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      04-17-2014, 01:22 PM   #1
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The Official Cheap E90/E92 MOD DIYs

Please use this thread to post cheap ( ~100$ and less ) DIY for mods you have done. I will be posting one over the week-end probably.

Please provide a detailed DIY preferrably with pictures and links to parts needed.

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Caliper painting

Cheap net front passenger side for storage

DIY 15$ pre-lci to lci tail light "conversion" E90

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Sub'd, I keep finding great stuff in searching but this could be a great one stop shop for random projects on rainy days.
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Sub'd, I keep finding great stuff in searching but this could be a great one stop shop for random projects on rainy days.
That is exactly the reason why I started this thread. I saw something like this on other forums and it is amazing. Cheap mods are always nice to keep yourself busy and happy with your car.
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I think vinyl wrapping the "wood" interior trim pieces is my favorite so far. I know there are a million threads already on the subject. My only tip is, if you choose to use a vinyl with a brushed finish, make sure they cut your piece of vinyl the long way instead of the short way. I realized too late that with the piece they sent me (some ebay seller) I can only wrap the long pieces with the brush marks vertical. I think it would look better horizontal.
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I replaced my 6MT shit knob with the ZHP Shift Knob.... Huge sub- $100 improvement. Just pull off the old one and push on the new one...No tools required

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I think vinyl wrapping the "wood" interior trim pieces is my favorite so far. I know there are a million threads already on the subject. My only tip is, if you choose to use a vinyl with a brushed finish, make sure they cut your piece of vinyl the long way instead of the short way. I realized too late that with the piece they sent me (some ebay seller) I can only wrap the long pieces with the brush marks vertical. I think it would look better horizontal.
You say "wood" but you know it is actual wood not cheap plastic like american cars and japs
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You say "wood" but you know it is actual wood not cheap plastic like american cars and japs

+1, if fake I would cover up immediately but it is kind of nice and I normally hate wood in any car post 1975.
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So the wood in all e90/e92 is real wood ?
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So the wood in all e90/e92 is real wood ?
It is probably veneered but it is real as far as I have always heard.
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Subscribed, this is definitely a thread i'll be venturing into and maybe adding in my own DIY's if I do any haha
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I recommend the Torque Pro application. I bought it for about 4$, bought this : http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-OBD2-EL...item5af4d4d95c

Easy and Cheap way to read codes and delete them. There's also a lot of cool stuff to do with the Torque Pro application for Android.
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Under 100$.... i can fill my tank and drive about 200-280 miles... by far the best thing you can do for your car. P.s. i always fill chevron but mobile is pretty good too.
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I replaced my 6MT shit knob with the ZHP Shift Knob.... Huge sub- $100 improvement. Just pull off the old one and push on the new one...No tools required

thanks for the quick and sporty upgrade!
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I didn't have the time to do my mod yet but did buy what I need for it. I will post it soon.
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I recommend the Torque Pro application. I bought it for about 4$, bought this : http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-OBD2-EL...item5af4d4d95c

Easy and Cheap way to read codes and delete them. There's also a lot of cool stuff to do with the Torque Pro application for Android.
anyone know of the iphone app that will also read/delete codes?
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Exterior mods...

Here's what I've done to mine so far < $100...
Euro side mirror glass: $100
Walnut blasting gun/material: $90
Painted side/fender reflectors: $75
Tinted side markers (fender turn signal): $50
LED angel eyes: $50
Converted all interior lights to LEDs: $50
K&N filter: $50
K+DCAN cable for coding: $35
Plasti dipped kidney grills: $15

Here are a few that are > $100...
BMW Pedals: $150
Changed cluster LEDs from amber to white: $150
Active Autowerk Charge Pipe: $300

Future plans...
CF wrap interior and mirror caps: $150
Wheel Spacers: $180
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Here's what I've done to mine so far < $100...
Euro side mirror glass: $100
Walnut blasting gun/material: $90
Painted side/fender reflectors: $75
Tinted side markers (fender turn signal): $50
LED angel eyes: $50
Converted all interior lights to LEDs: $50
K&N filter: $50
K+DCAN cable for coding: $35
Plasti dipped kidney grills: $15

Here are a few that are > $100...
BMW Pedals: $150
Changed cluster LEDs from amber to white: $150
Active Autowerk Charge Pipe: $300

Future plans...
CF wrap interior and mirror caps: $150
Wheel Spacers: $180
We have done many of the same!

What do you mean by walnut blasting? That makes me think of what we did on DI Turbo MINI's for carbon buildup. Just curious.
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Here's what I've done to mine so far &lt; $100...
Euro side mirror glass: $100
Walnut blasting gun/material: $90
Painted side/fender reflectors: $75
Tinted side markers (fender turn signal): $50
LED angel eyes: $50
Converted all interior lights to LEDs: $50
K&N filter: $50
K+DCAN cable for coding: $35
Plasti dipped kidney grills: $15

Here are a few that are > $100...
BMW Pedals: $150
Changed cluster LEDs from amber to white: $150
Active Autowerk Charge Pipe: $300

Future plans...
CF wrap interior and mirror caps: $150
Wheel Spacers: $180
We have done many of the same!

What do you mean by walnut blasting? That makes me think of what we did on DI Turbo MINI's for carbon buildup. Just curious.
You're exactly right. Carbon build up on these N54s are out of control. Depending on driver's road habits, you could be looking to do the blast every 30-40k.
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Here's what I've done to mine so far < $100...
Euro side mirror glass: $100
Walnut blasting gun/material: $90
Painted side/fender reflectors: $75
Tinted side markers (fender turn signal): $50
LED angel eyes: $50
Converted all interior lights to LEDs: $50
K&N filter: $50
K+DCAN cable for coding: $35
Plasti dipped kidney grills: $15

Here are a few that are > $100...
BMW Pedals: $150
Changed cluster LEDs from amber to white: $150
Active Autowerk Charge Pipe: $300

Future plans...
CF wrap interior and mirror caps: $150
Wheel Spacers: $180
WHy 150 ? Did you pay someone to do it for you ? I really want to do this but I'm afraid I will break the darn thing.
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I think this should be listed here :

Modify your jack stands to sit inside BMW jacking points.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=727131
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Here's what I've done to mine so far &lt; $100...
Euro side mirror glass: $100
Walnut blasting gun/material: $90
Painted side/fender reflectors: $75
Tinted side markers (fender turn signal): $50
LED angel eyes: $50
Converted all interior lights to LEDs: $50
K&N filter: $50
K+DCAN cable for coding: $35
Plasti dipped kidney grills: $15

Here are a few that are > $100...
BMW Pedals: $150
Changed cluster LEDs from amber to white: $150
Active Autowerk Charge Pipe: $300

Future plans...
CF wrap interior and mirror caps: $150
Wheel Spacers: $180
WHy 150 ? Did you pay someone to do it for you ? I really want to do this but I'm afraid I will break the darn thing.
Yes, I paid someone to do the led conv. You can pick up the LEDs for cheap, but the trick is that you can't just use any ole' soldering gun. Has to be a really fine tip, and extra caution not to burn the board.
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