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Old 07-26-2012, 10:17 PM   #1
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Thinking about Modding..

Okay so I don't even know where to start but here's a picture of my baby it's a 330Ci Vert

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Old 07-26-2012, 10:45 PM   #2
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Maintenance first!

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Old 07-26-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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After you've ensured your car will be running smoothly (maintanance), go with an Mtech front and rear bumper, tinted windows, muffler delete, CSL wheels, and springs (a drop)
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:14 PM   #4
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thats my moddo...
anyway, get a front lip, halos, clears all around, and what wheels are you running on?
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:50 AM   #5
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I think it looks slick as it is. Maybe some new shoes? We need more pics
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:08 AM   #6
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After you've ensured your car will be running smoothly (maintanance), go with an Mtech front and rear bumper, tinted windows, muffler delete, CSL wheels, and springs (a drop)
Dont forget the M3 mirrors too! Looks much better!
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:43 AM   #7
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Now the internet knows your license plate.
Someone will track it down and steal it soon.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:51 AM   #8
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The best mod is "keep looking" dont do anything until you are sure what you want, so you wont regret it. Stick to OEM parts and dont waste your money.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:48 AM   #9
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Find some nice wheels you like. Maybe update the suspension, with a slight drop. The rest you can decide as you see stuff you like. No need to follow a formula. But, do the maintenece first, and see if you still have a taste for and money left to start modding. Skip the maintenece, and mod first, and you will have a nicely modified car that is down because you can't afford to fix it.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:54 AM   #10
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:49 AM   #11
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Wish the first mod I had done was a suspension drop i.e. springs/struts.

If you like spirited driving then that will give u the most bang for the buck.

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Old 07-27-2012, 04:54 AM   #12
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:45 AM   #13
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...and then winter tires/rims
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:38 PM   #14
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I think it looks slick as it is. Maybe some new shoes? We need more pics
Here are more pics :






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Old 07-27-2012, 06:40 PM   #15
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:14 PM   #16
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Please come to texas and get shot down. Straight up.
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It's a joke about those paranoid license plate obscuring types. CA > TX anyway
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:21 PM   #18
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My honest opinion, get a hardtop, then clears.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:36 PM   #19
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I think about modding all the time too, OP.

I went a little crazy at first...adding a shoulder belt in the center rear seat for my kids to have a friend along...and then a ziptie for my gps. I was concerned about all that extra weight, but made up for it with my last mod, the armrest delete.

It's funny, though, coz all the ladies really get off on that ziptie mod of mine...well, they start to get off...then we finish things up in the rear seat when that extra shoulder belt comes in surprisingly handy if you know what I mean, which I'm sure you don't.

Your car looks great as it is. Please just start with important things...cooling, cabs, change every fluid, plugs, filters, random o-rings and hoses when you're in the neighborhood anyway...then vcg, vanos, ccv, icv/tb/maf cleaning...then guibo and csb. You'll need to do rear diff bushing eventually...then shocks/struts...ofhg...window regulator...fsr...of course control arms eventually...brakes...tires...then you start this cycle all over again.

But, if you do mod, go wild so the value of my old POS will rise slightly! Like it or not, almost all the mods most do here devalue their car...not an issue if you're keeping it until you die, but for many, preserving resale value is important.

Also, please think about how much it really makes sense to spend on a car worth only a few thousand bucks...first rebuild your car to factory, then if you don't like it, start messing around with it.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:45 PM   #20
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OP,

What dmax just posted is good advice. Start by ensuring all mechanicals are fully sorted out on your vert. As other's have said... maintenance before mods. Do this first. If you plan to keep your car forever, then what Jake posted next.
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