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      06-11-2019, 11:27 PM   #23
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A few glory shots while the cars still buttoned up. Drives wonderfully on the coilovers and new control arms.

Height is also great, looks nice IMO and I'm not struggling to get in and out of driveways or carparks, even with a full car! Guess that's the silver lining when it comes to running 19" wheels on this platform haha!





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The car is driving well. Being the tinkerer that I am, she ended up on jackstands for the past couple of weeks as I wanted to sort out some more things and I'm only able to put work in sporadically with my current work/life situation.

Picked up an M3 style bootlip for the car.



I fitted the Motiv flex fuel kit and upgraded fuel lines from the fuel filter to the HPFP.



While I had the intake manifold off to tighten the aftermarket fuel line to the oem HPFP hard fuel lines, I had a look at my intake valves.




I was expecting worse, so I think they were blasted/cleaned about 30 - 40k km ago. Still not happy with it, so I guess I'm going to do a walnut blast in the near future

Next on the DIY list will be a transmission overhaul. I am currently running the xHP stage 3 flash and it is great. I was very impressed with how fast a ~10yo conventional torque converter automatic could shift. However, I recently checked my adaptation values in xHP and they weren't too flash:




Don't mind the difference between actual and average values - the averages are not a realistic indication for a car with ~130k km of wear like mine.

I don't have any significant issues with the tranny while driving, but I've noticed the shifts between 1st and 2nd are a tad harsh (not that I have WOT traction in 1st anyway). Based on my understanding, 700mbar is the line where the transmission can compensate for wear without bringing up issues that you would ordinarily perceive while driving.

I've got new fluid, a new filter, various sleeves and plan on grabbing a set of solenoids (for the mechatronics unit). I suspect the previous owners have not touched the transmission. Hopefully my plan of attack will improve those xHP values and improve shifting feel and response further.

I also have sourced a combox from an E84 X1, and a spare dash cluster from a 325i, so I will be tackling a CIC retrofit and playing around with my 335i cluster to add some interesting features in the near future.
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      07-13-2019, 07:24 PM   #25
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Coming along nicely! Keen to see the progress
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Last weekend I did a CIC retrofit to the car.

Picked up a bunch of bits over the past few weeks:
E9x CIC screen, wiring, connectors and glove box USB
E84 X1 CIC head unit, controller, reverse camera and Combox unit.

Pretty happy with it, as it's so much better than the dated CCC unit.

I grabbed the E84 bits, as I was specifically after a 2012+ CIC unit with the C1A firmware, and E84's were built right up to about 2015, so this opened my options up more when looking for a suitable donor car, particularly as the X1 is a less desirable car for enthusiasts and part pullers.

You can script activate C1A firmware CIC units and enable nav without needing an emulator, or someone with an ICOM cable to update the CIC firmware to C1A. Yoda aka PeterY has previously covered this in his build thread. The process was quite involved but my CIC unit is basically coded as if the car left the factory with the unit.

Looking forward to getting the combox in and enabling BT audio and BMW apps.







One interesting thing I realised was the E84 X1 came with an OEM reverse camera that integrates with the CIC unit. OEM reverse cameras were never a thing on the E9x.

After some discussion with NickCo43 on the E9x Discord server, I figured I may aswell look into retrofitting the OEM X1 reverse cam and camera module to my car.

I'm starting to rethink my plans to to beyond simply changing the fluid on my 6at to improve it. If I can find a decent 6mt box from a wreck, I may just start piecing together a manual conversion.
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Nice update mate! I may need your expertise later on
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Got the LCI tails on

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Did you go with OEM or Depo? I was super happy with the depo tails on my old 2011 WRX

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Last weekend I did a CIC retrofit to the car.

Picked up a bunch of bits over the past few weeks:
E9x CIC screen, wiring, connectors and glove box USB
E84 X1 CIC head unit, controller, reverse camera and Combox unit.

Pretty happy with it, as it's so much better than the dated CCC unit.

I grabbed the E84 bits, as I was specifically after a 2012+ CIC unit with the C1A firmware, and E84's were built right up to about 2015, so this opened my options up more when looking for a suitable donor car, particularly as the X1 is a less desirable car for enthusiasts and part pullers.

You can script activate C1A firmware CIC units and enable nav without needing an emulator, or someone with an ICOM cable to update the CIC firmware to C1A. Yoda aka PeterY has previously covered this in his build thread. The process was quite involved but my CIC unit is basically coded as if the car left the factory with the unit.

Looking forward to getting the combox in and enabling BT audio and BMW apps.







One interesting thing I realised was the E84 X1 came with an OEM reverse camera that integrates with the CIC unit. OEM reverse cameras were never a thing on the E9x.

After some discussion with NickCo43 on the E9x Discord server, I figured I may aswell look into retrofitting the OEM X1 reverse cam and camera module to my car.

I'm starting to rethink my plans to to beyond simply changing the fluid on my 6at to improve it. If I can find a decent 6mt box from a wreck, I may just start piecing together a manual conversion.

Manual conversion is the way to go mate. Doing the swap is relatively easy, getting all the parts is the hardest bit of this mod.
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Did you go with OEM or Depo? I was super happy with the depo tails on my old 2011 WRX
I went with the Depos after doing a fair bit of reading on them, although I kinda wish I held out for a good deal on used OEM's haha.

I came across an older thread where someone took pics of OEM LCI's and the Depo tails side by side. They looked identical to me and the OP mentioned looked 99% alike in the flesh. IMO not worth the added cost unless getting a good deal on OEM LCI's.

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Manual conversion is the way to go mate. Doing the swap is relatively easy, getting all the parts is the hardest bit of this mod.
I blame you and Pete for making me want to do crazy things to what is probably a $15k car now still love it though, honestly wouldn't trade it for anything else right now
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I went with the Depos after doing a fair bit of reading on them, although I kinda wish I held out for a good deal on used OEM's haha.

I came across an older thread where someone took pics of OEM LCI's and the Depo tails side by side. They looked identical to me and the OP mentioned looked 99% alike in the flesh. IMO not worth the added cost unless getting a good deal on OEM LCI's.



I blame you and Pete for making me want to do crazy things to what is probably a $15k car now still love it though, honestly wouldn't trade it for anything else right now
Haha glad to help jzx
Never been cheaper to mod with lots of cheap parts around compared to a couple of years ago
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Well it's been a while since the last update and I haven't made much progress other than collecting more parts, as I got married back in January.

Fitted a bootlid handle reverse camera and updated the CIC maps to 2020

Also did a few other things!

Wheel studs


335is aux rad


M3 style cluster with variable redline coded in


I also completed a headlight refurb. I ended up getting Bavgruppe V3 round halos, Bavgruppe LED indicator lights, ZKW-R projector lenses, some random China white bulbs for the cornering assist lights and I already had a pair of Morimoto 6500k HID bulbs. I highly rate the Bavgruppe stuff, seems like in a completely different league to the generic China stuff that is always hit or miss.

I initially grabbed some China headlight lenses but they did not fit that well. DO NOT use China lenses for e92/e93 - they are rubbish!!! I sorted this out by going for Bimmerjakes lenses and they are soooo worth the extra $$. They claim their lenses are OEM and I don't see any reason to say otherwise, they had the same markings and overall quality as my factory lenses, whereas the eBay/China lenses obviously didn't fit as well, but didn't have the usual OEM style markings.

Opening up the headlights



Poverty work area



Found the reason why one of my outer angel eyes was all yellowed out and looking like crap. I believe something previously fried itself in there as some of the headlight wiring was exposed. Oh well, easily fixed with new rings and some heatshrink.



All back together





How they turned out (I should give the headlight lenses a decent coat of wax)








Very pleased with the results as they basically look like a more modern version of the OEM headlights, which is what I set out to achieve.

Also picked up a few more handling bits, mostly thanks to vtl. I swear this guy is bad for plenty of Aussie e8x/e9x owners' wallets


GAS front monoballs (e9x M3/e82 1M control arm variant)


Rear monoball kit


Rear subframe bushings - these are made by Private Label Manufacturing


No photos of the M3 rack that I grabbed from the UK, but it's in great nick and only needed a small clean up.

If I get hit with a "work from home" or self isolation order, I might be able to make some substantial progress instead of hording parts. In saying that, hope you are all well and staying safe!
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Well, car is back on the road for now. Very pleased with the headlights!



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I like it. Nice work! Just wondering what wheels studs did you go with? length?
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I like it. Nice work! Just wondering what wheels studs did you go with? length?
I went with 56mm studs as I don't plan to run spacers larger than 10mm. If i can find wheels in the perfect spec, I won't need to run spacers at all! Haha.
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I went with 56mm studs as I don't plan to run spacers larger than 10mm. If i can find wheels in the perfect spec, I won't need to run spacers at all! Haha.
Thanks again Was it these from ECS?
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Great progress on the car J.... looking awesome..... lights are a lot of work, lots of effort put in here and it shows
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