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Took my coupe to Gaydon the other weekend. Great day, loads of amazing BMW's and was good to have a look round the British Motor Museum too. The girlfriend and I enjoyed it.

A few picture from the day taken by Ben Townsend:

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I met Ben at the show and he took some great pics. You can find him on Instagram: @ben_townsend_photography

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I must update this actually, you can't really see in the pics above but I have now (finally) fitted the new callipers on all 4 corners, braided brake lines, new disks and pads all round so she's stopping about as good as she can without changing to bigger brakes etc.. and I get no more vibration when braking which if great. I also replaced all the fluid at the same time. Have some pics somewhere, I will dig them out and post up.

Fitted the carbon cube door handles before Gaydon that I reconditioned a while back to match up with the rest of the trim I also reconditioned. If I can get my ashtray replaced and perhaps the centre console with hand brake / arm rest etc.. my interior will be spot on. Again, have some pics somewhere which I will find and post up.

Last week I also did an oil and filter change but used ramps instead of jacks/axle stands. The ramps were too steep to get up without catching my bumper/splitters so I added some planks of wood. All went well until I tried to get the car back down. Every time the tyres got to the planks the bloody things just slid down the ramps, several times almost taking my car all the way down with them. Was a right nightmare! Tried notching the planks so they grabbed my ramps better, this didn't work. In the end I screwed the bloody things tot he ramps, didn't go anywhere then! So what started as a quick way to get the car up to change the oil turned into a right head-ache. Still, I know exactly what to do next time now.

 

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Still running plate-less since the re-paint, but attached it to the windscreen on the inside now. The official rules are that the front plate has to be visible at 21.5m diagonally from the front of the car in normal daylight. Mine is so hopefully I can leave it where it is without issue.

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Looks stunning Andy, wish I could of made it to Gaydon and seen her in the flesh! The E46 definitely looks better plateless at the front. I need to update my thread at some point too 😉

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On 26/08/2017 at 15:03, gaz-777 said:

Looks stunning Andy, wish I could of made it to Gaydon and seen her in the flesh! The E46 definitely looks better plateless at the front. I need to update my thread at some point too 😉

Thanks mate 😀

Yeah shame not to see you at Gaydon, would've been good to see yours too. Was a great day, loads of amazing bmw's and met some cool people. Will definitely go again next year.

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Been a while since I looked on here, let alone posted anything...

Had my coupe ceramic coated at the end of the summer last year... First they machine polished it to make sure there were no swirl marks or imperfections then laid down the ceramic coat.... wow is all I can say, the car looks amazing and does every time I wash it now there isn't a scratch, swirl or imperfection anywhere on the whole car. Washing it has become MUCH easier and I don't have to wax it any more which is soooo nice! I will find some pics and post them up.

New for this year is a set of HSD coilovers which I would rather not fit but I've got sponsorship from a US wheel company and have a set of centre-lock wheels to go on here for show season. Its a square set-up, all 18"x9.5" ET35 so I need the front camber adjustment and the drop to pull them off properly.

Pics to follow soon.

 

 

 

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The HSD are great for track, but the ride quality on the road is shocking, guess that’s the trade off.


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On 15/03/2018 at 09:10, Aspire_Dan said:

Eagerly awaiting pics! The Imola Red is stunning!

Any other plans for 2018?

Thanks. Need to get my front tints replaced as they're looking old and have a bit missing on the passenger which drives me nuts, oh and a new front windscreen. Also have some boring maintenance bits to do over the summer; steering knuckle (already have parts), power steering lines, paint brake callipers and carriers silver, replace front track rods, front wheel arch liners and new gearbox oil and filter - all easy stuff just need good weather as I don't have a garage :-(  None of its really urgent, just like to keep her tip-top!

 

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On 15/03/2018 at 12:14, avalaugh said:

The HSD are great for track, but the ride quality on the road is shocking, guess that’s the trade off.


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Oh what really?? :-( I was told they weren't too bad! I had budgets on my topaz coupe and absolutely hated the ride, was hoping the HSD's would be a lot better. I have Eibach sportlines and Bilstein shocks on her at the moment and the ride is great. What would you suggest as a better alternative to HSD's? I need front camber adjustment

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On 15/03/2018 at 09:10, Aspire_Dan said:

Eagerly awaiting pics! The Imola Red is stunning!

Any other plans for 2018?

Some pics as promised.... My paintwork is 100% spot on, not a scratch, blemish or mark in sight and the reflections, omg she's like a mirror!!

At rebellion where the ceramic coats were done:-

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Then some pics I've taken since:-

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Did the RTAB's recently too, in the rain hence the gazebo. Did it with a tool I purchased of ebay to get the old ones out and new ones in - glad I had the tool too as there's no way they would've budged without it. It was a bit of a PITA to do but I'm glad I did as the old bushes were shot:

Old versus new bush:

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The tool in action:

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I cleaned up the brackets too:

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And this was to keep (most) of the rain off:

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OH BOY! I'm not usually a fan of red cars, but this really pops, especially under those lights. That ceramic coat is mental!

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18 hours ago, Benji83 said:

OH BOY! I'm not usually a fan of red cars, but this really pops, especially under those lights. That ceramic coat is mental!

Thanks pal... I wasn't a fan of red cars untill my girlfriend found this and more its been repainted and ceramic coated I'm well chuffed with it. Ceramic coats are the future, wax is dead 😀 

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Something new this year soon to be on car.... 

A little bit of stretch ;

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Oh and these:

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All to be properly revealed soon.....

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14 hours ago, Ruesta said:

Something new this year soon to be on car.... 

A little bit of stretch ;

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just looking at that makes me nervous, I’d never be able to park next to a kerb again! 

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On 03/05/2018 at 09:46, Ruesta said:

Oh and these:

All to be properly revealed soon.....

Excited to see where this goes - when's the big reveal? 

Btw that tyre stretch also makes me quite nervous haha 

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On 03/05/2018 at 23:48, incredirog said:

just looking at that makes me nervous, I’d never be able to park next to a kerb again! 

Yeah, to be honest its not something I would usually go for my self but the off-sets were too aggressive not to put stretched tyres on. My Ispiri's poke out ever-so slightly from the tyres and I've not caught those so I'm not to worried about kerbs but there's a fair bit less rubber on the road. The stretched tyres are 215's whereas my current rear tyres are 255's! They will be summer/show wheels only.

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This is how it was sitting after fitting the HSD Monopro's but I've since raised the back up as it was just too low and tyres were catching occasionally. I also prefer a little more nose down rake. I have max camber on the front and a few degrees on the back using the standard caber arms - it handles so much better, its amazing what a difference its made. The HSD's give you the same caster angle as the M3 which I presume helps with the handling, the front end is so 'pointy' now I love it.

Will pop up some pictures of how its sitting now and once new wheels are on after this weekend.

 

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