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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



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