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Thread: Tristan's Imola Sedan

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    Tristan's Imola Sedan

    Purchased July 5, 2013 with ~122k in Peoria, IL.

    6MT, imola/alcantara, black cube trim, no cold weather package or sunroof. All stock when I bought it except for an intake and being debadged.

    Right after the 5 hour trip home:



    The exterior was a little rough; some dings, rock chips, curb rash, a cracked rocker panel. Interior was in good shape and it was mechanically sound, though lacking a bit in preventative maintenance. I'd give the outside a 6/10 and the inside an 8/10. So I started working on it...

    So far under my ownership I've done:

    -VCG and spark plugs (NGK 3199)
    -OFHG
    -Belts and Pulleys
    -Vanos seals
    -Rear shocks/mounts/reinforcement
    -Koni Yellow front struts/mounts/reinforcement
    -Z4m offset FCABS
    -BMW performance SSK + ball cup bushing
    -M3 Engine Mounts
    -M3 Tranny mounts
    -Diff bushings
    -Fresh diff fluid (redline)
    -CDV delete
    -Steering coupler
    -M3 front sway bar + endlinks
    -Rear swaybar links/bushings
    -Front and rear brake pads + rotors (centric/textar)
    -Intake boot
    -Fuel pump
    -Window tint 20%
    -Cleaned ICV
    -Touch up rock chips
    -Front license plate delete
    -Plastidip kidney and lower grilles
    -New shift knob
    -M3 dead pedal
    -FR window regulator
    -Thorough detail (interior/exterior/engine bay)

    Theres probably some other stuff I'm forgetting...

    Here's how it sits now:





    ^^on a recent drive to Starved Rock state park

    The m3 dead pedal and interior:




    and the current project:

    Refinishing a set of csl reps because I didn't like the hyperblack finish

    It's come a long way since I got it -- looks and drives much better.

    Plans for the very near future:

    -18x8.5 square VMR Vb3 (after I paint them) and 235/40/18 Michelin PS3's
    -Ground control coilover conversion (I'm thinking 400#f and 500#r)
    -Alignment
    -Ebay headers
    -Eurocharged tune
    -Paintless dent repair

    I'll be using this thread to keep track of maintenance and mods from now on, so it should hopefully be updated frequently. Thanks for looking!

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    Sunroof delete ftw! You also get my "somewhat" biased approval for Imola!

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    Looks great!

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    Hi Tristan,

    Looks good... Waiting for a pic with the csl reps mounted...


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    2006 Coupe | Black Sapphire Metallic | Natural Brown | Gruppe M Intake | Corsa TSE3 | Michelin PSS on Apex ARC-8 | Koni Yellows |

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    Awesome color combo

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

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

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    Thanks guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by san View Post
    Hi Tristan,

    Looks good... Waiting for a pic with the csl reps mounted...


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    You and me both haha my 135s are thrashed so its long overdue. Should be done next week if the weather cooperates

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    Awesome, car looks great! I'd be interested in hearing how you like the squared 235mm tire set up after you've had them on for a little while.

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    Looking great, nice list of mods/upcoming work.
    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
    Dynavin D99+, Hardwire V1 (w/V1 Connection), BSW Stage 1 Speakers, Kicker Amp/Subwoofer
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by johnrando View Post
    Looking great, nice list of mods/upcoming work.
    +1

    Tristan, what color are you going to paint your VB3s?
    .........2008 GT Silver 997.1tt.........................2004 TiAg ///M......................2001.5 Audi S4 Avant.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    Awesome, car looks great! I'd be interested in hearing how you like the squared 235mm tire set up after you've had them on for a little while.
    Thanks, I'll definitely write up a little review. I'm hoping the squared setup will get rid of some understeer without compromising rear traction too much

    Quote Originally Posted by cakM3 View Post
    +1

    Tristan, what color are you going to paint your VB3s?
    Some kind of silver, I want them to look as stock as possible. I'm leaning toward OEM silver 144 but I think oem csl wheels have more of a hyper silver finish, so I'm kind of torn. Any suggestions?

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