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Old 09-19-2019, 02:36 PM   #221
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Nice write-up Mark - well done.

I think this is a great stealth mod that will definitely improve airflow through the front of the car for better engine cooling as well as increased AC condenser performance at lower speeds.

It is really good to hear that the much cheaper OE alternative MT2 bumper got high marks from the body shop. Often that is not the case with those type of parts.

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Hey Matt, I saw the replica bumper at George's and was impressed with the fit and finish; if not for the first-hand experience I probably wouldn't have pulled the trigger. Although the bumper itself is of good quality, it remains to be seen how well the cheapo fogs hold up.

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Nice job on the comparisons. I had thought that the ZHP center duct made full use of the grill area and didn't have a blanking plate, now that I see how small the difference is between the 325i and the ZHP I'm not going to feel at all bad about not replacing the center duct on mine.
Yeah, VPV, not mandatory... it appears that some components of the front end are mix and match.

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Great info and insight, thanks!
Thanks man, I felt a visual of the duct sizes would be helpful for folks contemplating...
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Old 09-19-2019, 02:47 PM   #222
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I understand that the 325i brake ducts look a little funny with the MT2 bumper, and I found a fairly inexpensive set on eBay for mine, but I've read that some guys use Hamann style foglight surrounds, which incorporate the brake duct inlets, and that looks much better.

I've seen some pretty outrageous prices on the ZHP ducts, so might be a good alternative.
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:53 PM   #223
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I understand that the 325i brake ducts look a little funny with the MT2 bumper, and I found a fairly inexpensive set on eBay for mine, but I've read that some guys use Hamann style foglight surrounds, which incorporate the brake duct inlets, and that looks much better.

I've seen some pretty outrageous prices on the ZHP ducts, so might be a good alternative.
Bro, if I could have found a less expensive option, I would have

Over the past year I have kept an eye on the part-out threads, FS threads, eBay, etc. No joy. I was either late to the game or the parts had cracks, tears, or were dubious for other reasons.

A little background: I don't collect anything, I am not into sports (I don't go to games, buy memorabilia, bet), and I don't buy fancy clothes, watches, sunglasses, phones, yada yada. I save and spend on my car, that's it.

The above, combined with the super deal on painting the bumper ($200 for primer, paint, clear, and wet sanding), and because I felt that the M3 rotors would benefit from the ZHP ducts, I went ahead and bought the ducts and splash guards.
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Old 09-29-2019, 11:43 PM   #224
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:12 PM   #225
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This past spring break I had an opportunity to visit my buddy Levent's shop in New Jersey.

Here are some pics of his place that I think y'all will find interesting even though they are not Touring specific.



























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Old 10-18-2019, 07:36 PM   #226
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Here are the cars that were at GP+S. The pics are mixed up, but in there you will see some really special ones:

E30 M3 Sport Evo I
E30 M Tech II Coupe
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:38 PM   #227
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Did they steal that blue subframe from Haywagon? Lol!!

Very cool place! Reminds me a bit of my visit to Bavarian Autosport before they were gobbled up.

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Old 10-18-2019, 07:40 PM   #228
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I was fortunate enough to work on a 3.0 CSI restoration at a shop I worked at about 10 years ago. What a neat car to be a part of. That's some impressive iron sitting around!

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Old 10-19-2019, 06:38 AM   #229
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I was fortunate enough to work on a 3.0 CSI restoration at a shop I worked at about 10 years ago. What a neat car to be a part of. That's some impressive iron sitting around!
That sounds pretty rad to work on a CSi... those were amazing

As someone who can't turn a wrench, I have much respect for people that can, from old school eccentricity to new school complexity.
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:01 PM   #230
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Impressive. I was an early customer I think at the first location (there was a crazy steep ramp leading down to the garage).
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:53 PM   #231
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That is such a uber dope shop!!!! Definitely want to make a trip up to it one day...
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:17 AM   #232
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Wow thanks for those pics Mark, not only is the collection impressive, but his facility has the kind of charm only an enthusiast code make.
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:02 PM   #233
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Impressive. I was an early customer I think at the first location (there was a crazy steep ramp leading down to the garage).
Yep, you probably did!

GP+S organized a yearly gathering of German cars called GFest (Guten Fest) which drew people from surrounding states as well.





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That is such a uber dope shop!!!! Definitely want to make a trip up to it one day...
It is, and you should It's a fun place to visit.

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Wow thanks for those pics Mark, not only is the collection impressive, but his facility has the kind of charm only an enthusiast code make.
Yeah Jorge, this is the third iteration of the shop, with accumulation and curation happening consistently over the past 10+ years.
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:35 PM   #234
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:41 AM   #235
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Good lord is that a beautiful touring. Hats off to you!
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Old 10-21-2019, 06:03 PM   #236
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Good lord is that a beautiful touring. Hats off to you!
Thanks man!
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:04 PM   #237
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Thanks ma'am!
Fixed it for you.
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:59 PM   #238
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Fixed it for you.


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