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      05-29-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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My New Le Mans Blue E92

I snapped some shots this afternoon. My wife is a photographer, so I have thousands and thousands of dollars worth of equipment. You'd think I'd be able to take a decent photo, but I'm just don't have an artistic bone in my body. I was shooting at 1 in the afternoon (worst time), so I was having a tough time capturing the true Le Mans color.

I picked the car up in Spartanburg on the 23rd. What a great experience. I got the first flat tire of my life on the way back to Orlando in my brand new car. I almost had a melt down, but lucked into finding a shop in very, very rural SC that plugged it at 5:30PM after they had already closed. You've got to love the South. People were so nice trying to help me. Not to mention I offered them $100 to patch it, but they wouldn't take my money.

I've been working on the car for what seems to be 8 hours a day for the past five days in sweat box Florida. I've guzzled two cases of Gatoraid but have loved every second getting it all set-up.

I washed it when I got home at 2AM on Tuesday morning to get the zillions of bugs off; did a proper wash the next morning; stripped whatever silicone based crap off the paint that BMW uses; took the wheels off, clay barred and sealed them; installed gloss black badge, painted reflectors, Edition grills and gills, RPI scoops, BMC filter; installed Arkym front lip for the first time (had to take it off a couple of times to get it to fit properly); clay bar the entire car, polish, first coat of wax, waited a day and put 2nd coat of wax on; installed Lux Angel Eyes; cleaned interior and windows; installed painted keyhole delete; fixed temporary tag (got pulled over and got a warning for having it in the rear window); installed Vanguard Exhaust (obsessed for hours to get tips aligned and still not happy with it yet); finally drove the car four days after getting it home; yanked the Arkym lip off and reinstalled; fixed tips again; washed again; and finally took a few crappy photos today.

Here you go. Hopefully a proper shoot coming next weekend.





































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      05-29-2011, 07:09 PM   #2
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Sounds like you really enjoy your car. Thanks for the writeup and pictures!
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      05-29-2011, 07:20 PM   #3
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Is 2011 the only year they offer the Competition package on the E92?
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      05-29-2011, 07:20 PM   #4
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Looks great! Needs a drop though
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      05-29-2011, 07:22 PM   #5
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I love the color! Congrats it looks great!
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      05-29-2011, 07:32 PM   #6
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Looks great! Needs a drop though
No drop in the cards. I think comp package is plenty low.
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      05-29-2011, 07:40 PM   #7
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gorgeous purchase brotha. it really looks like interlagos blue too!
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      05-29-2011, 07:43 PM   #8
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      05-29-2011, 07:57 PM   #9
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      05-29-2011, 08:02 PM   #10
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gorgeous purchase brotha. it really looks like interlagos blue too!
At first I thought they painted my car the wrong color until I put the IND painted reflectors on the car. Le Mans is a lot darker than I thought it would be...in a good way.
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Is it me or does it look like there is really bad orange peel?
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      05-29-2011, 09:36 PM   #13
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BMW has never been known for having a quality paint job car looks great though congrats
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      05-29-2011, 09:48 PM   #14
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great shots, M looks amazing
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I can tell you ordered from David! I had those same temp paper plates Car looks really good, enjoy it.
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I can tell you ordered from David! I had those same temp paper plates Car looks really good, enjoy it.
Yeah, David was great!
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Is it me or does it look like there is really bad orange peel?
BMW is supposed to be very environmentally friendly. From what I understand they don't use many of the harmful solvents that allow the clear coat to adhere to the body more smoothly. The only solution is to have the entire car wet sanded. I don't think I'm up for that. I deal with the orange peel.
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BMW is supposed to be very environmentally friendly. From what I understand they don't use many of the harmful solvents that allow the clear coat to adhere to the body more smoothly. The only solution is to have the entire car wet sanded. I don't think I'm up for that. I deal with the orange peel.
I think eventually this will be common to many manufacturers as a similar "green" process has yet to be developed for mainstream cars w.r.t. the clearcoat adherence, AFAIK.

Also good call on not lowering. That ride height is spectacular. The 10mm drop cleans it all up while still being usable for every day. Thumbs up for being able to go over speed bumps.
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Looks awesome! Nice work. I need to learn these detailing skills before my car arrives.
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Congrats looks great.
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