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    Damian's Project

    Just thought I would detail my progress/ plans for my ride. I have a 2003 Jet Black ZHP with black leather and black cube 6MT. I purchased January 16, 2014 with 114,500 miles.

    Completed:
    Oil Mobil 1 (0W-40)
    Trans fluid (RP)
    Diff fluid (Titan Sintopoid)
    AKG FCAB
    Clutch stop mod (stopped at Lowe's OMW home from purchase for this specific purpose... lol)
    Radio power button fix
    Left rear window regulator
    K&N FIPK
    VCG
    Beisan VANOS repair kit
    Beisan anti-rattle
    Clear corners (PO)
    DISA (PO)
    Coolant Expansion Tank (PO)
    DME update (waiting at local indy for computer to finish )

    To Do:
    Brake Fluid refresh
    Clutch fluid refresh
    CDV-ectomy
    Magnetic drain plugs
    Rear diff bushings (already purchased AKG. notorious clunk has presented its ugly face)
    Shocks/ struts
    Rim re-finishing (curb rash from PO)
    Fender turn signals (painted during fender bender courtesy of PO)
    Paint Correction
    EuroCharge
    Headers?? (may not happen as they are not legal in CA)
    3.38 diff swap (donor car is in my garage)
    Suspension??

    I'm sure I am missing something but will update as time goes. Sitting in my local indy like a kid in a candy shop waiting for my DME update to finish. This is my dd and I drive about 20-25k yearly so I spend alot of time in my car and want her to have nice things!


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    Nice! Another project. Let me know how you like the DME update.
    2003 Oxford Green ZSP 5MT 330i
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    Nice list of done and pending. I love the term "CDV-ectomy". You will like the results.


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    DME Update definitely cleaned up the 2,800 power dip and improved throttle response. Unfortunately it did not turn my M54 into a jet engine.


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    Good stuff!
    Randeaux/Rando/John/jr - '06 Cic ZHP; Southern California
    "ZHP or not, I still like you"


    ZHP Performance Package, Cold Weather Package, Leather, Jet Black/Black/BlackCube, NAV
    ESS Stage 1 Twin Screw Supercharger, Sprint Booster, BMW Perf Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, Ground Control Coilovers, UCC Sway Bars, Apex EC-7 18x8.5 ET38
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    BMW Performance Strut Brace, Orion V2 Angel Eyes, No-holes License Plate, SMG Paddle Shift Mod, Besian VANOS, Gold DISA, Fan Delete, M3 Side Mirrors
    Note: Actual car no longer resembles signature picture

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    Been a while since I updated this thing. So far I have had the following done:

    Rear diff swap to 3.38 (definitely worth the shop time as the diff was free)
    Paint correction and bumper fix (traded old 330i for this work)
    Replaced side turn signals
    Rear tires
    20% Tint all around (now I look like a celebrity...lol)
    Front License plate bracket (from Turner)

    Will post new pic soon..

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    This was supposed to match stock alcantara and it doesn't come close. Gonna see how they look installed in the morning otherwise they're going back for a redo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damian View Post


    This was supposed to match stock alcantara and it doesn't come close. Gonna see how they look installed in the morning otherwise they're going back for a redo.

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    Looks way too light.


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    "ZHP is a garbage option anyway- just some cosmetic upgrades with a different cam and diff to claw back some of the performance lost fitting those hideous and heavy wheels. Any 330 with a 3.46 diff will smoke a ZHP every time. The whole Mafia thing reeks of childish behavior." - an e46fanatic

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    The headliner is not Alcantara btw

    His - 2004 Imola Red / Alcantara 330i | 6MT | ZHP |

    Her's - 2005 Black Sapphire Metallic / Black Leather 330i | 6MT | ZHP |

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vas View Post
    The headliner is not Alcantara btw
    Judging by the wording used, it looks like he had it redone in alcantara, so... now it ​isalcantara.
    BP
    2005 330i ZHP / 6MT
    Imolarot / Naturbraun



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