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      11-13-2009, 06:15 AM   #1
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Dechroming options

Hello all,

Interested in getting rid of the Chromeline shite on the 1 series... OK, it doesnt look the end of the world - but its not going to be in keeping with the theme this car will attain.

I have considered the following -

Replace Chrome (were talking round the windows here) with High Gloss Shadowline... quoted around 800 from BMW, which is both inexplicable and astonishingly expensive!

Vinyl wrap of the Chrome - could be an option, would just go for a nice shiny black to keep an OEM look, CF would look comedy and Matte black would just be random. Anyone know of a place in the North up to the job and for the right price?

Any ideas guys?

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      11-13-2009, 06:17 AM   #2
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Can't help Matt but what are your initial thoughts of the 135i??

I know 'Mr bmwbailey Hoops' did a diy job on his 335i with some tape and he'd be the first to admit it wasn't the best finish so, not that you will, but don't do it yourself!!!
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Hello all,

Interested in getting rid of the Chromeline shite on the 1 series... OK, it doesnt look the end of the world - but its not going to be in keeping with the theme this car will attain.

I have considered the following -

Replace Chrome (were talking round the windows here) with High Gloss Shadowline... quoted around 800 from BMW, which is both inexplicable and astonishingly expensive!

Vinyl wrap of the Chrome - could be an option, would just go for a nice shiny black to keep an OEM look, CF would look comedy and Matte black would just be random. Anyone know of a place in the North up to the job and for the right price?

Any ideas guys?

Matt
Do the vinyl wrap mate. I got quoted 150 for it by some guy in Reading (no use to you) but that's something to give you a benchmark figure to work with. I remember the BMW shit was extremely overpriced! I'm leaving mine as it is for the moment.
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I'm leaving mine as it is for the moment.
I think Chrome looks good on a black car. The chrome compliments the 'clean' alloys, and bits in the grill on the 6cl cars.

Problem is when you start to dechrome other bits like the grill (which I know you have ). It starts to look a bit out of place.
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Very good mate.

I will post a full 'First impressions' review and pics prob early next week.

I like... The sharper turn in; excellent, creamy, revvy engine; sharp, easy to work gearbox; fantastic noise; plus more.

I dislike... Even harsher ride; slightly slower than the mapped 335d; slightly cheap looking pop up nav screen; few other bits!

Do I like it more than the 335d? Yes and no... It's not a 'better car' but its probably 'more suitable' for me right now.

I would say that a 1 series compared like for like with a 3 series with the same mods, or lack of, would be quicker, without sacrificing much (or any) luxury...

On the other hand, there is no doubt the 3 series is the better looking car, but that will always be based on opinion.

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Very good mate.

I will post a full 'First impressions' review and pics prob early next week.

I like... The sharper turn in; excellent, creamy, revvy engine; sharp, easy to work gearbox; fantastic noise; plus more.

I dislike... Even harsher ride; slightly slower than the mapped 335d; slightly cheap looking pop up nav screen; few other bits!

Do I like it more than the 335d? Yes and no... It's not a 'better car' but its probably 'more suitable' for me right now.

I would say that a 1 series compared like for like with a 3 series with the same mods, or lack of, would be quicker, without sacrificing much (or any) luxury...

On the other hand, there is no doubt the 3 series is the better looking car, but that will always be based on opinion.

Matt
I am sure it will grow on you some more.
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I think Chrome looks good on a black car. The chrome compliments the 'clean' alloys, and bits in the grill on the 6cl cars.

Problem is when you start to dechrome other bits like the grill (which I know you have ). It starts to look a bit out of place.
Love the strategic use of clean. Yeh it won't help with darker alloys in the future as well.
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I am sure it will grow on you some more.
Sorry,

If it reads that I am not really pleased, then thats not true - I am really pleased!!

One thing I love is how all the 'tail happy' sillyness of the 350z and other cars I have had is back!!

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