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      09-13-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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*Now with Pics* - Noob official hello & first 'minor' mod

Hey guys,

Lovin' this site, looks like a good community. As per my hello in the newbies section, picked up my E92 320i LCI Le Mans Blue on Monday... really enjoying it so far.


The 'minor' mod

Noticed when I got the car the front plate was screwed on to the bumper at the top corners... why, I don't know. I have a 5 digit plate and have the smaller length plates (yes they are legal) but the holes were going to cause a problem.

I ordered the following from Fleabay
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/25x-Plasti...item3f08c6c139

I then used wet dry sandpaper and keyed the face.
Then sprayed a few coats of Le Mans Blue spray paint and clear coat.
Then widened the drilled holes on bumper to 6mm and pushed in the now painted clip.

Ended up like this, pretty happy with the finish and looks no worse than the parking sensor TBH.



Also sprayed the tax disc holder to match while i was at it

Also got rear lip to fit
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      09-13-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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      09-14-2012, 03:32 AM   #3
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welcome to the forum dude! get some proper pics of your car up??

what are future plans/mods for the car! i too have a 5 digit plate dont they just make such a difference! shorter plates are the one
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Effective 'first' mod.
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      09-14-2012, 04:14 AM   #5
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Clever idea. Looks good.

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welcome to the forum dude! get some proper pics of your car up??

what are future plans/mods for the car! i too have a 5 digit plate dont they just make such a difference! shorter plates are the one
Thanks!

Pics to come, its pis.. rained every day since I got it . Praying for a dry weekend.

Mods in head so far...
Debadge (Floss at the ready )
Spoiler (purchased )
Black Kidneys
Painted Front splitters (can't find LCI ones for E92, I wondered if pre-LCI could be adapted???)
Paint brake calipers/rotors black (how bad is rust on BMW calipers, even my Fiat wasn't this bad)
Nut covers for wheels... more rust! (std on my Audi)
Spacers for rear (maybe front)
Lowering springs (although read reports Eibach Pro Kit doesn't lower 320i front enough.)

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Search '1SH' on here and check his thread re: Eibach Lowering Springs for 320i's.... I believe it does not yield the lowered look some want so havea good search and shop around for what you yourself are looking for looks wise. Great list of mods btw
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      09-15-2012, 04:16 PM   #8
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Debadged today

Spoiler still in wardrobe

Managed to get a few pics today, but need to get out for a photoshoot... SLR has dust on it!





Note, my drive is on a slope hence massive gap at rear wheel... other side looks
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you got a full on front pic? mine has same prob, I want to use my small plate but there's 4 drill holes...

car looks good, liking the blue everytime I see more pics!
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Debadged today

Spoiler still in wardrobe

Managed to get a few pics today, but need to get out for a photoshoot... SLR has dust on it!





Note, my drive is on a slope hence massive gap at rear wheel... other side looks
very nice...jaelous
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you got a full on front pic? mine has same prob, I want to use my small plate but there's 4 drill holes...

car looks good, liking the blue everytime I see more pics!
Cheers.

Sorry don't have full front pic...yet. I'll try and get one tomorrow.

You could follow the same principle as I have used, although it may be more noticable with 4 holes. If it looks bad, stick a normal plate back on hiding the larger holes created. Not ideal, but least you tried.

Why the hell do they need to screw them in, I thought twice was two times too many... four on the otherhand!
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I know, it looks stupid and ruined a bumper!

the smaller plates look so much better, makes the car look bigger/meaner
but the holes I just couldn't live with :S

the back plate is held on by 3 long strips of doubled sided, couldn't they have just done the same on the front?
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Looks nice, loving the mod as well!

I was considering moving to a sticky numberplate and this might provide me with the way to do it!
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Welcome...

I've got a 5 digit plate and you've got my poor brain going with more ideas!!

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Welcome and congrats! Car is looking good! Happy Modding!
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ah- i too have those pesky drill holes. i will be doing the same in the near future
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Car looks awesome mate well done!

where did you get your lemans spray paint?
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Looks top! Whereabouts are you based? Would be cool to get a meet organised or similar
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Looks top! Whereabouts are you based? Would be cool to get a meet organised or similar
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an E92 Ace Cafe Breakfast meet! lol
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Will sort it soon Sumil dude Before the weather dies.
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Car looks awesome mate well done!

where did you get your lemans spray paint?
Ordered the spray paint from Ebay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Aeroso...item4169f92513

Halfrauds will make up cans too there and then based on paint code. Good enough for minor cosmetic mods.


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In god's country mate... Scotland
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A way off then

Arrange one your way next year then I could go for a road trip ..
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