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simoncpw 04-11-2009 04:05 AM

Mission Completed... here we go..
 
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Continuing from my last thread.... Here's how it looks in real life!!!!

Finally completed 99%, the only thing left is to de-chrome and black out the "X5" and "4.6i" badges. Let me know what you guys think.

(more pics from post #6, #28, #54, #107, #119, #123.... and latest #148)
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Essam Khafagi 04-11-2009 04:14 AM

That's SICK! :wow:

ClassKlown36 04-11-2009 04:15 AM

THAT LOOKS SOOO SICK i wish i had a decent cash flow so i could get mine lookin as fly as that:(...GOOD JOB keep it up:wow::wow::wow::thumbup::thumbup:

X Foomph 04-11-2009 04:35 AM

Very very nice Simon, that's right up there with the select few. Looks better in real life pics compared to photoshop ones. We need to see more, more is good when an X5 looks like yours :2thumbs:

Just 1 question, what's with the orange hue from the headlights ?? What colour angel eyes & bulbs did you have fitted ??

xnsf 04-11-2009 04:37 AM

very nice :thumbup:

very impressed how much it looks like your photoshop

simoncpw 04-11-2009 04:47 AM

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PersonaNonGrata 04-11-2009 04:50 AM

It looks incredible! It's very unique and the theme is great. It's not overdone either. I do see however, that you decided to go with the black door handles and upper hatch handle. :D The X5 and 4.6is emblems would look great in Shadowline but you could also just debadge. That would be a clean look. Oh, and perhaps a rear wiper delete.

I haven't a clue what the laws are in HK about tinting but a light to medium tint on the windows would look good. Lower that a little bit and I think your X5 would be complete. :thumbup:

simoncpw 04-11-2009 04:55 AM

Thanks man. The Headlights came with AE installed: Each ring has about 4 or 5 bulbs spreaded around evenly. It doesn't look as nice as CCFL, and if you look carefully, you can see the hot spots of the bulbs on the rings. Given how how difficult it been for me to get the headlights, I didn't want to mess around with it to convert to CCFL. Someone on the forum change the bulbs to white LED, but I stayed with Yellow because it think it stands out a bit more for my car.

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Originally Posted by X Foomph
Very very nice Simon, that's right up there with the select few. Looks better in real life pics compared to photoshop ones. We need to see more, more is good when an X5 looks like yours :2thumbs:

Just 1 question, what's with the orange hue from the headlights ?? What colour angel eyes & bulbs did you have fitted ??


X Foomph 04-11-2009 05:06 AM

Was it your intention to leave the smaller door handle fixed trims unpainted or are they going to be done as well and did you have an option to have higher kelvin rating on A/eyes, they look like 4,500k. I only ask as I may be going with the same supplier, clear corners look really cool.

simoncpw 04-11-2009 05:07 AM

Thanks man. Yeh, I did go with the black handles. The doors for the X5 are big (plain) and I needed something to make it look "together" with the rest of the body.

However, I only did PARTIAL of the handles, leaving the "end part" of the handle with bodycolor. I'm still experimenting it to see if it look as "cheap" as the black handles on the low end BMWs. First impression is pretty ok, and I can take the black off pretty easier if I don't like them later on.

Yep, I might go debadge if I can't black the badges. But I'll need to keep the rear wiper for the kind of weather here.

They only allow tinking on the rear and back windows, so I didn't tint anything as it would look pretty stupid with uneven color of windows. And I've already lowered it by about an 1" all around with the H&R sprint kit.

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Originally Posted by PersonaNonGrata
It looks incredible! It's very unique and the theme is great. It's not overdone either. I do see however, that you decided to go with the black door handles and upper hatch handle. :D The X5 and 4.6is emblems would look great in Shadowline but you could also just debadge. That would be a clean look. Oh, and perhaps a rear wiper delete.

I haven't a clue what the laws are in HK about tinting but a light to medium tint on the windows would look good. Lower that a little bit and I think your X5 would be complete. :thumbup:


simoncpw 04-11-2009 05:16 AM

Refer to my earlier reply about the handles.

And for the AE, nope, there was no option for different bulb / light color. But they can be replaced by DIY.. like this. ;)

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Originally Posted by X Foomph
Was it your intention to leave the smaller door handle fixed trims unpainted or are they going to be done as well and did you have an option to have higher kelvin rating on A/eyes, they look like 4,500k. I only ask as I may be going with the same supplier, clear corners look really cool.


6EXO 04-11-2009 05:21 AM

Looks stunning “!!!!:thumbup: :thumbup:

x555a 04-11-2009 05:38 AM

As i said on your last thread i have never been a lover of darker wheels but i think you have changed my opinion especially with that colour combo and awsome mods nice job it looks great.:thumbup:

RichiRich 04-11-2009 07:56 AM

Simon - Job well done..... always mention theme.....

and you have naile dit my friend...........a very unique E53 at that!!

I love it when the mod bug bites.....it's international!!

Rich:thumbup:

Weasel 04-11-2009 08:44 AM

Damn good looking vehicle. Looks like you put a healthy coating of black wow on the plastics too, C L E A N !

dsm2925 04-11-2009 08:50 AM

[quote=simoncpw]More pics...
so mean lookin-- great job///// looks like it can pull a tree from the roots--- hehe// looks great-great job

RMak 04-11-2009 09:47 AM

Now that is HOT!!! Probably the best looking X5 i've seen on here! Great job though! I feel a little envious... :drool:

chile1 04-11-2009 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw

Awsome ride!!! Love the black accents on silver....very cool!!:thumbup:

dlg 04-11-2009 10:13 AM

Looking good !!!

cavx5 04-11-2009 10:35 AM

simon cool looking calipers...are they new or did you have to oem ones painted..thats what i wanted to do to mine..unsure if red or black

mrbmwx5 04-11-2009 10:54 AM

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Bozz 04-11-2009 11:01 AM

Simon, that is really some nice work on your car well done it looks cool.

simoncpw 04-11-2009 12:06 PM

Wow... thank you all for the compliment. I didn't expect the response was thAt good as I really didn't do a whole lot to the car.

x555a- same here, I never like black wheels until I saw mine.. haha:rofl:

richirich- The bug is definitely highly contagious, and I definitely got infected thru the X3/5World ;-)

weasel56- Thanks. I was going to ask you what's the best way to tint my fog lights? The tinted film that I wanted to buy had been discontinued :( I converted the fog to HID with the 6k bulbs to match the low beam, but I might switch to 4k or below as they do see better during foggy days, which happens a lot here.

dsm2925- ha.. actually it does look like from the back that it can pull a tree! I'll post some pics looking from the back shortly.

RMak- Wow.. "the best"! Thanks man. There are really quite a few awesome looking X5 here and hard to say which one is better or worse, they are all different or "personalized" ;-)

cavx5- these are just oem calipers painted red! I also was unsure if red or black, but I chose red at the end just to make it "subtly LOUD" :-p

Dannyell 04-11-2009 12:11 PM

:wow::wow::wow: That is one good looking X :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

Essam Khafagi 04-11-2009 12:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by simoncpw
I really didn't do a whole lot to the car.

.. and that's what makes it look very nice .. I am really thinking to do mine the same :cool:

sleepless 04-11-2009 12:33 PM

:iagree: w/ PersonaNonGrata

I think it would be complete w/ the windows tinted !!! looks good ~~~

TwinsPoppa 04-11-2009 12:56 PM

That is one mean looking son-of-a-biatch! Everytime I see black 87s I think ... why do I have LeMans Blue!

I was going to suggest the black paint on the side creases (where it goes thorugh the handles) since you blacked out your handles. However, since you didn't paint the handles all black them that might not be such a good idea.

Edit: How about smoked side markers? Also, how about adding evo "vortex" fins to the hatch spolier. I was going to add it on mine originally but went with the ACS replica. I kinda regret it as I think the vortex fins would have been nicer. I played with adding it on with the ACS but then it would be a bit busy. I still want to do something and have plans but gonna be too busy to be doing mods soon.


Great job and wish I could see it in person! :thumbup:

simoncpw 04-11-2009 01:04 PM

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X5rolls 04-11-2009 01:13 PM

Your X5 looks great.

simoncpw 04-11-2009 01:19 PM

Essam - Go for it man! I can send you the list of what I've done so far. But that would mean you need to undo what the color coded trims?!

sleepless - I wish!!! IF ONLY my car is not required for the inspection on YEARLY basis :(

TwinsPoppa- Hey poppa, Lemans Blue looks great man. I can't see your rims too clearly from your signature, but how about paint them black with a thin lemans blue border??? The style of your rims look suitable.

mtX5 04-11-2009 01:40 PM

:yikes: simon thats one hot x!! great theme you got going there it turned out just like you intended!

i think you just inspired me to get some kind of theme going on my X ..

FSETH 04-11-2009 02:33 PM

Your X looks incredible! This is a great example of tasteful mods.

Well done. :thumbup:

DooD 04-11-2009 02:46 PM

wow...that looks really good! very different and impressive!

dsm2925 04-11-2009 03:16 PM

[quote=simoncpw]A few more pics from the other side and back of the car:

i keep lookin at pics again and again-- cant describe it--

"SHES A F**KIN AMAZING"

great job-- ieverything is so right... well done

themoth 04-11-2009 03:29 PM

she looks good! Nice choice on the color combo. I am just beginning my process as well....i have some $$$$$$$ yto burn..lol

jayjay_dee 04-11-2009 03:42 PM

:yourock: :kewlpics: :hawt: :idhitit:

need i say more?


line it up with Zerochief's, Rich's, Essam's, MTX5, and my X... :rofl:

and we have the best collection of titanium silver Xs.....

yours is one of the best... seriously...

tijanaw 04-11-2009 03:47 PM

Woow just beautiful! kuddos for a great imagination and better turn out!

Essam Khafagi 04-11-2009 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by jayjay04x5
line it up with Zerochief's, Rich's, and my X... :rofl:

and we have the best collection of titanium silver Xs.....

yours one of the best... seriously...

Did u forget mine :(

jayjay_dee 04-11-2009 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Essam Khafagi
Did u forget mine :(

sorry Essam, my previous post is now updated... :rofl:

Psymon, when you have time, can you post close up pics of the mods you did? im interested in the kidney grill... thanks in advance....

bchurch05 04-11-2009 04:12 PM

did you buy the rims?
paint or powder coat?
and if you painted them what product did you use?
thanks
and by the way that thing is BAD A$#

chilliwilli 04-11-2009 06:35 PM

Tastefully modded...well done :thumbup:

RarebreedX5 04-11-2009 06:52 PM

That looks really good man, congrats on a great X5

Strip9r 04-12-2009 12:45 AM

I like it. I have been waiting the see a titanium silver with black wheels?
Did you paint the wheels and lip yourself?
I gotta go with that look. (Black 87's w/silver lip)

ZsX5o3 04-12-2009 02:34 AM

Love it. You set a new standard, that's the best black/silver theme I've seen on any BMW. Love the OEM colored AE's too

needs coilovers and we need some high res :bow:

dsm2925 04-12-2009 08:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Essam Khafagi
Did u forget mine :(

im not a fan of painted bumpers..

Essam Khafagi 04-12-2009 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by dsm2925
im not a fan of painted bumpers..

A matter of personal tastes :thumbup:

Michelle 04-12-2009 10:36 AM

:bow: :wow: :bow: It looks awesome!!!!!! :bow: :wow: :bow:

The 87's look sick! So many people don't go black enough when painting their rims, but you (and jst2878) got it perfect. :thumbup:

Weasel 04-12-2009 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Michelle
:bow: :wow: :bow: It looks awesome!!!!!! :bow: :wow: :bow:

The 87's look sick! So many people don't go black enough when painting their rims, but you (and jst2878) got it perfect. :thumbup:

If I went full black I think the rims will get lost and the truck will be tooo washed out in black.... I wonder how the dark grey like Rasta's ferric wheels would look with the silver ring like simons...? I need to get good at photoshop. :(

TaMbALoLoNg 04-12-2009 11:31 AM

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET....

Weasel 04-12-2009 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by TaMbALoLoNg
SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET....

Maybe the black rims hater has come around!!!!???? :rofl: :bustingup

mtX5 04-12-2009 12:03 PM

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Originally Posted by weasel56
If I went full black I think the rims will get lost and the truck will be tooo washed out in black.... I wonder how the dark grey like Rasta's ferric wheels would look with the silver ring like simons...? I need to get good at photoshop. :(


weasel i think leaving your 87s silver don't ruin your theme. but it would be interesting to see em photoshopped.. maybe simonpcw can use his amazing photo shop skills to darken your rims

Weasel 04-12-2009 12:09 PM

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Originally Posted by mtX5
weasel i think leaving your 87s silver don't ruin your theme. but it would be interesting to see em photoshopped.. maybe simonpcw can use his amazing photo shop skills to darken your rims

Maybe so :D :D :D

simoncpw 04-12-2009 02:26 PM

Hey guys,

Glad to join the titanium silver club with Zerochief's, Rich's, Essam's, MTX5, and Jayjay's! May be we should start a new thread to showcase all the Titan Silver :rofl:


TwinsPoppa - I'm not sure about the vortex.. but I did think about adding the AC replica hatch spoiler, in black!

themoth - Good luck on your projects. Not all mods cost a lot of money. You'd be surprised how little I spent in doing the whole thing!

Jayjay - No problem. I'll take some close up pics shortly and post them. But for the "Kidney", I only painted the two "Kidney Rings" in Matt Black, leaving the "Kidney Grill" in the original titanium color. This helps to bring some details in the overall look of the Kidney (all black will look too flat and a little too ricey for me)

bchrurch05 - no, I didn't buy a new set of rims. Just used the existing 87's and painted matt black, no powder coating. I'm not sure about which product as I left it to the workshop to do the job while I was on an overseas trip.

Strip9r - there should be quite a few titan silver with black wheels on this forum. And nope, I didn't paint them myself, sent them to the workshop. My advise on the black 87's w/ silver lip: do go too think on the silver border, it will make your rims look smaller visually if it's too thick. Mine was only about 2mm, just up to the tiny "mark" at the end of each spoke.

ZsX503 - Wow... "on any BMW" :rofl: Yeh, I was pleasantly surprised too with the OEM/amber colored AE. I only wish they were brighter. Will try to post some high res later.

Essam - I actually like painted bumpers most of the time, check out my X3 album from my signature ;) Oh yeh.... I really should update my sig soon :p:

Michelle- wow... over 12k post :wow: But it's nice to hear from such senior member :p:

weasel56- you are absolutely right about black rims being washed out in black, and that is exactly why I added the thin border to rims to avoid them been washed with the tyres and wheel archs. The red calipers was also a little trick added back a little (but loud :p: ) detail. If I remember, Rasta's ferric wheels are 214 or 215 (both of them I like very btw and I was seriously considering them), personally I don't think either one will work with the silver ring because the spokes of these rims is making a pretty strong "statement" already, adding the silver ring might make be make them look too "busy".

simoncpw 04-12-2009 02:34 PM

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Essam Khafagi 04-12-2009 03:08 PM

Simon, it seems you own this garage :D
Why there is no other cars over there?!

Weasel 04-12-2009 03:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Essam Khafagi
Simon, it seems you own this garage :D
Why there is no other cars overy there?!

HAHA! I was just thinking that those last 2 pics could have been really bad had someone come flying through that turn in the lot! Coulda been pics turned in to his insurance :rofl:

simoncpw 04-12-2009 04:06 PM

Ha... this is the car park for my office building. And I took the pics during the Easter weekend so nobody works there and with almost no traffic :p:

Weasel, you got mail ;)

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Originally Posted by Essam Khafagi
Simon, it seems you own this garage :D
Why there is no other cars over there?!


bchurch05 04-12-2009 04:44 PM

do you know if they blasted them first? i would assume so I may do mine up before i mount the new tires on them.

mtX5 04-12-2009 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw
Ha... this is the car park for my office building. And I took the pics during the Easter weekend so nobody works there and with almost no traffic :p:

Weasel, you got mail ;)


did you photoshop his wheels? i wana see!

Weasel 04-12-2009 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by mtX5
did you photoshop his wheels? i wana see!

Feel free to post the pics directly in this thread when done! (no rush though)

mtX5 04-12-2009 05:18 PM

hey can my X be photo shopped next :D

not sure what im looking for though.. i've been into getting a 4.6 kit but don't feel like paying the 1000 + for parts/paint/install.

Weasel 04-13-2009 12:22 AM

Damn, looks good....... Decisions decisions :rolleyes:
(thanks again Simon, awesome job!)


My first thoughts are if I did this I would need to drop her to make it look right, but oh would it be right!

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r...6/AllBlack.jpg
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mtX5 04-13-2009 12:57 AM

wow.. hmm.. weasel, it will definately be unique but i think keeping the 87s silver looks better IMO..

PersonaNonGrata 04-13-2009 01:23 AM

I agree with mtX5. I think that all blacked out wheel will wash out your X. It'll be too black. The silver lip with black centers looks better but that look is getting a little played out. Don't get me wrong, I think it looks good but that look peaked a year or two ago.

Your silver 87s look great as is. They're a great contrast/compliment to the blacked out body and adds visual interest. :thumbup:

Weasel 04-13-2009 08:11 AM

Which was my thoughts honestly, from the start... but it is good to see and confirm before I am tempted when it is time for new tires.

I think if the X was as slammed as low as Richirich's, then wheels like rasta's ferric 215's would look good with spacers. Other than that, I'm gonna stick with the OEM 87's in silver.

Thanks again Simon!

dsm2925 04-13-2009 09:02 AM

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Originally Posted by weasel56
Damn, looks good....... Decisions decisions :rolleyes:
(thanks again Simon, awesome job!)


My first thoughts are if I did this I would need to drop her to make it look right, but oh would it be right!


http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r...lverBorder.jpg

yeah drop it a bit.. because the 20's dont look like 20's- look a bit small

dolphin_4_u 04-13-2009 12:20 PM

Nice X! very unique. I've been thinking of doing the same thing you did to the kidney grills and to the fog rings but wasn't sure how it would turn out...now I know they look great! Enjoy your ride and again, nice job... :2thumbs:

simoncpw 04-13-2009 09:18 PM

Yehooo... got my signature updated... FINALLY :p:

bchurch05- yes. they must have blasted first.

mtX5- no need to photoshop the 4.6 body kit on to yours, there are already plenty of photos with Silver with the kit on this forum :thumbup:

weasel56- I personally think black rims is perfect for your black theme. And I think the silver border looks wicked with your tinted AE :thumbup: I'll post the other photochop version tonight. Most of your shots happen to have your wheels under the shadow. Send me one with direct / some sunlight. I did mine with a shot on a cloudy day which I think it's the best the purpose. And if I could only choose between lowering or spacers, I would choose to do the spacers first.

dolphin_4_u- I love your rims and was seriously considering it (still am!). And I think the blackout fog trims and kidney will work great on yours. Keep in mind that I only did the "rings" of the kindney (the chrome part) and keep the kidney grill in it's original color. I tried the all-black version and didn't like it. Good luck.

Zuraxus 04-13-2009 10:07 PM

just one word for your baby....gorgeous....

Weasel 04-13-2009 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw
weasel56- I personally think black rims is perfect for your black theme. And I think the silver border looks wicked with your tinted AE :thumbup: I'll post the other photochop version tonight. Most of your shots happen to have your wheels under the shadow. Send me one with direct / some sunlight. I did mine with a shot on a cloudy day which I think it's the best the purpose. And if I could only choose between lowering or spacers, I would choose to do the spacers first.

You could probably steal whichever pics you want from my X page (link in sig) and I could send a full sized version of any of them if needed. But honestly, I think I like the 87s better in the silver. I think if I ended up with black/dark grey rims they will either end up being 215s or the ones like rarebreedX5 recently got. (will most likely stay with the silver 87s for a while :D)

And if you still wanna photochop feel free! I kinda wonder how gloss black would look with the silver ring? (definately would want something glossy about the wheels)

ledzepp41 04-13-2009 11:56 PM

looks UNBELIEVABLE!! only thing i would suggest is possibly upgrading the angel eyes to a true white, and maybe getting a nice tint on your windows. but wow, very different, very nice.

oh and maybe blackout/smoke your lights. head and tail.

simoncpw 04-14-2009 12:03 PM

ledzepp41- I love the idea of tinting the windows, but unfortunately it's not legal here. At the moment I do like the OEM-like color AE, I might change it to white and smoke the lights when I get bored later :p:

weasel56- my photo-modding skill is not good enough to do glossy effect. But send me the high res of IMGP3769 and I can give it a try.

rcapilli 04-14-2009 12:16 PM

What size are those wheels? I'm in love with them...

simoncpw 04-14-2009 12:27 PM

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Ok.. the handles... reasons why I wanted to black them was I find the doors are pretty big and plain, needed something on the door to bring it together with the my two tone theme. However, I do agree with others that it might look cheap and reminds me of the older / lower end BMW.

So this is the trick / compromise that i did (notice I leave the end part of the handle in bodycolor). I think it meets what I want and it actually look kind of cool in real life with the different lighting. This is only black stickers and not painted yet. Let me know what do guys think?
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dolphin_4_u 04-14-2009 12:57 PM

I agree that from a distance they do look like lower end models but the lower end ones were plastic matt black, on a different note they do go with your theme. In the end it is you who has to like them, and if you ever paint them make sure they shine a little so that they don't look like the plastic ones.

zacman 04-14-2009 01:10 PM

I like the black handles they break it up a bit and echo your theme.

mtX5 04-14-2009 01:15 PM

i also think the black handles go with your theme. do it!

jayjay_dee 04-14-2009 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by dolphin_4_u
I agree that from a distance they do look like lower end models but the lower end ones were plastic matt black, on a different note they do go with your theme. In the end it is you who has to like them, and if you ever paint them make sure they shine a little so that they don't look like the plastic ones.

:iagree:

dsm2925 04-14-2009 02:44 PM

black handle were right.. although it look great both ways

dsm2925 04-14-2009 02:45 PM

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how did you get those flares so shiny?

ledzepp41 04-14-2009 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw
ledzepp41- I love the idea of tinting the windows, but unfortunately it's not legal here. At the moment I do like the OEM-like color AE, I might change it to white and smoke the lights when I get bored later :p:

weasel56- my photo-modding skill is not good enough to do glossy effect. But send me the high res of IMGP3769 and I can give it a try.

haha that is unfortunate. that would be so clutch.

Essam Khafagi 04-14-2009 03:24 PM

I like the silver handles more

simoncpw 04-14-2009 10:31 PM

rcapilli - they are 20x9.5" front, 20x10.5" back

To all, looks like the two-tone handles is the way to go. I'll leave the black stickers on and see how long they can last especially during the raining season. Getting the handles out is not going to be easy?!

Weasel 04-14-2009 10:56 PM

Actually getting the handles out is easier than you think sometimes.

Jedi Mind Trick 04-15-2009 12:28 AM

Beautiful! I personally have a silver X5 with red interior and I've been wanting to do the exact same things, and my only concern is that the red seats would clash into the silver/black theme especially with the black door handles.

Although I'm all in with re-painting the black trim since it's a bit pale. Is that matt black? And if you don't mind me asking, how much did it cost?

And I'm due for a headlights switch because my OEM ones are dying and I want an excuse to get new angel eyes headlights not just modify it and add AE rings, where'd you get yours?

Again, that's by far the best silver X5 I've seen here.

mtX5 04-15-2009 12:46 AM

i heard it is difficult to repaint the door handles. when i got hit and run they did not paint the door handles. i think he said it was because they come painted because they are plastic or something?? i don't know.. maybe someone can ellaborate.

Weasel 04-15-2009 01:07 AM

We send them out to get painted quite often... never seen an issue.

simoncpw 04-15-2009 09:49 AM

dsm2925- Nothing much really. Except keeping it clean. My car is cleaned on daily basis ;)

Jedi Mind Trick- Thanks man. Wow... red interior? Can you show me a photo as I've never seen one? We are lucky that our car is suppose to be neutral in "color" (Silver / Black), so it should not clash with any color as long as you keep it to one. And you are even luckier because the taillights are already in RED, so I think your red interior should not be any problem. It even gives you more reason to paint the caliper red and monochrome all the roundels as well; I never paint the black trims, but I have the luxury of having it cleaned every morning. I paid only US$300 to spray the rims and US$100 to spray the kidney frame and fog trims; And I got my headlights thru a friend who ordered for me from DEPO.

simoncpw 04-15-2009 10:02 AM

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We send them out to get painted quite often... never seen an issue.

Hey weasel,

Looks like the price of the handle (#10) is not that bad (US$32 each). Cost of a good paint job will probably be about the same or more, and I don't have to take the car down for a couple of days.

Question:
1) taking the handles out easy? Just remove the door panels and unscrew the handles? Any airbag risks?
2) what does "prime-coated" mean? Matt Black? same look as the black trims on the bumpers?
3) I hate the keyhole and I never use it anyway. And since mine is a RHD, can I use the part #14 for LHD and replace part #09 for RHD?

Thanks man.

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Essam Khafagi 04-15-2009 10:04 AM

I have seen 4.6is
silver/red
black/red
lemans blue/red
Imola red/red

They all looked amazing specially the red on red one

dolphin_4_u 04-15-2009 10:35 AM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw
Hey weasel,

Looks like the price of the handle (#10) is not that bad (US$32 each). Cost of a good paint job will probably be about the same or more, and I don't have to take the car down for a couple of days.

Question:
1) taking the handles out easy? Just remove the door panels and unscrew the handles? Any airbag risks?
2) what does "prime-coated" mean? Matt Black? same look as the black trims on the bumpers?
3) I hate the keyhole and I never use it anyway. And since mine is a RHD, can I use the part #14 for LHD and replace part #09 for RHD?

Thanks man.

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I can help you a little here... "PRIME-COATED" refers to it being primed for painting, the primer is a base used on every piece before aplying the paint so the paint sticks better, it is sprayed just like the paint and is usually grey color. As far as replacing the keyhole I suppose it can be done since there's not much science to it but I'm no pro in this area so don't take my word for it.

dvs 04-15-2009 11:23 AM

:thumbup: Your X looks great! Tastefully done.

simoncpw 04-15-2009 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by dolphin_4_u
and is usually grey color.

dolphine_4_u- So it's not black / dark grey? I want it to look close to the black trim on the bumer and flares. If I don't spray them will they look weird? The idea to buy these was to save my spraying time and cost!

Essam- know where I can find the pics?

dvs- Thanks. And so is yours ;-)

Essam Khafagi 04-15-2009 12:08 PM

http://www.xoutpost.com/attachments/x...6112008045.jpg


http://www.xoutpost.com/attachments/x...5-4.6is-p3.jpg


http://www.xoutpost.com/attachments/x...5-4.6is-p5.jpg

Essam Khafagi 04-15-2009 12:37 PM

http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/r...5/P1010579.jpg


http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/r...5/P1010519.jpg


http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/r...5/P1010526.jpg

Essam Khafagi 04-15-2009 12:43 PM

http://www.xoutpost.com/attachments/x...your-x5-33.jpg


http://www.xoutpost.com/attachments/x...5-img_5920.jpg

Weasel 04-15-2009 08:09 PM

And to remove the handle, open the door and remove the plastic plug by the key hole on the inner side of the door. Then loosen the allen bolt to remove the lock cylinder. Pull the lock out. Then when you look in the hole you wil see a t-20 torx on the inner part of the handle... loosen that (should go in, not come out) then it is just a matter of pulling the handle out and turning it up to release the other side.

reverse that to re-install.

simoncpw 04-15-2009 08:39 PM

weasel56- thanks man. will give it a go. Any idea if the "prime-coated" will look similar to the black trim on the bumpers and flares?

Essam- the red looks Red Hot! Can wait to see one on a Titan Silver X ;-)

Weasel 04-15-2009 09:28 PM

No idea... I never see them in the unpainted stage. But the paint just being a primer would not be durable anyways... You should get them painted the way youo want for the best quality. Also that allows you to choose flat black, semi gloss or full gloss.

simoncpw 04-15-2009 09:38 PM

Got it! If that's the case, there's no benefit to buy new handles so I'll probably just paint over my stock ones.

One last question, are the front / rear door handles the exactly same on one side (it seems so from the part numbers)?

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Originally Posted by weasel56
No idea... I never see them in the unpainted stage. But the paint just being a primer would not be durable anyways... You should get them painted the way youo want for the best quality. Also that allows you to choose flat black, semi gloss or full gloss.


Weasel 04-15-2009 09:47 PM

I think so, and if the part #s are the same then you can bet on it.

dashincash 04-15-2009 09:51 PM

waste of money. instead, put the money in jp morgan chase and see about a 30% return over the next year.

mtX5 04-15-2009 11:44 PM

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Originally Posted by dashincash
waste of money. instead, put the money in jp morgan chase and see about a 30% return over the next year.

LOL!

mtX5 04-15-2009 11:45 PM

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Originally Posted by weasel56
We send them out to get painted quite often... never seen an issue.

maybe they told me that they couldn't be painted to get out of painting them :confused:

Essam Khafagi 04-16-2009 05:05 AM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw

Essam- the red looks Red Hot! Can wait to see one on a Titan Silver X ;-)

I have seen this in person but I couldn't find any pic online ... maybe we should for our friend Jedi to post a pic of his car

Weasel 04-16-2009 08:14 AM

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Originally Posted by mtX5
maybe they told me that they couldn't be painted to get out of painting them :confused:

I wonder if they were talking about the black plastic ones vs the painted ones...?

simoncpw 04-16-2009 11:24 AM

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I borrowed a power sander yesterday and look, it re-discovered my exhausts tips!!!!
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And here's before sanding:
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I actually kinda regretted it. The dirty / dark / semi hidden tips go better with the shadowline badges and black handles. Oh well, I guess I just need to press with my right foot harder to get it smoked up again :p:

Essam Khafagi 04-16-2009 12:52 PM

I thought you painted them black as well ... LOL

mtX5 04-16-2009 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by weasel56
I wonder if they were talking about the black plastic ones vs the painted ones...?

hmm..ya maybe they were confused.. they did make alot of mistakes..

mtX5 04-16-2009 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Essam Khafagi
I thought you painted them black as well ... LOL

me too.

i think i like them better showing though

dsm2925 04-22-2009 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw (Post 607779)
I borrowed a power sander yesterday and look, it re-discovered my exhausts tips!!!!
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I actually kinda regretted it. The dirty / dark / semi hidden tips go better with the shadowline badges and black handles. Oh well, I guess I just need to press with my right foot harder to get it smoked up again :p:

is your truck lower?

simoncpw 04-22-2009 08:37 PM

Yep, lowered with H&R springs kit!

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Originally Posted by dsm2925 (Post 610536)
is your truck lower?


LightWerkz 04-22-2009 08:59 PM

love your car, how do you find the h&r's ride?

simoncpw 04-22-2009 09:06 PM

I find very little difference to the original Sports springs in terms of ride comfort. but it does cut corners a little firmer.

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Originally Posted by LightWerkz (Post 610695)
love your car, how do you find the h&r's ride?


LightWerkz 04-22-2009 09:18 PM

thanks for the feedback

dsm2925 04-23-2009 01:06 AM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw (Post 610684)
Yep, lowered with H&R springs kit!

how much is it lowered

NastyBlackx5 04-23-2009 03:11 AM

i am so jealous of these wheels, how did u mask them off so perfectly??

simoncpw 04-23-2009 10:06 AM

dsm2925- I didn't really measure the before and after, but it's about 1.2" front and 1.0" rear according to the specs

NastyBlackxx5- I didn't mask them, the paint shop did ;) And they did an excellent job!

simoncpw 04-23-2009 10:24 AM

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for the handles, I decided to:
1) buy the original black / plastic handles (those for the basic models), the cost was much cheaper than repainting my original handles!
2) keep the rear part of the handles in body color to create the two tone effect.
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I've also replaced the rear cover for the keyhole to a fully covered one for the cleaner look (this is the before photo, my X is RHD)
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I'm quite happy with the result. The Black / Silver two-tone effect changes when looking at the car from different angles which is kinda cool :cool:
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b1x 04-23-2009 10:30 AM

YOUR TRUCK IS SICK!!!!!!!!!!!

Is it lowered?
Do you have spacers in the rear?
and how did you paint the wheels? (powder coat or paint?

AWESOME!!!

simoncpw 04-23-2009 10:33 AM

Thanks man. I can't wait to see the pics for yours. Sterling Gray is my favorite ;-)

Yes, it's lowered with the H&R springs kit. And I have 15mm spacers for front, 25mm spacers for rear.

The wheels are just painted with matt black. Turned out surprisingly better than I had expected.

Btw, how did you tint your fogs?

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Originally Posted by b1x (Post 610964)
YOUR TRUCK IS SICK!!!!!!!!!!!

Is it lowered?
Do you have spacers in the rear?
and how did you paint the wheels? (powder coat or paint?

AWESOME!!!


dsm2925 04-23-2009 10:35 AM

NastyBlackxx5- I didn't mask them, the paint shop did ;) And they did an excellent job![/QUOTE]

Please excuse me if i sound stupid.. so in real life ur wheels dont have the silver around the edge.

simoncpw 04-23-2009 10:50 AM

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Yes, they do have the silver border. I meant I didn't do the job, the paint shop did the masking and painting!
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Originally Posted by dsm2925 (Post 610969)
NastyBlackxx5- I didn't mask them, the paint shop did ;) And they did an excellent job!

Please excuse me if i sound stupid.. so in real life ur wheels dont have the silver around the edge.[/QUOTE]

dsm2925 05-08-2009 11:17 PM

gotta say it again........ looks great

X Foomph 05-08-2009 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by dsm2925 (Post 618199)
gotta say it again........ looks great

+1
Tru dat. Really nice looking ride :thumbup:

cavx5 05-09-2009 05:22 PM

outrageous x..i am so jealous..i think your x is the best one on this forum

simoncpw 05-10-2009 11:32 PM

Thanks guys for the complements ;-)

I think I'm pretty done with the mod for the look. So right now I'm starting to think about what mod I should do for the "inside" of the car without breaking the laws where... may be some CAI, xpipe.. or sway bars.. etc. Any recommendation?

RPX5 05-10-2009 11:45 PM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw (Post 618802)
Thanks guys for the complements ;-)

I think I'm pretty done with the mod for the look. So right now I'm starting to think about what mod I should do for the "inside" of the car without breaking the laws where... may be some CAI, xpipe.. or sway bars.. etc. Any recommendation?

Definitely do the X-pipe mod, such a great exhaust note! About the CAI, I heard that the stock intake on our e53's are designed similar to an aftermarket CAI already. Any truth to this?

X5 SOUTH CITY 05-11-2009 03:31 AM

Awesome Simon! You gave me an idea modifying mine(picture below). I like the black rims combined with the titanium silver color. Where did you get the rims if I may ask?

X5 SOUTH CITY 05-11-2009 03:35 AM

^^^ Sorry, my bad, got the answer, you painted the rims with the matt black...nice outcome!!!

simoncpw 05-11-2009 09:05 PM

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Originally Posted by X5 SOUTH CITY (Post 618852)
Awesome Simon! You gave me an idea modifying mine(picture below). I like the black rims combined with the titanium silver color. Where did you get the rims if I may ask?

Cool. You have a nice color to start off with ;)

RevJunky 05-26-2009 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw (Post 610974)
Yes, they do have the silver border. I meant I didn't do the job, the paint shop did the masking and painting!
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Car looks good! :thumbup:

Where did you get those black front fender arch extensions? Are you just using the OEM 4.6/4.8 fender arches in the rear?

simoncpw 05-26-2009 09:21 PM

Thanks. These are just the OEM 4.6 fender arches.

LIONEL1234554321 07-04-2009 05:43 PM

EXELENT JOB!!!!WHAT IS UR X COULOUR CALLED??

mtX5 07-04-2009 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by LIONEL1234554321 (Post 637324)
EXELENT JOB!!!!WHAT IS UR X COULOUR CALLED??


thats titanium silver...

simoncpw 07-05-2009 12:39 PM

Yep, that's right ;-)

anas 07-05-2009 01:57 PM

your x is :drool::drool::drool: , where did u get ur headlights from?

niel57 07-06-2009 01:48 AM

I know there have been a stack of questions regarding the wheels but i was wondering whether you had the wheels painted and then machined, or machined and then masked up and pained? Im hoping to do something similar with my wheels and the local paint guy said machine first but i would have thought the opposite

simoncpw 07-06-2009 12:49 PM

Sorry, what do you mean by "machined"?

niel57 07-06-2009 04:56 PM

By machining, I'm referring to how a metal worker might repair curb rash on a set of wheels. The wheel is rotated and a sharp instrument is used on the outer surface which refinishes it, kinda like a lathe.
Maybe I misunderstood and the wheels were not machined at all for the outer silver finish, just masked up and painted?

chigga 07-06-2009 05:34 PM

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I tlooks like it was kind of like a pin striping job on the out rim to create that time attack look. I just recently painted my wheels black myself! would love to give the time attack stripe a try but i don't have steady hands...



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Originally Posted by niel57 (Post 637789)
By machining, I'm referring to how a metal worker might repair curb rash on a set of wheels. The wheel is rotated and a sharp instrument is used on the outer surface which refinishes it, kinda like a lathe.
Maybe I misunderstood and the wheels were not machined at all for the outer silver finish, just masked up and painted?


TaMbALoLoNg 07-06-2009 08:13 PM

OMG all Black wheels again.....:thud:

Easroc 09-03-2009 09:46 AM

WOW THAT RIDE IS OUTRAGEOUS , SIMON LOVE IT !!!!

roadfrog 09-03-2009 10:46 AM

It looks like it was kind of like a pin striping job on the out rim to create that time attack look. I just recently painted my wheels black myself! would love to give the time attack stripe a try

HMMM, those same wheels are for sale on Craigslist here in Vancouver. :dunno: :

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/pts/1350057022.html

omodos 09-03-2009 11:01 AM

Looks nice very nice, one thing I saw out here that looked different was cayenne in matt black it looked cool...any ideas if this offered at the factory or just get out the sandpapaer and go made on the gloss finish?

simoncpw 09-04-2009 08:27 PM

Thanks guys.

Roadfrog - as far as I know, the shop painted the time attack with usual masking technique.

Omodos - my rims were originally silver color. I got it painted in matt black with the thin silver boarder.

juppalgae 11-11-2009 11:59 PM

are these halo projector headlights? simon? or xenon?

simoncpw 11-12-2009 02:54 AM

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Xenons :p:

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anas 11-13-2009 11:44 AM

niiiiiiiiice :drool:
can i have your wheels :eeps:

primetime 11-13-2009 12:49 PM

I like the eyebrows simon..You're X is sick...Very well done all the way around.

simoncpw 11-13-2009 09:30 PM

Thanks guys ;-)

StefX 11-19-2009 08:22 PM

AARRGGHH...I want those rims man...Looking sharp Simon!!!!
a quickie, where can I get them? :)

simoncpw 11-20-2009 11:42 AM

Thanks!

These are the original BMW Style 87 rims. I just had them painted black with the silver boarder ;-)

kev2nice 01-09-2010 04:46 PM

amazing looking x5 !

Hal88 01-09-2010 10:04 PM

Not a big fan of silver w/blk wheels....but yours looks very cool.....very nice.

simoncpw 01-09-2010 11:13 PM

Thanks guys ;-)

Happy New Year to everyone!!!

barri 01-15-2010 03:25 AM

bklack
 
What is the black on the top of lights? Have u painted black or it is eye bros?
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simoncpw 01-17-2010 12:01 PM

They are just little vinyl wrapping. Here's the thread about them!

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Originally Posted by barri (Post 701574)
What is the black on the top of lights? Have u painted black or it is eye bros?


TwinsPoppa 01-18-2010 05:36 PM

Simon ... your X is one of my favorites! I like how your X has evolved.

For me ... I like the way you masked it ... tastefully done and makes people do a double-take. :thumbup:

DONONE69 02-14-2010 09:21 AM

yeah im liking your x5 ,love em in silver with black bits, goes so well!

im not a lover of x3's though, leave them to the wifeys if anything!:D

ihvabmr 09-05-2011 12:42 AM

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Originally Posted by simoncpw (Post 702208)
They are just little vinyl wrapping. Here's the thread about them!

I love your ride! It looks bad ass with the eyelids. Just curious, where did you acquire the eyelids from?

amc1957 09-05-2011 04:24 AM

I'm green with envy, what is the wheel/tyre configuration & do you have spacers? what size?
Looks very mean...................

amc1957 09-05-2011 04:31 AM

OK, just seen a few comments further back to help me out - I have ordered 25mm spacers all-round so maybe Ive gone to wide for the front....... I was wondering how black rims would look and now Im sold on it so will be getting mine painted very soon, silver edge works well to....

simoncpw 09-10-2011 11:53 AM

ihvabmr - they are just a roll black vinyl sheets / stickers, that I cut as I stick and wrap to the bonnet.

amc1957 - 25mm for the front was a little to too much for my own taste, but may still look ok if you have the front wheel flares. I didn't like black rims until I photoshop'ed my E53, and was so happy that I really did after I saw the result of the real thing! So go for it!

pezho405 04-25-2013 11:07 AM

Thats a nice car! i love the 87s with the silver lip


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