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Old 08-23-2017, 09:53 AM   #81
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Work is REALLY quiet for me this week, so thought I'd do a quick maintenance/mod snapshot of where I am:

Parts and maintenance:
- NGK sparks (OEM)
- Crankshaft pulley (OEM)
- Idler pulley (OEM)
- Belts
- Air filters (OEM)
- Water pump (OEM)
- Fuel filter (OEM)
- CDV removal
- 02 pilot mod
- FSR (hedgehog)
- New engine cover

Exterior:
- Number plates
- Hood badge
- Headlight lenses
- Smoked indicators
- Smoked repeaters
- LED 25w fog bulbs
- LED tail lights
- LED number plate lights
- CREE reverse bulbs
- Exhaust tips
- Cotton angel eyes
- Side mirror glass
- Wiper blades (OEM)

Interior:
- Non-smokers package (OEM)
- Floor mats
- LED bulbs
- Hardwired dash cam
- Touchscreen head unit
- Climate relocation panel
- 'Chrome' dial rings
- Boot gas struts
- BMW torch!

That's it. I've tried to very subtly modernise the car in places. I pay particular attention to the cabin and getting that just how I want it (hence the non-smokers pack, etc).

Nothing particularly hardcore so far. I'd say the most difficult thing of all isn't even listed, and that was fixing a broken passenger door handle and resetting the driver's door lock pin. If there's one takeaway from my experience with the E46, it's that the doors/windows are very susceptible to breakage. Final Stage Resistor was easy because the previous owner hasn't put half the screws back in. The engine itself is a pleasure to work on.

No huge plans at all for the appearance of the car. Absolutely love the topaz blue/chrome/hellbeige combo and can't bring myself to even swap the wheel and gear knob for the M Sport parts.

Jobs to do:
- Restore and fit Style 44 wheels
- Clutch/flywheel
- Driver's fender: repair or new fender
- Cut/code new keys (I broke my remote fob)
- Switch parcel shelf/vent/speaker covers to black from beige (don't ask me why. It's an OCD thing)
- New speakers all-round
- Hardwire a couple more USB sockets

Peace.
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Old 08-29-2017, 02:21 PM   #82
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Off-topic for a second, my brother has just bought a 2003 MX-5 as a daily. Thatís a Miata to you guys over the pond. Also blue, and also RWD.

We took the hard top off today and went for a quick spin. Great little runner. Looking forward to helping him out with maintenance etc.

Heís also got a blood orange Mini, which has had a lot of work done lately but is running good.



My spacers arrived today, and Iíve just ordered paint and clear coat for my Style 44 wheels. Need to get my arse in gear and get them painted and fitted!




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Old 08-29-2017, 11:45 PM   #83
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You're such a good photographer. Would love if you could PM me the edits you made to that first photo! Love the style and everything
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:46 AM   #84
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You're such a good photographer. Would love if you could PM me the edits you made to that first photo! Love the style and everything


Thanks, man! Edited it in MuseCam for iPhone and added light bleed in with Lens Distortions. Both great apps.
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Old 09-02-2017, 01:09 PM   #85
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Peanut. Late '02 320Ci. Maintenance/mods updates.

Productive morning. Pulled out air box, boots, DISA, ICV, and throttle body. Gave it all a decent clean. Sprayed the MAF.

Checked all the rubber for leaks/breaks and found nothing. Throttle body was very clean already. ICV was really sooty but cleaned up great. DISA seemed okay but thinking about switching out that o-ring. Tightened up my 02 mod and shortened the vacuum line.

Previous owner has clearly taken great care of everything.



I used my parentsí driveway, as space around my own house is limited. My dad worked on his Carrera 4 for a bit, and my brother came over with his MX-5 to pick up some surfboards. Four blue RWD cars all sat in a row.



Back to the E46; on startup, idle was perfectly smooth, as were low revs. Took a drive to Thursley Common, and figured one of my intake boots must have been a little loose before this morningís clean-up, as the car was pulling noticeably harder.

Love this thing.
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:09 AM   #86
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Took the brave move of ordering a new body panel off Ebay. Found a guy who sprays them to match. His feedback was impeccable, so Iíve got a good feeling about it.

He charges £120 for a new, sprayed wing. Local body shop quoted me £250 to repair my existing wing.





As you can just about see, itís a deep scratch within a dent. And right on the bloody crease. Iíve repaired and painted dents before on a VW Polo I once owned, and that went remarkably well. Donít fancy my luck on this one though.

Iíll upload pics of the new panel and probably do a step-by-step on the DIY.
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:31 PM   #87
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Yikes! Have you always had that?
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Old 09-06-2017, 05:07 AM   #88
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Yikes! Have you always had that?
Yeah man Ė since I bought it. Looks like the PO drove into a truck's tail lift or something of similar height.

It's REALLY unsightly. Doesn't look so bad in pics, but it ruins the whole line of the fender, and being on the driver's side, other road users will see it quite noticeably.
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:01 PM   #89
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Old 09-09-2017, 07:55 AM   #90
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Taking two weeks out in Croatia with my good woman.

Weíre driving down the west coast and exploring inland, too.

Hired a VW Golf but ended up with an A3, manual, diesel. The clutch is HORRENDOUS. The bite point is in the first quarter of the push, and the pedal is way over-sprung. But itís a comfortable drive.

Whilst on the subject, I tried the clutch stop mod last week. First attempt, the bolt was too long. Whilst it made shifts very easy, I struggled to get into reverse.

Tried a shorter bolt, and itís perfect. That and the CDV delete make for a very nice setup. Recommended.
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Old 10-04-2017, 01:07 PM   #91
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Evening, brethren.

Replaced the fender last weekend and nothing caught fire and no one died.



But, the engine bay torx screws were stuck hard. I do all my car work at my parentsí house because they have more space than I do at my place. So my dad helped out by hitting the jammed screws with a hammer whilst I looked away and screamed. It worked though.

On the whole, a pretty fun and easy job. New fender (to me at least) makes a huge difference.

I also put my 15mm spacers on all-round. A little premature, as I havenít got my Style 44s on yet. But that day will come.

And lastly, I rolled back to clear corner indicators. I got pretty bored of smoked and I donít think they really work with topaz blue.

Car generally running great. Although clutch is slipping a little more in the cold weather.

Just look at her.

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Old 10-04-2017, 07:30 PM   #92
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Your car will look stupid clean with those clear corners and style 44s
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Old 10-05-2017, 03:36 AM   #93
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Your car will look stupid clean with those clear corners and style 44s
Thanks, man! Just hope the ride height is good with the new wheels on.
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:53 AM   #94
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A glorious day! All hail the Parts Counter gods! Okay Ė Iím £149 lighter, but after one too many no-shows from local locksmiths (quoting £80-£100) I thought it best to go to my local BMW Service Centre for piece of mind.

They cut and coded it within 2 days, and programmed it to the car for me in about 2 minutes. A really good service. I shouldnít be so excited over a damn key, but after about 5 months of using my spare to manually open the doors, this feels GREAT.


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Nice. I still have both my original keys as well as the spare key and valet key
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Old 10-14-2017, 05:30 AM   #96
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Nice. I still have both my original keys as well as the spare key and valet key


That is some good going. Iíd love to get hold of a valet key but I donít think thereís a way.
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Old 11-12-2017, 10:30 AM   #97
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Bought a cheap XP laptop and cable off Ebay. The cable came with two DVDs which contained just about everything I could ever need, all on a one-click installer. But NCS and INPA wouldnít work. I downloaded new versions and they worked great.

I made about 30 changes to various settings Ė mostly in LSZ, IHK and GM5. Also did a hard reset of throttle adaptions through INPA.

I also recently did a quick and easy flash-to-pass LED conversion, which Iíll write about soon.

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flash to pass LED? In to hear what that is
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Old 11-12-2017, 02:57 PM   #99
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Yo! I have bi-xenons, so my halogen lights are only used as flashers. I thought itíd be nice to change those to LEDs. Main reason was colour temp (to match xenons and my LED fogs) and that nice, snappy instant on/off.

Seemed overkill but I thought why the hell not. Iím a pretty friendly driver and find myself flashing people a lot to give way or say thanks.

Put in a pair of decent LED bulbs and then fitted a pair of load resistors that have HB4 sockets on each end (male-to-female). So it was a simple plug-and-play. Didnít need to cut anything apart and factory wiring stayed intact.

They work great and just show a very, VERY faint flicker on startup which I think I can code out with NCS.

Quick and easy.

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Old 11-12-2017, 02:59 PM   #100
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nice retrofit! I had a flicker with my LED tails when I put them in. I turned off hot and cold checks and that fixed it for me. Should do the same for you
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