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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:16 PM
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Debadging the ZHP?

I was looking my car over trying to think of cool things to do with it and I realized that the ONLY "plasti-chrome" left on the car is the 330i trunk badge. It looks out of place IMO. As I could care less if people think it is a 330, 323, or 325 I was thinking of removing them altogether in prep for my new "look" I will be trying out soon (I hope).

So what say ye dear Bimmer Bros? De-badge or no?
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:20 PM
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Will you keep the lip on the trunk?
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:44 PM
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Atleast that badge isn't needed for anything really. Can look smoother without it.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:47 PM
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Lose it! Serves no purpose except to advertise for BMW.

Your car hardly resembles a stock E46 anyways so what's the point of having a badge?!
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:58 PM
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Your car hardly resembles a stock E46 anyways so what's the point of having a badge?!
This statement made me happy!

I also found this thread on ZHP mafia about it and a pic of what my car would look like, I likey!

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:58 PM
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De-badge it. Been thinking about loosing my emblems as well. Time to break out the fishing line to cut it off.

On a side note, what paint did you use to paint the steering wheel lower cover in your "garage" picture? Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:09 PM
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On a side note, what paint did you use to paint the steering wheel lower cover in your "garage" picture? Thanks in advance.
I used Duplicolor rattle can stuff. I painted them about 30 times. Whatever is in my "garage" is my old car. I havent ever updated it.

So I work fast. Ran outside and debadged the car. Of course, I now have to work on the left over glue. However, I had a few ideas. Maybe I should REBADGE it as an "i303"? Or maybe an Infinity flare and do an "i33"? (or dare I do an "i33///M" )
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:14 PM
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Personally I think cars don't look right debadged.

My brother who restores classic cars always stressed the importance of vehicle badges, so I guess it stuck with me. I once bought a Honda that was debadged and I ordered some the next day from eBay.
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Personally I think cars don't look right debadged.

My brother who restores classic cars always stressed the importance of vehicle badges, so I guess it stuck with me. I once bought a Honda that was debadged and I ordered some the next day from eBay.
I agree on a classic car, but my ZHP is far from a "classic". Maybe in 20 years it'll be like a 2002
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:18 PM
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De-badge, I think it looks really clean
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:43 PM
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i would keep the badges and add the ///M badge, like i330 ///M, that's what i'm planning on doing
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:48 PM
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Only worth debadging if you replace it with a shadowline trim "ZHP". Similar to the Lexus IS300 sport design colored trim badges.

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Old 09-24-2012, 12:53 AM
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The "i" is cocked funny, but this is too hilarious! Great idea Bob

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Only worth debadging if you replace it with a shadowline trim "ZHP". Similar to the Lexus IS300 sport design colored trim badges.

I thought about that and the only reason I don't want to go that route is because my future plans include a little bit of carbon fiber. I just don't think it would look right with shadowline badging and CF accents (rear diffuser, front splitters and kidneys).
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:19 AM
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I thought about that and the only reason I don't want to go that route is because my future plans include a little bit of carbon fiber. I just don't think it would look right with shadowline badging and CF accents (rear diffuser, front splitters and kidneys).
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:36 AM
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I have been thinking about debadging as well... my i is starting to come away from the car... and I like the smooth look with no badge, besides it looks lopsided with nothing on the left and I'm certainly not putting a Dinan badge over there LOL.

I say go for it...
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Debadge it. It looks a lot cleaner IMO
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Debadging looks cleaner to me personally. But I like the carbon fiber options some have posted. It all comes down to what you think looks good. and the cool thing about debadging is it's not anything major like you said so if you change your mind you're not out bucket loads of cash to go back
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I thought about that and the only reason I don't want to go that route is because my future plans include a little bit of carbon fiber. I just don't think it would look right with shadowline badging and CF accents (rear diffuser, front splitters and kidneys).
Plz don't go the Fanatics path, CF was only meant for the M3 CSL cars.
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I'm not sure if this is going "over the top" or not, but if a carbon fiber diffuser and carbon fiber splitters are in the future, what about replacing the lip spoiler with a carbon fiber one?
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