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      02-28-2015, 07:45 PM   #1
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Thumbs up My DIY of Bimmian "M-style needles"

Okay so I was tired at looking at such a boring gauge cluster...I wanted to add some color so I decided to try out the Bimmian "M-style" needles:

http://www.bimmian.com/M-Style-Red-N...r-E93-3-Series





When I first opened the bag I noticed the black centers were gloss black. To me it looked very tacky so I wanted to change the finish.

I first tried a satin/semi-gloss paint, but the finished product was bumpy and I was not happy. It is hard to tell by the picture but the finish was not very smooth.



I decided I wanted some type of textured finish, I think it will look better in the end. This time I taped off the needles and used wet sandpaper to really smooth the centers before paint.



Then I rigged up my DIY paint booth lol



I am going to do the installation now. Will post finished pictures when completed. So far I am pleased!

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OEM needles removed



comparing the OEM needles to the modified bimmian needles

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I would also like to add I was planning on doing the M3 gauge rings, but after seeing how close the rings are to the clear plastic cover I don't think I am going to attempt it

http://www.bimmian.com/Gauge-Rings-f...r-E93-3-Series
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Looking good, but will you be switching to white LED's?
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that might be something I consider in the future, do you have them done? It does look great!
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Done!

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Good job. I still pefer to retrofit the m3 cluster.
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I may eventually do this too. I sharpied mine when having the white LEDs installed and it's not bad, but not perfect. The white LEDs are a must, in my opinion!
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that might be something I consider in the future, do you have them done? It does look great!
Unfortunately, no but I was contemplating doing them soon, might order these needles and the M3 rings and do them all at once. I will definitely create a thread if I do so!
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I may eventually do this too. I sharpied mine when having the white LEDs installed and it's not bad, but not perfect. The white LEDs are a must, in my opinion!
Hey brother, do you mind sending me a link for the LED's? Seeing this get me all excited, lmao!
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Can you post a picture at night. I heard the bimmian needles dont transfer light like oem.
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Good job. I still pefer to retrofit the m3 cluster.
Thanks! and yeah I can understand that, but that ///M sitting on the cluster would bother me

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I may eventually do this too. I sharpied mine when having the white LEDs installed and it's not bad, but not perfect. The white LEDs are a must, in my opinion!
I read many people say that their "sharpie job" was always uneven and never perfect, that's why I took a chance on the Bimmian needles and I am glad I did!

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Can you post a picture at night. I heard the bimmian needles dont transfer light like oem.
Well they were wrong! The Bimmian needles look great at night.



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Hey brother, do you mind sending me a link for the LED's? Seeing this get me all excited, lmao!
you can use this for the install

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=503185
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All that work just to have red needles in day light.

Not worth it.
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oh well
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I would also like to add I was planning on doing the M3 gauge rings, but after seeing how close the rings are to the clear plastic cover I don't think I am going to attempt it

http://www.bimmian.com/Gauge-Rings-f...r-E93-3-Series
Huge pain in the ass to do so smart move not doing those. Took me forever... My gauges will be done fully modded next week. Last step is installing custom gauge faces I got
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My gripe with their needles are what you just changed, and the fact that the red looks pink when you change the LEDs to white.
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Huge pain in the ass to do so smart move not doing those. Took me forever... My gauges will be done fully modded next week. Last step is installing custom gauge faces I got
How did you get the rings out?! and what custom faces are you installing? I am interested.

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My gripe with their needles are what you just changed, and the fact that the red looks pink when you change the LEDs to white.
oh they do huh? maybe ill stick with the amber lights then...I wish they were better quality :/
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How did you get the rings out?! and what custom faces are you installing? I am interested.



oh they do huh? maybe ill stick with the amber lights then...I wish they were better quality :/
rings fucking sucked... You have to cut off a piece and even then you just have to tug. I scratched the inside of the glass bad but luckily it came off with some compound. Here's a photoshop of the faces. Hopefully they'll be installed by the end of this weekend

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rings fucking sucked... You have to cut off a piece and even then you just have to tug. I scratched the inside of the glass bad but luckily it came off with some compound. Here's a photoshop of the faces. Hopefully they'll be installed by the end of this weekend

I hope these illuminate like oem or better peter! I'm personally not a fan but you're the only that has to see it everyday
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I hope these illuminate like oem or better peter! I'm personally not a fan but you're the only that has to see it everyday
Hahaha i hope so too. I'm sure i'll get mixed reviews but i'm excited to get them thrown on and think they'll look good
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