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SteelBlue

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  1. Our company made a deal to employees on house brand wheels too good to pass up on so, so I bought a set for winter. But after seeing how it looks, maybe I should have done them for summer. I really like the black on silver more than I thought. Anovia Titans, 18x8.5 x 18x9.5 +35mm. Michelin Pilot Sport Aplin’s, 225/40 and 255/35. How the currently sits. Style 193’s on Michelin PS4S’s, 225/40R18 and 255/35R18. ST coil overs this coming spring more than likely, factory suspension is starting to feel a little loose.
  2. I can't tell if I like the street or over landing look more with E70's
  3. I plan on doing a full fluid refresh on my E90 as well. Seems to be doing fine with 102K, but just for a peace of mind thing. transfer case, differential, and transmission fluid with filter. I've seen you going to town on the X5 groups regarding the hesitation/shake you are feeling on decel lol
  4. Hadn’t seen the wheels on the car yet, didn’t have much to do today, so I did a test fit on one side. Between these and the style 225’s, I think the E9X had some of the best M sport wheels. Looking forward to these being on the car full time. Just waiting till winter(currently on snows as stated in previous post). Think I am going to do some ST coil overs next year to get rid of just a little bit of the wheel gap.
  5. Does anyone have some feedback on higher mile F15/E70's? I have been looking around but wondering if there are any larger issues that these cars face down the road? I know some of the general stuff like 3rd row cars with airbags, general N55 stuff, etc. I am kind of in your same boat with looking at an E70, but also seeing some higher mileage F15's for similar costs. I like the E70, but the F15 takes a huge jump in the looks. The Imperial Blue and the brown is a great combo.
  6. Haven’t really done much with this other than drive it, which is good. Would like to change up the wheels at some point, but these fit the car so well and there’s not a lot of options for 4x100, or they’re $5,000.
  7. Got some new wheels. Style 193's from a coworker who was moving and no longer needed them, got them for a good price. They came on Michelin Pilot Aplin winter tires. I am planning on keeping these off until winter, running them with the winter tires, and then next spring, swap the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S's I just got onto them to be my spring summer tires.
  8. Great color combination. The F15 X5's are incredibly good looking. Will be the most likely successor to the my E90 after it has served it's purpose for me. Or an E70.
  9. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/752684849440304/ I love these. Would be cool to have one that matches the E30.
  10. Just running off of the factory AMP and headunit? **Reading your previous posts now**. The stock Premium system in my car sounds decent, but wouldn't mind some additional punch on the low end. Really don't want to alter the look of the rear decklid speaker housings, so maybe these in the kick panel would be a good option. Maybe replacing the tweeters as well.
  11. Using an easy up as a paint booth frame is a great idea.
  12. Great color. What do these do for fuel economy? I would imagine pretty good.
  13. Bumper repair. Could I have left this alone? Yes. Does it look better than before? Yes. Does it still bother me? Yes. Just a temporary fix until I get an M Tech bumper next year and don't have a roached out bumper. What it started as: Disassembly: As this being a temporary fix, I did what I could to make it look presentable, but not have this take multiple days. Used 220, 400, and 600 grit sand paper. I chose not to use body filler with how flimsy these bumpers are and didn't want it to crack. And once again, temporary fix. Needs wet sand and polish, but looks decent. Polished up the side markers using the headlight restore kit. M3 style trunk lip added. Replaced the angel eye bulbs with LUX V4 ones. Tried my best to polish up the headlights, but they are still kind of pitted. Passenger side is cracked in the top, top corner. So it needs to be replaced anyway. Lenses look much worse in this picture than in person.
  14. I just rent the rug doctor from Home Depot. It comes with a handheld attachment. I'm sure there are automotive focused ones that would be nice to have, but it's like $40 to rent for 4 hours or something.
  15. Did a deep clean on the carpet Sunday because of the lack of humidity. Really wasn't dirty but wanted to just so I know that it's done. Seats pulled out and then I used a drill with a brush attachment and some interior detailer to first agitate the carpet, then went over it with the carpet extractor. No after pictures, but have some before pictures. Usual crumb and change accumulation, but really not much else. Under the rear seats had a pretty good accumulation of crud that was nice to clean out as well. Pulled the subwoofer covers and cleaned those as well. Also stripped, clay bared, and sealed my windshield. Used the following to do so.
  16. F30 is great, but the E90, even my 328, feels much more of BMWs of old.
  17. I bought one of the cheap aftermarket ones on Amazon. Matches the existing trim great and has a nice felt inside.
  18. The E90 platform has never really crossed my mind as one that I would seriously consider getting into until I’ve started to live with this car. I love the way it looks inside and out, the way it drives, the size of it, etc. I thought I’d always be a slow boy in the old car, but this is really trying me in terms of my future involvement with the E30. I want my E30 to be a forever car, but it’s hard to ignore the value it holds and the risks involved with driving it, both safety wise and insurance payout if it were ever totaled(I know I could get hagerty or some other policy to insure it for its value). It really hit me driving home from RA on Friday in the E30, and then the following day in the E90. Some of the modern creature comforts and general engineering improvements are nice to be in. Because it’s old, I’m also a little more constricted in terms of how and when I am using it, but that’s my own issue(even though it just had a significant amount of maintenance done). I also can’t leave good and well enough alone so I’m always chasing something(or my own tail) in terms of what’s next.
  19. Car made the 3 hour drive up north without issue. This car is so good, it’s making me reconsider what my aspirations are for cars in the future. Did a the sunglasses holder mod before I headed up. My cup holder was making some rattling noise(cup holder E90 problems? never). Turns out there is a guide pin on the back of cup holder assembly that goes into a socket behind the dashboard. I’ve seen that it can rattle because this pin is smaller that the receiving socket, turns out my pin is just broken off. I might try the one that is sold on Amazon for the $30 bucks or however much they are.
  20. Going to start looking around. Think I am going to focus on some exterior bits before I revisit the interior after this round of additions. I actually like the comfort seats, but the sport seats definitely look better.
  21. The saddle brown interior idea was short lived. Did my interior mods as seen below and decided it wasn’t even worth giving a go. Love the way the interior looks now and don’t want to mess with it. If you want the interior, will give you a good price on it. Interior mods: Glacier Silver interior trim. Similar to the cube trim of the E46, this has a raised texture to it. I love the way it looks in the car. Sport steering wheel with M sport trim. This was the cherry on top to really transform the interior with the trim. What a difference this makes and looks amazing. Alcantara ebrake and shift boot with a better conditioned shift surround. Just to freshen it up and some different texture than the dried out leather boots. I love this interior. I think black sport seats would really set it off.
  22. I like the black interior currently in the car, but for the price I couldn’t pass it up lol I plan to keep the factory interior. So maybe enjoy the saddle brown for a bit and go back to black. also, can you share the details of your headlight setup? I’ve been going crazy trying to find something that would work for my situation and have found nothing. What aftermarket housings? Which bulbs? Plug and play with harness?
  23. Parts and things starting to pile up. Some basic maintenance items that clearly needed to be attended to. Cabin air filter and air filter, done at 99,873. Old filter. New filter in housing. As I had said in my OP, if it isn't a fun car, it has to look good and be enjoyable to be in. I think this accomplishes both, but will have to see how it comes together. I picked up a full saddle brown interior for dirt cheap. Not sport seats unfortunately, but I actually like the comfort seats in the car currently. Can always try to find some in the future. Came out of a 2011 335i. It's in pretty great condition minus a few small imperfections. I had originally bought this Colourlock leather cleaner kit to do my current interior, but ended up using on this. \ Brush is not included but is required if you have dirty leather. High traffic areas looked like this. Brown, but clearly in need of some attention. I don't plan on using the center arm rest for the time being because you have to replace the entire center console, so I used it as a test piece. This was just couple back and forths with the brush and the leather cleaner. Then got to work on doing the whole thing. Bottom is clean, top is untouched. Definitely needed it. Here is a side by side of the cleaned driver seat, and the uncleaned passenger. d Driver left, passenger right. I'm assuming the passenger seat got less use as it wasn't as dirty, but still, different shades of brown. I will have to do some further cleaning once the seats are back in the car and I can recline the seats all the way back. The top of the driver seat came back pretty decently, but doesn't have as rich of brown color as the bottom half. I'm guessing due to some sun fading. Now that it's clean, I plan to do a full rejuvenation of the leather using Leatherique. Some spots are pretty dried out, liked the rear headrest on the side facing the rear windshield. But it really could use it everywhere. I also need to get some liquid leather and some color matched dye from Colourlock. Some high traffic areas like drivers door card arm rest and some spots on the driver seat has the leather kind of worn away. All in all, for how much I paid, it should be a fun project and I'm excited to see how it works in the car. Not going in the car yet as I have a few other things that go with this to really set the interior off that I am waiting to receive still.
  24. This thread is where I found that. Having OE xenons on my E46, upgrading the lights in my F30 and F150, I really do not like halogens. I know you can buy brighter, better halogen bulbs, but they last significantly less amount of time and the cut off is not great. Need to do more research.
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