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2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
02-10-2017, 03:36 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
Like it a lot!

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02-10-2017, 04:05 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
Car is looking great! I like the exhaust tips with titanium finish showing through, breaks the black up a bit. Hopefully be doing the same to mine soon enough.
Amazing attention to detail on this car and well done to sticking it out and doing everything 100% properly, no short cuts at all Thumbs

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02-10-2017, 04:25 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
Loving the callipers and Burnt tips

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02-10-2017, 04:28 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
(02-10-2017 01:57 PM)osiris Wrote:  I decided to spray the calipers red while I was at it, this took me hours as I prepared the surfaces properly to be sprayed, also took the rear calipers apart so as to not spray the pads themselves or the retainer clips etc as I prefer it when the colours are broken up a bit.

Even though I am not a massive fan of red fist-type (standard) calipers, this is the proper way to do it.

I hate it when someone sprays over everything.

Well done on the effort

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02-10-2017, 04:50 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
Looks good , how much were the tips ?

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02-10-2017, 04:57 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
(02-10-2017 04:50 PM)Ddoooooon Wrote:  Looks good , how much were the tips ?

Thanks man.

I took advantage of the special they were running so I pad R2600 for the pair.

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02-10-2017, 05:00 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
(02-10-2017 04:57 PM)osiris Wrote:  
(02-10-2017 04:50 PM)Ddoooooon Wrote:  Looks good , how much were the tips ?

Thanks man.

I took advantage of the special they were running so I pad R2600 for the pair.

Thats not a bad price at all , they look good on the car

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02-10-2017, 05:03 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
(02-10-2017 05:00 PM)Ddoooooon Wrote:  
(02-10-2017 04:57 PM)osiris Wrote:  
(02-10-2017 04:50 PM)Ddoooooon Wrote:  Looks good , how much were the tips ?

Thanks man.

I took advantage of the special they were running so I pad R2600 for the pair.

Thats not a bad price at all , they look good on the car

Thanks man, I am still getting used to them but they definitely growing on me quickly.

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02-10-2017, 09:53 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
I forgot to mention that I took my car for another Dyno last week to see how the car is running with the new turbos and all the stock parts put back into the car.

The car seems to be running a little stronger than before as I am now making 421nm instead of 402nm.

Car is running stock software, stock intercooler, stock charge pipe. I only have down pipes.

So I think she is running quite well.
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03-10-2017, 04:17 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
Just read your entire thread - Sorry to see all the nonsense you had to deal with at the beginning, but it seems well worth it with the latest results!


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03-10-2017, 04:32 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
That is some good power

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03-10-2017, 10:56 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
(03-10-2017 04:17 PM)avata_jo Wrote:  Just read your entire thread - Sorry to see all the nonsense you had to deal with at the beginning, but it seems well worth it with the latest results!

Thanks man Thumbs Yea its finally starting to take shape and its become a pleasure to drive too. It's a night and day difference to when I first got the car.

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04-10-2017, 05:07 AM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
I like it. Well done.Bravo
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13-11-2017, 01:54 PM (This post was last modified: 13-11-2017 01:54 PM by osiris.)
Post: #234
RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
Oki Doki,

So Quite a big update....I have been busy with this thing lately.

So first up I started removing old ugly plastidip from grills and mirrors cause it was bubbling and peeling and just really made the car look tatty.
I want these things to be black, but I will rather have them sprayed in gloss black to suite the rest of the car. I don't like the sheen that plastidip gives.

Here you can see the state it was in.
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Kitty cat chilling on me while I'm trying to peel plastidip!
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all gone!
So it turned out that peeling the stuff off was a waste of time, if the plastidip is too thin in certain places its next to impossible to get it off so I tried a few things and the thing that eventually worked like a charm was engine cleaner, I painted it on with a brush and waited a minute and then used the same paint brush to just wipe it off gently it basically just melts the plastidip instantly.
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Next up I needed to sort this problem out on my charge pipe so that I could fit the HKS BOV to my car, so I sent the aluminum base to a metal shop called Glutek and they fabricated the same part for me out of stainless steel so that I could then send it to TMSS to get welded on nicely.

Alloy on right Stainless steel with O-Ring correctly seated on left!
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Welden on by TMSS
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Getting ready for fitment:

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and its on and fits perfectly!
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Now all I need to do is prime the pipe and spray it matt black, I bought a rustoleum textured black spray paint which will look great.
Want this thing to look stealth under the bonnet. Big shiny pipe with the old pink BOV didn't do it for me lol.

Now since I bought the car it had a bit of a radiator leak, it wasn't massive although if the car got hot enough in hot weather driving or pushing it, it would leak a bit more. So I finally managed to take the radiator out and send it to a radiator place to get it pressure tested to show my warranty people that it is in fact leaking and that they must pay.

So the radiator place wanted to remove the radiator for me at first and when they told me they need to remove my front bumper to remove my radiator I lost all confidence in them and told them ill remove it myself and bring it to them. Skit

Jacking the car up and getting it on my new jack stands! smile bounce
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Making sure nothing gets scratched or damaged while removing this thing!
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Metal brace removed to expose the radiator to make it nice and easy to slide it out from the top.
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let there be light!
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Intercooler out.
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Radiator bleed screw exposed and you can see coolant leaking.
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Electric fan removed as well.
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And its out! after many hours of fighting with a bottom big hose that was being blocked by a metal bar in front of the engine that I didn't see in my frustrated state!
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Out and good to go, To get pressure tested.
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Coolant residue showing clearly that its leaking.
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And here is the actual leak:
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Warranty approved the claim and here is my new radiator in its box!
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Problem number one! OEM screw does not fit BEHR radiator! Maybe it does and I just need bigger balls to screw it in and not worry about cracking the plastic but I wasn't willing to take that chance so I went out on saturday morning and found some screws that fit a bit more comfortably.
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So While the radiator was out I decided to remove my vanos solenoids and give them a good clean as they have thrown an error once or twice.

Before
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After
Check all the gunk that came out of these things!
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Also I saw that my oil filter housing had a oil leak, although I had no idea what scale this oil leak was on. It was VERY bad!
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Checked my belts and they seem fine.
So I ordered some new gaskets for this oil filter housing. Damn for two gaskets comes to over a grand! Thumbdown

I also got a torque wrench from my buddy so that I could do this job the right way!
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Over tightened bolts causing the gasket to pinch and caused this terrible leak. I am lucky this didn't leak onto the belt and cause a catastrophic failure where the belt gets sucked into the engine!
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oil filter housing off and stripped and ready for cleaning:
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Can see how badly its leaking here as well
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After some elbow grease and then used the dremel with a polishing fitting to clean where the oil cooler housing gasket seats.
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Over here you can see that the front top bolt was massively over tightened causing the gasket to pinch and even caused slight damage to the metal where the gasket seats on the engine!
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Anyways I got some 2000grit sandpaper and a sanding block to very lightly remove what I could of the coolant build up around that hole and then I used my dremel again to polish this whole thing so that it felt like glass it was so smooth.
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Now the gasket seals correctly!

Anyways after fitting the new gaskets and refitting the oil filter housing to the car and torquing it to the correct spec I decided it was disgustingly dirty so I decided to do something about this:

This is actually after cleaning and polishing it around a month ago, however I couldn't do it properly because when the oil pipes are back on you cannot get to this thing properly.

Before:
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After:
Nice and shiny clean:
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Right Radiator is now all fitted unfortunately I didnt have photos of me putting it back in as it turned out to be a grueling task with my injured shoulder so I just fitted it and then carried on.

Everything back together and cleaned properly:
I also took the car to the car wash where I put the car on a lift and cleaned all the oil that was caused by the oil filter housing to the front of the engine that actually dripped all the way down and dirtied everything under the engine bay too.

Another pic of how nice the oil filter housing is looking.
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So that takes care of all the gaskets, tappet cover gasket was done recently. then sump gasket was done and now oil filter housing gasket has been done.

Next up is an oil flush and change, I am not happy with the state of this so called "New oil that BMW put in my car when they fitted the new turbos!"

Once that is done, I will be fitting my after market big intercooler and charge pipe.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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13-11-2017, 02:04 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
I absolutely love seeing DIY work like this on the forum. Well done for tackling the job yourself. Keep it up.

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13-11-2017, 02:11 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
Very satisfying work.

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13-11-2017, 02:12 PM
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Another job well done!!! Bravo

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13-11-2017, 02:14 PM
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RE: 2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
Awesome job Nick! Absolutely stunning work man!

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13-11-2017, 02:26 PM
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2009 Z4 35i Let the DIY and slight cosmetic modding begin.
I completely agree about seeing DIY like this. Makes me jealous.


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13-11-2017, 02:30 PM
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Nicely done Nick BravoPraise


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