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This is the place to show off your BMW to other members of the community. Post pictures and videos of your car and the modifications you have done to it. If you need a picture of something on a coupe, sedan, convertible or touring you will probably find it here!

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Old 04-26-2012, 09:47 PM   #201
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Are you able to get all of it painted? Isnt the lip folded back on itself?
yes I will, My fenders arent painted yet so I wont have any issue getting in there with a brush.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:15 PM   #202
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Tool Information

I few people were asking about tools I use and I though that I would give everyone some insight on tools that might help you get work done on you car much faster.


Heres My tool box at work.




This is my main drawer of sockets and wrenches. As I was Explaining on the last page, having the right tools helps you get a job done so much faster and the quality of your work will be much better.

Basic Tools that anyone auto tech would need are sockets. I have Snap-on, Matco, Craftsman, Husky, Kolbolt (Lowes), and some other random companies. Snap on tools have amazing quality to them, but they are out of their minds with the pricing. The few things I use a lot I dont mind spending the big bucks to get quality things.

Almost all companies I just stated have lifetime warranties so you can be confident buying most of the tools from the company. THough you can tell the difference of how the tools handle a punishment of 1000's of times being used. Though most DIYers wont be using their tools as often as a technician.

NOTE: I usually recommend getting 6 point sockets over 12 point. Unless its a specific application. Over time a 12 points get rounded out and do not grip bolts and nuts as well. 6 points tend to be stronger and keep hardware in good condition.

My Tools:


SOCKETS

- Kobolt 1/2 Dive Short Impact Sockets 10mm - 24mm (These have been working great!)
- Snap-on Short and Deep 3/8 Sockets 8mm -19mm (Amazing quality)
- Craftsman 3/8 Deep Impact Sockets 10mm - 19mm
- Craftsman 1/4 Deep and short Sockets 4mm - 13mm
- Craftsman 1/2 Short and Deep Sockets 10mm - 27
- Matco 1/4 Short and deep Magnetic Sockets 8mm - 13mm
- Craftsman 3/8 Spark Plug Sockets
- Matco Oxygen Sensor Sockets


EXTENSIONS

- 1/2: 12 in, 6 in, 4 in, 2 in
- 3/8: 24 in, 12 in, 6 in, 4 in, 1 in
- 1/4: 12 in, 6 in, 4 in, 2 in, 1 in, 1/2 in.


RATCHETS

-1/2: Snap-On 88 Tooth Flex Head 18 in Ratchet (UH-MAZ-ING)
-3/8: Snap-On 88 Tooth Flex Head 12 in Ratchet (UH-MAZ-ING)
-3/8: Snap-On 77 Tooth Fixed Head 8 in Ratchet
-3/8: Kobolt 70 Tooth Fixed Head Stubby 3 in (For getting in tight places)
-1/4: Craftsman Fixed Head 4 in Ratchet







WRENCHES


Ratcheting and Flexhead wrenches are super useful! They can be a little exspensive but definitely worth it. Its also always a neccessaty to have some good ol Wrenches.


- BluePoint (Snap-on) Flex Head Ratcheting Wrenches 8mm-19mm
- Kobolt 8-19mm, 21mm, 22mm, 27mm Extra Long Wrenches





E-TORX


You may have seen some of these odd looking bolts on your car. They are called E-Torx or External Torx. Even though they are infact Internal lol or Female. They are awesome to have and Very Useful.


-1/4 and 3/8 Matco Short Impact Sockets E5-E18
-1/4 Snap-on Short E8-E10






TORX

Now these are more common. Most people have seen these kinds of sockets before. I highly recommend choosing a set of these wisely. Try to get a higher quality set. The reason being is that if you use electric tools with these a lot. Over time they will start twisting and deforming.


- Matco Stubby and Long Tamper Proof Torx T8-T60






HEX/ALLEN SOCKETS

These are a MUST as well. Its handy to have various forms of them as well. The ball tip allows you to remove or install a fastener at a angle from the bolt.


-GearWrench Short Sockets 2mm -14mm
-Kobolt Long Ball Tip Sockets 3mm -10mm






SCREWDRIVERS


Super useful to have. Not so much for screws but to use for prying thing off eachother, removing hard to reach connectors, ect. I just grabbed myself a super pack of crafts man screwdrivers and nut drivers


-Craftsman Flathead and Phillips Screwdriver Set
-Kobolt Leverage Screwdrivers
-Snap-on Nut Drivers 6mm- 7mm





PICKS AND TACK PULLERS


These will take a lot of frustration out of removing stubburn coolant lines, O-rings, plastic rivets, connectors and much more. Very Nice to have.


-Craftsman 4 piece Pick set
-Husky Tack Puller
-Matco Picks
-Matco Tack Puller








PLIERS

Most people have these hanging around somewhere, for good reason. They are very versatile. Get a set of bigger beefier ones as well as smaller one for electrical. I also have some Snap On metal files that are another great thing to have for cleaning up anything bolt heads to sub box edges!


-Kobolt Adjustable Channel Locks Large and Small
-Kobolt Small Pliers set
-Crescent Dikes and Pliers
-Blue Point One-Time Use Hose Clamping Pliers
-Snap-On Hog Ring Pliers (For Upholstry)






BODY PANEL TOOLS

Go to Harbor Freight and get them right now. They are cheap so all of you guys should have them. They are hard plastic tools in different shapes designed for removing interior and exterior trim panels without damaging other parts around it. That way you dont scratch any trim or paint when trying to get at your window regulator or radio or evaperator.







ELECTRIC TOOLS


As I said Before.. These Things are a life saver. They make doing any job 5 times faster.. For example. I forgot to post up Pics. I will after this. I did a Head on a 335 the other day. I dropped the engine and trans, pulled the head, disassembled the head, lapped the valves, rebuilt the new head and reinstalled everything back together in 23.5 hours. Thats from Pulling the Car in to my rack to Sending it up to the wash. Bottom Line.. The Tools are amazing.


- Matco 1/4in Electric Ratchet 12V Lithium Ion
- Makita LCT203W Interchangeable Driver Sizes 10.8V Lithium Ion 66 ft-lb's Torque

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-LCT203W...486520&sr=1-21




-Makita LXT211 18-Volt LXT Kit (2 Batteries, Charger, Impact Driver, Screw Gun/Hammer Driver) 110f ft-lb's torque.
-Makita BTW450Z High Torque Impact Wrench 325 ft-lb's Torque

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-LXT211-...5486520&sr=1-2
http://www.amazon.com/Bare-Tool-Maki...486520&sr=1-24





ELECTRICAL

For those getting into some electronics on thier cars the main things you want to have are a good Digital MultiMeter, Butane Soldering Iron, and Wire Crimpers/Strippers.




I have quite a bit more tools but I feel most people who want to expand their Tools at home can start here.

Let me know if you have any questions/comments!

-Austin
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:20 PM   #203
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tell me about the tires. gimme a review on em please.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:31 PM   #204
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tell me about the tires. gimme a review on em please.
Lol Well so far I LOVE THEM! I havent really done any super aggressive driving since I need to get my fenders rolled and pulled so I wont rub as bad.

But my review so far is.

-Very Quiet! Dont even notice the difference compared to my stocks.
-Comfortable. More comfy then when I had same tire sizes on my passat. Suspenion design plays into that though
-Much grippier than my stock tires which were Michelins.
-Handle rain very well too. They grip good when taking turn quickly through intersections.
-They stretch wonderfully


Again I have not Driven them that hard yet but so far, they are my favorite tires I've ever had. I recommend looking at some Tire Review websites. I was looking through and these tires scored a 4.2 out of a 5 which Impressed me before. Now I understand why
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:39 PM   #205
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reviews ive read are good, just curious from someone who will stretch and run em similar to me.
what i cant find is a wet review. but i doubt you'll have one either, being in cai.

thanks tho. i think i will get a pair to try 1st
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:26 PM   #206
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Like...why are you so organized?! that toolset is
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:38 AM   #207
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I downsized from a rather large matco box down to one about half the size since I am not in that field anymore and it sucks having full drawers.

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Old 04-29-2012, 12:03 PM   #208
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Awesome tools man! I am jealous!
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Glad I can help very one out! I wish I had cash to be posting up pics of big brake kits or superchargers but I do what I can!
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:10 PM   #212
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Definitely... But not done... Its never done
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Haha they are coming! I'm at BMW's Training facility for class this week, so don't have much to do with my car!
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A+ build, sir. Will definitely use this as an outline when I get the funds to drop my car...
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Not slammed completely, but low. In the process of buying new tail lights (removing tint for now off all lights), front bumper, and roof spoiler. Pics in the link below

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Tomorrow's my test on Body Electronics. Had a Week long class in Ontario California.




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Take a look on the last page, where I posted up info on my alignment. I dont have any camber plates or camber arms. Just factory adjustments
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