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  1. 8 hours ago, Jason E said:

    @OzJustinhad one of these I believe though his was a bit hotted up I recall.  He may be able to give you further.

    It was a BMW 135i (twin turbo) mate. 250rwkw on a basic tune with bolt ons. 😎The 125i is the NA version.

    To the OP - I had one for 3.5 years and it was a fantastic car. The 2008-mid-2010 is the N54 twin turbo engine (same as in the 1M). The late 2010 onwards use the N55 twin scroll single turbo engine. They are both excellent engines and respond very well to tuning. The N55 is arguably more reliable but the N54 has better performance potential. The engines themselves are very strong. It’s the ancilliaries that are the common failure points e.g rattling wastegates, high pressure fuel pump, injectors, water pump etc. My car was perfect the whole time apart from a dead water pump at the 60kkm mark. Treat it with respect and it will look after you.

    If you’re after a two door auto or dual clutch then I’d recommend a 135i or even a 335i (put some money aside for maintenance though). If you’re after a four door then like others have said, I’d go test drive a VW Golf GTI or R.

    Happy hunting. 😊

  2. Hi all

    Checking if anyone has an old driver’s side hatch strut they no longer need. Must still work i.e. hold the hatch up when raised and light/defroster still has continuity.

    My current one has no continuity for the defroster but I’m not keen to use a new one due to the extra force it places on the hatch frame and glass.

    Let me know what you have. 😊

  3. 2 hours ago, Bobby44 said:

    Thanks. Lloyd mats america on Ebay. They dont fit perfect as they are for a LHD but still work. Couldnt find any elsewhere. I'm pretty happy with the quality.

    I looked into RHD Llyod mats but apparently they aren't made. Didn't even consider the LHD version fitting though. If you happen to snap a photo of the driver's side footwell it would be great to see how well they fit.

  4. On 06/06/2019 at 18:22, Dreamr said:

    Some makes of cars wire them so that they only work when the parking lights are on ... not with the headlights. Something to try at least.

    I don't think this is the problem. In my experience, the AU spec S2's run the fog lights with both parking lights or main driving lights on. The 'fog light' button just makes them even brighter.

  5. 35 minutes ago, Jason E said:

    Justin, I've recently purchased a spare instrument cluster to practice this & a few other little jobs on before addressing mine.

    Good plan. What else do you have in store for your cluster? Integrated Racepak dash...😜

  6. 8 hours ago, Timm said:

    Another way to fix this issue is to remove the reflective coating all together by rubbing it off with paint thinner. This leaves 3 windows which you can then stick an LED strip over to shine directly at the dials. The LED strip is spliced to the wires for a nearby bulb that lights up the dash vent slider label. Works with the dimmer and everything. I used a strip like this https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/sca-sca-strip-light---led-12v-30cm-flexible-black/386326.html






    That's a great idea Timm! I did read some people have tried LED strips but I didn't see any evidence that the dimmer would still function. In most cases they were suggesting the dimmer wouldn't work with LEDs due to the reduced voltage. How long have you had your LED strip installed? So the strip doesn't rely on the reflective coating at all and sits on the outside of the window/tunnel? I'm sure this will make more sense once I've pulled out my cluster.

    @Jason E - We can have a crack together if you like. What's the worst that could happen...huge fire and it goes up in flames!

    As an aside, thought I would post up this very handy tutorial for those who might go one step further from the cluster and pull the whole dash out for recovering. @brian in buddina How is your project coming along?


  7. 13 hours ago, P-Kay said:

    Thanks for the link. For those who have changed their bulbs, can you confirm which style of T10 wedge globes are best i.e. I assume we want an even, wide light output into the reflector housing rather than one or more LEDs that are directional/pointed forward away from the ballast?

    This one is supposed to be an even '3D' beam:

    This one is a quad LED that seems to point more forward than up:

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