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Old 04-07-2013, 12:36 AM
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Hey Everyone!

Got my 2012 E92 328i Coupe about a year ago and have been reading this forum since, but never posted. Thought I'd say hi and share the few mods that I've done so far. Most of these are fairly common individually and straight-forward to do, but some of them seem to pop up as questions every once in a while, so here goes.

Completely stock, back in 2012 ...




... and now
Custom grille and painted side reflectors (both Mod Bargains); also retrofitted auto-folding, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and auto-dimming interior mirror with compass.




The mods in detail ...


Mixed OEM stock and OEM Performance Grille (BMW / Mod Bargains)
Mod below, compared to the grille on a 335is above. The mod started out as a standard black/black BMW Performance Grille, but the 335is combination looked better, and is a simple matter of taking both grilles apart and reassembling the frame from one with the slats from the other. (Yes, blasphemy, but hey.)




OEM BMW M3 Carbon Leather interior trim (GetBMWParts)
This is original M3 interior trim; all pieces (dash, doors, rear sides) fit the 328i E92 just like they do the M3 E92. (You can also see the custom center console in the first pic.)






Custom black leatherette center consoles (Richy / BMW MotorSport)
OEM BMW Euro split arm rest, Black Dakota leather (ECS)

An M3 front center console won't fit a 328i, so if you're like me and want something similar, you'll have to go custom (or buy an M3; whichever is cheaper). A special thanks goes to Richy (richmannmotorsport@gmail.com or 805.404.6166) in Simi Valley, who custom-wrapped my front and rear center consoles in black leatherette. Richy does amazing work at an affordable price, is very friendly, and detail-oriented. I HIGHLY recommend his work to anyone interested in a similar mod.

With automatic transmission (or long forearms) the Euro split arm rest is really pointless, functionality-wise, but looks better than the standard US arm rest, so ...










So, what's missing?

No drops, no custom brakes, but I'm currently still waiting for a set of 19" OEM 313 Performance Wheels w/Continental DWS tires (225/265) and OEM BMW Euro sun visors. I'll update this post as soon as those are done.

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:36 AM
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OEM BMW Euro sun visors. I'll update this post as soon as those are done.

That intrigued me - existing sun visors have an issue. Is the diff just cloth vs plastic?

Most annoying: Won't slide back like even the most inexpensive Japanese McTransport to block sun through the side window.

Crude.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:45 AM
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That intrigued me - existing sun visors have an issue. Is the diff just cloth vs plastic?

Most annoying: Won't slide back like even the most inexpensive Japanese McTransport to block sun through the side window.

Crude.
Hi Cal; as far as I can tell, the difference is really just cloth vs. plastic, and the lack of warning labels on the Euro visors. Purely cosmetic.

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You can make the 225's 245's with no rubbing.
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You can make the 225's 245's with no rubbing.
Thanks, Kevin - didn't know that. Is there a clearly visible difference between 225 and 245 on the front?
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Different car, different choices, but I'm reminded of this vehicle I saw here a while ago. You might like a couple of the ideas, could be up your alley.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=617540
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Tasteful mods...How is the fit and match on those reflectors from Mod Bargains?? OEM??
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Thanks, Kevin - didn't know that. Is there a clearly visible difference between 225 and 245 on the front?
They are about an inch wider in section width & tread width.

Note different brands have different physical widths, diameters etc even though they might be listed as the same 245X19X35. So its best to look up the actual measurements. Tire Rack carries this data for all the tires they sell.
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Tasteful mods...How is the fit and match on those reflectors from Mod Bargains?? OEM??
Mod Bargains says they're professionally re-finished OEM parts. Physical and color fitment were perfect on my car (Sapphire Black Metallic).

Only thing to be careful about is removing the original reflectors, as that part of the bumper is very thin.
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They are about an inch wider in section width & tread width.

Note different brands have different physical widths, diameters etc even though they might be listed as the same 245X19X35. So its best to look up the actual measurements. Tire Rack carries this data for all the tires they sell.
Thanks, Kevin! That's really good to know; I already have the tires, so I might stick with the 225s for now, but once those have worn out, I'll check out the 245s.
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Sounds like a plan. I am sure you will like the DWS tires you have on the way. Based on mine you might have a long wait before the next upgrade. I will be getting a set of DW's for the 135is when its broken in to replace the factory RFT. Although I will say these RFT's are lot better than the ones that came with the 335IS.
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Mod Bargains says they're professionally re-finished OEM parts. Physical and color fitment were perfect on my car (Sapphire Black Metallic).

Only thing to be careful about is removing the original reflectors, as that part of the bumper is very thin.
Yeah that's the claim oem...Done this mod 3 times I am the master!!
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