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Old Sat, Oct-11-2008, 09:04:10 PM   #41
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What do you mean by, "Daytime running lights turned off (angel eyes to follow)"? I didn't think the 02s had DRLs so do you mean the parking/side lights? I would like to find a way to have AAs switched without the parking lights coming on.

Mine had DRL on it, but I had an indy shop turn them off since I was installing AE's. I have the kit wired to the DME and interior lights. They turn on when I unlock the car, and are on anytime the car is on, no parking lights needed.
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My rasp terminator came this week from Custom Performance Innovations. It's a great looking piece, very well made.













Hopefully I can get it on soon. I'll try to get before and after sound clips if possible.
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Great journal. Enjoyable to see what you have done with it in about one years time. I bought my Silver Grey 04 from Richmond BMW last November - kind of coincidental.

Looking forward to seeing your opinion about the RT pipes - you will have everything else on the exhaust stock except for the midpipe - correct? This is kind of cool because I'm thinking of doing the same thing. I'm not sure about what muffler sound I like, but for me one thing is for sure, I'd like to tame the rasp. So, I've been thinking about a RT to start. Please do post your thoughts about it once you have it on.

Nice ride!!
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Thanks!

I'm looking forward to having the RT installed (the rest of the system will be stock). I actually like the tone of the stock exhaust, I just feel like it's covered up by the raspiness. I've heard other aftermarket systems too, but the thought of spending $1000+ seems pretty crazy for sound alone.

I'm still looking for a way to get decent sound clips for comparison.
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9 Nov 2008

I used the nice weather this weekend to get in a wash and wax before the real winter starts. Here's a few fall pics:

















I put two coats of einszett Glanz Wax on. It was my first time using it and I was really pleased with how easy it went on and came off (hand application). I'm looking forward to seeing how it holds up over time. Thanks to Phil at detailers domain for the suggestion.
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15 Nov 2008

Rasp Terminator installed at a BMW CCA DIY event. I haven't uploaded pictures yet, but I should be able to get it done tomorrow.

Quick review:
- I would give fitment a 8 out of 10. The rear flanges took a bit of effort to get lined up right. I guess perfect fitment can't be expected from exhaust pieces. Considering how many hot/cold cycles the entire system goes through, everyones exhaust is a probably just a touch different. The pipe and all hardware are top notch

- The sound is 10x better. If you're unhappy with your stock exhaust, I would recommend some type of rasp pipe before dropping $1000+ on a muffler. My rasp is 99% gone, replaced with a nice deeper smooth tone, mellow at low rpms, perfect pitch at 4500+ rpm.

- The bolts in my rear flanges were completed rusted and I had to take a touch to them to get them off...just a word of warning. The pics will show this better.
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Up in the air


Old pipe


The front


The back, these were the hardest part of the job. Three of these bolts had to be red hot to get them out. Many thanks to the other DIYers and the guys from Convenience Car Care for all the help (and tools).


Old gaskets coming out


New RT in!

Who can spot the PY M3?


Old pipe and gasket



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RE Transmission mounts
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Nice documentation! The photos are great. I think I may just do this for the reasons you mentioned - cost and nice sound. Looks good too!
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Nice documentation! The photos are great. I think I may just do this for the reasons you mentioned - cost and nice sound. Looks good too!
I would highly recommend it. The OEM muffler sounds awesome without the rasp overshadowing it.
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Congrats!
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