Well, i thought i should do a thread for the things i've done to the car in the last 12 months, i'm not a big modifier but am pleased with how the car has turned out.
The first show i attended was Bimmerflex last year where the car was re-mapped by BW chiptune, sorry no pics of that, but it did make a difference to how the car drove, the most noticable being the increase in lower RPM torque.
The first thing i did was a refurb of the wheels, they were in a shocking state when the car was bought
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Next change was the pedals
Then the number plate surrounds
After that came the HID's
Then came the upgrade for the tunes
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All the discs were changed to EBC Turbo groves with green stuff pads and calipers painted.
And finally the lights.....Angels eyes for the front
And eagle eye LED's for the rear
And the final picture from the last meet
All have been fun doing (exception being the brakes that were done by a local indy)
After working this morning i thought i'd make the most of the sunny weather and take a few pics.....
A few more bits added:-
Carbon front splitters
Carbon rear diffuser
New door rubbers to both sides
Pics from today..
Well...after a few test fittings with the new wheels (minus tyres) and a bit of thinking this isn't going to work the wheels are on, the difficult bit was the rears being a ET35 fitments, the same as the fronts but being an inch wider, had to slightly set the rears out using a 3mm shim to clear the calipers. Suspension is being done Monday so the annoying arch to wheel gap will be gone
Bit more of an update... Had the coilovers fitted today, had to be up at 6 drove to Amd's in Thurrock (great place, very helpful and top job), they worked on the car from about 9.30 till gone 4, everything fitted, full lazer aligment and spent ages getting the car to sit perfectly even.
At the moment the cars sitting a bit high but was advised to let them settle in for a bit before dropping it lower, took a few pics on the drive as am to knackered to drive anywhere to get some descent shots.
A little bit more done today, if anyone heard a load of abuse being shouted it was me ...thought i'd have a go at a bit of carbon wrapping, did the boot handle ok then onto the mirrors, 1st attempt i spat my dummy out half way through and ripped it all off, gave up and went out for a pizza ....came home a bit less stressed so had another go, it certainly was a stress testing time! but all done, not 100% and as long as i can keep NealP and his hawk eyes away then i might just get away with it
A few pic's....thanks for looking
Just a little bit more to add, great service from Teddy @ SSDD who i emailed earlier in the week and he brought my stuff to the pod and gave a show discount, fitted them tonight so heres a couple of pics...an i'm afraid its more of my addiction.....carbon
I get the pi$$ taken at home...Chloe goes round the house and says, in various wierdo voices.... "Hello...my names Martyn....and i like Carbon"
(The first pic is done in HD hence the colour looks different)
Just a bit of an update.....heres the list of what was done today
Replaced complete clutch
Replaced spiggot shaft sleeve
Replaced front brake pads and discs
The down pipe had to be removed and the studs were seized so had to be cut of and new ones welded on.
The car feels like its never felt before, the clutch is very different and the technician showed me the old clutch plate, must have been a matter of a dozen of so presses from the rivets
No more juddering and shaking of the steering wheel when braking...... very pleased with the results (no so pleased having to pay the bill :jaw-dropping) but shouldn't really complain as i'd say it's saved me from having a bigger bill, looking forward to a nice long drive tomorrow.
A little bit more done, made the most of the sunny weather and did a refurb job on the front bumper mesh, was looking a bit tired and faded so out with the masking tape and rattle can.....pretty pleased with the results, not the best of pics but gives the general idea..
Also gave the car a wash using some stuff called "Washdrops"...has anyone used it? Its funny stuff, just add it to a bucket of water and wash a panel at a time using a sponge then it seems to part evaporate before you wipe it off with a drying towel, wouldn't fancy using it on a very dirty car as i guess you'd scratch the car with the towel, worked well though and would be handy stuff for the shows as it needs no rinsing off.
Bit of a boring day so thought what can i do to the motor, wheel bolts were kind of spoiling the new wheel look so gave them a bit of a tidy up...
Found an old box that would make the perfect holder so got them ready for spraying
At this point the Mrs came into the kitchen so any hope of spraying in there were dismissed so out into the garden it was.
Then back into the kitchen to dry off
Then back onto the car
Bit more of an update...had some spare time today and them wheels have been bugging me so wanted to at least tidy them up a bit so started off with some 600 grit wet and dry, used plenty of water and rubbed the dishes down followed but 1200 grit again using plenty of water, then dried the wheels off and went over them again using the 1200 but this time using Auto Brite metal polish in place of the water, finished them off with a polish then a couple of coats of Collenite.... heres a few before/after pics....thanks for looking
And after the first rub down
And after the final polish
Bit of an update as today made the most of the great sunshine we had, wanted to banish the winters wear and tear on the paintwork so gave it a hand wash first and rinsed off, most of the paintwork isn't to bad just looking tired except for the bonnet which was looking pretty sorry for itself, so out with the clay bar and gave it a complete going over, then used some fine cut with the electric polisher, then gave the whole car a polish with something not used before....Extreme Glaze from Autobrite and it's......awesome! Would definitely recommend it as a must have. Here's a few pictures, thanks for looking
The bonnet after clawing but before maching and polishing
Then a few pictures after the work was done
One of the best things about the Extreme Glaze is how it brings out the metallic effect
And Finally one of the car
Thanks for looking