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Old 12-24-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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Arrow Few questions about E46 Coupe and accessories

Hi all,

I just bought a 325Ci two weeks ago and I have few questions in mind. It would be appreciated if these can be answered:
  • What price figure should I look for if I want to sell its OEM 18" wheels with tyres? Two sets of tyres on the car with
  • What's the best size and offset CSL rep wheels would be the ideal for my car?
  • What's the widest tyres you can go for without having any rubbing/guard rolling issues?
  • Any cost-effective seat covers?
  • Has anyone ever tuned the 325Ci to boost its performance? I come from a STi and the performance of the car at low revs is no where as good as the STi.
  • Any good BMW specialist in Melbourne's northern suburbs?
  • Are there any off-the-shelf complete angel-eyes package (an entire set of head light packages) instead of just the angel-eye LED rings? I don't like the idea of putting the headlights in the oven and cook them
  • I assume that Dynavin is the [s]best[/s] only option for head units. Any other alternatives?

Thanks
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:05 PM   #2
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Hi all,

I just bought a 325Ci two weeks ago and I have few questions in mind. It would be appreciated if these can be answered:
  • What price figure should I look for if I want to sell its OEM 18" wheels with tyres? Two sets of tyres on the car with
  • What's the best size and offset CSL rep wheels would be the ideal for my car?
  • What's the widest tyres you can go for without having any rubbing/guard rolling issues?
  • Any cost-effective seat covers?
  • Has anyone ever tuned the 325Ci to boost its performance? I come from a STi and the performance of the car at low revs is no where as good as the STi.
  • Any good BMW specialist in Melbourne's northern suburbs?
  • Are there any off-the-shelf complete angel-eyes package (an entire set of head light packages) instead of just the angel-eye LED rings? I don't like the idea of putting the headlights in the oven and cook them
  • I assume that Dynavin is the [s]best[/s] only option for head units. Any other alternatives?

Thanks
Merry Christmas bro
I'll try and help you with what I can

Getting better performance out of the car isn't really worth it and in the end you'd be better off buying an M3.
Theres always forced induction options, headers pulleys etc but you're not going to get much out of the car, it's tuned almost to perfection from factory.

For the headlight package you can get depo P46's with angels from eurodivision but anyone who knows a thing or two about lighting will tell you how crap the output is from these things, they are the easiest option though and they do look nice.

Also If you want to keep the OEM look dynavin is really your only option, can't vouch for their quality because I've never used them but I have read very mixed reviews.

I'm sure some of the older guys will be here soon to tell you to sort out your maintenance before you think of modding but I'll leave that to them

Good Luck with the car and post some pics up if you havent!

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Old 12-24-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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Do the angel eyes in the stock assemblies. I was nervous about baking them but it was honestly the easiest mod I did to my car. Just keep the oven at 240 and nothing will go wrong!

I wouldnt do any mods other then aesthetics. You will end up putting in way to much money for a low amount of HP gain. As mentioned above, if you want to upgrade performance you have to invest in an M. Good luck dude!
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:03 PM   #4
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Do the angel eyes in the stock assemblies. I was nervous about baking them but it was honestly the easiest mod I did to my car. Just keep the oven at 240 and nothing will go wrong!

I wouldnt do any mods other then aesthetics. You will end up putting in way to much money for a low amount of HP gain. As mentioned above, if you want to upgrade performance you have to invest in an M. Good luck dude!
Just to clarify. Not 240 degs Celsius!! I did mine on 100 degs and never had any issues. Even did them a few times after I used sh!t double sided tape the first time.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:02 AM   #5
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Baking the facelift headlights I assume??
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:50 PM   #6
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Merry Christmas bro

Getting better performance out of the car isn't really worth it and in the end you'd be better off buying an M3.
Theres always forced induction options, headers pulleys etc but you're not going to get much out of the car, it's tuned almost to perfection from factory.

For the headlight package you can get depo P46's with angels from eurodivision but anyone who knows a thing or two about lighting will tell you how crap the output is from these things, they are the easiest option though and they do look nice.

Also If you want to keep the OEM look dynavin is really your only option, can't vouch for their quality because I've never used them but I have read very mixed reviews.

I'm sure some of the older guys will be here soon to tell you to sort out your maintenance before you think of modding but I'll leave that to them

Good Luck with the car and post some pics up if you havent!
Merry Christmas to you too. Thanks for the reply. I will have to weigh up my options and see if I can ever afford a M3.

I see that the M3s are troublesome especially when it comes to SMG and replacing the hydraulic pump and actuator. It looks like that Manual is the only feasible option for a 6 - 12 year old E46 models.



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Do the angel eyes in the stock assemblies. I was nervous about baking them but it was honestly the easiest mod I did to my car. Just keep the oven at 240 and nothing will go wrong!

I wouldnt do any mods other then aesthetics. You will end up putting in way to much money for a low amount of HP gain. As mentioned above, if you want to upgrade performance you have to invest in an M. Good luck dude!
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Baking the facelift headlights I assume??
Yeah. I bought the 2006 325Ci.

So what's the widest tyres that can be fit on these models? What's the maximum wheel offset on them?

Any decent BMW specialist in the northern suburbs of Melbourne?

Here's a picture of the car:

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Old 12-27-2012, 07:28 PM   #7
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Welcome,

CSL reps, 19" are the go, they also come in 18". most ppl prefer the staggered with, 10" wide rears with loads of concave. i forget the offsets, but there's so many members on here with them so someone can chime in.

widest tires with stock suspension i had 245/35/19 (F) and 265/30/19 (R). i not sure if you can go much wider? no rubbing.

im not into seat covers, just maintain the leather, conditioning it etc regularly.

performance, not really the reason why u bought the car.. right?

Worx Automotive in Brunswick will take care of you.

I would just get a professional to open up the stock healights and put in some quality LED angel if your worried about tackling it yourself, but its honestly not too difficult.

Dvnavin is an awesome 'upgrade' over stock head units, great features and ability to customize and still looks relatively factory.

i could help you out with the oem wheels, pm me is you want to sell.

cheers, Lex
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:51 AM   #8
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Thanks for the thorough reply, Lex
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:54 AM   #9
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Out of curiosity, would 5000K bulbs (headlight, parking and foglight) be white in colour? What colour temperature would one step bluer than white?

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Old 01-01-2013, 01:05 AM   #10
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:07 AM   #11
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just go 255 rear and 225 frot on those OEM wheels
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:17 PM   #12
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