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Thread: What did you do for your ZHP/ BMW / MINI today? #2

  1. #23731
    Quote Originally Posted by johnrando View Post
    Lens cover or totally different fogs?

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    eBay fogs. And therefore I had to Dremel the bulb housings a bit to get the bulbs to seat properly. Going to refurbish the old ones and keep them handy or give away when someone needs them.

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    2005 Imola Red; Black Leather

  2. #23732
    Since previous owner took good care of everything except the leather I'm been sitting on what feels like hard plastic. However periodic treatments with Griot's leather refurbisher is bringing them slowly back to life. Quite amazing actually.

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    2005 Imola Red; Black Leather

  3. #23733
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveInMD View Post
    Since previous owner took good care of everything except the leather I'm been sitting on what feels like hard plastic. However periodic treatments with Griot's leather refurbisher is bringing them slowly back to life. Quite amazing actually.
    I've had good experiences with rejuvenating hard leather using Leatherique. I'd wait for warm weather, and would also wrap the coated seats with plastic bags.

  4. #23734
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    I've had good experiences with rejuvenating hard leather using Leatherique. I'd wait for warm weather, and would also wrap the coated seats with plastic bags.
    Even E46 leather? I've had good results using it on 70s & 80s leather, but the top-coated stuff in post-E34 BMWs didn't respond as well.
    2006 330ci ZHP - Silbergrau Metallic / Stoff Laser/Anthrazit / Alu Black Cube trim / Adaptive Xenon headlights / HK hi-fi system / heated front seats

  5. #23735
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    Quote Originally Posted by John in VA View Post
    Even E46 leather? I've had good results using it on 70s & 80s leather, but the top-coated stuff in post-E34 BMWs didn't respond as well.
    I don't mean to get people's hopes up. It's not the cure-all as some on the internet would have us believe. The results won't be as dramatic in the post-e34 coated leathers, but it still made a noticeable difference (more so than some of the other leather conditioners I've tried).

    I used an entire bottle over the course of 1 week (probably overkill), during 80-85 degree weather, reapplying and covering with plastic every 1-2 days. Nothing dramatic, but at least it wasn't cardboard-hard anymore. Some of the creases and wrinkles looked to have "loosened up" and relaxed, with the leather feeling more pliable. I would say the leather went from a 2/10 to a 7/10.

    I probably could have saved 1/2 the bottle and just spritzed some distilled water onto the seats to re-moisten.

    Edit: brought it to a 7/10 after treatment. (It's subjective, so take it with a grain of salt).
    Last edited by Will; 04-08-2020 at 10:57 AM. Reason: not 80-80 degree weather, 80-85 F.

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    Everything I've read is that as good as Leatherique is, it's not that good on E46 type of leather.

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  7. #23737
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    That's likely cause BMW modified leather to give it some front-side structure and roughness. Dakota for example vs. Mereno leather (see here).
    When its totally unaltered raw but polished leather, then I bet Leatherique is the shits.
    325i, 2005, 5MT, Silvergrey, leatherette, Sport package; CDV delete, KONI STR-T & KYB Excel-G, Weisslichts, Stewart H2O pump

    328i, 2010, 6MT, Spacegrey, dakota leather, M-sport packages; all stock
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    Took my ZHP into the dealership today to get my wheels balanced to see if that would fix my problem of having the car wash all over the road after putting the summers on.
    Wasn't too thrilled about having to take a trip to any high-travel place but wore gloves and a mask - with aviators and a hat I looked pretty goofy - and brought my own lawn chair to sit out front of the shop in the sun while I waited.
    Definitely an improvement in ride quality but they claim my tires are cupping which I attribute to going without an alignment for so long. The service rep seemed personally offended when I turned down her giving me a quote for new tires, told her unless they had PSS's in stock I wasn't interested.
    Got to witness a guy coming to pick up his new Z4 M40i as well as a mystic blue M3 coupe struggle to engage first gear leaving the lot.

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    KONI Yellows | Akebono Brake Pads | ECIS cold air intake system;
    Hotchkis Sport sway bar | ECS Tuning Carbon Fiber front strut brace
    Vibrant Performance Muffler | Coby Wheel Tri-Stitch steering wheel & shift boot
    Michelin PSS | Blizzak WS-80

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    Cupping ? My money is on bad struts and shocks. Have they been replaced before ?
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    150,000 miles

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    Started doing another oil pan gasket this evening on a dinan equipped E46 325i.

    This marks my 4th car that now it's a breeze.

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

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

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