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      11-11-2019, 10:18 AM   #1
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My 2019 BMW i3S 120Ah build thread - Black Alcantara headliner

Picked up my red rocket in the end of june this summer. Already before I ordered the car, I had many plans for retrofits I would like to do. I have already done many of them as you can see below. Hope you enjoy it!

Arrived the dealer in Norway


From the delivery day. Started with detailing/coating of the car and mounted floating center caps and spacers.










Then it was time to get trunk extender, and the choice felt on Wokeby.




"M3" replica mirrors done. This is not only one single cover that you often finds in some cheap versions, but 6 piece mirrors.






One thing I hate about the i3 was the lack of black headliner, so I decided to make it by myself. After spending some time in ETK, I found almost all parts I needed for the project.


















The foot on the "M3" mirror was black high gloss, so I had to paint the frame and front fender as well.




I missed the "aerodynamic pedals" from my old E60, so I decided to try this set on the i3 too. It was plug and play!




Unfortunately BMW went away from auto dim mirror at the passenger side in 2017(?), so this car only had auto dim in the rear mirror and at the drivers side. I bought mirror from an 2014 i3 - voila!
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LOVE THIS! I too have been wanting to do the headliner. Could you post the part numbers for what exists and then what parts don't. I'm guessing you had to spray at least a few pieces black.

What was your total cost for the headliner swap?
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For the passenger rearview mirror, was it just swapping the glass? Did anything need to be programmed or added?

I'm waiting for delivery for 2019 S, after seeing this thread I'm seriously thinking I should buy instead of leasing it so I could do these mods.


Was this the part number of your pedal set? 35-00-0-410-100
What was the part number of the center caps? Are those genuine BMW or aftermarket?

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LOVE THIS! I too have been wanting to do the headliner. Could you post the part numbers for what exists and then what parts don't. I'm guessing you had to spray at least a few pieces black.

What was your total cost for the headliner swap?
Yes, I will find the part numbers and post it. The only thing I had to paint was the plastic on the sun visor and the sun visor/upholstery for the sunroof. All other parts are genuin BMW/MINI-parts in black.

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For the passenger rearview mirror, was it just swapping the glass? Did anything need to be programmed or added?

I'm waiting for delivery for 2019 S, after seeing this thread I'm seriously thinking I should buy instead of leasing it so I could do these mods.

Was this the part number of your pedal set? 35-00-0-410-100
What was the part number of the center caps? Are those genuine BMW or aftermarket?
You should definitely buy it instead of lease, so you can do cool stuff like this.

Auto dim mirrors communicate on LIN-bus, so if you only swap the glass, then you have to make an Y-connection and a new plug inside the mirror and wire it to the mirror glass. The easiest way is to go for a complete mirror with glass from 2014/2015/2016 i3, then its just plug and play since the LIN is going to the glass on these MYs.

You have to go for the manual-version, so the part number ends on 099 instead of 100. You have to go for the manual version because 1) the brake pedal are the same size as manual pedals and 2) the accelerator for i3 does not have kick-down (the manual does not have kick-down).
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The only thing I had to paint was the plastic on the sun visor and the sun visor/upholstery for the sunroof. All other parts are genuin BMW/MINI-parts in black.
How was painting the visor? That was the mirror part or the hinge? What type of paint did you use and is it holding up? You painted the upholstery or did you die it? Would love to see more photos of the process.
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How was painting the visor? That was the mirror part or the hinge? What type of paint did you use and is it holding up? You painted the upholstery or did you die it? Would love to see more photos of the process.
I used some other sun visors with black mirrors and cutted them out. I had to paint the hinge and whole sun visor for the sunroof. The plastic was painted with normal matt black paint, and the upholstery for the sunroof was painted with Motiv Upholstery painting.

Here are the black parts I used:
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Nicely done! Do you have more info on the mirror retrofit?
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      11-16-2019, 06:30 PM   #8
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Thanks! Its a complete mirror with glassing from an 2014 i3. Its plug and play!
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nice job on the black headliner
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Lovely work so far
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THIS.IS.AWESOME.

keep it coming!
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Thanks, guys!

More pics.







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looks really great with the liner change
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Excellent job done in here.
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Thanks again! Just ordered soft close locks for the i3.

Will start as soon they arrive.

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Amazing retrofit!!!
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Very Sweet ride - thanks for sharing enjoyed all your work.

Quick question does anyone make some clip or stick on panels for the dash panels?

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looking good! esp love the head liner!


mind sharing with us how you swapped the mirrors?
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I like a brighter interior in the i3, but the black actually looks very very good!
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Thanks!

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Very Sweet ride - thanks for sharing enjoyed all your work.

Quick question does anyone make some clip or stick on panels for the dash panels?

Regards - Mike
Thanks! What do you mean about clip or stick for dash panels?

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looking good! esp love the head liner!


mind sharing with us how you swapped the mirrors?
Thanks. The mirrors are replicas, so you strip the mirrors down to the base plate and mount it with new plastic parts. Its totally three pieces for each mirror.

For dimming passenger mirrror, I bought mirror from an 2014 i3 since it has LIN-bus pre-wired to the mirror. Cars after 03/2016 (or something) does not have dim for the passenger mirror due some EU directions.

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I like a brighter interior in the i3, but the black actually looks very very good!
Thanks!

Will keep you updated when the soft close doors are finished.
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Will keep you updated when the soft close doors are finished.
Are you just doing the front doors?
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Are you just doing the front doors?
Yes, it will not be possible to do the rear doors. Maybe it will be possible to do the trunk, I will see.
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