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      09-04-2015, 02:51 PM   #1
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Picked up my car from BMW back in February 2013. Here's the build to date...

Started with day one.


IMG_7623 by NeilllP, on Flickr



39. Interior by NeilllP, on Flickr

First modification was a better battery for the audio system.


IMG_7690 by NeilllP, on Flickr

Next onto the audio side of things...

The source is my iPhone running to an Apple Airport express.

The Airport Express will feed to an Audison Bit Ten D with an optical cable.

The processor is then conencted to a JL Audio HD900/5 amplifier which runs the Hertz HSK165 2 way component speakers (actively) and either a pair of JL Audio 8w3v3's or a 10W7.

Wood and jig.


IMG_7854 by NeilllP, on Flickr

Traced and cut.


IMG_7857-Edit by NeilllP, on Flickr

Test fit.


Test fit by NeilllP, on Flickr

All sits nicely.


IMG_7867 by NeilllP, on Flickr

Bolted the adaptor in.


IMG_7872 by NeilllP, on Flickr

And then the speaker.


IMG_7877 by NeilllP, on Flickr

Tweeters behind the factory grills.


What have we here? by NeilllP, on Flickr


Tweeter wire run by NeilllP, on Flickr


Door card off. by NeilllP, on Flickr


IMG_7882 by NeilllP, on Flickr

the tweeters


Size difference by NeilllP, on Flickr

and all closed up (obviously the gaps seen are not visible once installed back. ( I also sealed the tweeter in with flashing tape to reduce any air flow around the driver)


All done by NeilllP, on Flickr

and the amp and processor in.


IMG_7945 by NeilllP, on Flickr


149. Interior by NeilllP, on Flickr
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      09-04-2015, 02:56 PM   #2
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Next comes suspension. KW V2's.


IMG_8933 by NeilllP, on Flickr


IMG_9044 by NeilllP, on Flickr

And then some wheels, because the 108's have never been a massive favourite of mine.


What do we have here? by NeilllP, on Flickr

Had then acid dipped and powder coated. Wrapped them with Falken fk453 tyres and loved it!


IMG_9901 by NeilllP, on Flickr


IMG_9892 by NeilllP, on Flickr

Washed the car.

144. Ass. Ass. Ass. by NeilllP, on Flickr

Cleaned the engine.

IMG_1655 by NeilllP, on Flickr

Played with the height & dampers.

145. Tad lower, much cleaner. by NeilllP, on Flickr

Started off with a splitter:

IMG_8002 by NeilllP, on Flickr

Then a full detail. Snow foam, 2 bucket wash, clay, 1 coat each of AutoGlym SRP and Ultra Deep Shine and then a layer of Meguiars #16, topped off with ultimate liquid wax. Finally some spray wax just for good measure. Megs of course.

IMG_8059 by NeilllP, on Flickr

Then robbed the 10mm spacer from my track car and slapped it on the rear.

IMG_8088 by NeilllP, on Flickr

IMG_8067 by NeilllP, on Flickr

IMG_8087 by NeilllP, on Flickr
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      09-04-2015, 03:00 PM   #3
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Got bored of the tiger claws so I started looking at new wheels.

Ended up finding a set of replacements. 19" Rial Daytonas.

IMG_1595 by Neil Patel, on Flickr

IMG_1610 by Neil Patel, on Flickr

Was passed up at the paddock at Players Classic.


IMG_1662 by Neil Patel, on Flickr


IMG_1592 by Mike Fidowicz, on Flickr

And then some from the annual meet at the BMWCCGB 2015 Festival.

Got a few quick pictures while on the way there...


20150816_075704 by Neil Patel, on Flickr

20150816_075604 by Neil Patel, on Flickr



DT5_7936 by BMW Car Club GB & Ireland, on Flickr

My personal favourite below!

DT5_7937 by BMW Car Club GB & Ireland, on Flickr
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      09-04-2015, 03:13 PM   #4
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Really nice Z you have there. Love the colour of your wheels
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      09-04-2015, 04:01 PM   #5
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absolutely beautiful. the front lip looks excellent
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      09-04-2015, 04:24 PM   #6
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one of my fave UK kooopzz :-p
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      09-05-2015, 11:46 AM   #7
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Really like that two-tone dash trim, nice car OP
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      09-05-2015, 02:26 PM   #8
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Really nice Z you have there. Love the colour of your wheels
Thanks!

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absolutely beautiful. the front lip looks excellent
Far from your lovely machine! Sadly I've cracked the front lip badly and need to get a replacement! (It's currently patched up and looks really bad!)

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one of my fave UK kooopzz :-p
Haha cheers! Your's is my favourite roadster.

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Really like that two-tone dash trim, nice car OP
I was pretty patient in finding a car with all the spec I wanted. Thankfully this car came up for sale right around when I was looking for one!
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I really love the two tone interior, it reminds me of my old z3 mc. Can you post a couple of pics of the interior? Did that come standard? Looks great!
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      09-09-2015, 10:58 AM   #10
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I really love the two tone interior, it reminds me of my old z3 mc. Can you post a couple of pics of the interior? Did that come standard? Looks great!
Thank you. Unfortunately I've none at the moment but I will get some more over the weekend!

Will leave this here in the mean time!

IMG_2508 by Neil Patel, on Flickr
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      09-09-2015, 11:54 AM   #11
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I like the black/red leather dash trim in Pic #2. Is that applied over the stock trim piece or a complete replacement?
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Welcome to the forum! Awesome build, thanks for sharing all the pics!
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      09-16-2015, 05:08 PM   #13
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I like the black/red leather dash trim in Pic #2. Is that applied over the stock trim piece or a complete replacement?
It was a factory option.

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Welcome to the forum! Awesome build, thanks for sharing all the pics!
Thank you!

Found some more pictures of my car online, thought I'd share them!

HOMEgrown August 2015 by AviBphotography, on Flickr

HOMEgrown August 2015 by AviBphotography, on Flickr
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The seats and dash are simply amazing.

The rest of the build, top notch as well.
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      09-19-2015, 05:10 PM   #15
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The seats and dash are simply amazing.

The rest of the build, top notch as well.
Thank you!

Spent the past three days preparing the car for Players tomorrow.

Started with hosing the car down and drying it off and then two passes of:

Meguiars finishing wax

Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine

Meguiars #16 hard wax

and Finished off with Meg's Ultimate Liquid Wax.

Lastly a light spritz of Dodo Juice Red Mist and a final wipe down.

The wheels were cleaned with a weak solution of Megs D140 and water. Dried with some quick detailer and lastly wiped with Red Mist.

Dishes were polished with AutoSol and some elbow grease.

IMG_2575 by Neil Patel, on Flickr

IMG_2576 by Neil Patel, on Flickr

IMG_2574 by Neil Patel, on Flickr

IMG_2572 by Neil Patel, on Flickr

IMG_2587 by Neil Patel, on Flickr

IMG_2603 by Neil Patel, on Flickr
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Sweet coupe, love the rims mate. Very nice indeed. Love the stance, very cool.
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      09-22-2015, 06:26 AM   #17
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Sweet coupe, love the rims mate. Very nice indeed. Love the stance, very cool.
Thanks Vanne!

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Where's the 10W7 hiding? I don't know why, but when I saw your name I immediately thought of Neil Patel. You have no idea how common that name is over here.
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And then the speaker.


IMG_7877 by NeilllP, on Flickr
This looks like it would get in the way or be uncomfortable, does it bother you at all sticking out like that?
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Where's the 10W7 hiding? I don't know why, but when I saw your name I immediately thought of Neil Patel. You have no idea how common that name is over here.
Haha!

The W7 is currently sat in my room as I'm left with no boot space when it is in.

I do miss the sound of it over the twin 8w3. Debating selling them up and replace it with a single 8w7.

Made space for the dub7. Had to be done. by Neil Patel, on Flickr


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This looks like it would get in the way or be uncomfortable, does it bother you at all sticking out like that?
It replaces the factory woofer. The original trim goes back over it. Unless you put a torch to the grill, you won't know it's been replaced.
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      10-02-2015, 05:44 PM   #21
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Might as well dump more pictures here.


Credit and thanks to the respective photographers!


Found this from BMW Festival 2015 at Gaydon.



A few from Westside in September, here are some of the pictures of the car!







and lastly, some I got after Westside. I wasn't really going for a 'look' just found a cool-ish location after taking the long way home!

IMG_2999 by Neil Patel, on Flickr

IMG_3011 by Neil Patel, on Flickr

and my personal favourite from the lot...

IMG_3008 by Neil Patel, on Flickr
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Dude, your Z is poppin!
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