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Old one was too cluttered so making a cleaner one here.

Things done thus from beginning of my ownership:

- Matte Black Kidney Grilles SOLD
- Oil replaced with ELF Excellium LL-04
- New rear pads (Bendix General CT i think)
- New tyres (Achilles ATR Sport)
- Valve Cover Gasket replaced
- Spark plugs replaced
- Oil replaced with Liqui-Moly Leichtaff High-Tech 5W-40 LL-01
- #2 Ignition Coil replaced
- All filters replaced
- Electric Fan Conversion
- Oil Filter Housing Gasket
- VANOS Oil Line
- Umnitza Orion V4 Angel Eyes
- Eagle Eyes LED tail lights
- Water Pump Pulley
- Water Pump
- Expansion tank
- Expansion tank cap
- Thermostat
- Fan Switch
- Upper radiator hose
- Lower radiator hose
- Lower expansion tank hose
- Coolant flushed with Motul Inugel Extra Ultra
- Zimmerman blank rotors
- Zimmerman pads
- Siemens/VDO MAF Sensor
- Expansion Tank Cap #2
- German Auto Solutions DISA rebuild kit
- ZHP/M3 Strut Tower Brace (courtesy of bumpgums!) SOLD
- Belts and Pulleys
- Power steering fluid replaced with Redline D4 ATF
- PS reservoir O-ring, and hose clamps.
- New window regulator (front driver side)
- Gloss black kidney grilles
- Oil change with Mobil 1 0W-40 LL-01 with Mann oil filter
- Brushed Aluminium Interior trim to replace my black cube aluminium interior
- Eonon GM5150
- ECS Tuning Carbon Fiber Strut Bar Kit finished in Black SOLD
- Genuine BMW Style 32's 18x8 (225/40/18) fronts 18x8.5 (235/35/18) rears SOLD
- Front Suspension Overhaul (Febi-Bilstein M-Sport Control Arms (OEM), New FCABs, Meyle Tie Rods, Sway Bar End Links)
- Finally replaced a missing engine cover cap
- Upper and lower intake boots replaced with Genuine BMW
- Projector Retrofit (Morimoto Mini H1 Projectors, Morimoto XB35 Ballasts, XB 5500K H1 Bulbs, E46-R Shrouds, CANBUS H7 Harness)
- CCV refresh (Vaico)
- Automatic transmission service, with new filter and new gasket!
- Turner Motorsport 27mm Front Sway Bar
- ECS Tuning Billet Aluminium Dipstick - Brushed Silver
- ECS Tuning Aluminium Water Pump Pulley - Silver
- ECS Tuning Billet Aluminium Oil Filter Cap
- Genuine BMW Style 68's 17x7.5 (225/45/17) fronts 17x8.5 (245/40/17) rears
- Oil change with Liqui-Moly Leichtlauf High Tech 5W-40 LL-01
- ECS Tuning stud conversion with Mishimoto Lug Nuts
- Beisan VANOS repair/rebuild kit with VCG change
- INPA SET UP AND RUNNING!
- BMW Performance Strut Brace
- Intake Camshaft Position Sensor changed
- Lugs nuts changed to Muteki 20mm open ended lug nuts
- BMW Performance Intake

Upcoming:
- Big Brake Kit (Currently looking at a Wilwood kit, as it seems like best value, and still reasonably well known. Also looked at Brembo, AP Racing [$$$$$$$$$$], and R1 Concepts)
- Coilovers (Probably going to go Hakon. relatively new company, but extremely well regarded as it is. Also considered BC, but will likely avoid)
- New wheels (Deciding between BBS and Enkei at the moment. Leaning towards Enkei...)
 

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Aside from OEM, does anyone know where to get a recently price front strut bar?

ECS tuning's is a nice price, but with shipping it's $450 landed.
Ultra Racing has one for around $170
MasonEngineering goes near the same tune as ECS

Should I just wait for a used OEM one?
 

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Yeah I figured I probably won't notice a difference, but figured I might as well get one cos it looks pretty awesome + it'll decrease possibility of shrooming over the strut mounts iirc.

yeah, saw that one on eBay. A bit too dear for me still though.
 

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Got offered 17" M3 rims for my Style 68's. Is it worth it?

picture is here

 

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haha yeah

i'm not even sure they're genuine cos i'm reasonably sure they didn't come in 17"s from the factory?

probs gonna pass on them. I like the style 68s. i'll probably wait until a anice set of style 135s come up
 

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bump - found an M3 OEM Strut Bar on eBay for a good price, but it doesn't come with the strut mount plates(?) how easy are these to source outside of dealer? cheers~
 

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bump - found an M3 OEM Strut Bar on eBay for a good price, but it doesn't come with the strut mount plates(?) how easy are these to source outside of dealer? cheers~
Well I broke one of my plates and I think bmw Doncaster quoted me something like $500 each.

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r u srs. What did you end up doing Jimmy?

I might as well order the ECS or schmiedmann for that money. Probably cheaper too. Thanks for the info!
 

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Finally wired up the angel eyes to remote turn on. Much nicer now. My cable was barely long enough to reach the footwell light though.
 

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Will update tonight

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That's the grommet I fed the wire through. It was covered with the heat insulation material so I didn't even know that was it Lol. Don't have a pic of the other side cos I couldn't be assed to take a photo of the panel below the steering wheel taken off. That trigger could have been a bit longer, but no real arguments.

Works a treat and you don't have to extend the wire to the ecu box which is a plus. People with big hands might have some trouble getting the wire through the grommet though.

Order my brakes through clickable today. Will be put in next weekend since I won't get the parts till next week. Zimmerman rotors + pads + Motul Dot 5.1!

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