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      01-13-2017, 01:38 PM   #1
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TiAg N52 E90 Subtle Build Thread

Figured I would show the slow progression my car has made over the years. I purchased it off my Dad in 2014 and slowly but surely made changes over the years. Maintenance always came before modifications so I haven't been able to do much but it's slowly been coming along nicely. Please forgive the picture quality. It's all been shot with an iPhone.

Taken back in 2007 when my dad first purchased the car. Low angle was "cool" back then.


2014 when I purchased it off my dad. Exactly the same lol


First Modification was black grilles.


Next I found a great deal on a Performance Exhaust and have definitely been happy with it ever since.


Father and son


Next up was Blacklines. Got lucky again with a great deal. Definitely transforms the look of the rear end


Next up was adding some spacers for a more aggressive stance.



Then I did some light smoke overlays for the amber corners. Just a nice subtle touch.



Put the car to good use and got a bike rack for it.


Then came the big item. Coilovers.



Before and after


Feel like the names suits the car well.


Dressed the car up for Christmas.


Latest addition will be these bad boys. Found them at a junk yard and picked them up for a cheap $500 fully dressed.


Clearly they needed some TLC.



After some sanding and polishing. They look all pretty again. They're not perfect but they're about as good as they'll get for 10+ year old lights.




Next on the list is interior modifications. I have a roll of 3M carbon fiber vinyl that I will be wrapping the trim pieces with. Currently also in the market for some style 287 wheels.

More to come.
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      01-13-2017, 03:25 PM   #2
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Very nice! Keep posting please!!
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      01-13-2017, 03:45 PM   #3
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Nice!
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Nice progression!
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      01-14-2017, 12:05 AM   #5
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great work, the subtle mods really compliment the car well and the new headlights will make a nice addition
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      01-14-2017, 12:52 AM   #6
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Sweet Build. Curious to what size spacers are you using?
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      01-14-2017, 01:41 AM   #7
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Looking good, cannot wait to see what's next.
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      01-14-2017, 02:43 AM   #8
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If your gonna stay the oem wheel route have you thought about the 162's instead of the 287?
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Sweet Build. Curious to what size spacers are you using?
12.5mm front 15mm rear
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      01-15-2017, 09:30 PM   #10
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Nice job restoring headlights. They look so much better.

P.S. Have ou thought of doing amber delete on them before you install them? Maybe it's just me, but clear corners look very clean. Just saying
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Very nice! Keep posting please!!
Feels nice to hear a request like that. Thank you!

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Nice progression!
Thank you, madam!

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great work, the subtle mods really compliment the car well and the new headlights will make a nice addition
I appreciate the kind words!

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Looking good, cannot wait to see what's next.
Thanks, buddy!

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If your gonna stay the oem wheel route have you thought about the 162's instead of the 287?
I've never really cared for the 162's. If someone gave them to me for free, I'd rock them but I wouldn't go out of my way to acquire some. 287's are much more uncommon and I like the simpler look they have. Plus they'd be easier to keep clean lol

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Nice job restoring headlights. They look so much better.

P.S. Have ou thought of doing amber delete on them before you install them? Maybe it's just me, but clear corners look very clean. Just saying
Thanks for the kind words!

Car has already been coded. Kinda left that part out since didn't think it was a big deal but it has Amber delete, along with bulb checks taken out due to LED swaps.
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Finally got around to modifying the wiring and installing the headlights.

Testing the headlights before installation. No angel eyes at the moment. Waiting on my LUX E90 V7's.


Goodbye old headlights


Hello new beauty's


Installed smoked amber overlays. Decided to go darker this time around and I'm definitely liking it. Here's a before and after/side by side


Definitely one of the best mods I've done so far.
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The new headlights look great!! Personally I think the smoked amber overlay is a bit too dark; I would prefer what you had before. But as long as you like it that's ok!! Keep posting!
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The new headlights look great!! Personally I think the smoked amber overlay is a bit too dark; I would prefer what you had before. But as long as you like it that's ok!! Keep posting!
It looks darker in the pictures but yeah I thought I wasn't going to like it but I did end up liking it
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Car looks great. Sedans are sexy. I have the same wheels. How much drop with the coilovers? Any clearance issues?
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this is actually an awesome build.

kept the classiness in tact.

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love the progress
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this is actually an awesome build.

kept the classiness in tact.

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love the progress
Thanks for the kind words!
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Car looks great. Sedans are sexy. I have the same wheels. How much drop with the coilovers? Any clearance issues?
I just dropped it to 0 finger wheel gap on all four corners. Not sure how many inches that is, though.

I'm running 12.5mm spacers in the front and 15mm spacers in the rear so no clearance issues.
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Very subtle indeed, a nice and clean build thread.

Where did you source your exhaust?
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