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Old 03-04-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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I purchased the car way back February 4th 2012 from a forum member, FWD BLOWS.

2002 e46 325i 5mt 141k miles
Titanium silver with black interior

As of 10/1/13 has 161k miles

I stumbled onto some pictures of the car prior to my purchase.
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The car had been in numerous modification states prior to my acquisition, but simply had the following upon purchase
-bbs rs2's
-vmaxx coilovers
-autopower roll bar
-corbeau racing seats(hideous)
-sparco harnesses
-vorsteiner cf gtr hood
-m-tech 2 front bumper
-Depo projector headlights with crappy angel eyes
-Depo clear tail lights
-Depo clear corners
-rogue dms exhaust
-black semi-gloss vinyl roof
-5mm spacer rear and 12mm front
-rear fenders were rolled and trimmed
-front fenders were rolled and trimmed and still rubbed slightly

This car was low, and I had no experience with a car this low. Lets just say I had a couple incidents with parking barriers.

I loved the car but knew it would be a project to get her to my standards.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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I had many ideas for the car, and was young and dumb and decided to try them all. Looking back on it, I regret some of the things I've done. But I have learned immensely from my mistakes.

First thing I did was raise it some in the front. Only about 3/4 of an inch. I had learned from e46f to redo the cooling system and make sure the car was in a reliable state first. So like most Bmw purchase, I spent about $1200 to make sure the car wasn't going to give out on me.
I replaced control arms, trailing arms, all the bushings, transmission and motors mount bushings. Brakes and rotors, diff fluid, oil, which I change ever 5000 miles now. I then did a full cooling systems overhaul, which had been started by the previous owner, and followed many of mangos maintenance guides. The first month was frustrating and pricey but I have had to do so little to my car after, preventative Maintenance is worth it!

I drove the car for quite awhile without changing anything else. She had no body roll whatsoever and stuck into the turns subliminally.

May 2012-
I was coming home one day and went over a bridge in my area, there are significant dips before and after the bridge and I knew I had to go slow and Avoid them so that I didn't scrape. As I got off the bridge the rear of my car started shaking Heavily. I pulled off to the side and saw the drivers side rear tire was shredded, not flat, but shredded. Apparently the dip had been enough for the tire to hit the wheel well lining and obliterated the tire. Of course my area is quite rural and they didn't have a tow truck low enough to take my car in the approximate vicinity. These idiots apparently didn't even have boards either! I finally got my car towed to a local garage, that was literally a half a mile from where I was, and got the tires replaced. I learned at that instant that this car demands respect and can't be beaten on. From then on I have babied this car. I then raised her up some more

Summer of 2012-
This is when I started to repair the car.
I replaced the head unit since the factory one didn't work. I installed a kenwood and it was such a pain in the *ss. I wish I took the time to do research and get a dynavin and move the a/c panel down.

Not to long after, I found out the car had Angel eyes installed, they had just been disconnected. It took me forever to reconnect them since they were cut and the engine bay had a rats nest of wiring. I loved the look of them when I reconnected everything.

I then wanted to upgrade the hids in the car. The car had projector fog lights as well, so I molded 8k hids into those and the installed 8k hid low beams in the headlights. They were definitely blue. After a week, one of the crappy 8k low beams burnt out. I reinstalled the 6k hids that were previously in the car that matched the angels eyes and was satisfied. I took the fog lights out not too long after.

August 2012-
The rear deck speakers were blown and instead of replacing them, I installed 2 12inch subwoofers in the trunk. I researched them and made sure they would fit in the center of trunk and slide in against the rear seats. Wiring them was a b*tch. DUMBEST MODIFICATION EVER!!! They shook my car to death. I took them out and sold them for more then I paid new to some dumb high school kid. They looked nice at least. With the money I bought an entire set if Bavarian sound werks speakers. What a better sound!

My car had this silver and black theme going on, titanium silver outside with the black semi-gloss vinyl roof and carbon fiber vents and then the interior was black with the headliner being a light grey. The seats were also grey and black and the trim was all brushed aluminum that was really beat up. I have continued this two- tone theme in all the modifications I've done and it's one of my favorite things about the car.

I decided to eliminate the "fish bowl" look by getting a nice carbon- ceramic 20% tint all around. The guys did a great job and it has never bubbled or faded. Lifetime warranty too. I thought it added to the two-tone theme but sometimes I think it's too dark.

I decide to complement the window tint with smoked corners. A bird hit my drivers side corner light and it needed to be replaced, it was a big bird. Anyway I went with a smoked corner. To make it worse the screws were stripped and I had to replace them to get the lights to sit flush with my headlights. When the corner lights aren't on they are really dark. They match the tint, and I don't like it. When they are on, they glow orange and it looks great. I chose not to get my rear corners smoked because I thought it looked ridiculous. So I know I'm not matching and I will probably go back to clears in the front.

Winter 2012-
For Christmas I got a few goodies for my car.
Khoalty angel eyes and carbon fiber pedals.
The angel eyes are so bright and it looks much better then the old ones.
The pedals have an awesome look and are more textured and slip-resistance. Both were easy to install.
My winter project on the car was the interior. I started with the back seats. The rollbar goes right through the sides of the seats and the leather was torn up and hideous looking. I had the upholstery redone so it hugged the roll bar yet still looked oem.
I repainted the rear deck lid which had been colored purple due to sun exposure.
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wanting to get a vf-570 and 315/30s rear, 285s/35 front.The 285s rear arnt enough

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
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looks nice man, should finish it off with the CSL trunk
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:05 PM   #4
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love the painted hood.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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Are you running spacers? If not, I think it would look really good on your 3.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #7
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Looks great! I like the interior of this car too.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:40 PM   #8
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Looks good. I would lose the banner, it detracts from the cleanliness.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:44 PM   #9
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looks nice man, should finish it off with the CSL trunk
i would love to, only need more $$$ first
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love the painted hood.
thanks, although i do wonder what it would like like if i left it cf with my vinyl roof and a cf trunk.....
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:28 PM   #11
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:06 AM   #12
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:24 PM   #13
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awesome car, not a fan of the wheels though. THey don't match your cars aggressive look imo
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Great progress so far hood looks great, and like someone said spacers would make it much more aggressive
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:45 PM   #15
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Great progress so far hood looks great, and like someone said spacers would make it much more aggressive
What size would you recommend? I don't have much Clearance left ha
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Just got my headers painted and picked up a cf voresteiner bumper to match the hood. Can't wait to fix them up and install them.
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I believe there is a photo or two of this car on RightFootDown.com from their coverage of this weekend's meet.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:15 PM   #18
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I believe there is a photo or two of this car on RightFootDown.com from their coverage of this weekend's meet.
Yep that's me! I though I saw someone taking some pictures. I would love to get some nice professional photos taken
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well i was off making another build thread when i forgot about this thread.

check out these threads..

they both pertain to my bumper and other projects
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i have installed my headers and they sound great! i have a rogue de-resonated exhaust so its loud.

i then coupled the full exhaust with an active autoworks tune. it was pricey but the gains are definitely noticable.

i installed some very nice corbeau fx1 pro seats and they look great.
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check out the links for the bumper. the project was so long but came out so well.

i bought a csl trunk and it should be here by the end of the week. i plan to have it painted but i want to leave the lip and license plate recess carbon fiber. any other suggestions?

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Old 07-08-2013, 10:11 AM   #20
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Nice dude. You're car looks like it pushes 600hp.
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