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Thread: The offical Cheap Mod thread.

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    The offical Cheap Mod thread.

    We all love to mod, otherwise we probably wouldn't be here. Nothing beats a cheap mod that makes a big difference and puts a smile on your face.

    Having said that, post up your cheap mods that you have done that cost under say... $50.00

    Post the name of the mod, the cost, what you did and how you did it. Feel free to add pictures or link a DIY that shows how you did it. This way we can compile one grand list of all the "poor man" mods and share new ideas that others may not have thought of.

    Golf Tee Mod: Free if you have a golf tee or screw, Not applicable to all vehicles! Works on stock mufflers. If you have the stock exhaust with the flap in it, remove the vacuum line from the top and plug it up with a golf tee. the flap remains open at all times, giving you a deeper exhaust note.

    How do you know if you have the flap? Look at your muffler, don't ask here, just go look.

    Paint match trunk spoiler: Cost, 30-40 dollars. Bought on ebay from here. Perfect paint match and fit http://myworld.ebay.com/bmwchop168/&...84.m1439.l2754



    E46 to E39 shifter swap:Cost, 30-40 and patience. Search ebay for used knobs find the one you want then follow this DIY on how to swap them out http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...tic-shift-knob.


    Carbon fiber key wrap: Cost, free. Get a free sample of vinyl carbon fiber wrap, cut out the pieces needed and wrap your key. Here is the DIY http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1832000


    LED Interior: Cost 10-40. Depending on where you shop, ebay or superbrightleds.com Remove old bulbs and replace with LED's. Here are the bulb sizes
    2 39mm x 10mm for the footwells
    2 39mm x 10mm for the license plate
    2 44mm x 10mm for the vanity mirror lights
    2 44mm x 10mm for the trunk lights
    3 194 bulbs for the center light/front maplights
    4 194 bulbs for the rear/rear interior lights
    1 39mm x 10mm for the glove box.



    Intake Heat shield: Cost, around $20 or less. Buy a sheet of aluminum, cut, bend and shape into a heat shield for aftermarket intakes. DIY found here. http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...r-less-than-80


    Add yours below.

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    The $5 alarm chirp.

    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...IY-Alarm-Chirp

    Different color roundels from Bimmian, Khoalty or others.

    For verts, a shorty antenna (~$20).

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    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
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    ^^ Reminded me of a mod I did to my e36 which can work on an e46.

    Under hood roundel: Cost free or the cost of a set of new or aftermarket roundel(s) I had bought a set of carbon fiber roundels to replace the OEM ones. I had 2 left over OEM roundels. I popped the hood, removed the cowl, measured out dead center, drilled two small holes and popped on the roundel.

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    Matte Black kidney grilles - Cost of a can of plasti-dip

    body molding cleaning - Cost of a Mr Clean Magic Eraser

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    Good point Jon. Or, rebadge with "ZHP" for just a few $$, letters available at bimmian.
    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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    OEM Aux input - $30 BMW P/N 82110149389.

    I mounted mine next to the right heated seat button - discrete when not in use, looks OEM and works perfectly.

    Buy this cable and the Bimmian Mobile dash mount for a clean setup.
    Alex '03 Imolarot BMW 330i ZHP - 6MT


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    Interior: Parrot BT | OEM Aux | OEM Homelink | OEM Alarm | LED Interior | Clutch Stop | Euro 4.0 LCM

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    Kidney stripe mod. > $20.00

    http://www.bimmian.com/M-Colored-Gri...W-E46-3-Series





    Cell phone mount mod. > $45

    http://www.bimmian.com/Mobile-Dash-M...W-E46-3-Series



    LED license plate bulb mod. > $2.54 shipped.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2-Pcs-39...70713473375%26

    CDV delete. Free. Or buy the blank insert....but it's $95.00 and doesn't meet the requirements of this thread.

    http://www.zeckhausenracing.com/BMW/E46.htm

    http://www.zeckhausen.com/cdv.htm#Benefits

    Water Pump thread cap. > $10.00

    http://www.understeer.com/onlinestore-engine.shtml



    Clutch Stop. > $10.00

    http://www.clutchstopper.com/index.html



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    How about the GAS Gold Valve DISA? I guess that counts as a mod as it's different from OEM.
    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
    How about the GAS Gold Valve DISA? I guess that counts as a mod as it's different from OEM.
    $300
    Alex '03 Imolarot BMW 330i ZHP - 6MT


    Drivetrain: 3.46 Diff | Borla Catback | Gruppe M CAI | CDV Delete | 330d SSK
    Exterior: Black Kidneys | Front License Delete | Orion V2 Coronas | OEM Clears
    Interior: Parrot BT | OEM Aux | OEM Homelink | OEM Alarm | LED Interior | Clutch Stop | Euro 4.0 LCM

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