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      05-16-2016, 01:17 PM   #1
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2016 420i Gran Coupe xDrive M-Sport

Apologies in advance for crappy iPhone pics!

Took delivery of my long awaited F36 (CB / Saddle Brown) today, thought i should share a few pics:









She sits very high due to the xDrive - considering H&R Sport Springs or potentially KW V2 coils (depending on financials). Other mods going on the car will be:
  • MP Gloss Black kidney grills [DONE]
  • MP Carbon Front Lip
  • MP Carbon Trunk Spoiler
  • (20" wheels in staggered formation) - Jury is still out on this one...

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Other than cosmetic mods, serious SQ oriented car audio install will be realised when time permits. Audio equipment potentially going in (which was gutted from my previous car and I have at hand) is:
  • Mosconi HLA-SUM
  • Mosconi 6to8v8 Processor
  • Mosconi RCD Controller
  • 2 x Mosconi AS 200.4 amps
  • 2 x Gladen Zero Pro HG-20PV Tweeters
  • 2 x Gladen Zero Pro HG-80ZPPP-3 Midranges
  • 2 x Gladen Zero Pro HG-165ZPDC-3 Midwoofers
  • 1 x Gladen Zero Pro 12 Subwoofer
  • Cabling / Power Distribution from Connection and Knu Konzepts
  • Supra Speaker Cables

Looking forward to getting to know this car
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Congrats on a beautiful GC!
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love that color combo!
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Beautiful color combo. Congrats!
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Great looking GC with nice interior.
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Congrats!!! Perfect color combination!

Gloss black grill makes a difference to the front end. Good choice!
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Congrats!!! Perfect color combination!

Gloss black grill makes a difference to the front end. Good choice!
Cheers guys! Yeah I enjoy the CB / SB combo as well, it think it complements each other well.

Gave the GC some TLC yesterday and today. A very thorough wash, followed by polishing with DA and then wax coat. Paint came out very wet and nice but when I came back out this afternoon the car was completely covered in yellow pollen

Guess it comes with the season...
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The interiors are spot on!!!
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      06-20-2016, 12:35 PM   #10
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Hi,

Second mod in place as of today, she now sits on H&R Sport Springs and been through an all wheel alignment after the springs got installed. Gave just the right, moderate, drop (about 30mm). It's raining cats and dogs outside right now, will snap pics once weather improves but really happy so far.
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Nice! I'm sure it sites much nicer with the springs! Post pics!
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Nice car man!
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Nice! I'm sure it sites much nicer with the springs! Post pics!
Sure, here you go (and please ignore the fact she's very dirty...)

Rear before:

Rear after:


Front before:

Front after:


Overall before:

Overall after:


I know it is a very "subtle" drop, about an inch or so, but it is what I was after. This is how it should have been delivered in my opinion. I also think this will be nice once I move up to 20's (if I do...)

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Thanks mate!
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Looks great with H&R Sport springs!
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The springs provided a nice drop!
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Hi folks,

As stated earlier, a somewhat serious car audio install will be done in this car. Progress has been tediously slow due to work and other commitments.

Anyway - got some planning done today. I wanted to take a moment to see how I could realise the vision without to much impact on cargo capabilities and other practicalities. In the center of the trunk there's a compartment which it would be a shame not to utilise in some fashion. I ended up with something like this:



I'm thinking the amps will go in a stacked configuration. I don't think it will be an issue for the top amp to cover the lower one. I will make sure the lower one can breathe properly. In my last build, the only thing i ever touched on the amps was the gain - everything else was configured in the processor - so think this will work. There is also ample space to fiberglass a sub box on the right hand side:



I have fiberglassed boxes before, but primarily in the spare well, so this will be a first for me. The processor will be housed on the left hand side where the OEM amp is currently located:



On that account - the OEM amp is a beast...



Another option is to lay out the amps flat, should the amount of available space require it:



Personally I prefer to have them angled, just looks more interesting. I got most of what I need to get the build started but still missing some few materials before I can get going. Would have been nice to at least make it out to one competition before the season ends
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Nice!
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      07-11-2016, 03:57 PM   #18
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Saddle brown is the best interior color they make right now. Was driving the BSM / SB wagon I got dad last week and my MG / B m235 feels very drab by comparison.
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Hey folks,

Got my windows tinted today using 3M Nano film 5%, came out quite nice I think.






Too bad my crappy iPhone pics don't do it justice....
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I had a few moments to spare the other day and figured i would get started on the sub enclosure. It is going into the right rear panel in the trunk as indicated below:



The objective here is to fiberglass a "copy" of the panel originally fitted in this compartment and integrate this with a reinforced baffle with the sub countersunk into the baffel. Started off by getting the required fiberglassing gear in order:



And about 30 odd minutes later i had this:





A few more layers of glass to ensure proper rigidity of the cabinet and then join it to a baffle - to be continued!
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Did manage to get some more work done on the sub enclosure yesterday afternoon. My panel mold had a really good fit, so the next step was getting started on the baffle. I fabricated a frame that was adjusted to fit the surrounding panels:



I then inserted my mold in its location and adjusted the frame in front and attached it to the cavity using hot glue:



The general idea here is to chourn out some mounting rings on the router for a flush mount of the sub which are then glued together and centered into the frame. Fabric is then stretched between the rings and the frame to form some nice soft shapes and resin applied followed by a number of layers of mat from behind. I started strengthning the cavity by applying additional layers of mat, about 3 layers - more will come.

To be continued :blush:
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Looking good, be cool to see it all done!
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