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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


View Poll Results: Color choices for Custom M3 gauge faces
Black Yes and Im ready to commit to purchasing 14 13.86%
Dark Gray Yes and Im ready to commit to purchasing 9 8.91%
Alpina Blue Yes and Im ready to commit to purchasing 16 15.84%
Red Yes and Im ready to commit to purchasing 15 14.85%
Other 12 11.88%
No, not ready to purchase yet, but interested for the future 43 42.57%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 101. You may not vote on this poll

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Old Wed, Feb-24-2016, 05:42:36 AM   #31
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Default Re: Gauging interest in Black Faces for M3 Clusters

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Made a couple rough mockups of a "real" cluster.

Black


Dark Gray


Blue


Red


Yellow



Again, these are rough, I just mocked it up from a picture of one of my clusters and some very quick (thus rough) photoshopping. I think the LED areas in reality would be white/gray, I should have mocked that up too
Dude! I'm impressed!

I just got done using scanned in gauge needles to make this:



I have to say though, I kinda like yours better
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Old Wed, Feb-24-2016, 05:49:57 AM   #32
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Default Re: Gauging interest in Black Faces for M3 Clusters

Ok, so we now have 5 colors. How would people feel if I approached the company with the proposal of getting all 5 colors made with 4 of each (or any combination equaling a minimum of 20)? People that would seriously consider this can PM me directly to find out how much it might be and can decide if it's still worth it to them. If I feel like I get enough people that would justify it, I'll show Terra's images along with my photoshopped gauge faces and let them know things like the M logo being illuminated, what colors the different things are and how we want the warm up lights to be when they're off. If you'll notice, all of mine leave them translucent and visible whether there is no light behind them at all or not, while Terra's shows them basically hidden unless lit. The way Terra's are is how the black faces are on the M5, which is why it was tough for them to get them right on my reproductions. I think they would still come out ok, but I think they'll probably look better left translucent as far as how the light will come through.
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Old Wed, Feb-24-2016, 05:50:39 AM   #33
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Default Re: Gauging interest in Black Faces for M3 Clusters

I'm digging the red. Would be interested depending on price. I ordered the white one from bimmian but returned it when I realized it was missing the M logo and the shift light overlay was not oem like
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Default Re: Gauging interest in Black Faces for M3 Clusters

BTW, I'm really diggin' all 5 colors, though the yellow not quite as much as the others.
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Old Wed, Feb-24-2016, 05:56:24 AM   #35
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Default Re: Gauging interest in Black Faces for M3 Clusters

Blue and Dark Gray are my favorites. I think I'd be down for one of each.

If it's possible to have the LED areas semi-hidden without it looking weird when the LEDs are on, I'd prefer that (even if it's not quite as nice as OEM M5), but it's not a big deal either way to me.
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I'm digging the red. Would be interested depending on price. I ordered the white one from bimmian but returned it when I realized it was missing the M logo and the shift light overlay was not oem like
I'll be honest, they will cost more than the bimmian overlays, but not much more than their "was" price, with a bit more if you have me install them for you. They will certainly look 10x better than overlays though as they will be replacement faces (have to remove the needles to install) and all functions will work as before (warmup lights and illuminated M logo). LED swaps when doing the gauge faces or mileage correction can all be done at the same time, so you can PM me for more details on that.
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Blue and Dark Gray are my favorites. I think I'd be down for one of each.

If it's possible to have the LED areas semi-hidden without it looking weird when the LEDs are on, I'd prefer that (even if it's not quite as nice as OEM M5), but it's not a big deal either way to me.
It's certainly possible to have them semi-colored (or even fully colored) and still light up properly, it's just that the light gets scattered a bit randomly when they've done it in black before.

Here's a picture of what I mean on my M5 faces:



If you look at pictures of the stock OE M5 cluster lit up, you can see it's slightly different, but I still think they look pretty good.

How about people let me know which they would rather have, translucent like OE, or colored to match the faces and visible only when lit.
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Old Wed, Feb-24-2016, 06:03:12 AM   #38
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Default Re: Gauging interest in Black Faces for M3 Clusters

The best I've seen so far is the black render made by terraphantm. To be honest BMW gauge clusters have always been less than impressive.

I like the idea of white faces carbon fiber surround.. like this CLK55 AMG

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The best I've seen so far is the black render made by terraphantm. To be honest BMW gauge clusters have always been less than impressive.

I like the idea of white faces carbon fiber surround.. like this CLK55 AMG

The black one that Terra made is how my first black one would come out. That's what I was proposing before anybody mentioned any other colors

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Also, here's what my black M5 faces look like when not lit:

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