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    **Update 16.5.2019** Here's a few photos of these OEM upgrades I got back in 2018 which I personally think has made the car look a lot better. Genuine BMW M3 Mirrors which came painted in sapphire black WINNING!! (Was not cheap to buy) Front view of both the M3 mirrors- I think this upgrade makes any e46s look a lot better then those ugly square looking dated mirrors (especially on the pre facelift models) Genuine E46 shark fin antenna that I found on ebay from a bloke in Poland that was breaking his 2004 e46 which also happened to be in sapphire black too! I managed to retrofit this to my car, nice little touch I think
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    **14.5.2019** Ive been meaning to start one of these build threads ever since I bought this e46 back in 2015. Its now 2019 and I thought it's about time I get back into the car scene and upload the progress of the 330 and share it with you guys. I have much planned for this car over the next few months so keep an eye on this post! Anyway here's its first picture of the car to be posted on here and how it currently looks with a few OEM upgrades on it (more pictures to follow of those OEM upgrades) Comments welcome
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    Andrew Fanning

    E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    I am still waiting on new center caps but excitement got the better of me and i just had to get the wheels on today. Still needs settle a bit more and I think the front will benefit from a small spacer. While i was in there i cleaned and painted the caliper and dust shields but want to go back again another day and tidy up inside the arches more.
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    Andrew Fanning

    E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    Hi All, I have spent the last week since picking up my e46 reading through as many posts, tips and diy's and have to say say a big well done to all on here seems like a friendly helpful group of people. So I have always been a VW guy having had a fully built MK2 16v, Mk1 Sportline Cabrio, couple of Corrodos, Passat estate, Mk5 Sportline, porsche 944 lux and most recently mk4 Gti 180bhp. There has been a few Jap bits such as mx5, rx8's wrx and a few different generations of Celica's along the way as well as a w123 merc. I only owned the Mk4 Gti for about 3 months but never really took to it so when offered a swap for an E46 Vert ( always been on the wish list ) I jumped at the chance. The car in question is a 318 m sport, come with power fold mirrors, memory seats, Harman Kardon stereo I know its only a four banger but high running costs here in Ireland anything over 2.0 is out of the question. The 318 is circa 700 euro a year for road tax and just over 800 for 3rd party insurance. 325i are currently in the region of 1300 for tax alone. The car seems to have been well looked after and aside from a few scratches is very clean, it even came with un used first aid kit, tool kit, owners manual and glove-box torch. In the week since getting the car I have: refitted the centre box fitted 15mm spacers on rear ( may space front also but still undecided ) up graded so of the bulbs and the interior lights Painted grills matt black Painted front bumper grill Plans replace front number plate plint - Done fit new standard number plates - Done full clay bar and paint correction - done a quick clay and hand polish and wax waiting for spring and a new DA to give full job full interior valet and leather treatment paint front plus rear bumper ( not bad just fussy ) new gear knob, shift boot fitted mats - Done order cup holder repair wear on drivers seat bolster find some stlying cues to break up the amount of silver turn off turn signal drl ( cant stand the orange glow ) Now I know everyone is saying it needs a height adjustment but due to being a daily and the s**t quality roads in my area she will be staying as is. I do have a few questions I haven't found answers for so any help would be great. Interior heater is blowing and gets warm but I feel it should be blowing stronger ? driver window rattles from somewhere at the top with roof up and down? Given the car has 153,000 miles I am considering a terra clean but have never done this before and concerned I could be opening a whole other can of worms. I did add some stp fuel injector cleaner to the last tank and it has made a difference to fuel economy and pick up
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    Ahhh Suf, sad times! I know exactly where you are coming from. Not sold mine yet, but it could well be this year - not driven it for a while and I'm now burning around in a c. 400bhp M140!
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    Andrew Fanning

    E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    Few Bank holiday weekend updates. On a recent trip to a bmw breakers I was waiting around the stores while they searched for some bits for me, a glance over my shoulder and i spotted a set of mirrors on the shelf marked as 2001 Ci, pulled them down and they had BMW branding and part numbers on them. Now I am still new to Bmw's and all the oem+ upgrades but these certinally looked like m3 mirrors to me and even if I was wrong the would be better than the square, ugly, dated elephants ears that were on her now... "so how much for these buddy?" "Is there a pair " "Yes" "ER giver me 40 bucks" Painted mirrors gloss black to match the shadow line trim and the black outlining to the windscreen, but felts there was to many tones of black on the car so refinished the grills and csl splitters from satin to glass black
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    Benji gets an M3

    Welcome everyone. I present to you my manual E46 M3 coupe. It is a Silver Grey facelift with black leather, having covered just over 80k miles and is specced with everything but a sunroof and HK. Current Mods: Brembo BBK (4 pot front and rear from a Porsche Cayman S) KW V2 coilovers CSL reps with hubcentric spacers Autosolutions short shift kit F10 M5 gearknob Matt black kidneys & wing vents Gel plates Led interiors, reverse and number plate lamps Maintainence Full service New rear tyres Having owned a 325ci for the last 3 years, I knew I needed to own an M3 to truly experience what the E46 had to offer. With prices on the rise, roughly 18 months ago I decided to stay away from any serious mods on the 325 and save for an M3. Around a month ago I went to view this fine example, after having seen it on eBay, and realising it was modified near enough precisely how I wanted it as far as the pricey options go. Paint colour, BBK and in the right colour, KW V2 coilovers, CSL reps with spacers and a short shift kit. After a quick chat with the owner, we arranged a visit and upon seeing it the car captivated me straight away. The paintwork was as near to perfect as you could hope for and the interior was immaculate. It took a very short period of time to find out that I was in the presence of a fellow enthusiast. Within the week it was paid for and graciously delivered in a couple of days. By the weekend I was desperate to take it out for a drive, so once I'd made a start with my essential upgrades to the interior bulbs and reverse lights to LED's, I gave it a good wash and polished the exhaust tips with some wire wool before putting some gel plates on and going out to see a couple of friends where I was showered with compliments on finding such a pristine example. I was keen to get the bluetooth working as Aaron had included the old connectivity tray, so once I'd ripped apart the boot to find the code, I got it working but it turns out it's only for call audio and I just wanted it for media, so the cup holder returns. Following this I removed the faded M3 badge on the back as well as the shark fin and plugged up the hole under the bootlid with a spare rubber grommet. I made sure to order plenty of clips as I knew I'd make use of them somewhere. Next I removed the inner rear lights and attempted a refurb to see if I could bring them back to their former glory since they were looking a bit tired. They came out better but I will need to redo them more thoughly to get an acceptable finish as they were pretty far gone. However I have ordered some Lamin-X 6% tint to spruce it up for now and see how I like it. Then it was time for serious business, a full service commenced using Castrol Edge 10w-60, all Bosch filters with NGK R plugs, as well as my first look at the underside. What immediately struck my eye was how badly worn the rears were on the inside, so I ordered up some 255's in Pilot Sport 4 S to match the fronts. The underside was in decent shape, forgiving a small power steering leak and some corrosion around the subframe mounts, which I will be having reinforced in the near future. From every time I had been in it, I knew the rear had to come up to stop the tyres rubbing under acceleration but once on the ramp it didn't pose any issues. With the wheels in the air I noticed that the handbrake was binding, and while investigating, found that the amount of hammering required to get the spacers off (in order to gain sufficient screwdriver wiggle room) ended up freeing them up anyway, so only a small adjustment was required. I had always enjoyed the Harman Kardon in my 325, despite many claims that it was rubbish. Now living without it I can see a big difference. I toyed with the idea of new speakers, then settled on a new head unit as a good starting point for an audio upgrade but have never liked how aftermarket units looked. The only unit I would consider would be a Parrot Asteroid Smart but given the price and how dated they look nowadays, I decided to work on my own solution. I am still waiting on parts and have to trial fit it and make it look clean, but you get the idea... Soon I shall be fitting my retrimmed steering wheel from Royals and to get it out of the way I have booked in at my local main dealer for the airbag recall. While there I shall be purchasing a load of new parts. In the following months I will slowly be ticking off gloss black grilles & vents and a CSL diffuser and complimentary full carbon fibre interior trim. The rear window seal has split so I will be rectifying this and upgrading to matching gloss black trims at the same time. I will then move on to subframe reinforcement and working my way through Powerflex bushes and new ARB's, valve adjusting, sorting out the cooling system and any other preventative maintainence. I may even get myself an exhaust system to cap it all off. I am going around Wales in the middle of June with a couple of friends, one of whom is the photographer for the first couple of shots, so will have plenty of content then. Thanks for reading 🙏
  8. 1 point

    Just another 330 build thread.

    Apologies on the late reply. The 235 has had various bits done to it in recent months. I’ve added a Birds B2 conversion to the car which includes their suspension setup (eibach springs and bilstien dampers) both of which specifically suited to the F22 chassis i.e. spring rates and damper rebound rates and also a quaife LSD. I’ve also added some M3/M4 lower control arms and tension struts on the front to add extra negative camber and around a degree more of caster helps with sharpening the steering and feedback. Also some powerflex rear subframe inserts. Their is a video of my car on YouTube under a chap call “Jayemm”. I was going to chase some extra German ponies from the 235 but that’s taking a back seat and I’m focusing back on the e46 again for a little while. Hoping to have the whole interior re-dyed and cleaned up due to age related marks and also hoping to have the car inspected by redish motorsport soon to get a price to get it booked in for an underside restoration. Still I’ll hopefully add some pictures along the way.....
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    Benji's 325Ci progress thread

    I'm not jealous, I'm not jealous, I'm not jealous... Sorry, just trying to convince myself! Well done, it looks nice. I'm looking forward to seeing its own thread. Kirkynut
  10. 1 point
    Sad to see another Zoner selling up. It is starting to get lonely on here sometimes. Enjoy whatever you go on to buy though. Kirkynut
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    Shame that mate, after all you’ve been through with it. I’ve had my 330ci nearly 5 years now, keep thinking about selling but just can’t find anything anywhere near the condition of it. I’ve got the cam cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket to change next week, I use it daily now and I love driving it. Any thing in mind what’s next?
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    Benji's 325Ci progress thread

    Finally got myself an M3, build thread to come when I get more pics. But for now...
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    Anyone still on this forum?? So, I've decided to sell my car Still drives really well, phenomenal in fact. However I just can't bear to fix even minor things anymore, don't have the time or inclination. Watch this space on ebay for more details ...!
  14. 1 point
    Brad smith

    Brads E46 M3

    So I've finally been building myself up to the inevitable. I've had an e46 compact 316ti and my recent E46 330ci, so I've always been wanting to try the M3. I had thought of an E92 335i, but Ever since getting my 330 I've wanted to try an m3 and yes to some people it's may look like the same car but to me it's a totally different animal. And your only young once right.... so I've heard all the great reviews on them, and when I went out in my first one I was instantly determined to get one, the speed, the way it handles and of course so noise. So I'd been searching for roughly just over 2 weeks, missed out on a few, went to look at a few which were just frankly not as advertised and were rubbish. Was searching eBay just by chance due to being on nights and come across this one. Had only been up two hours ! Spoke to the guy, it's had 2 owners one was a bmw technician and the final one was a 40 year old who has clearly looked after it. The guy selling it had took it in px for a Porsche convertible...lucky guy. Spoke to the guy on the phone, and everything added up. FSH by dealer and specialists. Its had the dreaded subframe replaced by bmw. So I thought it was perfect. The paints looks inaccurate, no signs of rust he just said the wheels could do with a refurb. Guy seems like a genuine guy as he sells classic cars for a living, and just doesn't want this sitting around as he doesn't deal with them. So the ad read as: I have just taken this in PX today against one of my Classic Porsches. Absolutely immaculate coachwork & equally pristine rare M-Texture Alcantara & Leather interior, seeing is believing Specification; . E46 M3 3.2 . 2004 (54 Plate) . Only 2 owners . SMG . Silver Grey . M -Texture Alcantara and half leather Interior with Gloss Black Trim . 117k miles . Full Service History (BMW & Specialist) . MOT until May 17 . Electric Memory Seats with inflatable bolsters . Aftermarket Sat Nav . Bluetooth . Polybushed Rear Suspension . Upgraded JBL Speakers . OEM Cupholders . New Bonnet and Boot Badges . Xenon Auto Lights and Auto Wipers . The car is rust free. . The car has very recently had a full oil change (including diff) and new spark plugs and filters at a BMW specialist. . The car also has a pair of new rear coil springs and a brand new sub frame. . The boot floor was replaced by BMW and inspected when the new subframe was installed. . No problems with the SMG 'box Points of interest : . Front wheels need a refurb - lacquer bubbling and some kerbing marks All seems perfect to me, I didn't ideally want alcantara seats but then I've not seen them very often and now I quite like the look of them. As there's no heated seats my bum won't be roasting or freezing cold. The seats don't look as though they've even been sat in. In fact the guy said someone had offered him £1000 plus his black leather. He said he'd had 3 people message and I just knew as the price he had it up for to me its easily worth £10,000 so with that I left a £500 deposit and he's going to be delivering it to me in his race shuttle on Wednesday...going to be a very long day for me tomorrow. Anyway pictures, only ones of his advert for now will update with more when it arrives Wednesday. My plans at the minute is just to keep it absolutely mint. Don't think I'm going to make many changes on this, just keep it as it is. I say that now.... but I'd like to get an alcantara steering wheel with matching gaitors. A wheel Refurb. Then probably leave it at that just thoroughly enjoy every minute of being in an m3. Hope you like. Comments as always.
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    Parking sensor/radio

    Hi I have an x3 2006 the parking sensors have no sound. When put in reverse the green light on the button comes on. Also radio display is on but won't work. Came on for a while but sounds tinny and crackles. Turned radio off the crackle still coming through speakers. Any advice please
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    That’s been lowered already, at least at the front.
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    Crank case issue

    They said the lamba sensor is not responding which is why it runs a bit uneven but I changed the plugs today and it ran better , not suprised really as the old ones were way past their best. How it ran with these is a mystery. Back to the shop on tuesday for a new sonsor then. Mart.
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    I have a set of 162 alloys in very good condition Front tyres are Uniroyal with loads of tread Rears are Pirelli's with loads of tread on them. No kerbing at al, no weds or cracks I can send pics via whatsapp if your interested. Please Pm me with your number Located in Coventry £500
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    Can confirm it definitely does work with the C12. I was driving back from France and had a deflation and the warning did appear on the dash with a beep.
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    Andrew Fanning

    E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    So the BAD. Purchased some clubsport splitters from Ebay which were described as new but arrived with scraps from running over kerbs on the underside, not really worth the wait and bother of returning so I am just going to refinish them and move on. The good: so excitement got the better of me so decided to give them a quick test fit with tape in the office carpark and I LOVE them should have been the first thing I ordered. I know there is the dents in the wheel arch and scrapes on the front bumper but am still holding off for better weather to have this done due to road conditions in my area. Was think to finish the front end look: * Silver / lightly smoke Tinted ( show only ;-) plates ) * split lights and paint inner indicator parts But really have to save some penny's for new wheels, while I really like the look of the sport wheels in person the curved spokes make them look really small even for 17". Would love to pick up a set of LM reps and finish in satin black. Also thinking of dying the roof black to tone it in with the rest of the car thoughts????
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    Andrew Fanning

    E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    Few pic's taken outside my friends cafe. We were all down for our AGM and meeting to start planning out this years show for our club VAGE.ie, while this is a VAG owners club in the last few years we have opened the doors to all classic and modified German brands. The Show will be towards the end of the summer in Co.Cork, Ireland but I will post more details for any Irish members as soon as they are confirmed. Also wanted to give a shout out to my friend Paul and all the team at the Greenway Cafe, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland. If anyone finds themselves holidaying in the area do pop in and say hello, Paul is an out and out petrol head and will be happy to chat. Paul started The Cafe and Charity Rebike to gather unwanted and unloved bikes, recondition them and give back to family's, centers and groups were children might never get another opportunity to have a bicycle of there own. http://rebikeireland.ie
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    Andrew Fanning

    E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    So Yesterday was a typical wet Irish Sunday and feeling a little down with the struggles of life, I loaded up the car with some bits and pieces and took my self off the company workshop for a bit of car therapy. So as i said somewhere up along the line Since getting the car I always felt it was too much silver and need some contrast and I decided to go with a silver and black theme. First up I masked of the rear spoiler and the wing mirrors and got on with changing them to black, still not 100% on this but will give it a week or two to settle and if I am still not happy its is only an afternoons work to change back ( will pass another wet miserable Sunday ) While that dried I got on with changing the badges and wheel centers to black and silver Added some sill extensions ( vote is also out on these ) After A wipe down pull her back out into the rain to see how it all looked in the day light. I know both bumpers have bad scraps on them from previous owner but I am going to wait till the weather pics ups before having them repainted
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    Andrew Fanning

    E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    So while on a boring day stuck at home i decided to raid the shed and see if I could find any bits for a bit of diy projecting. So with 2 small squares of light tint film I had lying around I tinted the fogs lights, also while stripped down I also painted the fog light surrounds and brake ducts satin black - All in all I think it freshens up the front end a lot. So while I had the satin black in hand I went looking for other black plastic that needed a refresh as I hate going around the car after every wash with trim detailer While I was in the middle of this the post man arrived with my new latch for the toolbox flap and my wheel nut covers so on they went too, think given the black and silver theme im working on I think ill have to order a set of carbon wheel centers. So with no chrome left on the car ( as this progresses you will see a black and silver theme come together ) I was considering changing the finish of the tail pipes to matt black but was unsure how this would looks so I tried a bit of plastic dip I had on the shelf and now love the the look so will have to do a more permanent job of it, only problem is now that I am studying the pics my cut down single exit diffuser looks a little rough soI think a new one with space for duel exit will have to be ordered.
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    Andrew Fanning

    E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    Not much changed of late im afraid, time of year i guess, so many bills to pay, short evenings and s**t weather. My cousin did just get a new car lift installed in his man cave so took the chance to the the car up and give it a good once over. - Rad in perfect condition - all bar front anti roll bar bushings in perfect condition, ordered anti roll bar bushing but no rush really as there is only the slightest of play in them but said as everything else suspension seemed perfect ( most seems recently replaced ) it would be a shame not to do them. - tiny oil leak from engine bay but not 100% were from yet so cleaned all down and will have another look over next few days. - other than above i came away smiling from ear to ear as everything seems to be in great order Plans - so apart from sorting the above short term plans are limited, I did order some wheel nut covers ( love the small details and about the only thing on my wish list i could afford at the min :-( ) - order leather repair kit and have a go at sorting the drivers seat bolster - next mod im thinking is the kbs sill kit below but not crazy about the front splitter but cant make up my mind between clubsports or the csl in pic below
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    Andrew Fanning

    E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    Few little updates Got some standard number plates and a new number plate holder for the front bumper, I know a lot of people remove these but I think it just leaves an unfinished look to the front. Nice to have standard font plates but not happy with the quality so will have to look for something better but will do for the test Next up was the rear lip spoiler again not to everyones taste but Ive loved the look of these since msport's started appearing on the roads. Ordered on ebay ready painted and have to say match is way better than i ever expected and once warmed up a little went on easy. Also had some lint tint film left over from my mk4 so decided id try tinting top half of rear lights, really like the smoked look but have odered some new film as was rush job and not 100% happy with finish. Also got some new tailor fit carpet mats to replace the horrible generic rubber one that came with the car but did get a pic before ( or after fitting ) ****Next up Now ive made a few changes to the car feels more like mine so time to start tiding up some bits im not happy with before any other mods. 1. polish front lights and research some bulbs as with current short evenings lights are useless, much more interested in seeing were I am going than how the lights look turned on...anybody got suggestions?? 2. get her aligned and prob fit some 12 or 15mm spacers on the front 3. book test and pay road tax 4. paint front and rear bumpers 5. replace gear-knob and boot and handbrake boot 6. order kit or find someone to repair driver bolster wear ****** Wish List 1. citroen stubby aerial 2. have my eye on kbs splitter kit ( not sure on front may just get sides and rear and find something else for front ) 3. new wheels ( 18inch csl rep or seen nice alpina rep I fancy ) 4. android head unit 5. wind deflector
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    Andrew Fanning

    E46 Vert - My Build Thread

    thanks @incredirog will look into the final stage resistor and see about getting the door card off at the weekend, weather and work really getting in the way of even getting around to the smallest of jobs, this definitely not the best time of year to be starting a new project. I did manage to get half an hour sun leaving work yesterday so chance to get the roof down and a few more pic's ( sorry bout the quality guys really must get my self a decent point and shoot camera. rather than this s**tty phone )
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    sive s

    Any engineers on here?

    Sorry OP for deviating from the topic. Mate a big advice i can give to you , as you are still in university learning solidworks etc. Try and ask your lectures if they dont mind you learning a software like alias and Catia v3/Rhino. Try and get hold of it, as this is what certain car companies want when they recruit you thorugh graduate scheme. Trust me, i wish i had learnt it. Gonna do my masters, as some of them teach this software. One of my mates got taught it in Bournemouth uni. Hope you are enjoying solidworks mate, really like playing about on it. designed a few alloys on there heheh. Try and learn the simulation solidworks(stress and strain package software) very useful in final year.
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    Any engineers on here?

    I have just finished uni and have to wait until July to graduate with an honours degree in environmental civil engineering and I'm now 25. In 2005 I started studying computer aided mechanical engineering but after 3 years realised that I didn't like it, so I transferred to civil but I had to begin from year 1. A huge set back and waste of time in all honesty, however I didn't want to be stuck in a job I didn't want to do. Now that I have finished I have put out applications to loads of jobs however I am most likely going to become a Marine Corp combat engineer (military civil engineer in the USA) Have you thought about a military career? civil engineering is great because there are many sectors that you can specialise in, structural, ground works, highways, water and environmental (in my case). IMO the best engineering option.
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    Now the these speaker adaptors well they were a bit to big for the door card and to small for the speakers so they had a lot of work done with the Dremel to allow the speakers to sit in them and allow the rings to fit in the panel properly. At first I had mounted the speakers on the outside of the adaptors as they would have fouled the inner door trim if I had put them on the inside. Now I did a number of trial fits at this point and I found we weren’t going to get the panel back on the door without quite a bit more work as the magnet was hitting the door and leaving a 1 ½” gap between the bottom of the door card and the door!!! So I had to trim the door card back a bit which isn’t as bad as it sounds, juts carefully used the Dremel to cut the ring out between the speaker and the factory grill, don’t take it all out as the grill will fall out, so I just cut as much as I could back but left enough at the grill support places to hold it firm and again no rattles. Before:- After:- This now meant the speaker could be mounted inside the adaptor and it wouldn’t foul on anything whilst in use and meant that we could now get the door panel back on properly but it was ever so close, so much bigger magnets would cause you a problem.
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    Set of 4 Staggered Genuine 19" X3 Alloys (Rare to Find) Just been professionally refurbed and shot blasted/Powder coated. Fronts 36113417267 (8.5 x 19" ET 46) Rears 36113417268 (9x19" ET 51) Collect from WS11 area £650 Set
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    iPad Air Smart Covers

    I have two brand new Apple iPad Air smart covers, one white one blue. Brand new never opened. These are the magnetic type that cover the front of the device. They are £30 from Apple so £25 each to forum members, Can post for a little extra (couple of quid) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Chimp Choker


    What a good guy he is. Dispatched My item straight away, as described and in full working order. Cheers Mate Sent from my Quad Core ZX spectrum
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