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      12-03-2010, 11:14 PM   #1
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I finally did some modding -- BBS RGRs, perf. suspension, etc.

After having my car for almost a year, I finally started doing some modding. It all started when I bought my Euro light switch a few weeks ago from AWE46M3, then the short shifter and the performance suspension from Tischer, and finally led to thinking about getting rid of my CDV and ordering BBS RG-Rs.. The Euro light switch was the easy part, I owe everything else to Long Tran and LTBMW. In the last week, Long has installed a short shifter, removed the CDV, replaced my belt and tensioner, installed the OEM performance suspension, replaced my battery, re-set my air filter maintenance reminder and mounted my silver BBS RG-Rs. Long has been great to deal with. Anybody who lives in the San Gabriel Valley or near Pasadena should look him up. I think my old suspension was shot because the car drove like a truck. Now, with the performance suspension and the lighter wheels, it's an entirely different car. Thanks again, Long. Here are a few quick pictures I took.
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Yes, the OEM suspension kit without yellow springs, on clearance from Tischer.
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      12-03-2010, 11:45 PM   #5
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Its nice to see someone putting quality aftermarket wheels on a car. Nice choice!
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      12-04-2010, 12:25 AM   #6
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Thanks. I didn't want to participate in the "my wheels are bigger" arms race - they're only 18s.
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nice mods! the rgr's look great. is that a terra interior i see?
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Yes, it's mystic/terra and a 6MT. I've got to figure out how to put the specs on my signature, but haven't done so yet.
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Very nice, I'm still a bit confused about the performance suspension though. I've seen it listed on BMW for over $1000 and then tischer has the kit without the springs for much much less. Do the springs really cost that much or are these two entirely different kits?!!? Thanks for any help.
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Thanks. I didn't want to participate in the "my wheels are bigger" arms race - they're only 18s.
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nice rims. you should later have them blacked out.
I think blue with black looks pretty sweet.
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Very nice, I'm still a bit confused about the performance suspension though. I've seen it listed on BMW for over $1000 and then tischer has the kit without the springs for much much less. Do the springs really cost that much or are these two entirely different kits?!!? Thanks for any help.
I don't know if anybody knows the answer, but I've been very happy with the kit. While there may be some tweaks to the newer kit with the yellow springs, it certainly wasn't worth the difference in price. I bought my car used so don't know what the suspension felt like when new, but do believe the suspension could be improved upon after 55,000 miles. The original owner, as I could track on this site, had run an aftermarket suspension for at least some of those miles, but I think the suspension was shot. So, I wasn't looking to upgrade at any cost, I just wanted to replace my current suspension as efficiently as possible. Even if the new kit with yellow springs is far better, that didn't matter to me as much. Unfortunately, I can't tell how much of my improvement is from the new suspension and how much of it is from upgrading to the BBS RG-Rs, which I think saved about 10 pounds per wheel. If you're looking for the best suspension, I think you'd end up with coilovers anyway; if you're looking for a suspension replacement or slight upgrade, you can't beat the cost of the Tischer clearance kit. It may be that my stock suspension was crap or due to the wheels, but it's amazing how nice the car rides and handles now, even on runflats. Also, I think any dealer can order the clearance kit, but it depends on how much they gouge you. If you can find someone trustworthy and competent like Long at LTBMW to install the suspension at a reasonable rate, all the better. I hope this helps.
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nice rims. you should later have them blacked out.
I think blue with black looks pretty sweet.
No black for me. I'm too old for that, but with enough brake dust, they can look like diamond silver between washes!
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that was always my favorite blue
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that was always my favorite blue
Yeah, mine too. It was hard enough finding any 330i's with a six-speed transmission and sport package, so I was lucky to find one in mystic blue AND terra.
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nice rims. you should later have them blacked out.
I think blue with black looks pretty sweet.
You are truly sick if you would paint those black, especially on a blue car.
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