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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, 04:55:31 AM   #21
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Default Re: Gauging interest in Black Faces for M3 Clusters

Good suggestions guys!

Here's Red:



Yellow:



Alpina Blue:



I actually really like the blue and the red, but not sure on the yellow.
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Old Wed, Feb-24-2016, 04:58:46 AM   #22
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This. Alpina blue would be amazing.

OP. Do you still have the E39 gauge faces you had made up available? I would like to buy one or any pieces of the final product to get an idea how good these are.
I still sell the E39 black faces on M5board and bimmerforums. I have some pics of them installed on customers' gauges as well in the threads there. PM me for links if you want.

Also, the one downside to the M5 faces I had made was the warm-up lights due to the interesting pattern they had on them (kind of a black gradient that was focused in the middle of the box), but the M3 faces don't have them at all. It was hard for the company to reproduce that gradient properly, but there shouldn't be any issues with the M3 faces.
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Good suggestions guys!

Here's Red:

Yellow:

Alpina Blue:

I actually really like the blue and the red, but not sure on the yellow.

Wow, they look great! I think the yellow face may require black text/hash marks, not sure if you could do that or not.

That Alpina really looks I'd love to get one like that
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Wow, they look great! I think the yellow face may require black text/hash marks, not sure if you could do that or not.

That Alpina really looks I'd love to get one like that
Still not sure if I like the yellow, but here goes:

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I realize the text didn't get filled as well as I'd hoped, but that's because it's quick and dirty. The company will do a much better job of making sure the lettering will be clear.
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I think I'd have to see yellow printed to decide on that (seems like the hash marks don't photoshop to black very well).

That blue though, I really like that. With some white LEDs, that'd look great
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I think I'd have to see yellow printed to decide on that (seems like the hash marks don't photoshop to black very well).

That blue though, I really like that. With some white LEDs, that'd look great
I blame that more on my photoshop skillz

I also really like the blue. The nice thing is that it's not that far from the dark grays I posted earlier, so maybe a compromise can be made.

And yes, white LEDs would certainly be possible. Also, with the orange needles (stock M3 needles), the orange display below would fit in just fine.

I could maybe throw in an ALPINA logo, but I'm not sure how it would be taken. I certainly don't think having the M logo and the Alpina logo would go well together.
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Alpina Blue is nice.
A really light silver would also be nice as well.
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Default Re: Gauging interest in Black Faces for M3 Clusters

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

Black


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Blue


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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
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Discussing Colored Gauge Faces for M3 Clusters (Not Overlays) - Color Choices in the E46 M3 (2001-2006) Forum - Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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