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Old 11-07-2012, 01:15 PM   #1
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My Build Thread: Team Retrograde - e85 Z4, Bagged & Topless

**Most recent pics on page 3**

So I figured it was time to start a thread since I'm finally making real progress on the Z4 I picked up a few months ago. Reason for the delay was I was on the fence about selling it and getting back in a four door but I realized I would truly miss the roadster life. So for now a 4 door must wait. (hopefully till this coming summer coughbaggedCCcough).

I want to thank everyone that has helped with this project so far. My team who also happens to be my best friends/Fam. I know I can always count on them when I need help with my cars. Wing@Memory Fab, Euro Euro Enginuity, AirRex Suspension, Air Lift and I'm sure I'm missing some...

For reference here's my last project. Bagged Audi TT 225q.



Anyways here is the Z4 I picked up back at the beginning of summer. It's a 2005 2.5i 5 speed. Saphire Black on Imola red. The car overall was in great condition but definitely needed a little TLC so a lot of the stuff done is to bring it back to life.



The first week I bought the car I hit a turkey vulture on my way to work (I work out in the middle of nowhere at a winery). Fortunately it just cracked the grills and scuffed up the bumper but a week later as I was washing the car the windshield cracked. Thinking it was related.

So I ordered some things from ECS Tuning, who always is a pleasure to deal with.



Black grills




Racing Dash LED License plate lights


Significantly brighter than OEM. Pictures don't do them justice. It's a perfect 6500k color IMO.




(With my bagged Audi TT 225Q before I sold it)



I'm a lighting whore so I added some more stuff along with the racing dash LEDS. One thing I wanted to change was the old cracking (common roadster problem) clear third brake light with an OEM red one. Also de-badged the rear and sides.



Installed


I also changed the headlights to 8000k D2S and the fogs to 2500k Nokya's





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Old 11-07-2012, 01:15 PM   #2
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The OEM headlights were really hazed when I got the car so I made sure to buff those out. Not bad considering the alternative was to buy new ones at over $700+ each



Next up I found some Style 264 wheels off a 1 series on craigslist. I made an offer and got them for a steal.





Of course I got bored and painted them gun metal. I rattled canned them but did it in essentially a temp controlled paint booth so they came out amazing. I commute 60+ miles a day for work and they are holding up perfectly.





I also gave in and got the windows tinted. 35% 3M...

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Old 11-07-2012, 01:16 PM   #3
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Now for the fun stuff. I actually ordered AirRex bags from Memory Fab the week I bought the car. They're built to order so it took them about a month and a half to get here but the wait was WELL worth it. The quality is amazing.

Fronts


Close up (Adult Signature Required - bags aren't for kids )


Like I mentioned earlier I was on the fence about what I was gonna do with the car so the bags sat for a bit. I finally made my mind up and ordered the rest.

Trying to figure out where the tank and compressor will go...


While waiting for my management we killed some time with my buddies 335i...

Pretty much the exact same setup the Z4 will receive. AirRex front and rears and Air Lift Autopilot V2 Management.







With the Drivers side done, full shoot once the Z4 is done...



Finally my management came and the build can begin!

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First thing is to take apart the trunk...





Rear bags in



Front bags vs. OEM



Fronts installed and lines ran



Working on the mounting board for the tank and compressor.



At this point I stopped taking pics but here's a teaser shot aired down and with the fender lining holding everything up...Also I decided to keep the sway bars and endlinks on all four corners. So no laying frame at the moment but handles like it's on coils!





More to come..stay tuned.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:36 PM   #5
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change the front bumper
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:04 PM   #6
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Nice Gabe! I foresee you continuing to do awesome things to do this car.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:38 PM   #9
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Gotta love air

I saw some pic of an iPad app controlling V2 management, btw--hope it comes out for the iPhone platform..!
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I want to bad my car so bad. Love this build. cant wait to see more
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see you at socal euro?
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:14 PM   #13
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change the front bumper
I'm looking into options. I like my fogs too much to go to the M bumper plus everyone has it. So we'll see what I end up with.

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Gotta love air

I saw some pic of an iPad app controlling V2 management, btw--hope it comes out for the iPhone platform..!
Yup, Air Lift announced at SEMA the app and it looks like it will be available for iPhone too. Can't wait!

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Best mod I've ever done. I never have to worry about banging lips, oils pans, etc.

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Unfortunately I totally spaced and planned a vacation for my GF and I that same weekend up north. I love that show too.

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do it! PM me if you have any questions.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:35 PM   #14
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sweet, if you like the fogs, go for the M sport bumper. Cant wait to see the finish project
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Thanks guys, I've been tweaking with the suspension a bit since the install. I had to turn the rear dampening all the way down to 0 clicks. It still amazes me how much these bags feel like coils. I had Air Lift on my TT and it was great but AirRex is another level. Especially with the sways still connected it makes my 30 mile commute through wine country to work everyday so much more fun.

I also had a little problem with my controller but AirLift customer service is top notch and they are overnighting me a new one

Here's a single shot I too the other night. Working on some ways to bring the rear down more. (Most likely will have to disconnect the rear sway).



And I ended up getting these from a good friend (Benjo - AznAssassin) for a STEAL so I might rock them for a bit once I get new tires.

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Duuuuuude those bags are crazy. You should polish those lips on the LM reps to a mirror finish before tossing tires on it. Car is going to look amazing(er).
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Wow. This is fvcking sick.
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