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      03-30-2018, 07:47 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Chris's 2007 BMW 335i E90 Sedan Thread

Well I never thought I was going to make one of these for my 335i but after way more dedication/time spent than anticipated, here we are. Lately the mods have been getting better and better, so I thought it was the right time to start tracking the progress officially

As a background I started with Hondas, having a couple of S2000s before getting into BMWs. I've had an E46 325Ci, E92 328i, E82 135i, and now this E90 335i. The amount of information learned with each platform has brought me to a point to confidently conquer every aspect of these cars. I do as much work as I can myself, and it has always been that way. It's the most rewarding feeling, and what I love most about all of this!

The car is a 2007 335i. I bought it in July of 2017 with 159K on the odo, and I got a great cash deal. Couldn't pass it up. For most people, yeah that mileage is pretty scary but since I do all of my own work it was really a non-factor. Plus, the previous owners brother was a BMW tech so the car has a great service history. I even have the original window sticker!

Within the first week I bought it:





My 335i next to my 135i right before I sold it:



Within the first couple of weeks of owning the car, I had the MOSFETs fail on me. Luckily I have INPA and a BimmerGeeks cable so I was able to get the code and determine that was the problem. Miraculously I was able to find a guy no more than 20 minutes from my house that repairs the failed MOSFETs in the DME.



Over that weekend, I installed new spark plugs and I also removed the headlights so I could wet sand and polish them.





Around the same time, I started working in my career as an Avionics tech doing installs on GA aircraft.



Not long after that I completed as few small projects such as retrofitting paddle shifters (had to source a sport steering wheel with paddle cutouts, multifunction buttons for paddle shifters, and the shifters themselves). My roof and hood were faded pretty bad, so I knew from the beginning I wanted to at least wrap the roof. I bought Avery gloss black vinyl and sourced a black oem antenna cover for the roof. At the same time I also replaced the front and rear rubber window moldings.











One evening I was browsing E90post when I came across a listing for OEM pre-LCI Euro headlights. I was looking to purchase a pair because I hate the orange reflector on the US versions so I couldn't pass them up! When I installed these headlights I also installed a pair of LUX LED angel eye bulbs.









Shortly after that, one day I was browsing my local BMW Facebook classifieds when someone was selling these 219Ms for a great deal:













Over the last few months a goal of mine was to remove all of the chrome on the car. I am not a fan at all, and was determined to add shadowline trim to my already existing gloss black grilles and rear badges. I spent months browsing local Craigslist ads and forum posts and was able to piece together a complete set of OEM shadowline trim pieces. It was definitely an adventure from sourcing the parts to spending all of the time installing the pieces! I would do it over and over again though, gloss black ftw.













This picture is from a few months ago. After I finished installing my JB4 I was changing some of the setting via my laptop. A lot more performance mods will be on the way soon.



A few weeks ago I picked up an M3 steering wheel and paddle shifters (direct PnP to pre-lci paddle shifters). I am still deciding on what trim I want to purchase for the M3 wheel. I am leaning towards alcantara.



Stay tuned for some nice changes in the very near future
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This is going to keep me busy for quite a while!



Picked up some saddle brown/black interior from an LCI e90.
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Saddle brown/ black interior is going to look so much better!
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Can't wait to get it in there!

I have a few more pictures of the action. I am in the process of treating all of the leather so everything is 100% clean before it goes in the car. The carpets still need to be shampooed, which I might do tomorrow or during the week. I am planning on installing the interior this coming Saturday if everything goes as planned. I also will be doing my oil filter housing gaskets as I'm getting some oil showing up in the engine bay.













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So over the weekend I was able to get most of the interior swapped out.

Before:





I didn't take too many pictures, but you get the idea:



Black carpet going in



Dash going back in!



Almost done!







As you can see I still need to change the door panels over. The rear door panels that are going in do not have the provisions for the speakers so I will need to make the holes myself and add the black speaker trim. I still need to buy some black floormats, as well as some small trim pieces on the dash to complete everything 100%. I already have someone coming to buy the old interior in a couple of days. This was a lot of freaking work. I am really happy with how great it looks though! Would love some feedback.
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Yeah man. This is not for the faint of heart lol.

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Thank you sir

Well today was interesting. I knew of this issue beforehand, but today I started dealing with it. So I installed the front door panels no problem....





but......



The rear door panels could not be installed. My grey rear door panels had the provisions for rear speakers, while these new door panels do NOT.





There is a plastic bracket on the inside of the door panel that the speaker mounts to. I had to pry this bracket (they are glued on) off and will need to re-use it on the new door panel. I will also need to cut the hole in the panel for the speaker. Pain in the ass

EDIT: I'd also like to add a couple of tidbits from this swap. This saddle brown/black interior was from a 2010. Swapping these LCI seats into my pre-LCI car were completely plug and play. Also, these front seats have "active headsets" and are non-adjustable like the pre-LCI headrests are. Annoying lol.
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Serious props and respect, some huge mods happening here! Time consuming and very detailed, I love it.
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Great work! Those color combos work nicely. That's a big project to take on.
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A few updates:

I was able to get the holes cut in the door panels for the new speakers.

I used a two-part epoxy to attach the plastic speaker bracket to the door panels, and it worked great.





I also replaced the inner grab handle, as the one originally on the door panel was in horrible condition.



I also purchased a red start/stop button from Bimland Performance



Last week while I was poking around under the hood I saw the radiator was cracked so...





I will also be doing the oil filter housing gaskets at the same time (they just started leaking a few weeks ago)
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Got the red start/stop button swapped out



Also received my new black speaker covers for the rear door panels!



One in and one to go, I did a pretty good job of trimming the panel to fit the covers.

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As someone who's recently completed this full interior swap (currently in process of dyeing the grey seats/door cards), it aint no joke... Looks great! Good job!

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As someone who's recently completed this full interior swap (currently in process of dyeing the grey seats/door cards), it aint no joke... Looks great! Good job!

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What dye are you using? I was thinking about doing that but found a great deal on this interior. It's so much work though man. Anyone who goes through that deserves a lot of credit! Let me know how it comes out

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So yesterday I replaced the radiator. Pain in the ass lol.

To anyone who is going to replace the radiator, be sure to purchase #11 and #12 because the o-rings will be no good.



A few pics of the action:







Bad picture because of the sun, but I was able to finally get the rear door panels installed. It's so nice having all of my speakers working again lol



and finally! red push button ftw

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