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    Howdy!

    Just a quick introduction...

    Have owned my BM for about 6 months now and its a fantastic car (when it works right!)

    I came from a vauxhall astra and was a heavy user on astraownersclub.com so know how forums and stuff work.

    am also a member on e46fanatics.com - but as most of you probably know that mainly an american orientated site. so will be picking your brains here for some local advice

    anyway, heres my car:




    my wheels which really need a refurb, and some new centre caps (the BMW centre cap isnt on 2/4 of them now...)





    and changed my rear lights to LEDs:

    and unfortunately the whole car looks like this:


    Need to sort out the paintwork, but need a PC and some experience, neither of which i have :(

    I bought some nut covers and polished it recently so it looks a little better...

    If anyone could tell me what size the centre caps are that would be appreciated, s i need to get some new ones.

    As i say I came from a vauxhall astra and on that car there was a very cheap mod to de-restrict the airbox, with the ability to put it back as standard without much work, but i cant seem to find anything like that on this forum

    I bought a K&N panel filter but i cant really feel any difference...

    I also bought a set of NGK Iriduim plugs which i fitted and made the car run a little smoother for about a week...

    Also bought a quick shifter link and a shorter "m" gear knob which im hoping should work quite nicely together. But of course, i never actually got round to fitting the shorter linkage... probably going to sell it now.

    any advice for simple upgrades off other models is sorely appreciated...

    also, final thing...

    i want an exhaust system cat-back, something not too loud, but less restrictive... suggestions appreciated. have had a quote of a custom cat-back from MIJ exhausts in walsall of £329 fitted... was wondering how powerflow are on BMW's and any other exhausts aroiund this price range?

    Anyways, hi

    and my name is ste
     
     

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    Welcome to the forum Ste, great intro , hope you like your new home

    These your wheels and caps? http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...32&hg=36&fg=15
     
     

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    Welcome Ste...nice car .
    One of your mods could be a modified clutch delay valve . That de-restrict mod you are talking about is removing a piece of plastic from the airbox, but and not really worth the effort. Besides, I think yours is moulded in the box anyway (couldn't find it in my box ). I run a K&N panel filter, and I too don't find a difference with it, unless I clean and re-charge it . Oh...get yourself a boot lip spolier as well
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    Welcome to the forum Ste, great intro , hope you like your new home

    These your wheels and caps? http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...32&hg=36&fg=15

    haha, thanks for the welcome Ronnie

    I'm not sure what my wheels are, they are either 4 fronts, or fake, or, if BMW ever did a set of 4 the same size then thats what they are? theyre 225/18/40 i think all round, so non wider at the rear...

    I am considering getting some of the new M3 wheels (replicas) with tyres off ebay at some point, if it turns out these m3 ones are replicas, because for a set of tyres, and a refurb, it would be cheaper to go new anyways (save these for winter tyres/wheels maybe?


    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    Welcome Ste...nice car .
    One of your mods could be a modified clutch delay valve . That de-restrict mod you are talking about is removing a piece of plastic from the airbox, but and not really worth the effort. Besides, I think yours is moulded in the box anyway (couldn't find it in my box ). I run a K&N panel filter, and I too don't find a difference with it, unless I clean and re-charge it .
    Modified Clutch Delay Valve? what prey-tell is one of those? :p

    might be worth cleaning and recharging my K&n...

    Thanks for the welcome btw
     
     

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    CDV http://www.zeckhausen.com/CDV.htm.

    If you remove one of your wheels and look on the back you will see a part number, either 7 or 11 digits long, post it up here and I will tell you your wheels exact
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    CDV http://www.zeckhausen.com/CDV.htm.

    If you remove one of your wheels and look on the back you will see a part number, either 7 or 11 digits long, post it up here and I will tell you your wheels exact
    next time i have a wheel off, i'll have a look, thanks Ronnie

    that CDV valve looks mint...

    and i have those exact problems!!!

    I thought i just wasnt used to driving the car (after 6 months!) now i see the cars been letting me down!!!

    HAHA

    anywhere i can get a modded CDV in this country?

    how difficult is the install?

    Thanks for the help btw
     
     

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    anywhere i can get a modded CDV in this country?

    how difficult is the install?
    I know this guy who has done a DIY with pictures...I think it may be on the other forum you mentioned.
     
     

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    http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_cdv.shtml this seems to say that you dont need the CDV in place at all and can simple remove it with no parts putting in its place?

    is this right or have i read it wrong?
     
     

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    Could be on an M3 . But I can tell you that modified CDV is just a dummy body with the workings taken out, i.e. hollow piece of metal
     
     

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    IIRC you can drill the centre out
     
     

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