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      03-08-2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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I hate the 2006 e90 muffler tips.

Looks like complete garbage to me. Maybe it is just Iowa winters that are brutal on them. Not rusting, but looking bad.

I have a buddy who owns a machine shop. Question becomes, do I do polished or black covers?

I bet once I get them done with pics, they will be something that might be of interest to buy for people.

My car is black on black with black trim. The only chrome is the 325I and the badge trim. I am looking at maybe doing some aftermarket rims this spring.

Anyone else doing this or have another suggestion?
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      03-08-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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Mine look like polished tips. Do you have sport package?
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Get Dimisa or CYBA tips, they īre both great!
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      03-08-2012, 03:36 PM   #4
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They look like they were polished at one point. Now they have black on them and are ruined looking in my opinion. Will post up pics tonight.
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Try polishing them.
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      03-08-2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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Chop them off and weld on some nice 3 inch double walled stainless tips. Same spacing as stock.

Dimisa look perfect.

OEM is chrome plated, it will pit from salt etc and not hold up as nicely as stainless IMO
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My stock tips look nothing like that.
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OP.

Looks like the OEM slip on chrome tips came off or were removed on purpose. Go to dealer and get raped and get replacements and theyll look nice, or for the same price probably, do what I said above.

your picture definitely does not show the stock tips as they were from the factory.
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      03-08-2012, 11:25 PM   #10
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OK, I decided to paint the factory tips black just after I test fit the pieces I got from my friend. And no, I am not buying tips from someone when I can make them myself inexpensively.


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      03-08-2012, 11:28 PM   #11
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Here is the same angle with the rough parts.
They will easily outlast the car. As you can notice, this was before the paint on the factory to black.


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I thought about slicing them at the same angle as the factory tips, but I sort of like them straight on and then offset to each other.




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I started sanding the lip to get rid of the rough jagged marks in them. I will drill and install grub screws so they cannot come off, then decide if I want to polish them or paint them black. Hope to have them done by Monday. I love the fact that they press together. I might put a weld across the bottom of where they touch so they are 1 piece, but look separate. This is only if they rattle.
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that's just raw stainless pipe. the 325i didn't come with tips. the 330i came with chrome tips that slid over the pipe.
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Actually it is aluminum tubing.
Never rust, fall apart, etc....

Just trying to decide if I want to polish it up like glass and constantly mess with them or just paint them black and call life good. On a black car they will look sweet either way.
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That actually came out really good...I think you should cut them on an angle tho to match the stock tips
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Those tips look good
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I certainly can cut them to shape no problem. Personally I like them straight, but wasn't sure how I wanted to proceed. I am thinking about leaving them and cutting the original pipe back an inch or so. They look totally factory from more than 4 feet away, but up close like this bothers me that you can see the other pipe. If I did cut them, then it would be unnoticeable for the most part.

I used some grub screws to lock them onto the factory pipe so they are totally stealth mounted, but removable if necessary.

Since they are aluminum, I can cut them with a jigsaw or chopsaw and then sand them again so the edge is flat and square. I have a few other things going on so maybe I will update them end of month.

I have a friend who is a professional window tinter so I am doing 35 all the way around. I found some wheels I really like, and I like the grill black instead of chrome. I am pretty sure I will be done at that point other than doing something with the stereo.

Considering I have literally $13 into them total and about 30 minutes of cutting, sanding, and painting.... not seeing how anyone could complain. Since they are aluminum, I can always mess with them and they will outlast the muffler they are mounted to by years.

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I like this "style" of BMW wheel. It seems there are multiple vendors and a few slight variances, but they have to be silver. No gold or Titanuim, and definitely not black.....




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