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    The Clown is Back: Progress thread

    2005 330i ZHP Jet Black
    single owner (former BMW employee and enthusiast)
    89k miles at purchase
    sport cloth interior, 6MT


    Maintenance history from PO:

    - cooling system revamped/upgraded
    - pagid pads/rotors/sensors/fluid (done 5 days before i picked the car up)
    - poly CABs
    - fuel filter, belts, plugs, tranny/diff fluid flushes with Redline fluids
    - clutch delay valve removed
    - host of documentation paperwork for various other things up to this point in its life

    Maintenance history under my ownership completed:

    - The "Octopus" CCV system and all related plumbing 11/21/14
    - Vanos oil feed line 11/21/14
    - 2 Intake boots 11/21/14
    - oil dipstick seal 11/21/14
    - Rear tail light recall performed 12/03/14
    - (2) front o2 sensors replaced, vacuum system smoke tested 12/17/14
    - oil change 5w40 Amsoil synthetic w/ filter 01/14/15
    - Eonon GM5150 headunit install 01/14/15
    - recall for front passenger airbag completed at BMW Store in Cincinnati
    - GAS DISA upgrade 05/18/15
    - oil change with 5w40 Amsoil synthetic w/ filter 05/18/15
    - Continental DWS06 tires 245/35/18F 255/35/18R and alignment 06/17/15
    - massive 2016 spring parts install along with 5w40 Amsoil synthetic oil change w/ OEM filter at 99,900 miles
    - front driver side airbag recall completed at BMW store Cincinnati
    - OE front passenger window regulator 10/03/17 at 102,350 miles


    Overall, the car is in excellent shape, bought the car in NC and drove 6.5 hours back. she did 75-78mph @ 30mpg loaded down with an extra set of 17 inch e46 wheels/tires and extra parts (i was impressed). interior is damn near immaculate, exterior is ding/dent free and paint is overall in excellent shape. the plan is to have the hood/bumper/mirrors resprayed in the spring out of me being purely anal about things but its still in great shape (honestly haha, I'm just an idiot for aesthetics).


    List of modifications:

    - limo tint with windshield banner
    - Bimmian matte black kidney grills
    - Bimmian rear LED license plate kit
    - Eonon GM5150 headunit
    - Euro R/C/R tails
    - poly CABs
    - reprogrammed LCM with options added
    - Sprint booster w/ sport button mod
    - BMW Performance carbon fiber front strut bar
    - BMW Performance intake
    - BMW Performance shifter w/ UUC DSSR
    - 2x2 weave carbon fiber mtechII rear diffuser
    - Khoalty smoked side markers and turn signals
    - German Auto Solutions 1.2 bar coolant cap
    - Khoalty headlight lenses
    - 19x8.5F/19x9.5R BBS CH wheels in gloss black w/ Continental DWS tires
    - BBS carbon fiber center caps and BBS metal valve stems with stamped BBS caps
    - Ground Control coilovers (Eibach springs/Koni shocks w/ adj rear camber arms)
    - Coby wrapped ZHP steering wheel, arm rest, and both boots with tricolor ///M stitching
    - OEM shifter rebuild kit
    - ///M oil cap
    - 5% laminex film on headlight lenses and fog light lenses


    awaiting install:

    - Bavsound stg1 speaker upgrade

    wish list:

    - Eagle Eye LED smoked tail lights
    - VF supercharger kit
    - F/R sway bars
    - new floor mats




    From that point, I may start looking for a good wheel setup but thats the 3-4 month list up to this point of things id like to address. ill snap some pictures and post them either today or tomorrow of the car. feels good to be back in one thats for sure. i am planning to recreate the below picture in my signature too, its about time i get something more fitting for this site haha.

    snapped a few QUICK photos below. note the road rash damage over the years on the front bumper (some is still bugs from the trip yesterday). just got the tint done this morning. theres some dirt and stuff on the interior f/r from the trip but overall, killer shape. and yes, the D/S floor mat has the notorious hole in it. need to source some nice replacements and a set of rubber mats for winter.

    DSC_0619 by BADCLOWN, on Flickr
    DSC_0620 by BADCLOWN, on Flickr
    DSC_0621 by BADCLOWN, on Flickr
    DSC_0622 by BADCLOWN, on Flickr
    DSC_0623 by BADCLOWN, on Flickr
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    jet black 2005 330i ZHP
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    Congrats.

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    even though the brakes were just done, i saw someones build thread on here last week (can't remember which one) where they did upgraded M performance calipers/rotors on their car. upgrading the braking system doesn't seem like a terrible idea. ill have to dig through the build threads and try to find that again. id like to pick that person's brain on their setup
    jet black 2005 330i ZHP
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    You might want to get the recall on the taillights done. By the time you see a bulb out light, you could potentially have a hole burned through the ground hole on the harness connector. It seems to be hit or miss whether they replace that connector; my dealer did not replace it.
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    Awesome! Welcome back!

    My dealer cut the ground wire and replaced it with an auxiliary wire. They did not replace anything.

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    Well done, sir. Congrats.

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    maybe ill get it looked at then, sound like the car may burn to the ground haha. i never had a light come on in my old ZHP but found out the recall was open and just went and had them do it anyways.
    jet black 2005 330i ZHP
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    Great news. Love that pic so it will be interesting to see it with your zhp. As for brakes, you thinking the BBK kit that ECS sells (or I think there is one with StopTec IIRC) or something else?
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