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Old 09-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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The baby steps of my e46 project dd*PICS*

Hello Everyone! This is my first time posting pictures of my car and showing everyone what kind of potential my 04 325i has. Well, without further adieu, Here is it the day I bought it, 100% stock! After that, There are pictures of the day I Plasti dipped the wheels, badge, and all the black plastic trim around the car. The last of the pictures is how the car looks right now. This morning I Tinted the Tail lights, Side markers, and corners(I really didn't want to tint the corners because I am not a fan of tinted corners, but the amber and chrome looked out of place). That's about it for now. I need to save some money because I am approaching 90k miles and I am about due for a major service and a replacement of the coolant system. Sometime soon I would like to find a set of stock corners, disasemble them, and ONLY TINT THE AMBER PIECE inside the corner light. I am not sure if that is even possible or not, but I think it would look awesome! Lastly I am torn between an m3 replica bumper or an mtech2 and same with the rear bumper. After all that, I am leaning toward a 19x9 et35 squared setup on 245/35/19. All with a sport drop. Thats about it for now. Any suggestions especially with the wheels and tires setup will be very seriously considered! I am open to any ideas you all have and am looking forward to the constructive criticism
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:30 AM   #2
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- Ditch the blacked out side markers and tail lights and replace with clear corners/sidemarkers and LED or R/C/R tail lights
- Click on projector retrofit in my sig
- Make sure all of the maintenance is done first
- Ditch the plasti-dipped wheels
- If you don't need a front plate get the license plate delete strip

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Old 09-05-2013, 10:40 AM   #3
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- Ditch the blacked out side markers and tail lights and replace with clear corners/sidemarkers and LED or R/C/R tail lights
- Click on projector retrofit in my sig
- Make sure all of the maintenance is done first
- Ditch the plasti-dipped wheels
- If you don't need a front plate get the license plate delete strip
Solidjake, I forgot to mention that I have almost all the parts in for my headlight retrofit. I am kind of liking the side markers and tails right now, especially for the price!!! haha. The maintenance will be priority. The wheels are just temporary and were more because I just wanted to change it up. And where do you recommend is the best place for the license plate delete strip? Thank yo for all the suggestions, some very good ideas!
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:54 AM   #4
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Ecstuning is where I got the delete strip.


The tinted lights and wheels give zero contrast to the car and the tail lights make it extremely dangerous.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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Ecstuning is where I got the delete strip.


The tinted lights and wheels give zero contrast to the car and the tail lights make it extremely dangerous.
Alright, I will keep that in mind, thank you. Also thank you for the website, will be ordering one shortly.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:01 AM   #6
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can't put a plate delete strip on a stock 325i bumper tho...


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Old 04-04-2014, 04:41 PM   #7
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can't put a plate delete strip on a stock 325i bumper tho...


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Tinted taillights look like trash, make the car look cheap and reduce visibility. Keep it clean man.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:53 PM   #8
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Ah, you can always tell when a teenager joins the E46 scene, they always go right to blacking out everything (tail lights especially) :rofl

To be honest, OP, I liked your car in the 'stock' photo. The black kidney grille's are fine.. but I think removing the black tails and wheels would benefit your car. A nice set of clears would project more of a 'cleaner' appearance IMO.

Words of advice: Get the M-tech II bumper, and don't get DEPO headlights for the xenon upgrade. (I actually like the stock bumper with the license plate delete strip, like the car posted above)
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:30 AM   #9
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Stock looks better in my opinion but then again any time I see someone plastidip anything on their car I lose all hope.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:14 PM   #10
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I concur with what was said above. Ditch the taillights, plastidip on the wheels, and when you can, the wheels.

I would also delete the badge.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:19 PM   #11
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oh **** man, can you link me??
everything I've seen says it can only b applied to aftermarket bumpers


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Old 04-05-2014, 05:23 PM   #12
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The delete strip is BMW part. Check realoem.com for the part number and you can order it from a dealer


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Old 04-07-2014, 10:19 AM   #13
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A set of clear lights all around would be fairly cheap and look so much better than the tinted lights. Plasti dipping the wheels doesn't make them look better in my opinion, it just makes them look even cheaper. Try to keep it classy it's still a nice car
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:23 PM   #15
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Nice car OP. I would agree with everyone that if I were you I would remove the dip on the wheels, and the tinted lights. That look only goes well with a heavily modified and aggressive car imo. I did the exact same thing though when I got mine 4 years ago haha.
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:13 PM   #16
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All the black/smoked vibe you got going looks horrible with the color steel blue. I'm sorry to say.
But please go back to stock at least
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:35 PM   #17
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Bmw is not your run of the mill integra or civic..its german.. no neon underglow or lambo doors.. lol
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:30 PM   #18
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The car has changed slightly over the past few months... for you the whole thing is orange now. Will post pics after I get my new bumper in.
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for you the whole thing is orange now
Not that it's my car, but I hope you're not serious....
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