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      02-23-2020, 07:44 AM   #23
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First attempt at coding went pretty well, and was much easier and more uneventful than I'd planned. I expected "issues", and that didn't happen at all.

"M" startup screen
A.S.S. coded off
5-blink turn signals

A few other things too:
Driver (only) seat belt reminder
Startup warning inactive

I did notice..... that I tried to activate video-in-motion... it "appeared" to have worked successfully (including the step pushing up on idrive, and confirming the selection). I shared my phone screen, but then when I drove, it didn't work. Hmmm.

I'll try again another time. All in all, a successful day.
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      02-25-2020, 10:56 PM   #24
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It's official.... Run-flat tires SUCK.

I had my all-season Pirelli Scorpions (non-runflats) installed today, which normally wouldn't even be worth mentioning....

..... except it's worth mentioning.

When I bought the car a week ago, I thought to myself "Between the air suspension, downgrading to 21s instead of 22s, and the accoustic glass.... there shouldn't be this much road noise, or harshness over bumps".

I was right. It was those shitty Continental run-flats.

Car rides MUCH quieter, and smoother over bumps. Not just "a little"... it's a NOTICEABLE difference.

I'm not sure I'll ever put those Contis back on the car.

Anyway..... new shoes;
Pirelli Scorpion 275/40/21 front
Pirelli Scorpion 315/35/21 rear
(Stock size.... MUCH better than stock ride)

I think they even "look" a few mm wider, so I'm even happy with the appearance.
how much is it to swap out the tires?
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      02-25-2020, 11:49 PM   #25
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how much is it to swap out the tires?
Much more than I expected. I generally take it to the auto hobby shop on the local military base and get it done for about $80..... but they said that the rears were too big for their equipment.

Ended up going dowtown to a local tire shop... and they got me for 200 Euros (about $225) to dismount, mount, and balance
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      02-26-2020, 01:48 PM   #26
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Much more than I expected. I generally take it to the auto hobby shop on the local military base and get it done for about $80..... but they said that the rears were too big for their equipment.

Ended up going dowtown to a local tire shop... and they got me for 200 Euros (about $225) to dismount, mount, and balance
I pay 80 at the local tire shop for the same....
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      02-26-2020, 04:23 PM   #27
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But he has an American accent!
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      02-27-2020, 12:19 AM   #28
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Exactly..... American accent causes prices to increase almost every time.
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      03-17-2020, 07:04 AM   #29
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Coronavirus quarantine + rare sunny day in Belgium = Car mods

These tips did NOT fit correctly, so I busted out my dusty old stick welder and made it work. I'm not a pro welder, so it's a sloppy job.... but you can't see it from the outside, and these suckers definitely aren't coming off.

Also disconnected the pins from the flapper valves while I was under there.... now it sounds healthier too.

Stoked about today's progress.
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      03-17-2020, 01:34 PM   #30
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Well..... that was a HUGE failure.... but, lesson learned.

Even welded.... one of them came loose.... the other came off. Incidentally, both were the outboard tips. The inboard tips stayed strong. It's because the outboard tips are just slightly lower, and they impact the bottom side of the exhaust trim, which I believe it what caused the install to fail.

.... and the fact that the ID of the tips was too large in the first place.

Lesson learned. No harm done. Very little money spent.

Nevertheless, I've taken my own measurements this time, and I feel much more confident buying a different set for considerably more money. They are already on the way.

I'll post up when "exhaust tips round 2" is completed.
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      03-18-2020, 06:43 AM   #31
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After yesterday's failure..... had to redeem myself with the first 2 mperformance decals on the lower rockers.

Side stripes coming later today
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      03-18-2020, 07:30 AM   #32
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First side done..... love this look
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      03-18-2020, 09:07 AM   #33
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And.... done. Quite pleased with this
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      03-22-2020, 10:38 AM   #34
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No mods to do today.... No parts left until my (2nd attempt) carbon exhaust tips come in..... or Autotecknik finally finishes making the rear winglets.

It was the first day that I've owned it, that I was actually able to properly hand-wash it (not a drive thru machine). Sun + warm weather is rare in Belgium. So.... nothing different, other than a bit less dirt

I didn't even clean it when I installed the Mperformance graphics.... I just cleaned the areas where the graphics were going. The rest of the car was still filthy if you look closely. Lazy ass I am

Still.... kind of a big deal to me.
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      03-31-2020, 03:08 AM   #35
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So I just ordered the Maxton design front splitter, in gloss black. "Too much" carbon fiber I think looks ostentatious. Just my opinion. Small pieces, sure, but when LARGE pieces are CF... I just don't like it.

I chose this splitter because it's the only one I could find that DOESN'T come with the "wingtips" on the sides.

https://maxtondesign.eu/product-ger-...?rec=301001301

It'll be interesting to see how this rolls out.... with everything shut down. I had to have it delivered to my home address in Belgium, because they won't ship to APO addresses.... God only knows when I'll receive it.

Why don't I want one with the "wingtips"??? Because guess what.... I ALSO have a set of carbon front MPerformance replica winglets on the way (Small carbon = good.... Big Carbon = bad - LOL).

So.... the question... is can I modify the gloss black lip.... to work WITH the Mperformance carbon winglets??

If I can... I'll buy the rear M performance winglets. If I can't, the front winglets will be going up for sale.

Now.... just waiting on the mail.
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      03-31-2020, 09:47 PM   #36
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Thatís looks like a bargain!
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      Yesterday, 03:32 AM   #37
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Thatís looks like a bargain!
I was suprised as well. There was an upcharge for gloss black, and of course.... shipping. All in all it came out to 175 euro (about $200).

Everybody wants carbon..... which just isn't my thing.. at least not that much of it.

Mostly.... I chose this one because of it's lack of winglets. Hopefully it's decent. Won't know till it arrives though.
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