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post #21 of 178 Old 26th September 2017, 01:55 AM
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If you really want it to be how it rolled off the showroom floor in 2000, find a black M5 cluster. The gray cluster only came in the 2001+ model years, and in the replacement clusters that BMW provided. It's pretty hard to find a good condition black cluster at this point.

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Some people use FeBreeze, you used a 3500mg industrial strength ozone generator. Nice.

I bought the Leatherique bottles myself and really need to apply it before it starts cooling off. Today would've been perfect as it was in the mid-80s.

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Disassemble everything to clean - thatís a slippery slope. Ask me how I know. I may have removed one or two pieces of my interior.

Looks great! Getting the interior cleaned out makes a huge difference.


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If you really want it to be how it rolled off the showroom floor in 2000, find a black M5 cluster. The gray cluster only came in the 2001+ model years, and in the replacement clusters that BMW provided. It's pretty hard to find a good condition black cluster at this point.
I know. I don't think I will be going this route just yet, though. Maybe with unlimited budget, or at some point later...For now, I think my gray cluster is just fine. It was installed by the dealer under warranty, so I consider it a "authorized" change.

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Some people use FeBreeze, you used a 3500mg industrial strength ozone generator. Nice.

I bought the Leatherique bottles myself and really need to apply it before it starts cooling off. Today would've been perfect as it was in the mid-80s.
Well I figured what the hell...
Leatherique is great, definitely an excellent product.

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Disassemble everything to clean - thatís a slippery slope. Ask me how I know. I may have removed one or two pieces of my interior.

Looks great! Getting the interior cleaned out makes a huge difference.
Ha, yeah, the goal is not to disassemble everything, but only the things that are easy to take apart, or needed to be cleaned. I mean, I'm not pulling door panels and taking out the dash. I did take the seats out though to steam clean the carpet and use leather conditioner on them while they were out of the car. Fronts are a ***** to take out.

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Probably a good call - ha. My restoration started with:
Step 1 - Remove hacked HVAC assembly
Step 2 - Remove audio harness

For the gauge cluster, if/when you do decide to go that route, @blackknight530i can actually swap them and can install LED backlight as well. I posted pics in my restoration thread and he has pics in his pixel fix thread. Or you can find him by searching fixels on FaceBook.


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Nice story. And I agree with you on the E46 M3. It was my first BMW, bought one new in 2001 and had to trade it for a 325xi after only a year when I moved to Colorado. Absolutely loved that screaming alley cat and I will definitely get another one some day.
I'm curious though, what do you think about the E36 compared to the E46?
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They are very different cars. E46 does almost everything better - it's faster, more planted, more powerful, more luxurious. The engine is truly fantastic and chassis built to handle that engine properly. Marvelous car.

But E36 is lighter, simpler, more tossable. It needs to be pushed to the max to be able to drive it fast, and that is what makes it increduibly fun to drive. Both great cars. Like I said, I would own another e46 in a heartbeat. This is the only car I truly regret selling.

Having said that, unless forced by circumstances my E36 M3 is not going anywhere. I don't want to make the same mistake twice!
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Next I wanted to address the porkchops, both of mine were busted by previous owners. Didn’t look kosher. But looking at the current OEM prices for these parts, almost had a heart attack. $265 + shipping each? No thank you. WTF?





So, after weighting my alternatives and my budget, I ordered some from Latvia on eBay and they showed up over the weekend.



They looked ok, and as a bonus had brake ducts already cut... but they were missing the rubber pieces on the sides. For $55 shipped for both I was not about to complain, but decided to modify these a little bit. Quick trip to home depot for some supplies:



I drilled out the rivets on the old pieces and separated the rubbers. I cut of the piece where the rubber was attached from the old chop and used it as a guide to drill the holes in the new one. Then it was easy – slightly drill out the rivet stem, then just screw the rubber to the liner with the screws and some lock washers. Bingo.



Looked just fine from the other side as well, though it required a bit of massaging to make it fit right and take shape of the bumper.



The fit of the pieces is not very good, but with some work and a bit of cutting here and there you can make them fit rather decent.









These worked fine after reworking them for a couple of hours, but I’m sure I bust them at some point in the future, and when that happens, I’m going with OEM pieces. Hopefully the prices come back down to earth by then.

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Yeah those eBay ones are fine. I did the same thing a few months ago but didn't need to cut them. They're one of those things that most people don't notice the poor fitment unless it's on a lift, but when they're cracked, they're definitely a sore sight.

I don't see the OEM prices coming down for them though...if anything they'll go up.

How are your fender liners? I replaced both of mine up front.

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