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      07-29-2008, 02:14 AM   #1
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Euro Dyne || Introducing Arnold: The Wannabe 528i Touring, LOL....

Ok so he really isn't a 528i, just badged as a 528i, but is really a 540it, lol...

Thought I'd formally introduce him to this forum...

Well a proper introduction has to be done with how Arnold came about. I was actually involved in a horrible accident during last Thanksgiving weekend...His name was Willis...

before the accident...




after the accident...=(




long story short, lady in a taurus caught gravel with her rear right tire and just drifted towards us from the opposite lane in a blind corner.

Anyway...right after i started looking for another touring and found Arnold on Ebay (of all places, lol) =) got him PPI'd and since it was in the bay area, just had a friend check it for me...and trailered to SoCal...




Here he is in my garage when i first met him =)...




And as the months rolled by, of course the modding proceeded! =)




with raff's touring (my alter touring bro =P)






At this point, i wanted to compare how Willis looked like and how Arnold was at that time too =)...and made this collage.



The infamous "528i" badge lol!


With my AW Brother, Brandon5069!


And with the rest of the 5ers =)!


Then the CF Hood came! Thanks to Carbon8!


Then got the Dinan Intake and Supersprint Dual Tip on...


More to come!!! But for now, let Arnold appreciate what Cali has to offer, hehehehe =)...








So far here's my projected mod list...

Engine
Dinan Intake (installed)
Dinan Tranny Software (installed)
Powerchip
Custom Dual Exhaust (bought the first one, will be getting the second one later, hehehe)
VF Supercharger (thinking twice, or go TC, hihihi)
Zionsville Radiator

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KW Variant 2 Coilovers (on order)
Eibach Front/Rear Sway Bars (on order)

Brakes
StopTech BBK

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Euro Plate (installed)
P39 or Hella Headlights (installed Depos)
Smoked Sidemarker Lights (installed)
8000k HIDs Lows/Fogs (installed)
M5 Bumpers (only front so far)
AA Brake Vent Grille (installed)
Eyelids (on order)
OEM Rear Spoiler (on order)
Miro Type 368 (installed, but sold, will be replacing them with DPE's or Lineas)
Kumho Ecsta (went with General Exclaim UHP, but sold with the Miros, going to go with Falken 452's)
Black Kidneys (installed)
AC Schnitzer Flippers (installed)
AC Schnitzer Rear Diffuser
Smoked Tailights (went with Depo clears)
Xenon Plate Lights (installed)
Xenon Bulb Backup Light (installed)

Interior/Ice
SMG Wheel with Paddles
Pioneer Avic-D3
Pioneer Sirius Tuner with NavTraffic (bought, not installed)
Pioneer Bluetooth
Kicker Amp
Kicker Solobaric
Ipod Integration
V1 Radar Detector
CF Trimming (have the material, not installed)
AC Schnitzer Pedals/Handles (going with MRTM instead, on order)
Recaro Car Seat (installed)
Steering Wheel Interface (bought, not installed)
Xenon Interior Lights

More to come! =)
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      08-03-2008, 02:48 PM   #2
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sweet, touring !

see you at M5 Fest


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      08-06-2008, 05:26 AM   #3
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sweet, touring !

see you at M5 Fest


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thanks! =) but what's m5fest?
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      08-06-2008, 05:26 AM   #4
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so a quick update on my never ending project...

how many guys do you think it would need to install a KW V2 kit? well me and two other guys (smilez and redribbonarmy both bf.c members, love ya guys!) attempted terribly tonight...but the failure wasn't due to our ignorance...but on a tiny piece of very important information...the stock strut mount's hole for a 540it is about 2 mil thicker than a 528it strut mount...with that being said...the KW V2 was designed around the 528it strut mount...because of this, the perch of the coilover sat a bit too high and the thread of coil was peeking so cleverly....because of that, we couldn't lock in the mount with the coil... so for those with 540it's who plan on doing this mod, make sure u order new strut mounts that are applicable to the 528/530its...it'll save u a night of effort =)...for now, i gotta wait for the right mounts and once i get them, ill continue with my KWV2/Eibach Anti Roll Kit install...

on the lighter side of things...i had dropped off my car at bavarian exclusive over at brea earlier that afternoon...bobby, brad and the rest of the crew at bavx and edgar and edwin of need4speed motorsports in glendale are the only guys i trust with my car in doing wheel installs...anyway, bavx did a spectacular job in making my ugly duckling turn into a beast as it was before (sold the miro 368s to a fellow forum member, which in fact are in good hands!)...

so from this...


to this horribly...(taken before install)


and back to its glory!!!!!!


yup, these are DPE S10's! 20x8 and 20x9.5 with a very aggressive offset of 9 in the front and 12 in the rear =)...to the guy who hooked me up with these rims, u know who u are! thanks soooo much bro! =) anyway, the tires i used to wrap are kumho ecsta spts 1 with 235/35/20 fronts and 275/30/20 rears =)...i had the choice between these and some conti's since they were in an identical price range, but since i've tried tested the traction of the kumhos back then, i had my loyalty with these korean made tires over the OEM induced tires...call me weird, but that's brand loyalty for ya...i'll be rocking these forged wheels for a while until car shows die down..and for daily driving i'm gonna put on the linea corse lemans i have in storage =)...

this is a pic i took with my n95 phone, sorry for the lack of clarity...


these are some pics i took when i picked up arnold at bavx...=)









and others taken at ED prior to the attempted coilover install =)!




these are pics with me cleaning him up afterwards...lol, yeah it was 1am and i had the itch to get him cleaned up, hahaha...




better pics will be coming soon! big thank yous in advance to jj and brandon for their professional grade shooting! hehehehe...

now question in mind is..."do they rub jo?" lol, yes the rears do on rapid dips in the freeway...and also steep turns into driveways...so next question in mind is, "are you still gonna pursue installing the KWV2's and the Eibach Anti-Roll Kit?" yes i am but just the fronts since my rears are absolutely tucked in right now. plus the rear kw (made by koni) shocks will stiffen my rear and actually give me less rubbing...call me crazy, but like i said before its a never ending project...if i have to pull out the fenders, well so be it =)...

fin for now =P...as i still have to prepare arnold more for mfest end of this month!!! =)
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      08-06-2008, 03:26 PM   #5
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thanks! =) but what's m5fest?
lol...ooops...just can't stop thinking of my car, i guess...
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      08-06-2008, 06:45 PM   #6
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lol...ooops...just can't stop thinking of my car, i guess...
u meant mfest though right? =)!
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      08-15-2008, 06:17 PM   #7
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I think that 528 badge is a bad luck. Take it out. But glad you are ok from the accident.
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      08-19-2008, 09:33 PM   #8
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I think that 528 badge is a bad luck. Take it out. But glad you are ok from the accident.
i think of it otherwise =)...it reminds me of how my previous touring saved me from a worse aftermath =)

plus...how can u not love how it looks? =) knowing underneath that bonnet is something else?

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Arnold looks good!!! and so does Timmy.... i mean Willis. Nice car tho!! i love it
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      08-26-2008, 05:19 AM   #10
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is that me heading to vegas for this weekend? =P see u there!!!

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Arnold looks good!!! and so does Timmy.... i mean Willis. Nice car tho!! i love it
thanks!!! =)
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wow,sweet wagons!
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hey joe how much was your HID low beams and fogs?
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That the best m front bumper ive seen yet where can i get 1 and does it come with the carbon fiber lips or did you custumize it?
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Great project. Turned out really nice. Did BMW ever produce an M version of the touring model?
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did you cry when you saw the crash?
i would have
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Nice pics but this aren't DPE S10 those are DPE ST10 if anything. Lol
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