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Old 13-03-2013, 10:31 PM
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Yeah, thats what I thought, someone has drilled 2 more holes in the tailgate at some point.

This is what mine looked like:


and the rubbing around the holes:


After a rough touch up to try and give it a bit of protection


Also £130 for the plate holder seems a bit steep?
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Old 14-03-2013, 06:15 AM
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Also £130 for the plate holder seems a bit steep?
Got mine from bmminiparts for around £30. Comes in primer.

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Old 14-03-2013, 10:06 AM
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There's two part numbers listed for the rear plate holder as Pete says the first is only £30ish as this is in primer the second is painted I think



http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...41&fg=60&hl=53
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Old 19-03-2013, 09:11 PM
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Thanks, will be adding one of those to my list of things to buy in the future as I've spent a bit much this first month already.

Picking the car up from the garage tomorrow after getting a few things done.
  • Gearbox oil changed
    Brake fluid change
    Braided brake hoses
    Brake pipes cleaned up and protected
    Braided clutch hose
    2 of the exhaust hangers changed
    Front wishbone bushes changed
    Diff hanger bush changed
    Oil leak from engine to be fixed (looked to be CPV when we looked at it before putting the car in)
    Droplinks
    30mm lowering springs fitted

I think that's everything although they might not be doing the diff bush, cant remember if i definitely asked them to do that.

I supplied some of the parts so hoping the bill wont be too big and after this I think that should it be pretty much sound mechanically bar getting the Vanos seals etc changed as a precaution.
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Old 20-03-2013, 06:53 PM
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What do we think? Personally i think it looks a lot better in person, a couple of mm higher at the back would be perfect for me. Still have spacers to arrive to see what difference they make but don't think it even really needs them.

Driving wise the gearbox feels a lot better, the oil change seems to have taken away a lot of the notchiness that was there before and the clutch feels better aswell.

Oil leak was the o-ring for the CVP, they showed me the old o ring and it felt like hard plastic so obviously had never been changed.

All in all pretty happy with the peace of mind that everything should be OK for now, even though the bill was a bit bigger than i was expecting.
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Old 20-03-2013, 06:58 PM
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looks much better! you may be able to high'er the rear a bit by using thicker spring pads?
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Old 20-03-2013, 08:40 PM
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looks much better! you may be able to high'er the rear a bit by using thicker spring pads?
Looking good!

I do agree though, rear needs raising to level it out.
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Old 21-03-2013, 05:28 AM
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Guess you'll get more "speedboat" nose lift with the lower rear end?

I like that!
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Old 21-03-2013, 08:52 PM
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Had a look at the car today and think that photo exaggerates how low it is at the rear as it looks pretty much level. The car also seems to roll a bit less in the corners which is good but is a bit crashy over potholes and rough surfaces.

Anyway will be staying as it is for now as ive already spent too much this month.....
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Old 21-03-2013, 10:03 PM
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I'd go with raising the rear a bit with thicker spring pads - remember that you sit more rearwards in these so just a driver or with passenger and the rear sits lower, that plus acceleartion and the tendency for the rear suspension design to squat means you can end up with nose-high stance most of the time.
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