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    #31
    Got some more work today. Added some new hood insulation as the original was all shot and missing in most areas. I found a company that uses a material that will not absorb water and oil. www.bonnetliners.com is where I got them. You can also get them from ZM Blue Devil (Levent) on some of the boards. I got the 1/4" instead of the 1/2" and it fits perfect. The slots for the insulation are about 1/4" in depth, so just right. It was only a about $15 more that the OEM pads and are much better in quality. They are FAA approved and used in firewalls on airplanes...good enough for me. Here are a few pics of them them before and after.

    Before:


    Prep:


    Halfway on removal:


    New installed:


    I also replaced a worn out OEM sticker in the engine bay.



    I also ordered the OEM floor mat locks. I decided to try this on my not so good aftermarket floor mats to see how they work. You will see I also need to replace the whole carpet if a good cleaning does not work. I will also go from gray to black, but this is in the future for now. Installation was easy, just need to cut a hole big enough on the mat. I just measured it to try to keep them even.






    Only negative is the tab the swivels to lock it is a little too tall for the hole and in the picture it looks like it is sticking up.



    Here are some pictures of my brushed aluminum rings and painted needles. I did it as a rough draft as my guage faces need replacing and one of my needles is bent. I have another cluster that I have a few ideas in the works. The picture is of the cluster with the clear plastic off. I have it ready and polished with 3M's clear plastic polish. I used a enamel hobby paint "Bright Red" for the color. Testors required me ordering but the other brand had it in stock. I can't recall the name.




    Lastly a pic of the exterior that I just liked.

    Alex
    88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

    | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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      #32
      Got to install the George Graves interior light dimmer. Product is very cool. Do recommend it to all.

      Here are a few pics...

      The unit itself:


      Relay connected, but in the end my car did not have the factory delay so had to splice it as per his instructions which were very easy:


      Here is a pic of the driver side kick panel with the speaker removed. Under the black plastic cover at the bottom, which just pulls out, is the plug for this relay. Also there mounted on a bracket with the two phillip screws is the central locking module:
      Alex
      88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

      | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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        #33
        Another quick update which might benefit others. SEM trim paint is the best for exterior trim, but what about interior trim. Duplicolor makes a product but you have to know which black to use. I didn't want to deal with that and researched. I found a product, Colorbond by Bryndana that has color swatch and has many for BMW factory colors. They have a BMW black which I got. It was dead on. Can be used for door panels and even dashboard. Here are a few pics of the rear seatbelt plastic trim.

        Before, item installed:


        Items side by side before:


        Items after:


        Item installed:
        Alex
        88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

        | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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          #34
          This past weekend I continued on the current projects. First I removed the rear driver side door panel to start the covering swap and decided to add some insulation. Driving the past few days with out it, you get a lot of road noise through there.

          Here is the pic of a virgn interior panel from factory. The rectangle in the middle in the only little insulation BMW added.


          I went to Lowes and got Seal & Peel as it works like Dynamat but much cheaper. I am in the process of upgrading my sound system so this has a double purpose.


          Here is a picture of the insulation installed. Driving now is much more quiet. Night and day difference. I plan do to this to more areas plus when the door panels are installed, it will be more quiet.


          I then moved to my next project. Painting the front euro grills and the headlight rings. I will also replace the foam gasket with the BMW one. One side was factory the other was done with aftermarket foam and it was too big.

          Here are pics of the progess.

          Driver side before which was in good condition so it was more of a touch up to match black kidney which was done few weeks ago.

          Old foam:




          New painted grill:


          With new foam:




          Here is a pic of one of the metal, and I believe use to be chrome, headlight ring. I preped it with SEM product and then get it a few coasts. First pic is orginal mounted then painted




          New screws since the old ones were a little rusted and these were cheap:


          Installed and just pulled the other rings. This is my daily so need to keep it running. Here is a pic of how I used it over the weekend. Lookes toothless. Will recover the buckets when I installed which every new lights I installed to upgraded from these sealed beams.






          Now I need to finish the other side but ran out of SEM trim paint. Picking up a can tomorrow.
          Alex
          88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

          | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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            #35
            Another interior update. I stripped my rear driver side door panel to add the new covering. New black vinyl plus the mtech insert all stitched together. Kevin from Creative Options sells the inserts that glue on top but I want something more OEM. For a little more to make me kits for all the panels. I already have the glue and will go tomorrow to get the right foam so I can put it back together. Here is a little teaser of the original panel and the new fabric on top, minor teaser. I will sell the old coverings as they are in good condition.



            Alex
            88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

            | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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              #36
              Little update from this weekend. Finished putting the front grills and rings all painted back in with the foam. Now on to iS lip and splitter paint and install.

              Also kept on the rear panel. Going slowly as this is my first time and want to do it right.

              Here is the panel covered in new foam:


              Here is the insert part glued:


              Here part of the vinyl with glue, should finish the rest tomorrow after work:


              Also got my driver door seatbelt installed. Also this is first online pic I believe of how bad my driver seat is:
              Alex
              88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

              | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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                #37
                I got one panel done and installed. I also purchase new insulation that does behind the rear seats and hangs on the rear wall. I noticed with my old car that most of the old musty interior BMW smells comes from the old glue and insulation. I decided to get a new one to help the difference in the cabin odor. Big difference between old an new. I started on the passenger side panel today.

                Here are the pics:


                Alex
                88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

                | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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                  #38
                  Not a major update, did the insulation on the rear passenger side. Started to work on panel.

                  Alex
                  88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

                  | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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                    #39
                    Hey guys, another update. Have slowed down because I have worked every weekend for the last 2 months. This will be my last work weekend coming up and then I get them back.

                    I redid the passenger side rear door panel. I just need attach both parts and hope to finish that tonight. A little before and after:



                    I also painted the rear trunk panel as I will be installing my 2 amps. It original held my small amp for 10" sub and the two rear crossovers. I am now getting a 4-channel amp so not sure if it will hold the weight. I will give it a try first before bringing in something more sturdy and heavy.
                    Before:


                    After:



                    I also started on the re-dye of my gray carpet. I use the Colorbond carpet stuff to change to black. I followed the instructions and gave it 3 light coats. It kept the fibers as soft as the orginal. Now the original was nice a faded and also not the softest. It didnt make it harder which is what I am happy about. I guess the trick is very light coats and to nap with a brush in between coats. Here is a before and after. I also gave it a good cleaning with a professional detergent used for steam cleaning, and I just used a good brush and hot water with my shop vac. You can see an old stain, probably coffee from a previous owner.

                    Before:


                    After:

                    Alex
                    88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

                    | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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                      #40
                      Here is a pic of the panel together as I just finished it and cleaned and protected it with Meguairs #40. A little too much shine with flash. I will install it tomorrow with the carpet item. Then will install the top par of my rear seats.

                      Alex
                      88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

                      | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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                        #41
                        I just installed installed the rear section of the carpet and you can really see the difference between the original faded grey, the new black, and the dark black floor mats.
                        You can also see how stained my carpet is.


                        I got the passenger side panel in plus the top of the rear seat. I know can use this as a template to add the rear female seatbelt receptacle which is in the middle. Next job is to drill this in.


                        Alex
                        88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

                        | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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                          #42
                          I got a little done the past few days. I finished modifying the sound system. Ran new speaker wire to all for location where I have my MB Quarts with crossovers. I mounted the tweeters in the factory location. I also got my new/used JL Audio 300/4 amp to power them. I have a free to air Pioneer 10" sub mounted to the rear deck from the trunk side. I power that with a MTX Thunder amp. Overall, the system sounds good and really only to be heard inside. I don't need anything more as this is a daily and want to keep my trunk space. My speakers are the older MB Quarts before they got bought out which supposedly the quality has gone down.

                          Here is a pic of the rear trunk. I used the OEM carboard and it help up the two heavy amps but decided for something a little stronger. Got some 1/4" piece of wook and wrap it in black flannel.

                          The rear strut bar adds some protection. It will be painted body color when I paint my car. I have cleaned up the sub speaker cable since this pic was taken. I also cable managed all the cables behind the board to keep it neat.

                          Alex
                          88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

                          | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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                            #43
                            Started to work on the front panels. Removed the driver panel to replace my plastic latch and also window motor as it has frozen. Job for each was easy. I also attached the insulation like I did to the rear panels. I have new BMW OEM trimming foil to cover the door for moisture. I still have the vinyl insuation that attaches to the door panel. I am going to see if my car has the key lock cynlinder heater and also waiting on a rubber grommet for the latch rod as it vibrates and rattles the whole time. I will also clean the metal and the inside as it is dusty which you can tell in the pic. Here is the pic of how it is so far:

                            Alex
                            88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

                            | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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                              #44
                              I just applied the sound insulation to the outside panel of the innter door. I decided to leave the big holes open as I still need to have it functional to access items inside doors plus leaving the nuts been seen. Since I don't have speakers attached to the doors, I have no need. This is to keep the road noise out. I also got myself a pair of tweeter pods in mint condition. Mine had the metal tabs broken off and I removed the old OEM tweeters to re-glue my MB Quarts. The boiling water trick works to remove the old tweeters. It just leave the plastic with a light fade. I then applied 2 light coats of my match OEM trim paint. I didnt take pictures because everyone knows what they look like. You can see it with the picture of the insulation below.

                              Alex
                              88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

                              | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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                                #45
                                Today I decided to plast the trimming foil on the door, or to other, the moisture block see through material that goes on the door.

                                Here is how I got it from BMW. Took 2 months as it was backorder from Germany. One roll will door 2 doors from what they said, but looks like it can do a whole 4 door car. At least I will have spare. The is self adhevsive and clear, compared to the yellowish tint you see on a 20-year old car. It can be re-used. Hopfully tomorrow I can pick up the door panel foam so I can finish this door. Will also his the arm rest and map pocket with a coat or two of the trim paint.



                                On the door, but very clear so took a close up shot.
                                Alex
                                88 m5 | 91 318is | 01 530i

                                | BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller |

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