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      12-03-2019, 03:25 PM   #45
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      12-07-2019, 03:31 AM   #46
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I just had Weatherford (Berkeley) BMW replace the Huper Optik 35% tint with Xpel XR70 (thank you @derbo for the referral!). Iím a fan of light/no tint generally. I had Llumar Air80 on my E46, but did not want the blue hue this time around. This is nearly clear, but has a very slight gray tone to it. Iím very happy with how it turned out.

Xpel options. Their specs are among the best in ceramic tints today.



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Thanks, Sal! All is great, and good to see you around! I've been thinking lately about how this car is taking some cues from my first S2000 - white with gunmetal and red BBK/accents. I still miss that car (and actually the FX35 you hooked up too, even though we have a QX70S in the garage now!). Can you believe that was 15 years ago? Throwback!
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New tint looks so good. I'd like to do something on my car one day but I'm also not a fan of the blacked out windows.
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Really liking the new tint. It's nearly clear from straight on, but has some gray (reflection for glare reduction?) from an angle. A lot of money for what would seem like a lateral move or a step back to some, but it really changed the overall look of the car and I'm happy with it.





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Seriously ... I do really like the suspension setup now for my use/preferences (ZCP, Dinan plates & bar .. basically Dinan Stage 3) but I don't like how the plates raised the front by a hair. If/when my shocks fatigue, I'll be on the lookout for some B16 Damptronics coilovers (fingers crossed they're available then!).
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Seriously ... I do really like the suspension setup now for my use/preferences (ZCP, Dinan plates & bar .. basically Dinan Stage 3) but I don't like how the plates raised the front by a hair. If/when my shocks fatigue, I'll be on the lookout for some B16 Damptronics coilovers (fingers crossed they're available then!).
Have you considered the KW Sleeves?
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[QUOTE=wyatth;25544001]I just had Weatherford (Berkeley) BMW replace the Huper Optik 35% tint with Xpel XR70 (thank you @derbo for the referral!). Iím a fan of light/no tint generally. I had Llumar Air80 on my E46, but did not want the blue hue this time around. This is nearly clear, but has a very slight gray tone to it. Iím very happy with how it turned out.

Xpel options. Their specs are among the best in ceramic tints today.




How do you like the Xpel compared to the other tints for keeping heat out? Seems like you are one of the few people to have tried most of the good tints for heat rejection.

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Have you considered the KW Sleeves?
Not really. I'm not that set on doing anything, and quite like the current setup for my use/roads. At times something like the Bilstein B16 Damptronics or Ohlins DFV R&T coilovers are tempting, but I think I should wear out these ZCP struts first. End of the day, they feel great and I actually like the clearance/drivability of the height even if it doesn't look super sexy at the C&Cs.


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How do you like the Xpel compared to the other tints for keeping heat out? Seems like you are one of the few people to have tried most of the good tints for heat rejection.
To be honest, they are about where I would have guessed and quite similar on the ends of the color spectrum. The XPEL 70 is slightly better than the Llumar 80, and the Huper Optik stuff was a bit better than the XPEL 70. Basically, once you're in the tier of top shelf tint offerings, the specs are all comparable and the darker the tint, the higher the TSER (heat).

At some angles the XPEL 70 looks clear, but at other times it does look a little tinted. At an angle, there is glare/reflection which I'm sure is part of the TSER/IRR properties. The slicktop and black leather do not help (dark interior already). The Llumar 80 looks truly like a fishbowl, the XPEL 70 looks like a very light tint. Overall I'm satisfied with it.








Met members Derbo and Johal over the long weekend, played some musical chairs and traded keys.
Derek (white) has MCS coilovers, felt lovely.
Johal (red) has the Dinan midpipe, torque and sound (and smell, lol) were incredible.
Both were 6MTs so it was fun to drive them back to back.








Comparing the differences in our trunk liners, '08 was smooth while the '11s have a cutout for the safety triangle. TIL. #nerds
At the same time, Derek performed some wizardry: coded Adaptive Headlights II, and set the DRL/angel eyes to 13.6v. I like the idea of adding beam patterns 2 & 4 to the standard 1 below.



1. Basic: Normal parallel conditions that the US gets.
2. Low speed/City: Driver light aims to the left and both lights slightly lower for better visibility for potholes without blinding folks in the city.
3. Guiding fog light: M3 doesn't have fogs so this doesn't pertain to E9xM.
4. Highway speeds: Headlights stay parallel but aim a little higher for further distance.
5. Adaptive headlights: Headlights following steering wheel input. This is the default for US.
6. Corner lights: This is already enabled for our inner headlight light when we have our turn signals/steering wheel turned at low speeds.


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      01-23-2020, 02:34 PM   #57
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Love watching your build. You've got to have the cleanest e90 I've seen on this forum. I'm a big OEM+ guy and I appreciate the attention to detail you give everything - including maintenance items. Well done.
I'm with you on the ZCP - it works really nicely for the roads I drive and frankly I don't know how it doesn't scrape more at the current height. I have a particularly steep driveway and I'm almost positive anything lower would end up being a pain. That being said I still look at it every now and then and wish I could drop the front down an inch.. Such is life.

Looks like a fun get together with forum members. Need to get a head count on Tampa members and do the same!
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