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E81 130i story
16-09-2019, 09:29 PM
Post: #81
RE: E81 130i story
That brace is so sweet Inlove

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16-09-2019, 09:34 PM (This post was last modified: 16-09-2019 09:39 PM by CA_130.)
Post: #82
RE: E81 130i story
Fitting the BMWP intake is incredibly fiddly

To Make life easier its best to remove all fasteners and clips and install everything loosely, as certain parts are basically an interference fit and you won't be able to maneuver them around once you tighten even some of the fasteners

The fist problem is that there isn't much room because of the whacking great airbox and straight 6 right next to it,

Secondly, the BMWP intake is physically bigger in some dimensions which gives far less wiggle room than the standard box lid and 'nostrils?'

Lastly it is made up of more components, the intake behind the nostril(s) is now a 2 piece affair, the lid is a different shape, extended toward the fender line with a 'sound generator' extension to pipe induction sound through the cabin filters to the interior

The airbox is loosely mounted with the rubber grommets, and the sound generator is screwed in place and clips into the firewall upper weather stripping.

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17-09-2019, 11:53 AM
Post: #83
RE: E81 130i story
Wow, checked on this thread again and loving the carbon bits - good find.

I've also had it on my to-do list to sort out the airbox lid in carbon fibre, but there's always something else which comes up, lol.

Post a mini-review after driving it for a little bit, keen to hear your thoughts.

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26-09-2019, 07:59 AM (This post was last modified: 26-09-2019 08:05 AM by CA_130.)
Post: #84
RE: E81 130i story
Thanks Gav,

totally agree, I've had the resin and carbon sitting at home for what now feels like a year, its one of those things you just don't get to. And to be honest I think BMW cheated us a bit but not doing the carbon for us, but given the already ludicrous price of BMWP parts, I'm glad they didn't


I've been driving around with the intake for a few months now and there is definitely a difference in sound, a hint of some "Zorrp!" noises when you give it some motivation and the needle cracks 3000 rpm.

I'm still using the standard paper filter which I plan to change soon, but the car revs up more freely, and you can finally hear the 6 cylinder symphony ! it hints at the idea of more power, it encourages you play around corners and flat foot it in the straights, all the while keeping you acquainted with what's happening under the bonnet without looking at the rev counter.

breakfast runs have become a lot more fun, and twisty mountain roads too, and with a man-pedal cog swapper, cycling through the revs and darting around corners is more rewarding.

if you are on the hunt for power, I can't help you there, and there are definitely cheaper ways to get more power, like a decat and software, or building your own intake, but that's not what this intake is for

Yes, it allows more airflow, and yes that will ultimately amount to more power, but the difference isn't haptic or tangible

... its audible

And if a high revving NA engine doesn't do it for you, sorry buddy, I'd recommend you go to men's clinic international.

also, and this could just be me, I did see my fuel consumption go up a tick on average FencelookBiglol

I guess more air = more fuel, so I'll just blame it on the math, and not me driving after the sound smile bounce
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27-09-2019, 05:50 PM
Post: #85
RE: E81 130i story
More engine noise also equals more throttle use : tease:

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30-09-2019, 07:14 PM (This post was last modified: 30-09-2019 07:45 PM by CA_130.)
Post: #86
RE: E81 130i story
@Dewald Basson

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Back at the ranch, some more time had passed and I found myself sitting idle one Monday morning, and decided it was a good idea to finally offer up the side-skirts before work. I figured, ag man, over enough time, too much time infact !

Those of you with an IQ greater than single digits can guess what kinda happens next HammerheadRofl

Famous last words, And apparently I'm really good at lying to myself Biglol

but nevertheless, deprived of some good morning bean juice I thought it was a good idea, and continued onward.

I set about first removing the two door sill covers, which clip in and out of place with the helpful persuasion of a terminal screwdriver, for those less than co-operative clips.

I forgot to take any pics of this step as it's rather simple and mundane IMO.

I broke out the 1/4" ratchet set with a torx bit and loosened all the fasteners holding the skirt in place.

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I put the two side by side, but unfortunately the difference is hard to see on camera

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Fully installed the driver's side with door sill, and repeated the whole process on the passenger side

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There we go smile bounce


at this point time was catching up to me quick, having taken much longer than I thought I would, it was almost time to go to work.

Despite this, I found time and opportunity to test fit the carbon mirror caps I got with the intake and spoiler, the need some repair work, and I wasn't sold on fitting them yet, so a quick test fit might help I thought ?

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Like I said they need just a little TLC, but I'm still not 100% convinced. First prize would obviously be 1M mirrors, but given their scarcity and nature of the car scene in South Africa, I know that won't happen any time soon, but a guy can dream hey =)

until then, its carbon, and until I spruce those up, I'll just keep swimming with my standard mirrors smile bounce
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30-09-2019, 10:00 PM (This post was last modified: 30-09-2019 10:00 PM by boost3d.)
Post: #87
RE: E81 130i story
BI have an oem set of M3 mirrors... @hubblyking can give u advice on how to fit them if you're interested..
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01-10-2019, 07:17 AM
Post: #88
RE: E81 130i story
This car is keeping you very busy Bravo

Personally, the mirrors aren't doing it for me but keen to see them what comes next Cartel

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01-10-2019, 07:25 PM (This post was last modified: 01-10-2019 07:31 PM by CA_130.)
Post: #89
RE: E81 130i story
Thanks @boost3d

I literally checked all your ads when they were first posted Thumbs but unfortunately I'm not in the position to be able to spend a few grand on just one aesthetic upgrade, especially where I could be spending it more effectively elsewhere in life.

And I'm sure that there are a few e92 drivers out there that would love to fit those mirrors, and won't appreciate any extra holes drilled by yours truly

Definitely @SubLoaded,

she's keeping me busy even though this thread is retrospective Hammerhead there's still quite a bit to come but unfortunately it doesn't all make for good pics or reading.

I've got about 30 things waiting in the cupboard and 40 more things to do in/on the car Rofl

So let's just see what the future hold, and when exactly I'll have some tinker time to myself again Thumbs
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01-10-2019, 07:45 PM
Post: #90
RE: E81 130i story
Man I know the feeling of having parts waiting to be fitted, if only the days were longer Fencelook. Epic work so far man...

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01-10-2019, 08:25 PM
Post: #91
RE: E81 130i story
First time I've read this post. You have a way with words and story writing!

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02-10-2019, 06:58 PM (This post was last modified: 02-10-2019 07:27 PM by CA_130.)
Post: #92
RE: E81 130i story
Thanks @Kyle, yes its a real pita to be frank, and ruins the excited feeling of getting new parts BlueCry

Thanks @kickasskeegan for the feedback, really appreciated as I never know which way I'm heading in this story Rofl

I try to make it something informative but entertaining, that shows my thinking and failures/learnings along the way, as I believe this holds more value for people trying to fault find or do something similar in future

Most of what I've posted and learnt has been out of necessity and my own expense as people are generally quite against sharing information and helping one another (usually in the pursuit an odd buck or two), and at the expense of the enthusiast, so I'd like to do my bit for those that follow, and make their lives a little easier.

ah, almost forgot,

seeing as how the original sideskirts were there, I figured it was also as good a time as any to let them have a reunion with the bumpers, before selling them off and breaking up the band, and ended up with this 'inception' masterpiece photo smile bounce

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all in all it was a rushed morning, of many test fits, and yes, amazingly I was still on time for work Tiptoe

I have no idea 'how' either RoflRoflRofl
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07-10-2019, 07:50 AM (This post was last modified: 07-10-2019 07:56 AM by CA_130.)
Post: #93
RE: E81 130i story
A few day later I got a voice-note from my BIL to say the diffuser is busy drying smile bounce

I finished work a little earlier that day, and swung by to pick it up.

I was a little hesitant about the anthracite before seeing it, as initially, having a black car I wanted to color-match the diffuser fir a sleeker, more sinister look, but I was quite happy with what greeted me when I pulled up and caught a glimpse of it in the sun... as if I was being baited Fencelook

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The color the BIL's roof adds some green into the mix, so here's a partial in pure afternoon sunlight

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Its hard to see on camera, but the metalic flake from the BSM paint in the anthracite mix left these stunning red 'shards' of flake interspersed throughout and in the light the just pop !

its like staring don't a fibre optic cable, lol Bravo

he laid the clear down nice and thick to give a nice buffer when polishing it on the car, and also future proofing for any chips or scratches down the road.
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15-10-2019, 08:57 PM (This post was last modified: 15-10-2019 09:43 PM by CA_130.)
Post: #94
RE: E81 130i story
hey y'all

Work has been busy lately with the year end rush starting to take hold of everyone and everything, I haven't had much idle time to upload.

I made my way home with my diffuser in hand, and that much closer to having a complete car again smile bounce

The song my car plays when it sees me with freshly painted parts:

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If you don't get it then we can't be friends Biglol

Okay, for real now.

I got home and offered up the parts and was super pleased with the results

It might not be to everyone's taste but I like it, as it adds a nice amount of character the rear end

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Needless to say at this stage, the car was in some desperate need of a soap bath !

So when the weekend turned finally showed up, I dedicated some time to carwashing smile bounce

something I had really started to loath considering the deterioration of the roof paint, but not anymore, I was happy and excited again BlowheartTiptoe fresh black paint + car wash = something really sexy

I was looking forward to it, so much so that I went around to my other Brother in Law to fetch my pressure washer I had left by him since getting married and moving out.

I had washed car by him a few times and he had made good use of the washer as well. As a thank you gesture I guess, he went and got the foam cannon attachment for the lance, needless to say, I haven't washed our cars anywhere else but home since then Biglol

One day I'l have the full car care arsenal, but until I learn more about that, I'll just stick to the basics and use good technique wherever I can.

Some before shots:

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and let the cleaning begin !

I first knocked off and away all the loose dirt I could using the pressure washer, and working my way down from the roof to the wheels. Paying special attention to blow out all the brake dust and debris I can from the rotors, calipers and wheel wells

you'll be amazed at the crap that comes out of your brake components when you aim your gun in the right place, not to mention the massive initial bite you ger=t the first 3-4 times you go for the middle pedal Joy

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After that I broke out the foam cannon to give it a go, unfortunately I took a video of this I can't find anymore and no pics, but believe you me it was oh so satisfying.

There are enough videos on youtube of foam cannons to get your fix, so I apologise to the detail-fetishists among us.

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Rinsed and dried her off, and there she was in all her svelt, curvaceous glory

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15-10-2019, 09:59 PM (This post was last modified: 15-10-2019 10:02 PM by CA_130.)
Post: #95
RE: E81 130i story
While I was at it,

I kept having an intermittent lamp failure on the rear licence lights. I decided I was finally irritated enough and that it was time to sort it out.

Never being one to leave good enough alone, I figured I'd pop some LED's in while I was there, the added light would be appreciated when reversing in dim areas as well, since the rear window was a few shades darker after doing the tint.

The main problem is that the OEM LED's are ludicrously priced Biglol and aftermarket bulb suffer from a variety of spurious failures, from early burnout, poor fitment, color change and of cause error codes that I didn't feel like dealing with. Also, super bright blue LED's attract the wrong attention, I have spotted friends' cars at night just based on their lighting, and that doesn't do it for me.

especially when I may not exactly be driving the way the law wants me to, but in general I like to stay subtle and have non-descript looks.

So I upped the ante Cartel

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The best 12v LED's builders Warehouse had in stock Rofl

Just kidding, I actually though about this for quite some time having done something similar on my old car(s). The main issue with LED's is crap quality drivers (early burnout/flicker/fade) and too low consumption (error codes).

These would be able to comfortably deal with both these issues and more, I opted for the warm white as it looks more natural and doesn't draw any extra attention even though it throws tons of light behind the car now

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its hard to capture on the phone camera with it auto adjust settings, but trust me they're bright Tiptoe

I later changed the parks in the headlights and almost blind myself everytime I hit the keyfob Rofl (ok not really, but its hella bright now)

I should really stop giving away all my hacks, but then what would the purpose of a forum be Hammerhead Thumbs
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Post: #96
RE: E81 130i story
Not polish and no wax? Come now sir you 1/4 into washing the car Tease

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