Monthly Archives: March 2012

The wrapping begins….

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So… Its a tedious process, but we got the film in and have started the matte white wrap.

We are using 3M ScotchPrint 1080.  Its simply the best material to work with in the marketplace. its made by 3M (like our Di-Noc material http://www.bimmian.com/CFF ).  It stretches really nicely, has adhesive that allows you to remove the material easily in the event of an application error, and allows great stretching and shrinking to get around curves and corners.

As you will see in the pictures below, we have done the hood and fender… more to come!

Notice the blue accents on the hood grilles and mirrors (yes, the pictures from the iPhone are pretty bad but you can see it).  We would like to use this accent color on various parts of the vehicle, however, 3M doesn’t make this color material, so we had to use a no-name.  Its peeling off already.  Proves never to waste your money on unknown wrapping films!    We are searching for a suitable replacement for this film.

You will also see that we wrapped the roof in 3M Carbo-Noc carbon fiber material (more info at http://www.bimmian.com/CFF ).  Having a pattern, this is a thicker material to work with, but still worked AMAZINGLY well.  Since this M3 has the sunroof, I figured this was the next best thing to having a real carbon roof! I will get some better pictures later to show you the shimmer of this amazing material.

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And the color is…..

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So since the beginning of this project, we knew we were going to wrap this car… but we couldn’t figure out which color to do.  Even when we asked our staff, customers, sponsors, and Facebook http://www.bimmian.com/facebook fans what color to do, they were equally split between the two.

Well, after a long time deciding, it ended up being a close call between gloss orange and matte white.

We chose…… Matte white.   We will post again when we start the transformation.

The picture below is NOT our car, but a sample that I found online.  I like it.  I think it looks really clean and modern.

Now just to figure out what color to do the wheels….. custom anodized anyone?!?

Let me know what you think….

Teaser: Key ID

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So now that we have our Bimmian E92 M3 showcar, we have two cars with the same style of key.  I got wondering if we can come up with a good way of marking they keys with identifying colors to be able to tell them apart more easily.

So… being bimmian: we got creative with a design that we already engineered: our carbon key covers (http://www.bimmian.com/CKC).  We had some cut in both grey and brown.  (In hindsight, not the nicest colors, but they matched the interior colors of the M3 (grey) and my X5 (tobacco brown). I used the interior colors because the M3 is Jerez black, which isnt much different from the key already, and the X5 is Monaco blue, which is really dark blue, and wouldn’t be visible on the key either.

I tried to apply these to the keys in various ways…. review the below and give me your feedback?

Is this horribly ugly?

Which accent looks best?  Centers? full coverage? Stripes?

Do you have a need for this?

Would you buy this if offered?

Let us know what you think!

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DecalWerks Smoked Headlight Protection Film For BMW from Bimmian

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Our E92 M3 is a 2008 with only about 45k miles on it.  Already the headlights are pretty pitted and damaged by stones.  This damage is visible in the right light, difficult, though, to capture using my iPhone camera.

I wanted to not only mask this damage, but also protect them from the future, I had two options.  I could either have covered them in our clear lens protection film (detail at http://www.bimmian.com/LPF ) or covered them in our smoked films (detail at http://www.bimmian.com/SOF ).

The smoked lens films come in three different color shades. Light, medium and dark.  IMO dark is too dark for use on headlights, as it diminishes light output.  So I really had only two choices.  I ended up choosing the lightest film, which will give a subtle tint to the headlights, while protecting them and insignificantly affecting light output.

Here is how its installed… (the pictures make the material look purple-ish), its not like that in real life)

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Unroll material.  Get a heat gun (or hair dryer) and an blade.

Thoroughly clean the lens, so it is free of dust, dirt or wax.

TAKE YOUR TIME, plan to spend at least 20 minutes per light, if you rush, you will be disappointed with the results.

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Figure out which side is up, and which side is left and right by holding the cut product up to the vehicle.

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Warm the material with the heat gun for a couple moments so it is obviously more flexible, and apply loosely to the headlight, lining it up as you go.  Hold the material by the tabs on each side, to avoid touching the back part of the film where it will stick to the lens. The material is forgiving so if you apply it incorrectly, you can pull it back off and reposition it.   Make sure the material stays warm during application as this will save you effort later in working it to fit the headlight.

Use your finger to press the material to the lens along the horizontal middle.  Just run your finger across the middle of the lens from left to right.

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Since the headlight is concave, there will be excess material at the top and bottom.  Warm the material with the heat gun again, and use your finger to push out from the middle line that you already created, up towards the top and bottom of the material until it all adheres. You may have some material hang over the sides, and you will definitely have material on the ends where the finger grip tabs are.

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Use your knife to trim around the edges of the film where it overhangs the light.

Any tiny air bubbles will work themselves out over time, and any adhesive ripples will diminish over time as well.

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Just to see what it would look like, I put an LCI headlight overlay ( http://www.bimmian.com/HAO )on top of the film.  Not sure if I like it.  What do you guys think??

aFe Power MagnumFORCE Stage-2 PRO 5R Cold Air Intake System for our BMW E92 M3

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Look what UPS brought us today….. an aFe Power MagnumFORCE Stage-2 PRO 5R Cold Air Intake System for our BMW E92 M3 project car.

This kit was provided to us by our good friends at JleviSW.  Thanks guys!

This Stage 2 air intake system produces 18 max horsepower, 15lbs. x ft. torque and out-flowed the factory intake by 41%. This unique intake system is designed to use the factory intake box to seal the intake tube and filter and tube against unwanted underhood temperatures while increasing air flow and velocity for optimum performance.  This air intake system features a washable/reusable conical Pro 5R air filter for maximum flow and filter life, a dyno tuned intake tube and all the hardware necessary for an easy installation. This system is truly a silent killer.

For more information please check out http://www.bimmian.com/AFI

As you can see, we’ve unboxed the kit and put it on display in the engine bay…. I’m eager to test this thing out, lets get started.

 

We have to disconnect the connector from the air duct.

Then use a screwdriver to remove the clamp holding the duct to the intake manifold.

Remove the screws holding the air box cover on.

Gross.  Good thing we are changing this filter.

Remove the filter, and vacuum out the inside of the air intake box.

Our new filter is assembled and ready to be installed.

Put the intake into position, and reinstall using the clamps.

Reattach the connector to the aFe air duct.

Reinstall the air box cover.

I’m really excited to get this installed.   Ill post back to this thread after I take the car for a drive.

Carbon Key Covers to Protect And Improve The Look Of Our BMW Keys

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Today we are just going to do a simple 5-minute mod, which is actually pretty cool.

We are using carbon film to cover our key.  This will both give it a new look, cover damage, and prevent more damage from occurring.

These overlays are available for most BMW vehicles with remotes, and are computer cut to ensure the best possible fitment on your key.  Check them out at http://www.bimmian.com/CKC

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Our plain key.

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The overlay kit from Bimmian.com which we will apply to our key.  Each kit includes patterns to do a pair of keys.

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Each piece is cut to specifically fit one of the black areas on the key.  One by one, line them up and stick them on.

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There is the finished product!  Just as promised…

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Lets do the backside.

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Looks great!

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Goes great with a M3 key chain!

Essential Mod: Interior Xenon Bulbs – Ultimate Kit

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One of the signs of a high end vehicle are the xenon lights…  you know, that pure white glow which illuminates everything so well…. and looks amazing.    As BMW drivers, most of us have these on the outside of our cars (if not, check out http://www.bimmian.com/HIR), but what about the INSIDE?

We are stuck with these “Thomas Edison” style interior lights… how boring.  Lets get out of the 1800s and get some modern LEDs in there!

This is a very popular first-time mod, and its available for almost every BMW vehicle at 3 different price points.  Check out the detail at http://www.bimmian.com/IXB – theres a great video there that explains the differences between the 3 varieties available.

The installation instructions shown here are for an E92, but are very similar for e90 and just about every other BMW vehicle.

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The original incandescent bulbs that were installed in our E92 M3.

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Taking a step back, this is the look before replacing the bulbs with Interior Xenon Bulbs.

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Lets start on the center console. this is the trickiest one to remove.   Tilt the mirror back and use a flat-head screwdriver to compress the two metal clips located right behind the center of the map lights.

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Once removed, unscrew three bulbs from the back side of the light housing.

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Pop off the plastic bulb cover.

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Disconnect the electrical wires from the light and use a screwdriver to push forward on each of the map lights through the hole on the back to remove the map light coversfrom the housing.

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Here is our replacement kit.  We are using the ULTIMATE kit which includes full replacement modules where possible.

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Pull the light bulb out of the holders and put the holders back into the light housing.

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Use one of the oval shaped bulbs and press it into the base.  This can be tricky, insert it on an angle to spread the metal contacts in the receiver properly.

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Do the same for te middle dome-light.

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Reconnect the power and test all 3 lights — looks a lot better compared to those ugly dim stock bulbs.

Repeat this for the rear dome light.

 

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Next in the back, use a flat head screwdriver to pop out the rear footwell lights.

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Unplug from the vehicle and use a screwdriver to separate the housing into two pieces.

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Remove the 2 glass bulbs in each lens, and replace with the tiny included LED bulbs — with LED pointing outwards of course.

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Plug in to test, then snap everything together, and back into place.

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In the doors, there is a tab you need to compress on the end.  Press it in with a flat head screwdriver and pull the module out.

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Take a similar looking module provided in the ULTIMATE INTERIOR XENON KIT and plug it in, then clip it back into the door (repeat for other side)

 

 

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Install the bulb in the trunk in the same way as we did the doors.

 

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Now to change the footwell lights.

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This is again done in the same way as the doors.

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For the glove box light, its difficult to see here, but we remove the module in the same way as the door light, but just replace the bulb inside with a similar-length LED bulb included in the kit.

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Finally, we have to do the lights behind the visors.

 

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These come out by pulling on the frontwards edge with your fingers.  Remove the bulb and replace with an included LED bulb of similar length.

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Everything is a nice match — beware of competitors kits where bulbs are made in different factories, the LEDs will not match!

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The interior looks much better now that all the ugly orange is gone.

Note that the leather color is a blueish grey color, so the leather looks a lot more blue under these lights.   Look at the footwell to see better what it will look like on black.