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Old 05-21-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
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Summer Mods Opinions PLease!!

Hello Fanatics,

With summer starting up and having some extra cash lying around Im ready for my round 2 of mods. CAr 04 325ci 60k on the clock Pics below

After spending 1500 dollars for inspection 2 all new pads /rotors 2 new tires and new front LCABs my maintenance should be done for a year

Im looking to spend between 1000 to 2000 dollars on mods this summer.

What Ive done to the car so far:

Exterior
Chrome tips
Shadow line matte black vinyl window trim
carbon fiber license plate frames
carbon fiber pillar overlays
35% tint all way around

Interior:
hardwired radar detector, garmin gps
pdc homelink
silver gauge rings
black floor mats

^ All small things so far at this point

What Im considering:

SOUND! big thing is sound. I am looking for a sportier sound that does not break the bank and no rasp. No ***** more m3 like

any ideas for exhaust set up?
Thinking of intake ( bmw perf or afe) and muffler delete or do just a cat back exhaust
NO HEADERS.

Exterior:
painted reflectors
should I bother with wheel spacers? (not changing rims since I just bought 2 new tires)
mtech 2 bumper??
angel eyes
tinted tail lights (would this look to tacky?)


Interior:
Thinking of replacing the wood trim (carbon fiber wrap?) ideas??
Getting black shift and e brake boots, weighted zhp knob
maybe 2 tone the doors black and tan

Music:
toss up between shelling out for the dynavin v5 (still researching)
or Dice media bridge
thinking of getting a dedicated sub (want a small 10 inch to put in ski pass)
or upgrade to harmon kardon speakers? (is it worth it?)

Obviously cant do this all with only 2 g's but these are ideas im toying with.
HELP OUT FANATICS!

What would you do with 2 g's and my car??

sorry for the long post
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:40 PM   #2
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Old 05-21-2011, 05:41 PM   #3
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Top on my list would be mtech 2, weight zhp knob (makes a huge difference) and interior trim wrapped. But to each their own! It's your car!
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Old 05-21-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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For the exhaust I'd get a universal magnaflow and have a shop whip something up. It'll give you the sound you're looking for and keep costs down.

Spacers I'd say yes since OEM wheels look great on a modded car when pushed out a bit.

No on the tails, you have a clean look right now and the tint would cheapen the look of your car IMO.

A drop will do wonders to a cars look. Doesn't have to be anything drastic but a little lower would look great and sportier.

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Old 05-21-2011, 06:31 PM   #5
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:46 PM   #6
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Getting black shift and e brake boots, weighted zhp knob

some of the best mods I done did.
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:33 PM   #7
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Getting black shift and e brake boots, weighted zhp knob

some of the best mods I done did.
Yea im definately gonna do those. Do you know if the zhp weighted knob is made with a 5 speed pattern printed on it??

Also any other suggestions fanatics?

Also if i were to go mtech 2 bumper do they still have the slots for the reflectors? ( like would i still need to purchase painted reflectors for the bumper)
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:38 PM   #8
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:23 AM   #9
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Music:
toss up between shelling out for the dynavin v5 (still researching)
or Dice media bridge
thinking of getting a dedicated sub (want a small 10 inch to put in ski pass)
or upgrade to harmon kardon speakers? (is it worth it?)

What would you do with 2 g's and my car??
Dynavin setup is close to 1k, do you really want it considering you have a GPS?

HK speakers are more the enough. I have the stock cheapo speakers with paper cones and they sound amazing after I swapped out my deck for a Kenwood (KIV-BT900). For sub, I'd go with an Alpine Type R 10-inch, in a nice roomy box. Its a great balance of SPL and SQL.

Honestly, I'd swap the rims though. Maybe paint the calipers silver.. A nice exhaust wouldn't hurt, but I'm not convinced on the muffler delete. Too many of those videos made the BMW sound like a 20 year old Beretta to me.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:39 AM   #11
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Suspension looks to be non-sport. Lower that car!
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:31 PM   #14
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New swim trunks, tan, and a cooler for beer. With the money you should be good to go. Gym membership is also good for summer.

already have the trunks, tan will be completed due to working 60 hour weeks outside and Gym for me is free



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Suspension looks to be non-sport. Lower that car!
Car has sports suspension cuz it has the sports package at least thats what the window sticker said
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:33 PM   #15
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Dynavin setup is close to 1k, do you really want it considering you have a GPS?

HK speakers are more the enough. I have the stock cheapo speakers with paper cones and they sound amazing after I swapped out my deck for a Kenwood (KIV-BT900). For sub, I'd go with an Alpine Type R 10-inch, in a nice roomy box. Its a great balance of SPL and SQL.

Honestly, I'd swap the rims though. Maybe paint the calipers silver.. A nice exhaust wouldn't hurt, but I'm not convinced on the muffler delete. Too many of those videos made the BMW sound like a 20 year old Beretta to me.
thanks for the info. Cant do wheels cuz I just invested in 2 new tires.

And i do not have the HK speakers, so would it be worth it to upgrade to HK??
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:38 PM   #16
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If you dont want headers then you can try a muffler delete. Magnaflo would be one step above the muffler delete, if you dont like it.

New wheels made a huge difference on my car Get some Apex ARC-8's

M3 lip spoiler adds another angle that I really like

ZHP weighted does make a huge difference...

Do you want performance or visual?
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:42 PM   #17
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If you dont want headers then you can try a muffler delete. Magnaflo would be one step above the muffler delete, if you dont like it.

New wheels made a huge difference on my car Get some Apex ARC-8's

M3 lip spoiler adds another angle that I really like

ZHP weighted does make a huge difference...

Do you want performance or visual?
considering im making 180 hp i am not looking for performance. More with the looks. Having said that I still want a sportier sound than stock more M like but not anything ricey at all.


I know wheels would be awesome but I cant invest in a new set atm.

Also where can i get the zhp weighted and does it come with a 5 speed pattern?
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thanks for the info. Cant do wheels cuz I just invested in 2 new tires.

And i do not have the HK speakers, so would it be worth it to upgrade to HK??
Tires/rims can always be sold through the classifieds

I don't have the HK speakers either, just a properly adjusted deck delivering 22w RMS to each speaker. If I wanted to, the volume could be cranked up to max without any distortion thanks to the deck's built in crossover.

Since you want to install a subwoofer, I can't justify the investment in HK speakers. The HKs deliver more bass, but for your application all that bass should be routed to the sub, using your stock speakers as mids/highs.
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