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Thread: E46 ZHP sedan beige and black interior swap, combo, upgrade

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    E46 ZHP sedan beige and black interior swap, combo, upgrade

    So I finally finished my two-tone interior swap/mod/upgrade. It took a lot longer than I expected. Maybe about 3 weeks working on it 2-8 hours a day. A lot of down time at the start waiting for Dremel batteries to recharge, though.

    I followed this post: http://www.diymybmw.com/e46/dyeing-l...tone-interior/

    I mostly just Dremeled out the plastic welds that connect each panel together for the entire door card. Each one has 25-35 to cut out (front have more than rear) and the Dremel battery would get me through about 15-25 each time.

    Then I would clamp the pieces together, align the plastic welds, and rebuild them with some epoxy putty.

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    Once the putty was in I'd screw the pieces together.


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    2005 330 ZHP Imola Red - 1995 NA Miata
    2004 325 M56 Steel Blue Metallic - Sold
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    Stewart WP - Z4M LCAB - M3 trans/motor mounts - DICE MediageBridge Duo - ARC-8 17x8.5"
    DrVANOS - Mason Engineering Race Strut Bar - E30 Exp. Cap
    Bilstein PSS10 - Turner Sway Bars 27/21 - ECST RTAB Limiters - R.E. RSM


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    Oh man, you had me all excited... but then the pics stopped. lol
    Got more?
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    A few "before" photos.

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    After finishing, I didn't know which combo I liked best, so I drove around with both for about a week, even though I made up my mind pretty quick.

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    And the final result!

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    2005 330 ZHP Imola Red - 1995 NA Miata
    2004 325 M56 Steel Blue Metallic - Sold
    Stephen's DD & AutoX/HPDE Build Thread
    Stewart WP - Z4M LCAB - M3 trans/motor mounts - DICE MediageBridge Duo - ARC-8 17x8.5"
    DrVANOS - Mason Engineering Race Strut Bar - E30 Exp. Cap
    Bilstein PSS10 - Turner Sway Bars 27/21 - ECST RTAB Limiters - R.E. RSM


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    Overall I'm quite happy with it. I messed up the passenger rear door arm rest a bit... there's a slight gap there, but I doubt you'd notice it when actually sitting in the car.

    Total cost was about $130. $65 for the door cards from two different cars at Pick n Pull. The rest was for screws, washers, epoxy putty.

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    The black on beige door cards are available for sale if anybody wants them!


    2005 330 ZHP Imola Red - 1995 NA Miata
    2004 325 M56 Steel Blue Metallic - Sold
    Stephen's DD & AutoX/HPDE Build Thread
    Stewart WP - Z4M LCAB - M3 trans/motor mounts - DICE MediageBridge Duo - ARC-8 17x8.5"
    DrVANOS - Mason Engineering Race Strut Bar - E30 Exp. Cap
    Bilstein PSS10 - Turner Sway Bars 27/21 - ECST RTAB Limiters - R.E. RSM


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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    Oh man, you had me all excited... but then the pics stopped. lol
    Got more?

    you were too fast!


    2005 330 ZHP Imola Red - 1995 NA Miata
    2004 325 M56 Steel Blue Metallic - Sold
    Stephen's DD & AutoX/HPDE Build Thread
    Stewart WP - Z4M LCAB - M3 trans/motor mounts - DICE MediageBridge Duo - ARC-8 17x8.5"
    DrVANOS - Mason Engineering Race Strut Bar - E30 Exp. Cap
    Bilstein PSS10 - Turner Sway Bars 27/21 - ECST RTAB Limiters - R.E. RSM


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    Damn. That looks fantastic! Light Beige 2 leather interiors should have come that way from the factory.

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    Looks real good

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    Good job.

    Personally I think a beige airbag cover would flow better. And it would match the rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    Damn. That looks fantastic! Light Beige 2 leather interiors should have come that way from the factory.
    This.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vas View Post
    Good job.

    Personally I think a beige airbag cover would flow better. And it would match the rear.

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    And this.

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