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Did you give the builders their scaffold pole "exhaust" back once you'd got it off the car?


Nice work. Good to have more than one project on the go.
 

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Discussion Starter · #42 · (Edited)
I used the exhaust to go pole vaulting!


Well I took it for a blast down the by pass, goes surprising well, acceleration wise you certainly don’t have to plant your foot to the floor and rev the balls off it to get moving, I’ll have to get used to that after being in the R53, it actually feels like it’s not doing much then you look at the speedo and realise your upto 60 very quickly, then 60 to 70 is a very quick pull, nice and torquey

it is giving a bit of white smoke on acceleration at times but I suspect that may be linked to the dodgy (possibly empty) cat/EGR assembly as a quick google says the EGR being stuck open may cause that, I’ll give Sean the pleasure of looking at it for me at some point

also noticed one of the injectors looks to have a slight leak too
 

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Discussion Starter · #43 ·
Quick little job, swapped the chrome boot handle trim for a black one
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Having had a look in google I’m thinking for getting the chrome light trims front and back and grille outer painted the same colour as the body as Millsy had/has on his R56, want to move away from black surrounds on this one as I see a lot of them about
 

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What do we think of this, I’ve plasticoted the head and tail light rings, I want sure about doing them black but with the lenses being smoked I think it looks quite good

on the front there is a black grille and black spotlights on the way, so I’ll probably do the surround black too as well as blacking out the chrome on the lower grille, the beauty of the plastidip is I can peel it off if I don’t like it

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I even bought a basic white version of the paint to see roughly how colour coded would look but I think black looks better so I peeled it off, what do we prefer?
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Discussion Starter · #46 ·
A quick play about with markup on the iPhone to turn the front grilles black, I think the chrome surround will look quite good if I leave it but lose it on the bottom grille
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Discussion Starter · #47 ·
Got bored earlier and wanted to see how it would look with a G-Wing, unbolted the one off the R53 and placed it on the boot lid, I think it looks quite nice, will have to keep an eye out for one







It’s back off again now and on the red car again
 

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As nice as the black lights are I’ve taken them off as I went to work in it last night and I couldn’t see 6ft in front of me, I had to turn back and grab some tools to adjust it before I set off but it wasn’t much better, it also only went into full beam on one headlight but if you flashed they both worked!

got myself some LED headlight bulbs today off Amazon to see if that would make it better but once I fitted them they just made the other lights go haywire, flickering on and my off, then one of the auto dimming DRL stopped working and rhebside bulb blown symbol came up on the dash so I’ll have to have a look at that when I get a chance, I think the bumper might have to come off again to get the lights out as I can’t get to it from the wheel arch, I’ll get a multi meter in the connection first though as one side light wire appears to have been bodged by the previous owner so it might be that but that side is dimming ok

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Discussion Starter · #49 · (Edited)
A quick mod this morning, Joey’d one of the standard headlights

first job was getting the lens off which I managed with a hair drier and a trim remover tool to save scratching anything with a screw driver
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next up was unscrew the chrome bezel from the glass part of the headlight, I actually sprayed it with the plastidip paint but it reacted so I had to rub it down and start again at which point I thought sod it I’ll paint it with proper paint, rubbed the dodgy paint primed it up
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I then went to the headlight and masked the internals off while still on the car, basically I’ve made sure the smooth reflector isn’t painted
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trimmed back the masking tape and masked off around the light
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This time I rubbed back the chrome to get the shine off it and used etch primer, heated it up first with the hair drier to aid the adhesion
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heated it again to speed up drying and gave it a coat of gloss black then once dry removed the masking tape
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the orange indicator was a puzzle to what I was going to do then I realised I had a sheet of perforated vinyl that I bought to black out some headlights years ago, cut a square off and stuck it to the lens, it didn’t go on very well then I heated it and it melted slightly enabling me to push it on nicely
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put the lens back on and job done, will get the other side done tomorrow morning, really pleased with how it’s come out plus I can actually see at night with them!
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the only other annoying thing to happen today is the black grille (and more importantly included the spotlight brackets) have gone missing in the post, the seller sent the parcel recorded delivery and it’s been accepted by the post office if you check on their website so it’s not dodgy but it’s been ‘in transit’ for a week, the seller refunded me this morning but the part is no longer available from BMW so I’m knackered!
 

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Discussion Starter · #50 ·
And the other side done, took this one off the car to do though due to the weather

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Did a grille swap and fitted the spotlights today

I had to buy a couple of grilles to get the combo I wanted, I did buy an OEM black grille/spotlight bracket combo from eBay but that went missing in the post, I then ended up getting a bare spotlight grille brand new from BMW and used black grille from a beaker which I took the slats off, with an eBay discount offer it actually worked out cheaper than the original missing grille

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fitted the brackets to the car
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I think ill leave the chrome surround on it, I do have a black lower grille to fit when I get the chance though, that arrived today too but it’s a bumper off job
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Discussion Starter · #54 ·
I like spots.
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I’ve checked the bulb holders and it does look like it’s one of the spots that’s playing up I’ve got a feeling the connector between the existing bulb holder and LED light has dropped inside the light assembly so it’s a bumper off job to remove the assembly, not a huge issue I’m going to do that later and swap the lower grille too while I’m about it, hopefully get the spot lamp wiring done too
 

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Discussion Starter · #55 ·
Another productive day, got the bumper off and removed the spotlight and yes the holder had been pushed inside the assembly, managed to get it out and it’s now connected properly

while the bumper wa I went to change the lower grille only to find it was the wrong one despite checking the BMW parts site and it saying it would fit, I’ve got a feeling it’s actually off an aero kit bumper
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so I’ve put the original grille back on but painted out the chrome with plasticote as per the light rings, while I was about it I’ve wired in the spotlights

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next up I used a 3M headlight restoring kit after I saw someone else had used it with great results

before, cloudy, marked and rough lights
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polished again
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and wiped off with a microfibre cloth
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back on terra firma
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I think some new number plates might be in order at some point as they look a bit scabby now
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cosmetically Im done for now unless a cheap G-wing comes up but I think getting the cat refitted will be the next job and maybe new O rings on the injectors as I can see one of them has a leak
 

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Discussion Starter · #56 ·
All being well I should be collecting a Lohen GP wing on Tuesday, get that fitted during the week with any luck

I’ve still got to get the car in for the tracking though, might get it over to somewhere carsorbikes recommended to see if they have any joy unseizing the track rod ends, other than that I need to get the DPF/cat thing back on it

I’ve not used it too much, popped over to Lincoln and back the other day and averaged 67mpg over the 200 odd mile journey, I’ve only filled it once in the month I’ve had it and it only took £45 of diesel, it’s still 1/2 full as well
 

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Discussion Starter · #57 ·
Picked up the spoiler today, hopefully get it fitted tomorrow, it looks tidy enough, it’s fibreglass rather than injection moulded like the orranje one, finished in Matt black, forgot to get a pic of it but it’s like the one below

 

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Discussion Starter · #58 ·
Spoiler fitted


First up was remove the Cooper S spoiler


And refit the original Cooper spoiler


Clamped the new one in place


A few MM down from the gutter strip


I then drilled the holes for the screws, it’s a different fitting to the orranje one which uses rivnuts and bolts, this one has threaded torx screws


It’s not as good quality as the injection moulded orranje wing, in fact one of the mounting lugs began to crack as I tightened the screw into the tailgate but for what I paid for it I’m more than happy!
 

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Discussion Starter · #60 ·
Bit more cyber squandering this evening

a set of 18” JCW R113 alloys, one a bit scabby but still more than useable, good tyres all round

hopefully get them fitted tomorrow if I get a chance
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not bad for £150!
 
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