E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > The Showroom

The Showroom
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!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 02-24-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
boatshoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 279
My Ride: '03 330xi
ATortolanni's 330xi Progress Thread

So I picked up my 2003 330xi in late August of 2011 with 140k on it. Auto, Steel Blue on black, style 73's and a pretty good looking tint. This thread's to keep track of "The Blue"'s progress. I know the process is going to be slow because I'm paying my way through college with not too much money to work with . I'd love some feedback, tips and suggestions along the way. But here we go...

August:
The day I picked her up, wet and dirty... the guy before me had HID's in halogen housings. No projectors and fogs are still halogen.
2011-09-07 15.51.57

Cleaned up a little...
IMG_4586
__________________

Last edited by boatshoe; 06-28-2012 at 10:22 PM.
boatshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 02-24-2012, 08:53 PM   #2
boatshoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 279
My Ride: '03 330xi
Fast forward to January:

I wanted the shadowline window trim look, so I decided to give vinyl wrapping it a go. I figured if it didn't work out, it would be easily reversible. It may have just been the worlds most expensive roll of electrical tape (shadowlinetape.com), but I think it came out pretty good. It was pretty cheap considering, took a bit of time, but looks pretty nice.
2012-01-15 12.40.38

Also some matte black grills from JLeviSW:
2012-01-16 13.16.26

The new look:
IMG_4736

Next on the agenda are clear corners/sides and R/C/R tails.
__________________
boatshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
Captainbiceps
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Switzlerand
Posts: 222
My Ride: e46 330xi
super nice work ! A close up pics will be appreciated.
Captainbiceps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 01:54 AM   #4
fat-marshmellow
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: st paul, minnesota
Posts: 869
My Ride: ///M3 SMG
next is to slamm it...see sig lol
__________________

ex: 2002 TIAG 325xi (sold), 2007 suzuki gsxr (sold)
current: 2002 carbon black ///M SMG
halogen headlights? want hid projectors? on a budget? maybe i can help! go here!!
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=840919
fat-marshmellow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 10:43 AM   #5
boatshoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 279
My Ride: '03 330xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by xi_chee View Post
next is to slamm it...see sig lol
i'd love to...eventually haha. i've also been planning to do your projector retrofit. i've had enough of the HID's in halogen housings.
__________________
boatshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 11:03 AM   #6
Studdly_Studright
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 5,909
My Ride: 135i
looks great so far..next project should be to paint the silver headlight insert black
__________________
Studdly_Studright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 11:07 AM   #7
boatshoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 279
My Ride: '03 330xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Studdly_Studright View Post
looks great so far..next project should be to paint the silver headlight insert black
I'll be doing that real soon. Do you guys paint the center of the housing in between the two lights? in other words the side of the "bowl" that's silver?
__________________
boatshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #8
boatshoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 279
My Ride: '03 330xi
The blue was hit in the back while she was parked earlier this week...not too happy. There was damage to the bumper, quarter panel above and below the taillight, and the trunk lid. It's going into the shop on Monday. A taillight was shattered so I decided to grab Euro R/C/Rs and clear corners/sides with stealth bulbs while I was at it.

While it was in the garage for the past few days I painted (well, plasti-dipped) the headlight trim and that looks great. I'm not too thrilled with my lighting as it is right now (HIDs in halogen housings, regular halogen DRL's/high beams/fog lights)...nothing really matches. My plan is eventually to go projectors/angel eyes but not for a while, and I have no intentions of doing HID fogs, but I wanted something that wouldn't be halogen-y in contrast to the HIDs...so I decided I was gonna give yellow fog bulbs a shot (Nokya 2500k Hyper Yellow, I liked the look but didn't want to use film), as well as some Khoalty 7500k hyperwhite halogen bulbs for my DRL's/high beams. I figured at least the DRLs would be a little closer to the HIDs and there wouldn't be so much contrast.

Crazy week. Many pics following of before and after damage, black headlight trim, euro tails/corners/sides, and new bulbs.
__________________

Last edited by boatshoe; 02-29-2012 at 07:13 PM.
boatshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2012, 08:16 PM   #9
YGOAMG
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Riverside: Melbourne
Posts: 11,816
My Ride: 325Ci ClubSport
Send a message via MSN to YGOAMG


thread should be named 'spot the difference'
__________________

Find me on Instagram
@PeterMarquez346

Quote:
Originally Posted by all4show View Post
who da F done that?
prestige warehouse or who?
YGOAMG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2012, 08:53 PM   #10
boatshoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 279
My Ride: '03 330xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by YGOAMG View Post
thread should be named 'spot the difference'
in a little while when I'm driving an incredibly done steel blue 330xi around we can all look back to page 1 and smile at this.
__________________
boatshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2012, 12:34 AM   #11
YGOAMG
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Riverside: Melbourne
Posts: 11,816
My Ride: 325Ci ClubSport
Send a message via MSN to YGOAMG
Quote:
Originally Posted by ATortolanni View Post
in a little while when I'm driving an incredibly done steel blue 330xi around we can all look back to page 1 and smile at this.
Im happy with that..

Quote me aswell!!


90% of these so called 'Build Threads" pretty much stop after some pathetic AE's, gauge rings, LED lights and POS CF badges!
__________________

Find me on Instagram
@PeterMarquez346

Quote:
Originally Posted by all4show View Post
who da F done that?
prestige warehouse or who?
YGOAMG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2012, 07:53 AM   #12
Studdly_Studright
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 5,909
My Ride: 135i
Quote:
Originally Posted by ATortolanni View Post
I'll be doing that real soon. Do you guys paint the center of the housing in between the two lights? in other words the side of the "bowl" that's silver?
the insert slides out in one piece just paint the whole thing
__________________
Studdly_Studright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2012, 03:50 PM   #13
boatshoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 279
My Ride: '03 330xi
March 2012:

After being backed into, Reliable Collision in West Warwick RI did an excellent job. Took a few more days than I expected but the results were well worth it.

She's back with R/C/Rs and I'll be doing clear corners and sides this weekend.

Before:
IMG_4780

After:
IMG_4831
__________________

Last edited by boatshoe; 05-01-2012 at 04:22 PM.
boatshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2012, 04:39 PM   #14
simsima325
'a certain moderator'
 
simsima325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Hyattsville, MD
Posts: 37,732
My Ride: Honda Civic
looks good, GL with the progress, sorry for the hater above, we aren't all like that
__________________
-Brendan
simsima325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 05:00 PM   #15
boatshoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 279
My Ride: '03 330xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsima325 View Post
sorry for the hater above, we aren't all like that



Plasti-dipped my headlight trim black. Also installed clear corners and sides. I have stealth bulbs and amber ones but I actually liked the look of the egg yolk amber. I figured I could always switch em out later.

IMG_4838

Mean and clean:
IMG_4844

R/C/Rs and sides:
IMG_4846

Also installed my hyper-white halogen DRLs/High beams. Although still not 6000k-looking, theyre much closer to my HIDs and when the high beams are on, the contrast isn't so obvious.

Its getting there!
__________________

Last edited by boatshoe; 04-22-2012 at 10:12 AM.
boatshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 05:58 PM   #16
wdeerfield
Registered User
 
wdeerfield's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Clifton Park, New York
Posts: 3,500
My Ride: 2009 E90, 2011 F10
gotta love that xi ride height! welcome and good luck with the rest of your mods. why didnt you go m-tech two for the bumper when it was hit?
__________________

2009 MBM E90 | ZPP | ZSP | ZCW | CA | 6FL | NAV | XENONS | 18x8.5 VB3s ET30/25
2011 JB F10 | ZPP | ZSP | ZCW | 6FL | NAV | 331s Square
wdeerfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 07:28 PM   #17
Studdly_Studright
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 5,909
My Ride: 135i
Quote:
Originally Posted by wdeerfield View Post
gotta love that xi ride height! welcome and good luck with the rest of your mods. why didnt you go m-tech two for the bumper when it was hit?
+1 Such a perfect time to upgrade. The stock rear is so uninteresting.
__________________
Studdly_Studright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 08:53 PM   #18
Dan99
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Omaha-Nebraska
Posts: 3,051
My Ride: 2001 330xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by wdeerfield View Post
gotta love that xi ride height! welcome and good luck with the rest of your mods. why didnt you go m-tech two for the bumper when it was hit?
this
__________________
Dan99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2012, 11:23 AM   #19
boatshoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 279
My Ride: '03 330xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by wdeerfield View Post
gotta love that xi ride height! welcome and good luck with the rest of your mods. why didnt you go m-tech two for the bumper when it was hit?
My OCD made me want to wait so I can go m-tech II all around all at once.
__________________
boatshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2012, 10:57 AM   #20
boatshoe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 279
My Ride: '03 330xi
Starting to look like a Fanatic.
IMG_4884_2

IMG_4888

IMG_4876

IMG_4909
__________________

Last edited by boatshoe; 04-24-2012 at 05:57 PM.
boatshoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
330xi, build, mods, process, progress

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use