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      08-01-2017, 01:27 PM   #45
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Loving the exhaust setup man!
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Ordered my 3.73 diff! Should come today but I don't know if I'll have time to put it in. Might make a DIY on it with pictures.

Also right as I ordered the diff, my driver's door actuator failed :/
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Ordered my 3.73 diff! Should come today but I don't know if I'll have time to put it in. Might make a DIY on it with pictures.

Also right as I ordered the diff, my driver's door actuator failed :/
Nice!! And then... not so nice!! Lol. Did you just get altered gearing or an LSD as well?
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Nice!! And then... not so nice!! Lol. Did you just get altered gearing or an LSD as well?
Just altered gearing. 128 and 325/328/330 manuals can take an auto diff and drop it right in for cheap. 3.23 --> 3.73

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The swap was a bitch from just being cumbersome but with help from a friend it went smoothly.

I really like the acceleration now, the car pulls steadily for way longer. Still no speed demon but it rips.
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Nice man a gearing change can make a massive difference. Especially if you don't mind losing a few mpg's at highway speeds
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Just altered gearing. 128 and 325/328/330 manuals can take an auto diff and drop it right in for cheap. 3.23 --> 3.73

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The swap was a bitch from just being cumbersome but with help from a friend it went smoothly.

I really like the acceleration now, the car pulls steadily for way longer. Still no speed demon but it rips.
that's awesome, would love to see an acceleration run with this diff.
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Fixed my door so I can actually use it lol, took pics along the way.

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Ordered some smoked LED side markers too! Along with that I'm getting a new 3rd brake light (mine cracked like they all do) and someone on a Facebook group I'm in sells a pre-cut out vinyl tint for the brake light, so I'm hoping it'll look decent.
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Got the deal of the century on Depo V2 headlights! My friend bought them for his 128, then is now selling his car so he said if I put his stock ones back on, helped him buy the new car (a manual M-sport 128i) and tossed some money his way, I could have them. Jumped on that deal right away.

This car is coming together way faster than I expected. Also I REALLY need a new photoshoot. The car looks completely different!
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After driving a bone stock 128i, I'm thoroughly impressed with where my car is at, especially since my mod budget is next to zero. You just gotta know how to find deals, save up and wait, prioritize and work on your car yourself!

I think next on the agenda is fix the cracked 3rd brake light. I bought a smoked vinyl overlay for it, so I gotta see if that's gonna look cool or ricer, but it was $20 so I'm not worried either way. Hoping it'll match the smoked sides and eventually blackline LCI.

Also my friend who sold me his headlights also has a "CF" spoiler I stuck on my truck just to see how it would look, and I think I'm gonna get one. Spices up the rear nicely, but it needs a diffuser to compliment it!
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After driving a bone stock 128i, I'm thoroughly impressed with where my car is at, especially since my mod budget is next to zero. You just gotta know how to find deals, save up and wait, prioritize and work on your car yourself!

I think next on the agenda is fix the cracked 3rd brake light. I bought a smoked vinyl overlay for it, so I gotta see if that's gonna look cool or ricer, but it was $20 so I'm not worried either way. Hoping it'll match the smoked sides and eventually blackline LCI.

Also my friend who sold me his headlights also has a "CF" spoiler I stuck on my truck just to see how it would look, and I think I'm gonna get one. Spices up the rear nicely, but it needs a diffuser to compliment it!
Good work! Modding a BMW on a budget is possible if you're willing to be patient and not always buy new haha. For the spoiler and diffuser, don't be afraid of eBay. I got both of mine on eBay and the quality is way better than I expected. Also decided not to do a CF diffuser and instead got a gel coated poly one and am very happy I did. Sanded/painted it with some high temp gloss black paint and clear coat. Someone tapped my bumper recently and it just flexed, zero damage. A CF one would have either exploded or at least cracked.

edie: for reference the spoiler was about $120 and the diffuser was about $170 both shipped from china and took a couple weeks to arrive.
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Some fun with the roommate's G37s!

Also fun fact: the orange foil started peeling off my driver's side turn signal bulb. If you look closely you can see less orange in the picture on that side. Got new bulbs and bulb sockets on the way - the sockets felt like they were about to crack and explode in my hand.
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Some fun with the roommate's G37s!

Also fun fact: the orange foil started peeling off my driver's side turn signal bulb. If you look closely you can see less orange in the picture on that side. Got new bulbs and bulb sockets on the way - the sockets felt like they were about to crack and explode in my hand.
Looks great! sounds like you got a really shit quality bulb
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Looks great! sounds like you got a really shit quality bulb
I think they were just the originals from 2008

Finally got a HQ pic of both the cars now!

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I think they were just the originals from 2008

Finally got a HQ pic of both the cars now!

Looks great! Those halos really made a big difference, as did cleaning up the fogs.
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Some updates:

- Bought myself a 3 stage intake mani for $80! But it needs a new large DISA
-- By the time I have the spare cash to buy a new DISA, along with the gasket set to install the piece, I imagine BimmerLabs will be up and running. Until I get AA headers or MILVs, all I need is a 330i tune basically.

- Got me a new 3rd brake light and applied a smoked decal over it (bought off a guy on Facebook for $20 ). Not a huge fan since you still see a little bit of the red, so I might get the whole thing wrapped. Also I just think tinted lights are rice, but once I get blackline tails the 3rd brake light will be the only piece not 'blacked' or 'smoked'.



- Also turns out my oil pan gasket is leaking! Gonna take this opportunity to do motor mounts. If I'm gonna go through the labor of dropping the front subframe, I might as well.
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Looking good man!! That intake mani will look nice too. Also a good opportunity to clean up the engine bay. I tend to prefer the look of the 128's engine from the 135's
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Akebono brake pads, oil pan gasket and motor mounts.

Also got wheels but I'm about to do a photoshoot so I'll hold off on posting pictures.
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Nice! These rears look wide! Specs?
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