Was just going through my build thread here and missing my car. I think about her all the time.
Anyways, here's whats been going on with the bimmer
Around March, I ordered my black vintage plates. They didnt come in until July:
Not too long after that, I ordered some mSport gloss black kidney grilles
then I dipped my wheels
I picked up some carbon fiber eyelids. They initially sent me the wrong ones (bottom) and finally got the right ones (top) in. I've decided to probably not use them.
I picked up an M3 style front bumper (with fog lights; didnt want to get rid of my fogs). Also got some projector lens housings that have LED angel eyes since I got the standard halogen reflectors with the car. Looking to install these maybe the Monday after Christmas since I'll have the day off.
Really missing my 240 and my friends. Just bullshitting in the garage and working on it. Miss having my tools around too. :'(. I haven't met any car people out here, or really anyone for the matter unfortunately. Happy holidays
couldnt get the sides to bolt up because this metal support bar on the bottom was hitting the fog light bracket:
this thing; ended up removing it:
I need to go back out and adjust the alignment of the bumper just a bit, shouldnt take more than a few minutes. The headlights also need some minor adjustments. HIDs may be in the near future. Also need some adhesive to put my front badge on the new bumper. Ill get some more pictures in the daylight
I know there haven't really been any comments since I started posting BMW stuff. I'm on the BMW forums but don't have a thread going there. And I miss this community / seeing my 240 .
I haven't been able to snap a good night-time picture of the new headlights with my iphone. I don't own a good camera.
I picked up the cheapo harbor freight heat gun (I think this is the 3rd one I've purchased now..) and grabbed a credit card and went to town on my 328i badge.
I tried using fishing line and dental floss first but the credit card (it was actually a card from some restaurant) worked the best and didnt really scratch the paint. It left a lot of the adhesive behind though. I tried my fingernail and goo gone and anything I could think of but it just didnt want to come off. Finally, I hit it with some heat and the goo gone + microfiber rag and it came right off.
There's still just a very very fine outline of where the letters were in this picture. (It has since disappeared since having the car washed).
I got a warning from the monitoring system that my oil level was getting a little low. Probably a week before that, I received a letter in the mail saying that there was a recall part for an oil line on the turbo. I stopped by the dealership to pick up a quart of their oil for a top off and they were able to take my car in that evening to replace the recall part and add oil as part of the maintenance. They always wash and detail the vehicle before sending it out, so I got a nice free wash:
I finally got my all black badges in. I ordered 3 sets before receiving the right size:
I picked up the JB4 for this particular engine and electronic waste gate (vs. pneumatic). It's a plug and play off the shelf tune. There are a few different versions of basic maps (BMS stage 1, stage 2, JB4). The JB4 has several maps, I believe 7, that you can switch between depending on the mods your vehicle has. My car is stock other than the JB4, so I am running a map that just ups the boost from 18 psi to 22 psi. This brings the car from 233hp/241tq to the wheels to 268hp/302tq to the wheels (on CA's 91 octane). A great little bump. With this device, I could also add in a catless downpipe and switch maps for another 20ish hp/tq, and even attach flex fuel wires and start running a 50/50 mix of e85.
It has been fun so far but I try to take it easy. The JB4 tune doesnt kick in until the oil reaches operating temperature which is good. I let everything get warmed up before really punching it for the time being because of a stupid design on BMW's part. The hot pipe on this vehicle is made of ABS lol. There are accounts of peoples' hot pipes breaking under stock boost. There's an aftermarket aluminum pipe that runs about $300 that I'll pick up eventually (or sooner if mine explodes).
So that's where I am at right now. There are a ton of things that I would like to do to this car but I dont know that its worth it in the end. I am putting so many miles on it that its going to be worthless pretty quickly. I did 23k miles in 2016. I think I may stay around where I am at and look towards the next vehicle. Im really eyeing the 2 series -- I had one as a loaner last year (228i mSport) and it was a blast. They recently had their LCI (life-cycle impulse, the mid cycle refresh of their models) and the 228i is now a 230i and the 235i is now a 240i. I thought it would be funny if I picked up a 240i and still had my 240sx.
Here's a few pictures of the 228i mSport I had for a couple days:
I forgot to post a frontal view after finally getting my front badge on:
2 weeks ago, I picked up an Injen cold air intake. They are stupidly expensive for this car, and add absolutely no horsepower or torque -- it just makes the intake and blow off noise louder. I picked one up on the forums, used for only 3k miles, for a little under half price. The installation was really easy and only took about 45 minutes. Please excuse my dirty hand prints all over the finished project:
Airbox cover removed:
This is the stock upper intake pipe. It has a passage way inside that does something to mute the intake noise:
Here is the injen lower intake pipe installed:
I skipped taking a picture here.
Here is the metal intake box and upper intake pipe/filter installed:
And the finished product, the cover installed:
It sounds really good (to me). My girlfriend thinks my car sounds like a garbage truck now; I think she is confusing the sound of their brakes with the bypass valve lol.
I started a new job on 04/17/2017. I worked it out to where my last day at my previous job was 04/08/2017 and I had the whole week off. UNFORTUNATELY, on 04/12/2017 (my birthday) someone hit the front of my car IN MY APARTMENT COMPLEX, which is only about 15 people, and did not leave a note. I went looking around at everyone's cars and couldn't find any matching damage. There was no paint transfer so it was really hard to find anything. I also put up 2 signs to please call me if you hit my car, but it has been a week and no one has come forward. I'm talking to my paint guy to see about getting it repaired:
Just wanted to say hi guys, I am still around. Lots has happened in the last year. Sold my 328i and now I daily drive a 2018 M2. I got my 240 shipped to California in November. Im living in Irvine now and working on getting some parts together to "finish" the 240. Im a little less inclined to get out there and do anything to it because I dont have any "car friends" out here.
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