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Thread: The Orient Steed: Yet Another Touring Story

  1. #151
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    I guess I missed it Botond. Nice to hear that your engine came from another ZHP.
    Also, great information for the needles. I will try those tricks.

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  2. #152
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    Nice!

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    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, Anthracite Black "my individual" interior trim
    ESS Stage 1 Twin Screw Supercharger, Sprint Booster, BMW Perf Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, UCC Sway Bars, Apex EC-7 18x8.5 ET38
    Suspension: AST 44100 dampers, Bimmerworld front adjustable end links, Swift springs (8K front, 10K rear), Vorshlag camber plates
    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

  3. #153
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    Some updates...

    The touring only came with one key when I purchased it and kept pushing off getting a second because they're expensive. The engine swap had me thinking much harder about getting a spare because of the whole chip swap situation and not being able to order one straight up from the dealer due to the key cut and chip programming being for two different VINs. Well, Tuesday brought about a real scare because I had lost my key at work. Apparently it fell out of my pocket while I was trying to put the key in my pocket while juggling twenty million things in my hands. Come time to go home and I can't find my key anywhere. I spent an hour walking around the hospital looking for it but nobody turned in any lost keys. Defeated, I walked back towards the car to see if it was even there anymore. Being Bridgeport, it wouldn't have surprised me if someone found my key and stole the car. As I'm walking back toward the car, I spot something blue on the ground. Sure enough, it was my car key with the blue tag on it, on the sidewalk, on the same street that the car was parked. It spent all day there and nobody picked it up; absolutely shocking that it was still there. But, it got me thinking.

    Since I can't order a replacement key from the dealer as I couldn't prove that I owned the car the engine came from, I started looking at the aftermarket options. Thankfully, I found this video on how to create key replacements:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra6O...Y1SgXm&index=1

    I decided to order an AK90 programmer, two key blanks, and BMW emblems for them. I'm going to attempt making the key replacements myself, all for less than $100, about half the cost of a single key around here.





    A little while ago, I ordered a wrap that I am going to try on my original wood trim. Charlie and I tried fixing the black cube trim that I have on there currently, but unfortunately one of the trims simply doesn't want to stay epoxy'd so I'm looking at other options.

    This is the wrap I ordered:








    Needless to say, I am HORRIBLE at this. I'm quite irritated that there were so many air bubbles that kept forming as I was doing the work and no matter what I did, I couldn't get them out. I've taken the wrap off a 2 or 3 times per trim and still had issues. The second trim (pictured top) came out a lot better with only 2 or 3 minor bubbles, but the edges on both are terrible. This material is too expensive for me to keep screwing up on so I may have to live with these imperfections as I don't have the patience to fix them. It took me about 5 hours to do these 2 trim pieces... ugh!




    The first one with its many bubbles:




    The second one. Much better, but still mediocre:




    The undersides:




    We'll see how the remainder turn out.



    There's one last thing I did. I couldn't stand to let the GruppeM sit in the garage unused anymore, so while I collect a couple of small things for us to reassemble the rebuilt engine for the ZHP, I cleaned out the air filter and housing and stuck it in the touring. Man, it's hard to tell sometimes that the car has a stock 325i exhaust, with the amazing sounds it emits while rev matching and accelerating... so intoxicating.

    While this intake will be going back on the ZHP once it's back online, I will certainly not be putting a stock intake back on the ZHP Touring. We'll see what it ends up with...



    BP
    2005 330i ZHP / 6MT
    Imolarot / Naturbraun



    It's not the car you drive, it's how you drive it.

  4. #154
    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    I decided to order an AK90 programmer, two key blanks, and BMW emblems for them. I'm going to attempt making the key replacements myself, all for less than $100, about half the cost of a single key around here.
    Sounds interesting

  5. #155
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    Oooooooooooooof. Myself only having 1 fob, I've always thought about a 2nd fob as well. Luckily I still have that small plastic backup key that lives in my wallet so I never get locked out. Still concerning if the fob is lost though
    2004 BMW 330CI ZHP (well, technically ZAM)


  6. #156
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    Well if you feel so inclined and don't mind sending me your EWS and a new key, I could program one for ya. You can get a pair of brand new keys for less than $20 (USD), and perhaps another $15 for two BMW emblems to stick on 'em.
    BP
    2005 330i ZHP / 6MT
    Imolarot / Naturbraun



    It's not the car you drive, it's how you drive it.

  7. #157
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    Today I installed the nearly completed trim set. There's one piece I couldn't finish due to running out of material, but will be ordering another roll to finish that piece as well as redo a couple of other pieces due to poor installation. I struggled with the shifter trim where the window switches go. As you'll see in the picture, it starting coming up a bit where the switch slides in due to not having a sufficient amount of wrap on the underside of it to hold it properly. It'll be passable for now, and will be redoing this piece when I get the second roll. I also just realized I could also re-wrap the steering wheel trim to match...




    Overall, it came out great! I love the way light refracts off the honeycomb pattern, giving a sporadic "lit up" look to it. It was a lot of work but I'm glad I did it. The black cube trim separating despite repeated efforts to glue/epoxy it down was disheartening, so this was the next best step. I also noticed that the wood trim is probably the most durable trim; the pins are built into the trim, so there's no stupid plastic retainers to break that break on the cube trims all the time. Hopefully this lasts longer!









    BP
    2005 330i ZHP / 6MT
    Imolarot / Naturbraun



    It's not the car you drive, it's how you drive it.

  8. #158
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    The sunlight really picks that pattern up at certain angles, very cool
    2005 BMW 330i ZHP - BMWP brakes/intake/strut bar/shifter, Coby wraps interior, BBS CHs, Eagle Eye LED tails, LED fog lights, GC coilovers, Sprint Booster/sport button mod, 4.5 LCM w/ programming, Xtrons 9inch HU, BSW stg1, dynamat, M3 sedan dead pedal, oCarbon CF interior trim, CF seat backs, 2x2 CF MTECH2 diffuser, CF cabin filter cover



  9. #159
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    I am such a lazy shit.

    It's been months since I've done something, anything at all, to my car. I haven't even washed it, because I'm a lazy shit. Today kind of changed that though; it was so beautiful and not humid that I spent all day doing stuff to the car. It's well deserved. Unfortunately I didn't get to all of it, but there's still tomorrow.

    First on the list of "things to fix that the previous owners neglected to care about" was to fix the trim for the rear roller cover.






    As you can see, the right-side, when "clicked in", has the red still showing and that entire piece of trim is popped up.





    This is the other side for reference.





    Annoy me it will no longer. It was a simpler fix than I thought; remove the two screws inside the latch assembly, reposition it and the cover over the ridges on the assembly, and screw back down. Now the trim pushes down and all is well.





    Next up, I tackled my brake wear indicator light. For some reason the light tripped on my instrument cluster, even though my pads are still fine. I found the culprit. This must have happened during the engine swap, since the whole front subframe was dropped and had no light on prior to the swap.





    In preparation for a 330 front brake upgrade, I had purchased a new 330i brake wear sensor (P/N: 34356751311) as it's a different part number than the 325i. Since I haven't yet put the 330i brakes on just yet, I plugged in the new sensor and zip-tied it to itself for use later.





    I already have the calipers, pads, brackets, and ECS stainless lines from the ZHP from before I swapped in the BMW Performance calipers, though they haven't been used since somewhere around 2012 IIRC, so hopefully the calipers are still good. I have a pair of brand new slotted rotors in the garage attic ready to go as well, so I just need to buy some brake fluid and get on it!



    Over the past few days, I've been hearing a loud sound of air being sucked in somewhere in the engine bay upon startup. It only lasted about 10 seconds or so, so immediately looked at the secondary air pump. Turns out it was just the dumb hose that connects the SAP to the secondary air check valve, as those things like to be loose and not clip in properly. After nearly breaking my fingers trying to re-attach it with no success, I uttered the word "bet" and busted out the zip ties. Take that, you piece of crap!





    But wait, there's more!

    How about a little window guide maintenance?
    My window regulators creak like a mofo and these window guides are tired AF. I've already replaced two regulators in the 2 years I've had it, and don't really feel like replacing more. Hoping that pricing has fallen significantly for the window guides (LOL), I checked pricing and instead they got even more stupid in pricing. $350 for a window guide... OMFG. I took my happy ass to Auto Zone and bought a can of "Blaster Silicone spray" hoping this would do the trick. It can be used for maintenance of rubber such as window guides, so empty half a can I did on all four corners. It seems the windows move a bit easier now, but the true test is tomorrow. They usually stick to the guides pretty heavily the first time I use them for the driving session, so we'll see if that happens tomorrow.

    For reference, this is the product I purchased:









    In bigger news, I finally replaced the driveshaft (again) a few days ago. Since I've had this car, I've had 3 bad driveshafts, so is the fourth one any better? Well...

    So the first one that was in the car when I bought it, needed replacing as it had a bad U-Joint. Instead of replacing the driveshaft, I decided to do a 6-speed swap as it was originally automatic. The six-speed goes in but there was a problem with the used 330i driveshaft I had purchased for the swap. Before the driveshaft even got put in, I was told it's bad as it had play as well. Not having known to look for that, I had paid only $80 for it, which sounded too good to be true, but was told it was good. Anyway, I drove out that night a couple of states away in a rental car in an effort to buy another used driveshaft so I don't hold the swap up and so I can get my car on the road. Brought that one back and it got installed. Well... that one was bad too. It vibrated around 30mph as well as around 55-70mph. That didn't stop Charlie and I from taking a road trip in it to Shawn's house to pick up a sweet alcantara interior for Charlie's ZHP.

    Fast forward to this week. I had ordered a driveshaft from Driveshaft Specialists of Texas at the recommendation of some members here (or the FB group? I forget). It arrived and I had it installed by my buddy. Gone are the vibrations at 30 and 55-70, and instead... get a very minor vibration at above 70. I just can't fucking win with this damned driveshaft situation! But this is "good enough" for now for my Florida trip this upcoming week. I will have to figure out what to do about this when I return...



    Also still on the to-do list: Figure out where the rear washer hose goes so I can see how hard it is to replace, as well as obtain a part number. Mine has a hole in it, and as such would leak all the washer fluid in the tank right above the battery. Yay! I just left it empty the last time it happened until I can replace the hose.

    You can see where the leak was as there's a white spot where it dried:





    Also on the to-do list is to get an extensive list of all the clips I need to purchase for the rear hatch area as there are a lot of missing clips or hardware. I can practically pull off most of the rear plastics in the hatch as there isn't nearly a sufficient amount of clips still present.

    Stay tuned for the next episode of "The Driveshaft Muncher"...
    BP
    2005 330i ZHP / 6MT
    Imolarot / Naturbraun



    It's not the car you drive, it's how you drive it.

  10. #160
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    Good updates.

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    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, Anthracite Black "my individual" interior trim
    ESS Stage 1 Twin Screw Supercharger, Sprint Booster, BMW Perf Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, UCC Sway Bars, Apex EC-7 18x8.5 ET38
    Suspension: AST 44100 dampers, Bimmerworld front adjustable end links, Swift springs (8K front, 10K rear), Vorshlag camber plates
    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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