thermostat replacement

Brake replacement

Electric leather seats retrofit

M3 fuel buffle fixture DIY on non-M

330 Front brake conversion

Genuine armrest install

OEM electric rear blind install

Clutch Delay Valve removal

Powerflex bushes install

Eibach pro-kit springs install

ESS TS2 Install

Meyle control arms and bushes install

VANOS Seals replacement and VCG

Hotchkis Sway bar kit

Hotchkis front endlinks diy

Oil catch tank

Turner rear shock mounts install

AEM Wideband sensor install

Driver's compartment light mod (EU models only)

3000K HID Fog light install

Additional lighting in trunk

Angel eyes install

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